Our Clinic

At University Place Pediatric Clinic we provide compassionate, collaborative, high-quality care as your patient centered medical home. Founded in 1971, University Place Pediatrics has always strived to offer the best possible care for children. While we have grown with the community over the past 39 years, our pediatricians still offer the personalized physicians-directed care you want and expect for your child.

Our clinic offers the traditional consistent doctor/patient relationship, so your child can expect to see the same friendly doctor each time, making going to the doctor more comfortable with familiarity. Our mission at University Place Pediatric Clinic is to provide your child and family with care and compassion from the first visit. Our pediatricians first priority is keeping your child healthy and happy into your adulthood.

At University Place Pediatric Clinic we offer prompt appointments with our Board-Certified pediatricians to parents in Lakewood, Tacoma, University Place and the surrounding communities. Our registered nurses provide timely access to advice during clinic hours and for those urgent nighttime concerns, our doctors personally return your calls.

So whether you are brand new parents or need an appointment for your busy teen, a pediatrician at University Place Pediatric Clinic will always be available to meet your family’s pediatric needs.

New Parents Night

New Parents Night is still on hold. However, we are considering virtual welcoming options. If you are interested in a virtual introduction to the clinic please call the clinic and ask for Shelly.

Mission Statement

To provide your child and family with care and compassion from the first visit.

Hospital Affiliations

All of our physicians are affiliated with Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, Tacoma General and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

News & Announcements

Please Wear Your Mask

Effective Friday 6/26/20 Face masks are required per state guidelines. Help stop the spread. Please wear a face covering when entering the office.

Thank you for helping stop the spread of Covid-19

What UPPC is Doing to stop the Spread.

The well-being and safety of UPPC patients and families is very important to us and our community. We are doing everything possible to stay on top of the evolving COVID-19 situation. In response to recommendations …Read More

Flu Vaccines – Are Here!

The flu vaccine is here and we would like to offer a couple of options to get it to UPPC patients.

Flu vaccines will be offered during normal scheduled clinic visits when and if appropriate.

UPPC has …Read More

Patient Portal

The Patient Portal was rolled out in October of 2019. If you have not already signed up to have access to the Patient Portal please ask about options to get you signed up.

As a …Read More

Featured Doctor

Welcome Dr. Ludke!

University Place Pediatric Clinic would like to welcome Dr. Alyssa Ludke. She will be a great addition to the clinic and this group of pediatricians, which has served the community since 1971.

Dr. Ludke is returning to the area as a former patient of the Clinic and Drs. Terry Torgenrud and John Hautala. She has fond memories of both physicians. Dr. Torgenrud, who was a founding father of this very clinic and practiced for 34 years here passed away on November 30, 2017 but inspired many and left behind a legacy that still lives on. Dr. Hautala, retired in June of 2019.

Returning as a Practicing Pediatrician in the very clinic that inspired her aspiration to become a doctor and help other children, is truly a childhood dream come true. Dr. Ludke stuck close to home when it came to her education, working her way toward her goals, starting a family, and finally moving back into the neighborhood. We hope she has found her forever home and continues to serve the patients and families of Fircrest and the greater surrounding area from which patients travel to come here.

The clinic is now scheduling appointments for as soon as 10/6/20, new AND established patients of Dr. DeBusschere, who recently moved to Ellensburg to be closer to family.

To learn more about Dr. Ludke and read her bio as well as learn more about all the physicians at UPPC, go to the Meet Our Physicians page on our website at https://uppediatrics.com/meet-our-doctors/.

Doctor's Bio Page

Featured Staff

Marissa T., Medical Assistant

How long have you worked at UPPC?
I have worked at UPPC more than 12 years, since November 2007

What do you do in your job?
I assist the doctor with patients doing vitals, shots, blood draws and pretty much anything else I am asked to do.

What is the favorite part of your job?
Working with the kids is the favorite part of my job. Growing up I always loved babies. Told myself someday “I would like to work with children” and here I am.

What do you do in your free time?
I am a wife and mother of 4. I have 3 future NFL players and 1 dancer, who wants to be like mommy as I have danced hula since I was 12 years old.

Who is your favorite Disney Character or Disney Movie?
My favorite Disney character is Moana.

Something about me:
Hula is my passion. I enjoy spending time with my family. I am extremely grateful to have an amazing doctor (Dr. Davies) to care for my kids and with whom I work for. I’m happy to be working here. Thank you UPPC Family!