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The founder of PAL – has been practicing pediatric medicine since 1995 after completing her residency at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center and receiving her medical degree from Southern Illinois University.
Prior to starting PAL, she was the lead physician for Egleston Children’s Health Care System’s Outpatient Clinic. Her interests include nutrition and fitness, bicycling, tennis, and traveling with her husband and family.
Dr. Messick joined PAL in July 2002. After graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology, he received his medical degree and completed his specialty training for pediatrics through the Emory University School of Medicine.
He pursues various interests outside of medicine and most enjoys spending time with his family.
Dr. Lawson joined PAL after practicing as lead physician for one of Egleston Children’s outpatient clinics for 5 years. She has been practicing pediatric medicine since 1990 after completing her residency at Duke University and receiving her medical degree from Ohio State University.
Outside the office family, healthy food and exercise are her passions.
Michelle L. Dixon joined PAL in March of 2008. She has been working as a Pediatric Registered Nurse since 2004 beginning her career at Children Healthcare of Atlanta. She received her Bachelors from Emory University in 2004 and her Masters form Georgia State University in 2007.
In her free time she enjoys coaching her daughter’s softball team, and spending time with her 2 children, husband, family and friends.
Elizabeth Hunter joined PAL in September 2006. She has worked in pediatric care since graduating from the University of Florida in 2002 where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in nursing, specializing in pediatrics.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and spending time with her husband, two children, family and friends.
Marcia joined PAL in June, 2017. She completed her BSN at Jacksonville State University in Alabama in 1981. In May, 1990, she received her Masters in Nursing and Masters in Public Health from Emory University.
She is a certified Lactation Consultant and has been practicing pediatric care since 1992. She loves gardening, traveling, cooking for family and friends and music.
Lindsay joined PAL in October of 2021. Lindsay graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2021. Prior to becoming a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Lindsay had worked at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. During her 7 years in Pediatrics, Lindsay describes her favorite thing about the field as, 'Watching kids grow through each of life's stages and helping them conquer challenges.'
In her spare time, Lindsay l like baking and spending time with her family.
Harriet is PAL’s Lactation Consultant & has been counseling nursing mothers for 30 years to promote health and wellness in both mother and child.
She is certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants and is available for consultation.