9051 NE 81st Terrace #100
Kansas City, MO 64158

9051 NE 81st Terrace #100
Kansas City, MO 64158

Each pediatrician and physician at Health Care for Children is wholly dedicated to not only children’s health but to the well-being of our patients’ families. We encourage you to get to know our doctors by reading their brief bios below.

John Hertenstein, MD, FAAP

As founder of Health Care for Children in 1981, Dr. John Hertenstein has been a leading pediatrician in the Kansas City metro. Dr. Hertenstein received his MD degree in 1976 from Saint Louis University before moving to Kansas City. He completed a 3 year residency program at Children’s Mercy Hospital. He has been practicing as a children’s doctor for over 40 years.

Dr. Hertenstein is a board certified pediatrician and an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hertenstein or any of our other children’s health care doctors, call our office at 816-792-1170.

 

Paul H. Lively, DO. FAAP

Dr. Paul Lively comes to Health Care for Children from The University of California at Santa Barbara. Also a graduate of Denver Theological Seminary and The University of Health Sciences. In 1998, he completed his three years of residency in pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Board Certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Lively is a children’s doctor specializing in asthma, allergy, adolescent medicine, dermatology and infectious diseases. He continues as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Pediatrics with the University of Health Sciences.

Paul, his wife, Melanie and their children reside in Liberty, Missouri. Melanie Lively is also a pediatrician with Health Care for Children.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lively, call our office at 816-792-1170 today!

 

Theresa “Tessa” Rinker, MD, FAAP

Dr. Theresa Rinker joined the team of dedicated pediatricians at Health Care for Children as a native to the Liberty community. She graduated from Liberty High School and went on to earn her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine in 2003.

After graduation from medical school, Dr. Rinker trained in pediatrics for three years at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Now a Board Certified Pediatrician, Theresa is a children’s doctor with a special interest in patient and parent education, infectious diseases, and developmental issues. She has been practicing for over 12 years.

Dr. Rinker and her family are thrilled to be a part of the wonderful Liberty community.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rinker, call our office at 816-792-1170 today!

 

Melanie L. Lively, MD

Dr. Melanie Lively, a six-year graduate of the medical program at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, has over 22 years of industry experience. During her time at school, she earned a combined Bachelor of Science in Biology and Medicine Degree in 1996.

Dr. Lively trained in pediatrics for three years at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. While practicing there, she met and married her husband, Paul, who is also a pediatrician at Health Care for Children. Her dedication and passion for child health care earned her one of the two Pediatric Chief Resident placements at Children’s Mercy.

Dr. Lively works part-time as a pediatrician at Health Care for Children and is proud to be raising her children in the Liberty community.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lively, call our office at 816-792-1170 today!

 

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