Mission:  Specializing in the LGBTQ+ to provide comprehensive, caring, compassionate, and inclusive healthcare to children and their families to improve the physical and emotional well-being of the community


It is estimated that up to 4.5% of the population of Georgia identifies as LGBTQIA+.  Of those who identify as LGBTQIA+ in Georgia, 29% are raising children. If the estimated percentage of individuals less than 18 years old is 23.8 in Georgia, it is possible that up to 112,663 children and families would benefit from this service. Pride Pediatrics will be concentrating on a specific pediatric population. We will serve individuals less than 22 years of age who identify as anything other than heterosexual and/or the gender diverse and their families.

Who We Are

Pride Pediatrics, Inc. is a start-up, 501(c)3, non-profit organization that provides an extremely valuable and sought-after medical service to a growing population of pediatric and young adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual or allied (LGBTQIA+) in the state of Georgia. We will be providing comprehensive and compassionate care for clients and their families during what can be a confusing and difficult time in their lives. We serve the best interest of the individual and family by coordinating and managing care, including primary care, specialty care, such as endocrine, infectious disease (HIV, STI), psychological/psychiatric services, case management, and social services.

About Us

What We Do

We offer services expected of a pediatric office including well- and sick-child visits, immunizations, and physicals. Pride Pediatrics is a nurse practitioner owned and operated clinic. We offer longer, more personalized clinical encounters. We keep our daily patient load small to provide time with our patients to get an entire health picture. This allows time for questions without rushing. We are welcoming and affirming to all families. We will partner with therapists and social workers who are volunteer their time and services to help these kids find safety and security.  They are also a resource for families, as many will have concerns when their child comes out to them. Through this coordination of care, Pride Pediatrics can improve the mental and physical health of our youth.

How You Can Help

Contact Us

Dr. Kelly Schnellinger, DNP, PNP-PC

CEO, Pride Pediatrics, Inc




EIN: 86-3003763

Become a Volunteer

You can get involved today by becoming a Volunteer. We are actively recruiting collaborators in social work, mental health, and pediatric nurse practitioners


Please consider donating to this exciting opportunity that provides a desperately needed service to the LGBTIA+ communities and we will be at the forefront to help assure the health of Georgia youth.  We are a 501(c)(3) approved non-profit, (EID 86-3003763) and all donations are tax deductible.

Hybrid Direct Primary Care/Non-profit

Business Model

Pride Pediatrics is a non-profit, but will be operating as a direct primary care (DPC). We will accept cash payments, credit card, mobile money transfer, online bank transfer, or bank draft for services. A patient will be charged on the initial visit and to have the ability to see the provider anytime during the next 90 days for any issues covered in the first visit, this will include night and weekend call hours for the convenience of our clients to take place by phone or video telehealth visits, in the mobile clinic, or in the privacy of their own home. A fee for service will be charged for any issues arising outside those discussed in the initial visit.

Pride Pediatrics will not have a dispensary for medications outside of vaccinations, inhaled respiratory treatments, or over the counter medications. We will not perform laboratory studies (apart from point-of-care testing) or perform radiographic studies. We will work with clients’ insurance companies (if applicable) to facilitate in network costs for any outside studies needed for continuity of care. The providers employed by Pride Pediatrics will be registered with Georgia Medicaid in the capacity to order, prescribe, and refer patients for appropriate care but will not directly bill Medicaid.

Pride Pediatrics has received IRS 501(c)(3) designation as a nonprofit entity. As such, a fund will be set up for individuals who are unemployed, underemployed, uninsured, or underinsured to offer sliding scale payments. Pride Pediatrics will solely operate out a mobile health clinic to deliver care into various communities, especially those for homeless youth. We know many of them identify as LGBT+ and have been rejected by their own families.  Pride Pediatrics wants to help change that, find stable living arrangements, deliver healthcare, and provide resources to reduce that population giving them a new outlook. 

Current Fundraising Opportunities

Capital Campaign

Pride Pediatrics will utilize a mobile health unit to deliver care directly into the community. Funding needs for Pride Pediatrics include the initial investment in the mobile unit itself, fuel for mobile unit, equipment, and medical supplies, professional fees for insurance, collaborating physician, legal, accounting, IT,  and marketing for advertising campaign for a total of  startup cost of $350, 000.

Additional Outreach

Partnering with local colleges and universities, Pride Pediatrics will welcome nursing students. It is another way to give back. This allows people who may not have had any interactions with this community to learn about us. They will begin to understand our special needs but realize we are not all that different.