The Kids Plus Story

Independent. Physician-Owned. Family-Focused.

It’s surprising, but it’s true: research shows that many physicians stop learning and advancing soon after they graduate from residency training. What makes Kids Plus special, what makes our “practice family” so unique and so outstanding, is the way we continue, every day and with every patient, to learn and grow together

WalkInSteth3All of our Kids Plus doctors were “hand-picked” by the doctors already leading the practice, hired not just for their knowledge and skill but also for their compassion and dedication. That tradition, that emphasis on teaching and training and working to find the right fit for our practice and for our patients, defines Kids Plus.

And we’ve been doing it for over forty years…

1972-3

Drs. Harvey Rubin, Lou Linarelli, and K.G. Pai launch the practice in Pleasant Hills, while also helping to create the Mercy Hospital Pediatric Residency Program.

1985

ElevatorThe practice opens a new office in Pleasant Hills, in the 51 Professional Plaza, that it would occupy until the summer of 2015.

1993

Drs. Rubin and Pai form the Southwestern Pediatric Association and begin to expand the practice in ways that would, in 2010, allow it to become Kids Plus Pediatrics.

1995

Dr. Todd Wolynn joins the practice, after studying under Drs. Rubin and Pai.

1996

a-wolf-2The practice aligns with other independent, physician-owned practices as part of Pediatric Alliance.

2000

Dr. Albert Wolf joins the practice, after studying under Drs. Rubin & Pai.

2001

Dr. Alicia Hartung joins the practice, after studying under Drs. Rubin & Pai.

s-springer2002

The Squirrel Hill/Greenfield office opens.

2003

Dr. Sarah Springer joins the practice.

2004

Dr. Lucas Godinez joins the practice.

2006

BFCLogoMedThe practice, with the guidance and teaching of Dr. Nancy Brent, opens the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Amy Maddalena joins the practice.

2008

Physician Assistants Stacey Stratton & Travis Lewis join the practice.

2010

KPLogoMediumThe practice is reborn and reimagined as Kids Plus Pediatrics. The physician owners dedicate themselves to being the new model of the 21st Century Pediatric Practice. And the practice is quickly recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a national leader and gold-standard in pediatric care and service.

The Kids Plus web site, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and YouTube & Vimeo channels go live.

2011

t-baileyNurse Practitioner Terri Bailey joins the practice.

Kids Plus becomes the first (and still only) pediatric practice in the country to employ a full-time Communications Director.

The Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh becomes the first advisor to the United States Breastfeeding Committee.

The Kids Plus Patient Portal goes live.

Morning Walk-In Hours begin.

JasonMaskThe New Mom’s Coffee series begins.

We make our first (silly, family-friendly) movie: Trick or Treat.

2012

Dr. Ditte Karlovits, Physician Assistants Alyssa Papa & Brianna Mosso, and Nurse Practitioner Jonette McClelland join the practice.

Evening Walk-In Hours begin.

Dr. Wolynn launches the Quiet Night Sleep Class.

2013

puberty-g9-12The Cranberry/Seven Fields Office opens.

The Puberty. Seriously? class launches.

The Kids Plus Pinterest boards and Instagram feed go live.

2014

The Squirrel Hill/Greenfield Office expands to include new administrative offices and a video production studio.

The first season of Kids + The Community goes live.

The first season of Kids + Game of the Month debuts.

2015

NewPHSquareOur Kids + Fit health and wellness program launches.

The pilot episode of Kids + The Kitchen goes live.

We host our first annual Kids + Family Fair at the Cranberry/Seven Fields office.

The redesigned Kids Plus web site goes live.

Dr. Pai is awarded the first-ever Community Education Network Outstanding Preceptor Award by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

The new Pleasant Hills office opens.

We being hosting our ACL Injury Prevention Workshop for young athletes.

Weekend Walk-In Hours begin.

Pump ClassWith our Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh, we begin hosting the Breastpumps, Bottles, and Binkies class.

We host our first-ever Kids + Game Day.

We launch Saturdays With Santa, an annual free holiday event and charity toy drive.

2016

The Kids + Daily Dose video series premieres.

The free, monthly Kids + Craft Night series begins.

For their work at Kids Plus, Drs. Wolynn & Dr. Wolf are named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Health Care Award winners in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The redesigned Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh web site goes live.

Dr. Ashley Riley, joins the practice.

The new and improved Kids Plus Patient Portal goes live.

Physician Assistants Olivia Buterbaugh and Samantha Gronlund and Nurse Practitioner Rachel McCarrison join the practice.

2017

Dr. Mara Richardson, Physician Assistant Danielle Anthony, and Nurse Practitioner Lauren Lehman join the practice.

 

We’re all providers and teachers and students every day — working with each other, learning from each other, growing along side one another. And always inspiring each other, with every visit and every patient, to be the best providers in the best pediatric practice in Pittsburgh. And beyond.

It’s that kind of collaborative environment, that kind of proud and fiercely independent spirit, that kind of dedication to our patients and to our own practice family that drives and defines us. And that makes us so responsive, caring, and connected to you and your family.

That’s the vision, the promise, and the four-decades-in-the-making story of Kids Plus Pediatrics.