Our Pediatric Care Staff


Dr. Eehab Kenawy M.D., F.A.A.P.

Board Certified Pediatrician

Dr. Kenawy has practiced pediatrics in Panama City at his office at Emerald Coast Pediatrics since 2003. He is a doctor that works closely with his patients and staff to ensure that the well being of each child is taken care of to their best ability.

 

Dr. Kenawy was trained in Pediatrics at Columbia University as well as extensive Asthma & Lung disease training and RSV research at the University of Miami. Dr. Kenawy was chosen as the Best Junior as well as the Best Senior Resident in his class during his training. He has served as the Chief of Pediatrics as well as the Chief of Quality Assurance (Pediatrics Division) at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. 

 

Dr. Kenawy served as Chief of Medical Staff and was on the Board of Directors for Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center from 2017-2019. 

 

Board Certified in General Pediatrics, he is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the American Medical Association.

 

Dr. Kenawy was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and is a long time resident of Panama City, FL, graduating from Rutherford High School. He is fluent in Spanish and Arabic, enjoys soccer, raquetball, table tennis, and travel in his spare time. Dr. Kenawy and his wife are proud parents of 4 children.

 


 

Dr. Musab Al-Yahia M.D., F.A.A.P.

Board Certified Pediatrician

From the beginning of my medical education, I aspired to be a pediatrician. Helping a child feel better or overcome illness brings me a great sense of satisfaction and happiness. Since becoming a board certified pediatrician, I have taken a particular interest in helping kids overcome obesity and living healthier lives.

 

I am board Certified in General Pediatrics, and am a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the American Medical Association.

 

Personally, I love to read, exercise, travel and spend time with my children. My newest hobby in learning about and tasting different coffees from around the world. So far, Yemeni Mocha is the best!

 

I'm happy to be a part of the Emerald Coast Pediatrics team, where our goal is to deliver the best care that the kids of Bay and surrounding counties deserve!

 


 

Dr. Yaslam Balfaqih M.D., F.A.A.P. (Dr. Bell)

Board Certified Pediatrician

Dr. Bell was born and raised in the gulf area of the middle east. He completed his college and medical school education at Jordan University of Science & Technology.

 

Dr. Bell says "pediatric rotation was the one that harmonized the most with my views about medicine. There has always been that urge to help, educate and nurture. Moreover, the pediatrician tends to follow the child through all of the phases of development over a significant time interval; each milestone developed is an achievement for both parties concerned."

 

He has worked in pediatrics in Jordan & Qatar prior to moving to the states to join Marshall University Pediatrics Residency Program in West Virginia. He enjoys providing his best care to all pediatric age groups, newborns through adolescence. While enjoying it all, he is interested more in ambulatory pediatrics.

 

Board Certified in General Pediatrics, he is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the American Medical Association.

 

From Dr. Bell - "My wife and I are the proud parents of two boys; whom I enjoy spending time with during my leisure. We love this part of the country for several reasons, including the nice people, beaches, food and much more. I like to travel, be on or near the water, and enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities."

 


 

Dr. Malik Hamdan, MD.

Board Eligible Pediatrician

Dr. Hamdan joins us from West Virginia, home of the Mountaineers! He received his medical degree from Cairo, Egypt, and completed his pediatric residency training at CAMC Women and Children's Hospital, Charleston, WV. Dr. Hamdan joined Emerald Coast Pediatrics in 2019. His fields of interest include advocating for children's mental health, hospital medicine, and respiratory disease. He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

Dr. Hamdan believes that children from all walks of life deserve to be loved unconditionally, and time is the most precious gift you can give your children. Dr. Hamdan and his wife, are proud parents of three rambunctiously charming boys. They love exploring the outdoors and enjoy popcorn movie nights in their pj's!

 

'I wear my white coat with pride every morning because bringing smiles to children's faces makes me feel like a superhero." - Dr. Hamdan.

 

 


 

Beverly Crawford Chandler, MSN, ARNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitoner

Beverly is a native of the Florida Panhandle. She received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Geroge Wallace College in Dothan, Alabama and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Troy State University in 1996. She has worked as a Registered Pediatric Nurse with the Dothan Pediatrics and with Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

 

While pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing with the University of South Alabama, Beverly was employed with Chipola College as a Pediatric Nursing Instructor.

 

Prior to joining Emerald Coast Pediatrics in 2008, Beverly worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Marianna Pediatrics in Marianna, Florida.  

 

Beverly is an active member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.

 

Beverly is a mother of three sons.  She and her husband enjoy spending time with friends and family at the "worlds most beautiful beaches".  They enjoy traveling and Florida Sate "Seminole" football.

 


 

Kara B. Turner, MSN, APRN-C

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kara, a native of New Orleans, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 2000. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she moved to Birmingham, AL. Kara was employed as a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UAB Hospital for 5 years while pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

 

She is board certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PCNB) and an active member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurses and Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).

 

Prior to joining Emerald Coast Pediatrics in 2011, she worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Alexander City, AL for 6 years.

 

Kara lives in Panama City Beach with her husband, daughter, and 2 dogs. They enjoy the beach, travels, music, the arts, and Alabama football.  

 


 

Megan Budde, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Megan is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Human Nutrition in 2014 from the University of Kentucky, where she also went on to complete her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2017.

 

After vacationing frequently throughout the Emerald Coast as a child, it was an easy decision for Megan to start her career at Emerald Coast Pediatrics in 2017.

 

Megan is board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is licensed by the state of Florida.

 

Megan lives in Panama City Beach with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time outdoors, and supporting the Kentucky Wildcats!

 


 

Erin E. Simonds PA-C

Physician Assistant

Erin is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. She recived her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State Universtiy in 2004. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Erin worked for nine years in the engineering field. During this time she attended the University of Colorado earning her graduate degrees in civil engineering with an emphasis in sustainable design.

 

After nine years in the civil engineering field and years of volunteer work at the Children's Hospital, Erin decide to pursue a career in medicine and attend Chatham University where she earned her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2014.  

 

Erin is board certified by the American Academy of Physician Assistants and licensed by the state of Florida.

 

In 2014 Erin joined the Emerald Coast Pediatrics team.  Erin lives in Panama City Beach with her husband, daughter, and son. She enjoys running, cycling and swimming and is a six time Ironman finisher. 

 


 

 

 

Contact Info


Panama City

621 W. Baldwin Rd, #A
Panama City, FL 32405

(850) 747.3661 office

 

Panama City Beach

12907 PC Beach Pkwy, #201
Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 238.8720 office

 

 

 

 

 

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PANAMA CITY

621 W. Baldwin Rd, #A
Panama City, FL 32405

(850) 747.3661 office

 

PANAMA CITY BEACH

12907 Panama City Beach Pkwy
#201
Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 238.8720

OFFICE HOURS

Mon-Thu from 8am-5pm (extended Hours 5pm-8pm)

Fri from 8am-4pm (extended Hours 4pm-7pm)

Sat from 9am-2pm

Closed for lunch from 12-1pm

 

OFFICE HOURS

Mon-Thu from 8am-5pm

Fri from 8am-4pm

Closed for lunch from 12-1pm