Pedetricians join staff at Davie health dept.

Published 9:10 am Thursday, January 3, 2019

It’s a typical Monday morning. You’re preparing for a busy day and then, it happens. Your child wanders into the kitchen and you hear the dreaded words. “my throat hurts.”

Sound familiar?

What about this?

Your child comes home and announces plans to join a school’s sports team and will need a copy of their physical by the end of the week. You realize they’re overdue for their yearly physical and you know there is no way you’ll be able to get them an appointment in time.

The Davie Health Department has two pediatricians on staff to serve youth. Whether in need of preventive health services (well child visits that screen for vision, speech, hearing and development), sick visits (treatment for common or long-term illnesses) and dietary counseling, pediatricians, Drs. Donna Moyer and Stephanie Pirkle can provide these services.

Any person from birth to age 21 can be seen by a healthcare professional on staff with the Davie health department, often the same day. The department accepts all major health insurance and a sliding fee scale is used (based on family income and size) to determine charges. For Medicaid eligible clients, the cost is fully covered.

“We are thrilled to have these specialty services as part of the Davie County Health Department and hope that residents will take advantage of what we can offer their families,” said Suzanne Wright, Davie County Health and Human Services Director.

Originally from Charlotte, Moyer graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem on a Naval scholarship.

She completed her internship and residency at N.C. Baptist Hospital (Wake Forest Medical Center) in Winston-Salem and graduated in 1982. In 1991, she completed her master’s degree in public health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

She served as a staff pediatrician at Long Beach Naval Hospital in Long Beach, Calif. Moyer provides all aspects of pediatric care including newborns and young adult care. She has expertise in treating patients with attention, behavioral and mild psychiatric disorders. Moyer speaks English, French and some Spanish.

Pirkle is from Huntland, Tenn, and majored in zoology and Spanish at Auburn University. She earned her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham in 2003, and completed her internship and residency training in pediatrics at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in 2006. She has worked in pediatric settings in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia before settling in Winston-Salem with her husband and three sons.

Pirkle speaks English and Spanish and loves to provide care to patients and their families in their native languages. She started taking Spanish in middle school and continued through college, earning a second degree in Spanish.

In college, she spent a summer in Salamanca, Spain, and in medical school she did a summer internship shadowing a Mexican-American physician assistant to learn “medical Spanish.