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Our Mission

 

To partner with parents and caregivers in promoting healthy lifestyles in infants, children
and teenagers and to offer standard-of-care management of acute and chronic illnesses in a friendly, compassionate and professional environment.

Our Vision

Ensuring every one of our patients is in the healthiest possible condition when he or
she transitions from pediatric to adult care.

Meet the Providers!

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CHARLENE BLACHE

Owner, Lead Pediatrician • MD, FAAP

Dr. Blache is a Board-Certified Pediatrician who is originally from Trinidad and Tobago in the eastern Caribbean.  She came to the United States in 1995 and in 1998 completed her Pediatric Residency Training at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York.  She moved to South Georgia in 1999 and started practicing in Quitman, GA. She is married to Dr. Larry Smith and they have one son, Lawrence. She attends Woodlawn Forrest Church of Christ where she is known as a giver, helper and encourager.  Being a pediatrician allows her to exercise those spiritual gifts daily.  Her favorite charity is the Boys and Girls Club; she is a board member for Boys and Girls Club of Brooks County. She enjoys caring for all children from birth to eighteen years, and is looking forward to meeting and caring for your children.

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VIRGINIA COCHRAN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Virginia has been with Southern Pediatric Clinic since 2004.  She received her specialized Pediatric Nurse Practitioner degree from Emory University.  She grew up in Valdosta and is now raising four children with her husband Edward.  The Cochrans are involved at Park Avenue United Methodist Church, the United Way and Valdosta City Schools.  Her hobbies include gardening and working out with her whole family at CrossFit Winnersville. Virginia loves working with children and looks forward to meeting and working with yours soon!

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KELLY DRUMHELLER

 Family Nurse Practitioner • FNP-C

Kelly joined the Southern Pediatric Clinic family in 2022. Kelly is a Board-Certified Family Nurse
Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and is originally from the Middle
Georgia area. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Valdosta State University in 1998 and then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing from Georgia College and State
University in 2005. Kelly then returned to Valdosta where she enjoys spending time with her two
children, Kendall and Michael. During her free time, Kelly enjoys exercise, her children’s sporting
events, and helping others in need. Kelly has a passion for Pediatric Medicine and her mission is to
provide high-quality care to all patients.

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ELIZABETH BURNS

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Elizabeth joined the SPC team in 2012.  She is a Certified Nurse Practitioner who received her specialized pediatric degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Shortly after finishing her degree, she moved back home to Valdosta where she was born and raised.  She and her husband, Jonathan, have two children and are active members of First United Methodist Church.  Elizabeth has always had a special interest in the health and well being of the children in our area and works behind the scenes to ensure that Southern Pediatric Clinic offers the highest quality care to patients.

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JENNIFER CASON

Family Nurse Practitioner

Meet Jennifer Cason. She is a AANP board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, who received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing at Valdosta State University. She started working as a registered nurse at South Georgia Medical Center in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in 2016 and joined the team at Southern Pediatric Clinic in 2020. She has lived in the Valdosta area for about nine years. She enjoys reading and spending time outdoors with her husband Andrew and their three children (Aaron, Oliver, and Elijah). Her professional interests include pediatrics, neurology, and cardiology. Prior to becoming a registered nurse, Jennifer worked in Youth Care at SGMC and looks forward to working with children again! 

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CANDICE ROBINSON

Family Nurse Practitioner

Candice Robinson is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Valdosta State University in 2014 and earned her Master of Science in Nursing at South University in Savannah, Georgia in 2020. Candice grew up in Lakeland, Georgia. She moved to Valdosta in 2015 with her husband, Harry, and their two sons, Caleb and Porter. Candice joined the Southern Pediatric Clinic family in 2021. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, traveling, and being outdoors. She loves working with children and cannot wait to meet your family! 

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