It has been nearly 12 years since Jackson County had a dedicated pediatrician, but now that spot has been filled.

Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez CaDavid has decided to open her practice through the outpatient clinic at Jackson General Hospital’s Morad Hughes Health Center (MHHC).

Originally from Columbia, South America, CaDavid received her medical degree and moved to the United States six years ago with her husband, who currently works in Huntington.

CaDavid was interested in starting a practice close to her home in Scott Depot when she received an e-mail about an opening for a pediatrician in Jackson County and decided to apply.

During the interview process, CaDavid fell in love with the area and was delighted when she was offered the position.

“When I chose to go into medicine, I knew I wanted to become a pediatrician because I enjoy being with kids and helping them,” CaDavid said. “I feel kids are genuine. I love the fact they make progress quickly. I also enjoy working with them because I feel they are kind and honest, very energetic, and spontaneous. They always make me laugh.”

CaDavid has been working in Jackson County for four months in the outpatient clinic at the MHHC. She is starting to build her client base and has 13 to 19 patients she sees on a regular basis.

CaDavid’s office hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., taking her last appointment between 5-5:30 p.m. She is accepting new patients ranging in ages from newborn to 21 years old.

Most insurances are accepted including Ohio Medicaid.

Services offered include well-child exams, immunizations, rapid strep tests, flu swabs, hearing and vision screenings, pregnancy tests, and glucose testing, just to name a few. She also offers same-day sick appointments made by phone and assistance with behavioral issues.

“I want to be able to give the best quality of care I can to my patients,” CaDavid said. “That is why I wanted to come to the United States once I got my medical degree. There is more opportunity here for starting a practice and the resources and technology are far better here than in Columbia.”

“We want to get the word out that parents do not have to travel to find quality care for their children, we want them to know that it is available right here in Jackson County,” said Dee Scritchfield, MHHC practices administrator. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Ana. She is an excellent pediatrician. She is kind, compassionate, loving, and we are just thrilled to have her.”

For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. CaDavid, call the office at 304-373-1578.