Top Docs for Kids
FEATURES July/august 2010
Top Docs for Kids 2010
|Compiled and Written by: Kelsey Clayton and Karen Queen|
Picking A Pediatrician
It's about more than lollipops alone.
Whether youre an expectant mother or interested in a new pediatrician for your children, there are several things to consider when choosing a doctor. We know how much you care about the health of your children, so use the word care as your guide. Each letter represents something to think about during your selection process. These guidelines are also useful when selecting a specialist or even a doctor for yourself.
|Stands for clinic. Visit the offices of the pediatricians you are considering. Get a feel for the waiting room and overall atmosphere. Meet the staff, since you will deal with them more often than the doctor. Make sure you feel comfortable talking to them. It may seem like a good choice to pick an award-winning doctor who is located farther away, but remember to keep a balance between credentials and locationif your little one is sick, that drive is going to take extra long.||Stands for availability. Some prefer a smaller practice with one or two doctors. Others prefer the flexibility of having a doctor that works in multiple locations, or having an office that provides multiple doctors. Consider whats important to youone consistent doctor or a variety of doctors? Larger practices often provide more experience and expertise but may also mean longer waits. If a consistent doctor is important, verify that the doctor you meet will be the one who sees your child. Consider office hours and find out if the doctor or a support staff is available after hours.||Stands for references and your reaction. Ask trusted friends for their recommendations and why they prefer certain doctors. You can also ask other trusted resources, such as your own doctor or other professionals in the medical industry. Dont feel pressured to take their recommendations or to select the first pediatrician you meet. Many practices allow you to call ahead and set up an initial meeting with their pediatricians at no additional cost. If a doctor refuses an initial meeting, that may be a sign.||Stands for experience and education. Feel free to ask about their credentials. You can also ask pediatricians how important continuing education is to them and what they do to stay current with the latest trends. If your child has specific needs, finding a doctor with a lot of experience can be a great help, but it also might mean a more conventional approach rather than one based on newer trends or information. If youre someone who likes to be hands-on and do research of your own, a doctor who respects his or her patients ideas may be a good choice. nHRM|
DR. VICTORIA STRASNICKVirginia Beach Pediatric Center
933 First Colonial Rd. Suite 112
DR. GLENDA KARP
Tidewater Childrens Associates
171 Kempsville Rd., Bldg B,
601-A Innovation Dr.,
Harbour View Blvd. Suite B,
Top Docs For Kids 2010 Winners.
Angela D. Hogan, M.D.
Cynthia S. Kelly, M.D.
DEVELOPMENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICS
Faiqa Qureshi, M.D.
Silvina M. Bocca, M.D.
Hyeon D. Choi, M.D.
Robert Fink, M.D.
Glenda Karp, M.D.
Hugh McPhee, M.D.
Victoria Strasnick, M.D.
Jamil H. Khan, M.D.
George R. Hoerr, M.D.
Peter Dozier, M.D.
About the Top Docs Listings
Hampton Roads Magazine e-mailed more than 2,000 electronic surveys to physicians currently practicing in the Hampton Roads region, a list acquired from the American List Council, a subsidiary of ADVO. In our survey, we asked area physicians a simple questionwho would you call if you or a loved one needed medical care? Each physician was asked to recommend one or two doctors in more than 30 specialties, including pediatrics. Our survey received more than 1,000 votes and approximately 487 doctors were nominated. Those who received the most votes in each specialty are listed as the Top Docs in this issue. After compiling the list, Hampton Roads Magazine collected the practice information of each doctor and made sure all physicians were in good standing with the Virginia Board of Medicine by checking the boards Practitioner Information website. (Visit www.vahealthprovider.com to check the status of any licensed physician yourself.)
We at HRM know how overwhelming it can be to look up physician in the Yellow Pages or search the hundreds of listings on Google, especially when you or a loved one is coming down with something. Thats why weve once again compiled our annual Top Docs list to assist you in finding great physicians specializing in an abundance of medical needs. Plus, our special focus on pediatrics can also help you discover a reliable doctor for your children or yourself, if youre expecting. Our top general pediatric doctors who received the most votes were chosen for the doctor profiles that begin on page 52. Also, dont miss our tips for picking a pediatrician or our helpful suggestions for when its time to call your childs doctor. Its important to have a doctor that is not only easily accessible but that you and your family trust. We hope our comprehensive guide to physicians provides the perfect place to begin.
For the rest of this article, see the July/August 2010 issue of Hampton Roads Magazine