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WE LOVE BABIES!

September 17, 2021

Expectant parents, please note:


As of Monday, September 20, we are putting a temporary pause on rounding on newborns at Inova Fairfax and Fair Oaks hospitals.  Our newborns will be in the very capable hands of the newborn hospitalists at both hospitals, who will oversee their care there and will send families home with follow-up instructions (usually meaning an appointment 1-2 days after discharge) as well as discharge paperwork to bring along to our office for that first visit.  Please plan to arrive 20 min before your first scheduled appointment to help us with registration and with reviewing your hospital paperwork.  Our nurses do not let newborns wait in our waiting rooms; you will be brought back to an exam room quickly.


We are making this temporary move to help with staffing in our busy sick clinics right now.  We will let you know when we resume rounding on newborns.  If you have any questions, please ask one of our doctors or nurse practitioners.  We appreciate your understanding as we try to facilitate good care for all of our families!

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September 7, 2021

VPAC wishes a warm welcome to Dr. Chris Chanock, who started with us today. He will be based primarily in our Springfield office.

Dr. Christopher Chanock received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA. He is married to a fellow pediatrican and is excited to practice in the Washington area, where he grew up and has strong ties to family. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, sports, playing the guitar, and spending time with his dog MacArthur.


Dr. Chanock is excited to join the practice and work everyday with children and their families. He feels it is a privilege to work with families over the long term, fostering relationships and helping children achieve a healthy and happy childhood. He is particularly interested in adolescent health and well-being.

Vaccine

September 2, 2021

The 2021-2022 VPAC Fight the Flu Campaign has begun!


Flu shots are available for ages 6 months and up in both offices. 

Click here for our flu shot clinic hours and sign-ups. 

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THANK YOU, KIMBERLY KINKADE!

August 31,2021

We are so sad that nurse practitioner and lactation consultant, Kim Kinkade moved to South Carolina with her family earlier this month.  She had been at VPAC for 9 years and was a wonderful part of our family, and she’s terrific at her job.  We will miss her.

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August 15, 2021

Here is some information about the long-term side effects of COVID vaccines.

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June 7, 2021

For the past 11 years, Dr. Nita Vivatrat has been a wise, calm, wonderful part of our practice.  For family reasons, she and her husband and 3 sweet daughters are moving to Guam, where her husband is from.  We are so sad to see her leave and wish her and her family the best.  Hope to see you again soon, Dr. Vivatrat!

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FDA AUTHORIZES AND CDC RECOMMENDS THE PFIZER CORONAVIRUS VACCINE FOR ADOLESCENTS 12 TO 15 YEARS OLD

May 12, 2021

The FDA authorizes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years old.


This official CDC recommendation also follows the FDA decision to authorize emergency use of this vaccine in 12- through 15-year-old adolescents.


This is another important step to getting out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and closer to normalcy.

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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY AND HAPPY NURSES WEEK

May 9, 2021

Celebrating Mother's Day and Nurses Week. Thank you for all that you do!

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May 6, 2021

Does your child need a physical for camp or college or school sports? Many local schools require a physical or "sports update" after May 1 for sports clearance for the coming school year, even if your child had an annual well visit within the past few months.

We offer sports physicals by appointment or through our walk-in clinic on Tuesday-Friday.


***Please note that your child must have had an annual physical within the year to be able to walk-in for a sports physical.***


Click here to print out the new sport physical form. 

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April 26, 2021

We will be offering COVID vaccines in our office beginning May for patients aged 16 and up. Sign up today!

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February 10, 2021

Here's some information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about the risk of heavy metal exposure to children, and how to help minimize it.

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AIR POLLUTION, TRANSPORTATION, AND OUR HEALTH

January 28, 2021

Dr. O'Mara is the Vice-Chair for Community Outreach and a Steering Committee Member of Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action. See his video on transportation and our health here

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VPAC PROVIDERS GET THEIR COVID VACCINES

December 19, 2020

VPAC providers are eagerly starting to receive COVID vaccines. 

Click here for more information on when children may be getting COVID vaccines. 

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December 14, 2020

Recognizing signs of stress in your children and ways to offer support.

Give Thanks

November 12, 2020

A growing number of studies have shown that gratitude benefits both our physical and emotional health.

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October 14, 2020

This article includes ideas on how families can have fun while avoiding the scare of being exposed to or spreading the virus.

