published Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Small Biz: PM Pediatrics opens larger site in East Brainerd

Rich Faulkner, Rick Stern and Eric Dunkel, from left, stand in front of PM Pediatrics.
Rich Faulkner, Rick Stern and Eric Dunkel, from left, stand in front of PM Pediatrics.

Name: PM Pediatrics

Owners: Rick Stern, Rich Faulkner and Eric and Jason Dunkel, founders of PM Pediatrics

Location: 7320 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga

Service: After-hours and weekend urgent care clinic for pediatric patients (birth to 18 years).

Staff: During the “sick season” five staffers are typically on duty

How it got started: PM Pediatrics was founded in Chattanooga five years ago by twins Eric and Jason Dunkel to provide a non-emergency room urgent care facility for kids. The owners of PM Pediatrics wanted to give parents and caretakers a less-expensive option for after-hours care.

Why now: PM Pediatrics has grown since its 2009 debut at 7446 Shallowford Road, down the street from its new location. The owners now wanted to seize the opportunity to move into a larger location which will allow the clinic to expand its services, adding nearly twice as many rooms, a procedure room, a certified lab and a mobile X-ray machine.

What is unique? PM Pediatrics is open only after normal business hours. And restaurant-style buzzers alert patients waiting to see a physician, which allows patients to wait outside or in their vehicles insted of a waiting room. The facility was specifically decorated with children in mind, and each private room has a kid-friendly paint and decor theme. Physicians also follow up with patients’ primary physicians.

Contact: 423-648-NITE (6483)

Compiled by staff writer Alex Green, who can be reached at agreen@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6480.

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