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Traffic & Parking Advisory for Baker Center

February 24, 2019

To our Baker Center families: Construction for the Sound Transit Link light rail extension on MLK Way is scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 25 and continue through 2019...
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Caring From Day One: Emma's Story

Premature baby thrives with excellent care from family and medical team

November 6, 2018

Kristen and Scott Mulhern were excited to welcome their first child into their family. But when Kristen began to have complications 24 weeks into her pregnancy, their excitement turned to worry...
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So Fresh and Clean: Skincare for Newborns

Julie Yeh, MD, FAAP

October 18, 2018

Bringing a newborn home for the first time is one of the happiest moments for new parents. But it can also be overwhelming, even frightening...
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Tis the Season: How to Recognize and Treat Your Little One's Cold

Harbir Juj, MD, MPH, FAAP

October 15, 2018

  Did you know there are hundreds of different cold viruses? In fact, the average healthy child catches about three to eight colds per year...
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SIDS Awareness Month: How You Can Decrease Your Baby's Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Tracy Lin, ARNP

October 3, 2018

  According to the CDC, each year in the United States, there are about 3,500 Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) with infants less than 1-year-old and have no immediate, obvious cause. SUID is broken down into three different types: The good news is that "between 1994, when the Safe to Sleep® campaign (formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign) started, and 1999, the overall SIDS rate in the United States dropped by more than 50%," according to the NIH...
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How can youth enjoy football while staying safe?

Gary Tart, MD, FAAP

August 31, 2018

  Football season is here again and more young children than ever, are playing tackle football. The experience can be fun and rewarding, but given the physical contact that takes place in this sport, attention must be paid to safety...
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Making the New School Year a Success

Mason Oltman, MD, FAAP

August 15, 2018

  As the new school year gears up, it is an important time to prepare your child for success. Ensuring that they are prepared and organized can lead to higher performance both academically and socially...
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A Closer Look at Measles During National Immunization Awareness Month

Lily Kregenow, MD, FAAP

August 9, 2018

  Vaccines have literally transformed the landscape of medicine over the course of the 20th century. Before vaccines, parents in the United States could expect that every year measles would infect about 4 million children and kill about 500...
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Fur Baby Meets Baby! Safe Introduction Tips from a Pediatrician

Sara Scranton, MD, FAAP

July 23, 2018

  Dr. Sara Scranton, an owner of two dogs and a recent new mom herself, recommends parents prepare their four-legged friend for baby's arrival...
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5 Tips to Keep Your Children Safe in the Sun

Anna Chacko, MD, FAAP

July 18, 2018

With hot summer weather now in full gear, trips to the park, beach and pool mean more sun exposure. Because sunburns can increase your child's risk of skin cancer later on in life, children need protection from the sun's harmful rays whenever they're outdoors...
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How can you make water activities safer for your children?

Imka Lavinder, MD, FAAP

July 9, 2018

It is time to get outside and experience the wonderful outdoor activities that summer brings. Water activities can be an enjoyable way to participate in exercise and recreation in the summer months, but it important to refresh on water safety prevention tips to keep our children safe...
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How to Avoid Screen Time for Toddlers

By Dr. Karen Holdner, Pediatrics Northwest

June 21, 2018

  Ongoing studies show that too much screen time is detrimental to young children. It takes between 18 and 24 months for a baby’s brain to develop to the point where the symbols on a screen come to represent their equivalents in the real world...
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Infant and Toddler Safety Tips: So Where Do You Start?

By Dr. Jose Mendoza, Pediatrics Northwest

June 10, 2018

When babies arrive, parents are often overwhelmed by the changes to their routines and households. Considering that babies are so dependent on others for their basic needs, it can come as a surprise to some new parents how soon they need to think about safety issues...
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Caring from Day One: McKinley's Story

Breathing Easier With Help from Pediatrics Northwest

May 24, 2018

Eight-year-old McKinley Mitchell spent years watching through a window as his siblings and cousins played outside. McKinley’s asthma and allergies were so severe, a trip outside could quickly turn into a trip to the emergency room...
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Gardening: Get your child excited about vegetables!

