Pediatrics Northwest, founded in 1980, was started with the mission of improving pediatric health and access to care for children in Pierce County. The group was established with the value of being care-based rather than financially driven and treating all patients the same, regardless of insurance status. The founder, Dr. Tanbara, lived his life by the motto, “Patients first!” instilling this value in his staff and providers.
What started out as a single office with two providers has grown today into four office locations in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, and Federal Way, with 80 staff members and 28 providers. Beyond general pediatrics, Pediatrics Northwest has experienced sub-specialists that also provide care in allergy/immunology, pediatric pulmonology, and sleep medicine. They believe in the patient-centered, medical home model, where every patient has their own dedicated primary care provider who gets to know them like family, and manages and coordinates their full spectrum of care.
As part of their community involvement, Pediatrics Northwest was one of the first clinics to participate in Reach Out and Read in Washington State. Through this program, they provide a new developmentally-appropriate book at every well-child exam from the age of six months through five years.
Mental health is an oft-overlooked aspect of healthcare, yet the need for children and teens is at an all-time high. Pediatrics Northwest, in partnership with HopeSparks, is pioneering a behavioral health program that is the first of its kind in the nation to coordinate care between pediatricians, behavioral health specialists, and psychiatrists.
Pediatrics Northwest is available when you need them, offering same-day sick visit appointments seven days a week. For expecting parents, they offer complimentary newborn talks, where you can meet one-on-one with the provider of your choice, before your baby is born. Families have trusted our providers for over 50 years and they keep coming back.