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By: Patrick L.
PMG Oswego Clinic
My insurance changed from one company to another when I moved here to West Linn, OR. So, I lost my doctor and all my specialists. I had a very tough time finding a doctor that would treat me. I have a very bad area in my back. One disc completely gone do to an old injury along with degenerative disc disease and arthritis in the same area. Needles to say, I needed a doctor very badly. Because my insurance wasn't very good, I talked to 2 doctors that wouldn't take me and 2 more that said there was nothing they could do for me. When I was at my lowest point and literally ready to die, I found Dr. Lewis and his team. He listened to my story and said right up front there wasn't much he could do for me but he would try. Now, he has stuck by my side for years and, even though the insurance will not cover what I need to fix me, he is still helping me and doing all he can to keep me going. He is undoubtedly the best primary care doctor I have ever had and I just want to put that out there for everyone who is looking for a good doctor. He and his team gets an A+ rating from me.
Tips & Advices
A child should see his or her pediatrician frequently during the first few years. Once the child reaches age 3, parents should schedule a doctor's visit at least once per year. Before that, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests parents arrange visits according to the following schedule:
  • 2 to 5 days old
  • 1 month old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 24 months old (2 years)
  • 30 months old (2.5 years)
No, parents should call 911, an emergency physician, or a pediatric emergency physician if a child suffers an acute illness or injuries. Doctors in these fields are more qualified than pediatricians to handle emergency situations.
A well-visit is a routine visit with a pediatrician to track a child's development, discuss medical or emotional concerns, and receive immunizations and medical advice.
Yes, pediatricians provide immunizations for infants and children up through 21 years.
No, pediatricians do not have to be board certified.They're only required to have a state license. However, certification indicates a dedication to studying pediatrics beyond the requirements.

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