Your First Appointment

​A referral from your child’s primary care doctor is required for an office visit. If your child has had any lab tests, X-rays, or biopsies, bring this paperwork to the first appointment. You will also need
to bring your insurance card(s). Let your insurance company know why your child needs to see the doctor. This will help you get the best benefit from your insurance plan. It is important for you to get approval before your child sees our doctor. If you do not get approval before the appointment, you may have to pay for the first visit yourself.

Write down and bring any questions you may have to the visit. It is important that a responsible adult caregiver who lives with the patient is present for all office visits. This provides consistent care evaluation as well as behavioral and home environment information.

At your child’s appointment the doctor, physician assistant or the nurse practitioner will see your child first. A nurse who is trained in children’s health may also see your child. At this appointment we will:

  • Ask about your child’s health history
  • Look at any test results
  • Give your child a physical exam that includes checking
  • Height and weight
  • Talk to you about what your child eats
The appointment will be about thirty minutes. Bring diapers, bottles and snacks for your baby. For older children you may want to bring a snack and a couple of books/toys to play with while waiting.

After the physical exam, the  healthcare provider will talk
with you and your child. Together, you will decide what to do next. A letter will be sent to update your child’s doctor.