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

Meet Our Team

Tracy Bell, OWNER

Tracy Bell, CRNP, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Southern Mississippi and her MSN from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. In addition to her 25 years of healthcare experience, including 20 years as a pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she is a veteran of the United States Air Force and her service included... read more


Kate Basila, MD

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... read more

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rebecca epps, pnp

We are so pleased to welcome Mrs. Rebecca Epps, PNP, to our growing family. Stay tuned for a write-up on Rebecca's journey to SSP!

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heather mostella

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... read more

Indu prasadh, md

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


Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby, PNP, began her career in 2003 as a nurse in the NICU where she was a member of the NICU transport team. She completed her MSN in late 2010, earned her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification in 2011, & has been working in Marshall County since. Holly is the founder of The Maker's Child, a local ministry offering respite care to special needs families... read more

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