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THANK YOU, BETH MORRELL!

September 16, 2020

Our nurse practitioner, Beth Morrell, will be leaving VPAC in order to spend more time with her family. We wish Ms. Morrell the best, and thank her for the wonderful care and compassion she has had for our patients.

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August, 30, 2020


Starting Sept 1, 2020, our weekday walk-in acute care clinic hours will be from 7:00 AM – 11:30 AM and 1:00PM – 4:30 PM in both offices.

If you are bringing a child in for walk-in clinic, we ask you to call us from your car when you arrive and to follow the prompts for “Walk-in Clinic”. Your call will be answered by a nurse, and they will either have you come right in or call you back when we a room is available.


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UPCOMING SCHEDULE AND LOCATION CHANGES

June 26, 2020

Virginia Pediatric & Adolescent Center is pleased to announce that our Springfield office renovations are progressing well (the photo to the right is our hallway during move-in) and starting Monday, July 6, we will be seeing well visits in both our Springfield and Fair Ridge Drive offices. Shot clinic hours will also be returning to as previously scheduled.

Click here for further details. 

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NEW APPOINTMENT CONFIRMATION SYSTEM

June 15, 2020

Virginia Pediatric and Adolescent Center is happy to announce that we have a new appointment confirmation system. PLEASE make sure we have good contact information (especially e-mail and cell phone number) for you.

Click here for further details.

Smiling Kids

June 5, 2020

It is never too early to speak with your children about our similarities and differences and to help them develop positive ideas about themselves and others.

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April 17, 2020

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that during the COVID-19 pandemic, children continue to receive well-child care and immunizations, particularly infants and young children (through 24 months of age).

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March 17, 2020

Dr. O'Mara has been advocating for our children's health through support of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

March 16, 2020

Please see this important information regarding temporary schedule changes due to the Coronavirus Outbreak. 

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Mar 1, 2020

A comic exploring the new coronavirus that is appealing and informative for kids.

Refer to this AAP article or the CDC website for more information about COVID-19.

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FAIR OAKS OFFICE MOVE

October 6, 2019

The Fair Oaks Office will be moving to our new location on Monday, October 28:

4001 Fair Ridge Dr., Ste. 301

Fairfax, VA 22033 

Because of our move, our Saturday office hours on Saturday, October 26 will be held at our Springfield office. 

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October 2, 2019

Ranitidine (Zantac) products, including generic products from several pharmacy chains, are being pulled from store shelves due to possible contamination. Ranitidine treats gastroesophageal reflux disease. If your child is taking a form of ranitidine, please contact our office at 703-569-8400 to speak with an advice nurse to discuss alternatives.
Please share this information with other families who might be affected. For adults, please contact your doctor with any concerns

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July 27, 2019

We see more allergy and asthma issues when spring pollen levels are higher due to warmer-than-usual temperatures as well as increased rain. Milder winters the past couple of years have meant more ticks in the spring and summer, followed by more Lyme and other diseases.  

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May 29, 2019

Each year, on the first Saturday of June, thousands of Virginians simultaneously descend on the rivers, streams, and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to remove harmful litter and debris. Thirty-one years strong, Clean the Bay Day is a true Virginian tradition and an annual opportunity to give back to local waterways.

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SATURDAY PHYSICALS STARTING MID-MAY

April 19, 2019

There will be a limited amount of scheduled physicals on Saturday mornings in our Fair Oaks office starting mid-May through the summer. To schedule an appointment, call 703-569-8400.

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WALK-IN PRE-OP VISITS

February 27, 2019

On Tuesdays through Fridays only, patients may come to our walk-in clinic hours at either office for pre-op visits. Please note that we are unable to accomodate these visits on Monday or Saturday. Walk-in acute care clinic hours are 7:00am - 9:45am in both our Springfield and Fair Oaks offices.

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October 23, 2018

As we head into colder, drier weather, keep moisturizing dry skin on your little ones to try to prevent dry patches from becoming inflamed.

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FIGHTING FOR CLEAN CAR STANDARDS

September 28, 2018

Virginia Pediatric and Adolescent Center's  Dr. O'Mara wrote an op-ed about fighting for clean car standards for our children's health. Read his article here

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WELCOME BACK, EMILY BEARSE!

