North Florida Pediatrics

You and your child deserve a healthcare team you can trust. North Florida Pediatrics takes the worry out of finding one. We have been easing coughs, treating cuts, and helping your kids get well for over 20 years.

Our compassionate pediatric providers believe in giving the best care possible to the children living in North Florida.  Whether your child needs a checkup or has an issue that needs to be addressed right away, when your family needs us, we are ready to help. We offer care for newborns, infants, and children up to age 18.

Walk-ins are welcome at all our clinics and we offer evening and weekend hours at our Lake City clinic.

North Florida Pediatrics, P.A. started its practice in 1996 with a vision of providing the children of North Florida quality, compassionate healthcare close to home. Since then, we have opened a total of seven offices in the North Florida area, ensuring that good health for your child is only a short drive away.

We continue to be a leader in pediatrics in the North Florida medical community, being one of the first practices in the area to be a multi-county pediatric group and to have extended weekday and weekend hours to better provide care to our patients.

With our main office in Lake City along with our seven branch clinics throughout North Florida, we currently serve patient needs in the Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee, Dixie, Levy, Bradford, and Duval counties.  Our branch offices are located in: Chiefland, Cross City, Jasper, Jacksonville, Live Oak, and Starke.

We also have a School Health Clinic located in at the Hamilton County Elementary School.

We want to thank you for choosing North Florida Pediatrics for your child's medical care and welcome you to our practice. We can assure you that you'll feel confident in our ability to meet and exceed all of your expectations. Please call our Lake City office if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment .

Find the Office Nearest You:

Lake City - Home Office

1859 SW Newland Way
Lake City, FL 32025

P: 386-758-0003
F: 386-755-4432

Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 1:30 pm


2220 N. Young Blvd
Chiefland, FL 32626

P: 352-221-7337
F: 352-221-7344

Mon - Fri
8:30 am - 4:45 pm

Cross City

149 NE 241st St - Suite A
Cross City, FL 32628

P: 352-498-3337
F: 352-498-3773

Mon - Wed - Fri
8:30 am - 4:45 pm


9770 Old Baymeadows Road - Suite 127
Jacksonville, FL 32256

P: 904-518-5586
F: 904-518-5587

Mon - Wed - Fri
8:30 am - 4:45 pm


1117 NW Hwy 41 - Suite B
Jasper, FL 32052

P: 386-792-3864
F: 386-792-1530

Mon - Fri
8:30 am - 4:45 pm

Live Oak

1101 S. Ohio Avenue
Live Oak, FL 32064

P: 386-339-1060
F: 386-339-1067

Mon - Fri
8:30 am - 4:30 pm


417 E. Call Street
Starke, FL 32091

P: 904-368-0368
F: 904-368-0378

Mon - Fri
8:30 am - 4:45 pm

Meet The North Florida Pediatrics Team

  • Samuel Santelices

    Dr. Samuel Santelices is the medical director of North Florida Pediatrics and is a provider at our Lake City and Live Oak offices. Since 2010, Dr. Santelices has pushed for the growth and expansion of the pediatric office, having opened five office branches during his service as a director. 

  • Pamela G. Santelices

    Dr. Pamela Santelices received her medical degree at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Florida and Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. She is currently a provider for our Lake City, Jasper, Cross City, and Chiefland offices, and she is also an administrating clinician of our team. Dr. Pam enjoys talking to children and continuously being inspired by them to be the best that she can be. She strongly believes that both teaching her patients as well as learning from them and their families is what makes her job fulfilling as a physician.

  • MJ Al-Nufal

    Dr. Mohammed Al-Nufal (Dr. MJ) is a medical school graduate from the Will Cornell Medical College in Qatar. He is currently one of our providers at our Live Oak office. 

    Dr. MJ loves to be around children and enjoys providing quality healthcare to all of his patients. On his free time, Dr. MJ enjoys playing and watching sports as well as bodybuilding.  

  • Dr.
    Jennifer N. Simpson

    Dr. Jennifer Simpson is a medical school graduate from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, and she completed her pediatric residency training immediately afterward in the US. Dr. Simpson is a provider in our Lake City office. 

    Dr. Simpson makes a strong effort to make sure that her patients and their families are thoroughly informed and educated during their appointments. Along with English, she is also fluent in Spanish and Vietnamese.  

