KidzCare Pediatrics PC – Franklin

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427 Harrison Ave
Franklin, NC 28734
Tel: (828)-524-PEDS (7337)
Fax: 828-369-1340

Hours of operation at all our locations are
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm. Lunch 12:30 pm - 1 pm
Extended Hours by appointment only (only at selected locations, please call for more information):
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Welcome to KidzCare Pediatrics where you will find health care professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care to our patients and families.  We’ve had the privilege of providing pediatric care in NC since 2003 and now extending into Georgia as of 2017.

Franklin, NC is considered the Gem Capital of the World. If you are looking for a gem of a medical staff, you should look no further than KidzCare Pediatrics for your child’s next pediatrician in Franklin, NC.

High Quality Child And Adolescent Care Is The Goal

Healthcare costs for the average family can be a large percentage of their household budget. The doctors and other medical staff at our Pediatrics Office in Franklin NC do their best to ensure that your child gets the care that he or she needs without having to spend a lot of money. The goal is to find and eliminate minor medical issues to ensure that they don’t become larger issues in the future.

Stay Out Of The Hospital If At All Possible

Parents who have their own insurance policy or insurance through the state may not have to pay the full cost of their child’s hospital stay. However, co-pays and other costs could still result in a bill of several hundred dollars. By using evidence based medicine and other best pediatrics practices, your child can go spend the night with his or friends instead of spending the night at the hospital.

Parents with children in Franklin, NC deserve to have access to doctors when their child is sick. Seeing a doctor early enough can prevent minor ailments from becoming larger maladies. That keeps healthcare costs down for everyone while improving the quality of care that children in Franklin receive.

Providers serving in our Franklin NC location

Penny O'Neill, MD

Penny O'Neill, MD

Dr. O'Neill, MD, FAAP joined Kidzcare Pediatrics in January 2020. She is a practicing Pediatrician at our Franklin and Sylva locations. Dr. O'Neill graduated from University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia in 1990 and has been in practice for 28 years. She completed her residency at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital. She is board certified in Pediatrics.


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Marissa Pelletier, MD

Marrissa Pelletier, MD Graduated from State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Medical Association. She has been practicing for 4 years and has a special interest in newborn care, adolescents, well child visits and counseling and is fluent in Spanish. She and her husband reside in Franklin, NC with their 5 children ranging from 4 – 8 years of age. She is new to our group and is employed in our Franklin office, which is in the Western North Carolina Mountains.


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Jennifer Brown, MD

Dr. Jennifer Brown, MD

Dr. Jennifer Brown graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and completed her pediatric residency at NC Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem (Bowman Gray School of Medicine). She began her pediatric career in Fort Pierce, FL. She later moved to Franklin, NC, where in the midst of practicing general pediatrics and raising her own family, she began advocating for abused and neglected children.

Dr. Brown was privileged to help start Kids Place; Macon County’s Child Advocacy Center in 1991. She also became a regional trainer for the NC Child Medical Evaluation Program and served on the NC Pediatric Society Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. She has taught on the subjects of abuse and neglect locally, state-wide, and internationally. (Presenting at conferences in Seoul, Korea and Skopje, Macedonia).

She is a published author of a children’s book called “Hooray! It’s a Duck Day” as well as articles on subjects such as child abuse, ADHD, and miscarriage. The last several years she worked in the public health system on the East Coast of North Carolina. She returned to Western NC in the spring of 2017 and joined Kidzcare Pediatrics as a board-certified general pediatrician last fall. In her free time she enjoys writing, art, gardening, and spending time with her four children and grandson.

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Brittany Arnett

Brittany Arnett grew up in rural Carlinville, Illinois surrounded by corn , soybeans, and woodland. She earned an athletic scholarship to Belmont University and played 4 years of Division I volleyball, leading two sports mission trips overseas to Zhitomer, Ukraine and Rio de Janero, Brazil during that time. After graduating with a major in Pre-Medical Biology and a minor in Chemistry , she met her husband and moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL. She subsequently attended Physician Assistant school at NOVA Southeastern University, graduating in 2011. After training in Pediatrics in South Carolina, the couple moved to Clayton, GA, bought a home, volunteered in the community, and ‘put down roots’. Brittany has since provided detailed, compassionate medical care to patients of all ages, but has always felt a calling to the Pediatric population. She loves the Georgia mountains and small town living, and enjoys spending time outside with her husband and toddler twins Luke and Lucy. Any remaining free time is spent with her Clayton Baptist church family, reading, and gardening in her flowerbeds. She can also regularly be found walking and running down some of Clayton’s main streets. Brittany is excited to join the Kidzcare Pediatrics team in opening a new office in Clayton in June of 2017.

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