Well Check-ups

Appointments are made for all new patients, well checkups and sick visits. The number of available well appointments is determined by the time of year. In the winter there are fewer well appointment times than in the summer. Please make your well appointment as far in advance as possible. Call 404-252-4611 for an appointment or contact us online using the Patient Portal. Cancellations should be made at least 24 hours in advance in order to allow us to offer your appointment time to other patients needing care. There is a $50 fee if you do not cancel or reschedule your appointment 24 hours in advance.

If you are more than 20 minutes late for your well appointment you will be rescheduled to the next available appointment time. Please allow plenty of travel time to accommodate Atlanta traffic.

A parent or legal guardian must accompany all children/teens under the age of 18. The parent/guardian may complete an authorization form for another designated person to seek medical care for their child/children.

Well Child Check-up schedule:

Newborn, 2 to 10 days after discharge, 1 month old, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months

At three years of age and up, check-ups should be scheduled annually.

Please see the following webpages for age specific development and safety:

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

AAP's Healthy Children

Sick Visits

It is easy to see a physician at our office when your child is ill. We always keep appointment times available for same day visits. Just call ahead and make an appointment . Your child will be seen by his or her physician, or if your regular doctor is not available, you may select another of our pediatricians for this visit.

Appointments are available for sick children to be seen Monday 7:30am - 5:30pm Tuesday 8:30am - 6pm Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Call 404-252-4611 for an appointment or contact us online using the secure Patient Portal.

On Saturdays we are available to care for sick children by appointment beginning at 9:00 am. Our appointment telephone line opens at 8:30 am on Saturday. Walk-in sick visits are not available on Saturday. Our office is closed on Sunday.

We do our best to minimize waiting time, however, there may be unavoidable delays when an acutely ill child requires prolonged care or hospitalization. Also, it is our policy to try to accommodate every ill child who needs a same day appointment and to not direct our patients to hospital emergency departments when our office is open. Sometimes this may cause our physicians to run behind schedule. We ask for your understanding when this happens. We will try to keep you informed of any delays.

Immunizations

We follow the immunization schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control.

We are happy to discuss any questions you may have about vaccines during your child's well visit. You will also be given an opportunity to read the Vaccine Information Statement for each vaccine prior to administration.

Please be aware that many sites purporting to provide vaccine information are actually operated by anti-vaccine groups. Their information is biased, unscientific and often frightening to the uninformed.

If you want to learn more about immunization, we recommend these resources:

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia — Follow the link to "Your Child's Health" for information about parenting, safety and to visit the independent "Vaccine Education Center".
  • Immunization Action Coalition — The Immunization Action Coalition, a nonprofit organization, works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services.

Dietitian

Bailey Koch, RD, CSP, LD, CNSD

Registered/Licensed Dietitian, Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition and Nutrition Support

Bailey is a Registered Dietitian who works with families/children on an individual basis. She began her private practice after realizing the growing demand for customized pediatric nutrition services. She is available to see patients at Sandy Springs Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine by appointment.

Services Provided

  • One-on-one counseling
  • Computerized diet analysis

Areas of Expertise

  • Failure to Thrive
  • Poor Weight Gain
  • Feeding Issues
  • Picky Eaters
  • Gluten-Free Diet, Celiac Disease
  • Food Allergy/Intolerances
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Weight Management
  • Nutrition Management of Gastrointestinal Issues such as Irritable Bowel Disease, Chronic Constipation, and Reflux
  • Follow-up Nutrition Needs of the Premature Infant
  • Nutrition Care for Developmentally Delayed Children
  • Management of Nutrition Support, including Tube Feedings and Homebrews
  • Normal Nutrition for Infants through Adolescents

Prescription Refills

Refills should be requested through the secure Patient Portal on this website or by mail. We ask that you not call for routine medication refills.

Chronic and Recurrent Illnesses

Medicines used to treat chronic and stable or recurrent conditions (such as allergies, asthma or gastrointestinal disorders) may be prescribed with refills for as long as one year. If your child uses such medicines, it is a good idea to request a new one-year refillable prescription at each annual checkup. If you need a new prescription for a maintenance medication before your child's next yearly checkup, you may request a refill through the secure Patient Portal or by mail.

Acute Illnesses

Acute illnesses (such as ear infections, Strep throat and pneumonia) are treated with medications which should be used only for a limited period of time and under the close supervision of a physician. Prescriptions for treatment of acute illness are generally not refillable. If you think you child needs prescription medicine for an acute problem, please come to the office for a medical evaluation.

Attention Deficit Medications

Most medicines used to treat attention deficit disorder (such as Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Focalin) are closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as controlled substances. These prescriptions must be written and signed by the physician and may not be telephoned to a pharmacy. You may still request a refill of one of these medicines using the secure Patient Portal. Please be sure that your child has had a checkup within the past 12 months and that you are not requesting a change of dose or medicine. A written prescription will be mailed to you within two business days.

After Hours

After hours calls should be limited to problems of an acute nature, which require attention before the office reopens. For urgent problems after hours, please call our answering service at 770-985-7886. Before 11pm they will page the physician on call. After 11pm they will route your call to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Nurse Advice Line. If the nurse feels a physician should be notified she will have the service beep our on-call physician. Please call the answering service.

If you have Privacy Director℠ or any kind of call block these must be inactivated for us to return your call. Please keep your line open for the physician’s return call. If you have not received a return call within one hour of your call, please call back. Please try to call during office hours if possible.

We generally use Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Emergency Room for children who must be seen after hours. We prefer that you use CHOA emergency department. Urgent care centers should only be used for minor problems.

If your insurance requires authorization for an emergency room visit, it is your responsibility to contact our Referral Coordinator (ext 335) the following business day.