Esperamos brindarle muchos años más de cuidado para sus hijos en nuestra oficina en Wylie. La Dra. Jo ha estado en Wylie por muchos años y apreciará la forma en que interactúa y se preocupa profundamente por la salud y el bienestar de sus pacientes y sus familias. La oficina de Wylie cuenta con los siguientes proveedores:
Independientemente de si su hijo tiene seguro médico o no, su atención médica puede continuar en Wylie. Si desea una lista de otros proveedores pediátricos en su área, o para cambiar su proveedor de atención primaria, comuníquese con su proveedor de seguro medico. Los registros médicos de su hijo permanecerán en Health Services of North Texas, a menos que solicite lo contrario.
Esperamos poder seguir sirviendo a sus hijos; si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse al (940) 381-1501.
We look forward to many more years of caring for your children at our location just down the street in Wylie. Dr. Jo has been at WCMC for many years and you will appreciate the way she interacts with and cares deeply for the health and wellness of her patients and their families. The WCMC location will feature the following providers:
Regardless of whether or not your child has health insurance, his or her medical care can continue at Wylie Children’s Medical Clinic. If you would like a list of other pediatric providers in your area, or to change your PCP, please contact your insurance provider. Your child’s medical records will remain with Health Services of North Texas unless you request otherwise.
We look forward to continuing to serve your children, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 940-381-1501
Beyond All Expectations – Kimberly’s Journey to HSNT
Whenever Kimberly Rae-Flynn needs to go somewhere, she rides the bus.
It’s a short distance from her ground-floor apartment to the bus stop, but after suffering from a stroke that left her mobility restricted, she uses a rolling walker to get around. Outside her door, there’s no easy-access ramp from her stoop to the road, so any time she comes and goes, Kim has to step carefully, making sure she doesn’t fall. She’s 52 years old, and lives alone.
For most of her trips, she takes Route 7, passing by the Walmart, the WinCo, and the Whataburger. The route ends at the Denton offices of Health Services of North Texas, something she never really noticed before, but one day she did. She had recently switched insurance providers, so health was on her mind.
“The bus went by a couple of times, and this one guy on the bus said he went there,” Kim said. “When I got back on [my insurance], nobody said that they would take it, but then I called up HSNT one morning and they said that they did.”
When Kim came in for her appointment, she figured she knew what to expect. Along with her mobility issues, her stroke gave her vertigo, made her hard-of-hearing, and afflicted her with aphasia, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to process language. All of this had led to unpleasant experiences with past healthcare providers.
“Some doctors say they are considerate of handicapped people and then you get there…You know, I can tell when somebody’s angry or disgusted. I can feel that difference.”
Kim approached the front desk and, before anything else, told the receptionist that she can’t hear well, but despite that, she can read lips. The response she got surprised her.
“[The receptionist] didn’t bother raising her voice,” Kim said. “She just turned around and started speaking normally.”
Kim said that her experience at HSNT, when compared to past providers, was a night-and-day difference.
“They’re more considerate, more understanding. I don’t get that disgusted, ‘roll-your-eyes’ look or that ‘it’s-an-inconvenience’ look. They just take it in stride.”
Edward Gelber, the Physician’s Assistant working at HSNT’s Denton location, was the one to see Kim that day. At one point during the visit, her vertigo started to kick in, and Kim told Mr. Gelber this, saying that she saw four of him. In response, put his hands on his knees, got down to her level, and asked, “How many of me do you see now?”
The vertigo didn’t go away, but four Mr. Gelbers turned into just two, making it easier for Kim to focus.
“He actually listens,” Kim said. “If I say something and it’s unclear to him, he’ll keep asking questions until it is clear. And he won’t prescribe anything unless I absolutely need it, instead of just randomly writing a script and sending me on my way.”
Kim says she’s been consistently surprised by HSNT. For example, Kim is on the Prescription Assistance Program, a service that HSNT offers that provides free or low-cost prescription medication to low-income patients who are uninsured or under-insured. After her previous doctor refused to prescribe the psychiatric medication she needs to manage the after-effects of her stroke, Kim was expecting similar difficulty.
“I thought I would come in and have this long thing about the medication. But Mr. Gelber just said ‘Let me check in on that’, and he came back and said the referral department is working on it. When I called later about my test results, they also told me about my referral, and that was quick! Just a week.”
Even something as simple as a runny nose was something HSNT was able to fix. “I have rhinitis and allergies, and I’ve tried every nose spray on the market…I’d been having that issue for years,” Kim said. “I told [Mr. Gelber] ‘My nose runs like a faucet, my eyes puff up and itch’, and he told me to try [this medication] and now…no problem. I haven’t even had to take an allergy pill.”
Each comment Kim made about HSNT had the same theme running through it: she expected one thing, but instead got something better. Having become accustomed to things like case managers threatening her and doctors refusing to prescribe medication, she thought she knew what to expect. Yet from her conversation with the receptionist to her visits with Mr. Gelber, Kim found surprises at every turn. The reason for that can, perhaps, be found in Kim’s final comment.
“Whenever I go to HSNT,” she said, “I’m treated like one of the family.”
Grab your kids, get them close to you, and crack open a book like Horton Hears a Who! March 2nd is Read Across America Day, where the nation celebrates the joys of reading and honors the legendary children’s author Dr. Seuss.
Seuss himself understood the importance of reading to a growing mind, but do you? Not only is it a good way to spend quality time with your children, reading aloud to them has tangible benefits. The obvious ones are that it builds a bond between you and your child, as well as strengthens their vocabulary, but it also strengthens their emotional and social development, as well. Children who read with their parents, starting from birth to just three years of age, are less likely to develop problems with attention, or problems with aggressive or hyperactive behavior.
Alan Mendelsohn, the author of a 2018 study on reading to children, says that “when parents read with their children more . . . they learn to use words to describe feelings that are otherwise difficult and this enables them to better control their behavior when they have challenging feelings like anger or sadness.”
The next time that you read to your child, take your time – look at the pictures, ask questions, and make it fun! Doing so will bring you closer together and help foster a lifelong love for reading that will help lead your child to the success you want for them.
you start to tackle your goal of losing weight, you might think that exercise
is all you need. Hitting the treadmill and lifting weights should do the trick,
right? While exercise is essential to losing weight, the gym isn’t the only
place you need to focus on – the kitchen is, as well.
Continuing our look into heart health this month, this week we’re focusing on a proper diet. Your heart takes care of your body by pumping blood throughout your system, carrying all the food, vitamins, and minerals that you eat to wherever your body needs it. It’s no surprise, then, that what you eat is important. For example, frequently eating foods that are high in cholesterol can lead to plaques in your arteries. Plaques form when cholesterol builds up and sticks to the walls of an artery and, in the worst cases, can sometimes break off and cause a heart attack.
About two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, which raises the chance of developing heart disease. The reasons for this are complex, but part of it has to do with diet and portioning. So what can we do?
Along with regular exercise, we can change our eating habits. For example, we can try eating more fish, nuts, and seeds. These are high in Omega-3s, which support healthy blood pressure. We can also limit the amount of saturated and trans-fats that we eat by eating lean-cut meat and avoiding fatty meat. These are just some examples of a good diet, and while they might seem daunting at first, these habits will soon lead to a tastier and more fulfilling dinner plate – and a healthier heart.