John Hertenstein, MD, FAAP

Dr. Hertenstein received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Saint Louis University. He then completed a three year residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Board certified in Pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Hertenstein founded Health Care for Children in 1981.

Paul H. Lively, DO

Dr. Lively is a graduate of The University of California at Santa Barbara, Denver Theological Seminary and The University of Health Sciences. In 1998 he completed his three years of specialty training in pediatrics at The Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Dr. Lively has a special interest in asthma, allergy, adolescent medicine, dermatology, infectious diseases and orthopedics. He continues as a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics with the University of Health Sciences. Paul, Melanie and their children reside in Liberty, Missouri

Theresa “Tessa” Rinker, MD

Dr. Rinker graduated from Liberty High School. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, followed by three years of training in pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Dr. Rinker has a special interest in patient and parent education, infectious diseases and developmental issues. Dr. Rinker and her husband, Brett, are excited to return home and be a part of the Liberty community.

 

Melanie L. Lively, MD

Dr. Lively graduated from the sixyear program at the University of Missouri at Kansas City with a combined Bachelor of Science in Biology and Medical Degree. She completed three years of pediatric training at The Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Dr. Lively was then chosen to stay on at Children’s Mercy to serve as one of two Pediatric Chief Residents. Dr. Lively has a special interest in educating patients and their parents in preventative healthcare and “new mom” issues. It was during her time at Children’s Mercy that she met and married Dr. Paul Lively, who is also a member of the Health Care for Children team. Dr. Lively currently splits her time between the office and caring for their young children, Hannah, Noah and Jonah at their home in Liberty.  

 

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