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Our Physicians

Shade R. Whalen, M.D.

Dr. Whalen grew up in the central Nebraska area. He went to Drake University and then onto UNMC (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha) where he graduated with a M.D. in 2003. Completed a Pediatric Residency at UAB (University of Alabama, Birmingham) between 2003 – 2006. Dr. Whalen is a Board Certified Pediatrician and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He has worked for Children & Adolescent Clinic for over 10 years and has a special interest in Neonatology and special needs children.

Daniel Leonard, D.O.

Dr Daniel Leonard has been with Children & Adolescent Clinic since 2011 and is a crucial team member at both the clinic and Mary Lanning Healthcare Hospital.  Completing his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T. Still University in Kirksville Missouri, Dr. Leonard then went on to complete a Pediatric Residency at the University of South Florida, Tampa.  Dr. Leonard maintains an academic position with Omaha Childrens Hospital and University of Nebraska school of medicine to train future physicians.  Is his spare time, Dr Leonard likes to keep fit and active, as well as running around with his ever-growing herd of Hereford cattle.

Andria Head, PA-C

Andria has been an integral part of the Children & Adolescent Clinic team since 2007. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 2000 from Simpson College in Iowa, Andria went on to graduate with a second degree in Bachelor of Science, Physician Assistant Studies at Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center, Iowa in 2003.

Andria enjoys spending time with family and their long list of activities. She is married, with two daughters and lives in Hastings.

Janet S. Howe, M.D.

Dr. Janet Howe is a board-certified pediatrician that has been in practice at Children & Adolescent Clinic in Hastings, NE for the past thirty years. Her extensive experience in primary pediatrics and adolescent medicine over the years has given her many opportunities to see first-hand how mental health and behavioural issues impact children and their families. Dr.Howe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and did her pediatric residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

April Rostvet, PA-C

April, a Hastings native, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in General Biology from Concordia University in 2012. She attended Union College in Lincoln, NE where she received a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies in 2016. She has always had a passion for medicine, especially in the pediatric population. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and Great Dane mix Ruby.

Julie Shaw, PA-C

Julie attended undergrad at Hastings College. She received her Bachelor of Science in Radiography from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1998.  Upon completion of that program, she entered the UNMC Physician Assistant Program and graduated in 2001 with her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies and became board certified with a special emphasis in surgery.  Julie then worked for 12 years as an Orthopedic PA before joining Children & Adolescent Clinic in May 2013.

Julie and her husband Brian, live in Fairfield where she grew up, with their four sons, Josh, Ethan, Christian, Charlie and daughter Delaney.

Julie’s interests include spending time with her children and family, coaching basketball and running her kids to all of their school, scouts, church and athletic activities.