Dorothy Ray, MD
I was born and raised all over the state of New York and moved to Florida when I was 16. I attended Birmingham-Southern College and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Biology. I attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and stayed there for my 3 year pediatric residency. I came to practice in Lakeland in 1990 and opened my own office in 1993. In 1997 I was joined by Dr. Rachel Ray and we formed Pediatric Associates of Lakeland. We now have 10 full or part time providers in 2 locations in Lakeland under the Pediatric Associates of Lakeland name and we are part of a multispecialty group with a pediatric office in Winter Haven, family practice clinics in Bartow, Lakeland and Winter Haven, chiropractic office in Lakeland, and urgent care clinics in Lakeland and Winter Haven. I am a fierce advocate for disease prevention through vaccination.
Rachel Ray, MD
I was born in England, reared in Kingston, Jamaica. I moved to Florida at the age of 13 with my family. My undergraduate training was at University of Florida, receiving a bachelor of arts in Microbiology. Medical schooling was at University of South Florida, and pediatric residency also at the University of South Florida. I am married to a pediatric hospitalist in Lakeland and have 4 children. My special areas of interest include early childhood development and pediatric dermatology. I am passionate about childhood vaccinations and making sure all children are protected against preventable childhood illnesses.
I am an ARNP with 40 years experience as a Pediatric Registered Nurse and 20 years experience as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Central Florida Junior College with my AA in 1967. In 1983 I received my BSN from Florida Southern College and in 1991 I entered the University of South Florida and received my Master's Degree in 1993. I was employed at Lakeland Regional Medical Center from 1972 until 1998. From 1991 until 1994 I worked as an RN in the newly opened Pediatric Emergency Department and in 1994 was privileged to be employed as a Nurse Practitioner where I received valuable acute care experience. I have been employed at Pediatric Associates of Lakeland since 1998 where I am able to follow children and families over the years. I love working with infants and children and have enjoyed every day of my experience. I pay my experience forward by precepting Nurse Practitioner students when I can.
Jennifer Bath, NP
I earned an AA from St. Josephs Hospital Health Center School of Nursing, in Syracuse, N.Y., and graduated as an RN in 1992. While working in NICU I returned to school and earned both a BS and MS from USF in Tampa, Fl. I graduated as a pediatric nurse practitioner in 2001 had have worked in pediatric primary care since. Areas of practice I prefer include infant and child development and have an interest in cardiac and pulmonary issues.
Laura Aul, NP
I am a family nurse practitioner that graduated with my Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of Tampa in 2009 and I am board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. I additionally have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. As a registered nurse, I worked at Lakeland Regional Medical Center on a general surgery floor and in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. I have worked at Pediatric Associates since 2010. I love working with kids of all ages and their families.
Michele R. Tucker, DO
Michele R. Tucker is a board certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. A graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, she completed her osteopathic internship at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and her pediatric residency at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron, Ohio. While in medical school, Dr. Tucker completed a pre-doctoral fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Dr. Tucker joined Pediatric Associates of Lakeland in 2006 where she practices general pediatrics and also performs osteopathic manipulative treatments. Dr. Tucker's hobbies and interests include running, photography and most of all spending time with her family.
Ashley Corn, NP
Ashley Corn is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Ashley joined Pediatric Associates in 2012 after earning her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and her Master's of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida. Ashley has always loved working with infants, children, and families, and worked for over seven years in pediatrics at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, as a Registered Nurse, prior to joining the practice.