Info for Weekend of 4/20/19

It’s that time of year again when Artsapalooza is taking place and our parking lot will be utilized. This event will impact our parking lot on April 20th-21st The hours for the event are: April 20th 10AM-5PM April 21st 11AM-5PM The event will include a children’s play area, local musicians, interactive art stations, plus up to 150 arts and crafts participants in every discipline. The festival location is in the heart of Sandy Springs, near interstate access and all things Atlanta. The event is held in the parking lot of the 6100 building. It is our understanding that Lake Forrest Drive will be closed beginning at 6PM on Friday, April 19th. We will still have access from Hammond Drive.

Dr. Kimberly Wise letter to patients

To my wonderful patients and friends at Sandy Springs Pediatrics,

After much thought and consideration, I am announcing that I will be leaving Sandy Springs Pediatrics on May 31st, 2019 to move to Kansas City, Kansas. This is not a letter I ever expected to write as I thought I would be here for my entire career, but my husband has been offered a great opportunity in Kansas City that will also allow him to devote more time to our family.

As you know, my family has grown a lot since I started at Sandy Springs Pediatrics almost 8 years ago. I am constantly trying to juggle my busy family life and my full-time career as a pediatrician in a fast-paced city. This move will allow both of us to be more involved as parents and continue the careers that we love.

This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make because of how much I adore taking care of all of you. You guys have such a special place in my heart, and make coming to work every day so enjoyable! I will miss each and every one of you. Sincerely, Kim Wise, MD

Please join us in welcoming Emily Andriessen, MD to our practice!

Dr. Andriessen comes to us from New Orleans, where she has practiced for the last two years after completing her residency and serving as Chief Resident at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She and Dr. Aldridge trained together at LSU. She has worked in both the ER and after hours care and is looking forward to starting her practice here in Atlanta. She enjoys traveling and speaks Spanish and Dutch.

She and her husband will be moving to the Atlanta area in the next few months and she will be joining the practice in July 2019.

Introducing Self-scheduling

You can now schedule your child’s sick appointment through our webpage. Click on the Schedule Appointment button and it will take you through a series of prompts to schedule the appointment. Please note that for the date of birth you must pick the year, the month, the day. You will also have to pick the location even though we only have one. This will hopefully be streamlined in the upcoming upgrade in a few months.) This is for same day sick appointment only. You will be able to schedule next day appointment after 6:30pm.

This is available 24/7 so if you child is sick in the middle of the night you can schedule your appointment for the following morning at that time instead of having to call the office at 7:30am or without having to login to the patient portal.

You may also cancel appointments as long as it is not within 24 hours of the appointment.

Coming in the future you will be able to schedule new patient appointments, well checks, adhd appointments, rechecks, etc. We want to work out any bugs and start slowly to ensure it works well.

Office Notice for Saturday Oct 22, 2018

If you are coming to the office Saturday for an appointment or Dr. Long’s Retirement Party and our 50TH Anniversary Party please note the 33rd Annual Sandy Springs Heritage Festival will be going on as well. They will be using our parking lot for shuttles to the Festival. Our reserved parking spaces will still be available for patients being seen.

Mt. Vernon Hwy will be closed from Sandy Springs Circle east to Galambos Way beginning Fri. Sept, 21 at 1pm. Mt. Vernon Hwy will be closed on Saturday between Lake Forrest and Sandy Springs Circle from 6am until 9am or all runners have passed.

We hope you will drop by to say Goodbye to Dr. Long as well as letting your children have some fun with games, face painting etc. We will have some snacks available as well.

Our Thoughts & Prayers….

…go out to Dr. Estonna Wells-Jarrett and her family after the loss of her daughter, Alexis. We will miss Alexis and will always remember her warm smile and cheerful nature she brought with her visits to us.

Services will be held Saturday, August 18, viewing at 12:30 and service at 1:30 at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 4245 Cascade Road, Atlanta.

A fund has been set up in Alexis’ name at her school: MDE School of East Cobb, Fund for Alexis Jarrett, 1517 Johnson Ferry Road #100, Marietta, GA 30062.

Letter from Dr. John Long

As some of you already know, I will be retiring from Sandy Springs Pediatrics at the end of August. It has been nearly 30 years since I joined SSP as the youngest physician in the group. I certainly can’t claim that distinction now, but happily we have added many fine young pediatricians to our group over the years. Most of my original colleagues have already retired, save one who is still going strong.

It has been a pleasure to participate in the care of your children and to share your joy as they grew and accomplished amazing things. My time at Sandy Springs Pediatrics roughly coincided with the arrival of my son and daughter – events that added a new and wonderful dimension to my work that I had not anticipated.

Many have asked what I plan to do after retiring. I have many ideas. First, I plan to devote more time to my hobby – photography. Maybe I’ll finally create my own website or have a show. Also I hope to take some postponed trips with my family, read all those books still on the shelf and maybe take some college courses I missed the first time around.

To all of my patients and families, thank you for sharing your lives with me. May your futures be blessed with abundant health and happiness.

John Long, MD