Ryan N. Evans, MD


Dr. Ryan N. Evans is a pediatrician based at Tanner Clinic in Kaysville who is known and respected for his willingness to listen and a calm, knowledgeable bedside manner.

A native of Salt Lake City’s Sugarhouse area, Dr. Evans received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and French from the University of Utah, continuing on to the U of U School of Medicine for his M.D.

His affinity for children and infants drew him to the pediatrics specialty, and he completed his residency at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Pediatrics, focusing on comprehensive care of children. He joined Tanner Clinic in 1996 following completion of his medical training.

Dr. Evans is certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Residents of Salt Lake City, Dr. Evans and his wife are the parents of four children. He enjoys golf, tennis, squash and biking — especially if the activity includes time with family.

What patients are saying about Dr. Evans

“This is the kind of Dr. you want to take care of your children. So nice and friendly–always remembers us. I have even had a few calls from him after hours to check on a sick child. I have seen other pediatricians after hours and I have never found one to live up to Dr. Evans.” — Jan.15, 2014 on Vitals.com

“Dr. Evans is the best pediatrician. He always shows concern for my sons, no matter why we are there. He always takes time to answer all my questions. One of my sons has frequent febrile seizures. Dr. Evans was kind enough to give us his personal phone number if we needed to reach him. I really appreciate all he has done for my family. He is very good with kids and very skilled and knowledgeable.” — April 28, 2013 on ratemds.com

“Do yourself a favor and go to Dr. Evans for your baby’s circumcision. Dr. Evans performed my baby boy’s circumcision and did a fantastic job! I have had four boys, each of them had their circumcision done by different doctors, and each time I was very frustrated with the doctors and the method they used. All of my previous experiences were a nightmare!

Finally, on our last baby boy we were referred to Dr. Evans and were very pleased with the circumcision and the quick healing time of our baby. The other docs tried to tell us that the babies couldn’t feel the circumcision and that they were crying only because they didn’t like having their legs strapped down and restricted — what a crock!! They screamed the whole time!

Dr. Evans numbed the area very well and our baby did awesome during the procedure, unlike his three older brothers! The doctor was also very patient and considerate when answering all of my questions. — Heidi, March 26, 2013, on vitals.com

In the News
  • Dr. Evans discusses the risks that small batteries can pose to toddlers if swallowed in this news story, “Small batteries can be a danger to children,” published Dec. 4, 2014, in the Standard Examiner newspaper

 

A Pediatrician's Advice to Parents: Trust Hunch When Child Is Sick

As a pediatrician for 17 years, Dr. Ryan Evans has a word of advice for parents — trust your instincts.

“Listen to what that little voice inside is telling you, because it’s usually right,” says the Tanner Clinic pediatrician, who is based at the Kaysville location.

“Countless times over the years,” he adds, “I’ve had moms tell me, ‘I knew something was going on and I’m so glad I came in.’”

That said, he understands that parents often struggle with timing — when, exactly, do you get a sick child into the doctor’s office?

“That is the $64,000 question, isn’t it?” he laughs.

Parents worry if they have over-reacted and scheduled a medical visit too soon, or they worry they’ve waited too long. But there’s no rule of thumb, says Dr. Evans. “Over time, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just hard to tell.”

Colds, flu, ear infections, sore throats. “When you’re in the thick of it and it’s 2 in the morning and your child’s unhappy, it’s hard to put it all together,” he acknowledges.

He tells parents that when dealing with colds or respiratory infections, a doctor’s visit is appropriate if the child has:

  • Symptoms that continue for longer than 7 to 10 days
  • A hard time breathing
  • A fever lasting longer than 2 to 3 days

In these cases, he adds, “we’re always on the look out for that more serious thing — could it be pneumonia? A urinary tract infection, or a serious bacterial infection?”

Is it viral or bacterial?

While a virus is often the cause of a fever, bacterial infections are usually the culprit in earaches. As a result, Dr. Evans says, parents of a child with an earache “probably should come in sooner than later, particularly the younger your child is. In an older child, it’s OK to wait it out a day or two with ear pain.”

Because toddlers are too young to tell you their ears hurt, parents must pay attention to symptoms. For instance, if a child is recovering after being down with a cold for 5 to 10 days, then gets fussy, won’t sleep or eat, or begins to run a fever or hold her ears, “that’s a definite indication to come in and see us,” he said.

Because toddlers are too young to tell you their ears hurt, parents must pay attention to symptoms. For instance, if a child is recovering after being down with a cold for 5 to 10 days, then gets fussy, won’t sleep or eat, or begins to run a fever or hold her ears, “that’s a definite indication to come in and see us,” he said.

 

When to Plan Checkups for Your New Baby

An important part of keeping a child healthy is regular well-child visits.

A pediatrician will see the newborn in the hospital — often performing a circumcision on baby boys. For the months that follow, here’s the checkup schedule recommended by Dr. Ryan Evans, a pediatrician at Tanner Clinic in Kaysville:

▸ First doctor’s-office visit is 2 to 3 days after the baby arrives home

Then, well-child visits for the first years of a child’s life should be scheduled at:

▸ 2 weeks of age
▸ 2 months
▸ 4 months
▸ 6 months
▸ 9 months
▸ 1 year
▸ 18 months
▸ 2 years
▸ 3 years
▸ 4 years
▸ 5 years
▸ After age 5, checkups at least every two years.

Well-child checkups give parents the satisfaction of knowing their child is healthy, meeting development targets and receiving immunizations.

In addition, they can get their questions answered. “We have a wealth of information to offer” on children’s health, Dr. Evans said. “We’re one of the best resources around.”

— Tanner Clinic staff