Adolescent Medical Care Specialist

Westchester Park Pediatrics

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine located in Purchase, NY

Adolescent males and females between the ages of 15 and 21 require specialized care to meet their unique health needs. Westchester Park Pediatrics in Purchase, New York, partners with BridgeSpan Medicine next door for adolescent medical care services. The affiliation ensures adolescents receive comfortable, mature, and confidential medical care. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool.

Adolescent Medical Care Q & A

What is adolescent medical care?

Adolescent medical care is focused on the unique health needs of teenagers from puberty through young adulthood. 

 

Although teenagers are between life stages, they can be affected by some of the same conditions and health problems that occur in young children or adults. Adolescent medical care includes preventing, detecting, or treating the health and well-being of teenagers. 

 

Our medical team approaches adolescent care with a nonjudgmental attitude and the goal of establishing a trust-based relationship with your adolescent for many years to come. If a teenager does not trust their doctor, they won’t feel comfortable discussing sensitive health concerns.

 

In addition to routine physicals and sick visits for adolescents, Westchester Park Pediatrics and BridgeSpan Medicine coordinate ancillary care with specialists in nutrition, eating disorders, endocrinology, and mental health.

What is the difference between adolescent care and pediatric care?

When children are young, their parents drive medical care and conversations with doctors. As children become adolescents, their health care needs change. Adolescence brings big changes like physical maturity, powerful emotions, sexual development, and rapid changes in ways of thinking.

 

Westchester Park strives to meet the needs of adolescents and their caregivers. Teenagers should have an opportunity for confidential exams and counseling separate from their parents for conversations about reproductive health and sexuality, gender identity and expression, substance use, and mental health. 

What services are provided during an adolescent appointment?

Westchester Park provides comprehensive medical care for adolescents, including:

  • Sick visits
  • School, camp, and sports physicals
  • Pre-college checkups
  • Gynecological exams
  • Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
  • Oral contraceptives

Common situations for which adolescents seek medical care include:

  • Girls with menstrual problems
  • Teenagers struggling to gain or lose weight
  • Adolescents unable to focus at school or getting into trouble at school
  • Young adults with anxiety or depression
  • Teens with fatigue or excess stress

Our medical team also coordinates ancillary care with subspecialists who care for adolescents in the areas of eating disorders, nutrition, endocrinology, and mental health.

To schedule an appointment for adolescent care, call the practice or use the convenient online booking system.