Pediatric Care With Children’s Physicians

Children’s Physicians is the primary care pediatric group for Children’s Nebraska. 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


Emily Braun


Benjamin Eithun

Critical Care Transport

Megan Lihs


Megan Norris


Peg Schneider


Miranda Turnblacer

Behavior and Development
Developmental Pediatrics

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

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 Nebraska.

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. Alternatively, call our Find-a-Doctor referral line at 800-336-0304 or complete our online request form.

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.

Common Over-the-Counter Medication Dosing Amounts for Children

As parents, ensuring the health and well-being of our children is of utmost importance. However, when it comes to administering medications, it’s crucial to have accurate information to make informed decisions. Reference these articles to cover the use of acetaminophen (Tylenol), diphenhydramine (Benadryl), and ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) for fever and pain management in children.
Acetaminophen Dosing Tables for Fever and Pain in Children
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Dosing Table
Ibuprofen Dosing Table for Fever and Pain

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
    2 month old 18 months old
    4 months old  24 months old (age 2)
    6 months old  30 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.

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