Specialty Clinics 

What Parents Need to Know

The Specialty Clinics provides services to infants, children, adolescents and some adults with medically complex conditions. Our mission is to provide the highest quality service to patients and families with special needs and to be a local resource for health care providers throughout the region. We accomplish this goal by utilizing the expertise of local providers as well as bringing subspecialty experts from other institutions to UP Health System to provide outstanding services close to home.

The specialty clinics are designed for subspecialty physicians and local team members to provide multidisciplinary assessments. We encourage patients and their families to participate in the treatment planning by allowing opportunities to ask questions and discuss concerns with each team member. 

UP Health System is an approved Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) facility for both inpatient and outpatient pediatric services.

Types of Specialty Clinics: 


Phone: 906.449.4880 or 1.800.562.9753 ext. 4880

What Health Care Providers Need to Know 

A referral to the Specialty Clinics at UP Health System - Marquette can be made by calling the clinic at 1.800.562.9753 ext. 4880 or 906.449.4880, Fax: 906.449.1815, or by completing the Specialty Clinic Referral form. The form is designed to identify the pertinent information needed to process the referral efficiently and to be sure that your patient is evaluated by the clinic that best meets your needs. Please see the attached forms below.

Fax Referral
Fax a copy of your records with the patient's demographic information, diagnosis if available, and a brief letter or office note describing the reason for the referral. Our staff will contact the family to schedule the appointment.
The clinic fax number is 906.449.1815.
Mail Referral
Mail the above-mentioned referral information to UP Health System - Marquette Specialty Clinic, 850 West Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855. We will contact the family to schedule the appointment. If you have any questions, please contact our referral coordinator at 906-449-3951. We appreciate your referrals and will assist you in any way we can.

Information About Your Appointment

The Specialty Clinics are designed to provide a multidisciplinary assessment specific to the child's health condition. The child will be assessed on the day of the clinic by several health care professionals who will lend their expertise in developing a plan of care. After assessing the child, these professionals will talk with each other about developing goals related to the child's health care problems. Recommendations will be made for services to help meet those goals.
A clinic appointment can take between 1½ to 3 hours to complete, depending on how many clinic team members the child has been scheduled to see. It is recommended that parents plan to arrange childcare for other children in the family so that they will be able to focus on and assist with their child's assessment. Recommendations will be made on the day of the clinic. If follow-up appointments are recommended, parents will receive a letter, or phone call, about one month before the appointment is due, asking them to call and schedule an appointment time.

Because our physicians are here on a limited basis, it is important for you to keep your scheduled appointment. Please contact us in advance if you are not able to keep your appointment so that someone on a waiting list can be seen in your slot. We will make every attempt to reschedule you in a timely manner, however, you may not be able to get another appointment for 2-6 months, depending on the specialty. 

Consent to Treat Minor Without Parent/Guardian Present Form
For appointments or information, call 906.449.4880 or 1.800.562.9753 ext. 4880.

Blueprint 4 Health Center:

Our Child and Adolescent Weight Management program serves children and adolescents, up to 18 years old, with a BMI greater than the 85th percentile.  Our clinic provides a multidisciplinary medical approach to weight-loss.  During your visit, a team consisting of a physician, social worker, registered dietitian and exercise specialist will provide you with a nutrition plan, an exercise program customized to your interests and motivational coaching under the direction of a physician.

Our clinic utilizes a BIA body composition scale for children 10 years and older.  This is a very specialized scale that gives our team some important information.  A report is generated that analyzes your entire body composition and provides a percentage of Total Body Water, Dry Lean Mass, Skeletal Muscle Mass and Fat.  Weight loss in children and adolescents is difficult to measure because they are still actively growing.  In order to get a true picture of the changes going on within the body, our team can see the percentage of body fat decreasing and the lean body mass and skeletal muscles mass percentage increasing.  A regular scale may only show that you lost a few pounds, which can be discouraging when you are working hard dieting and exercising, but the BIA scale will tell a different story.  One reason we rely on the BIA report is because muscle mass weighs more than fat.  Seeing these changes on paper can be very encouraging.

