WELCOME TO OUR NEW AND IMPROVED WEBSITE!
November 26, 2017
We hope you find our new website informative and easy to navigate. Soon, we will also be able to offer our patient families access to a new patient portal with expanded capabilities.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LACTATION CONSULTANTS!
June 27, 2017
Congratulations to our physician assistant Corinne Adkins and nurse practitioner Kimberly Kinkade who both passed their boards and now are officially International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. Ms. Adkins and Ms. Kinkade have been providing lactation support for familes in both of our offices and have availability for lactation appointments most days in each office.
We are very grateful for the lactation support that Kathie Lawson, RN has provided to our patient families over the past couple of decades. She is transitioning to a well-earned retirement, and we will miss her!
May 1, 2017
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.
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!
July 11, 2017
If your child is older than 6 months and younger than 4 years, a measles-mumps-rubella vaccine may be recommended for international travel. Call our office to schedule a travel conference for 3-4 weeks before you depart.
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!
August 11, 2017
The flu shot doesn't offer perfect protection, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We have flu shots available for all ages (6 months and older).
This year, like last flu season, the CDC is not recommending nasal FluMist for children due to its decreased effectiveness. All of our flu shots will be quadrivalent (protect against 4 strains); most local pharmacies and other retailers only offer trivalent (3 strain) vaccines.
Click here for our flu shot hours.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
CORINNE ADKINS DEPARTURE
February 11, 2018
Our physician's assistant, Corinne Adkins, will be leaving our practice next month. We thank Ms. Adkins for her 13 years of service to our patients. We are happy that she will be able to work closer to home.
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.
WALK-IN SPORTS PHYSICALS AND TRAVEL CONFERENCES
April 23, 2018
On Tuesdays through Fridays only, patients may come to our walk-in clinic hours at either office for Sports Updates or Travel Conferences. Please note that we are not able to accomodate these visits on Mondays or Saturdays.
Walk-in clinic hours are 7:00-9:45 a.m. in both our Fair Oaks and Springfield offices.
Sports updates are only for patients who have had a well visit with us within the past year. Otherwise, please call to schedule a well visit and mention that your child also needs a sports physical.
For pre-travel conferences, we recommend that your child be seen at least 3 weeks prior to travel to allow time for immunity to develop following vaccination.
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!
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 thankher for her 3+ years of fellowship and dedication to our patients.