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Strep Throat

The terms sore throat, strep throat, and tonsillitis often are used interchangeably, but they don’t mean the same thing. Tonsillitis refers to tonsils that are inflamed. Strep throat is an infection caused by a specific type of bacteria, Streptococcus. When your child has a strep throat, the tonsils are usually very inflamed, and the inflammation may affect the surrounding part of the throat as well. Other causes of sore throats are viruses and may only cause inflammation of the throat around the tonsils and not the tonsils themselves. In infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, the most frequent cause of sore throats is a viral infection. No specific medicine is required when a virus is responsible, and the child should get better over a seven- to ten-day period. Often children who have sore throats due to viruses also have a cold at the same time. They may develop a mild fever, too, but they generally aren’t very sick. Read more…


Croup is a condition that causes a swelling of the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). The swelling causes the airway below the vocal cords to become narrow and makes breathing noisy and difficult. It is most commonly due to an infection. Children are most likely to get croup between 3 months and 5 years of age. As they get older, it is not as common because the windpipe is larger and swelling is less likely to get in the way of breathing. Croup can occur at any time of the year, but it is more common in the fall and winter months. Read more…


Bronchiolitis is a common respiratory illness among infants. One of its symptoms is trouble breathing, which can be scary for parents and children. Read more to learn about bronchiolitis, its causes, signs, and symptoms.
What is bronchiolitis?
Bronchiolitis is an infection that causes the small breathing tubes of the lungs (bronchioles) to swell. This blocks airflow through the lungs, making it hard to breathe. It occurs most often in infants because their airways are smaller and more easily blocked than in older children. Bronchiolitis is not the same as bronchitis, which is an infection of the larger, more central airways that typically causes problems in adults. Read more…

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Our Current Resident, Dr. Lye-Ching Wong

Dr. Wong grew up in Malaysia and moved to Texas with her family at age 12. She spent her undergrad years in Texas studying biochemistry and dance before heading to the University of Virginia for medical school, where her time in Rwanda and Guatemala ignited a passion for global health. Now, after many years in the South during which she learned to incorporate y’all and country music into my daily life, She is ready and excited for new adventures in Seattle and Alaska during residency! Her interests include traveling, food, dance, food, hiking, food, languages, and you guessed it, food.

Dr. Norm Herron, Pediatrician Extraordinaire

Dr. Norm Herron is our newest Pediatrician coming to us after practicing for 25 years in Ketchikan, Alaska! We are honored he has found his new home in Anchorage and at LaTouche Pediatrics!
In Ketchikan he worked as one of three pediatricians on the island.  The pediatric practice in Ketchikan includes providing clinic and hospital care for patients from newborn to young adult with all kinds of medical problems. He enjoyed working with specialists to care for patients with chronic and complex medical conditions so that children could remain in the community for most of their care.   He attended deliveries, medevaced very sick patients (when the Southeast Alaska stormy weather allowed!), and delighted in seeing the children of Southeast grow up.
Practicing in a rural setting, he came to especially enjoy helping families of children with complex medical conditions, chronic diseases, and ADHD.
Every February from 2011-2016, He traveled to El Salvador with PeaceHealth for a weeklong medical mission. Dr. Herron greatly enjoys helping and getting to know the people of El Salvador, and he hopes to do medical missions again in Central America and the Caribbean.
For more information on our fantastic new-to-us Pediatrician click here.

Introducing Katie Blacker, FNP

It’s our honor to bring to you Katie Blacker!   Katie is the newest member of LaTouche Pediatrics. She grew up in Kansas, attended Brigham Young University in Utah for her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and Master’s degree for her Family Nurse Practitioner. She comes to us with experience working in Salt Lake City, Utah on the Infant Medical-Surgical unit and worked as a Nurse Practitioner in pediatric primary care. Most recently she worked as a Nurse Practitioner with the Pediatric General Surgery and Trauma Service at Primary Children’s Hospital. Katie has been on several humanitarian nursing trips around the world!In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband Russ and their infant son Jake.
  For more information about the wonderful Katie Blacker click here!

Meet Dr. Katie Magnuson


We are delighted to introduce Dr. Katie Magnuson! She joins the LaTouche Pediatrics team after working for Yale University as a Pediatric Hospitalist, where she and her colleagues started a pediatric inpatient program at a local community hospital. She received her Bachelor’s Degree for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and received her medical degree from Saint Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Magnuson completed her pediatric residency at the University of Wisconsin.Outside of work, Dr. Magnuson is a wife and mother. She enjoys spending time with her husband and chasing around their active twin boys.

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