Unifour Pediatrics
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Unifour Pediatrics is a physician-owned primary care practice established to provide quality, comprehensive healthcare services to infants, children, adolescents and college-age youth.

Scheduling Appointments: Telephone: 328-1118 during office hours.

Accepting Records Transfers: Download a Transfer Form:

Office Tours available for expecting parents - meet our providers.

  Hiring Additional Staff: Accepting Employment Applications

Questions about the Practice? We will be glad to answer them.
   - CALL (828) 328-1118 (Susan Huffman, manager) or (FAX) 328-1119.

Dr. Millsaps has continuously practiced primary care pediatrics in the Unifour area for the past 33 years and maintains full admitting privileges at both Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center. This current pediatric office, opened in 2005, is designed to provide personal, comprehensive services, promote innovative approaches toward patient care, and allow more time for detailed coordinated management in complex clinical cases. In addition to Dr. Millsaps, we have now added nine more pediatric clinicians, carefully selected, all of whom share the common vision. Dr. Lynn B. Spees joined us in 2007, Dr. Brooke Lawrence Hata joined us in January 2009, and Dr Richard M. Rheinbolt joned us in 2013. Our Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners play an integral role in our practice. This represents over 100 years of combined clinical experience in pediatrics. For the nutritional needs of your child, we also have a certified pediatric dietitian/nutritionist, Elizabeth Sheeks LDN. She primarily sees medically fragile infants and toddlers, but also manages our overweight, healthy lifestyles, and metabolic syndrome program. We encourage you to read our Guiding Principles to gain an insight into the importance we place on excellence in service, patient education, and continuity of medical care. Print out this PDF document for Helpful Information on Telephone Calls and Office Visits, Day-time and After-hours.

Consistent Availability: including weekend and holiday coverage.
   - limited need for use of crowded hospital ER & urgent care facilities.
   - extensive after-hours coverage via telephone & via WE/holiday urgent
     care (sick children can usually be seen in the office 364 days/yr).

   - Our Board Certified Pediatricians:
   - David M. Millsaps, MD FAAP (lead pediatrician of Unifour Pediatrics),

   - Lynn B. Spees, MD FAAP, and
   - Brooke Lawrence Hata, MD FAAP, and
   - Richard Rheinbolt, MD FAAP.

   - Our Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners:
      - Sommer C. Clark, MSN CPNP, Melissa McKenzie MS CPNP,
        Karen T. Leasure, MSN CPNPShawn M. Desmond, MSN CPNP,
        Nancy C. Witcher, MSN CPNP and Emily L. Young, MSN CPNP.
   - Our Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist:
        Elizabeth Sheeks MS RD LDN (working primarily with the medically
        fragile, but also with healthy lifestyles, overweight, diabetes
        prevention, etc.)

Separate "Well-Care" Areas: We have a separate level of the office for
    well children ONLY under 4 years age (and for immuno-compromised
    children) with a separate entrance, waiting rooms, exam rooms and
    staff. Those 4 years and above are seen in the upper level, with separate
    waiting and exam rooms for sick and well.

Office Hours: 8-5 M-F for regular day-time office visits.

After-hours urgent care - call first: weekends/holidays AMs.
   - for urgent problems call at 8AM WEs/holidays or before 4:00PM WDs.

After-hours access by phone: with redundant back-up coverage.
   - by Dr. David Millsaps, Dr. Lynn Spees, Dr. Brooke Hata,
      Dr. Richard Rheinbolt, Sommer Clark CPNP,
      Melissa McKenzie CPNP, Karen Leasure CPNP,
      Shawn Desmond CPNP, and Nancy Witcher CPNP
      and Emily Young CPNP.
      Pediatric Help Line provides coverage after 9PM.

Frye and Catawba hospitals: full admitting privileges at both.
   - Dr. Millsaps, Dr Hata, Dr. Spees, Dr. Rheinbolt and  (nursery), and, for pediatric
     hospital admissions, utilizing pediatric hospitalists/neonatologists.

In-house laboratory: we perform 90+% of tests within the office.
   - Most tests results are available before you leave the office.

Great Location: across from Catawba Valley Medical Center .

Competent caring office staff: our office, staff, and Drs. David Millsaps,
    Dr. Brooke Lawrence Hata, Dr. Lynn Spees, and Dr. Richard Rheinbolt
    and associated Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Coordinated care: with hospitals, our hospital team, & specialists.

Education & preventative care strongly emphasized - stay well!

Web-Site: with extensive educational materials and helpful links.

Reading/Literacy Programs: We actively support reading at early 
   ages through two excellent programs: (1) Reach Out and Read program,
   where age-appropriate books are provided to children 6 months through
   5 years at each well checkup, and (2) Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
   program, where age-appropriate books are mailed monthly to each of our
   patient's homes (birth through 5 years), providing that they live in
   Catawba County.

Programs promoting Responsibility, Self-reliance and Career/
    Financial Success in Life ... for our children

    With the economic problems of our country, we realize that many
    existing government entitlement programs and "safety nets" will likely
    become a thing of the past. We are partnering with other organizations
    to help maximize the future success of our children.  As future
    young adults who are heading off into life, we want to promote self-
    empowerment in the following ways: 
stress the goals of educational success and the joy of learning,
    enthusiastic quest for knowledge and personal improvement,
    ► promote future financial success, independence, and self-reliance,
    encourage healthy role models and standards of behavior (see below),
    develop strong principles, character, honesty, ethics, and morals,
    encourage realistic goals in life, perseverance, and strong work ethic,
    grow up to fully understand that "we must all live within our means",
    learn early that budgeting is important - excess spending, borrowing,
        or lack of forethought have both financial and personal consequences
        (whether in an individual, family, business, city, or government),
    learn early that "drifting through life" with few goals or direction
        usually results in poverty and fewer career options,
    learn early that early pregnancy, drugs, and alcohol complicate
        matters, usually resulting in poverty and fewer career options,
    As you consider further children, be sure that you can responsibly
        provide for them financially, and via your of time, love, and nurturing,
    become "contributing members of society", and not just "takers", 
    nurture the desire to care for others, and for community participation,
    foster genuine desire for volunteerism, charity, and helping others,
    help develop healthy self-esteem, faith, excitement, and joy for life,
    avoid envy, a defeatist attitude, or a "victim" mentality,
    avoid patterns of blaming others, rather than accepting personal
        responsibility incorrect decisions made in life,
    develop true respect for other individuals of all races/backgrounds,
    foster a love of our community and of our country,
    Parents are the main source of modeling behavior (see below),
    Quality parenting is IMPORTANT!
    Children Learn What They Live, by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.
    ► If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
    ► If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
    ► If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
    ► If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
    ► If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
    ► If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
    ► If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
    ► If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
    ► If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
    ► If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
    ► If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
    ► If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
    ► If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
    ► If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
    ► If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
    ► If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
    ► If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
    ► If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and
        in those about them.
    ► If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in
        which to live.

Copyright 1972 by Dorothy Law Nolte

  David Millsaps MD FAAP
Brooke Hata MD FAAP
Lynn B. Spees MD FAAP
Richard Rheinbolt MD FAAP
Board Certif. Pediatricians:
Fellows of the American
   Academy of Pediatrics

and our Pediatric
   Nurse Practitioners

Sommer C. Clark

Melissa McKenzie

Karen T. Leasure, CPNP
Shawn Desmond
Nancy Witcher
Emily Young

Unifour Pediatrics is a physician-owned primary care pediatric practice established to provide quality comprehensive healthcare services to infants, children, adolescents & college-age youth.

and our Registered

Elizabeth Sheeks , LDN