Ohio Center for Pediatrics

We are looking forward to seeing our patients and families at our new office location.

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 - 5:00 pm

Saturday

Limited Hours

Sunday

CLOSED

Welcome to Our Practice!

Our goal at The Ohio Center for Pediatrics is to provide superb medical care to our patients from birth through age 20.

We Have Moved

Ohio Center for Pediatrics moved into their new office on March 26th at 6255A Emerald Parkway, Dublin, Ohio 43016. Our phone and fax numbers remain the same.

Practice Overview


We are dedicated to providing care for the whole child including comprehensive well-child care, as well as attention for acute illnesses, chronic illnesses, behavior concerns and any issues that affect your child's well-being. Realizing that the foundation of any relationship is good communication, we welcome your questions, comments and want to know of any concerns that you may have about your child.  All of our physicians at the Ohio Center for Pediatrics are Board Certified in the specialty of pediatrics and adolescent medicine. To that end, we provide comprehensive care for our patients from birth through age 20. The physicians are all members of the medical staff at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and have ongoing relationships with the many fine sub-specialists at Nationwide Children's in the event that a specialist consultation is needed.

Services Offered

  • Comprehensive Asthma Education Program
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • COPC Pediatric Care Center
  • Lactation Consultant / monthly lactation class


Appointments & Referrals

We can see your child by appointment only. If your child is ill and you wish to have them seen, it is best to call early in the morning so that we may accommodate your scheduling needs. Please advise the office staff regarding each child needing an appointment.


We Prescribe Antibiotics Wisely!

Antibiotics are powerful medicines used to treat certain illnesses. However, antibiotics do not cure everything, and unnecessary antibiotics can even be harmful to your child! There are 2 main types of germs that cause most infections. These are viruses and bacteria. 

Antibiotics cannot kill viruses or help your child  feel better. Viruses cause:

  • Colds and flu
  • Runny noses
  • Most coughs & bronchitis
  • Most sore throats

Antibiotics can be an effective treatment for some bacteria infections. Bacteria cause:

  • Most ear infections
  • Some sinus infections
  • Strep throat
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Antibiotics do kill specific bacteria

Some viruses cause symptoms that resemble bacterial infections, and some bacteria can cause symptoms that resemble viral infections. We can determine what type of illness your child has and recommend the proper type of treatment.

What are resistant bacteria?

Each time you take an antibiotic, bacteria are killed. Sometimes, bacteria causing infections are already resistant to prescribed antibiotics. Bacteria may also become resistant during treatment of an infection. Resistant bacteria do not respond to the antibiotics and continue to cause infection. A common misconception is that a person's body becomes resistant to specific medicines. However, it is the bacteria, not people, that become resistant to the medicines.

Each time you take or give your child an antibiotic unnecessarily or improperly, you increase the chance of developing medicine-resistant bacteria. Therefore, it is critically important to take antibiotics only when necessary. Because of these resistant bacteria, some diseases that used to be easy to treat are now becoming nearly impossible to treat.

Bacteria can develop resistance to certain medicines:

  • Medicine resistance happens when bacteria develop ways to survive the use of medicines meant to kill or weaken them.
  • If a germ becomes resistant to many medicines, treating the infections can become difficult or even impossible.
  • Someone with an infection that is resistant to a certain medicine can pass that resistant infection to another person. In this way, a hard-to-treat illness can be spread from person to person.
  • In some cases, the antibiotic-resistant illness can lead to serious disability or even death. 
  • Resistance can happen if the bacterial infection is only partially treated. To prevent this, it is important to finish taking the entire prescription of antibiotics as instructed, even if your child is feeling better.

When are antibiotics needed?

This complicated question and depends on the specific diagnosis. For example, there are several types of ear infections—most need antibiotics, but some do not. Most cases of sore throat are caused by viruses. One kind, strep throat, diagnosed by a lab test, needs antibiotics.

Common viral infections, like coughs or a cold, can sometimes become complicated and a bacterial infection can develop. However, treating viral infections with antibiotics in order to prevent bacterial infections is not recommended because of the risk of causing bacterial resistance:

  • Remember that antibiotics do not work against viral colds and the flu, and that unnecessary antibiotics can be harmful.
  • Talk with us about antibiotics and find out about the differences between viruses and bacteria, and when antibiotics should and should not be used.
  • If your child does receive an antibiotic, be sure to give it exactly as prescribed to decrease the development of resistant bacteria. Have your child finish the entire prescription. Don't stop when the symptoms of infection go away.
  • Never save the left over antibiotics to use "just in case." This practice can also lead to bacterial resistance.
  • Do not share your antibiotics with someone else or take an antibiotic that was prescribed for someone else.  
  • Antibiotic resistance is a problem in both children and adults.

Remember that taking antibiotics appropriately and making sure your child receives the proper immunizations will help prevent having to take more dangerous and more costly medicines.

Prescription Policies and Information

We ask that you make sure to get all necessary prescriptions written at the time of your office visit. If you are on daily medications for a condition such as ADHD/ADD, asthma or allergies, we will be prescribing the amount necessary until your next follow-up appointment (generally 3-6 months, depending on your child's diagnosis). Many of our patients have insurance changes every year. If you need new prescriptions because of a change in your insurance, you will need to schedule a follow-up visit with the doctor. Every insurance plan has its own formulary. If you want to make sure to have a prescription prescribed with the lowest pharmacy co-pay, you need to bring in your formulary and discuss this with the doctor at the time of each visit. If there is a medical necessity for a prescription to be called in after-hours, a $25.00 fee will be charged. This applies to all prescriptions called in after hours and on weekends, prescriptions called in without an office visit, and prescriptions called in or written due to formulary changes separate from an office visit. This fee will not be billed to your insurance company, and will be your responsibility.


Pediatric Support Center

Our Support Center provides care to COPC families that’s exceptionally better than the traditional Emergency Room and Urgent Care experience, at a significantly lower cost. Scheduling an appointment (through your child’s COPC pediatrician) with our Pediatric Support Center allows your child to be seen by one of our outstanding pediatricians after typical office hours and on weekends.

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Ohio Center for Pediatrics

6255 Emerald Parkway, Suite A, Dublin, OH

Phone

(614) 766-3344

Fax

(614) 766-3330


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 - 5:00 pm

Saturday Limited Hours

Sunday CLOSED


Providers

Lauren C. Bar Lev, M.D.

Kimberly Blazer, M.D.

Mary Beth Cass, M.D.

Domenico Pietropaolo, M.D.

M. Bonnie Pugh, M.D.

Purbi S. Sahai, M.D.