Local Physicians
Dr. John Bartlett
Dr. Erica Griffin
Dr. Kaitlyn Joyce

Cardiology Clinic:

A group of physicians from the University of Michigan C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital Congenital Heart Center and provides consultation and follow up to both children and adults with congenital heart defects and other cardiac problems such as murmurs, arrhythmias, syncope, cardiomyopathy, and other heart problems. An EKG and/or Echocardiogram may be performed during the evaluation. Dr. James Reinhart  is available for weekly clinics.

Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan C.S. Motts Children's Hospital Congenital Heart Center
Dr. James Reinhart
Dr. Timothy Cotts
Dr. David Bradley
Dr. Thor Thorsson

Developmental Clinic

The goal of the Developmental Assessment Clinic is to help children and youth challenged by problems of development, learning, and behavior who would benefit from a multidisciplinary evaluation.  This often includes children and youth felt to be on the autism spectrum. Evaluations are performed by a team of providers including pediatrics, occupational and/or physical therapy, speech and language pathologist, and psychologist if indicated. An evaluation at the Developmental Clinic will lead to a better understanding of your child’s problems and help identify their strengths.

  • We are a Blue Cross Blue Shield Approved Autism Evaluation Center (AAEC)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Clinic

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the term used to describe a condition with a variety of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects can be characterized by various combinations of growth deficiency, specific types of physical findings, and behavioral and learning problems with possible lifelong implications. By identifying specific strengths and problem areas, a FASD evaluation can lead to better understanding so that effective educational, behavioral, and medical strategies can be developed.

FASD New Patient Information Form

Release of Information Forms: 
FASD Doctor's Office
FASD School/Early On
FASD Psychological 
FASD Birth Hospital 

Pediatric Genetics Clinic

The University of Michigan Division of Pediatric Genetics, Metabolism and Genomic Medicine provides evaluation for infants, children, and adolescents with suspected genetic disorders.  During the clinic visit, a detailed family health history is obtained and an examination is performed by a physician who specializes in genetic disorders (medical geneticist) who will determine if any lab tests or other studies are needed to help find a diagnosis.  You will also meet with a genetics counselor.  Ongoing consultation is provided when needed.

Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan Division of Pediatric Genetics, Metabolism and Genomic Medicine
Dr. Jeffrey Innis
Dr. Ayesha Ahmad
Dr. Donna Martin
Dr. Catherine Keegan
Dr. Shane Quinonez
Dr. Mark Hannibal
Dr. Kristen Lee
​Dr. Amanda Pritchard

Hemophilia Clinic

Children and adults attend Hemophilia Clinic for comprehensive evaluation and management of hemophilia disorders.  The clinic is staffed by a team from Michigan State University and local providers.  Patients and their families will have the opportunity to meet with a nurse educational coordinator (MSU), physician, social worker, dietitian, dental hygienist, psychologist, physical therapist, and nurse (local) during the visit.  Lab work is ordered and reviewed as necessary.

Michigan State University Center of Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
Dr. Renaka Gera
Dr. Agiad Chamdin
Dr. Laura Agresta

Adult Provider
Dr. Craig Cole

NICU Developmental Assessment Clinic

Some NICU graduates are at higher risk for developmental delays due to pre or postnatal difficulties, prematurity, extreme low birth weight or Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.  Our clinic provides on-going milestone monitoring and testing from age 3 months (adjusted age) to 2 years as well as assessments for growth, nutrition and family support systems.  We serve UPHS-Marquette’s NICU graduates as well as receive referrals from other NICUs in Michigan or Wisconsin so that developmental surveillance can continue closer to home for resident of the UP.   Early intervention is important so that your child does not fall behind in their development by connecting you to the right services within your community.

Dr. Jessica Pruente – Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan Rehabilitation Medicine
Jessica Ramlow, NP – UP Health Systems Marquette, Pediatric Specialists

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic

This clinic specializes in providing consultations for certain high-risk pregnancies that would benefit from an evaluation by a physician that specializes in this area. Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic provides a limited or full obstetrical ultrasound during the visit as well as genetic and pre-conceptual counseling (as needed). Genetic testing and amniocentesis can be done on the same day if deemed necessary.  Recommendations for pregnancy care and delivery are provided to you and your physician.

Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan  Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Mark Chames
Dr. Clark Nugent
Dr. Alissa Carver

Pediatric Diabetes Clinic

Children and youth with Type I (juvenile) and Type II Diabetes are managed in the Diabetes Clinic.  This multidisciplinary clinic is staffed by physicians from University of Michigan Motts Children’s Hospital Pediatric Endocrinology department, a diabetes educator, dietician, and social worker.  Hemoglobin A1C testing is available on site at the clinic.

Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan Pediatric Endocrinology
Dr. Ram Menon
Dr. Michael Wood
Dr. Delia Vazquez
Dr. Daniel Shumer

Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic

Endocrinology provides consultation and evaluation of problems such as thyroid disorders, suspected growth hormone deficiency, adrenal insufficiency, and other problems related to the hormone-producing glands. The clinic is staffed by physicians from the University of Michigan Mott children’s Hospital Pediatric Endocrinology department.

Endocrine History Form

Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan Pediatric Endocrinology 
Dr. Ram Menon
Dr. Michael Wood
Dr. Delia Vazquez
Dr. Daniel Shumur

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic

Hematology/Oncology physicians provide consultations and on-going care for disorders involving the blood system by reviewing laboratory results and other testing.  Some conditions that are diagnosed and treated are anemias, bleeding or clotting disorders, enlarged lymph nodes, platelet disorders and hereditary abnormalities of the white or red blood cells.  We also provide post-treatment monitoring for childhood malignancies, such as leukemia, lymphoma and solid tumors.

Michigan State University Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Dr. Renuka Gera
Dr. Aghiad Chamdin
Dr. Laura Agresta

Pediatric Multi-Handicap/Chronic Disease Clinic

The Multi-handicap Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic for children, youth, and young adults up to age 21 years with chronic health problems (e.g. cerebral palsy)  that would benefit from being able to have an evaluation from a number of providers in one setting so that a comprehensive management plan can be developed. A comprehensive visit involves meeting with the pediatrician, physiatrist (a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation medicine), nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech therapist, social worker and dietician. Management visits with a smaller number of providers also can occur for established patients as indicated. The appointment may take up to three hours to complete. Any additional tests such as lab work, x-ray and other imagining studies or referrals will be ordered as needed. After the visit, the providers meet for a “staffing” to develop recommendations which are shared with the family and the patient’s personal physician.

UPHS Pediatrician
Dr. G Michael Nidiffer

Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Dr. Jessica Pruente

Pediatric Neurology Clinic

Our Neurology Clinic is staffed by a pediatric neurologist from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids who provides consultation for a variety of neurologic problems, specializing in disorders of nerve and/or muscle (e.g. neuropathies, muscular dystrophies) and movement disorders (e.g. tics and tremors).

DeVos Department of Pediatric Neurology
Dr. Steven DeRoos

Pediatric Neurosurgery Clinic

The Neurosurgery Clinic treats infants, children and adolescents who have some type of problem involving the skull, brain or spinal cord.  Presurgical consults, surveillance and surgical follow-ups are some services offered.   Pediatric MRIs under anesthesia are done at our facility at an appointment prior to the clinic visit. If surgery is indicated, this is done at the University of Michigan.

Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Bela Selzer, NP
Cormac Maher, MD | Supervising Physician

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery evaluates and treats any problems you may be having with your bones, muscles or joints to help improve your range of motion, mobility and overall quality of life.  Some conditions can be monitored and may not require surgical treatment.   If surgery is indicated, this is done at the University of Michigan and post-surgical care can be done in Marquette.  

Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan, C.S. Motts Children’s Hospital Ped Ortho Surgery Clinic
Dr. Matthew Stepanovich
Dr. Noel Whyte

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic (PM&R)

Our clinic focuses on helping children achieve the best possible movement they can after experiencing an illness, injury, or surgery. This clinic provides treatment for any type of problem with mobility or the ability to perform daily living skills that do not need a multidisciplinary team evaluation at Multihandicap Clinic. The focus is early diagnosis and treatment to improve strengthening their muscles and improving your child’s mobility and physical comfort.  This could be achieved through physical therapy and occupational therapy or through medications such as Botox injections for spasticity.  We also prescribe orthotics, assistive devices and medical equipment.

Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan Rehabilitation Medicine

Dr. Jessica Pruente

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To make an appointment or to learn more, call 906.449.4880