Pediatric Care With Children’s Physicians

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Children’s Physicians is the primary care pediatric group for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. We have more than 50 pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, and physician assistants located in several offices throughout the Omaha metro community and Kearney, Nebraska.

Our providers understand the unique needs of kids — from making sure children are growing and developing normally to providing routine and sick care to helping children manage chronic conditions.

Meet Our Team

Alka Desai


Dawn M. Gary


Cathy Hudson


Erin M. May


Janie Mikuls


Arwa Nasir


Laura W. Nielsen

Down Syndrome

Ananya Ray


Samantha Rohe


Eric West


Lynn Ashby


Megan Lihs


Peg Schneider


Treatments & Services

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.

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
  • Perform school and sports physicals
  • Offer lactation services from International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants-certified consultants, in order to help moms feel more confident and relaxed with breastfeeding

If your child needs dental care, Children’s has a 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.

Make an Appointment

Children’s Physicians offices offer same-day sick visits and quick responses to your questions. Each office also offers extended hours for appointments to accommodate busy families so that you don’t have to miss work, and your child doesn’t have to miss school.

We provide both virtual and in-person appointments.

Virtual Visits

Receive care in the convenience and comfort of your home.

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In-Person Appointments

Visit a provider in one of our facilities. Find your preferred location and call to schedule an appointment. Current Children’s patients can also schedule an appointment through your Children’s Connect online portal.

Schedule Via Children’s Connect

You can also always call your Children’s Physicians office to connect with nurses specially trained in pediatric medicine. They can consult with an on-call physician, if needed. If your child needs care after hours, you can bring them to one of our Children’s Urgent Care Clinics.

Choosing A Pediatrician

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.

Urgent Care and Walk-In Services

Children’s Urgent Care Clinics are available for after-hours care 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.

The Children’s Physicians, Kearney office offers walk-in visits — no appointment necessary.


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. (View Children’s Connect instructional videos here.)

  • Children’s Connect — En Español

    Children’s Connect, El Portal de Salud en Línea

    Children’s Connect  es nuestro portal de salud en línea que le permite programar consultas por enfermedad y citas de control de bienestar, en línea, de día o de noche. Con Children’s Connect, puede acceder a los resultados de estudios, diagnósticos, medicamentos, tablas de crecimiento y expediente de vacunas de su niño en cualquier momento. Además, puede enviar un mensaje al equipo de atención médica de su niño cuando sea conveniente para usted y llenar cualquier papeleo necesario para una próxima cita antes de llegar al consultorio.

Children’s Physicians Appointments and COVID-19

We understand that you may be concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in the healthcare setting, but please rest assured that Children’s continues to adhere to strict quality, safety and infection prevention protocols to ensure your and your child’s safety.

We are:

  • Having staff self-monitor every day before coming to work
  • Pre-screening all patients and families before arrival at the clinic
  • Social distancing patients and families as they arrive at the clinic

Learn more about safety at Children’s facilities.

  • Screening Procedures

    Children’s Physicians will continue to screen individuals before entering our offices. For well-visits, children with cough, shortness of breath, fever (over 100.0 degrees F), sore throat or loss of smell/taste will not be able to continue with the appointment. Please call your office ahead of time for guidance and to reschedule. For scheduled sick visits, we will provide additional directions when you check in.

    In addition, Children’s Physicians requires every patient and their parent/guardian to wear a face mask while inside any of our offices. Families are welcome to bring their own cloth masks or non-health care grade masks from home. Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to follow recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Visitor Policy As of September 7, 2021

    • 2 adult caregivers over the age of 18 may accompany the patient. (Patient parents age 18 or under allowed.)
    • Although two adult visitors are allowed, we encourage you to limit the number of caregivers with the patient.
    • No siblings or other visitors allowed.
    • Adults showing symptoms should not come to Children’s Physicians.
    • Exceptions may be made if patient and family are receiving flu shots.

    See our visitor policy page for further information.

About Pediatric Care

  • 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.

  • How often should my child see their pediatrician for a check-up?

    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
  • 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.

For Providers: Return to Play After COVID-19

All patients who have had COVID-19 — whether recently or at the beginning of the pandemic, and whether it was severe or asymptomatic — should consult a provider before returning to play. Take this assessment to see if your patient should see a primary care provider, sports medicine provider, or cardiologist.

Take Assessment


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