We schedule appointments to serve our patients as efficiently as possible. Our office prides itself on minimizing waiting times while maximizing doctor-patient contact. However, some office visits can be more complicated than anticipated, and emergencies do occur. Hence, we may sometimes have delays in our schedule and ask for your understanding. If an urgent situation arises, your child will be worked in as quickly as possible. In order to assist you, we will call you before scheduled appointments to remind you of the appointment.
Most problems can be handled in our office. We suture lacerations (cuts) in the office. We also have access to an outpatient laboratory and to an outpatient radiology center. However, any major trauma is better handled in the ER. We are affiliated with NYACK HOSPITAL and we urge you to use them for ER services and hospitalizations. If your child requires an ambulance, please instruct the driver to transport you to Nyack Hospital.
Please have the following information available before calling the answering service (except in emergencies): your child’s approximate weight, the temperature if they are sick, and your pharmacy’s phone number. If you have a caller ID block on your phone, be sure to turn it off or we may not be able to return your call.
Our office accepts most insurance plans. Our staff is proficient at working with insurance companies to coordinate benefits and services. If you do not have insurance for your children, we can assist you in obtaining coverage through the New York State Child Health Plus program.
Well Child Check-Ups are more than just physical examinations. We use them as a way to monitor growth and development, to help with school and family problems, to screen for medical conditions with lab tests, and to immunize your children against disease.
The best cure for illness is prevention. Our goal is to address minor problems before they become major problems. Just because your child appears well, doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t need an annual check-up. While most of these exams are normal, we do occasionally find problems that we can treat early before there are any complications.
We use the following schedule:
It is a privilege to work with teens 12 to 17 years old. It is an exciting, yet difficult time for many families and our goal is to help you through these times with as few bumps and bruises as possible. To establish a healthy doctor-patient relationship and to adequately handle the sensitive issues of growing up, a portion of the exam is performed without the parents in the room. Not only are the teenagers afforded this right by law, but we feel it is the best way to ensure that they receive proper treatment, care and physician guidance. While these discussions are confidential, we encourage parents and teenagers to maintain open lines of communication. This is the time in their lives when they start to learn responsibility for their actions and they should be included in medical decision making.
Patients 18 years and older are treated as adults and responsible for their own care, however, we still encourage them to seek your wisdom and guidance.