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Julie Segal, MD, F.A.A.P.

Segal Dr. Segal is a board certified pediatrician as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics with over 15 years’ experience in private practice. She is originally from New England but came south to Atlanta to attend college. She completed both her undergraduate and medical school training at Emory University in Atlanta as well as her residency training at St. Louis Children’s Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Segal then decided to further her training there by completing a clinical fellowship in Adolescent Medicine. She is an active staff member of Northside Hospital and loves to visit her newborn patients there shortly after delivery for their first exam! She is also on courtesy staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and maintains strong relationships with the pediatric subspecialists in her field to ensure her patients receive the best specialist care possible. She enjoys educating expectant parents about newborn care and what to expect after delivery at several local Obstetrician’s offices. Along with Dr. Mekelburg, she is one of the founding members of Children’s Wellness Center which they opened together in 2006.

She is married to a physician and they reside in Atlanta. Her favorite and most treasured activity is spending time with her 3 children- ages 5, 8 and 10. She is active in the community, volunteering at her synagogue as well as helping to develop health guidelines at her children’s school. She is also on the advisory board for Community Friendship, Inc., a nonprofit psychiatric rehabilitation organization in downtown Atlanta that helps those struggling with mental illness to reclaim their independence.

Being a parent can be both beautifully rewarding and challenging. Being a mom herself has helped her to be able to provide practical and realistic advice to new parents. There is nothing like getting advice from someone who has a parent has also faced many of the same challenges. Her favorite part of daily practice is empowering new families to gain confidence and find the joy in being new parents.

Kirsten Mekelburg, MD, F.A.A.P.


Dr. Kirsten Mekelburg is a board-certified pediatrician and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental science at the University of Michigan and completed medical school at Wayne State University of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. She did her residency at Emory University where she earned multiple awards in her teaching of medical students. While there, she also published an abstract on the use of umbilical cord blood cell transplants for a rare pediatric disease. She teaches pregnant moms on routine newborn care at some of the OB/GYN offices in Atlanta. She is also the Community Physician Liaison for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Outpatient and Inpatient Rehabilitation Team. She is also a Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine teaching medical students on office based pediatrics.

She will soon become a guest blogger on nutrition4kids.com on celiac disease and parenting a child with celiac. Dr. Mekelburg takes a serious interest in preventative health and medicine. Many of the issues facing our teenagers and young adults may have been prevented or mitigated by minor changes in childhood. Nutrition education, sleep habits, dental health, mental health and academic success are just a few of the many areas that we address.

Dr. Mekelburg is originally from southern Ontario, Canada. She moved with her family to Michigan in high school. She is a huge Big Ten football fan and makes as many home games as possible. Dr. Mekelburg currently resides in the Atlanta area with her husband and two children.

Gary Loventhal, MD, F.A.A.P.


Dr. Loventhal is a board-certified pediatrician and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He is an Atlanta native and attended nearby Chamblee High School. He graduated cum laude from Duke University, where he majored in psychology with a special interest in childhood development. He returned to his home state and graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1997. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters/Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. While in residency, he presented a Grand Rounds on “Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Pediatric Asthma.” For the eight years prior to joining Children’s Wellness Center in 2008, he practiced primary care pediatrics in West Cobb, where he specialized in asthma and behavioral pediatrics. In addition, he was the education coordinator for the practice, which involved organizing lectures and discussions with Atlanta’s top specialists in an effort to practice the highest quality, evidence based medicine. At WellStar Cobb Hospital, Dr. Loventhal helped develop protocols for asthma, bronchiolitis, and croup management. Dr Loventhal is currently a member of the AAP and the GA of the Scottish Rite Hospital/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2013, he became a partner of Children’s Wellness Center.

Dr. Loventhal annually volunteers at Camp Jenny; a camp located in the north Georgia mountains for underprivileged children from Atlanta.

Dr. Loventhal is married to Dr. Michal Loventhal, a fellow pediatrician. They live in Roswell, and are raising three wonderful daughters: Ellie, Talia, and Mayah. He stays busy traveling, playing softball, and rooting for his Blue Devils, Braves, and Falcons.

Stacie Hamley, MD, F.A.A.P.

Stacie Hamley, MD, F.A.A.P.Dr. Stacie Hamley is a board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics who recently moved back to Atlanta to be near her family. After graduating cum laude with her Bachelor of Science in biology, Dr. Hamley earned her Doctorate of Medicine from St. George’s University School of Medicine. She then went on to complete her pediatrics residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga, earning the praises of her supervisors. Today, Dr. Hamley continues that track record of excellence as she provides exceptional care and support to each and every patient she sees. She is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), and Basic Life Support (BLS).

Dr. Hamley has combined her passion for medicine with her love of traveling, and within the past ten years she has lived in three countries as well as four different states in the US. Now that she’s in Atlanta to be near her family, she’s here to stay and is looking forward to being a long-term member of the community while also building relationships with her new patients’ families and watching them grow. Pediatrics is truly a calling for Dr. Hamley, and she loves having the ability to be a trusted resource and advisor for her patients’ families, working hand-in-hand with parents to help their kids have healthy, vibrant lives. Like our other pediatricians and providers at Children’s Wellness Center, Dr. Hamley both thrives in and helps to create the positive, child-centered atmosphere we strive for at our pediatric practice.

With an impressive history of research projects and professional awards, Dr. Hamley is a truly exceptional pediatrician who provides her patients with individualized attention and expert knowledge. When she isn’t at Children’s Wellness Center, she enjoys practicing yoga and taking other fitness classes, as well as spending time with her family, especially her beloved niece and nephew.

Heather Bean, CPNP

Heather Bean

Heather Bean is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She graduated summa cum laude from the Medical College of Georgia in 1996. She attended Emory University as a Woodruff scholar, earning a Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2001, and became certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Before joining Children’s Wellness Center, Heather was a nurse practitioner for 11 years at WellStar in Cobb County. She and Dr. Segal worked for many years together when Dr. Segal was employed at WellStar. She also brings tremendous newborn expertise from her experience at Rainbow Babies and Children’s hospital as nurse practitioner in the well-baby nursery while living in Cleveland. She has served as adjunct lecturer at Emory University and clinical preceptor of their pediatric nurse practitioner graduate students. Heather is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, as well as, the Georgia Chapter.

In addition to spending time with her husband and children at home in Sandy Springs, Heather devotes her time to family centered care, adolescent medicine, and providing quality medical care for your children.

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