A good pediatrician is like a trusted member of your family; always there when your child needs personalized care and available to help with a parent’s concern. Watson Clinic offers board-certified doctors with open appointments at three convenient locations, joined by a warm and accommodating nursing staff. They also have pediatricians at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in case your child ever needs hospital care. From regular checkups to the latest advancements in disease prevention, Watson Clinic’s pediatric team is dedicated to keeping your child active and healthy.
Office Hours and Appointments
Patients are seen by appointment only, so please call in advance before bringing in your child. Please advise us in advance if another child needs to be evaluated. For Watson Clinic patients, every effort is made to offer same-day care with your established pediatrician. Most appointment requests can be accommodated within 24 hours of when the call is received. If your established pediatrician is unavailable, another member of our pediatric medical team will see your child at one of our two convenient Lakeland locations.
If you are a new patient or have not been seen in Pediatrics in three years or more, please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment. You will be asked to fill out new patient forms and health insurance information, so be sure to bring your insurance card, driver’s license and a copy of your child’s immunization records.
If you have not been called to see your physician after 30 minutes, please let the receptionist know. Every effort will be made to keep you informed should an emergency occur and prolong your wait.
If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment time, we ask that you call 24 hours in advance. This allows us enough time to make your appointment available to someone else.
The physicians in our group share and rotate after-hours coverage for all patients. If you call the office after-hours, your call will be received by the answering service. The operator will communicate your message with the on-call pediatrician.
We provide 24-hour coverage year round for our patients. All non-urgent problems, routine advice, prescription refills, etc., should be handled during office hours. If you think there is a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.
Office Visits and Authorization for Treatment
When possible, it is best that a parent or legal guardian accompany children to our office. We require a parent or legal guardian to be present at the first office visit since a complete medical history must be obtained.
We do realize that circumstances may prevent you from attending every checkup or visit. Our office can provide you with a medical treatment authorization form to use when you are unable to accompany your child to the clinic; however, Federal Law requires the presence of a parent or legal guardian when vaccines are administered.
If your child requires a referral authorization by your insurance company, please notify us at least five working days prior to the appointment.
Medication Refill Requests
Please be prepared to leave the following information when calling the office for medication refills:
- Your name.
- The name, dose and frequency of the requested medications.
- The pharmacy name and telephone number.
Please allow 48 hours for all prescription refills. If you request refills by mail, you should allow seven days. You should phone-in your refill request prior to your child’s last dose of medication to avoid interruption of your treatment.
If you require completion of a health physical form or immunization record in order for your child to attend school or daycare, please allow a 48-hour notice for these forms to be completed. You may also request them when your child sees a physician at his/her checkup. There may be a charge for form completions that are requested outside of a regularly scheduled office visit.
Department of Pediatrics Vaccine Policy Statement:
We at Watson Clinic Pediatrics are committed to your child’s well-being. We realize that you care deeply about your child’s health and safety. That well-being is in large part due to effective and safe vaccinations. Perhaps it is the single most important health-promoting intervention available to us.
It is our position that vaccines are safe. We follow the schedule as put forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
These recommendations are based on scientifically reviewed medical literature, evidence-based evaluations and ongoing monitoring. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration), the CDC, manufacturers, and medical investigators all support the current schedule. There is no evidence that vaccines/vaccinations cause autism or other developmental problems. Extensive work has been done by many organizations throughout the world that support this conclusion.
Some parents have questions regarding vaccinations. We ask you to let us know in advance of your child’s Well Checkup if you have questions. Information and understanding your child’s health and wellness are important to all of us.
Please call the following numbers to schedule an appointment:
863-680-7337 (Watson Clinic North Pediatrics)
863-680-7190 (Watson Clinic Plant City)
863-647-8012 (Watson Clinic South)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Monday - Friday)
Saturday mornings reserved for sick visits (North Pediatrics only)
*If your child is sick and requires prompt attention, please contact our offices and we will make every effort to schedule you for same-day care.
Physicians & Providers
Leslie Coello Echeverry, MDW. Jason Cornett, MDRobert B. Eanett, MDRichard E. Frates, Jr., MDVarsha Ghayal, MDCynthia H. Hutto, MDTamara T. Pistoria, DOKendra Velez Rodriguez, MDSheena H. Tonkin, MDFrederick J. Wehle, Jr., MD
Watson Clinic North Pediatrics
1430 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33805
Watson Clinic Plant City
615 E. Alexander St.
Plant City, FL 33563
Watson Clinic South
1033 N. Parkway Frontage Rd.
Lakeland, FL 33803
Please call 863-680-7337 (N. Peds) or 863-647-8012 (S. Peds) for additional information.