Redbud Pediatrics founder Rebecca Reddy is opening a second clinic, but this time she won’t be the main one practicing there.
Venessa Lopez, a bilingual pediatrician with extensive ties to the Hispanic community, will be the main physician at the practice when it opens in July.
“I’ve known her since she was a high school volunteer in one of the indigent clinics at the health department,” Reddy says.
Lopez was serving as a translator. Reddy also was one of her professors of pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita.
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“So I’ve got a lot of history with her,” Reddy says.
She says Lopez is “incredible.”
Lopez feels the same way about Reddy.
“She’s someone that I’ve always looked up to,” Lopez says. “The way that she manages and treats patients is something I want to be.”
Reddy opened Redbud Pediatrics in early 2012 at 1861 N. Rock Road.
Her new practice, Redbud Pediatrics West, will be in Reflection Ridge Office Park at 7570 W. 21st St.
Reddy says the idea behind her clinics is to provide personalized care “that was so common a couple of generations ago.”
“It’s been kind of a fun journey to open up Redbud on the east side,” Reddy says.
That’s even though she had to learn a lot of lessons about staffing, record keeping, equipment and how to educate families from their first visits on.
“I feel like I’ve learned a lot from the process,” Reddy says. “And it won’t be nearly as painful the second time as it was the first time.”
Her practice administrator, physician assistant Vicki Gromala, will assist Lopez at the new office. Reddy says Gromala is excited to take on the project.
Gromala and Lopez are west-side residents.
Reddy says there is a lack of pediatric care options on the west side.
“I know there’s a need.”
Though Reddy will visit the clinic once a week, she says she mainly wants to stay in one place for her patients.
The new 4,500-square-foot space can accommodate three or four care providers.
Though the clinic and Lopez will serve all populations, Reddy says Lopez will have a special focus on Spanish-speaking patients.
“She really gets Latinos,” Reddy says. “We would love for there to be staff to be bicultural as well.”
She says they’re having a hard time recruiting a bilingual administrative and clinical staff, though.
Lopez says she already serves a large Hispanic population in her job at KU Wichita Pediatrics.
“I would love to continue that,” she says.
Reddy says the new practice will allow her to do that.
“She felt that she would be accessible for a lot of the families that tend to follow her,” Reddy says. “It was just a really good fit and good timing, I think.”