Sentara Halifax Pediatrics moves to new space
Beginning March 2, Sentara Halifax Pediatrics will see patients at their new location, 2100 Wilborn Avenue, across from the south entrance to Hupps Mill Plaza.
The practice, which opened Dec. 1, 2014, was first located in the same building as Sentara Halifax Family Medicine. Now, thanks to additional health care providers being added to both practices, Sentara Halifax Pediatrics will occupy its own space, where the practice can grow and continue providing high quality care for children in our community.
"We’re excited for Sentara Halifax Pediatrics to get settled in a permanent space they can call their own," said Grey Watson, manager of operations for primary care and specialty care physicians. "We have two pediatricians and a pediatric nurse practitioner who offer personalized, comprehensive care and who create a trusting relationship with each family. We are eager to take on more new patients and continue seeing those children who are already established with one of our great providers."
Pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners specialize in the physical, emotional, mental and social development of children – from birth through adolescence to adulthood. As your child’s primary care provider, a pediatrician or pediatric nurse practitioner can:
- Treat acute illnesses, such a strep throat, and chronic ones, such as asthma
- Give your child all the necessary immunizations that can help protect him or her from some serious diseases
- Offer you advice on how to help keep your child healthy and on common parenting issues, such as discipline and toilet training
- Guide you in anticipating your child’s needs through the years
- Refer you to a specialist if your child requires one
The providers at Sentara Halifax Pediatrics include pediatrician Deborah D.O. Abaitey, M.D., who joined the practice Jan. 5, pediatrician Anne J. Lombardi, M.D., who joined the practice Jan. 12, and pediatric nurse practitioner Senecca E. Kirkhart, CPNP, IBCLC, who joined the practice when it opened in late 2014.
"Children often sit on chairs designed for their height because their legs are shorter than an adults’. Toddlers drink from sipping cups because they don’t yet have the skills to handle a regular glass. And children ride on bicycles with training wheels because their sense of balance is still a work in progress. All these things show that children and grown-ups are different in many ways," said Watson. "The providers at Sentara Halifax Pediatrics recognize those differences too, and they’re prepared to address the needs of even the youngest patients."