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Our Nurse Practitioners
Pediatric Services

DAWN BARNES, FNP-BC

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Dawn is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who joined the Allied Pediatrics team in January 2019. She has over 20 years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner in private pediatric practice. She enjoys meeting new families and has experienced the joy of caring for children of patients that she has watched grow into adulthood. The opportunity to educate families and help parents navigate through these precious childhood years is truly a blessing for Dawn.

EDUCATION
BS, RN, MSN, FNP The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN

PROFESSIONAL
Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center
Licensed in TN and GA

CRISSY COLLINS, NP-C, CLC

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Crissy is a Certified Nurse Practitioner that joined the team at Allied Pediatrics in February 2016. Her eight years of nursing experience prior to becoming a nurse practitioner were spent at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in the pediatric emergency department and after-hours clinic. She is passionate about pediatrics and takes a special interest in childhood obesity and nutrition and is an advocate for patient and parent education.

EDUCATION
RN, BSN, Belmont University, Nashville, TN
MSN, FNP, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

PROFESSIONAL
Board Certified, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)
Licensed in TN

ABRI DELGADO, NP-C, CLC

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Abri is a Family Nurse Practitioner that joined the Allied Pediatrics team in July 2017. She is originally from South Africa and then moved to Chattanooga in 2004. After finishing a five-year term as a Nurse Practitioner in a Trauma Surgery hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo she returned to Chattanooga to live and work here. She loves working with children and has a passion for helping moms with lactation problems and for educating kids and parents about holistic healthful living. Abri speaks Afrikaans, Spanish and French and enjoys the multicultural flavor Allied Pediatrics offers.

EDUCATION
RN, BSN, MSN, FNP, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN

PROFESSIONAL
Board Certified, Pediatric Nursing Certification
Board Member, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)
Licensed in TN

HEATHER RICHARDSON, FNP-BC

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Heather is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner that joined the team at Allied Pediatrics in May 2018. She has been living in the Chattanooga area since 2007. Her 8 years of pediatric nursing and NP experience includes private practice, school nursing, inpatient pediatrics, as well as the neonatal and pediatric ICUs. She absolutely adores working with children of all ages and is passionate about educating and helping children and their families live happier healthier lives.

EDUCATION
AS, RN, MSN, FNP, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN

PROFESSIONAL
Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center
Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)
Certified Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor
Licensed in GA and TN

THOMAS SHELTON, DNP

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Thomas is a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a dual certification in Acute and Primary Care Pediatrics who joined the Allied Pediatrics team in December 2021. He has been living in the Chattanooga area since 2015 and has over 5 years of pediatric emergency nursing experience, with additional experience in adult emergency and the PICU. Thomas is an advocate for children in the LGBTQ+ community and is passionate about ensuring they have access to quality, evidence-based healthcare

EDUCATION
ASN, Dalton State College, Dalton, GA
BSN, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN
DNP, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

PROFESSIONAL
Board Certified, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse
Licensed in TN & WA

  • Well checks and immunizations

  • Same day sick visits

  • Newborn circumcisions and frenotomies

  • Wart removal and other
    minor procedures
  • Asthma and allergy management

  • Care for premature infants and special-needs children

  • Breast-feeding support