About Us

Spring Creek Pediatrics, formerly McLean Medical Services, was founded by Dr. Susan McLean in December of 1984.

Dr. Stephanie A. Stegall is a native of Missouri but traveled extensively with her family before attending Georgia State University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1990 with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry and received her M.D. Degree from Emory University in 1995. After completing her pediatric residency at TC Thompson Children's Hospital in 1998, she joined Spring Creek Pediatrics. She is board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Stegall served as the Vice Chief of Pediatrics at the Children's Hosiptal at Erlanger in 2016 and 2017, and she served as the Chief of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital at Erlanger in 2018. Dr. Stegall resides with her husband, twin daughters who love the outdoors, and an assorted collection of animals.

Dr. Summer Ross grew up in the Chattanooga area and has always called it home. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from UTC in 2000 with a B.S. degree in chemistry and received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis in 2005. Her pediatric residency at the University of Kentucky was completed in 2008. Since that time she has been practicing community pediatrics in the Chattanooga area. She joined Spring Creek Pediatrics in June 2012. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Ross is married to her high school sweetheart who is also a Chattanooga native. They have two busy athletic teenage boys and two lovable needy pugs.

Jana Watters, APRN-C, is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and has practiced as a nurse practitioner since 1995. Jana joined Spring Creek Pediatrics in 2013. She loves working with children and helping them learn to make healthy decisions at an early age that will influence the rest of their lives. She especially has an interest in working with children with obesity. Jana worked for 13 years in the ER at Children's Hospital and has vast experience with suturing, splinting, and caring for children with acute illnesses. Jana enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Dr. Jessica Claridge Dr. Jessica Claridge grew up in Southern Ohio and Northern California. She graduated summa cum laude from Walla Walla University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration after having spent time in both Ecuador and Spain. She completed her medical degree at Loma Linda University in 2010 and her pediatric residency at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in 2013. She spent the following year as a pediatric chief resident and has since enjoyed a variety of work settings (including clinic, urgent care, the emergency department, pediatric hospital ward, and hospital nursery). After moving from Southern California to St Louis, and finally, to Chattanooga, she joined Spring Creek Pediatrics in October 2022. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Claridge loves spending time with her one clever husband, three spunky daughters, and two pouncy cats.


This most recent COVID surge has been associated with higher fevers in some cases. We offer the following advice about fever.

1. Fever is a reflection of the immune system doing it's job.

2. Fevers of 103-104 are not uncommon in viral illnesses. In some cases, fever can be as high as 105 or 106.

3. Your body will not let a fever go high enough to cause any permanent damage.

4. You do not have to treat every fever. If your child is comfortable, drinking, and playing, it's acceptable to not give fever medications. If your child has a history of seizures with fevers, we do recommend treating regularly.

5. A lukewarm bath can help bring a fever down.

6. Treating a fever doesn't guarantee that the temperature will return to normal. However, you should verify that you are giving the correct dose based on your child's weight. Commonly parents undermedicate their children when it comes to fever.

7. If you are alternating an acetaminophen product with an ibuprofen product, wait 3-4 hrs between doses.

929 Spring Creek Rd
Suite 206, Chattanooga TN