September 3, 2018

We are pleased to welcome back, Emily Bearse CPNP. She is back in the area after having moved away in 2012.
Emily Bearse is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She grew up in Fairfax and she received her Bachelor of Science of nursing from University of Virginia. She graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program from the The Catholic University of America in 2009. Ms. Bearse will be working primarily in the Springfield office.

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August 30, 2018

In an updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children remain in rear-facing car seats until they reach the highest weight and height allowed by their seat. Most convertible car seats have limits that will allow children to remain rear facing for 2 years or more.

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STACEY AKERS DEPARTURE

August 8, 2018

Our nurse practitioner, Stacey Akers, will be leaving VPAC after the first week of August. She and her husband are adopting a little boy from China and are excited about this new chapter in their lives. We are happy for Stacey and her family, and thank her for her 3+ years of fellowship and dedication to our patients.

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WELCOME MEGHAN CROMWELL CPNP

June 3, 2018

A belated welcome to Meghan Glassmacher Cromwell, a nurse practitioner who joined our practice this April. She and her siblings grew up in our practice, and she worked here as a medical assistant a decade ago. She received her BSN and CPNP from the University of Rochester. After that, she worked in primary care in Annapolis for 2 years before joining a pediatric pulmonology group for a year and a half.  She has a special interest in asthma and other respiratory issues. She and her husband have a sweet 10-month-old daughter. We feel very lucky to welcome her back to VPAC!

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DR. O'MARA ATTENDS CLIMATE & HEALTH SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE

April 13, 2018

Earlier this month, Dr. Timothy O'Mara attended a Climate & Health Solutions conference and visited Virginia legislators to discuss the effects of the climate on children's health.

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement in 2015 entitled “Global Climate Change and Children's Health” that detailed how children are “uniquely vulnerable” to effects of climate change, including “physical and psychological sequelae of weather disasters; increased heat stress; decreased air quality; altered disease patterns of some climate-sensitive infections; and food, water, and nutrient insecurity in vulnerable regions.” Click here for more information on how climate change affects children now and in the future.

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February 7, 2018

Symptoms that call for immediate medical care are if a child’s breathing becomes labored, and he or she is taking fast, shallow breaths or feels chest pain or pressure; if the child’s lips turn blue or purple; if he or she is less responsive than usual; if the child’s skin becomes clammy; or if the child refuses to eat or drink or has diarrhea and is vomiting, raising the risk of dehydration.

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INTRODUCING DR. FARHA NAQUI

November 6, 2017

We are happy to announce that Dr. Farha Naqui will be joining our practice in December 2017. She will be practicing primarily at our Fair Oaks location. 

Dr. Farha Naqui is a board certified pediatrician who earned a Bachelor’s Degree from The George Washington University and her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Vidant Medical Center at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She has been in private practice for the last 5 years.

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DR. CRIM'S REDUCED SCHEDULE

November 2, 2017

Dr. Crim will officially be scaling back her hours after January 2018. She will no longer have a set schedule, and will likely be working only a few days each month. If you would like to schedule an appointment with her, please talk with our schedulers regarding her availability.
We are happy that Dr. Crim will be able to enjoy more time with her family, and are thankful for her years of dedication to our patients.

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WASHINGTONIAN TOP DOCTORS

October 24, 2017

Congratulations to Doctors Rossbach, Jarvandi, O'Mara, and Cross for being recognized in Washingtonian magazine as being one of the Washington, DC area's 2017 best doctors!

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October 10, 2017

You probably can't protect your child from hearing about tragic events. These four tips can help you talk to your kids about these difficult topics.

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July 11, 2017

Post-partum depression and anxiety are common and treatable. Please don't suffer alone -- tell your family or friends and please seek help from your obstetrician or primary care provider. We're here to support you, too; don't hesitate to reach out!

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June 22, 2017

Keep checking the whole family for ticks every evening after spending time outside!

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TRAVEL CONFERENCES

April 8, 2017

Traveling abroad this summer? Schedule a travel visit with one of our providers about 4 weeks before you leave so we can review your child's vaccines and the CDC travel recommendations for the countries you will be visiting. Children age 13 months - 3 years can receive their booster of MMR early to have better measles protection. Children 6-11 months can receive an MMR dose early to protect them for travel. Depending on where you are traveling, we may also discuss typhoid and other vaccines as well as malaria prophylaxis. Travel safely and enjoy those family vacation memories!