Caring for Babies, Kids, & Teens

The foundations of health are laid in childhood. I am therefore committed to researching and sharing the best ways to care for infants, children, and adolescents. I promote healthy foundations through nutrition, fitness, community involvement, and fun. By being proactive and preventive from day one, I increase the chances of my young clients growing into strong, vital, and healthy adults.

After completing four years of post-doctoral training in integrative pediatrics, I’ve gathered a wealth of insights on how to help kiddos get through both acute and chronic ailments such as colds and flus, ear infections, eczema, asthma, allergies, digestive complaints, food intolerances, and mental/emotional imbalances.

Notice About Primary Care:

Although Dr. Zelfand can perform routine examinations and treat many of the same conditions as a pediatrician, Dr. Zelfand does not serve as a Primary Care Physician (PCP) for her patients and does not take after-hours calls. All families working with Dr. Zelfand are required to maintain a separate PCP.

Thoughtful, Hysteria-Free Vaccination

The current CDC vaccination schedule is not appropriate for every child.

By considering family health history, current health, and disease risk factors, we will work together to brainstorm a vaccine schedule that fits your child’s individual needs without jeopardizing the health of others. We strive to find a balance between minimizing the risk of adverse effects and maximizing your child’s protection against serious illness.

Using an alternative vaccine schedule requires dedication and research on the part of the parents, and realistically entails more frequent visits to your doctor to receive vaccines one at a time. This approach requires more time, research, and financial commitment, but I believe your child’s wellbeing is worth the effort.

I’m here to help you find the vaccine schedule that’s right for your child.

Feel free to peruse my vaccine resource page. (Note that I do not stock or administer vaccines on site, nor do I write letters for vaccine exemption.)

I Don't Get Awkward When Your Teen Does

Adolescence is a time of growth, self-discovery, existential questioning, and developing a new mind-body awareness. Often these changes occur so quickly that not even the teenager can understand them. 

Research suggests that fewer than 25% of teenagers have an adult that they trust and feel they can talk to about their sexual health. A consultant can therefore be a valuable resource and ally for a young adult. Yet tweens and teens are often reluctant to go to an office decorated with teddy bears: they want to talk to a professional who will spare them the lecture that sounds like an after school special or a scare tactic. That’s why I stay real with adolescent patients, answering their questions and coaching them on smart choices through a harm reduction model of care. I meet teenagers at every stage of development to help make the transition into adulthood smoother, safer, and happier.

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