Dr. Leigh Ann Grady, MD, FAAP
Dr. Grady has been a board certified pediatrician in Austin since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in 2001 and her Medical Degree from the University of Florida in 2005.
Dr. Grady completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2008. Dr. Grady relocated to Austin in 2008 and was the newborn hospitalist at Seton Medical Center Austin, where she cared for newborns in the Mother/Baby unit and attended high risk deliveries to care for infants at the time of delivery. During her time at Seton, Dr. Grady was a member of Perinatal Safety Council. Dr. Grady also had the pleasure of teaching pediatric and family medicine residents as well as medical students. She was the coordinator of the resident simulator lab, which uses technology to help train new doctors in a safe but life-like environment. Dr. Grady has a passion for teaching as well as life-long learning.
Dr. Grady formed GROW Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine with Dr. Owens in 2014. She has special interests in newborns, breastfeeding, asthma management, adolescents, and parenting challenges. Outside of medicine, Dr. Grady is passionate about her family and friends. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with her wife and 2 boys, especially at the beach. She enjoys music, food, and college football. Dr. Grady also loves to play kickball each summer with AWKA.
Dr. Grady is closed to new patients at this time.
Dr. Juliette Howes Owens, MD, FAAP
Dr. Owens was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, while her father, also a pediatrician, was in residency there. She subsequently grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana and moved to Texas in high school where she attended the Texas Academy of Math and Science at the University of North Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Owens received her M.D. from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.
Dr. Owens then moved to San Diego, California where she completed her pediatric residency at the University of California at San Diego and served as chief resident in 2003-2004. She finally got to Austin in 2004 and began working with the Seton Medical Center neonatology group. During that time, Dr. Owens enjoyed taking care of well and sick newborns (and their worried parents!).
She began her private practice career in 2007, where she worked for 7 years for an existing practice. She then formed Grow Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, along with Dr. Grady, in 2014.
Dr. Owens is board-certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her professional interests include breastfeeding, nutrition, sports and exercise as well as developmental concerns. She serves as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics for UTMB School of Medicine and loves to teach. She has been identified as one of the best doctors in Austin by Austin Monthly Magazine in September 2014 and also named as a Super Doctors Texas Rising Stars 2014. When at home with her two boys and husband Stephen, she loves running and cycling, cooking inventive and nutritious meals and taking care of her dog and five chickens. Dr. Owens also loves to travel.
Dr. Owens is now accepting new patients!
Dr. Laura Wise, MD
Dr. Wise was born and raised in San Antonio and fell in love with Austin while obtaining her Bachelor of Science at the University of Texas. She received her Medical Degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, and completed her residency at UT Austin Dell Medical School. Dr. Wise is interested in newborn care, mental health, adolescent medicine, and global health. She loves to play piano and drums, and see live music in Austin! She adores the outdoors, her dog and cats, travelling, and spending as much time as possible with her friends and family! She can’t wait to get to know and work with all of the wonderful families at GROW Pediatrics!
Dr. Wise is now accepting new patients!
Our Nurse Practitioner
Jessica Thomas, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC
Jessica was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from California State University Long Beach summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1995 and began her nursing career at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She continued working in pediatric hospitals until shortly after the birth of her first daughter. At this time she became very interested in breastfeeding, and transferred to working in Mother-baby units in hospitals. Two years after her second daughter was born, in 2006, she moved to Texas. She has worked at Seton on the Mother-Baby unit since moving to Texas, working both as an RN and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She is a CPR instructor and enjoys teaching and precepting/orienting new and experienced nurses. She attended the University of Texas Austin for her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree, earning her certification as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. On her days off, you can find her at the Cedar Park dog park with her two dogs, watching her daughter’s volleyball games, or at the movies with friends and family.
Jessica has a sincere interest in family-centered, holistic care. We are thankful to have her as a resource with her wealth of knowledge, and as a provider who allows us to maintain same-day availability most days. Jessica is now accepting new patients!
JanellJanell has been a Registered Nurse since 2003, and came to us from a local hospital where she worked with newborns for 10 years. Janell homeschools her three children and works at GROW part-time. In her free time she enjoys reading.
Sarah has loved babies since her parents brought her little brother home from the hospital. When not at work, she enjoys reading, cooking, and anything outdoors, ideally with her husband and teen-aged son. Sarah is also a trained Breastfeeding Educator!
Sarah can be found in our office one day a week. She has worked with new mothers and babies since 2010, and enjoys seeing patients she cares for in the hospital as newborns become patients in our office.
EmilyEmily has been working with moms and newborns since 2014. She enjoys caring for children and getting to watch them change and grow. Emily is studying to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, and has a wealth of knowledge to share with our families in her role here as a triage nurse. In her free time she likes to travel with her husband, especially to the beach.
RandiRandi became a nurse in 2006, and worked for a local hospital for 12 years in both Labor and Delivery and the Transition Nursery. Needless to say, she has a lot of experience with babies! She has two children, and enjoys traveling with her family. Randi’s favorite part about working at GROW is meeting and working with our families.
Avery is the newest addition to our GROW family. She has been a pediatric nurse since 2012, and has experience in pediatric acute care, school nursing, and research. We are thrilled to have this kind and intelligent nurse on our team!
Our Medical Assistants
Alicia is the loving mother of two handsome boys, and enjoys BBQs and spending time with family and friends. During the summer you can find her enjoying some sun at the beach. Alicia says she is super excited to be a part of this awesome team and loves meeting and working with the families at GROW.
Susy has been a pediatric medical assistant since 2007, and has been with GROW from the beginning! She was born and raised at the South border of Texas. She spends her time outside work on the bleachers cheering for her children, who play a variety of sports. Susy enjoys building relationships with our families, and recognizes most of the little faces that come into our office!
Gladys joined GROW with 3 years of experience working at a local children’s hospital (with pediatric medical & surgical patients). She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry, and is studying for the medical school entrance exam. Popular with our patients, Gladys makes visits fun for our patients and loves getting to know each of our GROW families!
Our Office Staff
Sherrie has been in healthcare since 2002, in both clinical and administrative roles. She has a passion for healthcare quality and improving the patient experience. Sherrie enjoys working with our staff and our families to ensure we provide the very best in family-centered care. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management, and is working on finishing her MBA. She spends her time outside work with her family, and loves to cook, bake, and organize!
Lisa is the new smiling face at our check out desk, and often the person who schedules our appointments. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communication, which serves her well as the ‘hub’ of our office! When not at work, she loves to spend time with her husband, and knit for the little ones in her life. She has lived in Austin since the age of five.
Medical Office Assistant
Megan came to GROW with 6 years of experience working with children. Though she is a full-time student at UT Austin, you can find her smiling face in our office each afternoon. She wears many hats at GROW, primarily functioning as our referral coordinator, but also as a medical assistant from time to time.