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Choosing a Pediatrician

Choosing a Pediatrician

It is important to choose a doctor who can deliver the specialized care your child needs. Pediatricians are physicians with an expertise in medical care for babies, children and adolescents, providing developmental care, well care and sick care, as well as administering immunizations.

Before your baby’s first birthday, you will visit the doctor’s office six times for routine well check-ups. The decision process for choosing a pediatrician can be overwhelming; however, with time and research you will find a doctor you can trust and who your child feels comfortable with.

There are several aspects to consider when choosing the right pediatric practice to be your child’s primary care provider. Talking to friends, family or even your OB/GYN about their experiences and recommendations is a great place to start. There are also practical matters for a family to consider when selecting a pediatrician for their child, as well. These key aspects may include:

  • Is the pediatrician or practice on your insurance plan? Although, as parents we like to believe that cost is not an issue when it comes to the health of our children, it is an important matter to weigh.

The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. accepts most major health insurance plans as well as offering a range of payment options. 

  • Where is the office located? Convenience is essential for ease of transportation but also for urgent care. How can they be contacted and are they easily accessible for those unexpected but necessary visits?

Caring for Children in 5 Convenient Locations
We welcome new patients! Please call one of our offices to schedule an appointment.

Gainesville: (770) 535-3611 Baldwin: (706) 776-2368
Oakwood: (770) 533-6500 Braselton: (770) 533-4770
Buford: (770) 932-8519  
  • What are the doctor’s hours and how does that suit your schedule? Are they available after hours or on weekends? If both parents work, appointments during weekdays may not be feasible.

Our hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Gainesville office is also open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

We are now offering Pediatric Extended After Hours from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday on the third floor of our Gainesville office.

  • How are appointments for sick children managed? Are there separate waiting rooms for sick and well children? Will your child be able to see his or her doctor when an illness arises?

At The Center for Pediatrics, our offices include two separate waiting areas for well visits and sick care. We also offer same-day appointments for established patients to diagnose and treat illnesses as soon as possible. 

  •  How was the office’s overall atmosphere, was it warm and inviting? Were the nurses and front desk staff friendly and helpful? Gaining a better knowledge of the pediatricians you are considering is advantageous, but if you are still experiencing difficulty deciding, think about the facility and staff.

It also can be beneficial to meet with several pediatricians during the decision-making process. By doing this you are able to learn directly if they share the same parenting philosophies as you or if they welcome your questions and health concerns.




At the Center for Pediatrics, we understand that a child’s health and well-being is of utmost importance for parents. Parents want to know that their concerns will be heard and their child’s medical needs will be met. We recognize the significance of finding a pediatrician who you can trust. The Pediatric Specialists at The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. are proud to offer the specialty care your child needs. For more information, contact one of our five convenient locations today.