Susan H. Huffman, CMPE
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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 ... your pediatric
Certified: We are now recognized and fully certified as
a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
- Certification Level 3, the highest level currently available
through the National Committee for Quality Assurance. We are also Level
3 certified by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) through the
Blue Quality Physician Program (BQPP), which focuses on Primary
Care Management and certifies independent practices committed to
providing high-quality outcomes, and low-cost, patient-centered care
for BCBSNC members. Our in-house laboratory has also been certified
as a moderately complex laboratory by COLA. Federal Meaningful Use
Certification has also been achieved and consistently maintained. We are
honored to be one of 18 pediatric primary-care practices in the country
chosen by the National Institute
for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) for the Pediatrics Supporting Parents (PSP) study.
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 CMPE,
or (FAX) 328-1119.
has continuously practiced primary care
pediatrics in the Unifour area for the past 39 years and maintains full
admitting privileges at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
As of October 2018, all 15 general pediatricians in the county stopped seeing patients at Frye.
This current pediatric office, opened in 2005,
is designed to provide personal, comprehensive services, promote
innovative approaches toward patient care, put more emphasis on patient
education and preventative care, and allow more time for
detailed coordinated management in complex clinical cases. In addition
Dr. Millsaps, we have now
added ten more pediatric
clinicians, carefully selected, all of whom share the common vision.
Dr. Lynn B. Spees joined us in 2007
(and retired this February 2017), Dr. Brooke Lawrence Hata
joined us in January 2009
(currently on extended leave), Dr.
Richard M. Rheinbolt joined us in 2013,
Dr. Barbara Colosimo joined us in
2015, and Dr. Elliott joined us in 2016. Our excellent
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
play an integral role in our practice. This represents over 180 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 programs
(along with specified pediatric clinicians through our Healthy
Lifestyles program). In 2018 we embedded a psychology/counseling group
within the practice (Crossroad Counseling) to help with specific needs
of our patients. We also utilize embedded CC4C complex care coordinators
to help link parents to resources, and nurses who help to coordinate
care of complex patients. 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
weekend and holiday coverage.
- limited need for use of crowded hospital ER
& urgent care facilities.
after-hours coverage via telephone & via WE/holiday urgent
care (sick children can usually be seen in the office 364 days/yr when
weather and staffing permits).
- Our Board Certified Pediatricians:
- David M. Millsaps, MD
FAAP (lead pediatrician of Unifour Pediatrics),
Brooke Lawrence Hata, MD FAAP
(currently on extended leave),
Richard Rheinbolt, MD FAAP,
Barbara Colosimo, MD FAAP, and
William E. Elliott, MD FAAP.
- Our Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners:
C. Clark, MSN CPNP, Karen
T. Leasure, MSN CPNP,
Lauren J. McFarland, MSN CPNP,
Evina L. Nonato MSN CPNP,
- Gretchen E. Weeks, MSN CPNP. and
Alexis Pagnatta MSN CPNP.
- Our Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist:
Elizabeth Sheeks MS RD LDN
(working primarily with the medically
fragile, but also
healthy lifestyles, overweight, diabetes
Separate "Well-Care" Areas: We have a separate level of
the office for
ONLY under 4 years age (and for immunocompromised
children) with a separate entrance, waiting rooms, exam rooms and
staff. Those 4 years and above are seen in the upper level, with
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:
- for urgent problems
call at 8AM WEs/holidays or before 4:00PM
Peds Web Portal: (computer, tablet, smartphone)
- Providing access to us online, with all sorts of helpful
can also send you diagnosis
specific patient education PDFs and
Questionnaires are also available about our pediatric practice.
From a computer, you can print out documents for family members.
Peds Smart Phone Apps: (smartphone, tablet)
- Providing access to us online, with all sorts of helpful
can also send you
diagnosis-specific patient education PDFs and
videos. Download our
Healow for Kids apps.
After-hours access by phone: with redundant back-up coverage.
Dr. David Millsaps, Dr. Brooke Hata
(currently on extended leave),
Dr. Barbara Colosimo, and
Dr. William Elliott,
as well as Sommer Clark CPNP,
Karen Leasure CPNP,
Lauren McFarland CPNP,
Gretchen Weeks CPNP,
Evina Nonato CPNP,
and Alexis "Lexi" Pagnatta CPNP.
