Behavior problems and concerns are a typical parent frustration. Most of these can be managed simply with good parenting skills and behavior modification at home and school. Parenting skills are often learned from our own parents, but can be re-learned if they don't work for a particular child. Our physicians are able to help with some suggestions if needed.
If children have behavior concerns that disrupt family interactions, school performance or social interactions, or if legal issues arise, we can help. We can do simple evaluations for many behavior problems in our office. We often enlist the help of psychologists in more complicated situations for correct diagnosis of a problem and for behavior management.
Our physicians will treat depression, anxiety and ADHD with medications if indicated. Please call our office for more information.
Dermatology: Acne and Rashes
We are able to obtain x-rays at nearby facilities on your insurance plan and splint sprains and simple fractures. We refer to local orthopedists if the fracture requires casting or surgery.
We are able to vaccinate your child to keep him not only safe from preventable disease, but also to comply with state laws for daycare and school.
Please see our Vaccines / Immunizations page for more information.
Midlevel Providers: Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
Midlevel Providers is a term used to designate providers that are not physicians, but are licensed to diagnose and treat patients under the supervision of a physician. Nurse practitioners and Physician Assistants both fall into this category of provider.
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed advanced education and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses. Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of health care services in all fifty states. They provide some of the same care provided by physicians and maintain close working relationships with physicians. They train in a specialized area, such as pediatrics or family practice. A nurse practitioner can serve as a patient's regular health care provider, though in our office they work in conjunction with the family's regular pediatrician. Their specialty began in the late 1960s when there were predictions of physician shortages and nurses with higher level training were afforded the ability to evaluate and treat patients with varying degrees of supervision by physicians.
The core philosophy of the field is individualized care with priorities in prevention, wellness and patient education. This can mean fewer prescriptions and less expensive treatments. Informing patients about their health care and encouraging them to participate in decisions are central to the care provided by NPs.
Physician Assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. A PA's practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.
Because of the close working relationship the PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training. Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of PAs in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners. To maintain their national certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a recertification every six years. Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for state licensure.
At Pediatric Partners we use Midlevel Providers for the following:
- Providing well-child care, including screening and immunizations
- Diagnosing and treating acute illnesses, infections and injuries
- Diagnosing, treating and monitoring chronic diseases (e.g., asthma)
- Obtaining medical histories and conducting physical examinations
- Collaborating with physicians and other health professionals as needed, including providing referrals
- Ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic studies (e.g., lab tests, x-rays, EKGs)
- Prescribing most medications (our Midlevels do not prescribe controlled substances, such as those used to treat ADHD... please see your physician for those visits)
- Prescribing physical therapy and other rehabilitation treatments
- Counseling and educating patients on health behaviors
In summary, mid-level providers provide high-quality, cost-effective individualized care that is comparable to the health care provided by physicians. Their services are usually covered by insurance providers. At Pediatric Partners, we use them as an extension of medical services provided by our physicians. They staff our walk-in clinics. You may schedule appointments as always with your usual pediatrician, but you are also able to schedule appointments with a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. This increases flexibility in scheduling for our patients. We hope that patients and their families agree that the mid-level providers add another valuable aspect to Pediatric Partners!
Sick Child Care: Same Day Appointments Available
Students / Medical Education
We participate in Medical Education in several ways. In addition to regular continuing education of all physicians and nurses, we help train medical students and nurse practitioner students. We find this helps maintain our most current knowledge and is a fun and interactive experience for most families.
Our medical students come both from the University of Kansas Medical School and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Our nurse practitioner students also come from local schools. Students range in experience levels, but all are supervised by one of our staff. Many families find that the discussions we do in teaching the students helps them further understand the health of their child.
All of our students sign the same privacy statements as our staff. We hold them to the same standards of compassion and respect for patients as any staff member.
If you do not want to have a student interact with your child, simply let the staff know.
Walk-In Hours for Urgent Care
We offer walk-in visits to serve patients and their families quickly when needed. The benefit of our walk-in hours versus the many walk-in clinics around town is that our providers have your child's chart with medical history available.
Please visit our Hours & Location page for current times, as it changes for different seasons.
Well Child Care: Birth Through College
We believe in the "medical home" concept that has grown recently. Children deserve a medical home — a place where their care is accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.
Schools, daycares, scouting, athletics, and other organizations often require health forms to be completed prior to participation. Please visit our forms page for forms you can download prior to your visit.
Kansas state law requires all high school athletes to have a sports physical after May 1st and before the sport season begins. Please plan accordingly if you have a teen in sports. Insurance only allows one well visit per year! Visit our forms page for links to forms you may need.