Serving Columbus, OH and surrounding areas
4775 Knightsbridge Boulevard, Suite 207
Columbus, Ohio 43214
Meet the Doctors
|Dr. Eileen M. Maher is a graduate of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Ohio State University College of Medicine, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Maher completed her pediatric residency at Columbus Children’s Hospital and practiced pediatrics for 13 years in the central Ohio area before joining Olentangy Pediatrics in 1997. She lives in the northwest Columbus area with her husband Dr. William Maher and their three children.||Dr. Anne D. Littleton joined Olentangy Pediatrics in 1990. Dr. Littleton earned her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed her residency at Columbus Children’s Hospital, where she received the “Resident of the Year” award from the nursing staff. She has been active in training pediatric residents both in the office and at Children’s Hospital. She is the mother of three.|
|Dr. S. Randall Brown joined Olentangy Pediatrics in 2001. After graduating cum laude with a degree in chemistry from Miami University, Dr. Brown earned his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. He was then employed by the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbus Children’s Hospital. He is married to Emily, an occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital. Together they have 2 young children.||Dr. Emily T. Ferguson joined Olentangy Pediatrics July 2011. After graduating magna cum laude from Miami University with a B.A. in Zoology, Dr. Ferguson earned her medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and did part of her training here at Olentangy Pediatrics. She and her husband, Collin Ferguson, are newlyweds here in Columbus.|
|Dr. Irene P. Koesters joined our medical practice in 2004. After graduating summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in biology, she attended the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She received her medical degree in 2001 and completed her residency at Columbus Children’s Hospital. In addition to her wonderful practice, Dr. Koesters enjoys teaching medical residents and students. She comes from a big Greek family and is married to Dr. Stephen Koesters.They have 2 young boys and a baby girl.||
Dr. Autumn M. O'Brien joined our medical practice in January of 2009. After graduating cum laude with a degree in Biology from Ohio State, she continued her studies at OSU and received her medical degree there in 1995. She completed a combined Internal Medicine / Pediatric residency at OSU and Nationwide Children's Hospital in 1999. She has spent the last nine years working at OSU taking care of both adults and children. She is married to Dr. Blaize O'Brien, an ENT physician, and together they have four children.
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Above is a link to access your online medical records labeled
Patient E.M.R. Portal.
Given the recent increase in cases of Mumps in the Columbus area here are some facts about the Mumps:
Mumps is a virus that causes few days of fever, headache, puffy looking cheeks, muscle aches, pain with chewing/swallowing, swelling of salivary glands around the cheeks, jaw and under chin. Teenage boys may have swelling of the testicles and girls may have swelling of the ovaries causing stomach pain. It is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from mouth, nose or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs or sneezes.
Our practice follows CDC guidelines to vaccinate your child with first dose of MMR at 12 or 15 months of age and second dose of MMR at 4-6 years of age. At this time there is no recommendation to give the 2nd MMR dose earlier or give an additional 3rd MMR. More information about mumps is available from the CDC website:
As of September 18, 2013 our office will be converting to an electronic medical record system. To expedite service, please complete all forms entirely and sign all designated signature areas. You can find these forms in our patient portal system under Download Forms: Face Sheet and Printable Forms. We appreciate your patience in advance during this transition.
Due to the unexpected shortage of the combined vaccine Pentacel(composed of IPV,DTAP, and HIB) our office will be giving these required vaccines individually for our patients 2-6 months in age. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
EXTRA COPAY : Insurance companies have changed their rules. Be prepared to pay an extra copay at the time of your child's well visit if a specific additional issue is discussed at length at that time. If you do not wish to pay it that day, you may schedule an ill appointment for another day.
GET SMART ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS!