Pediatric Help Line provides coverage
(usually after 9PM).
Catawba Valley Medical Center: full admitting privileges:
- For full-term nursery:
Millsaps, Dr. Hata
(currently on extended leave),
For NICU and pediatric unit hospital admissions:
we utilizing pediatric hospitalists/neonatologists.
- Catawba has well-run and well-staffed pediatric unit, full well-run nursery
NICU ... with numerous awards for high quality of patient care,
caring nurses who are well trained and knowledgeable, and a hospital
and staff that scores well on patient
satisfaction surveys, etc.
In-house laboratory: we perform 90+% of tests within
- Most tests results
are available before you leave the office.
Great Location: across from Catawba Valley Medical
Coordinated care: with hospitals, our
hospital team, & specialists.
Education & preventative care strongly emphasized -
Web-Site: with extensive
educational materials and
Reading/Literacy Programs: We actively support reading
ages through two excellent programs: (1)
Reach Out and Read
where age-appropriate books are provided to children 6
5 years at each well checkup (we are the
ONLY pediatric office in the
county participating in
this program, and (2) Dolly
Library program, where age-appropriate books are
mailed monthly to
each of our patient's homes (birth
through 5 years). If started at birth, this
means 73 high-quality books free for your child. We truly
believe in the importance of early childhood literacy!
Parks and Trails Programs::
Unifour Pediatrics actively participates in
programs to get kids out and
active on trails and parks. Access these
programs that will show you great parks to go to in the area,
showing, for instance, details about 55+ parking in this county alone.
See our Unifour Pediatrics
Outdoors Activities and Fun page, or click:
(for example, Baker Mountain Park, River
Bend Park, Lyle Creek Greenway, Glenn Hilton Park, South
State Park, and many many others.
ParkRxAmerica.org/boone or those
in the nearly mountains.
KidsInParks.com (for more distant parks).
The Kids in Parks program has established a network of trails
designed to provide kids and families with fun outdoor activities.
Through their TRACK Rx program, our providers are promoting this
program and formally prescribing our patients to get active outdoors
and reconnected to nature through this exciting program. For more
information about the program, click this
CALLING ALL PATIENTS!
Join our staff and patients in counting steps and get active! We have
divided into 2 teams and we are counting our steps daily and reporting
them weekly. We are accumulating the total (2000 steps = 1 mile) and
moving our “person” across the map to race across the country! Call our
office and be placed on a team and start counting! Send a message of
your weekly steps through our patient portal and be a part of the fun!
Programs promoting Responsibility, Self-reliance and Career/
Financial Success in Life ... for our child:
With the economic problems of our country, we realize that many
existing government entitlement programs and "safety nets" will
become a thing of the past. We are partnering with other
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
► encourage healthy role models and standards of behavior
► develop strong principles, character, honesty, ethics, and
► encourage realistic goals in life, perseverance, and strong
► grow up to fully understand that "we must all live within our
► learn early that budgeting is important - excess spending,
or lack of forethought have both financial and
(whether in an individual, family,
business, city, or government),
► learn early that "drifting through life" with few goals or
usually results in poverty and fewer career
► 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
provide for them financially, and via your of
time, love, and nurturing,
► become "contributing members of society", and not just
► nurture the desire to care for others, and for community
► foster genuine desire for volunteerism, charity, and helping
► help develop healthy self-esteem, faith, excitement, and joy
► avoid envy, a defeatist attitude, or a "victim" mentality,
► avoid patterns of blaming others, rather than accepting
responsibility incorrect decisions made in life,
► develop true respect for other individuals of all
► foster a love of our community and of our country,
► Parents are the main source of modeling behavior (see
► 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
► 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
► 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
► If children live with security, they learn to have faith in
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
Board Certif. Pediatricians:
Fellows of the
Academy of Pediatrics
Sommer C. Clark,
Karen T. Leasure, CPNP
Lauren McFarland, CPNP
Evina Nonato, CPNP
Gretchen Weeks, CPNP
Alexis Pagnatta, CPNP
Unifour Pediatrics is a physician-owned primary care pediatric practice established to provide quality comprehensive healthcare services to infants, children, adolescents & college-age youth.
Elizabeth Sheeks , LDN