Dedicated to Keeping Kids Healthy & Happy

Welcome to the Children’s Health Center, P.A. where we are dedicated to keeping kids healthy and happy.

At Children’s Health Center, we have a team of doctors, health care providers, and staff dedicated to your children’s health. We are committed to high standards of professional medical practice. Our office keeps a clean, kid friendly environment that welcomes every patient equally.

Our mission is to provide comprehensive, accessible healthcare to individuals from birth to 21 years of age in central Texas, with sensitivity to the cost of their care. We believe that each doctor-patient relationship is unique. We are committed to high professional standards in providing personalized care and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Children’s Health Center stays actively involved in the community, and offers programs such as Reach Out and Read to its patients. You will find Children’s Health Center around the community at events such as the Marble Falls Children’s Day Fair.

CHC physicians are currently involved in training students in multiple disciplines. Nurse practitioner and physician assistant students as well as medical students from the University of Texas at Corpus Christi Medical School and University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston rotate through CHC on their month long pediatric internship. The clinic also is involved in the Texas Pediatric Preceptorship Program where medical students spend a month working with the physicians. Marble Falls Health Science Technology students and medical assistant students also enjoy their rotation with the clinic’s nursing staff.

To learn more about Children’s Health Center and make an appointment call our office today. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Nosotras hablamos español!

Many of our staff members, including some doctors, speak Spanish to help our Spanish-speaking families.

Dr Sandra Thomas with cute patient

The Baby Doctors

Meet our qualified and caring Pediatricians

Sandra K. Thomas, M.D.
Sandra K. Thomas, M.D. Owner. and Pediatrician
Dr. Sandra Thomas is the proud owner and pediatrician at Children’s Health Center. She attended the University of Maryland, earned a BBA at The University of Texas, and her pre-med degree from Columbia University before she went on to receive her Doctorate of Medicine from Texas A&M College of Medicine.

Dr. Thomas completed her residency at Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, before opening her own clinic in the Highland Lakes area. She is currently an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She has won multiple awards from the Texas Pediatric Society for her role as a preceptor in their program. She won the 2010 Physician Summit Award from the Centene Foundation for providing quality care to their members.

Dr. Thomas spends her time away from work caring for her husband, Griff Thomas M.D., and her three children: Hunter, Lana, and Sarah Mason. In efforts to illustrate her value of family and community, Dr. Thomas plays an active role in helping the local schools and teams in any way she can. She is well known for her dedication and loyalty to her patients, and hopes to continue caring for the children and adolescents of the Texas hill country for years to come. She enjoys jogging, cooking, and tennis in her free time.

Cheryl Coldwater, M.D.
Cheryl Coldwater, M.D.Pediatrician
Dr. Coldwater is a Board -certified Pediatrician with over 30 years of experience in the Austin pediatric community. She is Austin-born and has lived in the Austin area most of her life. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where she received a BA in Psychology. She attended The University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio and completed her Pediatric Residency at the Austin Pediatriducation Program.

She has extensive experience in the treatment and care of children all ages including well child/ adolescent care, care of sick children, newborn care, coordination of specialist for children or children with complex medical issues. Dr. Coldwater has a special interest in children with asthma, ADHD, school and behavioral concerns. She has done extra work to learn how to manage patients with problems such as anxiety, depression, trauma, foster care, and other mental health issues.

Dr. Coldwater enjoys working with children and their families, educating and empowering children and adolescents to stay healthy.

Dr. Coldwater’s other interest include crocheting, cooking and gardening. She has two adult sons- one who is a geotech engineer in Seattle and one who does beautiful art glass blowing in Austin.

The Dr’s are great and they listen to what you say about your child who is sick. They won’t let you leave until they find out what’s wrong.

Jareen Mullenax

Patient Parent

Helpful Resources

You should always feel free to call our clinic, even if it’s for routine things like medications, minor illnesses, injuries and behavior. If you are concerned about your child, our team of trained medical professionals have provided basic guidelines of when to call if you are hesitant or just want to know some basic FAQ’s.

Most illnesses subside in a few days- a cold, diarrhea, fussiness, low grade fever. Here are some suggestions of when to call our clinic:

  • For fevers of over 105 or temperatures less than 97
  • For fevers of over 101.5 for 3 or more days
  • In infants under 3 months, a temperature of 100.4 or more
  • For any fevers accompanied by inability to drink, confusion, rash, difficulty breathing, seizures, persistent crying, difficulty waking, persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Blood in your child’s stool or urine
  • Abdominal pain, especially localized in one area
  • If your child has diarrhea or vomiting and hasn’t urinated in over 6 hours
  • Persistent cold symptoms that get worse or do not improve over a few days
  • Deep cuts that might need stitches
  • Limping and inability to move a limb
  • Drainage from an ear
  • Severe sore throat or ear pain
  • Refusal of food or drink for over 12 hours

Call 911 if your child is severely injured or has any of the following:

  • Bleeding that does not stop with direct pressure over the wound
  • Suspected poisoning (call poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222)
  • Seizures
  • Trouble breathing
  • Skin or lips that look blue, grey or purple
  • Neck stiffness or rash with fever
  • Head injury with loss of consciousness, confusion, vomiting or poor skin color
  • Inability to move, unconscious or unresponsive
  • A large cut or burn

Before calling make sure you have:

  • Your child’s temperature and the time you took it
  • Any medications your child is on
  • Any medical problems your child has
  • Immunization record on hand
  • The number of your pharmacy

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. The more than 3.9 million families served annually by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a six-month developmental edge over their peers.

The Reach Out & Read Model at CHC

Children Health Center’s pediatric healthcare providers are trained in the three-part Reach Out and Read model to promote early literacy and school readiness: In the exam room, doctors and nurses speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day, and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.

The pediatric primary care provider gives every child 6 months through 5 years old a new, developmentally-appropriate children’s book to take home and keep.

In the waiting room, displays, information, and books create a literacy-rich environment. Where possible, volunteer readers engage the children, modeling for parents the pleasures – and techniques – of reading aloud.

Are you Interested in Volunteering or Donating to Children Health Center’s Reach Out & Read Program? If so call (830)693-3988 or e-mail chc@chcmarblefalls.com.

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