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Laura M. Bleekrode, M.D.



Dr. Bleekrode grew up in Chicago and Atlanta. She graduated Cum Laude from Providence College in Rhode Island in 1982 and received her M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine in 1986. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Hospital in 1989 and was in practice in Minnesota until moving to Atlanta in 1991. She practiced in Atlanta for 5 years before acquiring  Alpharetta Pediatrics. Dr. Bleekrode is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American 
Academy of Pediatrics.  She and her husband, Kim, have eight children: Katie, Joey, Kevin, Mary Beth, John, Timmy, Brendan, and Clare.


Tashawna Stokes, M.D.

Dr. Stokes, originally from Montgomery, Alabama, achieved a BS in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University. She received her Medical Doctorate from the University of South Alabama. She completed her internship and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California.  After completing a chief residency, she has worked in urgent care and private practice in Madison, Alabama.  She has been practicing in the Atlanta area for about 6 years and is happy to join the Alpharetta Pediatrics office.
Her hobbies and interests include reading, shopping, traveling, spending time with family and friends, watching Auburn football, and working with her Public Service sorority. She is married and has 2 daughters.

Niccole Edwins, C.P.N.P.


Niccole Edwins joined our practice in January of 2015.  She obtained her B.S. in Nursing from Florida State University in 2008.  She started her nursing career at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida and worked as a NICU nurse for 4 years.  In 2012, she earned her Masters in Nursing degree at University of South Florida and became a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. After graduating with her MSN, she worked at a primary care pediatric office in Orlando for 3 years. She relocated to the Atlanta area with her husband in 2014. Niccole and her husband welcomed a baby girl to their family in August. She enjoys spending time with her little family and their sweet pups, Bailey & Nola.

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Faith Jean-Louis, C.P.N.P.


Faith is originally from Illinois and graduated from Beloit College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Since and early age, Faith knew she had a passion for children so she went back to school to pursue her nursing degree at Emory University in Atlanta. In 2016, she earned a Master of Science in Nursing at Emory and became a Certified Nurse Practitioner. In May 2019, she welcomed her first baby into the world. Faith is happy to join the Alpharetta Pediatrics practice! She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, sports, and teaching in the Children's Ministry at her local church.


Sophia Philip, D.N.P., C.P.N.P.

Sophia joined our practice in November of 2019. She earned her BS in Nursing from Christian Medical College in India in 1999. She gained hospital experience here in Atlanta working at CHOA in the PICU for 16 years before returning to school to earn her Doctor of Nursing from Augusta University in May of 2017. She has been in practice as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Atlanta/Marietta area prior to joining us in November. She and her husband have four children. Sophia enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family. She also volunteers at her church to work with children with special needs.