In 2004, Dr. Cathy DiVincenzo opened a tiny pediatric practice in a shared office space in Skokie. She had two weeks to start up her business, after leaving the practice where she previously worked, and no promises that patients would come.
What started with a few devoted families from Dr. Cathy’s previous practice (complete with her own mother as a part time receptionist), became one of the fastest-growing pediatric practices on the North Shore.
Thanks to a lot of hard work, grit, charisma and love, that small practice grew to become Kids First Pediatric Partners – which today includes six physicians, four nurse practitioners, and dozens of nurses, medical assistants and office personnel. Dr. Kathy Shepherd was the first to join Dr. Cathy in 2006, as our practice rapidly grew in its fledgling years. Dr. Adam Aronson joined in 2007 as a full-time partner, followed by additional physicians. The pediatricians are joined by four incredible nurse practitioners.
For 10 years, Kids First was located in the First American Bank building on Golf Road in Skokie, best known for its large fish tank and matching decor. But with so much growth, Kids First is now in its third office in Concourse Office Plaza on the 9th floor. Our new office allows us to manage our growing practice, with more exam rooms and increased administrative space.
We are a practice that goes above and beyond what patients need, creating a medical home that feels like a community. Families are recognized when they walk into the office and feel like part of a family.
After growing from about 100 families in the first year of the practice to 14,000 active patients today, we continue to grow while staying committed to each and every individual patient.
Most importantly, we will keep focusing on our families and doing what we do best.