Please visit our Events Calendar for a complete list of our upcoming events. You may access it by clicking 'Events' on the navigation bar. We look forward to hearing from you.


If your child has been diagnosed with PANS or PANDAS it can seem like a lonely journey. Meet other parents who understand! Join Dr. Standing twice a month in our office to share experiences, frustrations and successes. You do NOT have to be a practice member to participate. Dr. Standing leads the discussion and ensures an accepting, compassionate environment. Watch our events calendar for specific dates.


Free Dinner Talk with Dr. Cheri Standing

 

Monday, May 21 at 5:30 pm

Wednesday, June 13 at 5:30 pm

Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 pm

Wednesday, June 27 at 5:30 pm

Is your child challenged by a chronic health issue? Looking for a program that combines both traditional and integrative health? Join us for our FREE Dinner Talk "Advanced Pediatrics- Focusing On The Child, Not The Prescription" to learn more about our wellness programs and how your child can benefit from practices like nutrition counseling, yoga, mindfulness and regular exercise. To register, call 515.223.1202 or click 'reserve now'. When reserving online, please note that all dinner talks start at 5:30 PM and the time you select is not indicative of the time you should arrive. Submitting your request online reserves the 5:30 PM start time.

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Looking to Improve Your Health?

Bluebird Integrative Wellness Programs

Our wellness programs include step by step guidance through a curriculum of nutrition education, exercise, mind-body tools, reading materials and classes to place you on the path to lifelong health. The programs are designed for families who are ready and excited about making diet and lifestyle changes. If you want more for your children and are willing to get involved and invest in your family, we would love to partner with you. 

 

If you are ready to commit to making your family the healthiest that it can be, you should attend Dr Standing's next free presentation to find out more about how to get started. Call us at 515-493-0931 to reserve a seat.

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Parent & Child Yoga Class

Every Thursday at 6pm

Spend quality time with your child while embracing the many health benefits yoga provides for all ages! 


This fun class lead by instructor Martha McCormick is for all levels and ages - no experience necessary! Parents are FREE, 1st child is $10, and subsequent children are $5/child. Space is limited- call (515) 223-1202 to reserve your spot today. 


Classes are held at our office: 939 Office Park Road, Suite 121, West Des Moines.

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Teen Yoga Class 

Sundays from 4-5pm - $10/class drop-in

Teens are inspired to create rituals of self-care and self-love while they rediscover a sense of identity. 

Self Care + Yoga + Mindfulness + Conversation + Affirmations 

 

Each 60 minute session includes: 

~Deep breathing exercises (often with essential oils) 

~Mindfulness through listening/movement/touch/singing 

~Affirmations for healthy happy living 

~Stretches and postures that are intended to invigorate your teen's body 

~Postures and activities that are intended to calm and relax your teen's mind and body 

~Guided Relaxation 

 

Benefits of this class include: 

~Improved body awareness and physical confidence 

~Outlet for social interaction, self-expression and imagination 

~Increased self-esteem 

~Playful way for teens to relax in an increasingly stress-filled world 

~Gently improves range of motion 

~Improves circulation and calms the nervous system 

~Stretches and strengthens muscles 

~Stimulates creativity and promote a sense of well-being 

~Core strengthening 

~Develops full-body presence 

The cost is $40 (price includes all 4 sessions). Parents are not required to attend, but are welcome to join us at no cost. Space is limited- Call Us


Taught by Elissa Cirignotta. Elissa Cirignotta is a writer, teacher, world traveler, and change maker. She holds a BA in Special Education and graduated Summa Cum Laude from George Mason University with a Masters of Arts in Teaching and an emphasis in Educational Reform. She holds a 200 hour Yoga Teacher, Barre, & Autism Consultant Certifications. She founded Happy Mindful People to provide kids, teens, educators, and parents with the tools and support they need to inspire healthy personal changes and find more joy in the day to day. 

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Cheri Standing, MD

Integrative Medicine Pediatrician located in West Des Moines, IA

Cheri Standing, MD, provides integrative pediatric health services to children of all ages and their families at Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics in West Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Standing established Bluebird to promote children’s health through integrative and functional medicine. She is a graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship and passed the Integrative Medicine Boards in May 2017.

Dr. Standing practiced pediatric emergency medicine for over 20 years, and today she grounds her practice in what she considers to be the building blocks of good health: nutrition, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle. Rather than offering primary care services, she focuses on addressing chronic health issues that can make life more difficult for children and families alike, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), eczema, asthma, allergies, childhood obesity, and food intolerances.

Dr. Standing often finds that when she addresses a child’s health issues, the entire family benefits. She is experienced at coaching children and families through dietary changes like dairy-free, gluten-free, and anti-inflammatory diets, and is a support and resource when adding preventive care like physical activity, mindfulness and healthy habits into a child’s lifestyle.

Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics is an LGBT-friendly and transgender-affirming practice.  The entire team works to ensure that young people of all ages feel welcome and comfortable. For transgender adolescents seeking care, Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics is a safe space.

Dr. Standing and her team offer the best of both conventional/Western medicine and  complementary medicine. Book an appointment today to find out more, review treatment packages,  and to begin your family’s journey toward better health and wellness.

