MPFC Pediatric Department Services
Medical Park Pediatrics offers specialty, individualized pediatric care for infants through adolescents by pediatricians certified through the American Board of Pediatrics and pediatric nurse practitioners. Our small-practice vibe is complimented by our location in the larger MPFC clinic offering in-house laboratory and radiology as well as a seamless transition to adult care for our adolescent patients. We value getting to know our patients and families well and nurturing all aspects of a child’s life: medical, developmental and emotional.
Expectant Parents and Prospective Patients
Our providers offer a complimentary, one-time, informational pre-natal meeting, either in the office or via telemedicine, so you may get to know your provider, become familiar with our office, and determine if ours is the right practice for your family.
Newborns and New Patients
Medical Park Pediatrics is accepting newborns and new patients. Newborns will be attended by the newborn hospitalists while in hospital at both Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Alaska Medical Center and by their midwives if born at a birth center. Share with staff that Medical Park Pediatrics, Dr. Michelle Laufer or nurse practitioner Desiree Cook will be your child's primary care provider. They will communicate details of the birth and newborn course with us and let you know when to follow up in our office for furthur care.
Well-Child and Preventative Health Visits
Preventative visits include well-baby, school entry, camp and sports participation physicals, and well-child appointments. Our primary goal during these visits is to address any concerns you may have about your child. Following the American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures Recommendations, well-visits address physical, developmental and behavioral milestones and offer recommended vaccinations.
We know having a sick child can be stressful! Medical Park Pediatrics can generally accommodate same-day visits for acute illness, including injury assessment, and offers telemedicine when appropriate. We have a full on-site laboratory and in-house x-ray and a drive-up coronavirus testing site for our established patients. Our pediatric triage nurse, available 24-hours per day, can share home-care suggestions when appropriate and help determine if and how soon your child needs to be seen by a professional.
As pediatricians we are experts in caring for children with chronic conditions including asthma, genetic differences, congenital heart disease, allergies, ADHD, arthritis and diabetes, just to name a few. We join with families in navigating the specialty referrals, therapies and emotional aspects of caring for children with chronic health and developmental conditions and offer telemedicine when appropriate to address these issues.
Our pediatric providers support breastfeeding mothers from the first days after birth through weaning. We are well-connected with the lactation professionals at the Women’s Boutique at Providence Hospital for complex breastfeeding concerns.
Medical Park is open 7:30 to 6 PM Monday through Friday and Saturday 9-2 on a walk-in basis. When the clinic is not open, you have three options for medical advice.
- You may visit healthychildren.org for advice on common concerns from the experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- For non-urgent concerns you may call and leave a message for our pediatric nurse to call you back when our office opens.
- If you need to speak to a nurse after hours, call our office and choose the option in the phone tree for pediatric nurse triage and you will be connected with an off-site pediatric nurse who can help you with home care advice and advise on whether you need to seek immediate care for your child. Please reserve these calls for emergent concerns.
Medical Park Pediatrics follows the American Academy of Pediatrics Vaccination Schedule. As pediatric providers we recommend vaccinating according to this schedule and are pleased to answer questions and provide information on this important topic. Childhood vaccines are provided by the State of Alaska at no cost to families. There is an administration and storage fee incurred by our office which is generally covered by insurance under the preventative care provision. We participate Alaska’s centralized vaccine database, VAKTRAK.
We offer a number of procedures commonly indicated in pediatrics including suturing, skin glue, suture and staple removal, wart treatment, foreign body removal, and abscess drainage.
Lab and Imaging
Medical Park Family Care has a full, in-house lab which provides accurate and timely results for all screening, diagnostic and treatment-related laboratory tests thus avoiding the need to travel to a separate facility for testing. We also have in-house x-ray and ultrasound with same-day reads by radiologists as well as spirometry and sleep studies for older children.
MPFC Pediatrics offers walk-in immunizations, suture removal, laboratory testing, x-ray and weight checks.