Meet Our Providers

Dr. Froedge

Jerry K. Froedge, M.D. graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Following an internship at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, he completed a pediatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Froedge is married and has two sons. 

Dr. Bridgeman

Kelly B. Bridgeman, M.D. is a graduate of Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem. She completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. She joined Catawba Pediatric Associates in 1995. She is married and lives in Hickory with her 4 sons

Dr. Harrill

 Kiran C. Harrill, M.D. is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston before joining Catawba Pediatric Associates in 1998. She is married to Dr. Will Harrill, a Catawba County ENT physician; they have two sons.  

Dr. Lowry

Joy S. Lowry, M.D. is from Catawba County and is a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College. She received her medical degree from East Carolina University and completed a pediatric internship and residency in the University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina (Pitt County Memorial Hospital). She joined Catawba Pediatric Associates in November 2006. She has two children. 

Dr. Barrett

W. Mark Barrett, M.D.- Dr. Barrett graduated from the University of Tennessee - Memphis College of Medicine. He Completed his Intership and Residency in Pediatrics from the University of Texas - Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He comes to us from Memphis Children's Clinic in Memphis Tennessee where he practiced since 2002. Dr. Barrett lives in Hickory with his wife and 3 children. 

Dr. Henson

A. Kate Henson, D.O. - Dr. Henson is a graduate of the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She practiced primary care in the Penn State Pediatrics Clinic as well as in Penn State Pediatric Headache and Concussion Clinics for several years before joining us in January 2017. She is married to Dr. Baker Henson, a Catawba County general surgeon; they have one son. 

Meet Our Administrators

Melissa Kale, Practice Administrator

Melissa Kale, CMM joined Catawba Pediatrics in October 2017 with 25+ years of Healthcare Management Experience.  She is responsible for the administration, direction and coordination of all clinic activities.  Melissa lives in Hickory with her husband and has 3 children.

Christian Gragg, Assistant Practice Adminstrator

Christian Gragg is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Community Health and a minor in Business. She joined Catawba Pediatric Associates in August 2017 with years of experience in Healthcare Management.