American Academy of Pediatrics advises against retail based clinics

We at Milton Pediatrics endorse the American Academy of Pediatrics statement on the use of retail based clinics. We feel that a child’s overall heath care is greatly improved when it is centered in the primary care office. When your child is ill, we endeavor to make ourselves as accesible as possible; please contact us if you feel your child needs to be seen for a sick visit.

Some retail clinics are now advertising that they will perform sports physicals. Although these types of exams may provide “clearance” for sports participation, they are not the equivalent of having an annual physical with your regular doctor who will take a more global view of your child’s overall health; we strongly discourage the use of retail clinics for this purpose. Please see the AAP statement for more information:

http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/The-AAP-Advises-Parents-Against-Using-Retail-Based-Clinics.aspx

Congratulations Dr. McCullough!

 Congratulations to Dr. McCullough,  and her husband Craig, on the birth of their twins February 16th.  Welcome to Declan McCullough and Catherine McCullough.  Milton Pediatrics wishes them all the best.

A Message from Dr. Wong

Dr. Lisa Wong will be taking a semester sabbatical, beginning on January 2, 2014. She will serve as a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she will be studying arts and education, and will be working closely with Harvard Medical School.

“I am deeply passionate about the intersection between the arts and medicine. As Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Committee for Arts&Humanities@HMS, I will work with colleagues to encourage medical students and young professionals to incorporate the arts and humanities into their daily lives.  This will help them to find balance and to become more empathetic as physicians.”

Dr. Wong will bring her new knowledge back to her work at Milton Pediatrics when she returns to clinical practice on July 1, 2014.

Milton Pediatrics Introduces Dr. Kathryn Davis

Dr. Kathryn Davis will be covering Dr. McCullough’s maternity leave.

Dr. Davis is a native of Minnesota, where she lived until moving to New England to attend Brown University for her bachelors degree.  Dr. Davis has a medical degree from Duke University, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.  She chose primary care pediatrics for her career because it enables her to actively participate in the process of children developing into healthy adults by addressing the whole health of each child within the framework of their family and community. 

She completed pediatrics residency and served as chief resident at the University of California, San Francisco, during which which she worked to strengthen it’s Primary Care Pathway. Following residency, Dr. Davis worked as a primary care pediatrician in San Rafael, CA before returning to the Boston area in the fall of 2013 with her husband, Nathan (native of Newton) and son, Tommy (who is excited for his first winter).

Her primary care special interests include healthy nutrition and physical activity, mental health, and school health.  She is also interested in concussion care and once she is more settled into the Boston area, plans to become involved in policy work on concussion prevention and treatment. 

Outside of work, Dr. Davis enjoys running, cross-country skiing and hiking/camping with her family and friends. She is looking forward to settling down and getting reacquainted with “seasons” and her next goal is to add a puppy to the family.

Congratulations Dr. McGovern!

Congratulations to Dr. McGovern, and her husband David, on the birth of their son Patrick McGovern Goff. Milton Pediatrics wishes them all the best.

Milton Pediatrics Welcomes Dr. Lindsey Burghardt

lindsey burghardt picDr. Burghardt is a native of Philadelphia.  She completed her undergraduate degree at The College of William & Mary, where she majored in Biology and English and was also co-captain of the women’s lacrosse team.  She received her medical degree at Yale University and while there was elected to the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.  She completed her pediatric residency in Denver, where she was proud to receive the Neonatal ICU Nurses’ award for excellence by a pediatric resident.  Despite three years of her best efforts in Denver, she remains to this day a mediocre skier.  Dr. Burghardt returned to New England in 2009 for her pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. 

Prior to joining Milton Pediatrics, Dr. Burghardt worked as an attending physician at Boston Children’s Hospital and South Shore Hospital in the emergency department.   Her research interests and publications are in the area of injury prevention, particularly around pediatric medication safety.  She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health in Health Policy at Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Burghardt lives in Milton with her husband Will, their two children, Emmett and Tess, and their two dogs.

Congratulations Dr. Paul!

 Congratulations to Dr. Paul,  and his wife Dr. Suzanne McIntyre, on the birth of their twins October 29th.  Welcome to William Robert Paul and Evelyn Theresa Paul.  Milton Pediatrics wishes them all the best.

Laughter! The Best Medicine

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 Milton Pediatrics  patient Jack Robinson compiled a joke book called “Make ‘Em Laugh.” The book includes jokes, riddles, and drawings.

Submitted by Robinson and other kids cared for in the Jimmy Fund Clinic and on inpatient oncology floors at Boston Children’s Hospital.

 For information on how to get your own copy of this wonderful book click here:  www.makeemlaugh.org

https://ll.dfcionline.org/livelinkdav/nodes/14292284/08-13-2013.pdf

FLU VACCINE 2013-2014

 

We have recently received our first shipment of flu vaccine for the 2013-2014 season.

Flu vaccine will be offered when you bring your child in for routine care.  We will also be administering the flu vaccine by appointment only Tuesday through Friday throughout the flu season. Please call early in the day to schedule a same day nurse visit.   Please call the nurse’s line 781 356 6200 option 3 during regular business hours to schedule an appointment.

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine. This includes all children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday. Vaccination is especially important for children younger than 5 years of age and children of any age with a long-term health condition like asthma, diabetes and heart disease. These children are at higher risk of serious flu complications, if they get the flu.

Click the link below for additional information about the flu vaccine:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2013-2014.htm#expected

We have flu vaccine available in both the injectable and intranasal form (Flumist). Flumist is approved for children age 2 and above, although not for those with certain health issues (allergic to eggs, gentamicin, gelatin, or arginine, are currently wheezing; have a history of wheezing, have had Guillain-Barré syndrome; have a weakened immune system or live with someone who has a severely weakened immune system; have problems with heart, kidneys or lungs; have diabetes).  Please be advised that occasionally throughout the season we may be may be temporarily out of some formulations of the vaccines.  These supplies are replenished as we receive additional shipments from the state.

Please speak to our nursing staff if you have any questions about the flu vaccine.

Arsenic and Apple Juice

American Academy of Pediatrics released the following information:

Information for parents:
    • Arsenic in Apple Juice
    • Arsenic: Health Effects and Exposure