Liberty Hill welcomes first pediatric practice
By SHELLY WILKISON
Dr. Tiffani Scott knew she had chosen the right community for her pediatrics practice when she saw firsthand how Liberty Hill enveloped the Crystal Draper family after the tragic death of her two children in a car crash in April.
New to Liberty Hill, a patient told her about a fundraising event sponsored by Liberty Hill Youth League to help the family, and Dr. Scott wanted to help. It didn’t matter that she didn’t know them.
The night before the event at Lions Foundation Park, Dr. Scott’s family started barbecuing the pork to make 1,000 pulled pork sandwiches that would be sold at the park to benefit the Draper family. When her clinic staff learned of the event, they volunteered to help.
No one at the park that day knew the Scotts or had an inkling about Liberty Hill Pediatrics. They worked together quietly and without notice for a family they might not ever know in a community they had recently adopted.
Dr. Scott, a 35-year-old mother of two, said news of the tragedy was heart-breaking. But the loss was even more profound for her and her staff because their lives are all about caring for children.
Dr. Scott, who opened Whitestone Pediatrics in Cedar Park four years ago, said she found her way to Liberty Hill after prodding and encouragement from her Liberty Hill patients. In such a youth-centered community, her patients believed Dr. Scott would be a perfect addition.
“I like the small-town feeling where I can get to know all the kids,” she said. “This is close to home now and I feel like I can relate to the patients.”
Dr. Scott and her staff are like family and their patients are extended family.
“We all have children, and we get it (the stresses of parenting). Parents don’t feel overwhelmed when they are here because they’re our family, too,” she said.
Liberty Hill Pediatrics treats newborns to young people up to age 21.
Dr. Scott is a pediatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate in nursing. She earned her doctorate in nursing from Maryville University and a Master’s Degree with honors in nursing from the University of Texas.
Her background in the medical field is diverse as she has a great deal of experience in labor and delivery at North Austin Medical Center and pediatrics in a private care setting. She has spent years caring for newborns to adolescents, and her local practice performs well child exams, sports physicals, vaccinations as well as treating illnesses and managing chronic illnesses. She said more acute issues are referred to specialists, and she uses Dell Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Scott is a breast feeding specialist and frequently works with new mothers to help them become acclimated to motherhood.
“I grew up knowing this is what I wanted to do,” she said of her career choice.
As a teen-ager who grew up in Sugarland, Dr. Scott spent her time babysitting and giving swim lessons.
She is the only one in her family growing up to graduate from college.
She earned an undergraduate degree in child psychology and early childhood intervention. After working with children, she decided she wanted to move more into the diagnosis and treatment fields.
Dr. Scott doesn’t just offer advice that she has learned from others. As a parent, she has experienced child behavioral issues and knows effective ways to train and teach children to correct problems. She noted biting, temper trantrums and toilet training as some of the more common areas where she has assisted frustrated parents.
On August 4, Dr. Michael Holmes will join the practice, but will be stationed primarily at Whitestone Pediatrics in Cedar Park.
“I spent over a year interviewing good pediatricians, looking for someone with the same goals to deliver health care to everyone equally no matter what insurance they have or socio-economic background,” she said, adding that Dr. Holmes will be a great partner.
Dr. Scott admits it is uncommon for a professional her age to start two medical practices. But she isn’t one to shy away from a challenge and is determined to make a difference.
“I have a lot of faith, and believed this was the right thing to do, and the right time for Liberty Hill,” she said.
Although the office just opened officially on Wednesday, she said many people have already been stopping by wondering about her business and welcoming her to Liberty Hill.
Her family moved from the Round Rock area to Liberty Hill.
So far, she has been impressed with the openness of the community and is pleased to have her two children, ages 5 and 8, attending Liberty Hill school beginning next month.
Her husband, Brian Scott, is vice president of Contractors, Inc. which has offices in multiple states. He has already become active in Liberty Hill as a volunteer coach for Liberty Hill Youth Football & Cheer.
Liberty Hill Pediatrics is located in Clarke’s Commons, 101 Jonathan Drive, Suite 4. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Eventually, the business will open on Saturdays. Patients of the Liberty Hill clinic are also welcome to use Whitestone Pediatrics in Cedar Park.
To schedule an appointment, call (512) 778-5111. Same-day appointments are available. All insurance is accepted.