Three LSPG Providers that Sing in their Church Choir

By Matthew Hornung, Director of Information Technology for Lee’s Summit Physicians Group

SingingLee’s Summit Physicians Group has three doctors whose backgrounds include singing in their church choir. They’ve been singing for many years, almost as long as they’ve practiced medicine! We recently interviewed them about their choir history.

  • When did you start singing?
  • What part do you sing in your choir?
  • Where do you sing?

Dr. Trites

Barbara S. Trites, M.D.I’ve been singing as long as I can remember… and I’m not telling how many years that is! I sing alto (and occasionally help with the tenor part) at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. Our choir is typically just 10-12 people. We’re a small group, but have a great time.

I have also sung with my high school alma mater (Shawnee Mission South) on those occasions when someone organizes a reunion choir. The most exciting time was when we were able to perform at Carnegie Hall with our former director conducting us. That was in November of 2001, so it was the aftermath of the attacks on 9/11. It was a sobering, but also uplifting and unforgettable experience. It has been my great joy to watch all three of my children sing in choir for decades now. All three have had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall; two have sung at the Vatican; one sang at the White House and met Michelle and Barak. We love the Ella Fitzgerald quote, “The only thing better than singing is more singing.”

Dr. Veenstra

Sallie L. Veenstra, M.D.I started singing in church choirs as a child and was fortunate enough to sing in High School Choir. I sing soprano.

Our high school was outside of Washington, D.C. and our choir got to sing at the National Cathedral in a Bach Festival. There’s nothing like classical music sung in a resounding space like a cathedral. After my schooling was finished, I sang in the Johnson County Community Chorus, and then in my church choir. We’ve had the opportunity to travel to Europe and sing in some incredible cathedrals there. Our church was just redesigned to improve the acoustics and we have a new magnificent pipe organ to sing with. I am fortunate to sing with the choir every Sunday and in concerts several times a year.

Dr. Lewandowski

Molly Lewandowski, M.D.I started singing in my church choir in 2009 when I became an empty nester. I sing soprano in my church choir in Leawood, Kansas, and each summer in the Lee’s Summit Summer Singers group directed by Dr William Baker.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

By Rhonda Pfaffly, Referral Coordinator for Lee’s Summit Physicians Group

LSPG: November is Diabetes Awareness MonthNational Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. An estimated 30.3 million people have diabetes, that’s 9.4% of the population! It was the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015.

Today I’d like to give you some tips on how to manage living with this disease and also to bring a little bit of awareness. November is a perfect month to spotlight Diabetes, not only because it is Diabetes Awareness month, but we’ve also just ate our kids stash of Halloween candy! This will be followed by  Thanksgiving, which always includes Grandma’s pumpkin pie and Aunt Lois’s sweet potato casserole. Then we turn around and we have all the holiday parties, cookie exchanges at work or church(darn those cookies), Christmas dinner, oh my goodness, food overload! So as you can imagine these next few months are torture for people with diabetes with all these temptations.

Staying on Track During the Holidays

A registered dietician with Abbott states that a few simple planning strategies and nutrition swaps can help you enjoy the festivities and stay on track.

  • Plan Ahead – look at restaurants online menu’s ahead of time or ask the host what they are planning on serving and suggest bringing a side dish that is a healthy addition. Stay away from dips or sauces can have hidden sugars/calories.
  • Don’t skip meals – skipping meals can impact your blood glucose levels. Again, pre-planning is the key.
  • Stay hydrated – Drinking water no matter if you have diabetes or not is one of the most important overall. It flushes out toxins, helps you stay hydrated and researchers have found that drinking water helps with eating fewer calories by making you feel fuller, as well as less sugar intake and cholesterol.
  • Pay attention to portions – *One cup=a fist,*3 oz. = palm of your hand,*1 tablespoon= your thumb
  • Move – after that turkey dinner take the kids for a walk, not only will that burn some calories but it will wear out those little ones so you can enjoy the game!
  • Get back on track – if you had a little food slip up, it’s ok!  Don’t feel guilty just remember to be aware at your next meal.

Since you literally have the world at your finger tips these days with Google, all kinds of helpful websites and apps on your smart phone that  makes it easier for diabetics to help manage their disease. Listed below are a few websites and smartphone apps that are endorsed by our very own Cindy Aldrige, APRN, who offers special one on one Diabetic education in our office.

Helpful Websites:

Helpful Smartphone apps:

  • Diabetes Goal Tracker (free download)
  • My Fitness Pal (free download)
  • On Track Diabetes
  • Glucose Buddy

Diabetics should be proactive in making sure they’re getting the proper care. This includes regular office visits to your provider every three months or as your physician advises. Each year, a physical should be done with foot exam, diabetic eye exam, immunization review, and annual lab work. These recommendations are based on the American Diabetes Association guidelines.

