Our Doctors

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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 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.

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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, cats, and chickens. Dr. Owens also loves to travel.

Dr. Owens is closed to new patients at this time.

 

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Dr. Laura Wise, MD, FAAP

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 Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Her special interests include newborn care, mental health, adolescent medicine, and global health.

Dr. Wise loves to play piano and drums, and see live music in Austin. Newly engaged, she adores the outdoors, her dog and cats, travelling, and spending as much time as possible with her fiance, friends, and family. She can’t wait to get to know and work with all of the wonderful families at GROW Pediatrics!

Dr. Wise has a waiting list for new patients. Please call our office for more information.

Our Nurse Practitioner

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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 then, working both as a Registered Nurse 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 at Austin for her Master of Science in Nursing degree, earning her certification as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She is also a member of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners, and is Board Certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

On her days off, you can find Jessica 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, especially in newborn care and breastfeeding, and as a provider who allows us to maintain same-day availability most days. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see her, we highly recommend getting to know her, especially if you are parenting a newborn or an adolescent. 

Jessica is closed to new patients at this time.

Our Nurses

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Janell, BSN, RN

Janell has been a Registered Nurse since 2003, and came to us from a local hospital where she worked for 10 years, and cared for newborns alongside Dr. Grady. She joined GROW when we first opened in late 2014. Though she is a talented triage nurse, her real passion is giving direct patient care. She is impressively detail-oriented, and is thoughtful in all aspects of her work. 

Janell homeschools her three children and works at GROW part-time.  She enjoys reading in her freetime.

Clinical Nurse Supervisor
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Avery, BSN, RN

Avery has been a pediatric nurse since 2012, and has experience in pediatric acute care, school nursing, and research. In addition to her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Avery also has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Affairs. She’s already winning parents over with her calm demeanor and thoughtful advice. We are thrilled to have this kind and intelligent nurse on our team!

Triage Nurse
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Sarah, RN

Sarah can be found in our office one day a week. She has worked with new mothers and babies since 2010, and is also a Registered Nurse in a local hospital Mother/Baby unit. Sarah enjoys seeing patients she cares for in the hospital as newborns become patients in our office. Her calm energy and straight-forward advice is reassuring to our families at GROW. 

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Emily, BSN, RN

Emily has been working with moms and newborns since 2014. She enjoys caring for children and getting to watch them change and grow. She works with Sarah in a local hospital Mother/Baby unit.

Emily is studying to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (to be completed in May 2018!), and has a wealth of knowledge to share with our families in her role here. In her free time she likes to travel with her husband, especially to the beach, and spend time with him, her dog Pop Tart, and her 2 cats.

Triage Nurse
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Randi, RN

Randi 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 and her husband have been with GROW since we first opened, helping us assemble furniture and set up the practice. She has worked for us on a PRN basis since then! Randi’s favorite part about working at GROW is meeting and working with our families.

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Our Medical Assistants

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Alicia

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.

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Gladys

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!

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Susy

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!

Medical Assistant

Our Office Staff

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Lisa

You can find Lisa’s friendly, smiling face at our check out desk. She is often the person who answers our phone and schedules our appointments. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communication, which along with her calm, professional, and kind demeanor, serves her well as the ‘hub’ of our office! When not at work, she loves to spend time with her husband and two dogs, and knit for the little ones in her life. She has lived in Austin since the age of five and knows all the best Austin spots for food and live music. We are lucky to have this lovely woman as the ‘face’ of GROW – she represents us well!

Medical Office Assistant
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Caitlin

Caitlin recently graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Health and Wellness with a minor in Kinesiology. As a member of a large family (she has 7 siblings!), and a previous career in babysitting, Caitlin has a lifetime of experience with children. This shows in her ability to get a smile from [almost] every patient. Her home station at GROW is the front desk, where she greets our families, checks patients in and out, plays DJ for the office, and makes sure our families have short wait times. She considers it a personal victory when she memorizes our patients’ names. Caitlin is a people person who loves all things health & wellness, and we are so pleased she is able to combine these things at GROW!

Patient Flow Coordinator
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Sherrie

Sherrie has been in healthcare since 2002, in both clinical and administrative roles, and has been the Office Manager of GROW since we opened in late 2014. She is passionate about practice transformation – keeping our practice in a constant state of improvement. Quality is of the utmost importance to her, and she 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 Administration, and is working on finishing her Healthcare Management focused MBA. She considers herself to be a lifetime learner, and spends her time outside work with her husband and two children, and loves to read, cook, bake, and organize.

Sherrie is glad to receive feedback from our patients and families about the care they’ve received at GROW. This helps her to keep GROW moving in the right direction!

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Megan

Megan came to GROW with 6 years of experience working with children. She wears many hats at GROW, primarily functioning as our referral coordinator, but also as a medical assistant, receptionist, lab manager (you get the idea!) from time to time. She is especially talented in areas of research, data, and statistics- which she uses for everything from keeping us stocked up with the latest & greatest, to sending the most thorough and beautiful appeal letters. Megan’s unique skill set allows us to give our families exceptional service, a top priority for GROW!

Referral Coordinator

In Loving Memory

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Sarah Stirton, BSN, RN

Our beloved nurse, Sarah Stirton, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on December 17, 2017. She was the best of the best as far as triage nurses go, and was an incredible person filled with kindness, wisdom, and a passion for life. She poured her heart and soul into her family, especially her son Bennett, and her husband Andrew. She delighted in holding babies, reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

Sarah worked with Dr. Owens at her previous practice, and followed her to GROW. She was here from the very beginning. She is a legacy, and we miss her terribly. 

We have a notebook available at our front desk that we would like to fill with memories of Sarah, and notes to her son and husband. Please feel free to ask for it next time you are in the office, or you may send a note to info@growpediatrics.com, and we will be happy to add it to the book.

 

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