Delaware Pediatrics History

Delaware Pediatrics has been established in New Castle County, Delaware since 1994. Our providers and staff have dedicated our careers to providing comprehensive care to the families who have trusted us with the health of their children. We have established ongoing relationships and affiliation with the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Nemours) and Christiana Care Health Systems, and with their residents and faculty. 

Dr. Matt Gotthold was very fortunate when, upon completing his residency in 1994, he was asked by Forrest Hawkins, MD to assume Dr. Hawkins’ established and well-respected Pediatrics practice in North Wilmington upon Dr. Hawkins’ retirement. Dr. Pat Scott joined Dr. Gotthold in 1995, having previously served as a mentor to Dr. Gotthold during his residency training.

Through our connection to the Pediatric Residency program of Thomas Jefferson University at duPont Hospital, we recruited Dr. Jason Hann-Deschaine in 2004. This coincided with the opening of a second Delaware Pediatrics office, known as the Appoquinimink office, in the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area. Natalie Kasper, PNP (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) joined the Appoquinimink office shortly thereafter, recruited from duPont Hospital for Children. 

In early 2014, Dr. Stephanie Walter, who had trained as a resident under Dr. Gotthold and who spent 7 years as a pediatric hospitalist/primary care physician at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Nemours), joined our North Wilmington office. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Melissa Damiano, who trained under Dr. Walter at duPont Hospital for Children (Nemours), joined the Appoquinimink office. In the summer of 2016, Jill Dugar, CNP was recruited to join the Appoquinimink office after spending more than a decade caring for young children through Delaware's Child Development Watch program. 

In January 2017, after years of close collaboration, Francyk Pediatrics merged with Delaware Pediatrics bringing Dr. Darren Franczyk to the North Wilmington office and Ashley Carunchio, NP to the Appoquinimink office. 

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    We wanted to make everyone aware that we are moving our office location to 1403 Foulk Road, Suite 103. We will be in the new location January 14th. The building is in the same complex it is just closer to the entrance (3 buildings closer). There will be signs help you find the new office. This was at the discretion of the landlord. We apologize for the inconvience.
  • Dr Franczyk

    Dr Franczyk will start seeing patients, on Wednesdays, at our Appoquinimink office starting July 3rd. This will help increase our patient’s access to his care. He will continue his normal office hours on Monday, Thursday and Friday at the North Wilmington office.
  • Flu Vaccine

    Flu Shots are available for all patients at both locations, currently Flumist (nasal flu), is not available. The earlier you child is vaccinated, the sooner he/she will be protected. You can call now to make an appointment for a nurse only visit, to receive the vaccine. If you have an appointment scheduled, with will be happy to vaccinate your child at the time of that visit. If you have other children that you would like to bring along to the visit, of the other child, so they can receive their flu shot, please call the office and let them know so they can schedule appropriately. If your child is due for a well visit, we will be happy to schedule the well visit/physical and administer the vaccine at that point. Protect your children. For more information see
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Appoquinimink Office
3920 South DuPont Pkwy | Townsend, DE 19734
Phone: 302-449-2570 | Fax: 302-449-2573
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North Wilmington Office
1403Foulk Rd | Wilmington , DE 19803
Phone: 302-762-6222 | Fax: 302-764-6058
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