Our goal is to provide comprehensive medical care for your newborn, infant, child, adolescent and young adult. This includes assessment of health and growth, treatment of acute and chronic illness, disease prevention, parenting advice and management of behavioral, educational and mental health issues. We maintain privileges at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, NJ and Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ
- Pre-natal consultations. (A fee may apply.)
- Physical examinations from birth through age 22.
- Management of acute illness.
- Evening and weekend hours, with availability for acute illnesses on Sundays and some holidays.
- Management of chronic conditions, including obesity, and asthma.
- Management of behavioral issues including sleep and feeding problems, toileting issues and concerns regarding common behavioral problems in children and adolescents.
We will be happy to see your child by appointment during our regular office hours.
Non-acute visits are by appointment only. If possible, we recommend booking physicals at least one month in advance. Under most circumstances, sick appointments will be booked the same day that you call. If the office is closed, please leave a message and we will contact you when we reopen to schedule an appointment.
Please let us know if you have to cancel an appointment or if you are unable to arrive on time. If you plan to bring more than one child to a given appointment, please let us know so that we can have a chart prepared and so that we can allow for some extra time.
EMERGENCIES AND AFTER HOURS
Of course, if your child has an urgent problem at any time of the day, we are available by phone. Urgent phone calls during regular office hours will be handled immediately by one of us or a medical assistant.
For urgent problems after hours contact our office at (973) 754-4025. All calls will be answered by our answering service. If you leave an urgent message with our answering service and you do not receive a phone call back from one of our doctors within 15 minutes, please call the office number again at and tell the answering service the doctor has not returned your phone call and it is urgent that you speak to the doctor now.
We participate in most managed care plans. Please all our central billing team at 201-252-8700 during normal business hours if you have questions about insurance plans or billing. If you belong to a plan with a specific co-pay amount per visit, payment is required at the time of service. Your insurance plan may restrict you to specific hospitals or diagnostic facilities or require you to receive certification prior to diagnostic evaluation or hospitalization. Please be aware of your plan’s provisions. We may not have access to that information if you call us off-hours.
Some insurers do not cover in-office tests and screening, therefore some time-of- service charges may apply. Please see our financial policy for more information.
If you are calling about a non-urgent problem or you need advice or medication dosages, you will be asked to leave a message. Please understand that if we are busy with emergencies or patients with appointments, these will take priority over a non-urgent phone call, but we will return your call as soon as we possibly can. Alternatively you can find information here on our web site.
If you call us with a problem, please have available a paper and pencil, the names of any medications your child is taking, and a recent temperature, if relevant. Also, know which pharmacy you plan to use and whether or not it is open. It is also a good idea to speak to your pharmacist about delivery policies.
We are often asked to prescribe medication over the phone. As long as we are able to update your child’s medications through regular examinations, we are certainly happy to refill prescriptions for chronic problems such as asthma, allergies, seizure disorders, etc. In general, however, we feel it is bad policy to prescribe medications, especially antibiotics, without seeing the patient. In setting this policy, our number one concern is your child’s welfare.
Of course, we realize that emergencies arise. In certain circumstances, we will prescribe an antibiotic over the phone, but we will expect that you will bring the patient to the office as soon as possible so that we can confirm our diagnosis.