By Dr. Jose Mendoza, Pediatrics Northwest

May 14, 2018

One of the most common challenges parents face with their children centers around food and eating.  Specifically, many families struggle with eating enough fruits and vegetables...
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Celebrate Screen-Free Week: What's the problem with too much screen time?

By Dr. Greg Rurik, Pediatrics Northwest

April 30, 2018

Electronic devices are powerful tools. Like any tool, they can be helpful...
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Distracted Driving

By Dr. Jose Mendoza, Pediatrics Northwest

April 16, 2018

Driving is a significant milestone during adolescence. It is often seen as a passage into the adult world and offers teenagers their first feeling of true independence...
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Get Healthy! Go Play Outside!

By Dr. Richard Ory

April 2, 2018

I still vividly recall my mother’s shriek as she came to kiss me good night. Bending towards the bed, she saw the head of a snake wiggling through a hole I had cut in my blanket...
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Get Fired Up to Stop Smoking

by Dr. Tory Twito

March 26, 2018

As a pediatrician, one thing that I know for sure is that parents want healthy lives for their children and themselves. One way we can work to ensure this is to join together to combat exposure to tobacco from cigarettes and e-cigarettes...
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Last Chance for Some Winter Fun: Try Showshoeing

by Dr. Sara Scranton

March 12, 2018

Exercise and the outdoors have always been a healthy source of stress relief for me. Early in life, one of my passions was running...
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Here Comes Allergy Season!

By Dr. Lawrence Larson

March 5, 2018

The Pacific Northwest is such a terrific place to live. Each season has its benefits, but I am always excited to get out of the dark, cold days of winter and into the warm spring months...
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Pediatric Restless Legs

By Dr. Timothy D. Murphy

February 16, 2018

Restless Leg Syndrome (or RLS) is a disorder that affects both adults and children. In adults, RLS is characterized by restlessness in bed with an overwhelming urge to move the legs which can be met by walking about, kicking out, or even hitting the legs...
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Parents: YOU can be an HPV Hero!

By Dr. Bradley Kirschner

February 2, 2018

An open letter to parents everywhere:  Psst… Did you know you can protect your children against cancer and your future grandchildren against death from a fatal infection with a simple vaccination?   These illnesses are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a group of viruses that 75% of us will be exposed to by the time we’re 50 years old (most of us in our early 20s)...
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It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot

Flu activity is increasing in Washington as we approach the peak of flu season

January 4, 2018

According to the Washington State Department of Health, "Flu activity is increasing in Washington and so are hospital visits for flu-like symptoms." The flu isn't just a bad cold...
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Tell Us How We're Doing!

Take Our Annual Patient Satisfaction Survey

December 18, 2017

Your feedback is valuable to us! Please take a moment and complete our online survey so we can continuously improve our services...
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The Gallegos Family

Good communication helps cement a strong bond with pediatrician

December 11, 2017

Two-year-old Camila loves animals—especially her two miniature dachshunds—as well as singing, dancing and going to the zoo to identify the different animals. “She’s talking a lot now in both English and Spanish...
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AAP Recommends HepB Vaccine within first 24 hours

September 11, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its recommendations regarding the hepatitis B  (HepB) vaccine schedule for newborns.  According to the AAP News story, "Infants who weigh at least 2,000 grams (g) should receive their first dose of hepatitis B (HepB) vaccine within the first 24 hours of life, according to a new AAP policy...
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5 Ways to Make Shots Less Stressful

September 7, 2017

  Even though you are keeping her safe from diseases, it's hard to see your child cry when she gets her shots. But you can take some steps before, during, and after a vaccine visit to ease the pain and stress of getting shots...
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Labor Day Hours

August 23, 2017

On Labor Day - Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 - only the Baker Center office will be open and stay open until all scheduled patients have been seen...
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Stay safe while watching the solar eclipse

Recommendations from the American Optometric Association

August 15, 2017

Are you planning to watch the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21...
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How to prepare your child's sleep schedule for the school year

by Sleep Medicine Specialist Dr. David Ricker

August 14, 2017

As the new school year approaches, it's important to get your children back on a school sleep schedule. It may take a few days to change summer sleep habits so start at least 2 weeks before school starts...
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Now Offering Back to School Immunization Clinics

With Early Morning and Evening Hours

August 9, 2017

School is right around the corner! To accommodate our patients, we are now offering early morning and evening immunization clinics...
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Kent School District to offer free Child Find screenings

The screenings help identify students who may have a disability.

