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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.  


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.


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.

Girls on the Run
417-763-3646 • gotrswmo.org

Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strengths. Trained coaches lead small teams through dynamic discussions, activities, and running games. Girls in 3rd-8th grades develop skills in the 10-week program to help navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program includes a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a 5K event.

Gold Medal Gyms
6840 W. Republic Rd. • Republic
417-732-4100 • goldmedalgyms.com

Gold Medal Gyms offers programs for everyone and every ambition, from toddler motor development programs to competitive gymnastics, all led by trained and certified instructors. Gymnastics and cheerleading provide a strong, enjoyable foundation for an athlete’s journey toward becoming a happy, healthy adult through one of the best all-around training experiences for growth and development for children and teens. Physical conditioning, coordination and strength complements enhanced self-confidence, self-esteem, concentration, and cooperative learning skills.

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!

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 your kids active. Dan Kinney Family Center has tae kwon do, Pickleball, and interactive kids’ treadmill and spin. Doling Family Center has kids’ dance and choreography, tae kwon do, Pickleball, and indoor swimming. Chesterfield Family Center has kids’ glow spin, youth suspension pro, Pickleball, indoor swimming, and special swim events. Check our Kids’ Night 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. CoxHealth is a leader in mother-baby care, delivering more than 4,000 newborns every year. 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 smartphone app BabyBeginning. The system’s great 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.


Safe Kids Springfield
1570 W. Battlefield, Ste. 110 • Springfield
417-820-6671 • safekidsspringfield.org

Safe Kids Springfield is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1-19. Safe Kids offers presentations for schools, daycares, parents’ groups, scouts, childcare providers, churches, and businesses on a variety of child safety and injury prevention topics. 


Developmental Center of the Ozarks
1545 E. Pythian St. • Springfield
417-831-1545 • dcoonline.com

Developmental Center of the Ozarks is making a positive difference in the community by providing services that enable individuals to reach and maintain their optimal level of development. DCO serves infants, children, and adults who are developmentally disabled, developmentally delayed, or physically disabled, as well as those who are not, through therapeutic, educational, habilitative, and rehabilitative programs.

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.

Musical Bridges Music Therapy
417-459-2737 • MusicalBridgesMT.com
Musical play is an excellent way for children to work toward meeting developmental milestones. Musical Bridges offers individual and group therapy and family classes focused on social, motor, cognitive, and language development.  All therapy sessions and classes are led by board-certified music therapists and are individually tailored for all participants. Children of all ages and abilities can benefit.

Robert Jason Grant AutPlay Therapy Clinic
2407 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
417-755-9042 • robertjasongrant.com

Dr. Robert Jason Grant is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an autism and neurodevelopmental disorders therapy incorporating play therapy, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches. Dr. Grant works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. His experience and specialization involve working with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, mood disorders, Bipolar Disorder, depression and anxiety disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and adjustment disorders (divorce, grief and transition issues).

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.

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