Dr. Jill

This Local Pediatric Team Is Positively Passionate About Serving Children

Article by Julie Brown Patton

Photography by Provided by Brentwood Pediatric Care

Originally published in Brentwood Lifestyle

Complete pediatric health services 'with intentional compassion and extra love' were launched during this January by Dr. Jill Kelly and her Brentwood Pediatric Care medical team at 343 Franklin Road, Suite 106.

Dr. Jill is a board-certified pediatrician with more than 20 years of experience delivering pediatric medicine and services in both private practice and urgent care venues. She says her team operates like a "fun family," surrounding patients and their families with the best possible service and the latest technologies. 

"We consider it an honor to care for and treat children of all ages and backgrounds," she adds, indicating that her faith helps guide her optimism and hope for each patient. 

For those with an established patient relationship, the practice can assist adolescents through 18-21 years of age, if desired.  

Prior to returning to private practice and opening up Brentwood Pediatric Care, Dr. Jill worked at the Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours Clinic in Brentwood. "I wanted to get back to my first love in medicine:  providing general pediatric care to patients where I can watch them grow through the years while establishing long-standing relationships with the patients and their families."

She completed her medical school training in The Honors Program in Medical Education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She then completed her Residency at Baylor College of Medicine’s Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. She says she tried various avenues of medical care while in medical school, but knew definitely by her fourth year of training that her passion lay in pediatrics because pediatrics is what she loved going to do every day.

"I really enjoy interacting with children and taking care of their health needs," she adds. 

Dr. Jill sees newborns at Ascension St. Thomas Midtown Hospital, as well as has privileges at Vanderbilt Hospital. After newborn infants leave the hospital, the Brentwood Pediatric Care team routinely addresses babies two to three days later for the first office visit to weigh and measure them, along with completing thorough exams.

"We're happy to offer a free meet and greets to help new patients learn more about what we do," Dr. Jill says. 

This medical team, located in the Brentwood Medical Center building, then follows the American Academy of Pediatrics and Bright Futures recommended health guidelines for well-child care as they conduct developmental screenings, administer immunizations and plot the progress of each patient.

"We know how it feels to be a concerned parent with a sick child or when your child has experienced some injury. For that reason, we offer same-day sick appointments. We'll do our best to accommodate everyone," assures Dr. Jill. "We also have separate sick and well waiting rooms for your convenience."

Additionally, the staff specializes in the treatment of asthma through an asthma-focused program, of which Dr. Jill has personal experience. She says because asthma is the most common chronic childhood illness, many patients deal with cough and labored breathing on a regular basis. To treat pediatric diabetes, she is happy to collaborate with pediatric endocrinologists and dietitians or nutritionists for case-by-case, comprehensive approaches.

They offer sports physicals for children and teens to evaluate an athlete's general health, risk of injury and physical well-being. They also diagnose, and manage or treat, other common infections and conditions, including pneumonia, ear infections, injuries, concussions, broken bones, eczema, skin conditions, allergies, ADHD and warts.

"We believe a pediatrician should be the center of a child’s medical home to achieve optimal medical care, and we strive to give the best evidence-based care we can to promote a healthy and flourishing childhood," Dr. Jill says. 

She assures that she knows it's challenging as a parent to not be nervous when a child is ill and that it's hard to wait to be seen by a doctor. "Infants clearly can't communicate and tell us exactly what's hurting or what's wrong. That's why it's doubly important for them to be examined promptly. We do whatever we can to make their needs our priority and to help them," she vows.


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