We are pleased to announce an affiliation with B&B Pediatrics in order to offer expanded pediatric services in the Decatur area.

Dr. Christina Branham, Dr. Benjamin Brooks and Emily Rhoades, APRN, DNP, CNP, will continue to provide care at their current location, now called Springfield Clinic Decatur Pediatrics, located at 637 East Snyder Street in Decatur.

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Christina Branham, MD, FAAP, completed her medical degree and pediatric residency, where she was also chief resident, at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

With over a decade of experience, Dr. Branham delivers comprehensive pediatric care to children from birth to adulthood. She especially enjoys helping patients and their families manage asthma, eating issues and anxiety, knowing that little changes to a child’s habits can make a world of difference for the entire family dynamic.

“I think parents can really lack confidence because of the internet when they shouldn’t, she says, “because information that may seem helpful can be really judgmental. Parents come in sometimes automatically feeling like failures—and they’re not failing, they just need a little confidence. My goal is to empower parents to make decisions and take care of their children in a way that works best for their family.”

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Benjamin Brooks, MD, FAAP, completed his medical school education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, Ill., and his pediatrics residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Ill.

Dr. Brooks has served the Decatur area as a board-certified pediatrician for 20 years, and he continually strives to provide an all-inclusive medical home where both children and parents feel comfortable and respected. His goal is to balance experience and high-quality scientific evidence to provide comprehensive care for all manner of pediatric disorders, with an emphasis on prevention and quality of life.

His specific areas of interest include:

  • General pediatrics

  • Breastfeeding

  • Pediatric nutrition, wellness and physicals

  • Early childhood development

  • Prematurity and post-NICU care

  • Media and technology integration

  • Acute care

  • Pediatric cardiology

  • Pediatric dermatology

  • Allergy and asthma

  • Parenting support

  • Sleep health

  • Vaccines and preventable disease

“As a society,” Dr. Brooks says about why he became a pediatrician, “children are really who we need to be investing in. Hope for our future lies in investing in our children and their health. Most importantly, children are so much fun, and we have such a good time at work!”

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Emily Rhoades, APRN, DNP, CNP, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. She then completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice to become an advanced practitioner at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

What Emily values the most in her practice is the long-term partnering and relationship building with patients and families. “I love the kids, their love of life and how tough they are,” she says. “I love getting to know them as newborns and working with them through adolescence and sending them off as adults, and the respect that comes with building that relationship.”

Emily has special interest in seeing patients for sleep concerns and disturbances, including helping children and families with bedtime routines, diet, picky eating, food avoidance, food sensitivities and social and emotional issues.

Springfield Clinic now provides family medicine, pediatrics, occupational medicine and urology care across three locations in the Decatur area, including:

The Springfield Clinic Pediatrics team is dedicated to the health and wellness of children ranging in age from birth to young adults. Our specialists offer a full scope of health care services, from immunizations and routine wellness visits to the treatment of many childhood illnesses and conditions. Learn more about pediatrics and our providers here.