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About Rivergate Pediatrics


Rivergate Pediatrics has been serving children and families in north Nashville, Davidson, Sumner, Wilson, Robertson, Cheatham, Dickson, and some Kentucky counties since 1977 when Dr William F. Fleet opened his pediatric practice in Goodlettsville. He was joined by Dr Elizabeth Pierce in 1981 and the practice was renamed Rivergate Pediatrics.  Originally located on Rivergate Parkway (then known as Two Mile Pk), the practice designed and moved into a building on Bluebird Drive. In that location, which was built for three doctors, we grew,  welcoming Dr. Julia Thompson, Dr. Joan White,  and Dr. Keith Thompson.  Dr. Fleet retired in 1998 and Dr. Robin Pearson started in fall of 1999.  In 2000 Dr. Tim Eidson joined us  and we were six doctors in a space for three. In 2003 we moved again, to our present location, hopefully having designed a building that it is big enough, with enough parking, for some time to come.  Dr. Pierce retired in 2008, Dr. Julia Thompson retired in 2013. Dr Lu, who was with us for two years, moved north so his wife could finish her pediatric training and Dr Suzanne Field has become our newest colleague.

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Rivergate Pediatrics strives to be a family-centered medical home for our patients, providing knowledge, advice, treatment and care coordination for wellness promotion, chronic disease management, and acute illness in a welcoming, cooperative atmosphere. We provide comprehensive care of the whole person and their family in order to promote long-term health and well-being.
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Network Affiliations

We are particiapants in the following networks: Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN),  Mission Point (St. Thomas), and QLink (HCA).


We admit patients in the newborn nurseries at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, St. Thomas Midtown Hospital, and Centennial Women’s and Children's Hospital.

Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

We are “attending physicians” at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  As active participants in the teaching program, our doctors supervise your child’s care, while helping to train future pediatricians. We sometimes have these doctors or medical students in our office to educate them about primary care pediatrics.

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Our office is in compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. See our Notice of Privacy which summarizes the privacy policies and procedures. The Notice of Privacy is posted in our waiting room and a copy is available at the front desk. You will be asked to sign that you have read and understood the notice during your first visit, and notified on this website or on the posted notice when there are substantial changes.


The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988 mandated standards and certifications to ensure the accuracy, reliability and timeliness of test results. Rivergate Pediatrics maintains a Certificate of Compliance, and has consistently passed annual inspections with no deficiencies. This means that you can be confident that our In-house lab results are valid.
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All our doctors are Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (F.A.A.P) and are Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics

Doctors Seeing New Patients

  • Dr. Toni-Ann Wright – newborns and new patients
  • Dr. Keith Thompson - newborns and new patients
  • Dr. Robin Pearson – newborns and new patients
  • Dr. Joan White – newborns and new patients
  • Dr. Tim Eidson - newborns only

Dr Joan White at Rivergate PediatricsJoan White, Medical Doctor Received her medical degree from The Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. She completed her pediatric training at Vanderbilt and practiced in the Gallatin area for 7 years before joining Rivergate Pediatrics in 1996. She served as treasurer and fellow-at-large for the Tennessee chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP),  was on the boards of CASA, CPIPA, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and the Cumberland Pediatric Foundation (CPF), where she served as president.  Dr. White has participated in four mission trips to Guatemala.  She currently serves on the Virginia Tech Biology Alumni Board and is an active member of the AAP section on Adolescents. She is one of six children and the mother of  one daughter.

Dr. Keith Thompson at Rivergate PediatricsKeith Thompson, Medical Doctor received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He completed his pediatric training at Vanderbilt and joined Rivergate Pediatrics in July of 1997. He has a long-term commitment to working with the hearing impaired and  is fluent in American Sign Language. He and his wife have two boys and a girl. He has served as an officer of the Davidson County Pediatric Society and is currently the President of Rivergate Pediatrics.  

Dr. Robin Pearson at Rivergate PediatricsRobin Pearson, Medical Doctor received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She completed her pediatric training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and practiced there for two years. Before coming back to Tennessee, she was an assistant professor of Pediatrics for 3 years at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She became part of Rivergate Pediatrics in 1999. She serves on the Child Health Committee for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital (VCH) and the Editorial Board for VCH community publications. She and her husband have two boys. 

Dr. Timothy Eidson at Rivergate PediatricsTimothy Eidson, Medical Doctor received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He completed his pediatric training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and was chief resident at Texas Children’s Hospital.  He joined Rivergate Pediatrics in July 2000. He currently serves on the Cumberland Pediatric Foundation Board and Physician Advisory Council at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  He has four children and is married to Dr. Stephanie Eidson. He and his wife teach prenatal classes at the Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center in   Hendersonville. He enjoys running and is an Elder at his church.  

ToniAnn Wright, MD at Rivergate PediatricsToni-Ann Wright, Medical Doctor

Effective November 15, 2018, Dr. Wright will be assuming the care of Dr. Suzanne Field’s patients as well as accepting new patients.  Dr. Wright is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She received her medical degree from Loma Linda University in 2011 and completed her pediatric residency at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis, TN.

Brenda Mayfield Administrator at Rivergate Pediatrics

Brenda Gibbs, Administrator joined Rivergate Pediatrics as Administrator in July 2009. She is a Kansas native where she attended Mid-America Nazarene College (Olathe, KS). Brenda is actively involved in her local church. She enjoys music, drama and scrapbooking. Brenda is married to husband, Mark.  Together they share three daughters and five grand-children.  
Samantha Craighead, PA at Rivergate Pediatrics

Samatha Craighead,  Physician  Assistant - Certified 

received her Masters of Science in Medicine from Trevecca Nazarene University. She completed her undergraduate studies in biology, chemistry and psychology at Lipscomb University. She joined Rivergate Pediatrics in October, 2017. She and her husband have 2 dogs, Diesel and Cash. She enjoys cooking, reading, being outdoors and has recently begun piano lessons.

Dr. Elizabeth Pierce received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed her pediatric training at Vanderbilt and joined Rivergate Pediatrics in 1981. She retired from seeing patients in 2008 but continues to be active in the business of the practice.