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 in Gautier, MS
341 US-90 Suite A
Gautier, MS 39553
Fax: (833) 518-1886
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
Monday: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Telehealth Video Visits Now Available!
Medicaid & Private Insurance Accepted
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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.
Gautier Pediatric Clinic Providers & Staff
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.”
Summer Powell, APRN, FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Summer is a Family Nurse Practitioner, AANP certified and licensed to practice in both Mississippi and Louisiana. She has worked in nursing since graduating with her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Alcorn State University in 2009. After years of working as an ER nurse and Case Manager, Summer sought a Master’s in Advanced Nursing Practice through Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She graduated from the Nurse Practitioner program in 2019 and immediately began working in pediatric primary care. Summer worked for two years in pediatrics before pursuing an opportunity to expand her knowledge and experience in adult pain management. However, she quickly learned that her heart was in pediatrics and returned to pediatric primary care. Originally from Natchez, MS, Summer moved to the coast in 2022. She and her husband, Josh, live in Vancleave with their two boys, Reed and Jack. She enjoys teaching and has precepted multiple students. Most recently, she has teamed up with William Carey as an adjunct clinical instructor for the LPN to RN program. Her favorite movie is the Harry Potter Series!
Pediatric Office Manager
Bio coming soon…
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