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 sees general pediatric endocrinology issues including, but not limited to, thyroid problems, 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?
As the parent of a new patient, you will be given access to our online patient portal, through which you can complete our new patient intake forms. (If you are unable to do so, please arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete the forms in our office.)
Our office 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. However, 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 it to our office at 866-251-7548.
Finally, please be sure to bring your photo ID and your child’s insurance card.
What can my child expect during his/her 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 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.
How do I make an appointment?
Please contact our office directly at 410-844-8998 during our regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm 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 prefer, you can proactively register your child on our online patient portal, and Jennifer will contact you within one business day to schedule an appointment.
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 request an appointment using our online portal, or contact us directly.
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 classes at Parker Place?
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. 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! Our classes and events are designed to benefit all kids and families.
What safety precautions are taken at Parker Place?
Providing a safe environment is of the 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 Dr. Parker are all Serv-Safe certified, meaning they are well-versed in proper food handling. We maintain food allergy records for all our class participants, and we proactively provide lists of all food ingredients used in each of our cooking and nutrition classes so that parents can be aware of any potential allergens.
What kind of programs are offered at Parker Place?
Our classes 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 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.
Are there any restrictions on class participation?
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.
Where are you located?
Our office is conveniently located in Annapolis, Maryland, directly behind the Kohls 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-5:30pm 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!