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Your child’s health and well-being can be some of the most emotional, expensive, and frustrating issues you face as a parent or primary caregiver. We’ve put together a list of quality providers in various fields that can help take away some of the stress and frustration of navigating the world of children’s health, well-being, and fitness.   


Thrive Family Chiropractic
902 W. Battlefield Rd. • Springfield
417-351-5877 • thrivefamchiropractic.com

Dr. James Peterson offers a natural approach to helping your family live a happy, healthy life. His pediatric-based practice helps pregnant moms and families reach wellness goals. With extensive training in caring for babies and children, Dr. James assists his young patients with common ailments, including anger and frustration, colic, constipation, ear infections, latching issues, ADHD, autism, and sensory processing disorder. He can also help expectant mothers alleviate common pregnancy-related ailments: low back and pelvic pain, sleep difficulties, and headaches and migraines.


Gardner Pediatric Dentistry
1250 E. Walnut Lawn St. • Springfield
417-719-7862 • GardnerKidsDentist.com

As a board-certified specialist in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Jesse Gardner works exclusively with infants, children, and teens. His practice provides comprehensive preventive and restorative care, while focusing on the child’s emotional needs. Dr. Gardner understands that each child is unique, and he listens carefully to your concerns. The fun and imaginative office helps children and parents feel comfortable, and parents are welcome to participate in the visit. Everyone at Gardner Pediatric Dentistry believes that stopping cavities from developing is the most important thing they do.

Little Grins Dental
4728 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
417-300-9424 • littlegrinsdental.com

Dr. Craig Rechkemmer, a kid-friendly general dentist, and his staff at Little Grins Dental provide a positive dental experience for children and their parents. From the moment you walk through the front door, it’s obvious their focus is pediatric dental care. The waiting area has a huge play area. Exam rooms have whimsical themes and kid-sized exam chairs. Services include routine cleanings and examinations, fluoride treatments, digital dental X-rays, instruction in proper oral hygiene, sealants, tooth repair, extractions and dental emergencies.


All-Star Gymnastics & Cheer
1347 Ashley Dr. • Nixa
417-725-1304 • allstargymandcheer.com

Gymnastics provides many life skills as well as physical benefits. All-Star Gymnastics & Cheer offers many programs designed to help your child develop coordination, strength, flexibility, social skills, and self-confidence. Gymnastics allows kids to develop strategies to overcome things that they may see as impossible or obstacles and encourages them to try new things, both in the gym and in life.

Martial Arts USA
4560 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
417-886-3331 • martialartsusaspringfield.com

With programs for children and adults, you can find fitness for the whole family at Martial Arts USA. A high intensity, never-the-same workout will get you in shape and help you lose weight. Learn self-defense and live a more meaningful life.

Ozarks Regional YMCA
The Ozarks Regional YMCA was established in Springfield in 1888, and the association is made up of eight family centers. The Y offers several programs for children including before- and/or after-school care, summer day and resident camps, swim lessons, gymnastics, martial arts, youth sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, and many more. The Y nurtures the potential of every child and teen by supporting their unique youth development journey through holistic programming. From cradle to career, the Y provides all youth with the tools and resources they need to succeed in life.

Sac River Stables
5798 N. Farm Road 125, Springfield
417-742-4200 • sacriverstables.com

Trot on over to Sac River Stables for fun fitness in the saddle. Brushing horses, saddling, and riding in the indoor and outdoor riding facilities are great ways to burn off some winter calories, stay flexible, and use those horseback riding muscles. Follow Sac River Stables on Facebook to learn more about the facilities and programs.

Springfield-Greene County Park Board

417-864-1049 • parkboard.org/fitness
The Park Board Family Centers at Chesterfield, Dan Kinney, and Doling have several programs that will keep kids active. Dan Kinney Family Center has tae kwon do and Pickleball. Doling Family Center has kids’ dance and choreography, tae kwon do, Pickleball, and indoor swimming. Chesterfield Family Center has Pickleball, Art-C Painting programs, and indoor swimming. Check out Kids’ Nights at all locations. See center for ages and details.



For more than 110 years, CoxHealth has remained a community-owned, not-for-profit health system and has grown to include six hospitals, specialty facilities, and more than 80 physician clinics. With a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, women’s health center, OB/GYN services, pediatric intensive care, and specialists caring for high-risk infants, CoxHealth has a strong team caring for moms and babies. For expectant families, the health system offers the BabyBeginning smartphone app. The system’s team caring for children includes pediatricians, intensivists, neonatologists, hospitalists, child life experts, and nursing and pediatric specialists. As a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, CoxHealth cares for children with medical needs in 32 counties.

My Healthy Kids
1901 S Ventura Ave., Bldg B • Springfield
417-708-7000 • myhealthykids.com

My Healthy Kids helps you keep your kids healthy and happy. The pediatric practitioners at My Healthy Kids provide all the typical pediatric services but also have extensive training in natural and holistic alternatives. They know diet changes, immune support, supplements, and other lifestyle adjustments can often clear up problems without prescriptions. The pediatric providers take time to listen, are not afraid of your questions, and won’t talk down to you if you question typical recommendations. They believe you know and love your children better than anyone else, and they are here to support you.


Wise Psychological Services
1200 E. Woodhurst Dr., Suite T-300 • Springfield
417-766-4400 • wisepsychologicalservices.com

Dr. Allison Wise, a child psychologist, specializes in treating autism-spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety, depression, selective mutism, and other developmental and/or medical conditions. Wise Psychological Services LLC is committed to providing scientifically based services through the highest quality care. Dr. Wise offers a fun and relaxing atmosphere, testing and counseling services, consultations, skill building workshops, and other unique services including on-site school observations, barn talk, and court-appointed services.


Tiny Fins Survival Swim

At Tiny Fins Survival Swim, children learn confidence in the water and true survival skills (for example, rolling over from a face-down position or submerged to their backs to relax and breathe) through 15-minute one-on-one lessons taught four days a week for six weeks. The Tiny Fins format––shorter, more frequent lessons––is one reason this program is so effective.


Dynamic Strides Therapy
2673 E. Sawyer Rd. • Republic
417-324-7646 • dstherapy.org

Dynamic Strides Therapy helps children with special needs experience the therapeutic benefits of equine movement and the compassionate support of skilled, certified therapists who bring together occupational, physical, and speech-language therapies. Dynamic Strides Therapy includes an indoor arena, a therapy clinic with private treatment rooms, a viewing room for parents, and a sensory gym.

TheraCare Outpatient Services
3023 S. Fort Ave., Suite B • Springfield
417-890-4656 • theracareozarks.com

TheraCare provides speech, occupational, physical, and music therapy services to children of all ages in a safe, caring environment. They offer an individualized approach to therapy that will help to improve your child’s quality of life and confidence. Intensive therapy options are available for Summer 2019. Call today to learn how TheraCare can help your child.


Pierce Vision Specialists
3626 South Avenue • Springfield
417-887-7151 • piercevision.com

Dr. David M. Pierce, Dr. Courtney Wintjen, and the team at Pierce Vision Specialists are experienced professionals in a comprehensive range of eye disorders in people of all ages. Services provided include eye examinations for infants, children, and adults; vision therapy; and contact lenses. Pierce Vision therapists are well-trained professionals who implement individually prescribed vision therapy procedures and programs. In addition, you’ll find an in-office optical lab and large selection of frames.

If you would like to advertise and be featured in the Healthcare Guide, please call Melinda at 417-886-3478.

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