Office News!

August 20, 2022

The ducks are coming!!  We are pleased to announce that we are an official sponsor of the Great Naples Duck Race, the headline event benefitting the Safe and Healthy Children's Coalition of Collier County.  Please consider joining us in supporting this great cause by adopting a duck to race on October 1st. Your duck could win $5000!   Bonus: a free swim lesson from Goldfish Swimming School is included with each duck adopted before August 31.  Stay tuned for more details about the race.  But for now, "swim" on over to the coalition to get your duck!  

August 11, 2022 

Congratulations to the Lighthouse family for once again achieving recognition as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home.  This is evidence that our practice continues to strive toward excellence in caring for your family.

August 8, 2022

Many thanks to ALL of you who attended Dr. Dudley's "Thank You" party on August 6.  Her last scheduled day in the office was July 28.  However, this is not goodbye, as she will be covering for us at different times throughout the year.  She will be travelling on her next mission trip with Casa David on August 21.  For those of you who would like to honor Dr. Dudley with a donation to this wonderful mission, here is a link to Casa David.

August 5, 2022

We are happy to report that we have officially started the REACH OUT AND READ program at Lighthouse Pediatrics.  This wonderful program encourages literacy by proving a NEW, FREE book to each child at every physical from 6 months until 5 years of age.  To learn more about the program and donate to the Florida program which has provided the books to us, please click here:  Reach Out and Read.

July 1, 2022

Here is the latest from Lighthouse Pediatrics.  Summer_2022.pdf

August 26, 2021

Congratulations to the Lighthouse doctors and staff for once again earning recognition as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home.  The practice went through a rigorous process in order to achieve this status which signifies that we put OUR FAMILIES at the center of our care.

August 17, 2021

For our latest updates regarding Covid-19, please click  here: Covid-19 Update from Lighthouse

August 16, 2021

WELCOME Dr. Vedder!!  We are happy to report that Dr. Vedder has arrived safely in Naples and is now seeing patients.

August 8, 2021

Please watch this video regarding the safe return to school here in Collier County in the midst of a significant increase of Covid cases. Please have your children wear masks to school in these next few weeks.

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August 5, 2021

We're happy to announce the arrival of the newest member of the LIghthouse family!  Traci's son, Vincent "Vinny" Viau was born July 28.  Her family and the LIghthouse family are so in love with him!  For pictures of this cutie, check out our Instagram and Facebook pages.

August 1, 2021

We want to assure you that your family's health and safety is of utmost importance to us.  We are therefore continuing to follow the policies we have been using since last summer.  Members of our staff are still wearing masks and we ask that parents and children 4 years and older wear masks.  We are also maintaining distancing by having only one family at at time at the front desk and in the hallway.  Please contact us if you have any questions about our procedures to keep our staff and families safe.

June 11, 2021

We have been literally overwhelmed by the positive response to the news about Dr. Vedder's return.  If you have called the office or sent a message on the website,  THANK YOU and we promise to call you back.  Our staff is working hard to respond to the requests to establish in the practice as well as attending to our current patients' needs.  Thanks for your patience and we look forward to serving your family.

June 9, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Todd Vedder will be joining our practice starting August 16th.  Dr. Vedder has spent the last 3 years practicing in Charlotte, NC.  He is excited to return to Naples where he joined Drs. Dudley and Shepard in 2003 and practice for 15 years. He initiated many wonderful community programs that still thrive today.  Welcome back, Dr. Vedder!  We are blessed to have you join LIghthouse Pediatrics!!

October 2020

THE FLU SHOTS ARE HERE!! The AAP and CDC recommends a flu vaccine for all children over the age of 6 months . Give the office a call and we will get your child in for a nurse visit.  We are making it very easy to get the flu shot in a safe environment.

October 1, 2020

Welcome Norma Garcia to the Lighthouse Pediatric Staff. You will see her smiling face at our front desk when checking in and out.  She may look a little familiar to you.  Norma worked with us at NCH and most recently worked at the Health Care Network.

July 24, 2020

Haven't been to the office a while?  Our system has changed to keep you all safe.  Take a look at this video to see what an office visit looks like for your family.

Click here to view: Office Visit During COVID-19 Pandemic

July 22, 2020

The Collier County Commissioners voted yesterday, 7/21/20 to make masks mandatory in public settings.  We are therefore requiring parents and children 9 and over to wear masks when entering the office.  Thanks for your cooperation and helping us keep everyone safe!

We have received many calls and messages with questions about sending your children back to school.  This unprecedented situation is challenging for many and we recognize that there is not one answer that is applicable for everyone. The first consideration is that there will be no way to completely eliminate the risk of getting COVID-19, but fairly effective ways to decrease the likelihood with masking, gogles, and social distancing.  There are certain children who have chronic conditions who should not attend (such as a child who is immunocompromised) or there's someone in the home who is "medically vulnerable" such as an elderly family member.

If all the members of the household are healthy, then the decision rests on: your level of concern on whether your child gets the virus, your concern about your child's mental heallth and social well-being, and your family's ability to have someone stay home with the child. Some children are struggling at home in terms of depression, anxiety, and getting services (such as speech therapy) that he or she needs. If you are more concerned about the mental health aspects, then you may want to consider sending your child to physical school. If you are extremely worried about your child getting the virus, then you may want to consider keeping your child at home if possible.   In many cases this is not possible, since both parents must work and therefore the child must attend school or daycare so he or she is not home alone.

