Farewell to Brandi Criswell

Nurse Practitioner, Brandi Criswell, will be leaving Pediatric Healthcare on Friday, October 21. Brandi has said, “This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. I love my patients so much and I am so sad to be leaving them. This is a decision I had to make in order to be more available to my children.” We want to thank Brandi for three years of dedication to Pediatric Healthcare and to her patients. We will miss her and wish the very … [Read more...]

Pediatric Healthcare Update September 2021

Greetings Pediatric Healthcare Family, We want to give you an update since COVID once again has changed life for all of us. With this recent surge in the COVID-19 variant, we have reinstated our request that all patients and parents wear masks while in the office. While we allow patients coming for Well Child visits to socially distance in our waiting room, all sick patients are to wait in cars until called. Please limit the number of adults … [Read more...]

Provider Update at Pediatric Healthcare

May 4, 2021 Dear Pediatric Healthcare Families, We want to give you an update on the provider developments at our office. As many of you may know, Dr. Lauren Doerfler came to our practice in 2019 when her husband was assigned to Maxwell AFB for ACSC leadership training. His training will end in June and they will be transferring to Alaska for his next assignment. Therefore, Dr. Doerfler will be leaving Pediatric Healthcare at the end of … [Read more...]

Important Announcement

February 9, 2021 To Pediatric Healthcare Families, It is with heavy hearts that we announce Dr. Jeffrey Simon will be leaving Pediatric Healthcare as he continues seeking treatment for his autoimmune condition.  Dr. Simon will be greatly missed by our staff and the many families under his care at Pediatric Healthcare. We ask that you remain in prayer for him and his family as he hopes to return to the practice of medicine one day.  Dr. … [Read more...]

MMR Vaccine NOT Linked to Autism

A March 2019 research article describes a study in which 657,461 children were monitored for a possible link between the MMR vaccine and Autism. Here are the researchers' findings: "The study strongly supports that MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children, and is not associated with clustering of autism cases after vaccination. It adds to previous studies through significant … [Read more...]

Best Toys are the Basic Toys

The AAP offers families and physicians guidance in an updated clinical report, "Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era," to be published in the January 2019 issue of Pediatrics and available online Dec. 3. The report focuses on toys for children from birth through school age. "Toys have evolved over the years, and advertisements may leave parents with the impression that toys with a 'virtual' or digital-based platform … [Read more...]

Kids’ Brainpower Tied to Exercise, Sleep and Limited Screen Time

From the NY Times: Researchers tied three behaviors to higher scores on tests of mental ability in children: At least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, Nine to 11 hours of sleep a night, and No more than two hours a day of recreational screen time. The new study, in Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, included 4,524 children ages 8 to 11 who were assessed with six standard tests that measure language skills, memory, … [Read more...]

Child Play is Good for Your Child’s Development

Child play is essential to children’s development. Play contributes to brain development and learning, physical development, and social development including language and communication. To view entire article, go to Child Play … [Read more...]

Read to Your Preschool Children

During the preschool years, children’s brains are rapidly developing to take in new information about the world. Reading to children is a key part of this cognitive development and builds literacy skills, which include the ability to read, write, and learn. View full article here: Reading to Preschool Children … [Read more...]

How Technology Can Effect Parents and their Children

For information on how technology can effect both parents and children, read the following web resources. Parents For Your Child's Sake, Put Down that Smartphone!  It's not just kids who are overdoing screen time. Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling.  Read more about how technology can effect your interactions with your … [Read more...]