Bright Pediatrics located in Dalton GA



We at Bright Pediatrics consider our patients health and wellness our first priority. To provide care in a compassionate and professional manner. To deliver the best quality, comprehensive pediatric care to the families that we serve every day. We provide world class care with a compassionate personal touch and total patient satisfaction. We believe each child is unique and each requires a diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to those unique needs. We at Bright, strongly believe in patient centered medical care. We guarantee the ability to see your own pediatrician on the same day when your child is sick. We believe in the power of medicine to heal and the power of spiritual and natural healing.

Meet Our Team

Doctor Rami Azzouz M.D.

Dr. Rami Azzouz, M.D., FAAP (Named Best Pediatrician for 2016,2015,2014,2013)

A Board Certified Pediatrician and a fellow member of the AAP since 1999. He has been practicing pediatrics since 2001. He received his medical training at Damascus University. Internship and Residency at St. John's Medical Center in Detroit Michigan, with additional 3 years at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri for neonatal, perinatal medicine fellowship. He also worked for 5 years at TC Thompson's Children's Hospital in Chattanooga Tennessee. Taking care of very sick unique babies and special needs children. Dr. Azzouz also has privileges at TC Thompson Children's at Erlanger Woman's East - Erlanger, Hutcheson, Parkridge Hospital in Tennessee.

Special Fields of Expertise: ADHD and Behavioral, Special needs - newborns, Chronic problems in children

Doctor Omar Alani, M.D.

Dr. Omar Alani, M.D.

Graduated from Damascus University in 1988 and completed pediatric residency from Woodhull Hospital and SYNY in Brooklyn, NY on 1997. Dr. Alani moved to Ringgold with his wife and 2 daughters after 18 years of pediatric inpatient and outpatient experience working in Kentucky and Florida.

Special Fields of Expertise: Asthma and ADHD Management

Doctor Mathew Hatler

Dr. Mathew Hatler, M.D. FAAP

Dr. Matthew Hatler is a Board Certified Pediatrician who was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. There he attended the University of Memphis and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science. He went on to complete medical school at St. George's University and his interest in culturally diverse populations has led to medical training opportunities on 3 continents. After completing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Children's Hospital he worked in Pediatric Urgent Care for 2 years. As a primary care pediatrician he enjoys building relationships with families and promoting lifestyle habits that will prepare children for a lifetime of healthy choices. He enjoys being outdoors, kayaking, soccer and spending time with his wife and 2 children.

Special Fields of Expertise: Sports related injuries, nutrition, and children's literacy. Dr. Hatler is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Nurse Caroline Hedrick

Caroline Hedrick RN-CFNP

A dedicated Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years experience in pediatric care. She recieved her masters degree in nursing from Kennesaw State University. She is devoted to caring for your childern and all their needs, from newborn care, routine physical exams, acute and chronic illness's. Her passion is to help educate parents and their children on healthy life styles and wellness.

Special Fields of Expertise: Asthma and allergy, Behavior and Chronic problems, Family expertise counselor

Melissa Joyner

Melissa Joyner

Melissa Joyner is the Practice Administrator. She attended Dalton State College and graduated with her Associates of Science Nursing degree. Melissa is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration specializing in health care management.
Before coming to Bright, she worked within a large medical corporation where she gained extensive knowledge in health care administration and business development. She held many positions during her tenure there including Clinical Manager, Director of Operations, Care Transitions Coordinator, and Account Executive.
Melissa brings to our team strong organizational management skills as well as financial budget planning and experience with innovative technology in healthcare.
In her free time she enjoys world travel and being outdoors. Melissa loves spending time with her family and friends.


We appreciate the opportunity to server your child's medical and health care needs. In order to better server you child, we ask you to spend time reviewing our policies. Should you have any questions, please ask our staff for assistance.


Being new parents my husband and I were so nervous about the "ins and outs" of newborn life and health care. When we found out Dr. Azzouz specializes in neonatal care we were immediately relieved. He has always put our daughter first and he takes the time to carefully explain the issue at hand. I have never felt rushed or misguided at Bright Pediatrics. The staff always seems to work as a team, making new mothers like me feel at ease. We love the pediatric relationship we have with this office.

-Patrick & Jordan Mullins

The Combs LOVE Bright Pediatrics. The staff is caring and loving towards our children and provide quality service that is beyond exceptional. The environment at Bright Peds is assuring and comforting when you are at the mercy of a sick child. We sleep soundly at night knowing they are just a phone call away with any issues. Thank you Bright Peds for providing quality health care for our children.

- Brandon, Amee, Analea and Foster Combs

The only pediatrician my girls have ever know is Dr. Azzouz. He is a kind, gentle, knowledgeable man that cares for my daughters as if they were his own. I have reffered several people to Dr. Azzouz over the years and each time, I have received a great big THANK YOU for the referral. He is attentive and compassionate each time we visit him, answering any questions that we might have and always putting our mind at ease. He is definitely "the best" in our minds and hearts. -MH