What we do
We strive to provide the very best pediatric medical care to our patients and their families, giving personal attention to all aspects of a healthy child. The following services are offered:
PRENATAL VISITS EXPECTANT PARENTS
Pediatric and Adolescent Practitioners is pleased to offer prenatal visits to our expectant parents. Prenatal sessions are scheduled monthly at our offices and give prospective parents an opportunity to learn more about our practice. In addition to becoming acquainted with us, it affords new parents a chance to tour the offices and ask questions regarding the birth of your baby. Parents are introduced to the physician they have selected so that they might become acquainted prior to the birth and also to have an opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns. Prenatal forms can be found in the Forms and Policies section.
Breastfeeding classes for new and expectant parents
Breastfeeding Basics classes are offered as a complimentary service to new parents when they have completed their prenatal visit at our practice. The one session class is taught by our Certified Lactation Counselor. Topics addressed during this monthly class include advantages for mother and baby; anatomy and physiology of lactation; breastfeeding management; and common concerns. A film is also shown during the class. Registration for the class may be made during the prenatal visit or by calling the office. Current families in the practice may also sign up for this free class by calling to register.
While the breastfeeding class is usually taken prior to the birth of the baby, Pediatric and Adolescent Practitioners offers continued support to new parents in the form of personal contacts.
In order to have a healthy and happy baby, doctor visits and immunizations are appropriately scheduled. Here are the recommended ages for well visits:
2, 4 and 6 months
9 and 12 months
15 and 18 months
2 years and annually thereafter
We also offer breastfeeding classes and support for new/expectant parents.
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.
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: 1) make an appointment to see the doctor for repeat refills, 2) wait for their next regular visit to change pharmacies, or 3) 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.
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.
Monday – Friday 9:00-11:00 a.m. & 1:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 9-11:00 a.m.
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 -12:00 p.m.
Benjamin P. Almasanu, D.O.
Kathleen A. Costlow, M.D.
Virginia K. De Verteuil, M.D.
Lorna F. Donovan, M.D.
Lawrence P. Heiny, M.D.
Andrew S. Korcal, M.D.
Darryl A. Robbins, D.O.