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 and appointments are made by prearrangement.
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.
Colder weather means kids confined indoors at school hours at a time, close contact, sharing lots of germs, and heated indoor air. We don’t want parents or kids to become germaphobes, but we would encourage kids to wash hands after using the bathroom, and before eating, to cough into the crook of the elbow, and to keep little fingers away from the nose. Separate hand and face towels at home, and not sharing food at lunchtime are good ideas. Older kids – especially in high school – often get stressed from pressure to get good grades, frequent tests, time doing extracurricular activities, social stresses, doing college applications, anxiety over their future, etc. Good time management, good diet and getting enough sleep will help prevent burnout and illnesses.
Influenza is showing up now. People use the word “flu” to mean all sorts of things. For us doctors, “flu” means influenza, a really nasty – sometimes very serious - infection. The very young and the elderly are at higher risk for serious complications from influenza. Children from 6 months age and up can be immunized. Call us for an appointment.
We recently confirmed a case of Lyme Disease in one of our patients. Remember to do tick checks after your kids have been out hiking. Here’s more info: Removing A Tick
If your child is in college this fall, and especially if (s)he will be living in a dorm, we recommend getting the meningococcal B (Bexsero) vaccine. This protects against bacteria which has caused a number of meningitis outbreaks on college campuses around the country. It’s a series of 2 injections a month apart. This is a deadly serious bug that can be prevented!
Just a reminder to please try and call us before jumping in the car and going to the ER or urgent care with your child. Many such visits can be avoided if you call us for phone advice. “High” fever in toddlers (103-104) is rarely an emergency. Just treat the fever and call us for further guidance. You will probably avoid unnecessary blood tests, x-rays, and other procedures by doing this.
Do you have a grumpy teenager? Read this: Why Your Grumpy Teenager Doesn’t Want to Talk to You
Look at this chart comparing child mortality form auto accidents in 1967 to 2014: Then and Now