The PediPals

Board-Certified Pediatricians

Dr. Ana Pal and Dr. Samira Hodges, aka "The PediPals", are best friends and board-certified pediatricians who live in Texas. They have known each other since residency and have worked together both in primary care and as entrepreneurs. They aim to empower and educate parents while spreading positive messaging about wellness in children. They love to travel, watch comedy shows and feed their love of learning and education.

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