Health Maintenance of Infants, Children and Adolescents
Our providers are trained to take care for children and youth of all ages, from birth through puberty and into young adulthood. All are experienced in well child care and pride themselves on providing not only good medical care but anticipatory care, developmental screening, patient and parent education.
Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Our providers are also trained to care for adolescents, young adults, and their particular and unique problems of growing and transitioning into adulthood. Several of our providers have extra training to care for adolescents including both their medical care and their emotional and educational care.
Better Life Center
When built, utilizing the Medical Home Concept, the Providers at Pediatric & Adolescent Health Partners implemented this new way of caring for these patients by providing them with a free standing facility where all the needed services could be coordinated, resulting in better care, more efficient care and overall better outcomes for our patients. Dr. Harry Gewanter, a Board Certified Rheumatologist, practiced at the BLC until his retirement in 2015. Now the Better Life Center is again moving toward the development of another unique and innovative project for our practice.
Based on the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine report (Preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders among young people: progress and possibilities, 2009) it is estimated that 13 –20 percent of children living in the United States (up to 1 out of 5 children) experience a mental disorder in a given year and an estimated $247 billion is spent each year on childhood mental disorders. If not properly cared for these disorders may interfere with a child’s development and ultimately persist into adulthood making the impact on children, families, and communities an important public health issue in the United States.
So who is affected – the findings of the report about mental disorders among children age 3-17 years noted above are:
- Millions of American children live with depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome or a host of other mental health issues.
- ADHD is the most prevalent current diagnosis among children aged 3–17 years.
- The number of children with a mental disorder increased with age, with the exception of autism spectrum disorders, which was highest among 6 to 11 year old children.
- Boys were more likely than girls to have ADHD, behavioral or conduct problems, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, Tourette syndrome, and cigarette dependence.
- Adolescent boys aged 12–17 years were more likely than girls to die by suicide.
- Adolescent girls were more likely than boys to have depression or an alcohol use disorder.
In an effort to understand the impacts of mental disorders, inform needs for treatment and intervention strategies, and to meet those needs, promote the mental health of children, demystify and debunk the stigma of mental health issues, we are hoping to turn the Better Life Center into The Better Life Center for Behavioral Health.
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Educational Issues & Services
Several of our providers have a special interest and experience with many types of educational issues. We provide care for children with a variety of difficulties, such as ADHD, autism, behavioral, developmental and learning issues. We are also able to review outside educational and psychological testing of our patients. We are able to provide advice and assistance for many concerns, such as the need for special educational services, educational rights and intervention plans. If needed, we can participate in school meetings or otherwise assist families to help ensure that each child can make educational progress.
- Are you having school related problems with your child?
- Would you like to know more about your child as a learner?
- Would you like a student success plan for the school and home?
- Does your child have an IEP and you need someone to help you evaluate the effectiveness of the plan?
- Do you need an advocate to come with you to school?
- Do you need a full educational evaluation for your child?
- Does your child need to learn organizational strategies to improve his or her study skills?
- Is your preschooler ready for kindergarten?
Marie Boehling received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from James Madison University in 1991, a Master of Arts degree in school psychology from Towson University in 1995, and an Educational Specialist degree from the College of William and Mary in 1997. Marie has worked as a school psychologist for Caroline County and Henrico County public school systems for a total of 10 years. She then moved on to be the admissions examiner for St. Christopher’s School for 10 years and now currently assists them two days a week.
While working as an admissions examiner, she trained as a language fundamentals tutor by a certified Orton Gillingham instructor and began tutoring students with dyslexia in 2011. She provided small group tutoring for third grade students at Collegiate School in 2013-14.
With these skills she has been able to join her background in assessment as a school psychologist with her experience as a tutor in language fundamentals to become a certified educational diagnostician. Marie specializes in diagnosing dyslexia and other learning disabilities. She is also knowledgeable in functional behavior assessment and behavior management strategies as well. Marie enjoys problem-solving and collaborating with parents and other professionals to help children succeed.
After all of the above, Marie is the mother of three children.
Obesity is a national epidemic that threatens our childrens’ health. PAHP now offers a unique and comprehensive program for children age 9 to 11 who are obese. Using the combined techniques of physicians, exercise specialists, dieticians, psychologists, and integrative medicine providers, the goal of our program is to break the obesity cycle and have these interventions continue throughout the childs’ life and into adulthood.
There are many emotional issues that confront our youth today. PAHP provides counseling and medication therapies when needed for our patients with emotional medical issues. Our providers work collaboratively with counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists to provide the full spectrum of services our patients need.
Medical Home and Medical Home Plus
A Medical Home is a concept started and encouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics but so far adopted by only a few practices. Medical Home is not only a place, the office where your provider practices, it is more importantly an attitude by which an entire office works together to identify, access, and coordinate the social, emotional, and medical needs of their patients. PAHP is fortunate to have the services of a free standing corporation, Medical Home Plus, a 5013 C non-profit organization, to facilitate and insure that PAHP consistently practices the concept of the Medical Home. Medical Home Plus is a leader in the United States in serving children and their families to help them achieve their maximum potential.
Student and Resident Pediatric Training
PAHP is proud through the efforts of Dr. Mason, Dr. Henderson, and Sarah Trezza, to provide hands on pediatric training to the students and residents in the Pediatric Training Program at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Physician’s Assistant from students in training programs throughout the east.
This program provides all of our providers with the opportunity to teach and share in the training of the next generation of physicians and also the opportunity to keep their own professional skills at a very high level.
Integrative Medical Care
Dr. Peter Blakey has long been interested in the possibility that other forms of medicine and medical care could be effective in our care of children and adolescents. Using techniques Dr. Blakey has learned over the years, integrative medicine, a now well accepted adjunct to traditional medical care, is a part of his everyday medical and emotional patient care.
Children with Special Health Care Needs
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs have often not had their health care needs adequately served or coordinated. Through implementing the Medical Home Concept, as well as collaborating with Medical Home Plus, Inc., PAHP wants to ensure this historical lack of care or coordination does not occur in our practice. Medical Home Plus, Inc., is able to link families with available resources and supports, and together we are able to educate and empower families so that they can better assist their child achieve all that is possible. The empowering result of knowing ones’ rights and how to access appropriate resources is immeasurable.