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 & 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, & Wolynn.

2001

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

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 Assistant Travis Lewis joins 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

Nurse 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.

2012

Dr. Ditte Karlovits 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 debuts.

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 debuts.

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.

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 Assistant Samantha Gronlund and Nurse Practitioner Rachel McCarrison join the practice.

2017

Dr. Mara Richardson and Physician Assistant Danielle Anthony 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,” premieres.

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.

2018

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.

Our Flu vaccine public service announcement, “Get It,” premieres.

We host our first Thoughtful Childbirth prenatal class.

Dr. Shelly Satterlee joins the practice.

2019

We host our first Adventures in Breastfeeding support group.

Dr. Wolynn and Communications Director Chad Hermann present to audiences in Nashville and Panama on the rise of anti-vaccine attacks on social media.

Kids Plus is prominently featured in articles in The Guardian and Newsweek on the rise of social anti-vaccine attacks, and the work we’ve been doing to help and support other practices who’ve been attacked.

Dr. Wolynn and Communications Director Chad Hermann, working with a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, publish a peer-reviewed article, “It’s not all about autism: The emerging landscape of anti-vaccination sentiment on Facebook,” in the journal Vaccine.  

Kids Plus is prominently featured in another round of national media coverage of the story of our anti-vaccine attack, the new journal article, and the work we continue to do to support other doctors and practices who’ve been attacked.

Articles appear in the Washington Post, on the front page of the Los Angeles Times,  Mashable, The Verge, the front page of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, in a special report on WPXI, and many other local and national media outlets.

Ann Adams, the first-ever full-time Kids Plus Social Worker, joins the practice.
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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.