We love kids! It really does just come down to that. So we want the kids and parents who come here to feel secure and comfortable and to have the best possible experience. Our goal is to promote the health, development, and growth of children from birth through age 18 years, and to help you with your children any way we can.
We accept most PPO insurance. We are also are members of Physicians Medical Group and accept HMO insurance.
*Note we don't have a receptionist on Saturdays
3065 Porter St,
Soquel, CA 95073
Phone: 831.462.KIDZ (5439)
Insurance billing: 831.462.3429
Directions to our Office:
We are located about 1 block from Soquel Village in the PaperMill Plaza on Porter St. We’re across from Porter Library and La Cabana Tacqueria. (Porter St extends out in the opposite direction from Bay Ave going towards Soquel High School and eventually becomes Old San Jose Rd. )
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Thank You for Choosing Us
We appreciate the faith and confidence our families have in us, and we feel honored that you have selected us to provide pediatric care for your children. We are always interested in improving our services to you, so please feel free to let us know how we’re doing at any time. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
We hope all of you are enjoying the summer.
Here are some good websites about travelling and summer safety for kids.
Also, make sure your kids are fully vaccinated before any travel.
School will be starting soon, so don’t wait until the last minute to schedule wellness visits and sports physicals so your kids will be enrolled on time.
We were notified in June by CCAH (Central Coast Alliance for Health) that we earned the highest score in the county in their annual audit for pediatric practices. The credit really goes to our office staff, and to the parents who do such a great job keeping their kids healthy and out of the emergency room and hospital.
There is now an after-hours nurse advice line for CCAH families. Their phone # is
In extremely important medical news, the question of why medical office waiting rooms are filled with really old magazines has finally been answered. (I was in an office recently where there was a magazine from 1998!) See the article
Slightly more important is an article from the NY Times about donating breast milk: Click here for full article
A recent study found that oro-pharyngeal (mouth & throat) cancers due to HPV are increasing in the U.S. This shouldn’t be surprising given the changing sexual attitudes and practices over the last few decades (you know what I’m talking about). The majority of these cancers are preventable with the HPV vaccine. Also, the HPV vaccine has been updated and protects against even more strains of the virus.
You’re probably aware of the recent outbreaks of measles. For kids over 15 months age, we strongly recommend MMR vaccine. Kids over 5 years of age, may receive a 2nd dose at parents’ discretion. To read about the pros and cons of a 2nd dose, check out: "Does Your Child need a Second MMR Vaccine”
Fortunately, we haven’t had a measles outbreak (as of this writing) in Santa Cruz County. There are a significant number of unvaccinated individuals living here though; so if you’re in that group of people, please re-consider your position. If you or your child develops a rash – especially if it starts at the back of the neck – with fever, congestion, red eyes, and cough, stay home call us immediately.
Speaking of vaccines, a recent episode of NOVA on PBS explores this continuing debate in some detail. You should be able to find this show on-demand.
Studies consistently show that parents often under-dose or overdose their kids’ liquid medications, especially when using a teaspoon or tablespoon from the kitchen. The dose on the bottle should be in “mL” (milliliters) and the prescription should come with a dropper or syringe to measure out the correct amount. If you didn't get something to measure out the exact dose, ask at the pharmacy for one. Prescriptions from this office will now reflect this change.
A recent study suggests that the use of antibiotics in the first few year of life may affect a child’s growth, especially weight, more so in boys. Kids were measured at age 2 years and had a higher BMI (body mass index) if they had been treated with antibiotics. How many rounds of treatment produce this effect and whether this effect continues over time isn't known. This shouldn't be surprising since antibiotics have been used to stimulate growth in farm animals for many years. This is another argument for avoiding antibiotics whenever possible. It’s also an argument for immunizing infants on schedule since this helps prevent many of the infections – some very serious - that required antibiotics in the past.