Our Team

Hello! Music City Peds is a small private practice, founded in Fall of 2016 by Caitlin Rissler, who started practicing in the developmental-behavioral pediatric specialty in early 2013. Ankith Donthi was recruited to join in 2022 due to his excellent training and dedication to this field. As pediatric nurse practitioners with a shared passion for helping clients and families live more fulfilling lives and staying up-to-date with evidence-based research, Caitlin and Ankith make a great clinical team and often collaborate to enhance client outcomes. Our providers see clients by appointment and offer both telemedicine and in-person appointments, depending upon date, time, client preference, and clinical need. Our clinic coordinator, Willa White, supports our practice in both administrative and clinical ways, by scheduling clients, collecting necessary paperwork, triaging phone messages, and much more. As a team, we are dedicated to offering a refreshingly positive experience to our clients. Learn more about each of our team members below!

Caitlin Rissler

MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, PMHS

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. 

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.

  • earned Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Vanderbilt University
  • served as ambassador for Vanderbilt’s Next Step program, helping students with intellectual or developmental disabilities develop social and life skills in a college setting
  • earned Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt School of Nursing
  • completed supplementary Masters program, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program
  • trained at Vanderbilt Center for Child Development
  • board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner and as a pediatric mental health specialist
  • started developmental pediatrics department for Novant Health in Charlotte, NC in 2013
  • founded Music City Peds in Nashville in 2016

Caitlin Rissler

MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, PMHS

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. 

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.

  • earned Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Vanderbilt University
  • served as ambassador for Vanderbilt’s Next Step program, helping students with intellectual or developmental disabilities develop social and life skills in a college setting
  • earned Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt School of Nursing
  • completed supplementary Masters program, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program
  • trained at Vanderbilt Center for Child Development
  • board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner and as a pediatric mental health specialist
  • started developmental pediatrics department for Novant Health in Charlotte, NC in 2013
  • founded Music City Peds in Nashville in 2016

Ankith Donthi

MSN, MS, RN, CPNP-PC

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!

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. 

  • earned Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies and minor in Chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill
  • completed Masters of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University
  • received his Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt School of Nursing
  • worked as an assistant teacher at the Susan Gray School at Vanderbilt, teaching children with disabilities
  • worked as a paraprofessional at Cora Howe School in exceptional education department
  • completed supplementary Masters program, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program
  • trained at Vanderbilt Center for Child Development and at Meharry’s Developmental Pediatric Clinic
  • board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner

Ankith Donthi

MSN, MS, RN, CPNP-PC

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!

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. 

  • earned Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies and minor in Chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill
  • completed Masters of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University
  • received his Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt School of Nursing
  • worked as an assistant teacher at the Susan Gray School at Vanderbilt, teaching children with disabilities
  • worked as a paraprofessional at Cora Howe School in exceptional education department
  • completed supplementary Masters program, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program
  • trained at Vanderbilt Center for Child Development and at Meharry’s Developmental Pediatric Clinic
  • board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner

Willa White

Clinic Coordinator

Willa White is our invaluable clinic coordinator who works diligently on both clinical and administrative tasks to ensure that our clinic responds efficiently to client requests and provides exceptional care. Her efficiency, commitment to following through with tasks, organization, direct communication, consistency with implementation of policies, and genuine concern for clients’ needs are just some of her strengths that benefit our practice. Even though Willa works part-time, she checks and responds to messages each weekday and demonstrates incredible productivity with the time she dedicates to our practice. We are very appreciative of all she does for Music City Peds!