Dr. Ashok Jain, MD, FAAP, MBA, CPE
Dr. Ashok Jain graduated from Kasturba Medical College, one of the top medical schools in lndia in 1993 and completed his post-graduate residency in pediatrics at New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY. In 1998, he moved to Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago to serve as Chief Resident in Pediatrics and became Board Certified in Pediatrics in 1998. He joined Northwestern University-Children’s Memorial Hospital as a Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology in 1999. From 2000-2003 he provided healthcare services to underserved children in Indiana and North Carolina.
Dr. Jain received his MBA from Fayetteville State University in 2004. He opened his first pediatric practice, "Hope Mills Pediatrics" in August 2003. Eighteen months later, Dr. Jain branched out and added a second practice, North Side Pediatrics and since then has continued to open new pediatric practices. Currently, Dr. Jain operates 20 pediatric practices that employ more than 160 people.
In 2006, Dr. Jain launched the India Foundation, a philanthropic organization. The foundation has raised funds for Project Drishti, which provides eyeglasses or cataract surgery to needy patients in India and is also working to build a school in Rajasthan, India. The foundation has established a program to provide dance therapy to treat special needs children in North Carolina. Dr. Jain has personally contributed more than half a million dollars to support the foundation and its objectives of providing healthcare to the needy through its affiliates Shri C. R. Jain Charitable Trust Owned Hospital, Samarthanam Trust for Disabled, Project Drishti, and Dr. Solanki Eye Hospital. The foundation has also contributed to many not for profit healthcare and educational initiatives for needy in US, Nepal, and India.
In May 2007, Dr. Jain moved to Bangalore, India to build and open MedSol (formerly Indus Westside) Hospital. The 200-bed for-profit hospital opened its doors in January 2010 and features state-of-the-art technology, six operating rooms, 45 critical care beds, and serves medical, trauma, surgical, cardiac, pediatric, neonatology, and burn patients. Complete cardiac surgery, infertility/IVF, minimal access bariatric surgery, and transplant surgery are just a few of the many programs the hospital offers.
Dr. Jain became a Board Certified Physician Executive by Certifying Commission in Medical Management in 2011.
Dr. Jain has received many honors and awards. In 2005 he was inducted into the Eugene S. Mayer Honor Society for Community Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine for community service in India and the US. In 2010 he was awarded the national Medallion for Entrepreneurship Award by the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society. In 2011 Dr. Jain was named a leading ‘Mover and Shaker’ at the Triangle Business Convention. In January 2013 he was nominated for North Carolina Small Business Person of the year Award. In 2015 he received Certificate of Achievement from North Carolina Medical Society Foundations -Kanoff Institute of Leadership College for his leadership and service to population of NC. In 2016, Dr. Jain Group Kidzcare Pediatrics was recognized as Business of the year by NC Small Business Technology and Development Corporation.
Kidzcare Pediatrics has received numerous Awards from NC State Medicaid and National awards as Patient Centered Medical Home - level 3 (highest recognitions) from National Committee on Quality Assurance (USA) for excellent quality health care services under Dr. Jain's clinical and management leadership.
Over the next five years, Dr. Jain plans to continue the growth of pediatrics practices in North Carolina and neighboring states by building child friendly infrastructure, enabling and empowering professionals to deliver excellent healthcare services to children, improve access to care, create local employment opportunity, and contribute to local economy.
Yetunde Adesanya, MD
Dr. Adesanya graduated from Albany Medical College, Albany, NY in 2005. From 2005-2008, she went on to complete her residency in Pediatrics from Westchester County Medical Center, New York Medical College, NY. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics by American Board of Pediatrics.
Dr. Adesanya is credentialed as an Attending Physician and has admitting privileges at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. She is licensed to practice in the State of North Carolina and is employed with us since October 2008.
Dr. Adesanya’s professional affiliations include American Academy of Pediatrics and North Carolina Pediatric Society.
Janice Aton, MD
Dr. Aton graduated from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School -
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1994. From 1994-1997 she went on to complete her residency in Pediatrics from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics by American Board of Pediatrics
Dr. Aton was employed with 2 pediatric practices in New Jersey since 1997. Currently, Dr. Aton has admitting privileges at Cape Fear Valley Center in Fayetteville, NC. She is currently credentialed as an Attending Physician at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and licensed to practice in the State of North Carolina.
Dr. Aton is affiliated with American Academy of Pediatrics and
Medical Society of New Jersey.
Thomas Blackstone, MD
Thomas Blackstone, MD, FAAP attended college and medical school at Ohio State University. He served as a naval flight surgeon stationed at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station from 1970 to 1972.
He went on to pediatric residency at Columbus Children’s Hospital, serving as chief resident in 1975. Dr. Blackstone practiced thirteen years in Mansfield, Ohio and four years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama before making his home in Wilmington. His clinical interests include ADHD and infectious diseases.
Dr. Blackstone has served as Chair of Pediatrics at New New Hanover Regional Medical Center and has served on the boards of Wilmington Health Access for Teens, Coastal Physicians Alliance, and Cape Fear Hospital.
