FAQ: Medical Practice
Any medical issue that you or your child’s doctor feels could be improved with changes in diet or amount of exercise. This would include but is not limited to Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, obesity/overweight, elevated liver enzymes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, Acanthosis Nigricans. Dr. Parker also sees general pediatric endocrinology issues including but not limited to thyroid problems, early or later puberty, poor growth and short stature.
Our new patient intake forms can be downloaded from our website, and we strongly encourage you to print them and complete them at home before coming in for your child’s appointment. (If this is not possible, please plan on arriving at least 25 minutes early to complete these forms in our office.)
In addition, please bring your child’s insurance card, your photo ID, a referral if required by your child’s insurer, and any applicable medical records:
- Lab results
- Imaging films (preferred) such as X-rays, bone age scans, ultrasounds, or imaging reports if films are unavailable
- Growth charts
- Physician notes from primary care provider for visits related to your child’s endocrine issue
If you do not have copies of these records, your primary care provider can fax them to our attention at 410-224-6946.
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 his/her medical issues. However, most appointments for endocrine-related conditions include a height/weight check, a physical exam, and a friendly discussion of your child’s medical history, as well as his/her 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.
Please contact our office directly at 410-844-8998 during our regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm) and our office manager, Jennifer, will be happy to assist you.
Dr. Parker does not have the staff to be the primary endocrine provider for patients with Type 1 diabetes, however, she would love to work with children and teens with Type 1 on managing blood sugars using nutrition and healthy exercise in addition to insulin.
Parker Place accepts most insurance plans for medical services.
FAQ: Wellness Center
We strive to provide a variety of programs and events for every member of your family including toddlers, preschoolers, school-agers and adolescents, as well as parents and caregivers. Our current calendar and our class descriptions both include the appropriate age range for each of our events, and we ask that families be mindful of these age ranges to ensure the best experience for every participant. If you have questions about any of our classes, we invite you to contact our office at any time.
Providing a safe environment is of utmost importance here at Parker Place. Some of the ways we accomplish this include:
- Designing a secure wellness space. In addition to ensuring our facilities and materials are age-appropriate for the groups we serve, we also have a private ensuite restroom (so children do not need to leave our center to use the public restrooms in the building) and 24-hour video surveillance in all our class spaces and common areas.
- Screening our staff. Our management and instructors have all passed a rigorous background check, are experts in their field, and are experienced in working with children.
- Being mindful of food safety. Our culinary team and medical director are Serv-Safe certified, meaning they are well-versed in proper food handling, and we maintain a completely nut-free kitchen. We also maintain food allergy information on all our class participants, and we prominently display lists of all of the foods utilized in each of our cooking and nutrition classes so that parents can be aware of any potential allergens.
Our classes and events are always evolving, based on the season, input from our participating families, and the needs of our community. Generally, our calendar features offerings in cooking, nutrition, 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. Please browse our class descriptions for more information on our revolving variety of class programs, and if you have ideas for other topics or resources you would find useful, please contact us!
We take food allergies very seriously at Parker Place. In addition to maintaining records of all our class participants’ food allergies and sensitivities, we also prominently display a list of the foods that will be utilized in each cooking and nutrition class, so that you can take note of any potential allergens. We also maintain a completely nut-free kitchen. Please note, however, our kitchen does occasionally use eggs, wheat, dairy and soybeans. We ask that you ensure that your child has an Epi-pen available if he/she has a serious food allergy.
As part of our commitment to providing a safe, medically-supervised wellness program here at Parker Place, we ask that parents/caregivers notify us of any health concerns that may affect their family members’ ability to safely participate in some classes (for example: asthma or other respiratory conditions, heart problems, current or previous injuries, and/or food allergies). These health concerns may not necessarily preclude your family member’s participation; rather, Dr. Parker will discuss with you the most appropriate classes for your family and any restrictions required.
In addition, while we offer a variety of classes for all members of the family, we ask that you comply with the stated age range requirement for each class when you register yourself or a family member.
Our address is 49 Old Solomons Island Road, Suite 303 in Annapolis. Ample parking is available in the rear of the building. Please visit our contact page for a map to Parker Place, as well as our phone number and email address.
Parker Place’s main office is open, and our management staff is available, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Our wellness center classes are held in accordance with each month’s event schedule.
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