PAA: Passionate, Accessible, Adaptable
Our ultimate goal is to provide the very best individualized healthcare to each of our patients. Pediatric Associates of Alexandria, Inc. has served Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. area for over 50 years. With 17 providers and 45 staff members, we are able to provide total healthcare for children, from infancy through adolescence and early adulthood. We make it a priority to establish an open, cooperative relationship with parents, involving families in the decision-making for the well-being of their child, our patient. We strive to make each visit a positive experience.
Mission: Pediatric Associates of Alexandria is committed to being accessible to serve all of your child's health care needs. We believe that your child's medical home is the best place to receive healthcare, whenever possible. VACCINATIONS: We believe that vaccinations are an essential part of our work protecting children from serious illness, disability and death. We follow the immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Thankfully, the vaccinations are very safe, and are associated with only minor side effects, such as fever and tenderness at the injection site. More serious side effects, such as allergy, are exceedingly rare. This risk exists when any medication is given, including over the counter medications. We ask that parents at Pediatric Associates follow the recommended schedule. This is for the sake of their own children, the greater community, and for the babies in our practice who are susceptible to infections because they remain too young to be vaccinated. If you do not wish to follow this schedule, we will continue to see your child, but recommend that you find another provider who supports this choice.
parenting.nytimes.com Cook the same foods that everyone else is having for your littlest one, and don’t fret about how much gets eaten.�
[11/27/19] Both locations will close tonight at 6pm and remain closed tomorrow for the holiday. Back to regular hours on Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!
Dr. Hopper and his creative half (founder of festionline.com) attended the Washingtonian reception last night. #topdoctors #washingtonianmag
WE HAVE A WINNER! Congrats! Michelle: please let us know if you would like to pick up your gift card or have it mailed. You can call or respond to this posting. Thank you to all who participated!
Remember to vote for the kids tomorrow 11/5!
[05/12/19] Dr. Bondareff will be retiring this summer after more than 50 years in pediatric practice. If you’d like to share a story or well wishes, please send an email to [email protected] so we can pass it along!
Happy Nurse’s Week to all of our amazing nurses at PAA!!!
Here I am at work at home, with my oldest son on his way to the prom. He saw Dr. Parente for his first checkup at PAA almost 18 years ago. Dr. Hopper
[04/21/19] Our phone system is currently down. We’re working to get it back up and running ASAP. If your call to schedule a sick visit does not go through, please walk-in. We are open until 12pm at the Potomac Yards location today.
[04/15/19] The power is back on at the Potomac Yards location!
Britax Offers Free Replacement Part Under Jogging Stroller Settlement 👉🏻 https://www.consumerreports.org/jogging-strollers/britax-jogging-stroller-settlement/ #recall @consumerreports
The American Academy of Pediatrics calls on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue an immediate recall for the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, which has been tied to 32 sleep-related infant deaths. 👉🏻 https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/AAP-Urges-U-S-Consumer-Product-Safety-Commission-to-Recall-Fisher-Price-Rock-n-Play-Sleeper.aspx
We recommend giving children tap water once their teeth come in, since the fluoride in it does help prevent cavities. Sometimes people don’t like the taste or smell of their tap water. Letting the water sit in an open container so that any residual chlorine can evaporate, or using a filter in the fridge or pitcher can help this. See below:
newsroom.arlingtonva.us There are easy ways to remove any chlorine taste or odor you detect during the annual cleaning, which runs through May of this year.
eatright.org Snacking can help add needed nourishment into a toddler's day — as long as it's done right. Use these strategies to help establish good habits for life.
A step in the right direction and a first of its kind to target women’s mental health.
#postpartum #depression #womenshealth #mentalhealth #postpartumdepression #postpartumanxiety #momlife #ppd #motherhood #selfcare
Aerochambers only work if they are used correctly. If you are using a metered-dose inhaler (MDI) without an aerochamber, then you are not receiving the full benefit of your medication.
#asthma #aerochamber #allergies #health #chronicillness #inhaler #asthmaattack #risk
Fortunately there have not been any recent measles cases reported locally. Here’s some info from the AAP about measles.
healthychildren.org immunizations~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) answers questions parents have about protecting babies from measles who are too young for the vaccine.
Most parents know intuitively that parks are good for kids! Now research shows it is true. Growing up in areas with green spaces protects kids mental health.
A published study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) showed that "children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors (like urbanization, socioeconomic factors, parental history of mental illness, and parental age)."
pbs.org Part of parenting is helping our kids understand their emotions and then respond in a way that does not hurt themselves or others.
From another appreciative parent:
“I did not want to pass up the opportunity to thank PA Leslie Mosteller for her awesome care of my then 5 week old son who had RSV and was hospitalized for 10 days. She followed up with me daily after my son was admitted and seemed to genuinely care when she probably sees so many patients every day! We credit her for saving his life and will be forever grateful for her attentiveness and medical care!
pedsalex.com Meet Leslie Mosteller, PA-C, a physician assistant with Pediatric Associates of Alexandria, a medical practice caring for infants, children, and teens in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.
