Our Providers

For any parent, the search for the right pediatric provider can be a daunting task. We believe the first step in the process is to explore the provider’s qualifications. Meet our providers below, explore the rest of our website, and be sure to check out the FAQs found throughout.

Raj M. Patel, M.D., Rock Hill Pediatrician
Raj M. Patel, M.D.

 

     Carlos G. Paxtor, M.D., Rock Hill Pediatrician
Carlos G. Paxtor, M.D.
Katie Oleksak, N.P., Rock Hill Pediatrician
Katie Oleksak, N.P.
 
What is a nurse practitioner?
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality healthcare services similar to those of a physician. NPs can also diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems. After receiving their bachelor's degree in nursing and most typically working to advance their clinical skills, they go on to get their master's degree in nursing. This is where they further their education and clinical training beyond their registered nurse preparation. They then are eligible for state licensure and board certification in their respective area of interest and study, much like a physician.
What does the FAAP mean?
The FAAP designation after a pediatrician's name stands for Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Pediatricians who maintain their FAAP designation have obtained board certification in pediatrics and made an ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and advocacy for children. For more information, visit www.aap.org
What does board certification mean?
Board Certification is a process where a special independent organization provides credentials to a provider, signifying a high level of professional competency. Certifications are usually time-limited, meaning that the medical professional will have to re-certify after a given time period. The recertification usually involves comprehensive testing, among other things, and demonstrates their commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning and self-evaluation.