Our Staff

Bright Starts PediaticsBrightstarts Pediatrics embraces the "team" concept in order to provide excellent continuity of health care for your child.  Our physicians, nurse practitioner, nurses and secretaries, all communicate on a regular basis regarding the care of your child.  Your health care provider will provide routine physical exams and will also see your child for sick appointments.  If your provider is not available for a sick visit, another physician or nurse practitioner will examine your child and inform your provider of any changes or concerns.


Dr. Jain

Dr. JainDr. Jitendra Jain was born and grew up in Bombay, India.  He moved to United States in 1993 after completing medical school.  Dr. Jain completed a master’s in Pharmacology at UT-Memphis and then his pediatric residency at ETSU, Johnson City. Dr. Jain practiced in Alexander City, AL for 5yrs before moving to Madison in 2004 to start Brightstarts Pediatrics. He enjoys teaching and is a preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students of UAH. He enjoys spending his free time with family and in hobbies like playing golf, traveling, skiing and watching football.

Dr. Lotfy

Dr. Lofty

Dr. Lotfy is a Board certified pediatrician who has been practicing pediatrics and adolescent medicine since 1998. She got her medical degree from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt and then went on to complete her pediatric residency at Michigan State University. She served as the Chief Resident in her final year and also worked as an associate clinical professor, training residents and medical students. Dr. Lotfy has special interest and experience in management of ADHD, Adolescent Medicine and Sports Injuries. She enjoys traveling, reading, playing tennis and spending time with her family.

Ellie Tsikalas, CRNP

Ellie Tsikalas, CRNPEllie earned her Bachelor's of Nursing degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. After a decade of RN experience, she earned her Master's degree in Nursing at the University of Alabama Huntsville in the Family Nurse Practitioner track. She chose the family track because she enjoys treating people of all ages; and she chose to work in an outpatient setting because she loves getting to know patients and their families over longer stretches of time. She was privileged to train under Dr. Jain at BrightStarts for her pediatric rotation at UAH. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the North Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She resides in Madison with her husband and son; and her hobbies include theater, music, reading, and cooking.