At Children’s International Pediatrics in Gautier, MS, 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 while they wait and receive care. Your child deserves the best pediatric care possible and Children’s International is Here For You. Call 228-864-6230 to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician at our Gautier 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 Gautier, MS
Gautier Pediatric Clinic Providers & Staff
Maegan Miller, APRN, CPNP-PC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Maegan Miller graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2005. She began her nursing career in the special care nursery at Providence Hospital in Mobile, AL. After Hurricane Katrina, she moved back to Ocean Springs, MS and began working in labor and delivery/newborn nursery. She then returned to the University of South Alabama seeking a Master’s of Nursing Science in primary care pediatrics. She graduated with honors in 2011 and became a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Maegan has 16 years of experience in Maternal-Child nursing. She has practiced as a Pediatric Nursing Practitioner in primary care since 2011. For the past 5 years, she was part of a busy Asthma, Allergy and Immunology practice focusing on pediatric patients. She maintained her primary care skills during this time by also working in a rural health pediatric primary care practice a few times a month. Maegan resides in Ocean Springs, Mississippi with her husband of 15 years, Joseph, and their three daughters. Maegans favorite quote is: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa
David L. Dugger, M.D., F.A.A.P.
David L. Dugger, M D received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee, and he completed Pediatric Residency training at St. Jude Children’s hospital and LeBonheur Children’s hospital in Memphis TN, & Charity Hospital LSU Pediatric Services in New Orleans, LA. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has also been certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in the specialty of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. His major interests are in the areas of treatment for Attention Deficit Disorders and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. His other interests are in music and he is a jazz keyboard player with a group of other local physicians on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He and his wife Aimee have been married for more than 45 years and they both enjoy “gardening and grandkids.”
Pediatric Office Manager
Jeannelle Allen is originally from Colorado where she was a medical assistant for 5+ years for a 15 provider clinic. Jeannelle moved down to Mississippi for warmer weather and began managing Dugger Pediatrics. She has been with Dugger Pediatrics for 7+ years. Jeannelle has a son who loves to play baseball! Jeannelle is excited to be part of the Children’s International Team and is excited to grow our Gautier Clinic!
Gautier 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 Gautier, MS
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 Gautier, MS, 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 Gautier, MS pediatric clinic.
Family-Centered Pediatric Clinics
At Children’s International Pediatrics in Gautier Mississippi, 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
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