Zits. Periods. Drugs, Sex and Rock and Roll. These are just some of the issues that teens have to deal with during their adolescent years.
It’s for this reason that Dr. CharlRe’ Slaughter-Atiemo has developed a specialized teen and young adult program for patients ages 12-25, to help address this transition from childhood to adulthood. Our aim is to provide high-quality medical care toyouth throughout the adolescent years, with a focus on respecting individuality, supporting physical and emotional growth and development, and educating and empowering teens to ultimately take ownership of their healthcare and life decisions.
We treat a full spectrum of conditions. Listed are some of the conditions we treat. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us for more information.
Adolescence is a crucial time for yearly well checks. Although adolescents tend to be healthy patients, they are undergoing huge changes physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. While younger children need their parents in the room for reassurance and to provide a good medical history, adolescents need some private time with their provider.
The health care provider will start by meeting with the parent and teen together to address any mutual concerns. Then the parent will be asked to leave the exam room so the provider can address adolescent issues and perform a physical exam.This is done to allow adolescents time to discuss issues they are concerned about and have privacy during their examination. Many parents appreciate that we take the time to address these adolescent issues. Some parents feel concerned about this private time, imagining that this time is being used to divulge secrets of the teen. It is important for teenagers to begin developing their own relationship and rapport with their healthcare provider, separate from the relationship that may exist between their parents and the provider.
Topics that will be discussed include personal safety, mental health, smoking, alcohol and drug use, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health, contraception, nutrition, exercise, sports, making good choices, and social issues. These discussions will remain confidential unless there is a risk to the adolescent or he/she allows us to discuss them with the parent. Studies have shown that if the goal of the parents and the provider is the good health and safety of the adolescent patient, then assurance of confidentiality is crucial to the teen. On the other hand, the providers will be honest about the need to break confidentiality if the teen discloses information that suggests that he/she is in danger.
Feel free to contact us by phone or email to ask one of our friendly staff members.