About Premier Pediatrics: Pediatric Services, Children’s Doctor and more.
Where We Have Time for Your Kids
It’s said that the most valuable gift we can give to our children is our time. This axiom is especially true when it comes to medical concerns. Premier Pediatrics has always maintained that it takes time to develop trust with a parent and their child. As a parent, our Founder and Chief Medical Doctor Shahab Eunus has a sincere love for helping children that is shared by every member of our staff. It’s true when we say we have time for your kids at Premier Pediatrics.
Insurances We Accept
Adventist Health System
Aetna Better Health of Florida
Champus Tricare South or East
First Health Network
Florida Blue (BCBS)
Health First Health Plan
Select Benefit Administrator
Staywell Children Medical Services
United Healthcare Community Plan
Meet Our Providers
Dr. Shahab Eunus, M.D. F.A.A.P.A Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Shahab Eunus specializes in general and behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Eunus earned his medical degree with honors in St. Petersburg, Russia and completed his pediatric residency at the prestigious Cornell University, Lincoln Medical, New York. Multilingual, Dr. Eunus speaks English, Russian and Bengali and has the ability to obtain medical history in Spanish. Dr. Eunus has a special place in his heart for children with ADHD, as he is the father of a child with ADHD. Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Marion County Medical Society. Dr. Eunus Telemedicine
Dr. Milie Poole, M.D.Dr. Millie Poole brings 17 years of experience as a working physician to Premier Pediatrics as a Board Certified Internist and a Board Certified Pediatrician. Dr. Poole specializes in all ages and behavioral pediatrics. After earning her medical degree at the University of Miami, Florida, Dr. Poole completed her residency at Metrohealth Medical Center/Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Poole Telemedicine
VladLena Eunus, DNPVladlena Eunus is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She obtained her first degree from the Herzen Teaching University in 1994 and worked as an elementary school teacher for several years. After moving to the United States, she earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the Stony Brook University (SUNY) in 2008 and worked as an RN in the vent unit of the Wyckoff Hospital for almost 5 years. Vladlena earned her Master’s degree and Doctorate degree in Pediatrics Primary Care in 2013-2016 from the University of South Alabama. Vladlena speaks three languages: Russian, English, and Bengali. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International organization. Dr. Vlada Telemedicine
Don Connor, ARNPDonald relocated from Michigan with his family in 1990 to pursue a career in Pediatrics. His educational background includes degrees from Southwestern Michigan College and undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Florida. He has cared for children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Florida. These patients include trauma, Organ TFA along with Pediatric Cancers specializing in neuro-oncology. His Private Practice includes WellCare acute illnesses and ADHD.
Dr. Mamatha Sandu, M.D.Kids Health Alliance PADr. Sandu graduated from Kurnool Medical College, Sri Venkatesvara University in 2011. She completed a residency at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten island, NY. Dr. Sandu is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Sandu is married and has 2 wonderful children. Country of birth is AP, India.
Allyson Casey, ARNPKids Health Alliance PAAllyson joined our team in 2016 from John Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St Petersburg, FL. She worked for 7 years with children who suffer from lung problems, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. Allyson has practiced as a pediatric ARNP in both a primary care setting and a pulmonary specialty since 1993, when she graduated from the University of South Florida, with a masters degree in Nursing. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Ocala was Allyson's home from early childhood until college. She attended Blessed Trinity primary school and graduated from the "old" Forest High School, which is now Trinity Catholic.
Dr. Pablo Almuna, MDMeet our new bilingual provider, Dr. Pablo Almuna, MD. -- Starting December 2020!
Lilia AguilaLilia has been an Ocala resident for over 18 years and had served the local community as a nurse in the emergency department for 5 years. She started her studies as an ESL student (English as a second language) at Central Florida College. She earned her associate degree in Nursing from Rasmussen College, and a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Central Florida College. Finally, Lilia earned her Master of Science degree as an Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner from South University. Originating from Panama, she is bilingual and speaks Spanish and English. She carries the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners certification to treat all patients throughout the lifespan. Lilia strives to provide excellent and compassionate care to her pediatric patients. Lilia Aguila APRN Telemedicine
Nodica BrowneNodica Browne obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Bethune Cookman University in 2007. She worked on a Progressive Care Unit for 10 years where she cared for cardiac patient. In 2016 Nodica eared her Master's Degree in Nursing from South University. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she has the ability to care for the whole family, but she her passion to see children have healthy lives has lead her to the pediatric population. She has served the pediatric population for about 3 years. She loves caring for patients and feels like works isn't work, but her passion and a calling. She is thankful for the opportunity to care for your children.
Nodica Browne APRN Telemedicine
Shannon GrowShannon has had a lifelong career serving in pediatrics that began 20 years ago working in School Health at the Florida Department of Health - Marion County. She has always enjoyed taking care of children of all ages. Shannon received her nursing diploma from Central Florida College in Ocala, Florida and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Jacksonville. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts as Family Nurse Practitioner. Shannon is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). Certified by The American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Shannon is excited to meet new patients and care for the surrounding community by implementing Premier Pediatrics mission of health care.
Shannon Grow APRN Telemedicine
Rachel CoutureRachel was born and raised here in Ocala, Fl and recently moved back to the area. She has always had a desire to take care of pediatric patients and feels beyond blessed to have the opportunity to care for children and their families in her very own hometown! She is an Advanced Registered Family Nurse Practitioner, board certified by the ANCC with over eight years of experience taking care of tiny babies as a Registered Nurse in the Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Fl. She returned to school in 2016 to pursue her APRN degree from the University of Central Florida and graduated in 2019. Rachel Couture APRN Telemedicine
The Story of Dr. Raffy Smiggles
When driving up to our Main Office in Ocala, you will be warmly welcomed by our very own Dr. Raffy Smiggles, a well-respected Doctor loved by many – who just happens to be a Giraffe. Dr. Smiggles has graced our front entrance for many years now, and is a crowd favorite – helping many patients find our office by being such a terrific landmark.
When Dr. Smiggles first arrived to Premier Pediatrics after a long and difficult journey, he had lost his stethoscope, glasses, and even forgot his own name. So, we got him some new glasses and a shiny stethoscope, and we called on all of the children that come to our office and asked them to help Dr. Smiggles find his name. After many days of hard work and plenty of creative ideas, the name that was chosen was a combination of suggestions from two of our patients – Raffy, and Dr. Smiggles – and we just couldn’t pick one! Oh, and why Smiggles you ask? Smiles and giggles of course! Look at his face next time you drive in – you’ll see what we mean.