Michelle VanDoren, DO, FAAP
Dr. Michelle VanDoren’s favorite thing about being a pediatrician is seeing children’s smiles.
“I hope to offer a smile, compassion and knowledge,” says Dr. VanDoren, who joined Johnson County Pediatrics in September of 2015. “I want to help children and families live healthy lives by instilling good habits at a young age.”
Dr. VanDoren will be treating patients in our Walk-In Clinic on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and some Saturdays. She knew when she was a teenager that she wanted to work in medicine.
“It was in high school,” she says, “although it took me a long time to get there. I started in nursing and then pursued my medical degree.”
Dr. VanDoren grew up in Jonesboro, Arkansas, graduating from Jonesboro High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis, Tenn. She then attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences where she became a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008.
Most recently, beginning in 2011, she worked as a general pediatrician at Children’s Mercy Northland Urgent Care Center.
She and her husband, Danny, have two children.. One of Dr. VanDoren’s passions is traveling, especially to Disney World. She says she enjoys running and spending time with family and friends.
And she carries with her inspiration from her Aunt Holly.
“She was born with Down syndrome and never let her disabilities hold her back,” VanDoren says. “She faced adversity with grace.”