Heartland Pediatrics, Logo
Phone Icon (863) 471-0235
We Care Of Your Child’s Well Being

About Us

Navin Deshpande
Navin Deshpande, M.D., FAAP

Dr. Deshpande was a practicing Pediatrician in India before he moved to this country in 1994. After completing a 2nd residency in Pediatrics at the prestigious Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit he received the Sanford N Cohen award for the best outgoing resident. Thereafter he continued there as Chief Resident in Pediatrics for an additional year where he taught pediatric residents extensively.

During all his training here and abroad he has had a lot of experience in dealing with critically ill children as well as treating children with a wide variety of illnesses. He has also participated in research studies.

Dr. Deshpande has been a Pediatrician since 1986, and has been working at Heartland Pediatric Associates in Avon Park since June 1997. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He took over the practice in Jan 2009 and continues to provide quality care to his patients and some patient’s children too. His areas of special interest are Asthma, allergies and ADHD.

Dr. Deshpande resides in Sebring with his wife of 33 years. His older son Vrushak is doing a fellowship in Gastroenterology in New York. The younger son Pranav is doing a residency in Anesthesiology.

Dr. Deshpande received the 2016 and 2017 Best Doctor Award in Highlands County during the People's Choice Awards conducted by News Sun Highlands Today. He has received similar awards many times in preceding years.

Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson, P.A. - C

Ashley Johnson, P.A. - C is a Physician Assistant who received a BS degree in Human Sciences from Florida State University in 2002 and a Masters in Clinical Medical Science from Barry University in 2004. She is originally from Wauchula, Florida and has also spent time living and working in Manatee County.

Prior to joining the practice, she has worked in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology at John's Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersberg, Florida.

She is actively involved in her church, and lives with her husband and two children in Wauchula. She joined the practice in June 2015 and we are fortunate to have her with us.

Meghan McDaniel
Meghan McDaniel

Meghan McDaniel is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She received a BS degree in Biology from Lipscomb University in Nashville, and then went on to get her Nursing License and MS degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University. She specialized in Pediatric Primary Care, and has experience from a large Pediatric practice in Ohio.

Meghan resides in Sebring with her two cats, Yoda and Scarlet. In her spare time she enjoys reading, coaching basketball, and anything having to do with Star Wars.

We are excited and glad to have Meghan join our team at Heartland Pediatric Associates in Sebring. She joined us in July 2016.