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Effects of Electronics: How Screen Time Can Affect Our Children

Electronics affect almost every aspect of our daily lives. They are sources of communication, organization, entertainment and distraction. Our children have more exposure to electronics than any generation before them and the question many of us are asking is: How is it affecting them? A patient of ours sent MD Pediatric Associate providers some questions regarding teenager’s electronic usage for health class. We thought we would share the answers with everyone. How much time should teenagers spend in front of a screen every day? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), no more than 2 hours of screen time […]

Beline Boyle Retires

With heavy hearts but immense gratitude, this summer we say goodbye to one of our longterm team members, Nurse Practitioner Beline Boyle. Beline has been a part of the MD Pediatrics family for over twenty years, and though we will dearly miss her we are excited for her next steps in life. Her last day in the clinic is Tuesday, June 26th. Beline sends the following message: Dear MD Pediatric Patients, Parents, and Families   After much prayer and reflection I have decided to retire. This was a very difficult decision to make. I will miss you all!   As […]

4 Questions with Dr. Shumate

  Dr. Shumate, what inspired you to enter medicine? When I was six, our local hospital held a Teddy Bear Clinic where we all got to go through the ER and “heal” our stuffed animals “hurts.” I was sold. I decided I wanted to be a doctor and haven’t turned back.   What do you like most about your job? My patients are definitely the best part of my job. I love watching my patients grow and develop their personalities. I also love medical science and translating that science into everyday practice.   Why did you choose pediatrics as a […]


Virtual Visits are Here!

Meet With a Doctor from Home We’re excited to announce that MD Pediatrics is now offering virtual visits! You can now meet with Dr. Vani, Dr. Forbes, or Dr. Kincaid from the comfort of your own home for limited types of appointments.   If your family is planning on traveling internationally, you can schedule a Travel Health virtual consultation with Dr. Vani. Dr. Vani can walk you through what vaccines or medications your family may need, as well as reviewing health safety tips for the region of the world that you’ll be visiting. For our patients with behavior health conditions, Dr. […]

Beat the Back-To-School Rush!

Early summer is a great time for Well Checks Summer’s here, the sun’s out, and the kids are in full vacation mode. Visiting the pediatrician usually isn’t on a parent’s mind until August when the school reminds you that your child needs a doctor-signed physical form in order to play sports. But we’ll let you in on a secret: now is the perfect time to get that annual well check before the back-to-school rush! At MD Pediatrics, annual well exams include those physical screenings needed to sign camp and school forms, but they also serve as a comprehensive review of your […]