Lee’s Summit Physicians Group prides ourselves in taking the extra measures that insure you’ll be given the best care when it comes to any of your healthcare needs.  If you would like to discuss diabetes, or have a family history and would like to be tested, please call our office at 816.554.1918 to make your appointment today!

Pediatric Walk-In Flu Shots Now Available

By Jennifer M. Sauer, M.D.

Walk-In Flu ShotsWe strongly believe in the importance of giving the flu vaccine to our patients. Therefore, we allow our patients to walk in for flu vaccines while we’re open with the hours listed on our website. Staffing has even been increased while kids are out of school to make it quick and convenient for our patients and families to get their flu shot at all three of offices.

Influenza Cases Reported in Missouri

Influenza is already in the area with the CDC report showing 147 lab confirmed cases in Missouri during the week of October 7th – October 13th. There’s also been the death of a child because of influenza this year in Florida. (Per the Florida Health Department where the CDC reports sporadic activity of influenza currently.)

Per the American Academy of Pediatrics in September 2018, excluding the 2009 pandemic, the 179 pediatric deaths reported through August 18th, 2018, during the 2017–2018 season (approximately half of which occurred in otherwise healthy children) are the highest reported since influenza-associated pediatric mortality became a nationally notifiable condition in 2004.

As of October 6, 2018, a total of 183 pediatric deaths had been reported to CDC during the 2017-2018 season. This number exceeds the previously highest number of flu-associated deaths in children reported during a regular flu season (171 during the 2012-2013 season). Approximately 80% of these deaths occurred in children who had not received a flu vaccination this season.


Some sources estimate the total death toll from influenza nationwide last year to be 80,000 people. But only flu deaths in children are directly reported to the CDC.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, including children and adolescents, during the 2018–2019 influenza season.

Special effort should be made to vaccinate individuals in the following groups:

  • all children, including infants born preterm, 6 months and older (based on chronologic age) with chronic medical conditions that increase the risk of complications from influenza, such as pulmonary diseases (eg, asthma), metabolic diseases (eg, diabetes mellitus), hemoglobinopathies (eg, sickle cell disease), hemodynamically significant cardiac disease, immunosuppression, renal and hepatic disorders, or neurologic and neurodevelopmental disorders;
  • all household contacts and out-of-home care providers of children with high-risk conditions or younger than 5 years, especially infants younger than 6 months;
  • children and adolescents (6 months–18 years of age) receiving an aspirin- or salicylate-containing medication, which places them at risk for Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection;
  • children who are American Indians and/or Alaskan natives;
  • all health care personnel (HCP);
  • all child care providers and staff; and
  • all women who are pregnant, are considering pregnancy, are in the postpartum period, or are breastfeeding during the influenza season.

Also per the AAP, those patients with history of egg allergy can safely receive an influenza vaccine as long as there are no other contraindications to the vaccine.

Be sure to visit our contact page for office hours so you can plan a good time to get your flu vaccine.

Do I really have to get a mammogram?

MammogramBy Molly Lewindowski M.D.

Screening mammograms are the most important tool to diagnose early breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While there’s no one answer why the rate has increased in the past 25 years, there are known risk factors. Some risk factors we don’t have any control over- getting older, family history, prior history of breast cancer. Another common issue is high breast density, which can complicate the reading of the mammogram. But others risks we can change: smoking, drinking alcohol, avoiding weight gain, lack of exercise, use of hormone replacement therapy.

There are several types of mammograms.  The screening starts for most women at age 40.

  • The digital  mammogram is the standard screening test. If you are told you have dense breasts, this is normal. About 50% of women have a larger proportion of fibrous and glandular tissue than fat. The only reason this is important to know is that it does make the images harder to interpret, and you may be called back for more testing.
    *Getting called back after the mammogram does not mean you have breast cancer.
  • The 3D mammogram is another type of x-ray that will allow the radiologist to look at the tissue in greater detail. Many times this type of mammogram gives the best detail in dense breast tissue. However, insurance frequently will not cover it 100%. Check with your insurance, as each one is different.
  • Breast ultrasound is usually ordered when trying to determine if an area is a cyst or a solid mass. It may be used during pregnancy as there is no x-ray exposure.
  • Breast MRI can provide other information when diagnosing and treating breast cancer.  This type is usually ordered in women who are at high risk for breast cancer, when there is a close family member diagnosed before age 50.

