Meet our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Physicians | Nurse Practitioners | Management

Physicians

Ricardo Riesco: MD, FAAP, Owner

Dr. Riesco received his medical degree from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru in 1991. He completed his three-year pediatric residency at SUNY Children’s Medical Center in Brooklyn in 1997. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He has been in practice in Dalton, Georgia since 1997 and is co-owner of Peds Care, P.C.

Milca Hernandez-Aviles: MD, FAAP, Owner

Dr. Hernandez received her medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2000. She completed her three-year pediatric residency in the University Pediatric Hospital, Puerto Rico in 2003. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She has been in practice in Dalton, Georgia since 2008 and is co-owner of Peds Care, P.C.

Abeer M. Abdeldayem: MD, FAAP

Dr. Abdeldayem received her medical degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt in 1997 and was an anesthesiologist in Egypt. She completed her three-year pediatric residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York in 2012. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She has been in practice in Dalton, Georgia since 2012.

Dr. Cathy Pak: MD, FAAP

Dr. Pak received her medical degree from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California in 1987. She completed her three-year pediatric residency in California in 1990. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She has been in practice in Dalton, Georgia since 1995.

Karen Filler: MD, FAAP

Dr. Filler received her medical degree from the University of Alabama, School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama in 1993. She completed a three -year pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California in 1996. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She has been in practice in Dalton, Georgia since 1996.

Pooja Soni: MD, FAAP

Dr. Soni received her medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida in 2011. She completed her three-year pediatric residency at the University of South Florida as well. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Nurse Practitioners

H. Celeste Morris: NP-C

H. Celeste Morris, Nurse Practitioner, received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Jefferson Davis Jr. College in Alabama in 1984. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from UTC in 1995. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing and Pediatrics Certification in 2004 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Connie Middleton: NP-C

Connie Middleton, Nurse Practitioner, received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Dalton State College in 1993. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from State University of West Georgia in 1996. She received her Master of Science in Nursing in 1998 from Emory University. She is certified by AANP as a FNP.

Kelli Welch Paniagua: NP-C

Kelli Paniagua Welch, Nurse Practitioner, received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Dalton State College in 1996. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from State University of West Georgia in Carrolton, Georgia in 1998. She received her Masters of Science in the Nurse Practitioner Program at Kennesaw State University in 2001. She is certified by the ANCC as a FNP.

Christina Pearson: NP-C

Christina Pearson, Nurse Practitioner, She received her Associate of Science Degree in nursing from Dalton State College in 1985. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in1989. She received her Master of Science Degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2000. She is certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She received a Post Masters Certificate as a Nurse Practitioner from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013. She is certified as a Nurse Practitioner by the AANP.

Management

Jennifer Hosford

Practice Administrator

Tammy Lloyd, BSN, RN

Nurse Manager

Front Office Staff

Nursing Staff


Founding Partner of Peds Care, P.C.

Dr. Martin C. Michaels

Dr. Michaels died in December of 2011, but he left a legacy of caring and service to the many children he treated since he began his practice in 1984. He fought to ensure that children, specifically the underserved, received appropriate care in his community, throughout Georgia, and nationwide. He was a proponent of equal health care and insurance for all of children. An outspoken advocate for Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids programs, he used Health Check exams as the standard for all his patients regardless of their ability to pay.

He felt no child should be turned away from care because their family could not pay. He also saw patients whose families had balances. He established a “Medicine Fund,” and would take money out of his own pocket for treatment, as well as transportation to and from his office, if it meant a child could be treated in the early stages of an illness.

Michaels served as the President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and served on its Vision of Pediatrics National Task Force. He championed adult literacy. A member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, he served on the vestry, worked to improve adult education and created an annual community jazz service, wherein he could share his passion for music. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and was a loyal friend to many. He nurtured his family by cooking for them.

Many who knew Dr. Michaels, his work, his passion and his dedication are still reeling from his untimely passing at age 55. It is only fitting that he be honored for a lifetime of leadership, service to others and unwavering support for Georgia’s underserved people.

Founding Partner of Peds Care, P.C. – 1989
Peds Care, P.C. Incorporated – 1995

For more information about our practice or pediatric services, call us today at 706.278.6628. Our team is happy to answer all of your questions.