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03/21/2013
By: 1thankfulpatient
Point Plaza Family Practice
I am extremely grateful for the care I‘ve received from everyone at the Point Plaza Practice, especially the individualized care provided to me by the dedicated Physician Assistant. When I opened this website for comments, I was surprised to see someone complaining about medical care provided by a Physician Assistant. Perhaps that individual does not realize that PA’s are trained to perform all the duties and procedures of a medical doctor and PA’s can specialize in many fields of medical practice. Believe me, having battled cancer for the past 14 years which has required too many emergency visits to ER’s than I care to remember, and having experienced way too many painful surgeries and procedures than one should have to deal with in one’s lifetime, I have become an expert in evaluating care received by Doctors, Nurses, and PA’s. Having lived in three different states while receiving treatment, I’ve had to get to know many different professionals in the medical field. Through this journey, I’ve dealt with several complications involving my immune system and internal organs, and many times it has been Physician Assistants working in offices of my Urologists, Oncologists, Hematologists, OBGyn’s, Dermatologists, and Immunologist who have provided me with the most personalized and dedicated care. And since being treated as a patient by the Physician Assistant (Melissa Lewis) of Point Plaza Family Practice, my quality of life has changed significantly. She literally has changed my life for the better. You have no idea what it is like to live everyday not knowing what new obstacle you’ll be faced with regarding complications of your immune system or perhaps dealing with yet another biopsy, new diagnosis, and new treatment plan. She has stayed on top of my lab results and is in constant communication with me and the specialists to whom she’s had my case referred. Dealing with the all the employees at Point Plaza Family Practice has been such a lovely experience. When I walk in the door, I feel like they really know me and really care about me. I am constantly singing their praises to anyone who will listen. Yet, the best endorsement for the great care received at Point Plaza’s Family Practice, would come from my mother. She’s now being treated at Point Plaza and she is the pickiest patient of them all.….so if she gives a group of doctors a thumbs up, you know they’re good. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT POINT PLAZA FAMILY PRACTICE…YOU ARE LIFE SAVERS!!!!!!
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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