Tom lives in Wilmington with his wife Marilyn and has four children and four grandchildren. When not in his garden Tom enjoys jogging, swimming, and biking. He and Marilyn have done missionary work in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and attend Port City Community Church.
Mytrang Dang, PA-C
In 2004, Ms. Dang graduated in Masters of Medical Science, Certified Physician's Assistant from Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC.
Ms. Dang is a certified American Red Cross CPR provider and North Carolina Medical Board PA License since 2005.
As of 2005, she is affiliated with North Carolina Association of Physician Assistants and American Associate of Physician Assistants.
Ms. Dang is employed with us from 2008.
Amira El Sherif, MD
Dr. Sherif graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar in 2009. She then went on to complete her pediatric residency at Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2012.
She is board certified in pediatrics and is licensed to practice medicine in the state of North Carolina. She is certified in Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation. She is a fellow member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and North Carolina Pediatric Society.
Currently, She is credentialed as an Attending Physician and provides newborn nursery care at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. Dr. El Sherif has been employed with PAPC since July 2012 and lives in Fayetteville with her husband.
Robert Goldbach, MD
Dr. Robert Goldbach received his undergraduate degree from Saint Vincent College and medical degree from Hahnemann University in Pennsylvania. He completed his pediatric residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso Texas in 1990. He worked for 4 years at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in Kentucky while with the 101st Airborne Division. He spent seven months of that time with the 2/327th Infantry Battalion during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He has been board certified in Pediatrics since 1991.
Dr. Goldbach comes to KidzCare Pediatrics from UNC Peds North. Before joining UNC, Dr. Goldbach worked in a private practice in North Carolina for 4 years. Dr. Goldbach is very committed to providing quality pediatric care.
Sheryl Gravelle-Camelo, MD
Sheryl Gravelle-Camelo graduated from Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, after obtaining a Master’s in biology from ECU and undergraduate degrees from Lenoir Rhyne College, Hickory NC. She completed her pediatric residency at University of Rochester School of Medicine/ Strong Memorial in Rochester NY. She is board certified in pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has practiced for over 20 years, 19 of them in Macon County. Dr Sheryl enjoys the long term relationships with patients and parents she can foster and looks forward to continuing this and growing with more patients while a part of Kidz Care Pediatrics. She lives with her husband and two children in Franklin.
Rebecca Blair, CPNP
Rebecca Blair, CPNP graduated from Columbia University in New York, NY in 2014 with a Master of Science in nursing having completed the pediatric primary care program. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing also from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She is board-certified in both pediatric primary care and pediatric mental health. She is a member of the American Association for Nurse Practitioners and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Special interests include early childhood development, acne management, and adolescent mental health. Rebecca lives in Durham with her fiance and 30lb dog, where she spends most of her free time running, baking, or reading. She hopes to encourage all of her patients to read regularly and will happily provide good book recommendations.
Christina Hill, PA-C
Christy Hill, PA-C grew up in Boulder, CO and attended the Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant program at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She graduated in 1994 with a specialty in pediatrics.
She worked in a pediatric emergency department in Portland, Oregon for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1998. After working with Coastal Pediatrics Associates for 10 years, Christy moved back to Colorado in 2008, where she worked with Pediatrics of Steamboat Springs while living in Colorado for 3 years. In 2011, Christy decided to return to Wilmington and to Coastal Pediatrics Associates.
She has special interests in new baby care and breastfeeding. Christy lives in Wilmington with her husband, two children and 3 step- children.
They have 2 dogs and 1 cat. Christy enjoys spending her free time with her family traveling and going to the beach. She is an avid runner and skier.
David Hill, MD
David L. Hill, MD, FAAP came to the coastal area from Durham, North Carolina, in 2002. A Memphis native, David attended Rice University then enrolled at the University of Texas Houston Medical School. David moved to North Carolina to train in pediatrics and internal medicine at UNC Chapel Hilland has been board certified in both specialties.
He continues to serve the UNC School of Medicine as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Hill is interested in issues related to fatherhood, the impact of media on child health, evidence-based medicine and best practices; he is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Hill writes and broadcasts on childcare issues for local and national radio, television, and Internet-based media, writing a weekly column for Pediatric News and serving on the expert advisory panel of Parents.com.
He serves on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Pediatric Society as Chair-Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council On Communications And The Media and is on the editorial board of Pediatric News.
He is also the author of Dad to Dad: Parenting Like A Pro, (AAP Publishing, 2012). David enjoys running, martial arts, and standup comedy. He lives in Wilmington with his wife, three children, and two step-children.
Heather Lee, PA
Ms. Heather Lee graduated from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics, and the North Carolina Medical Society.
Ms. Lee is a new graduate and new to PAPC and is excited to start her career in pediatrics. Special interests include pediatric dermatology, newborn growth and development, and adolescent counseling.
Ms. Lee works at our Franklin office in the Western North Carolina Mountains. She enjoys cooking, spending time with family and friends, and spoiling her niece, Kenzie.
