As pediatricians, we aspire to provide the best possible anticipatory guidance to promote the optimal health, growth, and development of your child. We do this by applying the principles of evidence-based medicine and the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics to the unique needs of each individual child and family.
Dr. Chad D. Guetersloh was born and raised in Plains, Texas and moved to the Dallas area in 1992. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Baylor University in 1992. He received his medical training from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine in 1996. He then completed three years of pediatric residency training at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, and served an additional year as Chief Resident in Pediatrics. Dr. Guetersloh has been in private practice since 2000. He lives in Frisco and enjoys spending his spare time with his three children.more
Dr. Christopher "Kit" Newton has lived in Texas since 1982. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. Dr. Newton completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 1996, receiving his M.D. and his Ph.D. in molecular biology/biochemistry. He then completed three years of pediatric residency training at Children's Medical Center in Dallas in 1999 before beginning his private practice career. He married his wife Kara in 1991 and they have four children. He is an active triathlete who is involved in medical education, community service, coaching youth sports, and spending time with his family.more
Dr. Richard C. Nail was raised in Richardson, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1987 and his Master of Science in 1991. After working for 8 years at Texas Instruments in the field of integrated circuit design and marketing, he returned to school to pursue his dream of a medical education. Dr. Nail received his Doctor of Medicine in 1999 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He then completed three years of pediatric residency training at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, and served an additional year as Chief Resident in Pediatrics before going into private practice. He is very active in medical student education at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and UT Health Science Center in Galveston. He has also served as the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and President of the Medical Staff for Centennial Medical Center in Frisco, and currently sits on their Governing Board. Dr. Nail has lived in Plano with his wife Jill since 1988, and has two sons and one daughter. He...more
Dr. Susan W. Crow was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. Dr. Crow attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine in 2006. She then completed three years of pediatric residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Children's Medical Center of Dallas in 2009. With her background in Nutrition, she is especially interested in lactation, infant and toddler nutrition, and eating disorders. Dr. Crow and her husband, Brandon, have 2 young children, Lane and Cole. She enjoys traveling, yoga, tennis, and spending time with her family and her dog, Charlie.more
Dr. Laura McClendon was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Texas A&M University in 1999 and briefly worked in public relations before returning to Texas to pursue a career in medicine. Dr. McClendon attended the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and graduated with a Doctor of Medicine in 2006. She completed pediatric residency training at Children's Medical Center Dallas in 2009 and worked in the Newborn Nursery at Parkland Memorial Hospital for three years. Dr. McClendon is especially interested in newborn care, breastfeeding & lactation support, and medical education.
She enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, traveling, scuba diving, cooking, and playing with her dog, Daisy.more
Dr. Erin W. Bridgewater is a native of North Texas, growing up in Celina and McKinney. She earned her Bachelor of Science in International Business and Marketing from New York University and worked in commercial insurance before pursuing a career in medicine. Dr. Bridgewater then earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and was elected into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. She completed her pediatrics training at Children’s Medical Center at Dallas. While at Children’s, Dr. Bridgewater was invited to extend her time and work as Chief Resident, but chose instead to join Centennial Pediatrics and purse her passion of primary care. In her practice, Dr. Bridgewater focuses on educating and partnering with parents to keep their children healthy and strong. She also loves to play and laugh with her patients whenever they will humor her! Dr. Bridgewater and her husband, Brad, have two children, a smart and beautiful school-age daughter and an amazingly sweet baby boy, both of whom specialize in keeping mom and dad on...more
Dr. Leslie Katz Lestz was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University with a degree in English and American Literature in 1994. She then completed her medical training at Emory University School of Medicine where she received her MD in 1998. Dr. Lestz completed three years of pediatric residency at Children's Medical Center of Dallas in 2001 and has been practicing general pediatrics in the Dallas/Frisco area since then. In February 2015, she accepted an appointment from the American Academy of Pediatrics to serve as the AAP Chapter Champion for EHDI (Early Hearing Detection and Intervention) for the state of Texas. In addition, she serves on several state committees through the Texas Department of State Health Services including the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Leadership Council and the Medical Home Workgroup. In her spare time, she enjoys indoor cycling, pilates, learning ASL (American Sign Language), reading and cooking for her 4 "foodies." She lives in Dallas, Tx with her husband, 3 children, and Australian Labradoodle, Hudson.more
RN, MSN, CPNP
Deborah Arnold Smith is a native Texan. She grew up in Dallas and in Maryland, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1981. Upon returning to Dallas, she began her nursing career in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children's Medical Center of Dallas and later at Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas. After starting a family, she returned to school and earned a Masters Degree in Pediatric Nursing at Texas Woman's University and became certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2006. Debbie has lived in Dallas since 1981 and has three sons and a dog. She enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and children...of course.more
RN, MSN, CPNP
Tom Atkins was raised in Michigan. After serving in the military as a medic, he moved to Tennessee where he eventually graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1996. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Masters of Nursing in 2001. After practicing in Tennessee for 6 years, he moved to Dallas and worked in the Emergency Room at Childrens Medical Center. He has practiced in several clinics throughout the Dallas metroplex. Tom is married and has two boys. His wife is a teacher in the Frisco ISD and they stay very busy watching their boys play soccer, lacrosse and basketball. Tom is very interested in youth athletics and caring for and providing nutritional counseling for the young athlete.more
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Should your child require hospitalization at an unaffiliated hospital, your child’s care will be managed by the pediatric hospitalist at that facility and we will resume their care following discharge from the hospital.