APPOINTMENTS: (248) 856.6300
75 Barclay Circle, Suite 115, Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Our Chief Doctors

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Avinash C. Chawla, M.D. (Practice Principle)

Dr. Chawla started the practice in 1972.   He received the Doctor of Medicine degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 1964. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in 1969. Board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of American Society of Pediatric Nephrology.   Dr. Chawla and his wife Wendy of 45 years reside in Troy and have 3 grown children and 3 grandkids.
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Thomas J. Schnur, M.D. (Practice Principle)

In private practice since 1980.
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Steven Z. Antone, M.D. (Practice Principle)

Dr. Steve Antone was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area.  He attended college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  He then went to New York City and graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2001.  He returned home to Michigan and completed his pediatrics residency at the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.  After residency, Dr. Antone joined Northeast Pediatrics and has been there ever since.   Dr. Antone is passionate about the field of pediatrics and loves spending time with the families he sees and watching the children and parents grow together.  He loves his job and could not see himself working in any other field.  He is an active volunteer for the Beaumont Parenting Program as well has his college fraternity.   Dr. Antone lives in Bloomfield Township with his wife, Rachel, and their two sons, Charlie and Will.  He enjoys any activity his kids participate in and also enjoys traveling, golf, and gardening.
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Susan A. Lagrou, M.D. (Practice Associate)

In private practice since 1999.
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Kristen A. Herman, M.D. (Practice Associate)

In private practice since 2002.
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Sonja M. Earles, M.D. (Practice Associate)

Sonja M. Earles, M.D. grew up in Rochester, graduated from Oakland University, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and completed residency at Royal Oak Beaumont. She is Board Certified, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Assistant Professor at Oakland University's Department for Pediatrics.
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Our Certified Nurse Practitioners

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Mary M. Swingle, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Received her Masters Degree in Pediatrics at Wayne State University in 1990. She has 20 years of pediatric experience, concurrently teaching Pediatrics in the Nurse Practitioner Program at Oakland University. 
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Chris M. Knoblauch, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

I graduated in 2006 from Oakland University with a MSN specializing as a family nurse practitioner. I am board certified and have over 30 years of pediatric experience. The first 15 years of my career were spent in the PICU at St. Joes-Oakland until its closing in 1999. From there I helped to develop and implement the pediatric/gynecological cancer out patient program at St. Joes. Soon after graduating with my Masters I joined Nepeds part time as well as continuing to work part time in oncology at St. Joes.   I reside within the Rochester community and have 2 daughters as well as an abundance of pets!   I look forward to caring for your children with the quality , knowledge and partnership I would expect for my own children.
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Carey A. Abele, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Our Office Administration Team

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Jeriann, Practice Administrator

I started bringing my children to NE Peds in 1986. I then joined the practice in 1995 as a receptionist. My four daughters received outstanding care and now my 2 grandchildren continue to get that same great care. I feel very fortunate to be a part of NE Peds and have a lot of respect for all the providers and staff. It really is a caring place to bring your children for great quality care.

Our Clinical Specialists

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Marie Arcori, Lead Registered Nurse

I'm a Registered Nurse and have been working at Northeast Pediatrics for 25 years. I started my nursing career at St. John Hospital in Detroit where I worked in pediatrics,pediatric oncology and PICU. I have been married 30 years and have 2 children ages 26 and 21 (Also patients at Northeast Pediatrics). My tenure at Northeast Pediatrics has been rewarding and fun. The staff have become like family to me. We take pride in treating everyone and we see like family too.
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Laurie, Registered Nurse

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Susie, Registered Nurse

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Beth, Certified Medical Assistant

I have been a part of Northeast Pediatric Associates for the better part of eight years. The years here have flown by. Nothing has brought me more joy then being able to come in every day, taking care of the sick children, helping families with their new borns, and watching all our patients grow. If you ever have any questions, do not be afraid to ask. We will always be more then willing to assist you.
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Krista, Certified Medical Assistant

I have been with Northeast Pediatrics for over 9 years. I graduated from Carnegie Institute in 2004 and did my externship here and never left. I have three daughters named Korrin, Raelyn and Taryn. My children are patients of the Northeast Pediatrics and they love everyone here. I wouldn't take them anywhere else. I enjoy working with all the staff and taking care the patients. Northeast Pediatrics is like a big family.
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Kendra, Certified Medical Assistant

I graduated from Baker college with an Associates Degree in Health Sciences. I have over 10 years of customer service experience. Becoming a certified Medical Assistant and deciding to work for Nepeds is truly the best decision I ever made. Being a mom myself, I completely understand how scary it can be in deciding who to trust in the care of your child, but the practitioners and staff at Nepeds are like my second family and I wouldn’t trust anyone else.
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Jessica, Certified Medical Assistant

Our Onsite Insurance Referral Specialist

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Dianne, T.B.D.

 
 
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Laura, Referral Specialist/Receptionist

I am with Northeast Pediatrics for nine years. Worked in the medical field for eleven years. I will retired with the company. I love my job.  

Our Billing Team

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Debbie, Billing Specialist

I have been at Northeast Pediatrics since 1993 where I started as a receptionist. Then I did referrals and finally ended up in the billing department. I love all the Doctors and Practitioners I have had the privilege to work with through the years along with all the employees and all the wonderful families. It truly feels like we all are family, which is why I have been her for 20 wonderful years and counting.
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Stella, Billing Specialist

I have been with the practice in the billing office since 2003. It is a great place to work we are like a family here. The Practitioners are wonderful to work for.
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Annette, PCMH Coordinator

 
 

Our Reception Team

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Shanda, Receptionist Team Member

I have been part of Northeast Pediatrics for just over six years. I was a former worker of Dr. Stark, a retied pediatrician of the Rochester Hills area, and joined up with Northeast as a part time receptionist. The way that my fellow co-workers welcomed me with open arms and treated me like part of their family was what drew me to stay at this wonderful practice. I am a mother of one and my daughter, Ellie, is a patient here as well. I cannot think of a greater place to work at or to have taken my child to.
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Daniel, Receptionist Team Member

I have been a part of the North East Pediatric team for almost six years now. As I work here at this wonderful practice, I attend school down at Wayne State University. North East Pediatric has worked around my school schedule and continues to encourage me to preform at my best. Prior to being a team member, I have been a patient of Dr. Thomas Schnur for the majority of my life. It is interesting to be able to see how the practice has grown and to experience assisting others with appointments instead of be a patient. Being part of this family has been an enriching and rewarding experience. I hope that any patients who are looking for a new Pediatrician find what they are looking for in our practice.
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Alex, Receptionist Team Member

I have been part of the Northeast Pediatric family for close to five years. I was a former patient as a child and started here as a temporary filing clerk in the summer of 2012. From there I was promoted and hired as a front desk receptionist shortly after. The doctors, nurses, and front staff were all very welcoming and I could not imagine working at a better place. I truly love my job and the people I work with; as well as the patients and their families.
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Denise, Receptionist Team Member

It is hard to believe that a three year has come and gone. It seems like only yesterday that I joined the team here at Northeast Pediatrics. The moment I walked into the doors, I was welcomed with open arms. I quickly learned the proper procedures and was more than willing to share any and all of my personal experience with my co-workers and patients. What I found most refreshing is how this practice is always willing to bend over backwards to try to assist our patients with any trouble they may have. After hearing the wonderful stories that I have shared with my daughter, she transferred her children here as well and has never been happier. As a mother, co-worker, and grandmother, I highly recommend Northeast Pediatrics and the value this practice has.
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Kelly, Receptionist Team Member

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Debbie, Receptionist Team Member

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