Meet our friendly, experienced pediatricians and staff at Pediatric Associates of Auburn! Our entire team is dedicated to helping you and your child feel at home from the moment your walk through the door. We're proud to be members of the Auburn community and serve the needs of their children.

We pride ourselves in being an exceptional clinic where children come first. Our child-focused practice works hard to meet the needs of children from infancy through adolescence. Compassionate, knowledgeable and supportive staff is the cornerstone of Name of Pediatric Associates of Auburn's quality care. All of our pediatricians and medical staff are highly trained professionals, and maintain the highest level of accreditation in pediatrics to address the special needs of infants, children, and teens.

We strive to treat each and every patient as we would want our own children to be treated. Our doctors and staff look forward to building a relationship with you and your family.
 

Dr. Richard Freeman

Dr. Freeman grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from North Carolina State University where he received a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics. Subsequently, he was employed as an Aerospace Environmental Engineer in Tullahoma, Tennessee by ARO, Inc. Later, he began medical school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Freeman then completed his post-graduate medical education at Children’s Hospital, University of Alabama Hospitals and Clinics in Birmingham. After completion of training in Birmingham, he served as a medical officer at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, Department of Pediatrics. He then came to Auburn after leaving the Navy and established the current practice, which has been here for over 30 years. Dr. Freeman has served as Vice-President and Secretary- Treasurer of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. Additionally, he completed nine years on the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Freeman has served on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Board of Directors.

Dr. Freeman is also a designated medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration. He holds a commercial pilot certificate and was also a part-time flight instructor for Auburn University.

Dr. Freeman and his wife, Sherry Spann Freeman, live in Opelika, Alabama and have six grandchildren to enjoy. When not working, he and Sherry enjoy visiting grandchildren and traveling. Additionally, he enjoys photography and brewing coffee.

He is board certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

 

Dr. Ellen Royal

Dr. Ellen Royal is a native of Alabama.  She grew up in Birmingham, received her undergraduate degree in English and Chemistry from Emory University, then returned to Alabama to attend the University of South Alabama for her medical degree. After graduating from medical school, she attended the Medical University of South Carolina pediatric residency program. She stayed in Charleston four years, then returned once again to Alabama the summer of 1998 to join the pediatric practice of Dr. Richard Freeman. She is a board certified Pediatrician.

Dr. Ellen Royal is married to Dr. Kevin Royal who practices internal medicine in Opelika. They have three children: Emma, Patrick and Ben. They live in Opelika and are active members of First United Methodist Church of Opelika.

In her free time, Dr. Royal enjoys spending time with her family.  She also enjoys running, reading  and traveling. She is a member of Lee County Medical Society, MASA, and the AAP. She is on active staff at East Alabama Medical Center.
 

 

 

Dr. Katie Wolter

Dr. Katie Wolter grew up in Titusville, FL. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Florida in 2005. She then went on to complete medical school at Florida State University in 2010. She completed her intern year in Pediatrics at the University of Florida Shands in Gainesville, FL in 2011. She then completed her residency in Pediatrics at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando, FL in 2013. She was also associate chief resident in 2013. Dr. Wolter was the AAP delegate for her residency program in her first and third years of residency. She is board certified in Pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lee County Medical Society, Medical Association of the State of Alabama, and the American Medical Association.

She is married to her husband, Jeremy, and has six sons, Jude, Liam, Miles, Oliver, Pax, and Clive.  Dr. Wolter and her family moved to Auburn, AL when her husband became a marketing professor at Auburn University. She is passionate about breastfeeding medicine and is currently working on becoming an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). She is a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She loves to spend her free time outdoors with her family and friends. 

 

Katie H. Meadows, CPNP                                                                                            

Katie Meadows grew up in Opelika, AL. She attended nursing school at Southern Union State Community College and graduated in 2010.  Upon graduation, she worked as a pediatric nurse prior to working as a neonatal ICU nurse in Columbus, GA.  In 2014, Katie began working on the pediatric floor at EAMC while attending UAB to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Jacksonville State University in 2016 and received a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2020. She is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner in both acute and primary care and a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. 

Katie is married to Conner Meadows, an Opelika native, who works as a mechanical engineer in Columbus, GA. They live in Opelika and have one son named Nate. Her family also includes her dog Abby. The Meadows are active members of Church of the Highlands in Opelika. 

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time at the lake with her family.