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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.

Patient Portal Access

Patient Portal Access – Once you have received your PIN, access the Patient Portal following the steps below.

Registration Instructions: 1) Browse to 2) Select the tab to “Create an Account” 3) Fill out the personal information including the Patient Portal access PIN, read & accept the Terms and conditions then select Complete.

Here is the link to our patient portal

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

Medical Assistance Re-Enrollment Changes in 2023

Due to the ending of the COVID pandemic on May 11, all states are REQUIRED to re-evaluate EVERYONE on Apple Health (Medicaid and CHIP) insurance. Washington State is planning to begin this process on April 1, 2023. If you have Apple Health (even as a secondary payor), please make sure your address is correct withRead More

We are now accepting new patients !!!

To our patients and families: We are pleased to announce that we are now able to accept new patients!! Thank you for your patience as we focused on the health needs of our existing patients through the recent unprecedented demand for our clinical services. Thank you for your patience with us during this time,

Covid Announcement

COVID VACCINE: Immunizing yourself and your children against Covid is the single most important step in the fight against Covid infections. APPOINTMENTS: Please call our front desk to schedule an appointment for your child to receive their vaccine. COVID TESTING: We are no longer doing Covid testing only. If your child is seen for anRead More

Vaccine availability

We have Pfizer Covid vaccine for ages 5 and up, along with most other recommended childhood vaccines. We are currently out of flu vaccine. Immunizations are now by appointment. Please call our front desk to schedule a convenient time.

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

Doctor's Bio Page

Featured Staff

15 Years !!

Congratulations, Marissa !

On your 15th year with University Place Pediatric Clinic!!

Marissa started with University Place Pediatric Clinic 15 years ago. She has been an absolute blessing to the practice. Marissa can light up any room she goes into with just her smile. Just as a reminder, 15 years ago is also when we learned about something new called “GOOGLE”.


15 Years !!