Pediatric Care With Children’s Physicians

Important COVID-19 Updates For Children’s Patients & Families

Non-Urgent Well-Check Visits Suspended Starting March 23

In our continued efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep patient families safe, Children’s Physicians will be suspending all non-urgent well-check visits until July 1, 2020. This change goes into effect on Monday, March 23.

Urgent well-checks will continue to occur; however, these visits will only be scheduled during morning hours and will end by noon. The following urgent well-checks will continue to be scheduled:

  • Newborn well-checks
  • Well-checks for patients ages 18 months and younger
  • Kindergarten and 7th Grade school physicals
  • ADHD med-check visits

Sick-Visits and Walk-In Hours Adjusted Starting March 23

As we continue our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep patient families safe, Children’s Physicians will only offer sick visit appointments in the afternoon, starting Monday, March 23. Children’s Physicians walk-in services will start weekdays at noon for the select Children’s Physicians locations that offer this service (Council Bluffs, Dundee, Kearney, Plattsmouth and Spring Valley). Council Bluffs and Kearney patients will need to visit that site’s web page for updated weekend walk-in hours.

Saturday hours will consist of urgent well-checks until 10 a.m., and sick visits from 10 a.m. until noon. Our evening extended hours for scheduled visits have been suspended.

>– See office location pages for detailed information on hours

Children’s Physicians is the primary care pediatric group for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Our providers understand the unique needs of kids — from making sure children are growing and developing normally to providing treatment to working with pediatric specialists.

Treatments & Services

Our pediatricians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants can do the following:

  • Perform regular check-ups, physical exams, and medical screenings: We look for signs and symptoms of many disorders, such as asthma, depression or anemia. One such screening, the M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers), helps us detect autism in young children.
  • Diagnose and treat illnesses and other health conditions, such as ear infections, strep throat, or the flu
  • Provide vaccines, including measles, chicken pox, HPV, meningitis, and seasonal flu vaccine
  • Work with specialists to manage chronic disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or diabetes
  • Order needed tests, such as lab work and X-rays
  • Counsel your family on preventative care and good health
  • Provide educational resources

Regular check-ups (also called well-child visits) ensure that your child is growing up healthy and strong. Here is our recommended schedule for when your child should have a regular check-up:

Infant Toddler Child/Adolescent
2 days old 12 months old Once a year from age 3 through age 21
2 weeks old 15 months old As needed for school or sports physicals
1 month old 18 months old
2 months old  24 months old (age 2)
4 months old  30 months old
6 months old
9 months old
Fast Facts

Children’s Urgent Care Clinics are available when your child has an illness or injury that’s not serious enough for the emergency room, but can’t wait until your Children’s Physicians office opens. Urgent care hours are:

  • Weekday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Weekends and holidays from noon to 10 p.m.

Find a Location Near You

Children’s Physicians has more than 50 pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, and physician assistants located in several offices throughout the Omaha metro community:

Also Read: Your Child’s Outpatient Visit | Support Services

What Sets Children’s Physicians Apart?

When your child is sick, you want help immediately. Our offices offer same-day sick visits and quick responses to your questions. Each office also offers extended hours for appointments to accommodate busy families. This means you don’t have to miss work, and your child doesn’t have to miss school. Plus, Children’s Physicians is automatically linked to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center — and all of the pediatric specialists associated with it.

Call your Children’s Physicians office to connect you with nurses specially trained in pediatric medicine. An on-call physician is available if needed. If you need to be seen after hours, Children’s Urgent Care Clinics are available.

Children’s Connect Online Health Portal

Children’s Connect is our online health portal that allows you to schedule sick visits and well-check appointments online, day or night. With Children’s Connect, you can access your child’s test results, diagnoses, medications, growth charts, and immunization records any time. Plus, you can message your child’s healthcare team when it’s convenient for you and fill out any paperwork needed for an upcoming appointment before you get to the office.