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Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics

Cheri Standing, MD, provides integrative pediatric health services to children of all ages and their families at Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics in West Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Standing established Bluebird to promote children’s health through integrative and functional medicine. She is a graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship and passed the Integrative Medicine Boards in May 2017.

Dr. Standing practiced pediatric emergency medicine for over 20 years, and today she grounds her practice in what she considers to be the building blocks of good health: nutrition, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle. Rather than offering primary care services, she focuses on addressing chronic health issues that can make life more difficult for children and families alike, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), eczema, asthma, allergies, childhood obesity, and food intolerances.

Dr. Standing often finds that when she addresses a child’s health issues, the entire family benefits. She is experienced at coaching children and families through dietary changes like dairy-free, gluten-free, and anti-inflammatory diets, and is a support and resource when adding preventive care like physical activity, mindfulness and healthy habits into a child’s lifestyle.

Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics is an LGBT-friendly and transgender-affirming practice.  The entire team works to ensure that young people of all ages feel welcome and comfortable. For transgender adolescents seeking care, Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics is a safe space.

Dr. Standing and her team offer the best of both conventional/Western medicine and  complementary medicine. Book an appointment today to find out more, review treatment packages,  and to begin your family’s journey toward better health and wellness.


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Words from Our Patients
  • Sarah and Daughter Brynnly

    Dr. Standing believes not only talking about medical history, but also the whole person including lifestyle and personal goals, health, and natural products. She saved me the possibility of lifelong medications. I love that she sat down and talked with me as a whole person, not just disease or set of symptoms. She has so much knowledge, but also has a huge, caring heart that makes her easy to talk to and trust. She puts her patients first.

  • Sommer and Son Dempsey

    Cheri’s approach to caring for both my son’s well being and mine is exactly what we’ve been looking for.

  • Paula and Son

     
    "My 3.5 year old son hadn't been growing, and was constantly getting sick, along with battling eczema all of his life, and never, EVER sleeping for more than a 2 hour stretch. After years of taking him to various doctors and specialists, no one seemed to find anything wrong with him. I was told that he was just a small child, and that I was a hypochondriac, and that the nurses and doctors just never measured him accurately. However, he still fit in his same 18 month sized clothes, that he had been wearing since he was 6 months old, and he was now 3.5 years old, so I knew that explanation was bologna. Zero growth in almost 3 years, still did not sit right with me, and I continued searching for answers. Coincidentally I was referred to Dr. Standing. She was able to see us fairly promptly, and actually took the time to listen to my concerns, without looking at me like I was a crazy woman. She was very empathetic, and knowledgeable and knew just the right tests to order. She spent an hour with us, and never made us feel rushed, always answering my questions.



    She was able to get to the root of my sons problems and recommend some drastic dietary changes, along with various supplements. We made the changes, and in two months, my son grew 1.6 inches and gained 1lb. After not gaining any weight in almost 3 years, and being in his same clothes size for 3 years, we were shocked, and relieved. We're definitely feeling confident in his prognosis, happy to see him finally growing, and thankful that he is finally sleeping through the night, his eczema has cleared up, and he hasn't gotten any bacterial or contagious illnesses. If you have a child with a tricky issue, or doctors haven't been able to find the root cause or any cause for your child's condition, please consider Dr. Standing in helping to heal your child!"

    -October 31, 2017, Paula Emma Gallion

  • Just a quick, and very exciting, update on Catherine

    "We just came out of a mild flare, but moreso than that, while in the flare, we were in the midst of potty-training. We weren't really doing much, but prior to her flare she decided she had had enough of diapers. So we went with it. Then she started to flare and I thought for sure she would regress in the potty-training department. However, she didn't and she is now the proud owner of many princess themed underwear. We are thrilled. 

    She is progressing very quickly at school and we have to completely overhaul her IEP since she has already met all of her goals designed for the end of the year. Hooray! Her vocabulary is coming along nicely and she is truly more like a normal little girl. We still have a lot of separation anxiety, but she has gone back to sleeping in her bed from on the floor, and she is helpful, happy, and overall, an awesome little girl. I knew she was in there somewhere!!!! 



    She is still a skinny thing, but I have noticed her hair is thicker, healthier, and she is much taller. I will be anxious to see her height at our next appointment."

    I have been shouting your name from the mountain tops, so I hope you have been able to help some other PANDAS parents as well. I will call to make a follow up appointment soon. 

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Words from our patients

  • "We love Dr. Standing! Her calm and peaceful presence, combined with her knowledge and years of experience, makes her a great fit for our family."

    Molly
  • "“Cheri’s approach to caring for both my son’s well being and mine is exactly what we’ve been looking for.”

    Sommer D.
  • "She has so much knowledge, but also has a huge, caring heart that makes her easy to talk to and trust. She puts her patients first.”"

    Sarah B.
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Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics
939 Office Park Road, #121
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: 515-223-1202
Fax: 515-608-4523
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515-223-1202

Cheri Standing, MD
939 Office Park Road
#121
West Des Moines, IA 50265