Starting at the end of November, Dr. Michele Dritz will be joining the Cornerstone Pediatrics team as our Adolescent Medicine specialist. Her role will be to work with our teenagers & young adults, along with their families, to help keep them healthy, safe, and ready to make that important transition into adulthood. She will be working with our other clinic providers providing both general care for your teen (such as yearly comprehensive well visits that incorporate a sports physical plus recommended developmental care, preventive screening and immunizations), as well as some of the more time-intensive or unique adolescent issues that may arise such as mental health concerns and emotional well-being, gynecological issues, contraception services, sports medicine issues, and acne treatment, just to name a few. This type of care and these conversations often require more time, so you will also notice that we schedule longer appointment times for her visits.
Dr. Dritz is joining us after spending the last 5 years as one of the civilian Adolescent Medicine physicians at Wright-Patterson AFB. She grew up as part of a military family herself, so she's from a little bit of everywhere, but has now made Ohio her home. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego, her medical degree at Albany Medical College in upstate New York and her Pediatric training at St Louis Children's Hospital/Washington University in Missouri. She then went on to complete her Adolescent Medicine fellowship training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center along with additional training in healthcare quality improvement. She and her husband have 2 children.
Both websites are created by Boston Children's Hospital and their Center for Young Women's Health/Young Men's Health. A great resource for teens, young adults and parents or caregivers on topics ranging from general health, preventive care, mental health, substance use, sexuality, reproductive health, safety and self-esteem to managing chronic disease and preventing illness.
List of online and print resource for teens and families about stress-reduction and mindfulness techniques to help manage stress. Website created by Dr. Dzong Vo from the British Columbia Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada.
This link is geared towards parents and caregivers, this is a discussion about the reason for and importance of confidentiality as part of the care of adolescents. Created by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
The first website was created by the US department of Health and Human Services (HHS) designed for teens. It covers issues around substance use and abuse. Includes links to further resources and information.
Website for teens, young adults and families providing information and resources on LGBTQ topics with the ultimate goal to provide crisis intervention and reduce suicide risk in LGBTQ adolescents. Website was founded by the creators and now national organization that produced the Academy-Award winning short film "Trevor".
Online tool that allows adolescents and families to find Ohio resources including organizations, treatment services and education for many childhood and youth issues (such as medical, social, financial and social support resources). Site is maintained by the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. Can be searched by county and by topic.
Created by the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Designed to give parents tools to help empower them to begin a dialogue with their teen or young adult on important health topics, and help support their teen’s health. (FREE)