Insurance Updates: If we weren't contracted with your insurance carrier in the past, it may be worth rechecking. We have new contracts, as of February 2020, with the major PPO plans including United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Shield and Blue Cross. We are providers for Tricare and Healthnet PPO and are affiliated with PIH, Allied Pacific and Regal for HMO plans.
We Are Here For YOU During the Coronavirus Crisis.
Our Office is Open for Safe In-Person Visits and Telehealth. We are also doing Well Visits, especially for young children. Please don't let your baby's immunizations lapse for fear of exposure to Covid-19. We are taking extremely strict measures to prevent exposure of children and adults to infection of all kinds in our office.
We are able to send out tests for Covid-19 from our office. These tests are for children who have symptoms of possible Covid infection such as fever and cold symptoms. Please remember that most children infected with Covid-19 won't have significant symptoms but it is important to know if they have Covid-19 to protect vulnerable older people and those with underlying health conditions who may interact with the child. The test is done by swabbing the inside of the nose with a QTip like swab and it generally takes 2-3 days to receive results.
We are now able to refer patients for antibody testing for Covid-19. The antibody test shows if a person has already had Covid-19 and is therefore immune. If someone has already had the infection, they are unlikely to get it again and are safe to go out into the community. The recommendations regarding who should have the antibody test are evolving and currently we are evaluating our patients individually and determining who would benefit from having the test. The antibody test is a blood test and it takes up to 4 days for the results to come back.
We are happy to answer your questions on how to keep your family safe and healthy. The CDC and Public Health Department recommendations are updating on a daily basis. We are following this closely. Feel free to call us with questions (562)698-6089 or email: [email protected]
Please remember that this will end. In a year, hopefully, the Covid-19 Shutdown will be a distant memory, even a past historical event that we can all say we lived through! In the meantime, this is an unprecedented opportunity to spend time with your children. One goal may be to make them remember this fondly one day as the time their school was closed, their parents were home and they got to spend time with family doing fun things like building, games, baking, home improvements and going for walks. Of course, in reality, parents are working, often from home, and taking over childcare that the school would usually handle. This is especially hard on parents, so please take care of yourselves. Find enjoyable family activities that don't take a lot of energy on your part. High quality family movies, working puzzles, games like charades and pictionary, taking a walk, having a picnic in your back yard. Do things with your significant other: at home date night, watch a movie, order out from a restaurant you've been meaning to try or take on a new project together (learning a language, reading a book, learning a dance, building something.) Be physically close and enjoy each other. Reach out to the friends and coworkers that you used to see daily. Most especially, be gentle with yourself and realize that getting through this is the goal and you are succeeding with each passing day!
Our Location: As of January 2019, our address is 8135 Painter Ave, Suite 303, Whittier, CA 90603. We are in the 3 story, large, blue and white office building located on Painter Ave just north of Whittier Blvd. We were previously a block further north. Even in 2020 patients are sometimes going to the old office. Hope this helps!
If your child is struggling in school, we may be able to help! Please make an appointment and bring any paperwork from the school (report cards, EIP reports, psychological or educational testing). If you suspect an attention or focusing issue, you may download parent and teacher ADD questionnaires from our website on the section patient forms. It is especially helpful to have the teacher(s) complete the forms prior to the visit. We are able to assess for multiple conditions that may cause academic and socialization challenges. We have a network of psychologists that we have worked with on these issues and can also direct you to other resources.
Important Internet Safety Tip: New apps that allow live streaming from cell phones. Teens are live streaming on YouNow, Meerkat and Periscope. The trends are a bit concerning and there are scary examples of teens interacting with multiple strangers from their bedrooms. If your child is participating, you may not know because the video may permanently be deleted after a few minutes.
You can learn more at thecybersafetylady.com.au/2015/03/are-periscope-and-meerkat-safe-for-kids/.
Here is also a video to watch with your 4th or 5th grader: http://thecybersafetylady.com....
We will be blogging on a regular basis soon. If you have any topics that you’d like us to write about, please email us: [email protected]. Also check out our Vitamin D webpage and email us with any questions or comments.