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Your child’s health and well-being can be one of the most emotional, expensive, and frustrating issues you face as a parent. 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.   

Chiropractic Care

Thrive Family Chiropractic
902 W. Battlefield Rd. • Springfield
417-351-5877 •
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 pain and pelvic pain, sleep difficulties, and headaches and migraines.


Gardner Pediatric Dentistry
1250 E. Walnut Lawn St. • Springfield
417-719-7862 •
As a board-certified specialist in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Jesse Gardner works exclusively with infants, children, and teens. The 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 the concerns of you and your child. 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 •
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 •
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 •
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 •
Gold Medal Gyms offers programs for everyone and every ambition, from toddler motor development programs to competitive gymnastics, all lead 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 •
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 that will get you in shape and help you lose weight. Learn self-defense and live a more meaningful life.

Petra Ballet Company
1711 W. Battlefield, Suite U • Springfield
417-425-9891 •
Kids love to move! Dance is great physical exercise and a good way to help your child stay healthy. Dance develops flexibility and strong muscles. Children can also improve their self-confidence, build social skills, and explore their creativity when they participate in dance classes and lessons.

Sac River Stables
5798 N. Farm Road 125, Springfield
417-742-4200 •
Trot on over to the Sac River Stables for some fun fitness in the saddle! Brushing horses, saddling, and riding in our indoor/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 •
The Park Board Family Centers at Chesterfield, Dan Kinney and Doling have several programs that will keep your kiddos active. Dan Kinney Family Center has tae kwon do, pickleball, and Ready to Run Club. At Chesterfield and Doling Family Center there is tae kwon do, pickleball, and indoor swimming and dance lessons for all ages. 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 approximately 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 CoxHealth 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.

Safety & Accident Prevention

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

Therapeutic Services

Developmental Center of the Ozarks
1545 E. Pythian St. • Springfield
417-829-0897 •
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 •
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.

Robert Jason Grant AutPlay Therapy Clinic
2407 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
417-755-9042 •
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. Robert 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 •
TheraCare provides speech, occupational and music therapy services to children of all ages in a safe, caring environment. We offer individual and group therapy sessions, including great opportunities for summer classes and intensive therapy options. Call today to learn how they might help your child.

Vision Care

Pierce Vision Specialists
1426 E. Bradford Pkwy., • Springfield,
417-887-7151 •

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 frame selection.

Nonprofit Organizations Serving Children & Families

Ambassadors for Children
417-708-0565 •
Ambassadors for Children is a service agency of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and is dedicated to supporting abused and neglected children and youth in our community. They provide resources, practical needs for foster children and children at risk in foster care placement from Greene County.   

The Arc of the Ozarks
417-864-7887 •
The Arc of the Ozarks provides many services ranging from residential, employment, community integration, day programming, and recreation for area residents with disabilities.

Autism Support Group of SWMO
417-655-2235 •
Autism Support Group of Southwest Missouri offers information, inspiration and support to those whose lives are touched by Autism and encourage parents and caregivers of children and adults with Autism. The group offers exchanging info, ideas and experiences in a caring, safe and supportive atmosphere and enriching the lives of children through group activities, play dates and public outings.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks
417-889-9136 •
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks is a monitored mentoring network that matches adult volunteers and children, ages 6-18, in communities across the Ozarks by helping children who are facing adversity develop a positive relationship with strong and enduring professionally-supported relationships that can change their lives for the better.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield
417-862-9249 •
Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield are serving youth to help them realize their potential for growth and development. Offering individual and group services, programs are based on principles of behavioral guidance, which will achieve the health, social, educational, vocational, character and leadership development.

Care to Learn
417-862-7771 •
Care to Learn serves children in area schools with immediate funding to meet basic unmet needs for health, hunger and hygiene so every child can be successful in school. There are currently 33 Care to Learn chapters in Missouri.

Champion Athletes of the Ozarks
417-890-1599 •
Champion Athletes of the Ozarks serves children and adults with disabilities living in the Ozarks area through sports, training and competition. They are building self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills in a positive atmosphere and teaching decision-making skills, team skills, appropriate behaviors, feeling success and gaining life skills.

Chances of Stone County
417-294-1207 •
Chances of Stone County promotes opportunities for citizens with developmental disabilities living in Stone County to live more satisfying lives by building friendships, family-centered activities, leadership development, increased disability awareness and success through mentorship.

Cherish Kids
417-581-KIDS (5437) •
Cherish Kids improves the quality of life for children who are displaced or orphaned.

The Child Advocacy Center, Inc.
1033 E. Walnut St. • Springfield
417-831-2327 •
The Child Advocacy Center is a place where young victims of abuse come to safely and comfortably share their difficult stories. The children we serve have endured much in their young lives: physical and sexual abuse; online exploitation; child pornography; and neglect. Inside our doors, children are greeted by delightful murals, a toy-filled family room and professionals trained to address the unique needs of children who have been hurt.