Two local sites for mammograms are the Breast Center at St Luke’s and The Diagnostic Imaging Center. You do not need an order, but we do ask that they send the report to us for your health record.

Even though mammograms and breast imaging have greatly advanced in recent years, it’s important to notify your primary care office of any breast lumps or skin changes. Checking your own breasts monthly is a healthy habit, and may save your life. We can provide instructions during your annual physical visit.

Best of luck to Nurse Angie and Nurse Tina!

By Jody C. Brown, Director for Lee’s Summit Physicians Group

When we hire new providers, we may take out an advertisement in the local paper. We may also have a poster sized picture put in our waiting room announcing their arrival. But when one of our own chooses to take a leap of faith and step out into the unknown to pursue a dream or an adventure, we just quietly send them on their way. Not today.

Today we are forced to say goodbye to two of our nearest and dearest nurses, and given all their years of service and sacrifice, we can’t let them go quietly! If your child has been a patient of ours any amount of time at all, you will likely know both of these ladies. Nurse Tina has been with LSPG for 15 years, and Nurse Angie has been with us for 11 years. While both are leaving us to pursue new adventures, some known, some unknown, I know that I speak for this entire staff when I say that these two ladies will be dearly missed.

LSPG: Nurse Angie

Nurse Angie

Nurse Angie

I will forever think of Nurse Angie when I hear someone doing an eye chart test on one of our patients. No higher praise has ever been given than when a patient performed well while standing on those stickered feet in the middle of the hallway, closing one eye with their hand and trying their hardest figure out what shape or letter was being pointed at!

Nurse Tina

Nurse Tina is our go to gal and she has the ability to calm the most frazzled of nerves with her soft voice and even keel. During her last couple of years with us, Nurse Tina has had the task of keeping the nurse’s station flowing, taking care of the many calls that come in on our non-urgent message line and not stopping until she has taken care of the needs of the person or person she is trying to help. Dedication is a word that will always be synonymous with her.

LSPG: Nurse Tina

Nurse Tina

If there is one thing you can count on if you have the pleasure of having either of these two ladies as one of your nurses during one of your visits to our office, is that you will be greeted with a smile and a very warm welcome. These nurses have a way of making you feel like you are the most important patient of the day. They are always a ray of sunshine in the nurse’s station, even on the most hectic of days. They strive to do their best to anticipate the needs of the doctor they are working for, which in turn makes the job of that doctor so much easier, and the experience of the patient and their parent the best that it can be.

We could go on and on about what we will miss, but by far it will be the smile that we are greeted with every single day. Tina and Angie, we wish you the best of luck in your new endeavors and we are so thankful for the years that you have invested in the lives of our patients and their parents. You are now and forever will be a part of our LSPG family!

The History of Lee’s Summit Physicians Group

By Sallie L. Veenstra, M.D. at Lee’s Summit Physicians Group

History of LSPGLee’s Summit Physicians Group started out as St. Joseph Physicians Group in 1979. It was established after a failed attempt at opening a satellite ER for St. Joseph Hospital, and the CEO decided to convert the ER to a satellite office building. Dr. Chernoff moved his internal medicine practice from up north, and 2 pediatricians were hired in 1981, along with another internist. At that time, we had an OB-GYN and ophthalmologist. Dr. Veenstra and Dr. Barnard were the first physicians hired by the group. We were located on Tudor Road, at that time out of the town and in the middle of corn fields!


The group slowly grew the practice, and in the early 1980’s, St. Joseph Hospital withdrew their support for the group, and we moved to the office building adjacent to the old Lee’s Summit Community Hospital. We changed our name to LSPG in 1984. Dr. Trites came to the group in 1986, and at that time, she and Dr. Veenstra were the only pediatricians in Lee’s Summit. Parents had either driven to the Plaza for care or taken their children to local general practitioners.

History of LSPGWith continued growth of the practice, we outgrew our office of nine exam rooms, and started to consider building our building at 1425 NW Blue Parkway. We moved there in 2003, after hiring several more pediatricians. Never dreaming we would outgrow our thirty exam room clinic, we began to look at under-served areas of Lee’s Summit and opened an office at 150 Highway and Ward Road in 2008. Not long afterwards, with continued growth, and realizing there was only one pediatric group in Blue Springs, we opened an office there in 2010, and called it Blue Springs Pediatrics.


We now have close to thirty providers among the three offices, including a number of Nurse Practitioners. We continue to strive to provide the best pediatric care that we can for our patients, and offer extended hours at all three offices to try to meet our patients needs.  Lee’s Summit has been a great place to work for many years!

