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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.

Virtual Visits with Dr. Vani

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. Forbes and Dr. Kincaid now offer virtual visits for select follow up appointments. If your child is responding well to their current treatment plan, Dr. Kincaid or Dr. Forbes might suggest a virtual follow up visit so that your child’s prescription can be renewed without having to visit the office.

To inquire these type of visits, simply call our office at 972-420-1475 and learn if there is a virtual appointment available that fits your needs!

What is a Patient-Centered Medical Home and why does it matter? Dr. Forbes explains, detailing why the Patient-Centered Medical Home approach delivers better results for patients with behavioral health conditions like ADHD.



Hi, I’m Dr. Michelle Forbes. I am a pediatrician at MD Pediatrics, and I’d like to talk about behavioral health today.

At MD Pediatrics, we treat all of our patients, especially patients with behavioral health conditions, in the context of a Patient-Centered Medical Home.

Patient-Centered Medical Home

Patient-Centered Medical Home is a designation that we’re proud to have, and that means that we treat each patient as a whole person. So we see them as patient, a son, a daughter, a student, an athlete, a scout member…we like to look at the whole picture.

When it come to things like ADHD and making the diagnosis, we like to get input form several areas. We do an assessment in the office, and we’ll get assessment input from parents and teachers. We do that because input from different contexts informs our diagnosis and makes it more accurate.

After we make a diagnosis, we’ll prescribe any number of treatments, sometimes including medicine but often times bringing in a behavioral coach of sorts. We can bring in an ADD coach, psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker as needed to help your child.

Once we make the diagnosis, we continue to get input from multiple sources so that we can evaluate. Are the coaches that we brought in appropriate? Is the medicine that we prescribed appropriate, and does it need to be fine tuned? Are accommodations at school working out so that your child can be successful?

In addition to getting information and feedback on a regular basis from multiple sources, we want to see your child for a checkup every year. That way we’re not only focused on the behavior health issues; we’re focused on the overall health and wellness of your child.

Thanks for listening. We at MD Pediatrics are really excited to be part of the team taking care of your child.

Are you confused about all of the portal options at MD Pediatrics?  We understand, and we want to help! Here is a brief description of the patient portal (FMH) vs. the document gathering portal (CHADIS).


FMH logoFollow My Health (FMH)

We utilize the Follow My Health (FMH) patient portal for all patients.  Since our patients are under 18, this portal is by invitation only.  As a parent, you will receive an email invitation to link to your child’s records, and you will become a “proxy” to your child’s records until the patient turns 18.  Using the FMH portal allows you to request medicine refills, ask a question of a nurse, see shot records and diagnoses, and interact with your child’s medical record.


The Child Health and Development Interactive System (CHADIS) portal is a document collection tool.  From this portal, you might send an Ages & Stages Developmental Questionnaire to assess for autism, or an ADHD Vanderbilt assessment document to determine if your child is doing optimally at home or school.  The CHADIS portal replaces the Mehealth document portal, which we no longer utilize.

CHADIS blockIf you are new to the portal, please follow the steps below based on your child’s profile.

For Well Checks at 9, 18, 24, 30 and 36 months: On our website’s homepage, mdpedi.com, click on the green CHADIS block and scroll down to where you see “New to CHADIS.” Click on the blue “I have an invitation code,” and use our phone number with no dashes as the code:  9724201475.

Within the CHADIS portal, documents will be offered to you based on your child’s age and the appointment type you have upcoming.

For ADHD:  This online tool will help to improve the communication between you (the parent), the teacher and us, to provide optimal quality care for our patients. For all ADD follow-ups, it is required to have both the parent and teacher Vanderbilt assessment documents  completed. If they are not completed prior the appointment date, you will not receive a refill on medication; once the forms are complete, the refill can be written.

You may go to our website at mdpedi.com, click on the green CHADIS block, and scroll down to where you see “New to CHADIS” and click on the blue “I have an invitation code”.  Use our phone number with no dashes as the code:  9724201475.  Once you create your account and add your child’s name to it, you can add a teacher’s name and email, as an additional respondent.

Additionally, you may get an appointment reminder from us by text or email, which comes from a tool called Smile Reminder/Solution Reach.  You may also receive an email before an appointment from Phreesia, which allows you to update your demographics and skip the orange pad in the office.


Thank you for your help with making sure we provide the best quality of care for your child! If you have questions about any of these portals, contact Saundra Fitzgerald at [email protected]