THE PRACTICE

Our Practice

 

Established in December of 2002 in Rockport, our office is committed to providing each patient with an exceptional level of care and attention. Our dedicated staff works together as a team to provide comprehensive pediatric care. With compassion and understanding, we take pride in paying close attention to each patient and family's needs.

 

Being a small, locally owned practice, we understand the need for consistent, personal care. We treat each patient like family. We offer a wide array of services including wellness visits, immunizations, and school and camp physicals just to name a few.   Inpatient services are offered at Driscoll Children's Hospital via the care of trained pediatric hospitalists.  Newborn care is offered at Bay Area Medical Center and Spohn South Hospital.

Modernization

In 2012 we implemented an electonic health records system.  Currently we utilize Practice Fusion, a popular platform used by many small medical offices like ours.  As a convenience to our patients, we can now send prescriptions for most medications electronically. Give your selected pharmacy approximately one hour to process your prescription (time may vary depending on pharmacy traffic) and simply drop by their location and pick up your child's medications!   We also provide this service for controlled medications used to treat ADD and ADHD.  Please call our office for more information.

Our Providers
Melecio Apostol, MD

 

Dr. Apostol spent his early childhood in Chicago.  His family relocated to South Texas in the early 1980s and he graduated from Calhoun High School, about 45 minutes north of Rockport.  He attended the University of Texas at Austin and received his degree with honors in Biology in 1994.  He then attended the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston from where he graduated in 1998. From 1998 to 2001 he completed his pediatrics residency in Austin and became board certified.  He has been in private practice since July of 2001 and established Rockport Pediatrics in December of 2002. In August of 2017, he agreed to assume the care of retiring Dr. Pizarro's practice in Ingleside. He has been happily married since 1994 and lives in Corpus Christi with his wife, 3 children, and 6 dogs.  

Stephanie Smith, APRN, FNP-C

Stephanie, a native of the Coastal Bend, was raised in Port Aransas and graduated from high school there.  She attended Henderson State University in Arkansas where she received her bachelor's degree in nursing and business management.  She has worked for the past 10 years as a pediatric nurse in a variety of settings including the emergency room, community health, and the mother/baby hospital unit.  She completed her master of science in nursing in 2018 at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.  She is a licensed advanced practice registered nurse and board certified as a family nurse practitioner.  

Stephanie is enthusiastic about working with children and their families to address their health needs and improve health outcomes.  She lives in Ingleside with her spouse, 2 children, and dog.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, fishing, and collecting vintage lanterns and cast-iron.

Sandcastle Pediatrics

Locations in Rockport and Ingleside

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