Drs. Ferrara and Yocum are committed to helping the children and families of the Youngstown-Warren area. They opened Premium Pediatrics, Inc. in 2005 after graduating residency and serving as co-chief residents. The Niles location allows the practice to easily reach patients in both Mahoning and Trumbull Counties. Physician Assistant Jeffrey Walsh joined our practice in 2009, helping us provide quality healthcare to children of all ages.Melissa Ferrara, MD, FAAP
Dr. Ferrara obtained her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOMED) in 2002. She trained in pediatric medicine at Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio, where she received Junior and Senior Resident Teaching Awards. She is the co-founder of Premium Pediatrics, Inc., which opened in 2005. Along with seeing patients at the practice, she has also served as Newborn Nursery Co-Director at Northside Hospital for the past 6 years.
Dr. Ferrara has been Board Certified in Pediatrics since 2005, and is a fellow of the American Board of Pediatrics. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatrics for the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ferrara graduated from Austintown Fitch High School, and completed her undergraduate studies at Youngstown State University. Her hobbies include: reading, puzzles, watching the Steelers, Cavs, Indians, Penguins, Buckeyes and relaxing with her husband and son.Teresa Yocum, MD, FAAP
Dr. Yocum is a life-long resident of the Mahoning Valley. After graduating from Boardman High School she attended Mount Union College. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She then attended Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOMED). After graduating in 2002, she completed her pediatric residency at Tod Children’s Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio where she also served as a Resident Supervisor. In 2005 she co-founded Premium Pediatrics, Inc. In addition, since 2008 she has worked with Dr. Ferrara as Co-Director of the Northside Hospital Newborn Nursery where she provides care for high risk deliveries and ill newborns. Dr. Yocum has been board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics since 2005.Jeffrey Walsh, PA-C
Jeff Walsh is a lifetime area resident. He is a certified Physician Assistant that has been serving our area since 2007 and has been at Premium Pediatrics since 2009. Jeff enjoys running and watching the Ohio State Buckeyes. He received his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 2003, and he received his master’s degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 2007. He is also a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.Darlie Veon, PA-C
Darlie Veon earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her master's degree from Drexel University. Before joining our practice, she started her career as a Physician Assistant in the Emergency Department and Sedation Services at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.