Pediatric endocrinologist Dee Spade has started her own clinic, Wichita Endocrinology.
“I need the autonomy,” Spade says. “I work better without all the administration telling me what I need to do.”
The practice has opened in 1,800 square feet at 1515 S. Clifton next to the Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph.
“I really, really like working with Via Christi,” Spade says. “They’re easy to work with.”
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Endocrinology is the study of glands.
Spade received training in the field after her 10-year-old son was diagnosed with diabetes.
“The most common thing I see is diabetes,” she says.
Spade says the main focus of the practice will be diabetes education. That could include group classes in the new space.
“We’re looking into it.”
Spade treats infants to young adults who have any diseases of the endocrine system.
She most recently was with Children’s Mercy Hospital – Wichita Specialty Clinic where she says she started the pediatric endocrinology clinic.
Spade says locating her new practice next to Via Christi makes sense for any testing her patients may need. Also, she says there’s a pharmacy and on-site lab at her building.
“It’s just really convenient.”
Craig Ablah of Classic Real Estate and Marty Gilchrist of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal. Baseline Creative is in the process of building Spade’s website at www.wichitaendocrinology.com.
Spade says she can imagine needing more space in a year or year and a half “if we get as busy as I think we will.”
She says she likely will add a physician assistant or nurse practitioner.
Currently, registered nurse Jeni Neighbors does diabetes education at the practice, and Jennifer Arenson is the office manager.
Spade says having her own practice is the right decision for her.
“I just don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner.”