When Dr. Sylvia Lee and Dr. Peter Blakey founded Complete Care for Kids, they did so with the intention of placing the individual health and wellness of children and their families as their highest priority. With a combined 55 years of experience in pediatrics, they know that children and their families may not receive the level of care they deserve due to the organizational pressure on doctors to see as many patients as possible.
By opening their own practice, Drs. Lee and Blakey aim to alleviate some of these pressures and create an environment which allows them to spend more time with their patients and explore comprehensive prevention and treatment plans, while empowering them to take their wellness into their own hands where possible. According to their mission statement, their goal is “to create and cultivate an environment of support that provides education, disease management, mental health awareness, and overall wellness.”
The new pediatrics clinic, located in Midlothian, Virginia, celebrated its grand opening on Aug. 2 and is welcoming new patients.
A focus on individualized care
Complete Care for Kids combines traditional pediatrics practices with an emphasis on the importance of preventative care, including immunizations and education in order to empower patients and their families to promote their overall health and well-being. In addition, their goal is to focus on their patients’ complete health and wellness, exploring ways to assist with their mental and behavioral healthcare needs.
According to Dr. Lee, children and teens nationwide are currently facing a surge in mental health emergencies, and the recent pandemic has increased the need for services. She explains that they plan to address this by being proactive about providing resources and listening to their patients. “We want to hear from the family and the child and give them our time.”
The clinic provides screenings and treatment resources for disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and other mental health conditions that children and teens may face. These conditions are addressed through collaborative treatment plans with local mental health professionals. Drs. Lee and Blakey screen, diagnose and manage medication for their patients. They then connect their patients with therapists so they can co-manage their treatment. Plus, they even advocate for their patients' needs within their school system.
Providing the physical space for collaborative health care is yet another aspect of their clinic that the team is excited about. In addition to traditional exam rooms, the clinic has a consultation and collaboration room that will allow for a full range of health care services. Their hope is that patients will be able to use this space as a comfortable place to meet outside professionals for collaborative services supporting nutrition, exercise and stress management. Dr. Lee and Dr. Blakey plan on offering prenatal classes and lactation support for patients' mothers as well. Everything about the clinic is centered around a welcoming and personalized environment for patients and their families.
Promoting wellness through technology
In addition to their personalized approach, Drs. Lee and Blakey also plan to utilize time-saving technology to enhance their patients’ experiences. A patient portal allows parents to manage patient forms, schedule appointments, communicate with the office and complete pre-screening steps and other administrative tasks prior to arriving at the clinic. Families are also given a telemedicine option when an in-person visit is not required.
The focus on patient safety and convenience extends into the clinic as well. Patients are invited to wait in their cars until they are ready to be seen, then are escorted into an exam room through one of two entrances — one for well visits and one for sick visits.
Drs. Lee and Blakey look forward to deepening their involvement with the Midlothian community and building relationships with their patients.
Learn more about the practice at completecareforkids.org.