August 3, 2017

The Kent School District is offering free Child Find screenings for children age 3-5 who may have a disability. The screenings will be in the areas of language, learning and motor development...
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Federal Way Library offers free summer meals for kids

August 2, 2017

Did you know the Federal Way Library offers free lunch for children and teens ages 1 to 18? The program runs Monday-Friday through August 31...
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Beat the Back-to-School Rush

Schedule your child's Well-Child & Sports Physical today!

July 17, 2017

Don't wait until the last minute to schedule your back-to-school appiointment!    By scheduling an appointment now, you'll have plenty of time to discuss any concerns and make sure your child is up-to-date on all thier immunizations...
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How to Help Your Child Cope with Allergy Season

by Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs

July 6, 2017

There are several ways to help your child who's experiencing seasonal allergy symptoms. These symptoms are caused by airborne pollen produced by trees, grasses and weeds...
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Support Reach Out & Read through Amazon Smile

June 21, 2017

Pediatrics Northwest is a proud supporter of Reach Out and Read - a nonprofit that encourages early learning and literacy by incorporating books into pediatric care. At every well-child exam from the age of 6 months to 5 years, our patients receive a new, developmentally-appropriate children’s book to take home and keep...
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Pediatrics Northwest partners with Pierce County Library for Summer Reading

June 6, 2017

Pediatrics Northwest is celebrating its 11th year as a sponsor of the Pierce County Library Summer Reading program. This year's program, "Build a Better World," runs from June 1 through Sept...
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Summer Social Skills Program for Teens & Young Adults

June 5, 2017

Maxim Behavioral Health is offering a six-week summer program for teens and young adults (ages 13-21) in Tacoma.  July 10-Aug...
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American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends No Fruit Juice For Children Under 1 Year

May 23, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for fruit juice consumption. The new policy states that no fruit juice should be given to children under 1 year of age...
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Pediatrics Northwest supports Community Health Care's Years of Service and Care!

April 4, 2017

Pediatrics Northwest recently gathered with representatives from local businesses and organizations for a little lunch and laughter at Hotel Murano, in celebration and support of the care and services Community Health Care has provided to those in our community for the last 48 years.  Pediatrics Northwest staff and providers are proud sponsors of Community Health Care...
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Baker Center Parking Garage Closure

March 22, 2017

The Baker Street Garage will be closed to replace the automatic arm Saturday, March 25. It will reopen at 10 a...
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Dr. Juj's patient organizing Bleedership Conference 2017

Teen works to facilitate open talk about menstrual health

February 21, 2017

Pediatrics Northwest patient Carleigh Templin is working to celebrate womanhood and facilitate open talk about menstrual health.  Along with a friend, Julia Witecki, Carleigh has created the group BleedersAre Leaders...
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Dr. Goldsmith featured in Tacoma News Tribune

Vaccinations: Only one correct decision

February 7, 2017

Pediatrics Northwest provider Martin Goldsmith, M.D, FAAP, was recently featured in the Tacoma News Tribune...
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Pediatrics Northwest patient featured on King 5 news

See how this local mom is turning her daughter's death into action

January 16, 2017

In 2014, local mom Rebecca Hendricks lost her 5-year-old daughter to influenza. As we approach the halfway mark of the cold and flu season, Rebecca is teaming up with her children’s current pediatrician, Dr...
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3 tips for children with bedtime problems

by Dr. David Ricker

January 1, 2017

  Bedtime problems are a common occurrence for parents of children at many ages, but very commonly in the preschool age group. Children may acquire sleep habits very quickly that can impair the ability to fall asleep easily and be most frustrating for parents...
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Pediatrics Northwest mom brings awareness to flu vaccinations after 5-year-old daughter's death

December 27, 2016

Rebecca Hendricks, center, with Pediatrics Northwest provider Sara Scranton, M.D, right, and Hendricks’ children, from left, Ethan, 10, and Audreana and Breanna, 5   For Rebecca Hendricks of Tacoma, flu shots were just another item on her already long list of things to do as a busy mom of four...
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It's National Influenza Vaccination Week!

