Pediatric Care With Children’s Physicians

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

Notice: At Children’s, we are continuously monitoring and evaluating strategies and processes that allow for the safest and highest quality care of children at our facilities. Children’s testing and treatment of COVID-19 continues to closely follow CDC guidelines. We are testing all asymptomatic and symptomatic children admitted to the hospital, as well as all surgical and procedural patients. Due to current local and national testing supply chains and turnaround times, for the time being, outpatient COVID-19 testing is suspended at Children’s Urgent Care, Children’s Physicians, outpatient Specialty Pediatric Center and Emergency Department locations. If you would like to have your child tested, and they are not included within our current testing capacities, we encourage you to visit TestNebraska.com to find a testing location near you.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your flexibility as we continue to keep our patients, families and staff safe.


Children’s Physicians To Temporarily Restructure Office Visits

As we monitor the post-COVID-19 peak environment, we continue to strive to keep patient families safe by designating our office hours for well-check and sick-visit appointments by location.

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Well-Check Appointments

Well-check appointments – both urgent and routine – are available at the following locations:

Please note, the capability to schedule well-check appointments for your child through Children’s Connect has been reactivated.

Well-checks and Sick-visits

The Children’s Physicians offices listed below are designated for well-checks and sick-visits:

Well-checks, Sick-visits & Walk-ins

The Children’s Physicians offices listed below are designated for well-checks, sick-visits, and walk-in visits:

Screening Procedures

Children’s Physicians will continue to screen individuals before entering our offices. Our efforts are focused on preventing sick patients and family members from entering into a well-check location, and individuals who are not sick from entering into a sick-visit location.

In addition, Children’s Physicians now requires every patient and their parent/guardian to wear a face mask while inside any of our Children’s Physicians’ 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).

All appointments should be limited to the patient, accompanied by one adult. We realize there may be necessary exceptions.

If you have a scheduled well-check appointment and a member of your household is sick, please reschedule.



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

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:

Well-Check Appointments

Well-Check Appointments & Sick Visits

Well-Check Appointments, Sick Visits, and Walk-Ins


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 office to make an appointment for this service.

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

Tele-Lactation
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.

Pediatrics

Dawn M. Gary, M.D.

Pediatrics

Cathy Hudson, M.D.

Pediatrics

Erin M. May, M.D.

Pediatrics

Arwa Nasir, M.D.

Pediatrics

Laura W. Nielsen, M.D.

Down Syndrome
Pediatrics

Lynn Ashby, PA-C

Pediatrics

Debra A. Gartin, APRN

Pediatrics
Weight & Wellness

Kari Pokorski, APRN-NP

Pediatrics
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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