The Great Falls Clinic offers the most accessible pediatric care in North Central Montana, with two locations, same-day appointments, immunizations, well-child care and specialty care. Our pediatrics team provides a myriad of services for infants, children and teenagers – covering everything from checkups and immunizations to behavioral problems and chronic illnesses. Our team works together collaboratively to ensure your child receives the highest quality health care. Choose Great Falls Clinic as your trusted partner.
Department of Pediatrics
The Great Falls Clinic believes in the team approach to healthcare. We offer a collaborative team of healthcare providers, allowing your child to receive the highest quality care available. Our department offers a variety of pediatric services including, but not limited to:
- Well-Child Visits and General Pediatrics
- Same Day Appointments/Sick-Child Visits
- ADHD Evaluation and Management
- Acute and Sports Injury Treatment
- Asthma, Allergies and ENT Care
- Audiology and Hearing Evaluations and Management
- Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics
- Chronic Disease Management
- Newborn Services
- Nutrition Education
- Physical Therapy
- Psychiatry Services
- Speech and Language Therapy/Pathology
- Vision Care (ages 5+) for Annual Eye Exams, Contact Lens Fittings, and Eyeglass Prescriptions
The Great Falls Clinic Department of Pediatrics offers patients access to the most comprehensive pediatric services in Montana. Our services include:
Well-Child Care: Provides vaccinations, sports physicals and an opportunity for your Pediatrician to assess the physical growth and development of your child.
Preventive health care is important in keeping your child healthy and happy. Routine well-child visits are a good step in identifying health challenges before they become significant. Well-child appointments are scheduled regularly according to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations. They begin at the age of 2 weeks and continue at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months and 18 months, and continue yearly starting at age 2.
These important visits provide an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s growth and development. You will be given appropriate information pertaining to developmental milestones, safety, nutrition and immunizations. A complete physical examination is included.
Same Day Appointments/Sick-Child Visits: Accommodates scheduled time for unexpected illness and minor injury. When unexpected illnesses occur, each of our providers offers same-day appointments to accommodate. Each day, our Pediatricians leave a part of their schedules open to accommodate patients who need an immediate appointment. Of course, parents still have the option to schedule an appointment for their child in advance.
Immunization Clinic: Immunization (vaccination) is a way of creating immunity to certain diseases by using small amounts of a killed or weakened microorganism which causes the particular disease. The risks of vaccinations are small compared with the health risks associated with the diseases they’re intended to prevent. The Great Falls Clinic pediatric department is pleased to provide an immunization schedule for your child recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. No appointment needed!
After Hours Pediatrician Available: To reach our after hours pediatrician on call, simply call 406-454-2171 and request the pediatrician on call.
The Great Falls Clinic is dedicated to excellence. Many of the specialists in our departments of surgery, cardiology, asthma, allergy/ENT, urology, radiology, orthopaedics, oncology, optometry, podiatry and sleep medicine focus on meeting the needs of children and adolescents. Talk to your provider and discuss how these specialists can meet the needs of your child.
We are pleased to provide pediatric cancer care services through Clinic Cancer Care. Our commitment to pediatric oncology patients and their families is supported by a team of medical staff and healthcare professionals who are highly experienced in addressing the special needs of children and their families during their cancer journey.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, a special network of support is required. Our pediatricians work with specialized children's cancer centers to deliver care as close to home when possible. Coordination and communication is a key component.
We offer a variety of orthopedic services for pediatric and adolescent patients including acute and sports injury treatment as well as sports medicine.
Our therapists specializes in children’s motor development, musculoskeletal status, sensorimotor function and environmental adaptation.
Our Pediatric Psychiatrist is available for your child upon referral from their provider. Dr. Malinda Pike specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families. A child and adolescent psychiatrist offers families the advantages of a medical education, the medical traditions of professional ethics, and medical responsibility for providing comprehensive care.
We offer pediatric evaluations and treatment options for a variety of speech and language disorders. Including but not limited to feeding, swallowing, communication functions, vocal cord functions and failure to thrive concerns.
Although this is not a service we hope your family will need, we have care providers who are trained to provide sexual assault and child abuse examinations. The Great Falls Clinic strongly advocates against child abuse and our employees are mandatory reporters of any suspected child abuse. Additionally, the Great Falls Clinic providers are involved in ongoing programs to prevent child abuse and neglect in our community.
We feel it is important to educate regarding this topic and our providers are available to discuss any concerns you may have at any time. If you suspect or have information that leads you to suspect child abuse or neglect, call the Montana's Stateside Toll-Free Child Abuse Hotline at 1-866-820-KIDS (1-866-820-5437). This Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Abused children often suffer physical injuries including cuts, bruises, burns, and broken bones. Physical injury is not the only negative impact of maltreatment—it can also affect broader health outcomes, mental health, social development, and risk-taking behavior into adolescence and adulthood.
Child maltreatment includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 that results in harm or potential harm. There are four common types of abuse.
- Physical abuse is the use of physical force, such as hitting, kicking, shaking, burning, or other shows of force against a child.
- Sexual abuse involves engaging a child in sexual acts. It includes behaviors such as fondling, penetration, and exposing a child to other sexual activities.
- Emotional abuse refers to behaviors that harm a child’s self-worth or emotional well-being. Examples include name calling, shaming, rejection, withholding love, and threatening.
- Neglect is the failure to meet a child’s basic physical and emotional needs. These needs include housing, food, clothing, education, and access to medical care.