Symptom relief for most illnesses :
Antibiotic Resistance : FACTS http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/anitbiotic-resistance-faqs.html
VACCINE SAFETY & INGREDIENTS : http://aap.org/healthtopics/immunizations.cfm
An anti-Vaccine Family turns PRO-VACCINATION
EXPANDED GUIDELINES FOR INFANT SLEEP SAFETY http://www.healthychildren.org/english/news/pages/aap-expands-guidelines-for-infant-sleep-safety-and-sids-risk-reduction.aspx
P.O.E.M. Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms is a support group for moms and dads overwhelmed by the changes surrounding a new baby. please visit this site for a short video:
FEVER FEARS!! http://aap.org/advocacy/releases/feb2811studies.htm
Sniffle ~ Sniffle Seasonal Allergies : http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/allergies-asthma/pages/Allergy-Medicines.aspx?nfstatus=402&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+Local+token+is+not+valid
There is a great new website for parents through the AAP! Check it out:www.healthychildren.org
NEW CAR SEAT RECOMMENDATIONS
***Please make sure you know the requirements of your insurance plan's radiology and lab providers. You may have specific requirements for how lab has to be drawn and where it has to be sent. You may incur an unnecessary fee from the labs if this is not known to us. It is your responsibility to make us aware of this as each family has a specific plan.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Immunization Worries As parents, we carry a huge responsibility to keep our child safe and healthy. With all the information in the media regarding immunizations, it is no wonder why we feel such a huge burden on our shoulders to make a good decision to protect them and not expose them to anything that may "overwhelm their immune system" or bodies. There is an enormous amount of literature for and against immunizing. As a practice, we have familiarized ourselves with much of this information. As physicians, we feel strongly feel that immunizations are some of the best ammunition we have to almost guarantee your child does not acquire a disease that could cause him or her harm. Not being able to utilize this protective blanket, puts us in a worrisome position. We care about your child, and if he or she contracted a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine, we would be devastated and feel very responsible. We also feel a responsibility to our other patients who are in our waiting rooms, and may be exposed to unvaccinated child and potentially be susceptible to that disease.
Vaccine immunity works most effectively when we do our best to achieve "herd immunity", meaning that a disease has less of a chance in penetrating a community where almost all kids have protected antibodies. Gaps in this herd immunity allow disease to penetrate into the population, and since no vaccine is absolutely 100 percent effective, even vaccinated children could potentially come down with disease.
If your child is unvaccinated, he or she may contract a disease that may put his or her life at risk. Since fever is a symptom of disease, it would be hard to guarantee that he or she did not have one of the vaccine-preventable diseases, and he or she may be exposed to additional invasive testing.
The vaccines that are required by schools have been around and studied for many years. There is actually less "preservatives" and antigens, or "proteins", in each vaccine than there was 10 years ago. We do not have any mercury-containing ingredients in any of our vaccines, even thought it has never been proven to cause any problems. Giving multiple vaccines at one time has been studied for antibody formation and side effects extensively, and have shown to be safe. The immunization schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics is the schedule that we follow.
You can look at vaccines forming immunity in your body sort of like a message being sent to certain groups or teams. When vaccines proteins enter your child's body, they are small messages that round up the team leaders of these different groups of your immune system. These team leaders hold onto that message, or "memory" and if your body is "attacked" by real disease, then that specific team that has that message draws it's team members to fight. During the process of vaccinating, or forming the teams, less than 1% of your immune system is even "revved up". Children may sometimes mount a fever to signal that this message has been successfully passed along to the appropriate place.
I have been asked by some parents why people would "make up" a cause between vaccines and autism. My reasoning is fear. No parent would want their child to have autism. There still is much research that needs to be done as to the cause. The temporal and concrete relationship between the timing of vaccines and diagnosis of autism is an easy target.
The truth of the matter is, the diseases that vaccines prevent are still out there. They can be deadly and seriously decrease the quality of your child's life. We may be in he wake of seeing more of these previously "hibernating" diseases in our child's lifetime. This is a shame.
There is a good book recommended by Dr. Littleton, "Autism False Prophets", as well as others. We would be happy to look at the information you are encountering as well as provide you with information on this topic. In the meantime, a few websites that you can look at include : www.vaccine.chop.edu, www.vaers.org, www.immunizationinfo.org, www.immunize.org, www.pkids.org, www.vaccinesafety.edu.
Welcome to Our Practice
Olentangy Pediatrics is home to six highly respected, board-certified physicians who are ready to team with you to support your child’s good health. We hope you will choose one physician as your child’s doctor who will then be available for well-child examinations and ill-child appointments. (As needed, your child may be treated by one of our other experienced physicians for an ill-child visit.)
Additionally, the physicians have assembled a well-trained team of registered nurses and other pediatric personnel to staff the office. Each member of this team shares our physicians’ commitment to deliver quality, comprehensive pediatric care.
We hope you will consider Olentangy Pediatrics. We welcome the chance to help prepare your child for a lifetime of good health!
All of Olentangy Pediatrics’ physicians are board-certified and members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.