Deb Winburn MD, FAAP
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a doctor. Growing up on a small farm in Northeast Missouri, lambs, cats, dogs, and calves were some of my first patients. As I grew older, I realized that I not only loved my interactions with people, but also possessed a deep passion for helping those in need. After high school graduation, I entered the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s 6 year medical program. It was a perfect match for me! Upon graduation, I served 5 years of active duty in the United States Navy.
Through that experience, I was able to experience living on the east coast, overseas in Japan, and finally, in Chicago. I was able to practice medicine as a Pediatric Intern, an Emergency Medicine Physician (General Medical Officer), and an Assistant Team Director in the Medical Clinic and the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. All three experiences contributed to my overall ability to treat the whole patient as a primary care resource, and to my deep sense of patriotism for the United States and for the men and women who serve to
One type of unique overseas medical experience afforded by my time in the Navy was my participation in Combat Casualty drills. I learned that I possess the ability to remain calm in situations literally overflowing with chaos. What better training for a life as a mom and Pediatrician! Subsequently, I returned to Children’s Mercy Hospital where I finished my Pediatric Residency. I have been married to my husband, Rick, for 21 years now. We have 3 great kids-Sarah, Andrew, and Chris. It is hard for me to believe that my daughter is already 17, and that I have been in Primary Care for nearly 17 years now. I still marvel at how much I love my job, and how much there is left to learn!
I hope that I bring a unique combination of diverse past practice opportunities, knowledge of current scientific research, the practical experience of being the mom of 3 kids-one with special needs, and the integration of what you my patients and families have taught me. Thank you so much for the privilege to partner with you in care of your kids!
- Deborah K. Winburn, MD FAAP
Todd Bush MD, FAAP
Growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska, I knew I loved medicine at a young age. As a child I struggled with allergies and asthma (“attacks” as they were called back then). Frequent visits to the doctor’s office, emergency rooms and two hospitalizations left a big impression on me. Health is not something to be taken for granted. I experienced first hand just how critical it is to have compassionate and knowledgeable doctors and nurses looking out for me.
After college at the University of Nebraska, I went on to UNMC in Omaha for medical school. A rural pediatrics rotation in Hastings Nebraska, taught me that being a pediatrician doesn’t stop when the office closes. These doctors were dedicated to their community as well. Providing access to patients is critical, because medical needs don’t always happen during “banker’s hours”. This is why I choose to work a full time schedule (and beyond!) to meet my patient’s needs.
Residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital introduced me to how expansive and complex pediatric medicine can be. I have a great many mentors from that hospital that are now just a phone call away, available to help understand this ever changing specialty. I take pride in staying abreast of the field of pediatrics and have continued to learn the art of medicine over the last 13 years from my colleagues, my parents, and most of all my patients!
Children’s Mercy also introduced me to my lovely wife, Teri. She was working as a nurse when I had the good fortune to rotate through the Neonatal ICU. Raising four children puts life and work into perspective like no other experience. Perhaps, unique to being a father is the shared understanding I have with my parents of the trials and tribulations of parenthood. It’s never easy being a parent, but such an important role and responsibility! Empathy for the families I care for will be woven into all that I do as your pediatrician.
Compassion for my patients, commitment to my community, access for my families, and knowledge of the specialty of pediatrics are what I have to offer as your child’s pediatrician. Thank you for considering me, and I hope to see you soon!
- Todd Bush MD, FAAP
Ann Mattison, ARNP
I grew up in a small town in Iowa, and I have wanted to be a pediatric nurse practitioner all my life. I spent a lot of time growing up vaccinating and treating animals with my dad, who is a veterinarian, but I always wanted to help kids feel better.
After finishing nursing school at Creighton, I moved back to IA to get my master’s degree from the University of IA. I began my nurse practitioner career in 2003 at Children’s Mercy Hospital as a hospitalist. I did that for 4 years, then worked in the Sleep and Pulmonary Clinic for 2 years. In November 2009, I was ready for a minor career change and started doing primary care.
My husband and I have 2 kids. Dana is 7 years old and Spencer is 3 years. They are so much fun. We live on a farm near Louisburg. We have lots of animals- cattle, chickens, cats, and dogs.
I am so excited to be here, and I love coming to work every day. Our office is beautiful. We have a lot of fun and give great care to our patients. I look forward to meeting you soon.
- Ann Mattison, ARNP
Carlos Morales, ARNP
I am a Kansas native and come from a very large, close-knit family. My friends and family call me the “baby whisperer”, because I have a way with children. Early on, my grandma urged me to work with kids. I took her advice, and I’ve loved every bit of it.
After completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas, I spent several years working with chronically ill children including two years as a pediatric hospice nurse. For the next 8 years. I worked in a pediatric clinic as a staff nurse. In 2006, I graduated with honors from the University of Missouri Kansas City, receiving my Masters in Nursing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Since that time, I have worked in pediatric primary care – a great experience for me.
I have been married to my wife, Janet, for 13 years. We have two wonderful children: Morrigan and Logan. I look forward to getting to know each of you and building lasting relationships here at Premier Pediatrics. Hope to see you soon.
- Carlos Morales, ARNP
Ashley Ahring, P.A.
I grew up in Mid-Missouri and could not wait until I was old enough to “volunteer” at a hospital. At age 14, I loved taking care of others, and I was fascinated with the medical field. I obtained a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science at Truman State university, and then a Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant degree from St. Louis University. I took my first job as an Emergency Room Physician’s Assistant in Lexington, Kentucky. I worked there for 2 years before moving to Kansas to be closer to family. I then worked the next 7 years in the ER at Olathe Medical Center before joining Premier Pediatrics in the spring of 2013. I gained tremendous knowledge and experience treating all types of acute pediatric patients. I feel even more of a connection to the pediatric patient and their family after becoming a parent, myself.
I have been married to my husband, Dan, for 7 years and we have a vibrant and happy 2 year old son, Nolan. We enjoy the outdoors all year long whether that’s running, hiking, skiing, going to the park or just playing in the backyard.
I am passionate about healthy lifestyles and disease prevention. i enjoy educating patients and their families on their illness or condition, treatments, and lifestyles and want to be an integral part of improving the health and well being of our children. I am excited to be a part of the Premier Pediatrics team, and I am eager to meet you and your family.
- Ashley Ahring, P.A.