Learn About Baton Rouge Pediatrician Brian Despinasse and the Fertile Crescent Staff

Baton Rouge Pediatrician: Brian Despinasse II, MD

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Internship: Pediatrics – LSU Medical Center (New Orleans, LA)
Residency: Pediatrics – Children’s Hospital (New Orleans, LA)
M.D. – Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine (Nashville, TN)
B.S. Microbiology – Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics – LSU Health Sciences Center (New Orleans, LA)
Faculty – Pennington Biomedical Research Center (Baton Rouge, LA)
Emergency Department Physician – Children’s Hospital (New Orleans, LA)

Dr. Brian Despinasse feels children are essential figures in our communities, and they have always played a huge role in his life. His parents ran a day care out of their home, an upbringing that inspired a career in which he spends his day helping kids and parents make healthy lifestyle choices. Committed educator and lifetime learner, Dr. Despinasse has made his goal as a pediatrician and the goal of his practice to nurture our children, in Baton Rouge and around the world, through individualized health care for each child.

As a father and coach, Dr. Despinasse believes the best way to make an impact on the health of our children is to become actively involved in their lives. He taught at the LSU School of Medicine for seven years. He also mentors high school seniors interested in science and serves on the board for the Big Buddy Program, the Dutchtown Youth Sports Organization and the Arch Angels Track and Field Club. Dr. Despinasse makes frequent appearances as a speaker and panelist on a number of health-related topics and is also a member of the Baton Rouge Rotary Club, the Tiger Athletic Foundation’s Advisory Council and the Anti-Infective Board for Pedinol.

As the world community grows closer each year, Dr. Despinasse regularly extends his work as a pediatrician beyond Baton Rouge. He makes continuing medical mission trips to Honduras, Brazil and Nicaragua to spread his knowledge of pediatric medicine and to offer guidance in safeguarding the health of our children worldwide.

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Pediatrics (section member on International Child Health)
Ambulatory Pediatric Association
East Baton Rouge Pediatric Society
Louisiana State Medical Society

Certified Physician Assistant: Daisy Castaneda, PA-C

Masters of Medical Science — PA, Our Lady of the Lake College (Baton Rouge, LA)
B.S. Biological Sciences — Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)

Daisy Castaneda believes children are the leaders of tomorrow, and that to raise great leaders our communities must place great emphasis on the health and education of our children. She also believes that many diseases affecting the Baton Rouge community — such as obesity and type II diabetes in children — are preventable. She places the utmost importance in educating her patients to make the right decisions about their physical, mental and spiritual health. By educating patients and parents, Daisy believes we can pave the way for a healthier, more prosperous community.

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants (LAPA)


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Not sure what to do before the baby arrives? Complimentary prenatal checkups make choosing a pediatrician that much easier for expecting moms and dads. Sit down with Dr. Despinasse and get to know the Fertile Crescent Pediatrics staff long ahead of your due date.

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They sure do grow up fast, don’t they? Beginning at two years of age, we recommend annual well visits for every child. These checkups are important to ensure your child continues to meet certain growth and developmental benchmarks, as well as to perform regular health screenings and immunizations.

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