El Camino Pediatrics raises the standards
Parents know that inevitably children don’t only become ill during weekdays. El Camino Pediatrics recognizes this and has gone above and beyond to make sure their patients can schedule doctor visits at times that work for their busy schedules.
So in addition to evening hours Monday through Thursday, El Camino Pediatrics offers weekend hours for sick children.
El Camino Pediatrics offers full pediatric care for children from birth to age 19. In addition to well visits, they provide specialized care for children with a variety of conditions. For example, Dr. Nicholas Levy has a special interest in ADHD and school problems. Dr. Michelle Dern is the county expert on foreign adoptions. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Natalie McNally has been trained as an asthma educator and provides expert consultation to patients with asthma.
Not only does El Camino Pediatrics provide standard health care, but they recently added education to their extensive list of services. “We pride ourselves in educating patients and parents in preventative health care in addition to providing information about diseases in children. We have devices that allow us to test the vision of infants as young as 6 months and to check the hearing in those over a year old,” said Dr. Nicholas Levy. He also said that they recently added EKGs for athletes to their services.
The services and expertise offered by the doctors of El Camino Pediatrics aren’t the practice’s only distinguishing features.
El Camino Pediatrics has received local honors such as Best of Encinitas in 2009 and Best Pediatricians by Ranch & Coast Magazine in 2009 and 2010. What is it about this practice that resonates with parents? “Our physicians personally call back each and every patient that we see in the office,” said Dr. Rosalind Dockweiler. “This is not the standard of care in the community, but it is the El Camino Pediatrics standard of care and has been since the practice began in 1974. We also have experienced RNs who provide nurse triage all day long and late at night, answering telephone calls from our patients.”
One current concern for many is the flu season, which is making headlines locally. “Influenza is most dangerous for pregnant women, infants and the elderly and for children with asthma, heart disease and diabetes. Those with symptoms of sudden onset of high fever, body aches, chills, headache and cough should be seen early in the illness,” Dr. Levy cautions. He added that there is medication that can help reduce the duration and intensity of symptoms, but it works best when started early.
El Camino Pediatrics’ impressive roster includes Fred Frumin, M.D.; Rosalind Dockweiler, M.D.; Gary Gross, M.D.; Nicholas Levy, M.D.; Christine Wood, M.D.; Sangita Bhasin, M.D.; Julie Snyder-Block, M.D.; Valerie Rubin, M.D.; Michelle Dern, M.D.; Guia Escuro, M.D.; Kevin O’Leary, M.D.; Katie Dominguez, M.S., P.A.; and Natalie McNally, P.N.P.
Some of the doctors hold academic appointments at UCSD and are involved with teaching the medical students and residents, keeping up to date with the latest medical information and technology. Additionally, some of the doctors sit on several boards and committees at Rady Children’s Hospital and at the AAP. All of the physicians are board certified and Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
El Camino Pediatrics’ main office is located at 477 N. El Camino Real, Suite B105 in Encinitas.