Our approach to medicine is about giving patients the time and tools they need for healthy living. There is ample scientific evidence that better health outcomes occur when a patient knows and is comfortable with their doctor. Therefore, most of your time in our office is spent with your physician. This allows Dr. Child to help you care for your kids, long after you leave our office. We also strive to provide a comforting, caring and whimsical setting where your children may feel more at home and hence look forward to their visits with us. We want you to feel relaxed and have fun with us!
Our community practice is committed to health promotion and education for children, adolescents, and young adults. We emphasize partnership and communication with a focus on non-invasive, preventative care. We seek to provide a safe, creative environment for children and their families where compassion, respect and honesty support family wellness. Read more about our Mission and Guiding Principles.
Despite all good intentions, illness does occur. When we are attending to illness, our goal is to offer solutions custom to your child that will maximize their chances for returning to a state of wellness. We do not prescribe medication unless it is necessary and the benefits outweigh the risks. This means that for a cold, you won't be receiving antibiotics but instead, ideas on comfort care that can be provided for your child. At other times, prescription medications may be required. We will attempt to clearly describe the benefits, risks, and side effects of each option. It is our wish that each office visit becomes an experience that will encourage self-healing, independence, and skillful parenting.
We focus on education because you, as the parent, are with your children all the time. We can’t be there all the time, but want to enable you to find the healthiest parenting style for both you and your child—one that is nurturing and gives you all the opportunity to thrive.
At Polar Pediatrics, you will see Monique Child, MD, for every visit. Dr. Child is a board-certified pediatrician who obtained her medical degree in 2000 from the University of Chicago, Illinois (which included a 4-month stint with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and a subsequent visit to Bolivia, South America as a volunteer).
Dr. Child taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado as a clinical pediatric instructor for both medical students and pediatric residents. She is also proud to have been selected by her colleagues to serve previous terms as The Secretary for the American Academy of Pediatrics (Alaska Chapter) and The Chairperson of Pediatrics at Alaska Regional Hospital.
Hi! My name is Cheechako, but I also go by the name of Chico (or Cheeky Cheeky Chalks or Chico Chalks).
I spend time at Polar Pediatrics and like meeting new kids and dear friends alike. Very friendly and sweet, and am happy to be petted if you want when you get your shots. I whimper when babies cry, and sometimes follow Dr. Monique as if she had a tail of her own. Be aware, I love to lick! But like everyone, you get to decide who kisses you – so I understand how to go away.
Feel free to ask Dr. Monique if you want to pet me, just like you should ask any dog owner if you can pet their dog before you say hello.