In addition, we have a checklist that was developed by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, University of Miami, and the Family Network of Disabilities.  Please feel free to review this checklist.  We hope this helps you walk through the decision process.

Click here to view the Back to School Decision Checklist in English

June 22, 2020

Here's the lates update from our office regarding the COVID -19 Crisis. What's inside:  What we are doing in our office.  What to do if you or your child's been exposed.  What is quarantine vs. isolation?

Click here for the 6/22/20 COVID-19 Update

May 15, 2020

Please read the latest update from our office during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here for the 5/15/2020 COVID-19 Update

May 1, 2020

We are sad to report that our monthly Walk With a Doc events are cancelled until further notice in order that we can stay safe.  But....we still want you and your family to get out there and MOVE!!  Remember that you can keep up with our latest news by following us  on Facebook - Lighthouse Pediatrics of Naples and Instagram - LHP Naples.

April 17, 2020 - Please read the latest update on our office procedures during the COVID-19 crisis.

Click Here for the 4/17/20 COVID-19 Update

April 9, 2020 - We are still open and seeing patients.  However we WILL be closed April 10, 2020 in observation of Good Friday.  Have a beautiful Easter.

March 30, 2020 - We are still seeing patients in our office for both check-ups and sick visits.  Dr. Dudley is only seeing well patients, and Drs. Shepard and Traci are seeing sick patients only in the late afternoon after our well checkups are concluded.  We are wearing protective gear and ask that only one adult accompany a child if at all possible.

March 23, 2020 - We are now offering Telehealth Services.  Please call the office if you would like to see one of our doctors or Traci "virtually" from home!

March 22, 2020 - We understand and share your concern about the coronavirus - COVID-19.)  Please read the attached letter to see how we are addressing this pandemic at our practice. (click here)

You can also follow us on facebook (Lighthouse Pediatrics of Naples, LLC) and Instagram (LHP Naples) for updates and information.

February 20, 2020 - We supported the Fellowship of Christian Athletes by sponsoring a table at their annual fundraising where the featured speaker was Ainsley Earhart.

December 2, 2019 - We welcome Josh Alvarez, LPN to the Lighthouse Pediatrics family.  He most recently worked at the Collier County Health Department.  We are happy to have him onboard and look forward to you meeting him .

February 26, 2019 - JOIN US for our Walk with a Doc event this Saturday and every first Saturday at the Gordon River Greenway - entrance at the south end of the zoo parking lot.  We will meet at 8:30.  Dr. Dudley, Dr. Shepard, Traci and our office crew will be there to walk with you and your children on the Greenway!

February 9, 2019 - Thank you to our wonderful families and Lighthouse Peds supporters who donated 540 ducs for the Great Naples Duck Race benefitting the Safe Health Children's Coalition of Collier County.  It was a wonderful even for a wonderful cause!

December 1, 2018 - We participated in the Pregnancy Resource Center's Walk for Life.  It was great seeing many of our families  supporting this wonderful organization.

November 15, 2018 - THANK YOU to all of our families who packed and returned OVER 100 BOXES to be sent to children around the world through Samaritan's Purse.  There will be some happy children because of your generosity!

May 15, 2018 -  The Lighthouse Peds staff observe National Water Safety Day

May 3, 2018 - The LIghthouse Pediatrics of Naples Staff joined members of the community for a celebration of the National Day of Prayer.

October 5, 2017

We are very pleased to announce that we have achieved the recognition of a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the NCQA.

September 8, 2017

The Lighthouse staff does everything in our power to be available to our patients.  Thank you for your understanding during this hurricane time.

Please do NOT send health information to social media (Facebook or Instagram) or through our website.  We may not be able to see those messages, and we cannot guarantee your privacy on those sites. Thank you for your understanding and we pray for safety for all or our families.

February 22, 2017

Drs. Dudley and Shepard, Traci, and Diane attended the Fellowship of Christian Athlete (FCA) annual banquet at the Naples Grand Resort.  We enjoyed fellowshipping with the coaches and students, as well as hearing an inspirational testimony given by Mark Richt, current head coach of the University of Miami.  We are thrilled to be part of a wonderful ministry, where Dr. Dudley also serves on the board.

February 16, 2017

We are proud to announce the arrival of Kristen's baby, Brantley Kyle Wiggins.  She was in our office working right up until the day before she delivered.  We are very happy for Kristen and Chris, and sweet sisters Brynlee and Kyndal.

November 12, 2016

THANK YOU to all of our families who contributed to Operation Christmas Child!!   Nearly 100 boxes were packed and returned to our office to be sent to children all over the world.  For those of you who did not get a shoebox, there's still (very little) time.  Go to to get details of where you can drop a shoebox between November 14 and 21.

October 24,  2016

Welcome Traci Viau, APRN, our newest addition to Lighthouse Pediatrics of Naples!   Traci returns home to Naples where she grew up and graduated from Barron Collier High School.  She spent 13 years in Gainesville, most recently practicing in the University of Florida Pediatric Neurology Division.   She is now available for both well and sick appointments. Traci, husband Trent and daughter Addison pictured below:

October  2016

October is SAFE SLEEP AWARENESS month!!  Dr. Shepard led a butterfly release in remembrance of 43 babies who have died of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome  (SUIDS) at the Garden of Hope and Courage at NCH.  Dr. Shepard and the Safe and Health Children's Coalition of Collier County hoped to raise awareness of the role of safe sleep practices in the prevention of SUIDS.


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