White Plains NY 10604
Mon. – Fri. | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Early/late sick appointments available upon request)
Sat. | Sick visits are available upon request
About Bridgespan Medicine
Welcome to our practice. We are an adolescent primary care practice with special knowledge of teens and young adults. Over time, adolescent medicine practitioners become a confidential source for teens who are beginning to need a “grown-up” doctor with whom to discuss life’s problems. Adolescent medicine doctors become partners in helping teens take responsibility for their own health and well-being.
Why your children need adolescent medicine
As your children grow, they deserve confidential medical care in a setting conducive to private, trusting conversation. They deserve access to a health care provider who understands their developmental concerns from ages 15-21, such as:
- growing independence from parents and family
- complexities of relationships with their peers and siblings
- emotional and physical aspects of puberty and sexuality
Adolescent medicine was established as a specialty about 50 years ago. At that time, doctors noticed that the biggest health problems teens and young adults faced were not illnesses like strep throat or chicken pox, but the decisions they were making related to sexuality, friends and family issues, alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders (too much or too little or the wrong choices), driving, sports-related injuries and stress.
In adolescent medicine, we think about the person as a whole human being navigating new territory. Our goal is to help patients traverse the challenging zones and thrive into adulthood.
At BridgeSpan Medicine, we offer our patients:
General medical care
In addition to providing specialized care for the needs of teens and young adults, we also provide routine checkups for camp, school and college; immunizations; and diagnosis and management of acute illness.
As parents, we know we’re not always the best at getting our own kids to talk about what concerns them. Some of us have very complex kids who require “professional parenting skills.” As adolescent medicine specialists, we can help bridge gaps and open the lines of communication.
Medical home for chronic conditions
Teens and young adults who have a chronic disease or a condition often need an advocate who can help coordinate their care, including their psychological, developmental, sexual, and physical needs. A medical home is a place that keeps track of it all with the patient.
Unless they have a sports injury, boys often don’t have comprehensive health care after they reach high school age. Yet, boys have concerns about friends, family, alcohol, head injuries, sexuality and nutrition. Our adolescent specialists are experienced in addressing all of these issues.
We care for all outpatient teen and young adult gynecology concerns, including cramps, irregular bleeding, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), birth control and sexuality counseling. We specialize in providing first-time pelvic exams, taking the time to teach, answer any questions and make the patient completely comfortable.
Sexuality has to do with one’s view of oneself as a sexual person, something that even toddlers are aware of. As children mature, their questions about sexuality and their place in their family and the greater culture become more complex. Whether a patient is gay, straight, transgender or uncertain, our adolescent medicine practitioners know how to talk about sexuality, how to listen and how to guide.
Nutrition and eating disorders
Some of us are picky eaters. Some of us overeat. Some of us diet too much. And some of us over-exercise or hate out bodies. All of us need guidance about nutrition and healthy eating habits. We can help assess unusual eaters and provide the support services needed to maintain or restore health.
Stress and mental health
Many health issues are a surface projection of a person’s life stresses. The adolescent and young adult years are highly transitional and can sometimes lead to stress and mental health concerns. We make sure to discuss academic, social and family stress at every visit. Our clinicians are highly sensitive to these issues and can make proper referrals to mental health providers if necessary.
Hospitals we work with
Bridgespan Pediatric Medicine is now affiliated with Boston Children’s Health Physicians (BCHP), formerly Children’s & Women’s Physicians of Westchester (CWPW). BCHP is a member of the Boston Children’s Hospital integrated network of care locations and partnerships, ranked the #1 pediatric hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Please also visit our pediatric and adolescent medicine adult practice at Westchester Park Pediatrics.
BridgeSpan Medicine participates with many insurance plans. If your plan isn’t listed, please feel free to contact our office.
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Policies and Forms
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