The members of The Carithers Pediatric Group believe in sharing their gifts, education, and experience with the larger community and encourage the physicians on their staff to follow their example. The practice grew through the years to include Dr. Paul Robinson from 1988 to 1994 and Dr. James Cheek in 1990, both of whom trained at Vanderbilt.
As Jacksonville grew, so did the number of our physicians. Dr. Wendy Sapolsky joined the group in 1995 from Wake Forest. Dr. Kim Dal Porto and Dr. Raoul Sanchez joined in 1997 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Amy Hardman practiced with Carithers from 1998 to 2014. After serving throughout the world in the United States Air Force, Dr. Thomas Connolly came back home and joined in 2002. The following year Dr. Anne Egan joined Carithers after practicing for eight years at a pediatric practice in Pittsburgh. Dr. Andreae Shaw joined in 2009 after completing her residency at the University of Florida. Four years later, Dr. Chanley Dudley joined after training at Harvard and finishing a Chief Resident year at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Letisha Jefferson who came from the University of Tennessee in Memphis after completing a Chief Resident year joined the group in 2015. The following year, Dr. Michelle McCreary joined from Massachusetts General Hospital from August 2016 to December 2019.
The most recent additions are Dr. Caroline Williams who after joining the United States Air Force, practiced at Naval Hospital Jacksonville as a civilian Pediatrician and Dr. Derrick Owens who came from the University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville, where he completed his residency and was chosen Resident of the Year by the Northeast Florida Pediatric Society in his final year. Dr. Dillon Snyder also just joined us from the UF residency program where he graduated at the top of the program.
Several of the doctors in the practice share the commonality of being patients as children or having strong roots in Jacksonville.
The Carithers Pediatric Group invited several pediatric board-certified nurse practitioners to extend their excellent care. Many of them trained in the practice and some were former patients. Our current Nurse Practitioners include Katie Mershon, Gianna Agustin, and Jack Page. We also have a pediatric experienced Physician Assistant, Dewey Lee III as well as our newest PA, Marni Sapolsky, Dr. Wendy’s daughter!
In 1999, the Physicians formally named the practice, “The Carithers Pediatric Group” in honor of the legacy of Dr. Hugh and Dr. Connie and their hard work for the children of Jacksonville. At The Carithers Pediatric Group, we strive for excellence as physicians and staff and participate in efforts to make a healthier community. In return, we have seen the larger community of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida express an appreciation for our work and service. Our group is not only about quality care for our patients, but medical leadership for our area. It’s all about giving back!