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St. Luke's Clinic - Weight Intervention and Nutrition

Our weight intervention and nutrition clinic evaluates and treats young children who aren't keeping pace with height and/or weight growth rates for their ages, a condition called failure to thrive. Our clinic provider, a dietitian, and a social worker will work to educate, empower, and support you and your family while we monitor your child. 

Failure to thrive can have many causes, and our team will create a customized approach so your child is well supported in growth and development.

Referrals are required.

  • Article

    Failure to Thrive

Providers

  • Pediatrics

    Biography

    Amy Barton, MD earned her bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in dance from the University of Northern Iowa. She is accepting newborns and new patients on a limited basis.

    Dr. Barton is married with three children. Her hobbies include golf, cooking, learning to ski, and going to the gym.

    Favorite Books
    Children's:
    • "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" by Laura Numerhoff
    • "Little House" series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatrics

    Biography

    Matthew Cox, MD serves as medical director of St. Luke's Children at Risk Evaluation Services (CARES). His primary practice involves the medical evaluation of children suspected of being victims of possible physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Ann Guzman, CPNP, MSN is a nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner working with children from birth to the age of 18, providing evaluations and support to children and their families.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Nutritional Counseling for Children

    Biography

    Melissa Wallinga, MS, RD, CSP, LD is a board certified specialist in pediatric nutrition. Her focus is on inpatient pediatric critical care nutrition and failure to thrive. She has also completed a certificate of training in childhood and adolescent weight management and has experience working with both youth and collegiate athletes. 

    Melissa earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science from Northwestern College and her master's degree in nutrition and exercise from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has conducted research on both school-based childhood obesity prevention programming and nutrition knowledge and nutrient intake of NCAA athletes.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients