Parents to Know: Dr. Richard Kelt

Finding a pediatrician can be hard. First you have to find someone with an opening. Then you have to mesh well with them and it always helps if you feel like they’re really listening when you talk. You’re really looking for a partner in your child’s health and that can be a tall order sometimes. That why I knew that doctor Kelt had to be included in our list of Parents to Know. He gets rave reviews from his patients. He provides personalized and compassionate care for every one of his patients. He greets them with a smile and takes time to know not just the patient, but the family. We sat down and got to know him a little better–here’s the result:

Northshore Parent: What advice do you have for parents who struggle to balance being successful in business with being present in their families?

Dr. Kelt: I would have to say to just take a step back, evaluate what’s causing the stress, relax a little, and enjoy time with your children.

NSP: What’s your favorite family activity in St. Tammany?

Dr. Kelt: Probably the Children’s Museum. My wife and I have taken our daughter there a few times and we absolutely enjoy it.

NSP: Who makes your favorite king cake?

Dr. Kelt: King cakes can be a serious source of contention around the office, but my favorite is no-filling Haydel’s or Randazzo’s. I know it may be blasphemy, but I can’t tell the difference.

NSP: What cause are you passionate about?

A: Behavioral and neurological health, and helping families find the best resources for these issues are my biggest passion.

NSP: How did you get into pediatrics?

Dr. Kelt: Friends in medical school always told me that I’d be in this field. They seemed to know before I did. I knew as soon as I began working with kids during my pediatric rotation.

NSP: What’s your favorite local small business?

Dr. Kelt: I would have to say Nuvolari’s. Date night for us usually involves food and in the 3 years we’ve been on the Northshore we’ve already spent a few nights enjoying this place.  

NSP: Who is your biggest influence?

Dr. Kelt: Growing up, my dad and grandpa encouraged hard work and dedication. As an adult, I would have to say the other doctors at Fairway Pediatrics. It’s been a wonderful place to continue learning about medicine from co-workers with 20+ years of experience.   

NSP: What is your favorite thing about living on the Northshore?

Dr. Kelt: The sense of safety and small-town feel.

NSP: Where did you grow up? What brought you to this area?

Dr Kelt: I grew up in Kenner. My wife and I knew we wanted to relocate to the Northshore to start a family.

*Should be noted that interview was held while Dr. Kelt was watching Frozen with his almost two-year-old daughter, evidenced by the distinct “Let it Go!!!” in the background.

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Hi, I'm Katy. Mom to four sweet boys ages 10, 6, 6, and 5. It's a loud, messy, chaotic life. I love connecting with other parents and am so glad you stopped by today!

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Hi, I'm Katy. Mom to four sweet boys ages 10, 6, 6, and 5. It's a loud, messy, chaotic life. I love connecting with other parents and am so glad you stopped by today!

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