THE PEDIATRIC CENTER'S

MEDICAL PROVIDERS

Dr. Albert W. Richert, Jr.
Board Certified Pediatrician​

A native of Sulphur, Dr. Richert practically grew up at The Pediatric Center. He attended Our Lady's School in Sulphur and then Saint Louis Catholic High School in Lake Charles. He majored in microbiology at LSU and then went on to medical school at LSU Health Science Center in Shreveport. He completed the residency program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He moved back to Sulphur and joined his father at The Pediatric Center in July, 2004. His wife, Linley, is also a native of Sulphur, and together they have three children.

Dr. Jenny Thomas
Board Certified Pediatrician​

Dr. Thomas hails from Baton Rouge. She majored in microbiology at LSU before attending LSU Health Science Center in Shreveport. She completed her pediatric residency at University of Mississippi Medical Center and then joined The Pediatric Center in July of 2005. Her husband, Dr. Ken Thomas, MD, is a Family Practitioner in Sulphur and together they have five children.

Dr. Alycia Rodgers
Board Certified Pediatrician​

​Dr. Alycia Rodgers attended the University of Montevallo and Meharry Medical College. She completed her pediatric residency training program in Pediatrics at Cook County Children's Hospital in Chicago, IL. Upon graduation, she became a faculty member at the University of Chicago Hospital and Health System. She maintained dual hospital privileges as an Attending Physician at both the University of Chicago Children's Hospital and at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital.

Dr. Julie Babineaux
Board Certified Pediatrician

Raised in Moss Bluff, Dr. Julie Babineaux attended Louisiana State University where she earned her B.S. Degree. She attended medical school at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she also completed her pediatric residency. She and her husband Ned, also a Moss Bluff native, returned home in 2009.

Dr. Maria Hernandez

Dr. Hernández born and raised in Puerto Rico. She attended Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico where she earned her B.S. Degree in Biology. She went on to medical school at Universidad Autonóma de Guadalajara, México and completed her M.D. degree at New York Medical College, New York. She completed her Pediatric Residency Program at San Juan City Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She and her husband, Juan, have 3 sons. Junto al equipo de The Pediatric Center será un placer servir a la comunidad de Louisiana e hispana. 

Dr. Lyle Stephenson
Board Certified Pediatrician

Dr. Stephenson is a native of Sulphur and a graduate of Sulphur High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University. He attended medical school at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA, where he also completed his residency in Pediatrics. He and his wife, Theresa, have two sons. 

Dr. Sarah Hickey-White
Board Certified Pediatrician

Dr. Hickey-White was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN.  She attended Harding University and the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  She completed her residency training in Pediatrics at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA.  She is a veteran of the Army Reserves, having served a tour in Iraq. She is happily married with two sons and two cats.   

Dr. Cara Fontenot

Cara Fontenot was born and raised in Lake Charles, LA. She attended LSU for her undergraduate degree before going to LSUHSC in Shreveport, LA for medical school. She then, went on to complete her residency at UTHSC/Le Bonheur in Memphis, TN. Cara is married to Eric who is a practicing Gastroenterologist. Together they have 4 boys with whom they love spending time with doing all things outdoors. Cara and her husband are excited to return home to Lake Charles to practice.

Rachel Waller, PNP

Rachel Waller, originally from Sterlington, graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She continued her education, earning a Masters' of Science in Nursing from Grambling State University in 2011. Rachel worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at St. Francis Medical Center while studying for her advanced degree. Since 2011 Rachel has worked at several pediatric primary care clinics in the Monroe area. Rachel now lives in Lake Charles with her 2 daughters.

Amanda Dawson, FNP-C

Amanda Dawson is a native of Southwest Louisiana. She graduated from McNeese State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As she continued her education, she worked in NICU and home health before earning a Master of Science in Nursing from McNeese State University in 2016. Since becoming a nurse practitioner, Amanda has become board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and has worked in family practice. She lives in the Westlake area with her two dogs.

Amanda Jones, FNP

Amanda Jones is originally from Southeast Texas where she started her nursing career in 1998 as an LVN. She subsequently received an associate degree as an RN in 2000 and thereafter continued her education by attaining a Bachelor’s degree in 2003. Amanda had worked as a pediatric ER nurse at UTMB in Galveston in 2004 before earning a Master’s of Science in Nursing from there in 2009. She also spent time working at Ubi Caritas and a CVS Minute Clinic. Amanda has 3 adult children and now resides in Westlake with her boyfriend, dog and cat.