Frequently Asked Questions
What medical issues do you treat at Parker Place?
Dr. Parker treats any medical issue that you or your child’s doctor feels could be improved with lifestyle changes such as nutrition and activity level. This would include, but is not limited to, Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, obesity/overweight, elevated liver enzymes, elevated lipids, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and acanthosis nigricans. Dr. Parker also treats the full spectrum of pediatric endocrinology issues including, but not limited to, thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, Turner syndrome, early or late puberty, poor growth and short stature, calcium and vitamin D deficiencies, and adrenal disorders.
If you have a particular concern about your child’s health but are unsure whether a pediatric endocrinologist can help, please feel free to contact our office for more information.
What do I need to do to prepare for my child’s first appointment?
Please be sure to complete your child’s new patient forms online by clicking here and submit them at least 48 hours before your appointment. This will greatly expedite the check-in process when you arrive, and will also allow Dr. Parker to be as prepared as possible for her time with your family. (If you are unable to complete the forms online, please arrive 45 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete them in our office and to allow our staff enough time to enter your child’s data in our system.)
In the meantime, our office staff will contact your child’s pediatrician or primary care provider, as well as any other physicians involved in his/her care, to request medical records. Of course, if you have kept any personal documentation on your child’s health condition(s) and would like to bring it to the appointment to discuss with Dr. Parker, please feel free to do so. You can also fax documents to us in advance at 866-251-7548.
Finally, please be sure to bring your photo ID, your child’s insurance card, and any co-pay (if applicable).
What can my child expect during their appointment?
Parker Place aims to deliver the highest standard of patient care, from our welcoming waiting area to our emphasis on scheduling appointments quickly. Your child’s examination and treatment plan will, of course, depend on their medical issues. However, most appointments include a height/weight check, a physical exam, and a friendly discussion of your child’s medical history, as well as their habits and daily routines. Dr. Parker will then collaborate with you and your child on setting some healthy lifestyle goals and provide you with resources to help support your child’s success.
If any additional testing, X-rays or ultrasounds need to be completed, Dr. Parker will refer you to an appropriate lab or imaging center, and of course will follow up with you regarding the results.
How does your office approach sensitive topics? I don’t want my child to feel badly about needing medical care for their condition.
At Parker Place, the children and teenagers we treat are dealing with a wide variety of health issues: everything from struggling with their weight to growing at a different rate than their peers to experiencing physical development that outpaces their chronological age and ability to understand. In addition, many of our patients also experience depression, anxiety, gender dysphoria, and other challenges. Our practice is a welcoming, accepting and empowering place for all families, and we want kids to feel great about coming here for care. Please be assured that your child will, at all times, be treated with discretion and respect, and sensitive topics will be addressed in a kind and age-appropriate manner.
How do I make an appointment?
Please contact our office directly at 410-844-8998 during our regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:30am-6:00pm during the school year, and Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm during the summer) and our office manager, Jennifer, will be happy to assist you. (If you call during business hours and get our voice mail, please feel free to leave a message and you will receive a call back the same day!)
Do you treat Type 1 diabetes patients?
While Dr. Parker does not yet have the staff to be the primary endocrine provider for patients with Type 1 diabetes, she would love to work with children and teens with Type 1 on managing blood sugars using nutrition and exercise in addition to insulin. Please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.
Do you accept insurance and if so, what insurances do you accept?
Parker Place accepts most commercial and state insurance plans, viewable here.
What if my insurance provider is not on your list?
We are happy to accept new patients on a self-pay basis. Our self-pay fee for first-time appointments is $150, while follow-up appointments range from $75-$125, depending on the complexity of your child’s medical issue. Please feel free to contact our office with questions.
Who can participate in wellness programs at Parker Place?
We strive to provide a variety of programs and events for every member of your family including kids, teenagers, parents and caregivers. A suggested age range will be included in the information posted about each program on our schedule, and we invite you to contact our office with any questions.
Are your wellness programs just for medical patients?
Absolutely not! Taking a proactive approach to health and wellness can actually help prevent many common medical problems, and our programs are designed to benefit all kids and families.
What kind of programs are offered at Parker Place?
Our wellness programs and events are always evolving based on the season, input from our participating families, and the needs of our community. Generally, our programming centers on any combination of nutrition, cooking, exercise, and emotional well-being (such as stress management and mindfulness). We also work directly with Annapolis-area schools, organizations and special interest groups to develop programs specifically for their needs.
Where are you located?
Our office is conveniently located in Annapolis, Maryland, directly behind the Kohl’s and Shoppers on Route 2 and near Annapolis Towne Centre. For our address and a map, visit our contact page.
What are your office hours?
Our medical office is open Monday through Friday, 9:30am-6:00pm during the school year, and Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm during the summer. Timing for our wellness programs will vary.
How can I be notified about new classes and upcoming events?
Joining our Parker Place VIP list is the best way to keep up-to-date on our programs, as well as to receive exclusive wellness content and special offers. You can subscribe here!