Dr. Keith Collins
Our founder, Dr. Keith Collins, grew up in Jefferson Parish, attended De La Salle High School and graduated as valedictorian in 1987. He graduated from Boston University in biomedical engineering in 1991. After working as a computer programmer for 5 years he returned to school and received his medical degree from LSU- New Orleans in 2000. Dr. Collins finished his Pediatric Residency at LSU-New Orleans in 2003 and joined a group practice in Metairie. In April 2005, he started Collins Pediatrics. Dr. Collins passed away in his home, surrounded by his family, after a short battle with Cholangiocarcinoma at the young age of 45 on August 29, 2015. He was married to Jennifer and had six children: Caroline, Andrew, Julianne, Analiese, Christian and Kyle.
Dr. Heather Porche
Dr. Heather Porche grew up in Jefferson Parish, attended Archbishop Chapelle High School, and graduated valedictorian in 1997. She graduated from Tulane University in 2000 and received her medical degree from LSUHSC-Shreveport in 2004. She completed her Pediatric Residency at LSUHSC-New Orleans in 2007. Dr. Porche began her career with Collins Pediatrics in August, 2007. Prior to his passing, Dr. Keith Collins personally chose Dr. Porche to continue his legacy. She acquired the practice in January, 2016. She has three daughters, Raegan, Makinley, and Kennedy.
Dr. Meghan Jones
Dr. Meghan Jones, a native New Orleanian, is honored to be taking care of patients from her own hometown. She graduated from Mount Carmel Academy in 2003 and attended college at The University of Georgia. After a foray in the field of journalism, she attended medical school and completed Pediatric Residency both at LSUHSC- New Orleans. She completed her residency in the summer of 2019, just in time for her and husband Michael to have their first child, Cate Frances. Dr Jones joined the Collins Pediatrics family in June, 2020.
Dr. Lisa D. Gunter, DNP, CPNP-AC, APRN
Nurse Practitioner Lisa Gunter grew up in Kenner, LA attended Archbishop Chapelle High School and graduated with honors in 1997. She graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2002 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She received her nursing degree from Charity School of Nursing in 2007 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Lafayette in 2015. Lisa also received her Master’s in Nursing, APRN specializing in Acute Care Pediatrics from the University of South Alabama in 2018. Lisa was a Registered Nurse at Collins Pediatrics throughout 2019. Dr. Lisa completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in May 2020. She is married to Ryan Gunter and they have two children, Raegan and Logan.
Dr. Evan Davis
Dr. Evan Davis grew up in Metairie, LA and attended Archbishop Rummel High School, graduating in 2008. He graduated from University of New Orleans in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Minor in Biology. He received his medical degree in 2017 from LSUHSC-New Orleans. Dr. Davis completed his Pediatric Residency in June, 2020 at LSUHSC-New Orleans. He is married to Ashley Areaux, and they have one dog, Petunia.
Dr. Nicholas Algu
Dr. Nicholas Algu grew up in Thibodaux, LA and attended E.D. White Catholic High School, graduating in 2009. He graduated from Tulane University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering. He received his medical degree in 2017 from LSUHSC- New Orleans. Dr. Algu completed his Pediatric Residency in June, 2020 at LSUHSC- New Orleans. He is engaged to Sarah Finney, and is excited to be part of the Collins Pediatrics team.
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