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Pregnancy can be both exciting and terrifying. There are so many unknowns as new parents look to the future. You will be starting a family of your own and there will be lots of decisions to make. One of the important decisions will be which health care provider to use for your newborn. We hope to help make that decision easier.
Same Day Visits
When your child is sick, it is our goal to see your child on the same day you call. Please call as soon as you know you would like your child to be seen. We are a small clinic so we cannot answer every call when it comes in. If you leave us a message, we will call you back with an appointment as soon as we can. Some times we experience a high volume of calls—like on Monday mornings or during flu season.
Newborns & Infants
Once a baby is born, he or she will need a doctor of her own. We hope you will make Best Start Pediatrics your baby’s medical home. When your baby is discharged from the hospital, give us a call to schedule the first appointment. This appointment usually occurs when the baby is 3-5 days old.
Dr. Susan Averitt
Dr. Susan Averitt graduated from world famous Little Rock Central High School. She attended Millsaps College in Jackson Mississippi. She went to medical school at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN where she served as chief resident.
Dr. Averitt has practiced general pediatrics in Sherwood, AR; McAlester, OK; and Northwest Arkansas. Since 2006 she has practiced at the Willow Creek location. In March 2018, she became a physician owner of Best Start Pediatric Clinic.
Dr. Averitt is married to Derrick and together they are raising three lovely daughters-- Kennedy, Brooklynn, and Carington. Dr. Averitt says, “being a mother has been a perfect fit for me as a pediatrician.
"I may not have all the answers, but I know how it feels to be a mom.”
She is interested in all aspects of pediatrics, believing that a child’s health and wellbeing are affected by many factors. What she enjoys most is becoming a part of the child’s team of loving adults. “I love to support new mom’s in breastfeeding. I like encouraging families to read together. I enjoy educating about nutrition, development, discipline and safety. It is great to be able to watch children grow up and families evolve.
Outside of work Dr. Averitt enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is involved in the community supporting schools and local events. She and her family have several charitable organizations in memory of her daughter, Cameron, who died in 2006 at the age of five. Because Cameron loved books and reading, they collect children’s books and share them with kids who might not otherwise have their own books to read. They have a little free library at Butterfield Elementary School and supply books for Best Start’s Reach Out and Read Program. They have a memorial fund that supports children’s charities.
Dr. Averitt is the founder of Parents Left Behind, an organization that supports parents who have lost a child.
Our Team is close and our patients are family. We have assembled a special group of talented people, each with a specific skill set that combine to create the best experience for you and your family.
Our Patients Are Family
“They always take our concerns seriously and are happy to help. They have a very fun kid friendly environment and can always seem to fit us in in an emergency.”
Reach Out & Read
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The best opportunity to influence a child's future is in the first five years, a critical window of rapid brain development that does not occur at any other time. Children who hear fewer words during early childhood start school developmentally behind their peers and may never catch up. When families read aloud to their young children, they can give them a better start to life. We encourage families to read aloud and engage with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers every day. The effectiveness of the Reach Out and Read model is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics in a policy statement that recommends early literacy promotion as an essential component of pediatric care. We are now a national organization, currently serving 4.7 million children and their families in the U.S. By giving young children a foundation for success, Reach Out and Read is combatting the effects of income inequality.
Best Start Pediatrics is doing our part to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19. We are pre-screening our patients for COVID-19 exposure. If there is any risk, we are not bringing those patients into our clinic but asking them to call the hotline (numbers are below) to be considered for testing. We have removed all toys and books from our exam rooms. We are sanitizing surfaces and spaces multiple times throughout the day. We are using designated exam rooms for wellness visits. We are making every effort to limit or eliminate wait time in the waiting room. We are asking any non-urgent visit types to consider rescheduling appointments to a later date.
Tips To Reduce the Spread of Infectious Disease:
* Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds
* Disinfecting common areas
*Avoid touching your face
*Cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough
* Practice good hygiene
If you are concerned your child may have symptoms of or have been exposed to COVID-19 please call the following hotlines:
1-800-743-3616 (for kids)
1-800-632-4502 (for adults)
Please do not come to our clinic, urgent care centers, ER's, etc. for testing. Please use the hotlines and follow their instructions very closely!