McDowell Pediatrics

As our children grow through each “age and stage,” new challenges are faced and more milestones are achieved. In this ever-changing landscape, how do parents know what is typical, what indicates a potential problem and what…exactly…is their child’s unique need at the moment? That’s where we can help.

McDowell Pediatrics provides much more than quality medical care. We’re dedicated to taking care of your child’s physical, mental and emotional well-being at every stage of development. We offer complete services, from preventive health maintenance and medical care for illness to developmental screenings. We understand it’s a privilege to care for your child. We meet your trust with compassion, commitment and experience.

Our Providers

Your child’s health is a priority and it’s important to know you have a qualified pediatrician. Our physicians have practiced all aspects of children’s medicine for more than a decade and they’re board certified in pediatrics. Rely on us to build a foundation of good health for your child.

Maureen Ben-Davies, MD, MPH

Dr. Ben-Davies joins McDowell Pediatrics with an interest in delivering compassionate, quality care to all children. She enjoys developing relationships and collaborating with children and their parents to support growth and development.

Zane G. Kalter, MD
Pediatric Specialist

Dr. Kalter has more than 40 years of pediatric experience. Dr. Kalter joins McDowell Pedatrics from a private practice in Orlando, FL, where he was also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida State University.

Karen Olson, MD, FAAP

Dr. Olson has more than 30 years of experience and is a trusted pediatrician dedicated to taking care of your child's physical well-being at every stage of development.

Angela Allen-Helms, MSN, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Ms. Allen-Helms believes that the parent and medical provider are a team, working together to make decisions and playing an active role in your child’s health. She has a special interest in caring for children with special needs and their families.

Courtney P. Morris, C-PNP

Ms. Morris has over 10 years of experience in pediatric nursing. She has worked at UNC Children’s Hospital, Mission Children’s Hospital, Duke Children’s Hospital, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. As a native of McDowell County, Morris is passionate about ensuring the best holistic care for the children and adolescents of the area.

Our Patients

McDowell Pediatrics offers primary care for infants, children, teens and young adults. We accept new patients up to the age of 18 but we will continue to treat established patients up to age 21. Rely on our experience to provide the health care your child needs to promote healthy development, beginning with infant care through the challenges of teens and young adults.

Collaborative Care

Our specialized care is pediatrics and we’re here to diagnose and treat medical concerns, offer guidance, and answer any questions you might have. However, you are the expert on your child and we count on working with you—listening to your input—as part of our health care process.

At McDowell Pediatrics, we also stay up-to-date with community resources and maintain solid working relationships with the professionals and specialists treating the wide variety of issues that sometimes arise in our pediatric patients. We’re prepared to make appropriate referrals but we strive to remain involved in your child’s health care, no matter where treatment is delivered.

Our Services

We’re always here for you and your child. We’re available during office hours but if you have an emergency, we encourage parents of our patients to call us any time using our after-hours emergency number.

As a full-service pediatric provider, we diagnose and treat most issues your child faces, including:

  • Routine wellness care, including physicals, sports exams and camp forms
  • Infant care and education
  • Immunizations
  • Developmental assessments
  • Autism and ADHD screening
  • Guidance and referrals for behavioral, learning and emotional issues
  • Illness and injuries, including testing and referral
  • Infectious disease
  • Asthma and allergies
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Adolescent gynecology

Appointments and Information

If you have any questions, would like to make an appointment, or need a referral, please call McDowell Pediatrics at 828-652-6386.


Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Walk-ins Welcome from 8:00 am to 9:15 am
Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Nurse triage available for after hours care


McDowell Pediatrics
387 US 70 West
Marion, NC 28752