December 5, 2016

  It's not too late to get your flu vaccines! Patients are welcome to begin scheduling flu-shot-only appointments by calling our scheduling line at 253...
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Dr. Kirschner featured in Tacoma News Tribune

October 12, 2016

  Pediatrics Northwest's newest provider, Dr. Bradley Kirschner, was recently featured in the Tacoma News Tribune...
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4 secrets to raising a well-behaved toddler

by Dr. Gary Tart

September 19, 2016

For the most part, parenting toddlers is a fun and rewarding time in a child’s life. It can also be frustrating at times, with occasional moments of sheer terror...
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See Pediatrics Northwest at the Baby Bump Expo NW!

August 31, 2016

Pediatrics Northwest is pleased to attend the Baby Bump Expo NW- the biggest and best baby and maternity expo in the entire Pacific Northwest! There will be over 50,000 square feet of booths and fun featured areas, you will find the best in baby product merchandisers, baby boutiques, doulas, baby photographers, educational opportunities, and all things maternity and baby...
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Jamari's Story: Pediatrician, mother help 5-year-old battle rare childhood condition

August 29, 2016

“As a first-time mom, I was scared to death. I would stay up all night and just feel terrified that he would stop breathing,” said mom, Courtney Combs...
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Pediatrics Northwest partners with Pierce County Library for Summer Reading

August 28, 2016

For Gary Tart, M.D, and his colleagues at Pediatrics Northwest, literacy and intellectual development goes hand-in-hand with health and physical development...
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Caring from Day One: Jamari's Story

Pediatrician, mother help 5-year-old battle rare childhood condition

August 23, 2016

“As a first-time mom, I was scared to death. I would stay up all night and just feel terrified that he would stop breathing,” said mom, Courtney Combs...
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I think my child has a fever. When do I call the pediatrician?

August 22, 2016

    Did you know fevers actually help fight infections? It is the body's normal, healthy response to infections...
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Pediatrics Northwest not offering FluMist for 2016-17 flu season

August 9, 2016

  The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is not recommending the use of the FluMist during the upcoming flu season. According to its website, “the [current] nasal spray vaccine doesn’t provide adequate protection against flu disease and illness, so the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices does not recommend the nasal spray this upcoming 2016-2017 flu season...
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Coming this fall! More Caring from Day One patient stories!

August 3, 2016

    We are about more than just healthcare.  Every child, sibling and parent who walks through our door becomes a part of our family...
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Pediatrics Northwest receives immunization award from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Immunization Coalition

July 27, 2016

  Pediatrics Northwest providers Anna Chacko, M.D, left, and Gregory Rurik, M...
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Caring from Day One: Kennedy's Story

New parents feel at home with generational care

July 21, 2016

As Dr. Tart’s former patient, first-time mom Erin Correa knew just where to bring her daughter for pediatric care...
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Alex Toys Recalls Infant Building Play Sets Due to Choking Hazard

July 6, 2016

  Recall Summary Recall date: AUGUST 23, 2016 Name of product: ALEX Jr. Baby Builder, First Pops and First Snaps Hazard: Small parts of the plastic toy building sets can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children...
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Caring from Day One: The Burch Family

Parents of two learn breastfeeding isn't always easy

June 21, 2016

“Honestly, with having kids you can plan as much as you want, but if it’s not in their plan, it just won’t happen,” said mom, Samantha Burch. Aaron and Samantha Burch of Federal Way with daughter Charlotte, 4, and son Finn, 2 Aaron and Samantha Burch of Federal Way were concerned when their son, Finn, wasn’t gaining weight after birth...
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Caring from Day One: The Henao Flores Family

Thriving with three under three

May 23, 2016

“We went from a Corolla to a minivan in one doctor’s visit!” recalled dad, Jerry...
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Caring from Day One: Kaley's Story

Two years without sleep: How this family finally got the rest they needed

April 20, 2016

“Night 800 and she finally slept through the night!”- Ashley Cook   Ashley Cook, left, with husband Kevin Simmons and daughter Kaley Two and a half years...
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Caring from Day One: The Jackson Family

