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Meet The Team

Providing you with the best providers for the best care

Dr. Joe Cangas, Owner

Thanks for checking out our page and for coming to find out more about me! I want to start by saying my approach to medicine is ever-evolving. This new practice comes as a result of a constant willingness and eagerness to learn and grow as a person and as a physician. While I will always believe there is a place for medicine , and I feel that vaccines are both safe (and by safe, I do not mean without side effects) and effective, I am always looking for natural ways to BE healthy, hence the new focus on wellness, rather than illness care.

I am not an expert on naturopathy or alternative methods, I simply allow parents to use what methods work best for them while always educating on proper nutrition and daily activity (yes, exercise!). I know how great of an impact nutrition, exercise, and sleep have on our physical and mental health, so I will continue to search for the best options for all of our families!

Speaking of families, thats me and mine above. My wife Zoe (rhymes with Joe) wears many hats: Mom, Wife, Marketer, Realtor (got a house to sell or buy?), CrossFit Coach, Volunteer, Founder of Kid Fit Foundation and much more! Our 3 children are Alexis, Ellyn, and Oscar. All I can say is, WOW, how i love them all!!

Then, there is me. Here is a list of what i do: (Proud) Dad, Husband, Doctor, Founder of Ideal Pediatrics and Whole Child Pediatrics, Founder of Helmets First, Medical Director of Life Network of Southern Illinois, and he created Lydexar and Zoe CBD products.

I hope you love what we are doing. I'm here to learn and provide the best care possible, so please share your thoughts, likes, and dislikes with me!

Marcia, Primary Provider

Marcia, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO in 1981. She completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing from University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO in 1995.

She received cum laude status during both of her programs. Marcia has over 30 years of pediatric experience in major children’s hospitals including Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

After becoming a nurse practitioner, she has taught for two years at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and assisted in the development of their Nurse Practitioner program.

​​​​​​​For the past 25 years, she has provided primary care throughout the Metro-East at SIUE Community Nursing Services and Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation. In July, 2018, she joined Ideal Pediatrics and presently provides care to the pediatric clients in Columbia, IL.

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