Pediatricians

Pediatrics involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians be used as the primary care physician for individuals up to age 21, although our HIPnation Primary Care Physicians can see middle schoolers and older. With the HIPnation pediatrics solution, members pay a copay for each visit and vaccines will be paid for by members at a low, cash-based rate.

Availability of our pediatricians is via their normal, clinic-based schedule. 24/7 access to your doctor is only available with a HIPnation Primary Care Physician.

Dr. Shefali Chheda

Harmony Pediatrics

1800 Abbey Ct.
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Office: 770-268-0110

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:
9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday:
Closed

Dr. Shefali Chheda is a board-certified pediatrician who serves the residents of Alpharetta, Georgia, and the surrounding communities. Born in New York, and raised in Texas, Dr. Chheda received her education in the northeast. Dr. Chheda earned her undergraduate degree at Boston University and her M.D. at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. After graduating from medical school and completing her residency, Dr. Chheda chose to open her practice in Georgia. She is fully licensed and insured to practice pediatric medicine in the state of Georgia.                                                                                     

Along with conventional medical treatments, Dr. Chheda specializes in alternative therapies as well. She firmly believes in the practice of holistic medicine and chooses to offer her patients as many options as possible.  As a firm believer that both types of medicine have a place in maintaining good health, this includes the use of immunizations and vaccinations to prevent serious illnesses from affecting both children and adults. Her approach to the diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases and health conditions is essential to maintaining optimum health in all ways, including body, mind, and spirit. By providing holistic healthcare early in life, children are better able to fend off many types of medicine-resistant disease.

Dr. Chheda believes in establishing a lifelong rapport with her patients. She has seen many of her patients from birth until their graduation from high school and college. She has even been invited to many of their weddings.

Dr. Chheda treats each of her patients as if they are her own children. She feels that by establishing bonds with her patients and their parents, they will feel more comfortable with her and her staff. It also allows her the opportunity to better understand each of her patient’s needs. This gives her an opportunity to provide them with the best healthcare possible on all levels.

Dr. Karen Carroll

Pediatric Associates of John Creek

4310 Johns Creek Parkway
Suite 150
Suwanee GA 30024

Office: 770-476-4020

Website: www.pedsmd4kids.com

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:
8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 
9:00am – 11:00am
(Note: closed during summer)
Sunday:
Closed

Dr. Carroll joined Pediatric Associates of Johns Creek, P.C. in 1999. She grew up in New Jersey and attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She went to New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. In 1994, she completed her pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She worked for two years at an urban clinic in Cleveland.

She and her family relocated to Atlanta in 1997.

She worked for two years at Holcomb Bridge Pediatrics in Norcross before joining Pediatric Associates of Johns Creek, P.C. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Carroll lives in the Johns Creek area with her husband, Bill, and two children, Emily and Ryan. She enjoys photography, boating, and volunteering at her kids’ school.

Dr. Penny Forman

Pediatric Associates of Johns Creek

4310 Johns Creek Parkway
Suite 150
Suwanee GA 30024

Office: 770-476-4020

Website: www.pedsmd4kids.com

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:
8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 
9:00am – 11:00pm
(Note: closed during summer)
Sunday:
Closed

Dr. Penny Forman joined Pediatric Associates of Johns Creek, P.C. in June 2001.  After growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she completed her undergraduate training Magna Cum Laude at Washington University in St. Louis. She graduated from medical school at the University of Cincinnati and then went to Southwestern University in Dallas for her pediatric internship and residency.

She has been in private practice in pediatrics since 1990. Dr. Forman is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her background includes caring for high-risk newborns and children with special needs.

Dr. Forman lives in Alpharetta with her husband and two children, Evan and Elyse. She enjoys tennis, mah-jongg, and volunteering.

Dr. Victoria Teague

Pediatric Associates of Johns Creek

4310 Johns Creek Parkway
Suite 150
Suwanee GA 30024

Office: 770-476-4020

Website: www.pedsmd4kids.com

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:
8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 
9:00am – 11:00am
(Note: closed during summer)
Sunday:
Closed

Upon finishing her residency, Dr. Teague and her husband moved to Georgia and she began practicing at Alpharetta Pediatrics. Dr. Victoria Teague joined Pediatric Associates, P.C. in 1998.

She grew up in North Carolina and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Central Wesleyan College in 1983. She received her M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987 then did her pediatric internship at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. She completed her residency at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1990.

