In addition to my work with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and chronic pain, I have an active Pediatric Consulting practice. After 18 years of private practice experience as a board certified pediatrician, I offer pediatric consultations to families of children from birth to 22 years of age.
- evaluation and management of complex or chronic medical issues
- consultation and counseling on parenting and behavioral issues (from newborns to adolescents)
- review of treatment plans, medical options and providing second opinions
- providing ongoing support, coaching and counseling of treatment and medical progress
- same day consultations for more minor medical issues as my schedule permits
How my services differ from a Primary Care Provider’s services
A primary care provider performs check-ups, gives immunizations, and provides night and evening emergency care. They also have some time built into their schedule to work with more complex and chronic medical issues.
As a consultant, I do not perform check-ups, which opens my schedule for full discussions of involved medical and behavioral topics. With an honors degree in psychology and the hands on experience of raising two teenagers, I have the knowledge base to deal with many parenting and behavioral problems. I really enjoy working with families to help restore balance to the individual and the household. I try to empower parents to trust their instincts in order to effectively guide their child’s behavior. Discipline comes from the Latin word “to teach.” I believe that with my knowledge of child development and pediatrics, and a caring, kind and steady common sense approach, progress can be made on even the toughest problems.
During my 18 years of experience in pediatric practice, I have dealt with many complicated and chronic medical issues. Because my schedule will not include checkups, I am freed up to spend more time understanding your concerns. I value the opportunity to invest extra time in demanding medical cases. This will allow me more time to gain an in-depth understanding of the patient’s needs and explore a range of treatment options with the patient and family. I have many connections with Bay Area health specialists, and if I feel a child would benefit from the help of an outside specialist, I am happy to make and coordinate thoughtful referrals.
I work in partnership with you and your primary care doctor. After each visit, I will document my findings and recommendations. This document will be kept in your child’s file at my office, and a copy will be sent to you and your child’s primary care doctor.