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Philosophy of Care
We believe that children are unique - they are not just miniature adults! From infancy through childhood, adolescence and college, a child's growth and development require very careful and specialized attention. Our goal at each visit
is to address all your concerns and provide anticipatory guidance to help you optimize your child's health.
The Children & Adolescent Clinic, established in Hastings, NE in 1977, has developed into a very active pediatric practice with patients coming from a radius of 100 miles. A second clinic location was opened in Grand Island, NE in 2015.
Our staff includes 5 pediatricians and 5 physician assistiants. In addition, we have a Behavioral Health Clinic that is staffed by Child and Adolescent Psychologists. We also offer other specialty outreach clinics in our office
including Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Shade Whalen, MD
Dr. Whalen graduated from Drake University and UNMC. After completing his pediatric residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2006, he joined CAAC.
Janet Howe, MD
Dr. Howe graduated form Nebraska Wesleyan University and UNMC. After completing her pediatric residency training at UNMC in 1983, she joined Children and Adolescent Clinic.
Kristen Johnson, MD
Dr. Johnson graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University and UNMC. She joined CAAC in 1997 after completing her pediatric residency at the Creighton-University of Nebraska Joint Pediatric Residency Program.
Noelle Ratigan, DO
Dr. Ratigan graduated from University of Nebraska in Omaha and University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. She joined CAAC in 2011 after completing her pediatric residency at UNMC in Omaha, NE.
Daniel Leonard, DO
Dr. Leonard graduated from Regis University in Denver, CO and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. He joined CAAC on 2011 after completing his pediatric residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa,
Nikki Pfeil, PA-C
Nikki graduated form Hastings College and University of Nebraska Medical Center. She joined CAAC in 2001 following her completion of UNMC's PA program.
Andria Head, PA-C
Andria attended college at Simpson College in Indianola, IA and completed her PA trainig at Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA. She joined CAAC in 2007.
Andrea Clement, PA-C
Andrea attended college at Chadron State College and University of Nebraska Medical Center. She joined CAAC in 2010 and has previous work experience in Family Medicine/Urgent Care, and ENT.
Julie Shaw, PA-C
Julie attended college at UNMC and graduated in 2001. She has professeional experience in orthopedics. She joined CAAC in 2012.
April Rostvet, PA-C
April attended college at Concordia University for her undergraduate studies and Union College in Lincoln for PA training. She joined CAAC in 2016.