Each pediatrician and physician at Health Care for Children is wholly dedicated to not only children’s health but to the well-being of our patients’ families. We encourage you to get to know our doctors by reading their brief bios below.
As founder of Health Care for Children in 1981, Dr. John Hertenstein has been a leading pediatrician in the Kansas City metro. Dr. Hertenstein received his MD degree in 1976 from Saint Louis University before moving to Kansas City. He completed a 3 year residency program at Children’s Mercy Hospital. He has been practicing as a children’s doctor for over 40 years.
Dr. Hertenstein is a board certified pediatrician and an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hertenstein or any of our other children’s health care doctors, call our office at 816-792-1170.
Dr. Paul Lively comes to Health Care for Children from The University of California at Santa Barbara. Also a graduate of Denver Theological Seminary and The University of Health Sciences. In 1998, he completed his three years of residency in pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
Board Certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Lively is a children’s doctor specializing in asthma, allergy, adolescent medicine, dermatology and infectious diseases. He continues as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Pediatrics with the University of Health Sciences.
Paul, his wife, Melanie and their children reside in Liberty, Missouri. Melanie Lively is also a pediatrician with Health Care for Children.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lively, call our office at 816-792-1170 today!
Dr. Rinker graduated from Liberty High School. Later she went on to the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she earned her Doctor of Medicine degree. She then trained in pediatrics for three years at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City before returning to be a pediatrician in her home community. As a Board Certified Pediatrician, she has a special interest in patient and parent education, infectious diseases, and developmental issues. Dr. Rinker and her family are thrilled to be part of the wonderful Liberty community.
Dr. Lively is a graduate of the six-year medical program at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She earned a combined Bachelor of Science in Biology and Medical Degree. She trained for three years in pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Dr. Lively’s dedication earned her one of the two Pediatric Chief Resident placements at Children’s Mercy. While working at Children’s Mercy, she met and married her husband, Paul, who is also a member of the Health Care for Children pediatrician team in Liberty. Dr. Lively works part-time as a pediatrician at Health Care for Children and is proud to be raising her children in the Liberty community.
Learn More About Our Pediatricians
Our team of dedicated pediatricians has what it takes to provide your children with the medical attention they demand and deserve. Our pediatricians’ collective years of industry experience, in combination with their passion for children’s health and wellness, is what makes our practice truly special.
Call (816) 792-1170 to learn more about our team of talented and committed pediatricians.
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