Covid 19 Guidance With the rise of Covid 19 cases in our area, and with the start of the school year, the physicians at Johnson County Pediatrics -- an Affiliate of Children’s Mercy, want to affirm and reemphasize our commitment to protection for our patients. It is important to us that our patients and families take steps to protect yourselves, your loved ones and our community. The physicians at Johnson County Pediatrics agree, without exception, with the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC concerning wearing masks and the need for people 12 and older to get vaccinated for Covid 19. All of our physicians have received the vaccine. The pediatricians at Johnson County Pediatrics continue to strongly encourage wearing masks and strongly encourage vaccinations for our patients 12 and older. Everyone age 12 and older is eligible for the vaccine. To find a location near you, go to www.vaccines.gov. Our guidance is following recommendations from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Those include: Indoor masking for people aged 2 and older regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine after exposure to Covid-19 as long as he or she remains without symptoms. This means the child can remain physically at school. It is further recommended by the CDC that fully vaccinated individuals get tested 3 to 5 days after exposure with or without symptoms. Johnson County Pediatrics will not offer mask exemptions unless physical, developmental or behavioral conditions make wearing a mask unsafe. These exemptions are very rare, and may include: Developmental delays. Limited physical mobility. Severe autism. Structural abnormalities of the head or neck. In most cases, if a child is unable to wear a mask safely for medical reasons, that child should not attend school in person. Your family’s safety is important to us. Please take steps to keep your family safe and continue to: Wash your hands. Social distance. Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Avoid crowded spaces. Get vaccinated. For more information go to cdc.gov/coronavirus and aap.org JCP 08/09/21
Appointments & Safety at JoCoPeds
The hours we are open haven't changed, but we have devoted separate areas of our practice to
Well Checks and Walk-In and Sick Visits.
There is always a staff member in the hallway to greet and direct you.
Masks are required!
When you are coming for a scheduled Well Check please enter the waiting room on the west side of our practice. When you get off the elevator you will go to your left.
WALK-IN VISITS AND SICK VISITS
All of our patients here for the Walk-In Clinic or Sick Visits should call us from the parking lot before you enter the building! Please call 913.384.5500 and we will verify insurance, collect co-pays and get you checked in so you are imediately taken to an exam room. These patients are seen on the east side of our practice.
If you have any questions or concerns please call us at 913.384.5500.
We welcome our current patients to use our TeleHealth Services. In addition to providing Telehealth for children who need care for sick visits, we can also do visits for ADHD follow ups, med checks, initial appointments, hospital follow ups and visits for anxiety and depression. To make a telehealth appointment, please contact our office. For more details please visit our Telehealth page.
Telehealth visits may also be offered to patients never before seen at Johnson County Pediatrics. If you are a new patient and you want a Telehealth visit with one of our providers we ask that you call 913-384-5500. Check our insurance page to make sure we take your insurance. Questions please call us at 913-384-5500. If you have difficulty connecting, please call us at 913-384-5500
Psychologist at JoCoPeds
The newest member of our clinical staff is Dr. Ali Calkins-Smith. She is a clinical psychologist.
“Dr. Calkins-Smith brings children’s and adolescent psychological services to our practice, which we are keenly aware are important to our patients, our families and our community," said Dr. Mary Tyson. "We felt it was our responsibility to meet the needs of the increased number of families with children experiencing health issues like anxiety and depression.”
A native of Overland Park, Calkins-Smith attended Shawnee Mission public schools. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Tulsa in 2011, earned master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas. Calkins-Smith completed her post-doctoral internship and fellowship training at Children’s Mercy.
“I love working with children and adolescents!” Dr. Calkins-Smith said. “They are hilarious,fun, kind, and honest. I feel super fortunate to have the opportunity to work with not only children and adolescents, but also their families.
Dr. Calkins-Smith will have appointments available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
The types of appointments that Calkins-Smith will be scheduling include:
1. Psychological Assessment (learning disorders, ADHD)
2. General parent training/child management
3. Disruptive behavior (Oppositional behavior, temper tantrums, behavioral noncompliance, biting, sibling problems, etc.)
5. ADHS/attention concerns
6. Anxiety Disorders (separation anxiety, school phobia, specific fears/phobias, OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
7. Enuresis (day or night wetting/soiling), Toileting Refusal and toilet training
8. Feeding issues (if severe, may need to refer to feeding clinic)
9. Sleep disturbances (bedtime problems, night terrors, nightwaking, etc.)
10. Habit/Tic disorders (thumbsucking, nailbiting, trichtillomania/hair pulling, Tourettes/tics)
11. Mood difficulties (situational depression)
12. Adjustment Disorders (separation/divorce, adoption/birth of sibling, grief/loss, etc.)
13. Adjustment to Injury (no longer able to participate in sport/activity)
14. Adolescent Issues (parent-child conflict, social concerns, etc.)
15. Social Concerns (general social interaction difficulties, bullying, etc.)
16. School Difficulties (school avoidance, poor grades, memory, learning concerns)
17. Pain management (headache, chronic pain, anxiety regarding medical procedures, biofeedback)
18. Coping with medical condition/illness
19. Adherence to medical recommendations (pill swallowing)
All About JoCoPeds
Looking for a compassionate, family–centered pediatrician in Shawnee Mission? You've come to the right place. At Johnson County Pediatrics, we specialize in medical care for kids, and we would love to get to know you and your family better. Our commitment is to help children reach their highest potential by working with parents to promote and maintain their child's physical and emotional well–being from birth up to college years.
Our Johnson County pediatricians believe that accessibility, understanding and comfort are the cornerstones for an exceptional pediatric practice. To achieve this goal, we offer convenient office hours, helpful patient resources and an outstanding level of support and expertise. So whether you're visiting for the first time or the hundredth time, you'll receive the same quality, educational and compassionate service with every appointment.
Our shared goal, as parents and physicians, is to guide your child on a path of optimal health. In order to attain this, we continuously strive to meet and exceed our patients' expectations while maintaining the highest standards of excellence in pediatric medicine. From prenatal visits and preventive care to treatments of acute illnesses and the ongoing treatment of chronic conditions, Johnson County Pediatrics offers comprehensive medical treatment for children from infancy through adolescence. Other services we offer are newborn care, immunizations, and treatment for asthma and ADHD.
Please take a few moments to explore our informational website. We hope you will find our site easy to navigate, informative, and helpful in keeping your family healthy. This website gives you easy access to our Shawnee Mission pediatric practice, including directions, hours of operations, payment policies, information about our physicians and our services, and even a link to request an appointment. It also includes answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.
If you have any questions or want to schedule your child's first visit to our office, feel free to contact us today. Our friendly and highly knowledgeable staff is available to support and assist you with any questions or concerns about the health of your child. Thank you for your interest in Johnson County Pediatrics.