  • Dr.
    Amna Zarar

    Dr. Amna Zarar is one of our board-certified physicians at North Florida Pediatrics. Dr. Zarar is supportive of the vision of our practice to provide quality healthcare to all of our patients.  

  • Dr.
    Wendy Henriquez-Veras

    Dr. Wendy Henriquez-Veras is a medical school graduate from Universidad Catolica Nordestana Medical School in Dominican Republic. 

    Dr. Wendy cares very much about all of her patients and does her best to meet her patients' needs effectively. She is also fluent in English and is a fluent Spanish-speaker.  

  • Dr.
    Maria Smith

       Dr. Maria Smith is an M.D. graduate from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. She is currently a provider at our Lake City office.
    Dr. Smith very much values her relationship with her patients as a physician and wants to ensure all of her patients quality healthcare. She is also fluent in English and Tagalog Filipino. Dr. Smith enjoys gardening and cooking when she is away from the clinic.  

  • Megan Smith

       Megan Smith is a board-certified nurse practitioner and our lead provider at our Jasper clinic. She is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
    Megan loves taking care of children and supports providing them with quality healthcare that they deserve. She believes that providing children with positive healthcare is important to making sure that the care that they receive is effective.
    Favorite Quote: 'In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.' - Anne Frank  

  • Casey Perry

    Casey Perry is a board-certified nurse practitioner who is currently a provider at Cross City and Chiefland. She is a graduate of Duke University School of Nursing. Casey loves seeing patients and wants to provide all of her patients with quality care.  

  • Megan Tenney

    Megan Tenney is a board-certified nurse practitioner who is currently one of our providers at our Live Oak office. She is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.  

  • Sabrina Green

       Sabrina Green is a licensed and board-certified nurse practitioner who serves at our Lake City office. She is a graduate from the Chamberlain College of Nursing.
    Sabrina always wants to exhibit a caring attitude toward her patients and believes that quality healthcare can be provided alongside friendliness to all of her patients.  

  • Tasha Ellsberry

       Tasha Ellsberry is a board-certified nurse practitioner and graduated from Simmons College. She is currently a provider at our Live Oak office, and she will begin in July to be one of our main providers at our Jacksonville office in Baymeadows.
    Tasha believes in providing quality and compassionate care to all of the children in the area that she serves. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and three children. She currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida.  

  • Tyler Chase

       Tyler Chase is a board-certified physician assistant who currently serves as a provider at our Lake City office. Tyler graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.
    Tyler supports giving his patients quality healthcare and believes that he can use his clinical skills to make sure that his patients receive the healthcare that they deserve.  

  • Kenneth J. Lown

       Kenneth J. A. Lown, BSN, MSN, CPNP-PC-Bio is a board-certified nurse practitioner who serves at our Lake City office for North Florida Pediatrics. He graduated from Columbia University. 

    Kenneth makes sure that his patients feel that they get the help that they ask for, and wants to make sure that his patients can feel comfortable and friendly around him during their visits and appointments. Kenneth believes in and practices a child-centered, family-oriented foundation of comprehensive bio-psychosocial-spiritual healthcare, and he strives daily to create a supportive environment for his patients, their families, and fellow caregivers. 

    Favorite Quote: 'Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.' - John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States  

  • Gloria Wu

    Gloria Wu is a physician assistant at North Florida Pediatrics, and she graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida with a degree in nutrition and a minor in Spanish. She went on to obtain her Master of Science in Physician Studies at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia. Gloria is a provider at our Lake City, Jasper, and Live Oak offices. 

    Gloria enjoys the positive impact that she can make in the lives of both children and their families as well. She loves to make kids smile and it makes her happy to see children who are happy with their care. She feels lucky to be able to work with such an amazing group of people at North Florida Pediatrics. Additionally, Gloria is fluent in both English and Spanish. She also loves to cook healthy recipes on her free time. 

    Favorite Quote: 'Have courage and be kind.' - Cinderella  

  • Leslee Stafford

    Leslee Stafford is a licensed nurse practitioner at North Florida Pediatrics. Leslee graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She is currently a provider at our Lake City and Starke offices. 

    Leslee enjoys educating all of her patients; patient education is one of the most enjoyable aspects of her job as a clinician. On her free time, Leslee like to spend time with her husband and two dogs, and they enjoy trail-running and hiking together.  


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