Big Changes!

Big ChangesBig changes are coming to Lee’s Summit Physicians Group, Raintree Pediatrics and Blue Springs Pediatrics.

Beginning June 1st our Raintree and Blue Springs locations will begin all day urgent care! If you are patients at those facilities you will no longer have to come to the main location for afternoon urgent care! The hours for UC at Raintree and Blue Springs will be Monday through Thursday 8am-6pm and Friday 8am-11am.

Lee’s Summit Physicians Group will continue to be the only location that has weekend urgent care hours and those are from 8am-11am.

The other big change coming to ALL locations is that we will begin offering scheduled evening appointments! We know it can be difficult for parents to take time off from their jobs in order to bring their kids to their appointments so we are now offering appointments Monday through Thursday until 7:00 pm. Call today for more information and to schedule your child’s well child exam or sports physical.

Welcome to the new Lee’s Summit Physicians Group website!


Welcome to the new Lee’s Summit Physicians Group website! It had been a while since we last updated our website and felt it was time to review and revise our content. We also knew that it was important to make the website easier to navigate and mobile friendly.

We accomplished all of this while bringing our three physical locations into the same website location. Lee’s Summit Physicians Group Pediatrics, Raintree Pediatrics, Blue Springs Pediatrics and Lee’s Summit Physicians Group Internal Medicine all live at the same web address:

Request an Appointment

You can request an appointment from any page of our website by using the link in the top menu, right above our logo.
Request an Appointment


We put all of our forms into one centralized location to make it easier for you to find the appropriate forms to fill out before coming in for a scheduled visit. You can get to the forms by using the link in the top menu, right above our logo.


We combined the pediatric services and internal medicine services that we provide into a split menu. Simply hover over the services menu on the main navigation to see the various pediatric and internal medicine services we offer.

We hope you like the new website! If you have any trouble finding what you are looking for, please let us know.

Blue Gurus LogoWe partnered with a Kansas City company called Blue Gurus to create this new website. They have an interesting and effective way of doing web development. They did the work on-site, at our location, which made the process really efficient. The back and forth of text, image and color changes happened as we worked together. They were able to get the new site up and running within a month of our first web development day together.

Blue Gurus is also going to help us tell our stories through blogging! Be sure to check out our blog in the months to come… we will be telling stories on a weekly basis.

New pediatric appointment and all day urgent care hours starting in June

Lee's Summit Physicians Group: New HoursBeginning June 1, 2018 all three of our pediatric locations; Lee’s Summit Physicians Group, Raintree Pediatrics, and Blue Springs Pediatrics will be extending their hours for scheduled appointments.

You will now be able to schedule evening appointments Monday through Thursday.  Additionally, the Raintree and Blue Springs locations will begin all-day Urgent Care.

Our goal is to be accessible to our patients when it’s most convenient for them and we know that for working families it can be very difficult to take time from your workday to bring your child to the doctor.  Please call or go online to schedule your appointment today.

With extended hours, that means you can get more Newborn Wellness visits, more School Physicals, more time with our fantastic staff and Physicians. We look forward to seeing more of you in June!

Click for current hours until May 31st

New hours as of June 1st:

LSPG Pediatrics: 8am to 7pm Monday through Thursday

Blue Springs Pediatrics: 8am to 7pm Monday through Thursday

Raintree Pediatrics: 8am to 7pm Monday through Thursday

Online appointments

Remember you can request an appointment online and one of our friendly staff members will call you to schedule the best time for your visit.

Thank you for being a part of the Lee’s Summit Physicians Group family.

Update: Vaccines if your school is saying your child still needs shots before 8th grade or 12th grade

Pediatric Flu Shot

The state of Missouri requires certain vaccines to be able to enroll in school. Most people know they need a complete shot record to be able to enroll in kindergarten but there are also requirements prior to 8th grade and 12th grade. Before 8th grade, students need to have received 1 dose of MCV4 (meningococcal) vaccine and TdaP which is a tetanus/whooping cough vaccine. Before 12th grade enrollment, a student needs 2 doses of MCV4 (meningococcal) with one of the doses being after age 16 years.

In our office, we routinely give the needed vaccines at age 11 and 16 years of age (long before the 8th and 12th grade). The school district has arranged for the health department to come to the schools to administer vaccines to those students that need them but if your child has been getting their recommended yearly checkups with their pediatrician, your child likely has already received those vaccines.

You can obtain a copy of your child’s immunizations by stopping by any of our 3 locations during business hours. If you are still in need of those vaccines for your child, we would be happy to schedule you an appointment and a checkup as well.