Well Child Visits & Immunizations
We offer Health Maintenance Visits for all ages, from newborns through young adults. These visits include immunizations and screening tests. We complete forms needed for daycare, preschool, school, camp, foreign exchange programs, preoperative clearance and sports.
Our suggested schedules for Well Child Visits and Immunizations are based on the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
We make every effort to schedule appointments for sick children on the day that you call us. Please call our office ahead of time so we can minimize the time that you will spend waiting. If you have a medical emergency during office hours, we will do our best to see your child immediately or refer you to the appropriate facility. If you would like us to see more than one child, please schedule both of them when you make the appointment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends “breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for infants for six months; breastfeeding in combination with solid foods through at least twelve months of age; and continued breastfeeding thereafter for as long as mutually desired by mother and baby.” It is our goal at LaTouche Pediatrics, LLC to support you in your decision to breastfeed. This is the best start for you and your baby. Breastfeeding is a skill that requires practice and sometimes skilled instruction. We are here to help. If you are having trouble, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We have nurses, doctors and advanced nurse practitioners who are trained to help. Jennifer McKinnon, Megan McFadden, and Nicole Kopacz are certified lactation consultants who are available to coach you as you master breastfeeding.
The “WOW” Program at LaTouche Pediatrics is here to help you Work On Wellness. The program provides strategies for a healthier lifestyle for overweight and obese children aged 6-18. Our main goal is to improve weight control leading to overall better health and quality of life. We will work with patients and families to develop a treatment plan personalized to their situation and goals.The goal is to participate weekly at first, but can become bi-weekly or monthly. The program lasts a minimum of 6 months to help maintain a long term healthy weight.The program will discuss topics including nutrition, developing better activity habits, reducing sedentary behaviors, and create healthy habits during holidays and parties. During your first visit, you can expect a complete evaluation to understand the potential causes or complications that may be present. A treatment plan will be developed as well as:
• Nutrition and Activity log
• Physical exam
• Referrals as needed
The program is facilitated by our pediatric provider, Cherie Wagahoft FNP. This clinic is held on Wednesdays at our Providence Office between 1pm to 8pm.
In order to provide timely service, we prefer to schedule all visits. We will try to accommodate patients who walk in with a non-emergency condition, but they will likely have a wait as we work them into the schedule or be asked to schedule an appointment for later in the day.
We prefer any cancellations or reschedules to be done 24 hours before the appointment time and request that cancellations or reschedules be done no later than 2 hours before the scheduled appointment time. Your timely call to cancel or reschedule an appointment enables us to give that appointment time to another child who might need us that day.
For medical advice after hours, we encourage you to refer to the “Is Your Child Sick” reference materials on the Home Page of our website. If you still have an unanswered concern that cannot wait until the next day, please call our regular office number and follow the prompts to speak with a nurse.
If you have routine questions or requests, please call our main number during business hours. Many requests can also be sent through our Patient Portal. If you do not have an account, call us to get one set up.
Our easy-to-use, self-service patient portal is available 24/7 and lets you complete common tasks over a secure internet connection from any computer, tablet or mobile phone.
Features of our patient portal include:
- Access your child’s health records (records include: immunizations, medications, allergies and diagnoses)
- Request appointments
- Request prescription refills
- Review and pay bills online
- Communicate securely with members of our staff.
Once you have created your account you can access all of your children’s health records from one drop down menu. To sign up for the portal, call us at 907-562-2120.
To find out more about our Patient Portal, read the FAQs, or watch a video tutorial, click here.
Call 911 in an emergency. An emergency is any problem which is life-threatening or could lead to loss of limb or eyesight or other serious problems. Some examples are respiratory problems, bleeding, head injury, loss of consciousness or serious falls.
In the case of less serious problems (such as lacerations, possible broken bones, sprains, most fevers), please call our office first for advice. We will help you decide if and where your child needs to be seen.
We have a nurse available to answer questions and give medical advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If your child requires hospitalization, we have privileges at:
- Alaska Regional Hospital
- Providence Alaska Medical Center
We accept most insurance, including Denali Kid Care and Medicaid.
As Anchorage pediatricians, LaTouche Pediatrics is currently a preferred provider for the following networks: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Great West Health, United Health Care, Aetna Signature Administrators, and some Aetna plans.
*If Aetna is your insurance provider, please call the number on your insurance card to make sure we are a preferred provider.
If your network is not listed please check with your insurance provider to find out what the out-of-network benefits will be for your visit or you are welcome to call our office to speak with our Patient Registrar.
While we accept most insurance, and are happy to bill on your behalf, payment of deductible, coinsurance, or copay is due at the time of service. If you are not insured, or if we do not file with your insurance company, you will be responsible for the entire charge at the time of service. If you are unable to pay at the time of service, please ask to speak with our business office prior to being seen.
We ask that you bring your insurance cards and identification to every appointment, especially new patient visits, to ensure we have up-to-date information on file.
Once patients turn 18 they are legally adults, and so, will need to sign a consent form (pdf) for their parents to have access to their records and make requests on their behalf.
We see patients until they are 22 years old. We encourage our patients who are reaching this milestone to begin the process of establishing care with a provider who specializes in adult care and to request a complete copy of their medical record (pdf).
Confidentiality and Privacy
It is the policy of the practice to ensure that we maintain compliance with HIPAA policies which protect the healthcare information of our patients. We ask that no photos, videos, and/or recordings are taken while interacting with our staff. You may ask permissions from providers or staff members to take a photo or record healthcare instructions. However, it is the right of our staff to deny your request. Thank you for your cooperation and compliance to the multimedia policy.