Marissa Pelletier, MD
Marrissa Pelletier, MD Graduated from State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Medical Association. She has been practicing for 4 years and has a special interest in newborn care, adolescents, well child visits and counseling and is fluent in Spanish. She and her husband reside in Franklin, NC with their 5 children ranging from 4 - 8 years of age. She is new to our group and is employed in our Franklin office, which is in the Western North Carolina Mountains.
Hoke Pollock, MD
Hoke Ward Pollock, MD, FAAP is a life-long Wilmingtonian. He returned to the Wilmington area in 2005 following training at UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.
He completed his medical and residency training at UNC as well, and has a special interest in vaccination issues and infant nutrition; he is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Pollock serves on the board of Smart Start and is a trainer for the Touchpoints Child Development system, having studied with the world-famous Dr. T. Berry Brazelton.
Dr. Pollock is the current president of INFANTS, a non-profit entity dedicated to improving education and resources for families with children that are born prematurely.
Dr. Pollock lives in Wilmington with his wife, four sons, and one daughter. He and enjoys running, tennis, also playing the piano.
Samantha Rushton, PAC
In 2013, Mrs. Rushton graduated in Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
Mrs. Rushton is certified in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. She is affiliated with North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants and American Academy of Physician Assistants.
She became a North Carolina Medical Board PA licensee in 2014. Mrs. Rushton is employed with us from April 2014.
Mr. Sharpless graduated in 2013 from the top-ranked Emory University School of Medicine Physician Assistant program in Atlanta Georgia, with a Masters of Medical Science – Physician Assistant Studies.
While at Emory University School of Medicine, Mr. Sharpless was selected as a recipient of the prestigious National Health Service Corp Scholarship. Mr. Sharpless is certified in Basic Life Support and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). He is a Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Mr. Sharpless has been employed with us since June 2014.
Jimmie Shuler, MD
Dr. Jimmie Blake Shuler graduated from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN in 1978. In 1981, she went on to complete her residency in Pediatrics from East Carolina University School of Medicine (now Brody School of Medicine /Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, NC). In December 1990, Dr. Shuler graduated from Masters of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Shuler has participated in various workshops on leadership and parenting skills.
Since 1982, Dr. Shuler has been employed with various pediatric practices in North Carolina. She is licensed to practice in the State of North Carolina. Dr. Shuler is employed with our group since January 2010.
Kaliyann Te, PAC
Kaliyann received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia. She is licensed by the North Carolina Medical Board and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Kaliyann is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Physician Assistants, North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, and North Carolina Medical Society.
Dori Thomas, MD
Dr. Dori has practiced pediatric medicine in the Research Triangle area since 1998. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended college at Grove City College, Grove City, PA where she studied Chemistry and was active in the Flag Line/Marching Band and her sorority. After 4 years in graduate school and 3 years doing medical research, Dr. Dori decided that medical school was the way to go. She attended St. Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri and did her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Iowa/University of Iowa (2 years) and at UNC Children’s Hospital. (1 year). Dr. Dori and her husband, a private practice endocrinologist in Raleigh, have college age twins, a son and a daughter, who were born when she was in medical school. When her children were younger, Dr. Dori volunteered as a Girl Scout troop leader and classroom parent. As she has done over the last 8 years, she spends time every summer volunteering as a camp physician at Camp Seafarer for Girls.
Because of personal experience with her children, Dr. Dori has a strong interest in providing medical care to children and adolescents with complex medical histories or chronic medical conditions. She believes that with the right medical care anything is possible. She also has interest and experience in managing ADD/ADHD, asthma, behavioral issues and day-to-day illness that children face.
Lindsi McCrone, NP
Lindsi McCrone, NP grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She is an avid Cleveland sports enthusiast. Lindsi attended The University of Akron for her undergrad and graduate studies.
Lindsi was a Registered Nurse at the Rainbow Babies and Children’s hospital in Cleveland, Ohio for four years. She continued her professional track and now serves the Coastal region of KidzCare as a certified pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Lindsi is married and shares her home with her husband and animal family member companion a “fierce” 4lb Yorkie. In Lindsi’s free time she enjoys trying new restaurant venue’s, cooking, watching movies, going for long walks and traveling.
Lindsi is a member of NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners).
Mijeong Park, CPNP
Mijeong Park, CPNP graduated from University of Texas at El Paso, TX in 2014 with a Master of Science in Nursing, concentration in primary pediatric care.
She is also board certified from Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She is certified in Basic Life support.
She and her husband recently moved from Texas and enjoy spending time at the beach and mountains. She has been with KidzCare Pediatrics since the summer of 2015.
Ms. Chelsea Young graduated from South University in Savannah, GA in March 2015 with a Master of Science Physician Assistant degree. She is licensed by the North Carolina Medical Board, August 2015 and certified by NCCPA as of April 2015. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from North Georgia College and State University. She then worked as a nurse in at a pediatric gastroenterology office in Atlanta, GA before moving to Fayetteville, NC. Ms. Young has been employed with Kidzcare pediatrics since August 2015.
Ms. Young was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and now lives in Fayetteville, NC with her 2 dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, hiking, and working with rescue animals.