Elissa Rubin, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, RLC
Deborah Saunders, MD, FAAP, FSAHM
Sharon Somekh, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, RLC
Sheeba Johnson, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, RLC

When you have children, you realize how easy it is to not see them fully, and perhaps miss all those early years. If you are not careful, you can be too absorbed in work, and they will be only too happy to tell you about it later. Being a parent is one of the most mindfulness practices of all. Mindfulness is about loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that.
— Jon Kabat-Zinn


Flu Season is Here - Schedule Your Flu Vaccination
Flu season is here and our office is eager to help protect you and your family from the flu. Getting a flu vaccination is the single best way to protect against getting the flu—a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization or even death.  The flu vaccine is recommended FOR ALL CHILDREN over the age of 6 months.  Entire families can be vaccinated (including breastfeeding and pregnant mothers, etc). People 65 years of age and older should get the vaccine from their own physician; that age group requires a higher dose vaccine that we do not stock.
All of the Flu vaccines that we will be administering this year are quadrivalent (prevent against 4 strains of the flu) and are preservative free. As per the CDC, Live attenuated influenza vaccine (the nasal spray Flumist vaccine) is NOT recommended for use during the 2016-2017 season because of concerns about its effectiveness.  Therefore, we are ONLY offering Flu SHOTS this year, no mists.
Whenever possible we will bill the insurance. If we do not participate with the insurance, then the fee will be $35.  If the parent has a form of Medicaid or an HMO that requires a PCP to be listed, then the parent will have to go to their own physician for the vaccine.

Beginning Monday, 9/12/16, we will be offering Flu vaccines during already scheduled appointments; you can also call to schedule appointments just for the Flu vaccine for you and your family.  PLEASE ONLY CALL DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS (Mon-Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri. 9am-4pm and Sat 9am-12pm) to schedule your appointment.  We are scheduling appointments for flu shots as per the schedule below:
The weekly schedule for flu vaccine appointments with our nurses is as follows:
Tuesday 4pm-7pm
Wednesday: 9am-7pm
Thursday: 3pm-6pm
Friday: 9am-4pm

In addition to our normal hours of Flu Vaccine appointments, we will be holding a Happy and Healthy Wellness and Flu Vaccine event on Saturday 10/8/16.  See details below:

  • Day of Wellness and Flu Vaccines - 9am-4pm
  • 9am-12pm - Flu vaccine by APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • 1pm-4pm - Flu vaccine WALK IN
  • In addition to the Flu vaccine, this will be a day of wellness.  We will be offering a pediatric CPR course in the morning (please call the office for more information and to register) and the CPR instructor will be available throughout the day for questions.  We will also have information booths available regarding our other wellness center offerings along with activities for children. 

For more information regarding the Flu Vaccine: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.pdf

8/22/2016 - Dr. Rubin Discusses Safe Sleeping and Back to School Sleep Schedules on CBS News:

In case you missed it, last week Dr. Rubin was featured twice on CBS News.  The first story was discussing a report on reducing SIDS with a safe sleeping environment.  The second was on preparing and establishing back to school sleep schedules and habits.  Local editions of both broadcasts are below.

Reducing SIDS:

Establishing Back to School Schedules:

8/15/2016 - A Letter from Dr. Rubin on Our First Mindfulness Workshop:

We live in an anxious world.  Anxiety is really the epidemic that we treat.  And we see it in all forms.  From new parents too anxious to enjoy their newborns, to 8 year olds having panic attacks, to us as physicians unable to sleep at night because we are worried about our patients.  I suffer from anxiety, and I know my parents role modeled those behaviors.   Every day I struggle-not only to be happy, but also to make sure I break the cycle!  I am determined to give my daughters a better life.  So they don't have to struggle.  So that they have better coping strategies.  I see the world getting harder, not easier.  I want them to be resilient.   I want them to be happy. 

Myself, and my business manager Brian,  attended an introductory course on mindfulness offered by Cory Muscara a few months ago.   Mindfulness is an idea I have been thinking about and trying to practice for several years, but it is a practice.   We loved Cory's perspective, communication style, and overall presentation.  If felt like a gift.  We knew right away we needed to incorporate him into our wellness center.  Both Brian and I recognize how that one session has changed our overall outlook and has helped us directly in certain parenting moments.   

I hope you will consider embarking on this new chapter of Happy and Healthy wellness center with us.     Myself and my husband, most of our staff, personal family and friends will be attending.  We don't have kids because we have to.  We have them because we want to.  And as a parent I want to enjoy every moment with my daughters.   To know what well being feels like, and to role model that for them.  We all deserve to be happy.  And this is part of what Happy and Healthy Wellness center wants to help facilitate and foster. 

If you would like to learn more, please visit our Website and navigate to the Speaker Series page of our Wellness Center section - http://www.happyandhealthypediatrics.com/speakers-series/, or simply call the office and ask for Brian. 

"BEST Pediatrician"