Serving Children & Families throughout Central Louisiana!
Premier Pediatrics opened its doors in May 2000 and ever since our practice has been committed to providing the highest quality care for Central Louisiana’s children. We are open seven days a week and stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in the pediatric field!
Dr. John Clark
Dr. John Clark is the founder and owner of Premier Pediatrics. After graduating from Jena High School, Dr. Clark attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for his undergraduate education and earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center, School of Medicine in Shreveport. He completed his pediatric internship and residency at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport where he was Pediatric Chief Resident from 1994 – 1996. In 1996, Dr. Clark became a board-certified pediatrician and began practicing pediatric medicine in Alexandria. He fulfilled his childhood dream in May 2000 when he opened the doors to Premier Pediatrics.
Dr. Clark is affiliated with Rapides Regional Medical Center, Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, and LaSalle General Hospital, where he is Medical Director of LaSalle Family Medicine Clinic’s pediatric department. He is President of the Cenla Pediatric Society and has served as chairman of the pediatric department at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, where he recently completed a two-year appointment as Chief of Medical Staff.
Dr. Clark’s special interests include childhood asthma, attention deficit disorder, and minor office procedures. He is a self-described “kid at heart” and enjoys spending time with his patients. He finds pediatrics especially rewarding because he gets to watch his patients grow into healthy adults and start families of their own.
Dr. Clark grew up in Jena, a small town north of Alexandria, and can be found there on Fridays seeing children in the pediatric clinic on the grounds of LaSalle General Hospital. Being active in the community, he sponsors baseball teams and might be seen in the stands cheering on Little League teams wearing Premier Pediatrics uniforms. He enjoys spending quality time with his sons, Jared and Andrew, hunting, fishing, and discussing his alma mater’s football team, the LSU Tigers.
Dr. Zulma Laracuente
Dr. Zulma Laracuente, MD, FAAP
Dr. Zulma Laracuente (or as most of her patients call her, Dr. Lara) is a board-certified and recertified pediatrician working full time at Premier Pediatrics. She is originally from Puerto Rico, where she attended college at the University of Puerto Rico for her undergraduate education. She earned her medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and completed her pediatric residency training at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She worked in private practice in Tampa, Florida for several years before moving to Alexandria, Louisiana in 2006 to be closer to family. Dr. Laracuente joined the Premier Pediatrics family in 2006 and has happily served the Central Louisiana area in both the outpatient and inpatient settings since then.
Dr. Laracuente has a particular interest in the care of medically complex children, asthma, allergies, nutrition, development, and behavior. She believes in providing comprehensive medical care, health maintenance, and preventative services to each one of her patients. She also functions as a patient’s advocate, facilitating her patients with the appropriate referrals to specialists, health services, and community resources. Dr. Laracuente also places great importance in helping moms being successful with breast feeding. She enjoys taking care of children and developing long-lasting relationships with her patients’ families.
The one thing she loves the most is being a mom. Her twin daughters, Andrea and Sofia, have taught her lots about parenting and about being a more flexible pediatrician. Dr. Laracuente is married to Dr. Roberto Garcia, an internal medicine doctor, who grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Dr. Laracuente enjoys running and she and her husband have run several half marathons together. She likes to be active and believes that moving is the key to a healthy lifestyle. She also enjoys traveling and creating memories with her family.
Our Nurse Practitioners
Chasity is one of our local girls: born in Pineville and raised in Forest Hill. She graduated from Louisiana State University-Alexandria in 2009 with an Associate of Science in Nursing and received both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012 and her Master of Science in Nursing in 2014 from Northwestern State University.
Chasity has been working in pediatrics since 2009 and joined the Premier Pediatrics family in 2015. She loves taking care of our patients at our Jena clinic, where she works full-time, and helping out at our Metro clinic on the weekends.
Chasity is married to Danny and has two children: a son, Landyn, and a daughter, Gracie. When she’s not taking care of our patients, you can find her at the baseball or softball field cheering her kids on.
Jane Ann Bush
Jane Ann is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Louisiana State University-Alexandria in 2000 with an Associate of Science in Nursing, Northwestern State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Vanderbilt University in 2012 with a Master of Science in Nursing-Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Jane Ann has over 18 years nursing experience and is a Certified Lactation Educator. She began working for Premier Pediatrics as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in October 2012.
Jane Ann’s primary goal is to provide high quality, compassionate care to children of all ages and to not only care for but to advocate for children with special needs.
Amanda is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Louisiana College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012 with a Master of Science in Nursing-Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016 with a Master of Science in Nursing- Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Amanda has over 17 years of pediatric and pediatric intensive care nursing experience. She began working for Premier Pediatrics in February 2014. She is credentialed at both Rapides Regional Medical Center and St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and assists with newborn rounds and inpatient hospital care.
Amanda strives to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to her patients while specializing in the treatment of acute, chronic, and complex illnesses.
Rachel is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. With over 17 years of experience, Rachel has served many roles at Premier Pediatrics from LPN, to KIDMED-RN, to pediatric nurse practitioner. She graduated from Louisiana State University-Alexandria in 2005 with an Associate of Science of Nursing, Northwestern State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012 with a Master of Science in Nursing – Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Rachel became Board Certified through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board in June 2012 and began her career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Premier Pediatrics.
Rachel’s main goal is continuity of care in the primary care setting while providing preventative care and medical attention to children of all ages from infancy to adulthood.