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About Pediatric and Adolescent Practitioners
Welcome to Pediatric and Adolescent Practitioners
When you have chosen to “come grow with us," you will have selected a well-established practice that is committed to working closely with patients and their families to accomplish mutual health goals. With more than 60 years of service to the pediatric community, our practice maintains a high level of commitment for the total health needs for every child. We serve children from birth through adolescence and encourage families to communicate all aspects of their child's life, so that we can be their medical home.
Prenatal Visits for Expectant Parents
Prenatal sessions are scheduled monthly at our office and give prospective parents an opportunity to learn more about our practice. In addition to becoming acquainted with us, it gives new parents a chance to tour the office and ask questions regarding the birth of their baby. Parents are introduced to the physician they have selected in order to become acquainted prior to the birth of their child and to have an opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns.
Breastfeeding basics classes are offered as a complimentary service to new and expectant parents that have completed a prenatal visit at our practice. The one time class is taught by our certified lactation counselor. The topics addressed in this class include advantages for mother and baby, anatomy and physiology of lactation, breastfeeding management, and common concerns. You can register for the class during your prenatal visit or by calling our office.
In order to have a healthy and happy baby, doctor visits and immunizations are appropriately scheduled. Here are the recommended ages for well visits:
- 5 days
- 2 weeks
- 2, 4 and 6 months
- 9 and 12 months
- 15 and 18 months
- 2 years and annually thereafter
Regular office visits give us the opportunity to monitor your child’s growth and development. During checkups, the doctors will perform a physical exam, conduct screening procedures, and discuss educational development.
Checkups during adolescence are important so that the teen is able to participate fully in school, sports, camps, and other activities. Care is given to address common adolescent concerns such as acne, depression and mental health, weight or eating problems, sexuality, and substance abuse. Teens at our practice enjoy a special waiting room.
When your child needs to be seen due to an illness, same day appointments are always available. Please call the office as early as possible for an appointment time. Note that a full checkup can not be done during the appointment set for a sick visit. Should your primary pediatrician be fully booked or out of the office, you will be scheduled with one of our other doctors.
Prescription Policies and Information
Prescriptions and refills will be handled at scheduled office visits and enough medicine will be prescribed to last at least until the patient’s next appointment. Since we expect to fill prescriptions at the office visit, running out may be a signal that it is time to call our office to schedule an appointment. We request patients be seen annually for routine medication refills. If your prescription insurance plan requires a prior authorization for a medication, you will be responsible for obtaining a Prior Authorization Form from your insurance company for your physician to complete. While our office staff and physicians do their best to help patients obtain their maximum prescription benefits, insurance plans, including drug coverage plans, are a contract between the patient and the patient's insurance company.
If you need to change pharmacies or change your prescription to mail order, the law in the State of Ohio permits non-expired prescriptions to be transferred to the new pharmacy without charge or interruption. In the case of most mail order pharmacies, they disregard this provision and require prescriptions to be re-written. In the event that this is preferred by the patient BEFORE their next routine visit, the patient has a couple of choices:
- Make an appointment to see the doctor for repeat refills
- Wait for their next regular visit to change pharmacies
- Pay a fee for the patient's physician to review their medical records and re-write the prescription - which will then need to be picked up at the office. Lost prescriptions for controlled medications (such as pain medications, sleeping aides, etc.) will not be replaced
We discourage the practice of calling in prescriptions as it does not allow the patient or the doctor to re-evaluate the appropriateness of the prescription, and follow the condition for which the medication has been prescribed. We do not accept calls from pharmacies to refill medications. When pharmacies call us, we request contact directly with the patient.
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Pediatric and Adolescent Practitioners
1085 Beecher Crossing North, Gahanna, OH
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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- Monday - Friday, 9:00-11:00 am by appointment
- Once you arrive please call our main number, (614) 741-8300, and choose the scheduling option to check in and remain in your car
- The nurse will call you when we have a room ready for you.
- Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am - 11:30 am & 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
- Friday, 8:00 am - 11:30 am & 1 pm - 4:00 pm
- Saturday, 8:00 -12:00 pm
Benjamin P. Almasanu, D.O.
Kathleen A. Costlow, M.D.
Virginia K. De Verteuil, M.D.
Lorna F. Donovan, M.D.
Andrew S. Korcal, M.D.
Darryl A. Robbins, D.O.