Our Staff

Caring, Professional Pediatricians in Dalton, GA

The staff at Pediatrics of Dalton in Dalton, GA proudly provides the children of Northern Georgia with excellent pediatric care. Our goal is to give complete, comprehensive medical attention for your child and to provide the service you deserve and expect. We are knowledgeable and caring pediatricians offering a wide range of medical services. We want the best for your infant, child and teenager and to empower you with the information you need to navigate their development milestones. Our staff works with you to ensure your child is in the best health possible.

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Our Doctors

Richard F. Spanjer, M.D. – September 1976

Dr. Spanjer was born and raised in Cedartown, GA, one of four boys whose parents were general practitioners in Cedartown for 35 years before they retired. He received his B.A. Degree from the University of Colorado in 1965, and then he spent a year in graduate school studying psychology. He attended Emory University School of Medicine and spent three years in practice training at Grady and Egleston hospitals in Atlanta. From 1973 to 1976 he practiced general pediatrics with the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. Main medical interests include infectious diseases and hematology. His wife Patty is a La Leche League leader and an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant/BCLC, and they have five children: Michael, Timmy, Genni, Alex, and Andrew, and eight grandchildren. Main interests include wildlife, gardening, outdoor recreation and music.

William R. Edwards, M.D. – July 1999

Dr. Edwards was born in Aberdeen, MD and grew up in Dalton, GA. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA and did his Residency at the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies in Kalamazoo, MI. He is board-certified in pediatrics and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He and his wife Heidi have two children, Brad and Charlotte.

John Putman, M.D.

Dr. Putman was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas where he grew up. He received his medical degree form the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. He completed his residency training at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Putman is board certified in pediatrics and a fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is married to wife Jessica and they have one son, Parker. They also have 2 dogs, Isis and Piper. His hobbies include reading, gaming, and traveling. He is committed to scientific based medicine and ensures that he is up-to -date with any new treatments for childhood diseases.

Office Staff

Donna Dockery

Office Manager

Kara Cook

Family Nurse Practitioner (F.N.P.)

Patricia Estrada

Insurance Clerk

Kathy Bennett


Sara Dockery


Liliana Martinez

Referral Clerk

Krista Kelly, LPN


Jennifer Booth, FNP


Debbie Herbort, MT


Brooke Smith, LPN


Kimberly Rickett


Maria Suarez

Appointment Scheduler

Nicole Catando, LPN


Get in Touch

For more information or to set up an appointment for your child, contact us today at 706-278-5373. If your child is a current patient, you can access their information using our Patient Portal.

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