Children's Hospital Colorado

How We Work in the Allergy Clinic

At Children's Hospital Colorado, we strive to meet your child's and family's needs for information, recommendations and support through evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Our experts ensure your child receives the latest and best in care.

Your child’s care team may include allergists, pediatric nurse practitioners, respiratory care practitioners, a registered pulmonary function technologist, a nutritionist and a therapeutic recreation/child life specialist, among others. These experts are ready to share with you the latest information about childhood allergies, as well as the causes and treatments for allergies. Whether your child is a newborn or a teenager, all our talent and resources are focused on you and your child.



An allergist is a physician specially trained to manage and treat allergic disorders and asthma. As a result of their extensive study and training, an allergist is the best-qualified medical professional to effectively manage the comprehensive needs of patients with allergic disease.

The help of a trained allergist can reduce how often patients need to stay home from work or school due to symptoms. Studies show that those under the care of an allergist also make fewer visits to emergency rooms and are better able to daily manage their allergies and asthma.

Our allergists may recommend consultation with other pediatric subspecialists, such as immunologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, gastrointestinal eosinophilic disease specialists, rheumatologists, otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors) and dermatologists to your child's primary healthcare provider, if warranted.


Pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP)

A PNP is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed an advanced degree as a nurse practitioner (NP), and has specialized in the care of children. A PNP is licensed to see patients for assessment, treatment and follow-up.

Family nurse practitioner (FNP)

An FNP is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed an advanced degree as a nurse practitioner (NP), and has specialized in the care of the entire family. FNPs are licensed to see patients for assessment, treatment and follow-up.

Clinical nurse specialists

A clinical nurse specialist is a registered nurse (RN) who has advanced education and clinical training in a healthcare specialty area, such as cystic fibrosis. Clinical nurse specialists see patients in clinic for assessment, treatment and follow up.

Other staff

Respiratory care practitioner

Respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) work to evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders, under the direction of a physician.

Registered pulmonary function technologist

Registered pulmonary function technologists (RPTs) perform diagnostic procedures in the pulmonary laboratory to assess lung function.

Clinical social worker

A clinical social worker (CSW) provides emotional support, care coordination and resource assistance for families.


A nutritionist (dietitian) provides consultation, evaluation and diet instruction to parents and children who are well or who need special therapeutic diets for chronic conditions, such as food allergies, Cystic Fibrosis, diabetes and the acutely ill.

Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life Specialist

A therapeutic recreation/child life (TR/CL) specialist is a professional who is trained to help children and their families understand and manage challenging life events and stressful healthcare experiences. TR/CL specialists support growth and development, while recognizing family strengths and individuality and respecting different methods of coping. At Children's Hospital Colorado, TR/CL specialists may assist with allergy skin testing to make the procedure more comfortable for your child.