Smart Start Pediatrics' team of experienced and compassionate providers includes two board-certified pediatricians and two family nurse practitioners, all supported by a talented team of medical assistants and office personnel.

Meet Our Team


"Every patient and every family has a story. It is our job in primary care to learn the story to better understand the patient." - Dr. Kate

Dr. Katherine Dougherty-Basila completed her residency at Albany Medical College in Rochester, NY, in 2007. Dr. Kate has a special interest in community advocacy and addressing the medical & emotional issues associated with adoption and foster care. Her practice philosophy is to provide excellent, individualized, evidence-based care to all patients...

Tracy Bell, CRNP, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Southern Mississippi and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. In addition to her 25 years of healthcare experience, including 20 years as a Nurse Practitioner in pediatrics, she is a veteran of the United States Air Force and her service included an active deployment to Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Storm.

Tracy was born here in Marshall County, and she...

Heather Mostella, CRNP, grew up in Talladega, AL, and earned her Masters in Nursing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2004. She has specialized in Pediatrics since 2014 when we were lucky to welcome her into the Smart Start Pediatrics family.


Mrs. Heather's clinical interest is in overall child wellness, where she values a holistic approach to pediatric care. Her practice is set apart by her focus on the family - she values all concerns and desires to treat patients how she would like her own family to be treated...

Indu Prasadh, MD

"Smile & the world becomes a better place for you and all around you." - Dr. Indu


Dr. Indu Prasadh began her medical career in India, where she practiced from 2001-2010. She has practiced in the US since 2010 & became FAAP Board Certified in 2013. She has a special interest in childhood obesity and nutrition and firmly believes that "good food is the way to good health." In her spare time, she volunteers as a cook in WOFC soup kitchen on Tuesdays and delivers Manna meals in Gadsden on...

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At Smart Start Pediatrics, we offer primary & preventive healthcare to all pediatric patients without regard to race, color, national origin or handicap in compliance with the US Department of Health & Human Services regulations 45 CFR parts 80, 84 and 91. We offer essential services regardless of the ability to pay, discounts are based on family size & income. You may apply for the discount at the front desk.

Thank you!

La oficina de Smart Start Pediatra ofrece servicios de atención médica primaria y preventiva, sin considerar la raza, color, nacionalidad, origen o discapacidad en el cumplimiento de Estados Unidos Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de la regulacion 45 CFR parte 80, 84, y 91. Ofrecemos servicios esenciales sin tener en cuenta la capacidad de paga, el descuento es de acuerdo al nivel de ingreso del paciente y su familia. Ustedes pueden aplicar para el descuento de servicio de salud con la recepcionista en la oficina.


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