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Few decisions are as important to families as where they go for their health care needs, and that’s especially true for the health care of children. Whether a child is in need of long-term care, or just developing long-term habits for a healthy future, finding the right pediatrician is a critical step. From the most up-to-date knowledge and techniques, to the most advanced technology and equipment, pediatricians deliver a wide range of specialized medical services, helping achieve and maintain healthy young bodies. This provides peace of mind for the whole family. With some of the region’s top doctors right here in our back yard, New Orleanians have some terrific options for family health care.

Carousel Pediatrics
    Carousel Pediatrics is dedicated to providing quality care for infants, children and adolescents in the greater New Orleans area. Dr. Ellen McLean, Dr. Jeanne Rademacher and Dr. James Kent Treadway Jr. are all certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and combine years of experience with the most up-to-date methods and technologies to help their patients and families achieve and maintain lifelong health.
    Childhood care is the assessment of growth and the development of children, the provisions of needed immunizations and laboratory work used to assess a child’s health status. Check-ups focus on offering an assessment of a child’s health and growth potential and providing specialized guidance aimed at better informed and more confident parents. Specific treatments needed for particular illnesses are also part of the care the doctors provide. On these visits, the pediatricians also provide parents with a plan for the child’s follow-up care. Carousel Pediatrics is conveniently located in Metairie, adjacent to East Jefferson General Hospital. Offices are located in Suite 240, on the second floor of the East Jefferson Memorial Building at 4224 Houma Blvd. in Metairie.
    For more information call (504) 885-4141 or visit www.carouselpediatrics.com.

Metairie Pediatrics
    There are few decisions more important to a family than where to seek health care for their children, and no one knows this better than the team at Metairie Pediatrics. With five nurses on staff and a trio of top-performing doctors, they have been providing quality care to patients and their families in the New Orleans area since 1986. The doctors not only work from their office on Veterans Boulevard, but are also on staff at East Jefferson General Hospital, Lakeside Hospital, Ochsner Health System and Touro Infirmary. The doctors also regularly travel to Children's Hospital to provide continuity of care to their patients who are admitted.
    Dr. John Barbara III has been in practice for 23 years, and is the former chief of pediatrics at East Jefferson, Lakeside and Lakeland hospitals. Born and raised in New Orleans, he and his wife have six children. Dr. Mark Morici, also a native New Orleanian, graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1995. He and his wife have two daughters. The newest addition to the team is Dr. Cary Culbertson, who received her doctorate of medicine with research honors at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in 1997. She joined Metairie Pediatrics in September 2006, and lives with her husband and two daughters in New Orleans.
     For more information or to schedule a visit, call (504) 833-7374.

Dr. Jason Parker
    A graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana, Dr. Jason Parker received his doctorate of dental surgery from LSU School of Dentistry in 1998, leaving behind a career in professional baseball to do so. In 2000, Dr. Parker completed a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry, and has emerged as a leader in the field.
    Patients know from the moment they step into Dr. Parker’s office, with its whimsical murals of sea creatures greeting them from the walls, that this isn’t your average visit to the dentist. This isn’t your average dentist, either. Recipient of the 2008 New Dentist Award, Dr. Parker not only provides top quality care to children ages one through teens, he also works tirelessly in the New Orleans community to advance children’s and health care issues. He was chairman for National Children’s Dental Health Month for the New Orleans Dental Association for the past eight years, and was selected for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Leadership Institute at the prestigious Kellogg School of Management.
     He has served as vice president of the New Orleans Dental Association, as well as on the board of governors. He has been legislative delegate for the organization. Dr. Parker also served on the committee for Council and Communication and Council of Government Affairs for the Louisiana Dental Association. He also is a member of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Pediatric Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and he’s on the board of directors for the March of Dimes.
     For more information call (504) 831-2120 or visit www.docParker4kids.com.

Tulane Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Emergency Department
    Since its inception in August of 2007, the newly renovated Tulane Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Emergency Department has grown to a capacity of 10 beds with three fully equipped trauma bays. Tulane Hospital is conveniently located in the Central Business District. The current staff consists of fellowship-trained pediatric emergency medicine specialists and board certified pediatricians. The emergency department is supported by a full complement of subspecialty services including pediatric surgery, critical care, psychiatric care and orthopedics, among others. The hospital has a close working relationship with the Regional Poison Control Center, University Hospital Level I Trauma Center, Regional Burn Center, as well as the New Orleans Crisis Unit. The department is capable of caring for children with a wide spectrum of illness, including traumatic injuries, child abuse, and toxic ingestions. The staff has extensive experience in acute pain management, pediatric sedation and Child Life Services, so your child’s experience will be as comfortable as possible. While the pediatric ED’s census has grown substantially, it has sufficient staffing to accommodate short wait times and provide personalized medical attention. Tulane is proud to offer the city of New Orleans and surrounding community the most up-to-date pediatric emergency care.
    For more information call (504) 988-5800 or visit tulane.edu/som/departments/pediatrics. n

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