Our providers at Kids Creek Children’s Clinic are dedicated to the health and well being of children and families. In addition to caring for patients in our clinic, our physicians have hospital privileges at Munson Medical Center. Hospital care is provided in the Family Birth Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Center 3 Pediatric unit. Dr. Eldredge and Dr. Cynthia Smith also serve patients on select days at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center’s Rural Health Clinic. All of our physicians are Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, as well as active Fellows with the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) serve as pediatric health care providers for well and ill children of all ages. Our PNPs perform physical exams, provide developmental and wellness guidance to families, as well as diagnose and treat common and chronic childhood illnesses. They have received advanced graduate nursing education in the specialty of pediatrics, along with nurse practitioner certification through the nationally recognized Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.The physicians and nurse practitioners at Kids Creek Children’s Clinic work in collaboration to provide your child with quality pediatric care.

The providers at Kids Creek Children's Clinic value the long term relationships developed with children and families throughout the growing years. We are happy to offer appointments at our clinic with the provider you choose. All of our physicians and nurse practitioners are accepting new patients.

James Robertson, MD, FAAP

BA: College of Wooster
Doctor of Medicine: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Karen Wagner, RN, MSN, CPNPDr. Robertson is a 1995 graduate of Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the Kalamazoo Center of Medical Studies in Kalamazoo, MI in 1998, spending his last year as Chief Resident. Dr. Robertson is board certified in pediatrics and loves caring for children of all ages. He also works as a Pediatric Hospitalist at Munson Medical Center.  Dr. Robertson has special clinical interests in asthma, sports-related injuries, Attention Deficit Disorder, and general well-child and newborn care. He and his wife, Amy, have four children. He is on the Traverse City Little League Board of Directors and coaches baseball, basketball, and soccer in his free time.


Cynthia Smith, MD, FAAP

BA: University of Michigan
Doctor of Medicine: University of Michigan

Cynthia Smith, MD, FAAPDr. Cynthia Smith has been on staff at Kids Creek Children’s Clinic since 1992 and practices at both Kids Creek and Kalkaska Memorial’s Rural Health Clinic. After medical school, she continued at the University of Michigan to complete her training through the Pediatric Residency program at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Dr. Smith provides general pediatric care to children of all ages, including adolescents and patients with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and other mental health issues. She is married with two adult  daughters and a college age son. She enjoys being active outdoors in every Northern Michigan season.


Stephanie Galdes, DO, FAAP

BS: Western Michigan University
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Galdes is a 2008 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, MI in 2011, after which she served a year as Chief Resident. Dr. Galdes is board certified in pediatrics and cares for children of all ages. She has a special interest in newborns and infant growth and development, but also enjoys caring for adolescents and children with ADHD and obesity problems.

Dr. Galdes and her husband, Todd, have 2 young children. In her free time she enjoys gardening, fishing, snowshoeing and snowboarding, and spending quality time with family.


Kimberly A. Hegewald, MD, FAAP

BS: University of Notre Dame
Doctor of Medicine: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


Dr. Hegewald is a 1996 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  She completed her residency in Pediatric and Adolescent medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1999.  Dr. Hegewald is Board Certified in Pediatrics and cares for children of all ages.  She has a special interest in the care of  children with mental illnesses, but also likes doing well child exams and sports physicals.

Dr. Hegewald and her husband Monte have 4 children ranging from elementary to college aged.  In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, skiing, baking, spending time with her dogs and attending her children's sports events.


Kristina Lishawa, MD, FAAP

BS: University of  the South
Doctor of Medicine: Harvard Medical School

Dr. Lishawa is a 2004 graduate of Harvard Medical School.  She completed her residency in combined internal medicine/pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center in 2009.  Dr. Lishawa is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics and cares for children of all ages.  She also cares for adults as a hospitalist at Munson Medical Center.  Dr. Lishawa is fluent in Spanish and has special interests in international health care, medical missions and transitional care of chronic pediatric illnesses.

Dr. Lishawa and her husband, Brian, have 2 young children.  In her free time she enjoys photography, running and hiking


Rachel Newman, MD, FAAP

BA: Vanderbilt University
Doctor of Medicine: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Dr. Newnan is a 2008 Graduate of Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL in 2011. Dr Newman is board certified in pediatrics and has a special interest in breast feeding.

Dr. Newman her husband Eric, who is an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon in Traverse City, have 2 young children. Dr. Newman enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, photography and running


Catherine Dilts Carter, RN, MS, CPNP

BSN: Vanderbilt University
MS: University of Michigan

Cathy Dilts-Carter, RN, MSN, CPNPCathy has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Kids Creek Children’s Clinic for over 25 years. She is an active Fellow in the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and member of the Michigan NAPNAP chapter. Cathy cares for children of all ages and has a special interest in Adolescent Health. In addition to providing patient care, Cathy is the Kids Creek Children's Clinic office manager. She is married and a mother of two young adult children, she enjoys walking, reading, and gardening.


Alicia Classens, RN, MS, CPNP

BSN:University of Michigan
MS: University of Michigan

Alicia is a 2004 Graduate of the University of Michigan's Community Health Nursing, Infant, Child and Adolescent Health Nurse Practitioner Program.  She has experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neonatal Intensive Care and as a Nurse Practitioner in a School based health clinic.  

Alicia is an active fellow in the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and a member of the Michigan NAPNAP chapter. She sees patients of all ages, but has special interests in Adolescent health, mental health and infants.

Alicia is an native resident of Traverse City and is married with five young children.  She enjoys spending time with family, reading , running and gardening.