about us

who we are


Founded in 2006, by the physicians of Complete Children’s Health (CCH), led by Dr. Brad Brabec, Midwest Children’s Health Research Institute (MCHRI) is dedicated to improving the health of children through its involvement in Phase 3 and Phase 4 clinical research trials.

With access to over 25,000 of Complete Children’s Health active patients as well as the attention of a large referral region (Nebraska’s population is approximately 1.7 million people with over 1.2 million of those living within a 50 mile radius of Lincoln), MCHRI has had and will continue to have the ability to recruit a wide variety of pediatric patients for drug, vaccine, formula, and general consumer product studies. This ability to recruit is enhanced by the wide variety of specialty clinics that CCH hosts including an asthma clinic, a behavioral clinic, a weight management clinic, and a Synagis clinic. CCH cares for several kids who suffer from allergies and allergic rhinitis, and they perform allergy immunotherapy in all three (soon to be four) of their offices. CCH also has a reputation for diagnosing and treating “fussy” babies who usually have problems with milk/soy protein intolerance and/or gastroesophageal reflux.

MCHRI has been fortunate to have been able to work with some of the largest healthcare manufacturers in the industry to improve the quality and safety of infant formula, pediatric vaccines, and medications that contribute to a healthier child. MCHRI has successfully conducted Infant Formula trials, Pediatric Vaccine trials, Observational trials and trials including conditions such as Asthma, Autism, ADHD and Downs Syndrome. We are recognized as a preferred site by the sponsors and monitors that we have worked with and in many trials MCHRI has been a top enroller.

Clinical Research Coordinators

Our success can also be attributed to our staff of four Clinical Research Coordinators


Julie Layton, CCRC, Director

Julie became part of Midwest Children’s Health Research Institute in 2006 and focused on growing pediatric clinical research in Lincoln. She became MCHRI’s Director of Clinical Research in 2012.


Robyn Nickles LPN/CRC

Robyn Nickles LPN/CRC began her career in healthcare in 1994 as an LPN. She began working as a research coordinator in 2009 and joined the research team for Midwest Children’s Health Research Institute in 2016.


Brandee Talley, LPN, CRC

Brandee received her nursing degree in March 2006 and began working for Complete Children’s Health in October. She became part of our Clinical Research Team for MCHRI in 2013. Her research career as always been in pediatrics.


Rosie Fuller, LPN, CRC

Rosie began her career in healthcare in 2014. Rosie’s nursing career began at Complete Children’s Health after nursing school in 2014, and her role has now expanded to the Research team which she joined in 2017.


Leah Zeleski LPN/CRC

Leah Zeleski LPN/CRC began her career in healthcare in 2016 as an LPN. She began working for Complete Children’s Health, P.C. 2016 and joined the research team for Midwest Children’s Health Research Institute in 2018.

our goal

Our goal is to continue to build on the foundation that has been laid. We appreciate your consideration of our site. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Research Director, Julie Layton 402-327-6065 or email, julie.layton@mchri.com. Likewise, for a look at who we are and the practice, please feel free to browse our website at completechildrenshealth.com.


3262 Salt Creek Circle Lincoln, NE 68504
3901 Pine Lake Rd, Suite 210 Lincoln, NE 68516
8201 Northwoods Drive Lincoln, NE 68505
1336 West A St, Suite B Lincoln, NE 68522

Phone: 402-465-5600
Fax: 402-327-6074


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Phone: 402-465-5600
Fax: 402-327-6074