Please join us in exploring the many services available at the Children’s Clinics! It is a magical place where families receive premier care in a state-of-the-art environment. From Tucson’s best doctors, to our visiting ponies and therapy dogs, our goal is to provide exceptional care for children and young adults in a family friendly environment. At Children’s Clinics, we will be your partner to ensure that families receive the care and services needed for optimal health and well-being.


Meet our Executive Team


Jared Perkins, CEO

Jared has experience in behavioral health services, having spent 6 years with Providence of Arizona. As their Director of Business Development, he established an array of programs focused on serving individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Jared is passionate about the Children’s Clinics mission and values, and is driven to continually enhance the comprehensive services provided to this uniquely special population. Jared is the President of the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Southern Arizona and serves as the Chair of their Professional Advisory Council. Jared is also on the Community Advisor Council for the Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), the Governor’s Committee for Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Tucson’s Mayor and Council’s Commission on Disability Issues. Jared is married to his high school sweetheart, Jaime, and together they have four children: Zoe, Sylvia, Aidan and Asher.




Cathy Peterson, CFO

Cathy Peterson joined Children’s Clinics in December 2014.  She brings 24 years of financial and management experience in healthcare and nonprofits to the company.  Cathy graduated from the University of Milwaukee – Wisconsin and is a CPA with prior public accounting experience at KPMG LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP.  She has been an Arizona resident since 1999.







Dr. Sydney Rice, Medical Director

Sydney Rice is a developmental pediatrician and is dedicated to improving the lives of children who have disabilities and their families. She began working at Children’s Clinics in 1998 and has worked in the clinic in varied roles, including as a pediatrician in the primary care clinic,spina bifida clinics, osteogenesis imperfecta and developmental clinics. She sees children with varied motor and cognitive disabilities. She volunteers as a board member of the Autism Society of Southern Arizona and serves on the Governor’s Committee on Autism Services. She works on varied research projects that support the care of children with disabilities such as the CDC Autism surveillance program and directs the University of Arizona LEND (training program for professionals who care for children with disabilities).

DSC_3550-gemmaGemma Thomas, Chief Administrative Officer

Gemma Thomas joined Children’s Clinics in June 2015.  In the year prior, Gemma completed an administrative internship with the clinic, during which time she became well acquainted with the organization’s important role in the community as well as its operating structures and functions. Following completion of her bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona, Gemma received her Master’s degree in social work from the Arizona State University School of Social Work. Gemma brings nine years of healthcare experience to her current position at Children’s Clinics, having worked with vulnerable populations in both direct care and administrative roles. A graduate of the Arizona Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, Gemma has a clear commitment to improving the overall health of children with complex illnesses living in the culturally diverse communities of southern Arizona.



Yolanda Felix, Director of Quality, Safety, and Compliance

Yolanda Felix is a native Tucsonan and a University of Arizona, College of Nursing graduate. Yolanda has worked in healthcare for over 40 years in both acute and outpatient clinic settings. She has been with the Children’s Clinics for over 9 years and feels passionately about serving our mission. Outside of the Clinic Yolanda enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Yolanda’s husband and their two children are also University of Arizona alumni.






Clay Cummings, Director of Information Systems

Clay joined the Children’s Clinics in November 2014. He has over 20 years of healthcare IT experience delivering technology solutions in public health, acute care and ambulatory environments.  He has experience in the implementation and support of multiple EMR’s, ancillary clinical systems, system integration and revenue cycle management systems.  Clay holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Iowa. In his spare time, Clay enjoys traveling with his wife.









Who We Are

Children’s Clinics offers Southern Arizona’s families a unique environment to meet the health care needs of their children with more than 25 medical and dental specialty clinics, primary care and therapy services under one roof. Located in the Square & Compass Building on the Tucson Medical Center (TMC) campus, Children’s Clinics is a non-profit organization providing family-centered, comprehensive outpatient medical and therapy services in a comfortable and engaging atmosphere.

Children’s Clinics is accessible to the entire community, serving children from birth to young adulthood. In addition to general pediatrics, many of our children have complex medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cardiac conditions, cleft lip and palate, sickle cell, and metabolic disorders. Click here to view a complete list of our services.

A large number of staff and providers are bilingual Spanish speakers and translation services are available for all languages. Children’s Clinics is the Southern Arizona provider for the State Children’s Rehabilitative Services program. Children’s Clinics accepts most private insurances, AHCCCS health plans, and private-pay patients. Click here for more insurance information. Call 324-KIDS to confirm insurance acceptance. Children’s Clinics is accredited by The Joint Commission. This accreditation assures that we have a strong focus on safety and quality for our patients, physicians and staff.

Services are provided through a unique partnership of Community physicians, University of Arizona Health Network Physicians, Children’s Clinics staff and therapists at one location. This partnership insures coordination of care that is especially critical for children with complex health care needs. As our philanthropic partner, Square & Compass continues to support the mission of Children’s Clinics. Their contributions, both for construction and patient care, allow Children’s Clinics to provide state-of-the-art care for children throughout our community.


Children’s Clinics roots extend to 1947 when Square & Compass established a pediatric polio clinic that evolved into the Square & Compass Crippled Children’s Clinic.

In 1991 Square & Compass, our philanthropic partner, brought together Tucson Medical Center (TMC) and University Medical Center (UMC) to form the Children’s Clinics as a non-profit organization, dedicated to delivering family centered, coordinated medical and health services to children and families with complex medical conditions. Almost 20 years ago, the Children’s Clinic opened in the Square and Compass building on the TMC campus where it remains today.

With the support of Square & Compass, the Children’s Clinics was remodeled in 2010 to offer a more engaging and comfortable atmosphere for our very special children and families. Between appointments, families can relax and enjoy a custom designed, interactive light wall, a large and colorful salt water aquarium, and computer learning stations. Take our virtual tour to see inside our facility.

Mission and Values

Mission Statement

The Children’s Clinics provides a family centered comprehensive medical home to meet the special needs of children and families.

Values Statement

Children’s Clinics is committed to providing exceptional care in a respectful and caring environment. We commit to upholding the following values:

  • Respect
  • We communicate clearly and respectfully.
  • We maintain a positive attitude.
  • We guarantee privacy.
  • Competency
  • We provide exceptional care by working seamlessly as an interdisciplinary team.
  • We provide a clean, safe and engaging environment.
  • We serve as a resource for our community.
  • Responsiveness
  • We respect the needs of our clients for timely and efficient service.
  • We respond to concerns and correct problems promptly.
  • We believe in continuous improvement.
  • Compassion
  • We acknowledge and accommodate each individual’s unique needs.
  • We honor the family’s role as primary care takers.
  • We practice kindness and understanding.
  • Resilience
  • We acknowledge individuals’ ability to learn and grow.
  • We believe that change is essential to success.
  • We honor our past while looking to the future.