We wanted to share an email from a parent, which demonstrates the outstanding clinical skills of one of our PAs, Lauren Miller.
“My two-year old son Parker has been a patient at Pediatric Associates of Alexandria since his birth in March of 2016. Dr. Hopper has been his primary care physician and we have been pleased with the overall level of care we have received at your Walker Lane location. Approximately 4 weeks ago my son was experiencing severe constipation and our concerns elevated to the point where we felt the need to bring him for a walk-in evaluation. I find it necessary to share the experience with you because the outstanding care and service that was provided by your Physician Assistant, Lauren Miller, far exceeded our expectations.
Parker was very uncomfortable and in pain for almost 3 days. This was the first perceived "real" medical emergency with our son and our anxiety and stress complicated an already confusing and troubling situation. After waiting 10 minutes in the reception, we were called back and placed into an examination room. Soon thereafter, Ms. Miller came in the room with a warm and pleasant greeting that immediately calmed and relaxed both Parker and me. Her movements were slow and confident and she expertly began establishing a connection with my son.
Over the next 5 minutes she asked questions and listened to my responses intently. She began her examination with care, skill and a genuine concern for not only Parker's well-being but mine as well. She quickly formed a connection and bond with both of us and very shortly I sensed we were in good hands. She spent a considerable amount of time diagnosing and explaining the situation in detail and recommended a clear and concise plan of care. She provided her personal number and gave me a contingency plan if his condition did not change for the better or if it deteriorated over the next 12 hours. Throughout the entire time in the examination room Parker was remarkably calm and attentive and I directly associate this with the genuine care, concern, and expertise that Ms. Miller exhibited.”
pedsalex.com Meet Lauren Miller, PA-C, a physician assistant with Pediatric Associates of Alexandria, a medical practice caring for infants, children, and teens in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.
[01/29/19] Still working on getting our phones online. Seems to be a wider problem for some of us in the Kingstowne area. If still not working right tomorrow, we plan to get our calls routed through our Potomac Yard office. Sorry! Dr. Hopper
[01/29/19] Both locations (Healthplex and Potomac Yards) will close at 6pm tonight due to weather. We will open at 6am tomorrow as usual. Stay safe!
We are so sorry that our phone system is having a glitch with AT&T wireless. Our phone people are working on it. If you have AT&T wireless, please call us today from another line if you can. For some reason it still works if we call you back, but we can only hear static when you call in. Sorry! Hopefully will be fixed soon.
We are open at our Potomac Yard location. Right now Dr. Hopper is working the front desk, and Dr. Ahdoot is seeing patients, and out nurse Marcel is giving a shot.
Happy New Year! Both offices will close today at 6pm, and remain closed tomorrow. We will be open as usual on 1/2.
Yea! It’s Christmas! Both of our offices will close at 6pm tonight. We will be closed tomorrow, and then open as usual the rest of the week.
Important information about teething necklaces:
aappublications.org Children should not use teething jewelry, which can lead to choking or strangulation, according to a warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Dr. Hopper with Bill Blackburn, co-owner of Pork Barrel BBQ, a local Del Ray business, which will will be catering our PAA holiday party. We are happy that the Blackburns have entrusted us with the pediatric care of their kids. We also took care of the kids of Mike Anderson, Pork Barrel’s co-owner, when they were young. PAA’s original office was in Del Ray, and we are happy to be back in the neighborhood. We love to support local business, and enjoy great BBQ!
PAA knows that children need a clean environment for their health and their future!
That is why we are purchasing office furniture from companies committed to reducing waste. Check out the new chairs at the Potomac Yard location, made in Brooklyn from reclaimed plastic and wood dust!
Have you ever talked to our advice nurse Eunice? Here is a note we recently received from a grateful mom,
“She is such a great listener and advocate for parents and kids, and she never makes me feel rushed or silly for calling (not that anyone else does either, but she is extra supportive) . I feel like she's a real treasure of sound and measured advice and information. I really love PAA.
That's all! I'm thankful for this practice.”
It’s always nice to get a note or a “pikshr” from a happy patient.
PAA is hiring nurses and medical assistants. Doesn’t this look fun? As we continue to grow, we are hiring RNs, LPNs and CMAs. Full-time, part-time, and weekend shifts available. Email resume to [email protected].
WE HAVE A WINNER! Congrats! Kim: please let us know if you would like to pick up your gift card or have it mailed. You can call or respond to this posting. Thank you to all who participated!
[11/06/18] Today is the last day to post your Halloween pictures! We'll announce the winner later this week.
Inova Physician Recognition for Dr. Samantha Ahdoot:
What began as a homegrown group of Inova clinicians concerned about the impact of climate change on their patients’ health has turned into a statewide coalition working to effect positive change for all Virginians.
Happy Halloween from PAA!!
#halloweencostume #halloween2018 #trickortreat @ Pediatrics of Alexandria
We love seeing our patients dressed up!
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