ST. LOUIS PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES, INC. began as an entity in July 1980 when Dr. Richard W. Sato joined Drs. George Sato and Kathleen Winters. Its initial location was on Forest Park Boulevard, north of the Barnes-Jewish-St. Louis Children's Hospital complex. In 1981 Drs. George and Richard Sato relocated to 777 South New Ballas Road in Town and Country due to the conversion of the Forest Park building to Washington University School of Medicine laboratory facilities. Dr. Juanita C. Polito-Colvin joined them in 1983, and subsequently Dr. Martha Papay Sewall joined the group in 1988. In September 1991, SLPA again relocated (this time due to our growth) and opened its office at the St. Luke's Hospital complex on Woods Mill Road.
Dr. Joseph K. Goldenberg joined SLPA from another group in 1993.
Dr. Thomas C. McKinney joined SLPA from another group in 1994.
Dr. Denise H. Kung joined the practice in April 1995.
Dr. Laquita A. Graham joined the practice in July 1999
As growth continued, we quickly needed to expand our physician staff and welcomed Dr. Alan J. Skoultchi in 2002, Dr. Julie M. Mayer in 2003 and Dr. Laura Hartman joined the group in the summer of 2006. Dr. Kora Felsch joined the group in June 2015 in anticipation of Dr. Sato’s retirement.
Dr. George Sato retired from private practice in 2002, and the organization is indebted to his sacrificial services providing pediatric healthcare in St. Louis, Missouri for fifty years.
Dr. Martha Papay Sewall retired from private practice in 2002. However, she continued to be an integral part of the group, providing coverage for physicians on a PRN basis for the next 12 years until she fully retired in 2014.
Dr. Richard Sato retired from SLPA in September 2015. In his 35 years practicing medicine, he has made a tremendous impact and we are forever grateful for his many contributions.
The philosophy of SLPA has been and will continue to focus on continuity of care for the patients. Thus, at SLPA each patient has his/her own physician and will always see and speak with that physician if he/she is available. While coverage when a physician is out of the office is necessary, decisions for the ongoing care of the patient needs rests with the primary physician assigned to that patient. It is felt that practicing pediatrics in this manner affords the patient better continuity of care and therefore a superior quality of care.