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Life of son saved by animal shaped exam table

Son saved by going to the zoo in his exam room

Pedia Pals designs, manufacturers and markets pediatric medical supplies and equipment.

The idea behind Pedia Pals’ child friendly pediatric exam table began with Ann Kochsiek, founder of ZooPals. Her son, Ry, had been diagnosed with leukemia at age 4. Ann discovered that taking him to the hospital for treatment involved examinations on a table that Ry and other children agreed was “cold, scary, and very unfriendly.” Ann designed and patented a number of animal-shaped exam tables that have become favorites in pediatric offices all over the world. Today, Ann is Pedia Pals’ V. P. of Marketing. Ry is a healthy college graduate.

A Women & Veteran Owned Small Business
Pedia Pals was launched by Wendy and Ed Powell in August 1998. In 2000, the pediatric medical supply company and manufacturer acquired ZooPals®, which manufactured and marketed pediatric exam tables in the shape of smiling animals. In March of 2009, the company was passed on to second generation family owners Amanda and Jon Powell. Both having served in the Air Force, and Air Force Academy graduates with Environmental and Mechanical Engineering degrees respectively.