Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ


The information furnished by this website is of a general nature and is designed for informational purposes only. Birmingham Pediatrics recommends that you visit a qualified Health Care Professional for individual and personal attention.

Provided below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about our practice and our new patient policies. Of course, feel free to contact us directly to clarify any of the information, or to ask questions not answered here.

Do I need to fill out any forms before my child is born?

No you will not need to fill anything out until you come in for your first visit.

Do you have a separate waiting room for well and sick kids?

We have individual waiting rooms for all patients. Patients are put into their own room to wait. Each room has a couch, TV and resembles a comfortable living room.

Who are the providers at Birmingham Pediatrics?

Our staff includes:

  • Nurse Practitioner Lori Carson
  • Dr Erin Duchan
  • Dr Nisrin Fadul
  • Dr. Molly O’Shea
  • Dr Stacey Wittenberg
  • Dr. Fiona Rubenstein:
  • Dr Kim Coleman:

Which hospitals are you affiliated with?

We have privileges at both William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak and Troy. We do use hospitalists at both locations We also have Affiliations with Childrens Hospital of Michigan.

How do you handle newborns and sick patients in the hospital?

We partner with the team of hospital specialist pediatricians at Beaumont Childrens Hospital and Childrens Hospital of Michigan to see your newborn or child when needed in the hospital. Having the specialists manage the newborns and children in the hospital results in better coordinated care while there and with the good communication we have with the team when you come to the office after discharge we will pick up the ball and run with it.

Do you accept families that vaccinate on an alternate schedule?

We do accept families choosing an alternate vaccine schedule if they are willing to follow the tenets of the Patient Agreement. We strongly encourage vaccination and require parents opting to vaccinate off the recommended schedule sign a ‘Refusal to Vaccinate’ form each time vaccines are offered acknowledging their choice and giving a reason for their decision to opt out. If you are vaccinating on an alternate schedule we encourage you to set up a 30 minute Vaccine Consultation appointment as your first visit with the provider so you can discuss the schedule you plan to follow, learn the process our office uses to schedule the ‘vaccine only’ visits, and have all of your questions and concerns about vaccines answered.  New patients to the practice as of March 2, 2015 will need to initiate vaccination of their infants by 6 months of age and older infants and children behind on vaccines within a month of joining the practice as part of our new vaccine policy. For more information about our vaccination views and policy, see our Vaccine page.

Do you accept families who are opting not to vaccinate?

After much deliberation and discussion, as of March 2, 2015 we are no longer accepting new families who are refusing all vaccines. We feel strongly that vaccination is the best way to protect infants, children, and the community from a variety of serious and sometimes life threatening illness and as such we cannot in good conscience support the notion that refusing them is in your child’s best interest. We want parents though who have questions about vaccine safety to have their concerns addressed and we have at our core mission a goal to partner with parents through dialogue. We encourage families who want more information and are open to vaccines to schedule a 30 minute Vaccine Consultation appointment where you can discuss your concerns and we can give you evidence-based information to help guide you. New families in the practice will need to initiate vaccination of infants by 6 months of age and older children behind on vaccines within a month of joining the practice. For more details about our Vaccine Policy see our Vaccine Page. Like all families in the practice, parents will need to sign the Patient Agreement, and if opting for an alternate schedule the Refusal to Vaccinate form each time vaccines are offered but not given.

What are your hours?

They can be viewed on our contact page Here

How do walk in hours work?

If you are an established patient with an acute illness under 2 weeks in duration (ie cough, cold, sore throat etc) then you can just walk in during walk in hours. As long as you are checked in by the end of the walk in hours you will be seen by one of our providers.

Are you taking new clients?

Please call the office at 248.816.2558 for more detailed information.

Do you accept my insurance?

We accept most commercial insurance companies but you can call us to be sure.

Do you accept Medicaid?

Unfortunately we do not accept any Medicaid insurances.

Are the physicians board certified?

Yes all physicians are certified with the American Board of Pediatrics

What is a hospitalist?

A hospitalist is a physician that works for the hospital instead of private practice. The hospitalists that cover our patients in the hospital are all pediatricians.

Can I request a specific provider?

Typically in most cases families choose to see any of the providers.  However, some families may desire the continuity of seeing one provider for a majority of their visits.   If given enough notice, we will do our best to accommodate this request.