The Asthma Education Clinic at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is staffed by experienced pediatric nurse practitioners specializing in the education and management of children with asthma. The clinic helps parents and their children gain better control of their asthma.

Phone: Children’s -- Minneapolis (612) 813-6107; Children’s -- St. Paul (651) 220-6700


What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs. People with asthma have frequent episodes of coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath. Colds, exercise, smoke, or allergies can trigger these episodes. Asthma cannot be cured but it can be controlled by taking asthma medicine and knowing what makes asthma worse (asthma triggers) so these triggers can be avoided.


How do I know if Asthma is under control?

Asthma is under control if your child can:

  • Sleep through the night without having symptoms of coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath
  • Run and play without coughing and uses his/her rescue inhaler (such as Albuterol) less than two times per week
  • Attend school (not miss school because of asthma symptoms).

Visiting Our Clinic

During the clinic visit, your child’s medical history will be reviewed, a physical exam will be performed, and a breathing test called spirometry will be done, depending on your child’s age. We also can help you determine if allergies are a trigger for your child’s asthma.

While you are here, we will provide you with information on:

  • What asthma is
  • When asthma is under control
  • Early warning signs of an asthma episode
  • Asthma triggers and how to avoid them
  • Understanding asthma medications
  • How to use an inhaler and a peak flow meter.

Our nurse practitioners will help you develop an asthma action plan for use in your home, at school or in daycare. We’ll also work closely with your child’s primary care provider and the school to help keep asthma under control.


Asthma Action Plan

The asthma action plan is an integral part of asthma education. It helps asthma patients, their family, the school, and their primary care provider learn to recognize early warning signs of an asthma episode, when to take asthma medication, and when to seek help. The Asthma Action Plan is available as an Adobe PDF document. A Spanish translation Plan de Acción also is available.


Asthma Education Staff

Our staff includes two pediatric nurse practitioners and respiratory care practitioners.

In addition, patients and families can access the full range of support services provided by Children's Hospitals and Clinics, including child life, social workers, and interpreters.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: Dory Baker, RN, CNP, AE-C
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: Mary Sachs, RN, CNP
Respiratory Care Practitioner: Rikka Litherland, RCP, RRT
Respiratory Care Practitioner: Terri Zustiak, RCP


How to Contact Us

Appointments can be made by calling (612) 813-6777 in Minneapolis and (651) 220-6789 in St. Paul.

To talk with a nurse practitioner about the program, call (651) 220-6748.

You may need a referral from your doctor for this clinic visit. Check with your insurance.


Our Locations

In Minneapolis, we are located in the Specialty Clinic area on the third floor, 2525 Chicago Ave. South. (map)

In St. Paul we are on the third floor of the Garden View Building, Pediatric clinic, 347 North Smith Avenue. (map)


Other Resources

American Lung Association Web site www.alamn.org

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) www.aaai.org

Minnesota Department of Health Web site on asthma

Asthma Action America www.asthmaactionamerica.org