Dr. Deonne began 25 years ago as a pediatric nurse. She has 20+ years experience in pediatrics as a nurse practitioner, and has seen thousands of children during her career. She knows how to listen to both the parent and child. Dr. Deonne sees all ages -- from babies to children to teenagers. With three kids herself, she knows children's health from both the professional and personal sides.
Adolescence is a challenging time. We spend the time to address all the changes in family life as your child begins to make their own decisions. Creating a great relationship with the teen is integral. We discuss healthy habits, bullying, mental health, prevention of sexually transmitted infections and abusive relationships, and exercise, creating a strong foundation for health in adulthood.
Sports injuries and other problems, such as knee pain and headaches, are common concerns. We should evaluate any pain that is severe or long-lasting. Issues involving puberty and sexual development are typical concerns for teens. We can be a valuable resource by answering questions and giving guidance during this period of physical and emotional changes. Teens should be reassured that anything they discuss with their provider will be kept confidential, unless their health or the health of others could possibly be in danger.
Teens will be asked about behaviors or emotional problems that may indicate depression or the risk of suicide. We will also provide counseling about risky behaviors and other issues, including: