Practice Profiles

Parental Choice, Public Health, and Vaccine Hesitancy in Tennessee

In July of 2021, the Tennessee legislature mandated that the Tennessee Department of Health stop all vaccine outreach to children and adolescents, requiring that the DOH suspend sending reminder postcards to families about receiving their second dose of vaccine. How does this mandate impact independent pediatricians? And what are its implications for the relationship between the Tennessee legislature and the medical community? Dr. Suzanne Berman, an independent pediatrician in Crossville, TN, offers insights into the real conversations happening in her community.

Close Communities from Far Away: How Keānuenue Pediatrics Fights for the Underdog

In October of 2020, Dr. Jasmine Waipa founded Keānuenue Pediatrics in Honolulu, Hawai`i, with a goal to create a small practice atmosphere with a tech-forward approach. As a Native Hawaiian pediatrician, she is passionate about addressing health disparities.

Stories and issues that matter most to

Independent Pediatricians.

Sharing with you the deep dedication of pediatric care, as told by independent pediatricians living and practicing in a variety of different locations and with different perspectives.


Investing in Community to Nourish Within: A Conversation with PMI Founder Paul Vanchiere

The foundation of independent pediatricians is built on fundamental connections between providers and their communities, patients, families, and staff. This interview with Paul Vanchiere, founder of the Pediatric Management Institute, explores the importance of strong bonds for the well-being of the provider and the success of the practice.

Industry Trends

Making Decisions Together: A Web-Based Approach to Screening and Early Intervention

In the early 2000s, Dr. Barbara Howard and her husband, Dr. Raymond Sturner, set out to harness the power of the internet to help pediatricians assess patients for mental health issues. Twenty years later, they’ve revolutionized how early screening and intervention unfolds in pediatric offices across the country by making available online more than 600 screening and diagnostic tools.

The approach centers on an evidence-based, standardized approach to screening. A web-based platform they developed called CHADIS, or the Comprehensive Health and Decision Information System, gives pediatricians access to screening, diagnostic, and data collection tools for a range of health issues, from autism and ADHD to depression and asthma.

Tools & Resources

Built for Pediatricians

The Independent Pediatrician is proud to provide you with a list of resources that we believe can help independent pediatricians survive and thrive. Feel free to share them and pass them on, integrating them into your pediatric community.