Caitlin Rissler

RN, MSN, CPNP-PC

Experience

Caitlin completed her BA in psychology and her Masters in Nursing at Vanderbilt. She completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program through the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and her preceptorship at the Vanderbilt Center for Child Development. During undergrad, she volunteered with Vanderbilt’s Next Step post-secondary education program for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. After nursing school, she launched the developmental pediatrics department for Novant Health in Charlotte, NC before moving back home to open Music City Peds. Caitlin is certified in both pediatric primary care and as a pediatric mental health specialist.

About Caitlin

Caitlin is a Nashville native and is honored to serve the greater Nashville area through her pediatric practice. She is a mother of 3, a coffee connoisseur (just kidding – ANY coffee will do!), Preds fan (It’s all your fault!), Vandy fan (Anchor Down!). She enjoys the outdoors, especially in the fall, hiking and jogging. Highlights at Music City Peds have included building relationships with clients, hosting Summer Jam Sessions and camps in the summer, winning the March Madness championship belt in 2019, and pranking her colleagues.

Caitlin is a developmental-behavioral nurse practitioner who specializes in caring for children and adolescents with developmental, learning, behavioral, or mental health concerns.

Her expertise stemmed from a passion for autism spectrum disorders and evolved, through education and experience, to encompass other diagnoses such as ADHD, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and many others. She also possesses the unique ability to piece together symptoms that do not fit into a clear-cut diagnostic category, and she addresses the complexities of the individual rather than isolated concerns.

She understands the importance of creating personalized treatment plans and values collaboration with parents, schools, and other providers involved in the client’s care.

Caitlin’s clinical style is personable, empathetic, direct, and thorough.

Ankith Donthi, NP

Experience

After his undergraduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, Ankith received his Masters of Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University. He taught special education for high school and preschool for a year in Nashville which fueled his passion for working with kids and teens with developmental-behavioral-mental health needs. Ankith earned his Masters in Nursing from Vanderbilt where he also completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. He trained at both the Center for Child Development at Vanderbilt and the Meharry Medical College developmental clinic.

About Ankith

Ankith is originally from NC but has been in and out of Nashville since 2016. He loves traveling and exploring new vegetarian cuisines with his wife and Hungarian Shepherd, Hero. He enjoys hiking and biking, barista-ing (yay!), reading sci-fi or fantasy fiction, and cheering on UNC basketball. His guilty pleasure is grabbing Indian take-out on his way home from every road trip!

Fun Fact: Ankith summited Mt. Fuji in Japan!

Ankith is a developmental-behavioral pediatric nurse practitioner who is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of clients with developmental or intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and challenges in mood, behavior, learning, or social skills.

His services include diagnostic assessments, medication management, treatment planning, and education. He uses a caring and collaborative approach, including parents and children in the decision-making process. 

Ankith’s clinical style values patient-centered and evidence-based care, and he is driven to provide culturally-sensitive, LGBTQ-inclusive, empathetic, and holistic care.