Lee's Summit Physicians Group

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

Meet Dr. Barnard!

Dr. BarnardDr. Barnard is a long-time resident of Lee’s Summit and has been with LSPG since 1981. He graduated medical school from the University of Kansas in 1978 and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1981. Dr. Barnard is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He enjoys caring for adults of all ages. He lives in Lee’s Summit with his wife and three children.

Formula vs. Cow's Milk for Your Baby

Before welcoming your little one into the world, it’s advisable to choose your new baby’s pediatrician. Schedule a quick consultation with the baby doctor to discuss preparing for your little one’s arrival. For example, the pediatrician is likely to recommend that you stock up on formula if you do not plan to breastfeed. All the nutrients that your infant will need are found in commercial infant formula.

Infant Drinking

First-time parents are often puzzled as to why they simply can’t feed their infants cow’s milk instead of formula. There are several reasons why cow’s milk isn’t healthy for infants. They cannot digest cow’s milk as easily or as well as formula. Cow’s milk doesn’t contain several important nutrients infants need for development, such as iron and vitamin C. The protein in cow’s milk can irritate the intestines and stomach, which can lead to blood loss in the infant’s stool. This can lead to iron-deficiency anemia. Additionally, the high concentration of protein within cow’s milk isn’t healthy for a newborn’s kidneys and it can lead to serious illness if he or she develops diarrhea, fever, or heat stress. Lastly, growing babies need healthier fats than those contained in cow’s milk. If you’re unsure about which particular type or brand of formula to feed your infant, you can consult a pediatrician.

Once your baby reaches his or her first birthday, you can provide no more than 32 ounces of whole cow’s milk each day. Feeding him or her more milk than this can discourage your baby from eating solid foods. By this age, your baby should be eating a wide range of solid foods, including vegetables, cereals, fruits, and meats. If your baby is a finicky eater, talk to his or her pediatrician before feeding cow’s milk.

To discuss your child’s nutritional needs, talk to a pediatrician at Lee’s Summit Physicians Group. Our pediatric team may be reached at (816) 524-5600. If you would like to reach a pediatrician at Blue Springs Pediatrics, call (816) 554-6520 or call (816) 525-4700 to reach a friendly staff member at Raintree Pediatrics.

Meet Dr. Marquelle Dean!

Dr Marquelle Dean joined LSPG in November of 2009 and is available for her patients at our east office, Blue Springs Pediatrics. Parents and patients will find her available Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology at the University of Missouri Columbia and finished her residency at University of Missouri School of Medicine and Children’s Mercy Hospital in 2008. Dr. Dean resides in Blue Springs and loves spending time with her own children and her husband. 

Marquelle Dean

A Parent's Guide to Play

For first-time parents, learning how to play with babies may take a little help from the pediatrician. Your pediatrician can help you learn how to provide the stimulation your child needs for healthy development. For example, babies can benefit from exposure to lots of different textures. Introduce your child to the touch of a clean sponge, scarf, piece of velvet, or even a piece of cardboard. It’s also important to talk and sing to your child constantly throughout the day. You can begin reading to your newborn the day you welcome him or her into the world.

Hear more about providing stimulation for your little one by watching this video. This mom shares what she’s learned about developing her child’s sense of touch, sight, and hearing. You’ll learn how to give your baby a gentle massage and how to initiate tummy time.

Lee’s Summit Physicians Group provides expert newborn care and guidance for families on nurturing healthy development. Call us at (816) 524-5600, or contact Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520 or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700.

Meet Kelly Fritz!

Kelly graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Central Missouri State University in 1982. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing Care of Children in 1991 from the University of Missouri Kansas City and her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1995. Kelly joined Lee’s Summit Physicians Group in 2000. Kelly enjoys spending time with her three teenage daughters.


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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