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I have an almost 10 year old daughter.  We love her Pediatrician, but I have had enough of the Clinic he works for, so much, I am ready to move on from our Pediatrician.  My 14 year old has started seeing my Family doctor already.  I would like your opinions if you think 10 years old is too young to move to a Family Dr.

Thanks!!

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My daughter is 20 and was still seeing her pediatrician until just recently.  He is not with a clinic and was more accessible when we needed him - she is frequently ill.  However, due to the small size of his practice, our health insurer Aetna dropped him.  She is now with Dr. Oven from Gessler.  I did have her with our family doctor also at Gessler when she was 8.  She just didn't click with him - he thought her illness was all in her head (found out it was a wheat sensitivity after we left him).  I don't see anything wrong with moving your daughter to your family doctor as long as she is comfortable with him/her.  It may even be more convenient for all of you. If she has gone along with you to your appointment, and has met the doctor, why not ask her opinion.  

Hi, this is Dr. Ghaly in South Lakeland. I am a family doctor in solo private practice. 10-year-old's are routinely seen by many family physicians. I personally see children 2 and up, and have a reasonably large pediatric segment to my practice. Also, Lakeside Pediatrics routinely refers patients to me when they turn about 18.

Most family doctors see children, but check first with the one you pick to make sure and that he has everything to meet your needs (ie. vaccines, yellow and blue school forms, etc.)

Regards,

Dr. Ghaly

My pediatrician had to kick me out when I turned eighteen. I was too scared to go to the lady doctor.

Cheryl, if it wasn't for the Clinic he works for, I could see us being with her Pediatrician that long.  We truly love him and the nurses and office staff at his location, but it is dealing with the main office for billing questions and problems constantly that I am so fed up with.  Thanks for your advice!

Cheryl Estok said:

My daughter is 20 and was still seeing her pediatrician until just recently.  He is not with a clinic and was more accessible when we needed him - she is frequently ill.  However, due to the small size of his practice, our health insurer Aetna dropped him.  She is now with Dr. Oven from Gessler.  I did have her with our family doctor also at Gessler when she was 8.  She just didn't click with him - he thought her illness was all in her head (found out it was a wheat sensitivity after we left him).  I don't see anything wrong with moving your daughter to your family doctor as long as she is comfortable with him/her.  It may even be more convenient for all of you. If she has gone along with you to your appointment, and has met the doctor, why not ask her opinion.  

 

Thank you Dr. Ghaly, I didn't think about whether or not my Dr would see a 10 yr old.  Since have checked and would be ok. 


Joseph Ghaly said:

Hi, this is Dr. Ghaly in South Lakeland. I am a family doctor in solo private practice. 10-year-old's are routinely seen by many family physicians. I personally see children 2 and up, and have a reasonably large pediatric segment to my practice. Also, Lakeside Pediatrics routinely refers patients to me when they turn about 18.

Most family doctors see children, but check first with the one you pick to make sure and that he has everything to meet your needs (ie. vaccines, yellow and blue school forms, etc.)

Regards,

Dr. Ghaly

I am just looking at changing to a Family Dr.  Hope you found a GYN you were comfortable with...it is something we need to do for our health : )

Janice C Cook said:

My pediatrician had to kick me out when I turned eighteen. I was too scared to go to the lady doctor.

Yes it is, and yes I did. Good luck on switching. I am not quite there yet with my daughter.

Proud Mom said:

I am just looking at changing to a Family Dr.  Hope you found a GYN you were comfortable with...it is something we need to do for our health : )

Janice C Cook said:

My pediatrician had to kick me out when I turned eighteen. I was too scared to go to the lady doctor.

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