Child Care Aware of Missouri
800-200-9017 •
Child Care Aware of Missouri connects families to childcare, early learning programs and programs for after school/out-of-school time; improve the quality of those programs and collaboration with others to ensure all children in Missouri will have access to healthy, safe, nurturing, enriching and respectful early childhood care, education and out-of-school time care.

Children’s Smile Center
417-582-5439 •
Children’s Smile Center fulfills the need for professional dental services of children ages 1-19 and pregnant women who are eligible for Missouri Medicaid. They provide preventive and primary dental healthcare to children and pregnant mothers from low-income families residing in Christian, Stone, Dade, Barry, Lawrence and Taney counties in Missouri. Clinic locations in Ozark, Branson West and Aurora.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks
330 N. Jefferson Ave. • Springfield
417-888-2020 •
Community Partnership of the Ozarks works in 23 counties to provide substance abuse and violence prevention services, community and neighborhood development, children and child well-being, affordable housing, and homelessness prevention.

Diaper Bank of the Ozarks
417-848-5049 •
Diaper Bank of the Ozarks’ mission is to help keep babies healthy and happy by providing access to diapers for families in need and through education concerning alternative diapering options that promote health and financial responsibility.

Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks
417-885-9905 •
Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks provides support and education on early intervention services, promoting inclusive education, highlighting appropriate medical services, encouraging quality employment opportunities and advocating for community awareness and acceptance for individuals with Down Syndrome.

Great Circle | Springfield
1212 W. Lombard St. • Springfield
417-865-1646 •
Great Circle is a behavioral health organization that specializes in providing treatment, education, prevention and support services to children and families with a history of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect or abandonment as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental disorders. Great Circle offers a wide array of services in locations throughout Missouri.

Harmony House
3404 E. Ridgeview St. • Springfield
417-837-7700 •
Harmony House provides shelter, advocacy, and education to survivors of domestic violence. They provide short-term emergency protective shelter, programs of education, support, referral and advocacy. They also provide information to the community that promotes understanding of the factors involved in domestic violence, its prevalence, causes, and prevention.

Isabel’s House–Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks
2750 W. Bennett St. • Springfield
417-865-2273 (CARE) •
Isabel’s House provides 24 hour a day, 365 days per year care for our area’s most vulnerable children (ages birth to 12) when the family is in crisis. Families using the services of Isabel’s House work with family advocates, use community resources to address the crises and strengthen and maintain the family unit.

Lost & Found Grief Center
1555 S. Glenstone Ave. • Springfield
417-865-9998 •
Lost & Found Grief Center provides grief support services, at no charge, in a safe and supportive environment for children, young adults, and their families grieving the death of a loved one. Lost & Found Grief Center believes every person deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and understanding environment.

Lutheran Family & Children’s Services of MO
2130 N. Glenstone Ave. • Springfield
417-862-1972 •
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri offers many services. Programs include counseling and advocacy for adoption, crisis and unplanned pregnancies, foster care, child care, youth mentoring, disaster relief services, and public policy and legislation advocacy related to families.

Missouri Head Start
573-884-5078 •
Head Start is a national child development program for children from birth to age 5, which provides services to promote academic, social and emotional development, as well as providing educational, social, health and nutrition services for income-eligible families.

Newborns in Need
417-881-2229 •
Newborns in Need provides items for more than 1,000 babies each month and reaches 80 agencies in the area. Seventy-five percent of all items leaving their facility are handmade afghans, quilts, sleepers, soft toys and more made by volunteers.

Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers provides the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their child develop during the crucial early years of life. (All numbers are 417 area code.)

Bolivar: 326-6626

Branson: 336-1887 x6135

Buffalo: 399-0862

Clever: 221-7804

Hollister: 243-4015 x1310

Lebanon: 657-6002

Logan-Rogersville: 881-2947

Marshfield: 859-2120

Nixa: 724-3850

Ozark: 582-5992

Republic: 735-3736

Springfield: 523-1160

Strafford: 736-7000 x1100

Willard: 838-3552

Ronald McDonald House Charities
417-886-0225 •
Ronald McDonald House Charities address problems parents may face when a child is sick by housing them near the hospitalized child, helping with the expense of staying together in another city, or even getting basic medical and dental care in a community lacking resources.

Single Momz Rock
417-483-3479 •
Single Momz Rock provides encouragement, support, events, local programs and resources for single moms in Southwest Missouri.

Springfield Area Mothers of Multiples
Springfield Area Mothers of Multiples is a diverse group of women who share in the special and unique parenting role of raising multiples. Visit

Wish I May
Wish I May provides birthdays to children in Greene, Christian and Taney counties whose families are experiencing extreme financial difficulties and find it impossible to provide their child with a proper birthday celebration. Wish I May works with many area nonprofit organizations to identify the families in need.

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