Welcome to our Practice
Doctors Rees, Garner and our whole staff welcome you to our practice. We have been in Burke, Virginia for more than 30 years, providing care to three generations of Burke's young citizens. We have been the pediatrics practice of more than 38,000 families and at least 100,000 children and young adults.
More Providers = Improved Access to care
As we now have 4 doctors and a nurse practitioner to better serve your childrens' needs!!
We can commit to:
- Same day appointments for all sick children Monday through Saturday. ( please call in early, the phone opens and appointments start at 7:00 AM daily
- Health Assessment appointments for any child and Sports Physical within 2 weeks or sooner if needed!
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Happy Holidays….We're Back on line!!!
Happy Holidays….We're Back on line!!!
News : While our site was downmany things have happened:
- Most important: Influenzais here . Be sure to call and get Flu Vaccine for ALL as soon as possible
- We have added to our staff to ensure that we can see all patients who need care quickly, with great pleasure, Michelle Talbert, FNP who many of you have met and is actively seeing patients daily. When you see her you will note she is pregnant….Congratulations. She will return to see patients soon after her infant comes
FOOD ALLERGY: New information for parents about when and what foods to introduce solid food into their infants diet
Parents trying to navigate the confusing world of children's food allergies now have more specific advice to consider. Highly allergenic foods such as peanut butter, fish and eggs can be introduced to babies between 4 and 6 months and may even play a role in preventing food allergies from developing.
These recommendations regarding children and food allergiesâ€”a rising phenomenon that researchers don't fully understandâ€”come from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in a January article in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology: In Practice. The AAAAI's Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee outlined how and when to introduce highly allergenic foods, which include wheat, soy, milk, tree nuts, and shellfish.
C-Section Rates Vary Widely
Published: March 04, 2013
Reviewed by F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE; Instructor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner
â€¢ This study utilizing data from the National Inpatient Sample demonstrates wide variation in the rate of Cesarean delivery at U.S. hospitals.
â€¢ Be aware that multiple factors, including case-mix, failed to account for the variation, suggesting that local practice patterns may be dictating these rates.
Valentines Day at School, 2013: It really happened in BURKE!
A story for you to consider discussing with your children!
This is a story about a lesson in compassion,understanding and empathy for others. Compassion and empathy for the special needs kids at school with your kids. Last week on Valentines Day my son was so excited to go to school because he knew I was bringing in a special snack for him to share with his class. You see, they are the big 6th graders so no party but they were allowed a snack and to exchange cards. The teacher gave the rules... You give to one you give to all! Too bad the children and the parents didn't enforce that rule. My son got "1" Valentine... Just 1. Why? Because the kids followed the rules in the classroom and only 1 child passed out cards. My son came home crushed, why? Because the kids were exchanging cards in the classroom before school started officially and the teacher was yet to enter the room, they were exchanging on the bus and they were exchanging cards and goody bags in the cafeteria at lunch. My son asked if he could have one. The reply was "No, no one likes you".( from at least one classmate). My son, who generally has the biggest and brightest spirit of most kids was broken. He came home so sad and depressed that he didn't want to talk, to play,and even to go back to school on Friday.
"Parents... This is not okay. We have somehow moved away from teaching our kids about empathy, compassion, respect. We've moved far away from teaching kids that just because someone is different it does not mean that we get a free ticket to bully them and make fun of them. We need to take a lesson in civility and human decency. Talk to our kids about why some kids are different and answer any questions that they have openly and honestly.... Then maybe there would be some happier healthier kids at school and less bullying."
Written by a Mother of a patient in our practice.
We thought it important to add this story to our web site. Thank you for taking the time to read and "listen" to this mother.
- Burke Pediatrics Staff
Burke Pediatrics, LLC and Community Immunity
Burke Pediatrics, LLC and Community Immunity! The two go hand and hand. On Thursday, January 17, 2013 our Physician, Dr. Natovitz, and our Nursing team participated in a Community Immunity Fundraising Flu Clinic at Terra Centre Elementary School. The mission was two-fold; we got the wonderful opportunity to bring the â€œflu shotâ€? out into the community and Terra Centre got to collect funds to help raise money towards their Sixth Grade Graduation Celebration. All of the money raised except for the cost of the vaccine was given to the fund. Dr. Jodi Natovitz was on-site helping to screen patients and answer any questions regarding the Flu Immunization. There was such a great response, 35 vaccines given, and hundreds of dollars raised. We are looking into setting up Flu Clinics at more local Elementary and High School for the upcoming 2013-2014 School Year!
Any school or organization wishing to sponsor a similar â€œCommunity Immunity and Fund Raisingâ€? event next year should contact Erica Noe at 703-978-6061 before March 15,2013 as we must order vaccine by that date to have sufficient supplies for your event.
For Parents: Zolpidem
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today a new recommendation that bedtime doses of the sedative-hypnotic zolpidem be reduced, on the basis of data showing morning blood levels in some patients may be high enough to impair activities requiring alertness, such as driving.
The recommendation applies to zolpidem products approved for bedtime use, marketed as generics and under the brand names Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, and Zolpimist. Data show the risk for morning impairment is highest with extended-release forms of these drugs, and women appear to be more susceptible to this effect because they eliminate zolpidem more slowly than men, a statement from the FDA notes.
"Because use of lower doses of zolpidem will result in lower blood levels in the morning, FDA is requiring the manufacturers of Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, and Zolpimist to lower the recommended dose," the FDA statement notes.
Electronic Medical Records: Pardon Us for Any Inconveniences
The era of Electronic Medical Records (EHR or EMR) has arrived at Burke Pediatrics.
Effective January 17, 2013, we will be converting our paper medical record keeping system to "electronic." This will likely take a few months but will provide your children with an improved record keeping system.
Burke Pediatrics, LLC has added a "button" ( on the right hand side of the page) to allow you keep up with the latest food safety and drug recalls, alerts and identified related problems. Please view it frequently.