A close relationship with their provider puts parents at ease

March 21, 2016

“It’s like talking to a friend, which makes me feel like I can ask him what may seem like a simple question. He’s always there to reassure me that my children are okay...
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Caring from Day One: Valeria and Valentina's Story

Exceptional care continues onto the next generation

December 9, 2015

Their father has many memories from going to Pediatrics Northwest as a child. Now, years later, he has the peace of mind knowing that his daughters are in the best hands Anne began providing pediatric care for Valeria and Valentina's father and his siblings when he was a young boy...
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Caring from Day One: EJ and Noah's Story

Working parents find creative ways to be involved in their children's care

November 11, 2015

Life as working parents and the care team they lean on to help raise their boys       Their day starts bright and early at 6:30 a.m    Big brother Eric James, also known as EJ, drinks his cup of milk and little Noah is nursed by his mother...
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Caring from Day One: Alice's Story

Dr. Juj guides new parents in caring for their newborn's jaundice

October 21, 2015

When Alice showed signs of jaundice at four days old, her parents were glad they had taken advantage of Pediatrics Northwest's Newborn Talk appointment.    Upon examining four-day-old Alice at her newborn health screen, pediatrician Harbir Juj, MD, MPH noticed signs of jaundice, a condition newborns are particularly susceptible to...
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Caring from Day One: Ethan's Story

Routine checkup reveals heart murmur requiring open heart surgery for newborn

October 7, 2015

Shocking news from the cardiologist left the family feeling like time was standing still     Ethan seemed perfectly healthy when his mother brought him to Pediatrics Northwest for a routine well-child visit a few weeks after he was born. It would be their first time meeting their new pediatrician Anna Chacko, MD...
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Caring from Day One: The Sablan Family's Story

Exceptional care from trusted pediatrician is worth long commute for family of six

September 23, 2015

  When Pediatrics Northwest pediatrician Lily Kregenow, MD transferred in 2009 from our Baker Center office in Tacoma to our Gig Harbor office, the Sablan family followed. For them, it was not even a question...
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Caring from Day One: Allison's Story

Dr. Larson provides specialized care after family's scary experience with an allergic-like reaction

September 9, 2015

Allison's older sister plays an important role in the care of her allergies, asthma, and eczema    Katelyn (right) helps her mom out by reading food labels to ensure that her younger sister Allison (left) doesn't eat something that could cause her to have a serious allergic reaction.     Allison's parents first discovered her allergies while the family attended their oldest daughter's Back-to-School Night...
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Caring from Day One: Marcus' Story

Expertise from Dr. Larson allows young boy to play basketball again after years of limitations

August 26, 2015

Today, childhood activities are a reality for Marcus and his family   Marcus loves playing sports, especially basketball. Wherever he goes he brings his basketball with...
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Caring from Day One: Evelyn's Story

Quick action by Dr. Clapper and staff helps to save newborn's life

August 12, 2015

Today Evelyn's condition is managed at home, allowing her to be an active and playful toddler   At only a few days of life, Evelyn (right), was diagnosed with a rare virus and a five percent likelihood of surviving the infection.    After extensive tests that came back normal, newborn Evelyn was released to go home from the hospital on Sunday...
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Caring from Day One: Francesca's Story

The power of family mealtime

January 27, 2015

We know family meals are linked to a variety of health benefits for children. But how can busy, working parents make it happen...
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Caring from Day One: How parents raise 4 boys while being full-time college students

Jett, Finn, Cy & Mitchell's Story: Their secrets to successful parenting and how reading aloud as a family has brought them closer together

January 16, 2015

Their secrets to successful parenting and how reading aloud as a family has brought them closer together.   Despite the busyness of being full-time students and parents of four boys, reading is always a priority...
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Caring from Day One Magazine

January 5, 2015

At Pediatrics Northwest, every child, sibling and parent who walks through our door becomes a part of our family. That’s why we created Caring from Day One, our patient-stories campaign, which highlights real-life stories from Pediatrics Northwest families, and features educational articles written by our providers...
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