Looking for a pediatrician? At Children’s International Pediatrics in Hammond, LA, we have both the children’s and their parent’s best interests at heart. Our office provides a relaxing atmosphere with entertaining waiting rooms and state-of-the-art equipment. Your child deserves the best pediatric care possible and Children’s International is Here For You. Call (985) 419-2250 to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician or nurse practitioner.

1828 West Thomas St. 

Hammond, LA 70401

Phone: (985) 419-2250
Fax: (985) 419-2252

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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
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Telehealth Video Visits Now Available!

Convenient and Quick visits from the comfort of your home. After Hours video visits are available as well!

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Medicaid & Private Insurance Accepted

If you need to apply for Medicaid we can help! Call ahead and ask about our Medicaid Application Center.

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Pediatrician in Hammond, LA

Linda Pace Larpenter
Linda Pace Larpenter
Got us in quickly, did a thorough exam and diagnosed my child We are very pleased with everyone we dealt with.
April Rucker
April Rucker
Dr. Brian Despinasse and his staff are the best. They are like family. My family and I have been patients of Dr. D for over 14 years and out of that... time I have not one complaint or issue. BEST DOCTOR AND STAFF EVER!!!read more
JayJaySquad Leonard
JayJaySquad Leonard
Children’s international is a great place for your kids primary health care!!
Vera Hebert
Vera Hebert
We love Mrs Pam ❣️ great staff, never have a long wait time..
Latoya Eley
Latoya Eley
The receptionist, medical assistant and nurse practitioners are always respectful and nice. They actually take the time to examine my child instead... of just saying a diagnoses from symptoms. Keep up the great work!read more
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Hammond Pediatric Clinic Providers & Staff

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Pamela Woods, M.D.

General & Adolescent Pediatrician

Dr. Pamela Woods is a Board Certified Pediatrician. She earned her Bachelor of Science Xavier University and her Doctor of Medicine at Louisiana State University. She enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her family when not at the clinic. Her favorite movie is Aladdin and her favorite superhero is Iron Man! Dr. Woods’ favorite quote is: “Love the life you live, live the life you love.”

 

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Jennifer Guillory APRN, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Guillory is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1995 from Louisiana State University and her Master of Science in Nursing in 2014. She has an incredible 17 years of experience as a PICU nurse. She was previously practicing pediatrics at Pontchartrain pediatrics for 5 ½ years before joining Children’s International Pediatrics in Hammond. She is married to her husband of 23 years and has 2 sons. Jennifer likes to spend her free time gardening, doing photography and outdoor activities, and reading. Her patients might like to know that her favorite kids movie is the Secret Life of Pets and her favorite superhero is Wonder Woman! Her favorite quote is: “Be who you are and say what you mean, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind – Dr. Seuss

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Erin Hurt, APRN, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Erin Hurt is a Certified Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience! She received her Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Louisiana University and her Master of Science in Nursing from university of South Alabama. Prior to working at Children’s International she did 13 years in the post-partum, transition nursery, and NICU step down nursery at Woman’s Hospital. She is happily married to her high school sweet heart and has 4 lovely children. Erin’s favorite superhero is the mischievous Cat Woman well known for being quick on her feet and Batman’s crime fighting partner. Her favorite quote is: All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

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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

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Latoya Eley

Pediatric Office Manager

Latoya Eley is a Certified Medical Assistant as well as a Certified Phlebotomist. She was born and raised in Hammond and grew up in the Hammond school system. After high school she attended Compass Career College for her medical training. Latoya likes to spend her free time being an awesome mom, walking, and playing sports with her kids. Probably like most of our patients her favorite food is Mac n Cheese! Her favorite superhero is Wonder Woman, a member of the holy trinity of DC comics and justice league, who always strives to do what is right! Like Wonder Woman, Latoya has a passion for helping others and likes to see others happy. Her favorite quote is: “Never give up on your dreams.”

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Annual Well Visits

Children grow rapidly, requiring periodic check-ups to oversee developmental progress and identify any underlying health complications that may be present.

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Sick Visits

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.

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Sports Physicals

Sports physicals are preventative screenings routinely used to verify a patient’s physical health and ability to safely participate in athletic activity.

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Nutrition Counseling

At Children’s International, we believe in treating the whole person – not just a disease. Preventative care is a foundational part of our practice.

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ADD/ADHD

Millions of children and adults across the country suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

About Children’s International Pediatrics in Hammond, 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 in Hammond, we have both the children’s and their parent’s best interests at heart, our office provides a relaxing atmosphere with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. We 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.

Family-Centered Pediatric Clinics

At Children’s International in Hammond, 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.

Comprehensive Care

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.

Mission Statement

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

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?

They’ll see your child 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 Have?

A pediatrician must first graduate from medical school before going on to specialize in the field of pediatrics. 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.

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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