Plattsburgh Primary Care Pediatrics is a breast feeding friendly pediatric/adolescent medical office that offers a full array of services to help your child maintain good health. You can read more on this page about specific services.
- Acute Illness
- ADHD Evaluation and treatment
- Behavioral/Mental Health Concerns
- Feeding education and support
- Pediatric Nutrition
- Pediatric Exercise
- Developmental Concerns
- Flu Clinics
- Health Maintenance Visits
- Injuries, including Sports-related injuries
- Management of Chronic Illness and/or Risk Factors
- Community Resource Advocacy
- Pediatric Care Management
- Patient PORTAL
Acute Illness :Our office holds open appointments each day for acute illness. These appointments can often be made with the child's primary practitioner but if not than one of their colleagues. Nurses will evaluate the acute concern and schedule appointments as indicated. However any active patient can be seen if parent requests.
Injuries : Many injuries can be safely and adequately evaluated in the office. Nurses will screen the calls and advise where and when the child should be seen (in office vs. Emergency Room). Lacerations require referral to Fast Track in the ER if suturing is potentially needed.
Health Maintenance Visits: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends routine health care visits for newborns two days after hospital discharge and at 2 weeks of age. Infants are seen at 2,4,6,9 and 12 months of age. Toddlers at 15 and 18 months. At age two visits are then recommended yearly through adolescence. More details about what these visits involve is available at www.healthychildren.org .
School Physicals: New York State mandates physicals for all students in grades K, 2,4,7, and 10. Physicals are also mandated for all new students to a school district and all student athletes annually. These physicals can be done by the child's primary practitioner or if not submitted will be done by the school physician. There must be a physical on file for every year to be considered an active patient at our office.
Developmental and Learning Concerns: Developmental evaluations are done routinely at Health Maintenance visits. Referral can be made for more evaluation and early intervention where appropriate. School performance is also reviewed at appropriate ages. Concerns that arise between regularly scheduled visits can be addressed by making an appointment with the child's primary practitioner. Outside records if available should be provided for review.
Specialist Referrals: All aspects of your child’s healthcare are important and sometimes what they require are more specialized services. Not to worry, that is why your pediatric care team is here. If you are concerned your child needs to see a specialist:
- Make an appointment with your primary care provider.
- Discuss the area of concern so it can be properly evaluated for care.
- Your provider will place a specialist referral and an appointment will be set up for you.
- You will be notified via phone or mail.
- Note: Make sure we have your current contact information as some specialists call families directly to schedule an appointment.
Naomi Chamberlain, LPN
Behavioral Health Concerns : Behavioral changes occur for many different reasons and are important to address as soon as they are recognized. The changes can be short-term or go on for a longer period of time, which can introduce concerns for that person and their interpersonal relationships. An appointment can be made to discuss these concerns with your child's pediatrician. If/when the concerns are identified; the physician will follow the appropriate steps and make a referral if needed for your child. Clinton County Mental Health Therapists are available to see patients of this practice in our office on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. Our staff is here to:
- Provide additional support to patients and families to assist in management of mental health, including but not limited to ADD, ADHD, depression, and anxiety.
- Advocate for patients and families during times of crisis and stabilization.
- Coordinate care with community outpatient services, such as Clinton County Mental Health and Behavioral Health Services North.
Palliative Care: Our Palliative Care team provides focused care for patients with any serious illness. The Palliative Care Specialist supports patients and their families with burdens in relation to their diagnosis. We attempt to bridge the communication between families and their Health Care Providers medically, socially, and financially.
Breastfeeding Friendly Designation:
Plattsburgh Primary Care Pediatrics has achieved becoming a NYS Recognized Breastfeeding friendly practice. We have successfully modified our office, trained our staff and met all the state's requirements! When the NYS Department of Health published the listing of Breastfeeding Friendly Practices by county, we are listed under Clinton County! Click HERE to see all the listings!
Certified Lactation Consultant: Mindy McShane, RN, and Laura Sigel HSS are all certified lactation consultants. They are equipped to assess, address and support feeding needs in both our breast and formula fed babies.
Behavioral Health Clinicians: Carissa Pellerin is our Mental Health Therapists from Clinton County Mental Health. She offers services in our office weekly! Ask your Provider or member of your care team if your Mental Health Therapist is available for appointments here, in a private, comfortable, familiar and convenient location!
Healthy Steps Specialist : Working along with and in support of pediatricians, the Pediatric Healthy Steps Specialist provides support for families with children age 0-5 years. The Healthy Steps Specialist provides care giver support to facilitate the development of attachment, self-regulation skills, and family resiliency. In addition, the Healthy Steps Specialist provides child development guidance to high-risk parents and other primary care givers at well child visits with the goal of facilitating children’s healthy growth and development.
Laura Sigel, HSS
Care Coordinator : Working along with and in support of pediatricians, the care coordinator provides support for families with school aged children. The Care Coordinator is available to you during your child’s visits to the doctor. If you need additional support, the Care Coordinator provides home visits, phone calls to discuss developmental questions between doctor’s appointments and coordination with community resources.
She coordinates services for:
- Behavioral and learning assessments
- Working with school staff to communicate medical information and to connect school directly with your child’s doctor.
- Support in managing chronic illness and risk factors.
- Community resource advocacy
- Problem solving barriers that make it hard for your family to access medical and school supports.
Patient PORTAL: FREE SECURE and CONFIDENTIAL access to your childs medical records. Available with an active email account (We will NOT sell your email address to ANYONE nor send you junk mail). To register, please call the office for your activation code, or one will be provided to you at your next appointment. For patients who are 14 years or older have the option to be the representative for themselves or allow a parent/guardian to be their representative. For more information, click Patient PORTAL
For more information on any of the above mentioned services, please click here: Contact Us
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Plattsburgh Primary Care Pediatrics complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Plattsburgh Primary Care Pediatrics does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
Plattsburgh Primary Care Pediatrics:
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If you need these services, contact Jessica Miller
If you believe that Plattsburgh Primary Care Pediatrics has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with: Jessica Miller - Medical Office Administrator, 159 Margaret Street Suite 103, NY 12901, Telephone Number: (518) 562-0151. You can file a grievance in person or by mail.
You can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf, or by mail or phone at:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201 1-800-368-1019, 800-537-7697 (TDD)
Complaint forms are available at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html.
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