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Meet Joseph Cangas of Whole Child Pediatrics

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joseph Cangas.

Hi Joseph, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’m a pediatrician who went to medical school at the University of IL and did my pediatric training at the University of MO. I grew to love the St Louis area and found the Columbia, IL area had no pediatricians, so I started my first practice (Ideal Pediatrics) in 2006. Over the years, I found that many kids get medication that could likely benefit from lifestyle modification before medication, so I wanted to create a new practice that attracted those patients. I started Whole Child Pediatrics in 2018. I like to say, ‘I’m not holistic, I just think kids get too much medicine’. At Whole Child, we offer a mix of traditional medicine and try to connect patients with more holistic providers when it fits.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I started a practice next door to a large pediatric practice, so it’s never been ‘easy’. One thing we do differently than most practices is to see patients regardless of their vaccine status. This change in how I practice leads to more attention than I may have wanted! I have had patients leave because that made them feel unsafe and others that leave because I still recommend vaccines to them. We had just started to turn a corner before COVID and spend the last full year + recovering. We are once again turning that corner however and the future is bright!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Whole Child Pediatrics?
We offer traditional medical pediatric care with a focus on lifestyle modification before medication for kids from birth to college.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Networking has been key in growing my name and brand recognition. I dedicate one day (or two) a week to attending networking meetings and meeting with individuals.

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