As Family Doctors at Direct Doctors, we often have patients who are confused about whether we can be their child’s doctor too. As Family Physicians, trained in Family Medicine, we are able to take care of kids too! For Dr. Turshen & Dr. Hedde, we trained through the Brown Family Medicine program and therefore spent some time learning Pediatrics at Hasbro as well as at Memorial Hospital.
Family Doctors, in general, tend to be more focused on “outpatient medicine.” This means that for adults and children, our training is much more focused on things that happen to you outside of the hospital, and a bit less focused on hospital-related issues (as compared to Internal Medicine adult doctors and Pediatric doctors who spend more time training inside the hospital on “inpatient medicine” during their residency). Therefore, we are well equipped to see your children in our office for well child checkups, vaccinations, sick visits, chronic illness care, and everything in between!
We work with Pediatric Specialists - i.e. trained in Allergy Medicine, Cardiology, or Endocrinology, to name a few - when needed for pediatric patients who have issues that are beyond our scope of training. That allows us to work alongside experts in specific medical diagnoses to help ensure our patients have the best care possible.
Just like all of our adult patients, our pediatric patients (who range in age from newborn to teenager), get the same treatment that all Direct Doctors’ patients are accustomed to. This includes same day acute visits for illnesses, unlimited access by phone/text/email directly to your doctor, and even home visits once in a blue moon for an illness or for the first month of life for all newborns. Kids will never have to wait in a crowded waiting room full of sick kids at Direct Doctors!
The most valuable service we offer to parents of pediatric patients is the peace of mind of knowing that we are always no more than a phone call or text message away. So, if your child wakes up in the middle of the night with a high fever or your daycare sends them home with the request for a doctor’s visit, you will be able to reach your child’s doctor immediately. To find out more about how we practice primary care - including for our pediatric patients - check us out at www.directdoctors.org.
Lauren Hedde, DO and Mark Turshen, MD are Family Physicians and Founders of Direct Doctors, Inc. a Direct Primary Care Practice.