Lee's Summit Physicians Group

Lee's Summit Physicians Group Pediatrics Section offers Personalized, Preventive, and Primary Care for infants, children and adolescents.

Spotlight on Lauren Lee, C-P.N.P.

Lauren graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2006. After graduation, she joined the University of Kansas Hospital where she worked on the pediatric medical-surgical unit for five years. Lauren completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree in 2012 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Lauren joined our practice in late 2012 after she and her husband welcomed their first child. Lauren enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

When to Talk to the Pediatrician About Your Child's Anxiety

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Your child’s pediatrician is a valuable source of information about physical and mental pediatric care. If your child frequently displays symptoms of anxiety, your kid’s doctor can help you determine if your child suffers from an anxiety disorder. Here is a basic guide to deciding when it’s necessary to bring up your child’s anxiety with your family doctor.

If He Exhibits These Anxiety Symptoms
Symptoms of an anxiety disorder in children include persistent and recurrent fear, nervousness, shyness, or an avoidance of places or activities. Your child will continue to display symptoms even after you, caretakers, or a family doctor have intervened. If you’ve attempted to comfort your child about his fears and are unable to convince him that they’re unfounded, he may have an anxiety disorder.

If Symptoms Aren’t Temporary
Many children experience temporary anxiety that is triggered by common, logical fears. If your child only displays occasional anxiety, and the cause of the anxiety is easy to understand and would be considered a universal, understandable fear for his age level, then he probably does not suffer from an anxiety disorder. If your child fixates on fears that seem illogical, and constantly worries or obsesses over things that don’t seem to preoccupy other children his age, then you should bring it up with his pediatrician.

If Anxiety Interferes With Daily Life
The best way to determine if your child’s anxiety is a genuine and chronic problem is if you notice that it is interfering with his daily life. If he is incapable of completing tasks, participating in activities, or visiting certain places due to his fear or anxiety, then you and your child will need the professional support of his pediatrician.

At Lee’s Summit Physicians Group, our pediatricians serving Lee’s Summit have extensive training and experience in identifying the signs and symptoms of mental health problems in children and adolescents. We can offer pediatric care or a referral to a trusted pediatric counselor for treatment. To schedule a consultation with one of our pediatricians, call us today at 816-524-5600, or call Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700 or Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520.

After-Hours Care for Your Child

Pediatric Urgent Care Lee's Summit

At Lee’s Summit Physicians Group, we know that pediatric care emergencies don’t always occur during normal office hours. For this reason, we offer comprehensive pediatric urgent care services during extended hours at two convenient locations. Your child does not need to be a patient of one of our family doctors to receive pediatric urgent care services. You also won’t need to change medical providers or primary care physicians to take advantage of our pediatric urgent care.

Our pediatric urgent care services are available seven days a week, on a first come, first served basis. You do not need to make an appointment, and walk-in patients will see whichever one of our experienced pediatricians is first available. Our Lee’s Summit location offers pediatric urgent care services from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays; and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Our pediatric urgent care clinic can accept most major insurance plans. If you would like more information about the kids’ doctors at our pediatric urgent care in Lee’s Summit, you can visit our website, or call us today at 816-524-5600. You can also call Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700, or Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520.

How Prenatal Consultations Help You Find the Right Pediatrician

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A prenatal consultation gives you the opportunity to interact with a pediatrician during the earliest stages of your pregnancy to determine whether she’s the right person for your child’s pediatric care. Quite a few women decide to begin searching for a pediatrician during the third trimester of their pregnancy. Here are some of the ways that you can use prenatal consultations to help you find the best pediatrician for your newborn’s care.

Get to Know a Pediatrician Before Committing
Most women prefer for their child to visit the same pediatrician throughout their childhood, so it’s important to get to know a pediatrician before committing to choosing her as your kid’s doctor. Visiting a potential pediatrician for a prenatal consultation will give you a chance to ask her basic but crucial questions about her qualifications, experience, and the pediatric care services that she offers.

Reduce the Pressure to Find Immediate Pediatric Care
Once your child is born, you’ll feel increased pressure to find the best pediatrician for your needs. If your child is in need of pediatric urgent care, you won’t have the luxury of getting to know a potential pediatrician before seeking her pediatric care services. If you begin your search for a pediatrician prior to your child’s birth, you can relax knowing that you still have plenty of time to find high quality pediatric care.

Shop Around for the Best Children’s Doctor Near You
When you begin searching for a pediatrician while still pregnant, you have the time to shop around to find the best children’s doctor in your area. You can schedule multiple prenatal consultations with kid’s doctors in your area to find one offers the best communication style and pediatric care approach for your needs.

If you’re looking for the best pediatric care near Lee’s Summit, come see us at Lee’s Summit Physicians Group. Our highly talented and experienced children’s doctors offer personalized, preventive, and primary care for infants, children, and adolescents. To schedule a prenatal consultation with one of our pediatricians, call us today at 816-524-5600 or contact Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700 or Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520.

Spotlight on Julie Kirkpatrick, C-P.N.P.


Julie graduated (1991) from Central Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree. She obtained her graduate degree (2005) at the University of Missouri Kansas City. She has worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at LSPG since 2005. The favorite part of her job “the kids of course. They are so funny and sweet. It is the highlight of my day and makes me hopeful for the future.” Julie enjoys traveling, camping and being outdoors. She also likes to read and spend time with family and friends. Julie was raised in Lee’s Summit, graduated from Lee’s Summit High School and remembers there being just one grocery store! Julie examines patients each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at our main facility in Lee’s Summit (816.524.5600).

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Hours of Operation:

  • 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM Saturday