Patient-Centered Medical Home

Children’s Physicians is a Patient-Centered Medical Home. This means we focus care on the health needs of the whole child, including medical, behavioral, and social. We offer behavioral health services in our offices to address issues involving anxiety, depression, potty training, and discipline. We also offer medical social workers and nurse case managers who advocate for patients and families, as well as identify and overcome barriers to good health.

Lactation Services

In addition, we offer certified lactation consultants to help moms feel more confident and relaxed with breastfeeding. Each lactation consultant is certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants, the highest certification available. You do not need to be a Children’s Physicians patient family in order to use our lactation services.

Due to updates related to COVID-19, in-person lactation services will only be conducted in the mornings (before 12 p.m. on weekdays and before 10 a.m. on weekends) and must be scheduled ahead of time. Please call the specific office you’d like to visit to make an appointment for this service.

4802 Shannon Dr.
Bellevue, NE
(402) 955-7600

Embassy Park
9202 W. Dodge Rd.
Suite 101
Omaha, NE
(402) 955-7500

West Village Pointe
110 N. 175th St.
Omaha, NE
(402) 955-5437

We also offer the convenience of tele-lactation, so you can get support in the comfort of your own home. Call 402-955-MILK (6455) to schedule a tele-lactation session with one of our expert lactation consultants.

Choosing A Pediatrician And Scheduling A Visit

Children’s Physicians offers 15 convenient locations throughout the Omaha metro area and Kearney, Nebraska. Each of our providers offers a free Get-to-Know-You visit to give you the chance to sit down one-on-one to decide if you’re a good fit for each other. To find an office or schedule a free Get-to-Know-You visit, simply call the office of your choice and ask to schedule an appointment. Or call our Find-a-Doctor referral line at 800-336-0304.

Why Does My Child Need A Pediatrician?

Pediatricians receive up to 24 times more training in the specialized care of children than other types of doctors and healthcare providers. This means we know about trends in children’s health, like bugs going around, procedures that are best for kids, and the best practices for treating certain conditions in kids that may be different for adults.

Because we care solely for children and adolescents up to age 21, we are always up-to-date on the latest research in pediatric medicine and the best treatments.

What Should I Look For In A Pediatrician?

To help you choose a pediatrician that fits well with your family’s needs, consider:

  • Think about your preferences. Are you looking for a provider who speaks a specific language, has certain availability, is the same gender as your child?
  • Ask your own doctors, family members, co-workers, and friends for recommendations for a good pediatrician.
  • Check with your health insurance provider to see which pediatricians are covered under your plan.
  • Find out whether the pediatrician is board-certified. Board-certified providers meet standards above and beyond what is required for a medical license and undergo ongoing training to stay up-to-date with the latest in pediatric care.
  • Schedule a Get-to-Know-You visit. Children’s Physicians does not charge for this visit.

Meet Our Team

Alka Desai, M.D.


Dawn M. Gary, M.D.


Cathy Hudson, M.D.


Erin M. May, M.D.


Arwa Nasir, M.D.


Laura W. Nielsen, M.D.

Down Syndrome

Lynn Ashby, PA-C


Debra A. Gartin, APRN

Weight & Wellness

Kari Pokorski, APRN-NP

Urgent Care

What To Do Next

For Patients

Whether your child needs an annual physical or is sick to their stomach, we’re here to help.

If your child is sick, call your preferred location. If they can’t see you right away, they will try to see you at another office nearby. You can also schedule the appointment online, where you will be able to see earliest appointments and choose the location.

If you believe your child needs immediate care, please take them to one of our urgent care clinics or to the emergency room.

And remember — Children’s Physicians isn’t just here for when your child is sick. Remember to schedule annual physicals, sports clearances, or well-child visits with us, too.

If your child needs dental care, Children’s is partnership with University of Nebraska Medical Center. The dental clinic is located on the second floor of the Specialty Pediatric Center at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Learn more about our dental services.

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