At Children’s International Pediatrics in Covington, LA, our pediatricians and staff have both the children’s and their parents’ best interests at heart. Our pediatric clinic provides a relaxing atmosphere for our patients as they receive care. Your child deserves the best pediatric care possible and Children’s International is Here For You. Call (985) 273-0250 to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician at our Covington office.
Pediatric Clinic Hours
Monday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Children's International Pediatrics
Pediatrician in Covington, LA
Covington Pediatric Clinic Providers & Staff
General & Adolescent Pediatrician
Dr. Jonathan Heiman is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He grew up in Mandeville, Louisiana and graduated from Fontainebleau High School in 2000. After earning his B.S. from Louisiana State University, he attended the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Jonathan completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in 2013, and his love for Pediatrics and life on the North Shore led him to join Children’s International Medical Group® later that year to work as a Pediatric hospitalist. He and his wife have 3 children and when he is not working at the hospital he can be found chasing his boys around their back yard.
Samantha Lovecchio, APRN, CPNP-PC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Samantha Lovecchio is a Certified Nurse Practitioner with an exceptional range of experience. She graduated from Mandeville High School in 2006 and went on to receive her Bachelor in Nursing in 2011 from Louisiana State University. She then got her Master of Science in Nursing in 2017 from University of South Alabama. Before working at Children’s International Samantha worked at STPH from 2011-2018 in the Newborn Nursery, NICU, and Pediatrics. She also worked briefly at a pediatric clinic in Gretna from 2018-2019 where she saw high numbers of NICU graduates from 1st visit out of NICU to 18 years old and was an SELU nursing instructor in 2019. She is happily married with 3 children and is most inspired by her mom. Samantha’s favorite superhero is Wonder Woman who with her lasso of truth can compel anyone to tell the truth! Her favorite quote is: “Don’t give up! I believe in you all! A person’s a person, no matter how small!” – Dr. Seuss
Pediatric Office Manager
Sommer Locascio is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and the Covington clinic’s manager. She received her medical training at Delta College in Covington, LA. Sommer joined Children’s International Pediatrics in mid 2020 as the manager for our Covington, LA pediatric clinic. Our Covington patients might have a few things in common with Sommer that they can talk about during their visits. She really likes the Disney movie Nemo and the color blue. You might expect her favorite animal to be a fish, but believe it or not she loves cows! Sommer’s favorite quote that she wants to share with her pediatric patients is “the best is yet to come”.
Covington Pediatric Services
Throughout childhood, children get sick and it’s important that you bring your child in to see us as soon as possible so we can provide your child with immediate, thorough care to help them feel better quickly.
About Children’s International Pediatrics in Covington, LA
We are more than just a pediatric clinic; we are a family committed to providing our patients with the best pediatric care available. At Children’s International Pediatrics in Covington, LA, we have both the children’s and their parent’s best interests at heart. Our pediatricians, nurse practitioners, and staff promote physical and emotional well-being through comprehensive and personalized medical care and maintain an active role in each of the communities we serve. Call anytime during clinic hours to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician or nurse practitioner at our Covington LA pediatric clinic.
Family-Centered Pediatric Clinics
At Children’s International Pediatrics in Covington, LA, healthcare is synonymous with family. Once you and your child walk through the clinic doors, you are home and we are here to take care of you the same way we would take care of our own family members.
We offer a large variety of preventative, primary, and specialty care services to ensure that your child receives thorough health care. For more information about the comprehensive medical services we offer, see our pediatric services page.
We are committed to making a difference in your child’s life by offering exceptional patient care in a nurturing and professional environment to our patients, parents, and the communities we serve.
Our vision is to be the number one choice for pediatric services.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatricians And Nurse Practitioners
What Is A Pediatrician?
Pediatricians are doctors who manage the health of your child, including physical, behavior, and mental health issues. They’re trained to diagnose and treat childhood illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases.
Pediatricians have an education that gives them special skills to take care of your child’s health. They graduated from medical school and completed a 3-year residency program in pediatrics before working as a pediatrician in a pediatric clinic.
What Does A Pediatrician Do?
Your child’s Pediatrician will see them many times from birth to age 2 and once a year from ages 2 to 5 for “well-child visits.” After age 5, your pediatrician will continue to see your child every year for annual checkups (aka well visits). They’re also the first person you should call when your child is sick.
To take care of your child, your pediatrician will:
- Do physical exams
- Give your child vaccinations
- Make sure your child meets milestones in growth, behavior, and skills
- Diagnose and treat your child’s illnesses, infections, injuries, and other health problems
- Give you information about your child’s health, safety, nutrition, and fitness needs
- Answer your questions about your little one’s growth and development
- Refer you to specialists if they think your child needs expert care.
Does My Child Need A Pediatrician?
Some reasons why your child needs a pediatrician are:
- They have years of special training in children’s health.
- They only see children in their practice, so they have a lot of experience in recognizing and treating childhood illnesses.
- If your child was born early or has a health condition that needs close monitoring, a pediatrician may offer more specialized care.
How Much Education Does A Pediatrician Get?
They need to complete four years of college, then four years of medical school, and then three or more years in an accredited residency program for pediatricians. A pediatrician must first graduate from medical school before going on to specialize in the field of pediatrics.
How Much Education Does A Nurse Practitioner Have?
For a Nurse Practitioner, their 4-year degree must be in nursing. After earning a BSN, they complete a master’s degree program that trains them to be a nurse practitioner (NP). NP degrees can take 2 to 4 years to complete