About Vaccine Connect

Vaccine Connect is a buying group that is primarily focused on saving our members money.

Customized Approach.
Because we understand that today’s medical providers have ever-evolving needs, our approach is a proactive one. We’ll adapt our buying strategy to your specific practice, resulting in a customized plan designed to maximize your savings.

Better Buying.
Our experienced team works directly with top vaccine manufacturers, negotiating the best prices on behalf of your practice. This not only increases your buying power, but eliminates the hassle and frustration of searching for the lowest price.

Unique Perspective.
Vaccine Connect was founded by physicians, giving us unique insight into the challenges that face your practice. Today we are female-owned and female-led, another distinguishing factor that perfectly positions us to serve providers like you.

Meet Our Team

Founded by six pediatricians and operated by experienced practice managers, members can rest assured that we know vaccines. In fact, our team has managed millions of dollars in vaccines in their own practice. And today, we do the same for members all over the country, helping secure vaccines for the best prices, from the best suppliers.

As a female-owned business, we are also dedicated to empowering female physicians. Our team continually looks to the future, seeking new ways to shine the spotlight on our industry’s leaders.

AMANDA PRITCHETT, MHA
Director of Business Development

AMANDA PRITCHETT, MHA

Originally from Texas, Amanda has extensive experience leading primary care, multi-specialty care, and university health practices. Most recently, Amanda was the CEO of Coastal Pediatric Associates, where she grew the practice from $4 million in revenue to $20 million in revenue in eight years. Amanda excels at practice management and understands vaccine pricing, coding, and reimbursement.

KIMBERLY K. CARISTI MD, FAAP
Pediatrician, Director

KIMBERLY K. CARISTI MD, FAAP

Dr. Kim Caristi grew up in Parkersburg, WV and went to medical school at West Virginia University after earning her undergraduate degree at Ohio University. She joined Coastal Pediatric Associates in 1992 after completing residency training and serving as chief resident at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Dr. Caristi is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

ROBERT A. CLIFFORD MD, FAAP
Pediatrician, Director

ROBERT A. CLIFFORD MD, FAAP

Dr. Robert Clifford is a Partner at Coastal Pediatric Associates and the Medical Director of Coastal Pediatric Research in Charleston, SC. A Charleston native, he completed medical school and pediatric residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) before joining CPA in 1999. Dr. Clifford is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

W. LAURIN GRAHAM MD, FAAP
Pediatrician, Director

W. LAURIN GRAHAM MD, FAAP

Dr. Laurin Graham grew up in Raleigh, NC, and earned his undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill. He attended medical school at MUSC before heading to Washington, DC, for pediatric residency training at Georgetown University Medical Center. Upon completion of his residency, he served a year as Chief Resident for the Dept. of Pediatrics at Fairfax Hospital for Women and Children. In 1995, he joined Coastal Pediatric Associates, where he practiced for 25 years.

KARA B. HUNCIK MD, FAAP
Pediatrician, Director

KARA B. HUNCIK MD, FAAP

Dr. Kara Huncik grew up in Tennessee, where she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned her Doctor of Medicine at University of Tennessee in Memphis in 2002. After completing her pediatric residency training at MUSC, Dr. Huncik became the Medical Director of the MUSC Medically Fragile Children's Program. When MFCP closed in 2009, Dr. Huncik joined private practice. Dr. Huncik is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

ELIZABETH KIRLIS MD, FAAP
Pediatrician, Director

ELIZABETH KIRLIS MD, FAAP

Dr. Kirlis grew up in Sumter, South Carolina and received a BS degree in Marketing from the University of South Carolina before attending the College of Charleston as a biochemistry major. She attended the USC of Medicine and completed residency at Palmetto Health Richland Children's Hospital. Dr. Kirlis has practiced pediatric medicine at Coastal Pediatric Associates since 2013.

STEPHEN STRIPLING MD, FAAP
Pediatrician, Director

STEPHEN STRIPLING MD, FAAP

As the son of a pediatrician, Dr. Stripling’s interest in pediatrics developed at an early age. He received his medical degree from Texas Tech University and completed his residency at the MUSC. After residency, he spent a year as Chief Resident of Pediatrics where he worked as both an educator and resident advocate. He joined the Coastal Pediatric Associates in 2011 and has also established himself as a principal investigator in clinical research trials. Dr. Stripling is board certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the AAP.