Our physicians and medical providers are board certified in family medicine and have extensive pediatric training and are able to provide your children the highest quality medical care. As a physician, one of the areas of medicine I enjoy most is caring for kids. It is rewarding to participate in providing healthcare for babies, children, and adolescents, and in helping answer parent’s questions. My guiding principle in providing pediatric care is to “treat your child as if they were my own”. Our medical providers believe in a collaborative or team approach to providing care and we work in conjunction our pediatric specialists when needed to provide the best care available. Our approach to pediatrics is holistic and we try to use preventative strategies, exercise, nutrition, herbal therapies, and complementary medicine when appropriate before employing medications, invasive medical treatments, and surgery. Sometimes, appropriate therapy involves more aggressive treatments such as surgery like in the case of acute appendicitis. We will use the best treatments available to provide the best care possible, but we are not the first to use medications when other more conservative treatments have not been attempted first.
Our doctors and medical providers are in favor of using everything in our arsenal for the treatment and prevention of disease. We want to do everything in our power to prevent the disability, injury, and deaths that can come about from infections due to childhood illnesses. There is no greater loss to a parent than losing a child. Losing a child as a result of an infection from a preventable childhood disease would be a truly great tragedy. Our bodies have and inherent capability to make antibodies to infectious substances that we are exposed to and then keep memory cells around for years and sometimes a lifetime in case we are exposed to this same infection again. Our immune system will respond to a surface protein or part of an infectious orgasms as well as if we were infected by the organism and these antibodies can provide protection from the infection for a long time. This principle is called active immunity. Immunizations provide active immunity to the infection they are designed to prevent. This strategy has eliminated illness like small pox and polio form the United States and has reduced illness like measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis (whooping cough). Some of these illnesses are the rise again due to parents not immunizing their children because of fears about the side effects of the immunizations. In our research, no direct link has been established to many of these claims such as the link to autism. We respect a parent’s right to choose whether their kids are immunized, but we are strongly in favor the use of immunizations and will provide every opportunity to education parents about the risks and benefits of their use.