Dr. Teague was in private practice with Alpharetta Pediatrics for eight years prior to joining Pediatric Associates of Johns Creek. Dr. Teague is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of The American Academy of Pediatrics.

In her free time, Dr. Teague enjoys reading, tennis, and playing the piano. She lives in Johns Creek with her husband and they have two children, Merry and Ty.

Dr. Nathan Thomas

Pediatric Associates of Johns Creek

4310 Johns Creek Parkway
Suite 150
Suwanee GA 30024

Office: 770-476-4020

Website: www.pedsmd4kids.com

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:
8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 
9:00am – 11:00am
(Note: closed during summer)
Sunday:
Closed

Dr. Thomas grew up in Macon, Georgia. He attended college at Mercer University and obtained his medical degree from Emory University in 2007. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Florida in 2010, and served as chief resident at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida before moving back to Atlanta.

He worked for Kaiser Permanente in Forsyth County for three years before joining Pediatric Associates of Johns Creek in 2014. His background is in both pediatric and adolescent medicine.

Dr. Thomas is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia and the Medical Association of Atlanta.

He lives in Johns Creek with his wife Kaitlyn and their three children Weston, Brooks, and Cora. He enjoys reading, exercising, volunteering at church, and going on family bike rides.

Dr. MaryGrace Ani

Pediatric Associates, P.C.

3000 Johnson Ferry Rd.
Suite 204
Marietta, GA 30062

Office: 770-993-2922

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:
8:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday:
Saturday Sick Appointment Hours*
8:30am-10:30am  (Note: only September through May)

*Saturday appointments are intended only for sick children who cannot wait through the weekend to be seen. No routine immunizations, lab work or medication refills will be given on Saturday.

Website:   www.pediatricassociates.md

Dr. MaryGrace Ani was born in Key West, Florida, the daughter of immigrant Filipino parents. Being a Navy family, they moved to Mississippi before finally settling down in Goose Creek, South Carolina, near Charleston in 1972.

She graduated from Converse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Biology. She then attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine for her medical degree. She became a Georgia resident when she relocated to Savannah, Georgia, for her pediatric residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

After graduating in June 2000, she chose to stay at Memorial for an Ambulatory Pediatric Fellowship. Dr. Ani joined Pediatric Associates, P.C. in April 2001. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of The American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Ani and her husband Butch live in Smyrna with their twin boys Matthew and E.J.

Dr. Robert M. Licata

Pediatric Associates, P.C.

3000 Johnson Ferry Rd.
Suite 204
Marietta, GA 30062

Office: 770-993-2922

Website: www.pediatricassociates.md

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:
8:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday:
Saturday Sick Appointment Hours*
8:30am-10:30am  (Note: only September through May)

*Saturday appointments are intended only for sick children who cannot wait through the weekend to be seen. No routine immunizations, lab work or medication refills will be given on Saturday.

Dr. Licata moved to Atlanta in 1974 to attend Emory’s undergraduate program. He went to medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed his pediatric internship and residency at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Licata established Pediatric Associates in East Cobb in 1989 and Pediatric Associates of Johns Creek in 1999. Dr. Licata served as Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite from 1992 to 1994 and was Medical Staff President at Scottish Rite Medical Center in 1996.

He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is the Chairman of the Board for The Children’s Health Network PHO and also serves on the board of The Children’s Care Network.

Dr. Licata lives in Roswell with his wife and they have five sons. Dr. Licata sees patients primarily at the Marietta Office and is sometimes available to see patients in the Johns Creek office.

Dr. Gail Pikholz

Pediatric Associates, P.C.

3000 Johnson Ferry Rd.
Suite 204
Marietta, GA 30062

Office: 770-993-2922

Website: www.pediatricassociates.md

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:
8:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday:
Saturday Sick Appointment Hours*
8:30am-10:30am  (Note: only September through May)

*Saturday appointments are intended only for sick children who cannot wait through the weekend to be seen. No routine immunizations, lab work or medication refills will be given on Saturday.

Dr. Gail Pikholz is originally from South Africa. She completed her pediatric residency and an additional year of pediatric gastroenterology at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She relocated to the Atlanta area where she joined Dr. Licata at Pediatric Associates, P.C. in 1992.

She is the past Director of Pediatrics at Children’s HealthCare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Pikholz and her husband, Stephen, have three sons, Gideon, Eytan, and Ilan.

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