Next Step Pediatrics, LLC


Welcome to Next Step Pediatrics, LLC!

Who we are:
We are a pediatric medical office that provides comprehensive medical care for children from ages newborn through adolescence.

Meet our team:

Margaret (Peggy) Poehlmann, FNP is the owner and nurse practitioner at Next Step Pediatrics.  Peggy is a board certified family nurse practitioner who attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and has practiced in the pediatric setting for the past 14 years. Peggy and her husband have three daughters and a very big puppy named Princess Coco Bear. The girls keep them busy with after-school activities including soccer, basketball, cross country and cheer. In her free time, Peggy loves to play soccer and spend time with her family.

Lisa Thompson is an invaluable member of our team at Next Step Pediatrics. She began her work as a nurse in pediatrics 17 years ago and has spent the past 5 years with us. Lisa is kind, skilled, loyal, and goes the extra mile in all that she does. Lisa grew up in Columbia and is a fan of the Mizzou Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Her favorite past times include spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities, and playing with her dog, Penny.

Haylie Hibbard will be the friendly face you see when you walk through our front door. Haylie grew up in mid-Missouri. She is finishing her college education and will have a degree in sociology and psychology. Haylie has 2 cats, Winnie and Leo. She volunteers her time with a local refugee group and enjoys reading, cooking and traveling.

We are just the right size for you…and your child:
When coming for a visit to our office, you will not face an endless list of healthcare providers. We’re a small practice, and we like it that way! We find great joy in being able to create a close relationship with each and every one of our patients and families.

Office hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am - 12 pm and 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am – 12 pm

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Please call our office for an appointment. Same day sick visits are available for established patients.

For urgent after-hours questions, please call Boone Hospital operator at (573) 815-8000 and ask for the provider on-call

Patient Visits

Expectant Parent? 
Did you know that we offer free prenatal visits? We understand that choosing a provider for your baby is a very important decision, and we want you to have an opportunity to meet us so you can feel comfortable and confident in your choice. Please call our office to schedule your complimentary prenatal visit!

The providers at Next Step Pediatrics, LLC maintain hospital privileges at Boone Hospital Center, and will be happy to care for your baby in the first days of life. Or, if you deliver elsewhere, simply inform the hospital staff that you will be bringing your baby to see us for follow-up, so that all records may be sent to us. This will allow us to give the best care to your baby from the very start.

New Patient?
Thank you for choosing Next Step Pediatrics! We can’t wait to meet you and get to know you and your family. If you are transferring from another provider, we can assist you in obtaining a records release authorization, so that we will be up-to-date on your child’s medical history.

Child Wellness Exams:
We see children frequently for wellness exams from birth to age 3 years. After 3 years old, we see children once yearly for their wellness exams. This is a comprehensive exam that reviews a wide variety of important health issues, such as growth and development, healthy eating habits and physical activity, sleep, safety precautions, and anticipatory guidance. This exam is designed to detect any problems that may be arising, and ensure that your child’s health and development is optimized. Please call our office to schedule your child’s yearly wellness exam!

Wellness check-up schedule:

1 month
2 months
4 months
6 months
9 months
12 months
15 months
18 months
2 years
2 ½ years
3 years
Once yearly thereafter

Adolescent Check-ups:
We encourage all children and adolescents to visit our office for a yearly wellness exam. For adolescents, this also includes screening for additional important issues, such as depression, drug/alcohol/tobacco use, and sexual activity. We typically ask for a few minutes alone with the adolescent so they may share openly. If an adolescent discloses their involvement with these activities, we always encourage open communication with their parents, first and foremost. However, if an adolescent insists on confidentiality, we are required to honor that by law. As pediatric providers, we are responsible for providing guidance, and offering appropriate testing or treatment to the adolescent if indicated.

We accept most insurance plans. Please contact our office with questions.

Contact Next Step Pediatrics, LLC today at 573-875-2505 for all of your child's healthcare needs.

Contact Information



Next Step Pediatrics, LLC 1701 E. Broadway Ste 205 Columbia, MO 65201
Next Step Pediatrics, LLC
1701 E. Broadway Suite 205
Columbia, MO 65201

We are conveniently located across from Boone Hospital Center.
Our office is in Medical Plaza 3.