What to bring
For your first visit, please bring all of your child’s medical records with you for our review. This includes visits from your primary care provider (PCP), recent lab results, growth charts, and Xrays. If your child has had a bone age performed (Xray of the left hand and wrist), please bring the actual image on disc for us to read directly. In addition, if your insurance requires a referral, please make sure it has been approved before your visit.
We ask that you arrive 15min before your appointment to complete all the necessary intake forms. These are also available online. Because we respect every patient’s time, if you are 10min late for your child’s appointment, you may be asked to reschedule, so that the following patients that day can be seen on time. At each visit, you will need to present your insurance card (to make sure that we have the most up-to-date information) as well as any co-payment that is due.
Patient check-in and visit
We will obtain measurements of your child including vital signs (heart rate and blood pressure), height, and weight. We will then take a comprehensive medical history. This includes a detailed birth history, past medical history, family history, as well as history of the current issue. After the history, we will perform a full physical examination. For adolescents, they have the option of asking the parent to leave the room for privacy. Chaperones are always available upon request.
Based on the information from the history and physical examination, your child may need additional testing such as blood work, X-rays, or stimulation testing. In almost all cases, we perform the blood work in our office on site with individuals who are experienced in pediatric phlebotomy. We use a butterfly needle (the smallest needle available) for all draws. X-rays will be done off site, and the results are typically digitally sent to our office for our direct review. Stimulation testing is a separate procedure in itself (ranging from 2 to 4hrs) that is scheduled with our nurses on another day.