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…


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


The Squirrel Hill/Greenfield office opens.


Dr. Sarah Springer joins the practice.


Dr. Lucas Godinez joins the practice.


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

Dr. Amy Maddalena joins the practice.


Physician Assistants Stacey Stratton & Travis Lewis join the practice.


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.


t-baileyNurse Practitioner Terri Bailey joins the practice.

Kids Plus becomes the first 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.


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.


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

The Puberty. Seriously? class launches.

The Kids Plus Pinterest boards and Instagram feed go live.


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.


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 begin 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.


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.


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

We host our first Stuff Your Kids Will Eat nutrition class.

After hosting a successful diaper drive, we become a year-round donation location for the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank.

Our HPV vaccine public service announcement, “We Prevent Cancer,” is released.

Dr. Wolynn and Communications Director Chad Hermann present to audiences in Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia on the rise of anti-vaccine attacks on social media.

Dr. Wolynn appears live on MSNBC, and in print in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times , NPR, and Kaiser Health News, to talk about the importance of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.


Evening Walk-In Hours get longer (with an extra half hour) and easier (with fewer criteria).

Dr. Wolynn and Communications Director Chad Hermann travel to Atlanta to present to the National HPV Roundtable, and to the American Cancer Society, on the rise of anti-vaccine attacks on social media.

We host our first Infant Massage class.

We host our first Kids + Dental Day.

The Lactation Consultant School at our Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh accepts its first student.

Kids Plus is named one of Pittsburgh’s Top Workplaces for the 6th time in the past 7 years.

Dr. Wolynn and Communications Director Chad Hermann present to audiences in Atlanta, Columbus, Washington D.C., Vienna, Austria, and Annecy, France, on the rise of anti-vaccine attacks on social media.

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 more-than-four-decades-in-the-making story of Kids Plus Pediatrics.