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Carol Steiner, MD

Carol M. Steiner, MD, FAAP

Pediatrician in Newport News VA

With over 22 of experience as a pediatrician, Carol M. Steiner, MD, FAAP, has had the pleasure of caring for patients from the first days of life to young adulthood.

A premature infant herself, Dr. Steiner’s experience with a devoted pediatrician inspired her to enter the medical field. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and earned her medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. She then completed an internship and residency through David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California.

After completing her residency, Dr. Steiner worked at multiple Air Force bases overseas for five years as a staff pediatrician. Upon returning to the States, Dr. Steiner served as Chief of the Platinum Clinic and later as Medical Director of the Bethel Clinic at Langley Air Force Base (AFB) in Hampton, VA. After a decade with Langley AFB, Dr. Steiner retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Dr. Steiner has since continued her medical practice at pediatric clinics throughout Hampton Roads. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Steiner was an instructor at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) where she taught and mentored nursing students. She is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Steiner finds it most rewarding to care for her patients as they grow into young adults and become parents themselves. As a pediatrician in Newport News, VA, Dr. Steiner is passionate about caring for her patients when they are ill, supporting them when they are well, and answering any questions they may have along the way. She also has a special interest in treating patients with ADHD and asthma and promoting healthy and active lifestyles for her pediatric patients and their families. 

A wife and mother of two boys, Dr. Steiner enjoys spending quality time with her family and preparing healthy gourmet dishes. She also enjoys the outdoors and experiencing the mountains, beaches, and Virginia’s beautiful seasonal weather. She is an active member of her church and the Boy Scouts of America.

TPMG welcomed Dr. Carol Steiner to James River Pediatrics in 2019.

Lee Gotthardt, FNP-C

Lee Gotthardt, FNP-C

Lee Gotthardt, FNP-C, received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio in 2002. Following his undergraduate studies, he earned a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in family nursing from South University in Savannah, Georgia in 2017. He is board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Prior to joining TPMG James River Pediatrics, Lee worked as a charge nurse in emergency departments and in outpatient renal dialysis clinics where he gained valuable experience in providing patient-focused care. Working at James River Pediatrics, he finds the most enjoyment from his daily interaction with patients and their families. As a parent himself, he understands the unique needs of pediatric patients and strives to create a fun and comfortable environment. Lee recognizes that pediatric patient care requires both patience and effective communication skills, which are fundamental aspects of his philosophy of care.

Lee resides in the Hampton Roads area with his wife and children. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, fishing, traveling, and spending time with his family. He appreciates the rich culture and abundance of history in the area, particularly the Revolutionary and Civil War Eras, which led him to pick up the hobby of metal detecting for historical artifacts. He joined James River Pediatrics in Newport News in 2017.

Dr. Joseph Baust

Joseph A. Baust Jr., MD, FAAP

Pediatrician in Newport News

Joseph A. Baust Jr., MD, FAAP, received his undergraduate degree in biology from Centre College of Kentucky, Danville, Kentucky.  He earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee and completed a pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in 2004.  In 2014-2015, Dr. Baust was Chief of Pediatrics at Mary Immaculate Hospital.  Dr. Baust is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Baust previously practiced medicine in Tennessee and moved to the Hampton Roads area where he resides with his wife and two sons.  He enjoys reading, writing, history, playing tennis and spending quality time outdoors with his family.

Dr. Baust joined TPMG and opened James River Pediatrics in 2016.  He welcomes his existing patients and new patients to reserve an appointment.

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James River Pediatrics

At TPMG James River Pediatrics, we want our young patients to look forward to visiting us as much as we look forward to seeing them.

We strive to provide child-friendly, exceptional quality medical care in an environment that is fun-loving, energetic and comfortable for the entire family. Each member of our treatment team is a registered nurse or medical assistant, and our office staff has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of compassionate care.

We offer complete medical service to infants, children and young adults to the age of 21 years. This includes our adherence to the vaccine schedule recommended by national organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Dr. Baust, Dr. Steiner, and Lee Gotthardt, FNP-C, as well as our pediatric nurse line, are available after hours to answer your questions seven days a week. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions or concerns.

In addition, TPMG After Hours Care is conveniently located next door and is open 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weeknights and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on weekends for children over 2 years of age for acute illnesses.

Dr. Baust, Dr. Steiner – our pediatricians in Newport News, VA and staff look forward to meeting you and your family!

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Awards and Accolades

2019 Coastal Virginia Magazine Reader’s Choice “Best of” Winner – Pediatric Practice

2019 Virginia Living Magazine Best of Virginia Winner – Best Pediatric Practice