Meet Dr. Prater

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About Dr. Gretchen Prater
Dr. Prater is a native Texan who attended Texas A & M University for both her undergraduate and medical education, graduating from the TAMU College of Medicine with honors in 1987.  After completing her pediatric residency at Vanderbilt University College of Medicine in Nashville, TN in 1990, she accepted a position with Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia to help establish a coordinated system of care for the medically indigent pediatric population of Gwinnett County Health District.  Starting out as the sole provider responsible for running a busy in-patent pediatric and nursery service and a small outpatient clinic located at the local health department, the program grew to include a total of 6 physicians, 5 nurse practitioners, and a large freestanding clinic under Dr. Prater’s direction. During her 8-year tenure with Gwinnett, Dr. Prater received a letter of commendation for contributing to the health district’s drop in infant mortality to the lowest in the state.  In 1998 Dr. Prater moved to Chattanooga, TN with her family, where she took a position as staff physician and clinical attending at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital.  Her responsibilities included the supervision of medical students and pediatric residents at hospital-run community health centers and the in-patient nursery service.   She returned home to Texas in 2001 when her husband accepted a teaching position at UTA, and for several years worked part-time for Cook’s Childrens Physicians Network locums pool, allowing her to spend more time at home with her children.  Dr. Prater returned to general pediatric practice in 2007, taking a position with the Medical Clinic of North Texas at their new Mansfield location.  A few years later she joined Mansfield Pediatrics, which has been her practice home until her decision to pursue PANS/PANDAS.

Dr. Prater lives in Rendon, Texas on a small farm with her husband Dr. Edmund Prater, a professor in the College of Business at UTA. They have 2 college-age daughters, one pursuing a career in medicine and the other a career in business.  They are active in their local church where Dr. Prater is involved in short-term medical missions, a passion of hers since she first began medical school.  Some of the countries she has visited on mission efforts include Nigeria, Liberia, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.  Her personal interests include gardening, reading, cooking, and drawing.

Dr. Prater is Board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the PANDAS Physicians Network.

About The Practice
This may just be the most unique doctor’s visit your child will ever have.  First of all, instead of being located in a typical medical office complex or professional building, my office is located on our small farm in Rendon, a semi-rural area between Mansfield and Burleson in southeast Tarrant County.  The atmosphere is relaxing and the pace is slow.  I only schedule one patient at a time, with no double-booking or overlap, so you and your child have my undivided attention for the entire visit.  I even do the check-in and registration.  Initial visits are 90 minutes long.  This is necessary so I can get a complete picture of your child’s medical history and current symptoms, perform a detailed physical exam, order any necessary labs, and still have plenty of time to discuss PANS/PANDAS and the appropriate course of treatment for your child.  Followup visits are usually given a full 30 minutes, longer if necessary.  All scheduling is done online through the patient portal, allowing you, the parent, maximum flexibility in choosing appointment times.  Secure online communication is available through the patient portal, but should be reserved for simple inquiries such as lab results, medication questions, etc.  If you need to speak to me about your child in between appointments you can request a telehealth visit by phone or skype at a nominal charge.  Due to the unique nature of this practice I am unable to accept insurance, and payment is required up front in order to secure an appointment.  However, I provide parents with a detailed superbill which they can submit to their insurance.  More detailed information on office policy is available through the patient portal.

Serving Children in the Dallas Fort Worth area and beyond

Specialist in PANDAS

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