Parker Graduates with CDTC Honors

Parker Graduates with CDTC Honors

Nominated by Kristen Ely, Patient-Centered Medical Home & Quality Manager

Parker arrived for his first appointment with Dr. Maria not long after he was born. He was very fragile coming out of the NICU. That was 21 years ago.

Today, Parker has graduated from High School and will soon be graduating from CDTC. Over the years he and mom Katie have been a part of almost every CDTC program.

Early Steps helped mom deal with his global delay. Dr. Maria and later Dr. Robinson would oversee his medical care and help manage his seizure disorder in our Primary Care Center. Our medical home programs ECHO(Extraordinary Children, Healthy Outcomes) and then TAFT (Transitioning Adolescents Forward into Tomorrow) would provide the family with a Care Coordinator to lend resources and support. Dr. Alonso even sees him in our Dental Clinic.

For mom Katie, discovering CDTC was a blessing. The staff were the experts there to help find the answers. And, everyone was always so welcoming and happy to see the family.

Of course, Parker’s infectious smile endears him to everyone at the Center.

In 2010, mother and son caught our eye and were featured as a Kids Wish Hero. For Katie, this honor was just one of the many opportunities and activities that she appreciates about the Center. The family loves the small special events they were invited to. She loves the Center so much that she accepted an invitation to join our Family Advisory Board.

Over the years, mom has been faithful in caring for Parker. Appointments were kept. Medicine was taken.
Parker graduated from high school last year with a special diploma. It was a proud day for both of them.

With graduation to adult care approaching, Katie and Parker will both miss the visits and the support of their CDTC Care Team.

Katie remembers doctors advising her when Parker was born to consider “letting him go” because his quality of life would be so low. Looking back now, she’s very proud to see how helpful and kind he is. “I couldn’t be happier where he is today.”

About our Hero of the Month

Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our  Hero of the Month. These special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.

Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.

A trip to our Clinic is more than just a doctor’s visit to a child with special healthcare needs.

But, insurance doesn’t cover everything. That’s why your gift is so important.

Michael’s Heroic Family

Michael’s Heroic Family

Love. Acceptance. Dedication. Understanding.

For Michael’s family, this gets them through their hard days.

Michael, now 21, was born with Cerebral Palsy. He is quadriplegic, bound to his wheelchair or bed throughout the day. He also requires extensive medical care, including g-tube feedings and deep suctioning to prevent aspiration. His mother takes him to six different medical specialists to manage his health, and he receives skilled in-home nursing care through an agency.

The family brought Michael to CDTC and Dr. Maria’s care over twenty years ago. They appreciate having access to so many services in one place and such a knowledgeable team on their side that understands patients with such complex issues.

Their CDTC Care Coordinator has had a major impact on the family’s ability to care for Michael. Keeping track of appointments with so many specialists and finding services could have been overwhelming, but their coordinator plays a major role in helping them keep it all together.

Michael’s parents, four younger siblings and grandparents do whatever it takes to make Michael feel safe, loved and comfortable. They will put everything else aside to ensure his care.

Unfortunately when Michael turned 21 last month he was no longer eligible for the nursing hours he was receiving as he transitioned to adult insurance. CDTC is working with his family to overcome the insurance obstacles and to ensure his nursing hours are restored.

Michael’s family is so proud of him. He’s a fighter And he has a smile that continues to brighten every room.

Nominated by Jazmin Smith, Care Coordinator, TAFT/LCH

About our Hero of the Month

Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our Hero of the Month. These special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.

Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.

A trip to our Clinic is more than just a doctor’s visit to a child with special healthcare needs.

But, insurance doesn’t cover everything. That’s why your gift is so important.

J’lynn’s Heroic Habits

J’lynn’s Heroic Habits

Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center’s (CDTC) Dental Clinic is an exciting place when J’lynn has an appointment. The loquacious eight-year-old looks forward to her visits.

J’lynn first sat in the dental chair when she was two. Even at that young age, she was always comfortable and very observant.

Dental Hygienist Lystra Donegan is always impressed by J’lynn’s eagerness to have her teeth cleaned and the questions the little girl likes to ask. J’lynn always likes to know what is going on. While she loves to ask questions and talk, she’s a bright spot in the day for the dental team during visits.

Her mom Cam isn’t quite sure what J’lynn is most excited about when it’s time for her routine visits – the cleaning or the little bag of supplies and goodies she leaves with.

Either way, J’lynn takes her smile seriously. She paid close attention when the dental team showed her how to brush properly and what could happen if she doesn’t. She insists on brushing before every visit to show her diligence. J’lynn’s working on flossing now and is on her way to excellent oral hygiene habits. Her smile is healthy, and she’s had no dental issues.

The family has been coming to CDTC since J’lynn was a baby when she needed early intervention services from our Early Steps program. They graduated from the program when J’lynn turned three.

Today, they are part of the Center’s Extraordinary Children, Healthy Outcomes (ECHO) program. Their CDTC Care Team helps the family coordinate care between their CDTC pediatrician and seven specialists who help monitor her medical conditions.

For mom, the best part of visits to CDTC are the people who work here. Mom loves how everyone interacts with J’lynn. So many of the staff greet her outgoing and energetic little girl with warmth and care.
Mom also grew to love the care J’lynn received in the Primary Care Center. She’s impressed at how the Care Team are always eager to get down to the bottom of any health issues J’lynn has. It’s worth the drive to come to the Center.

“As long as we can,” shares mom, “we’ll keep going to CDTC.”

Nominated by Lystra Donegan, Dental Hygienist in CDTC’s Dental Clinic

About our Hero of the Month

Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our Hero of the Month. These special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.

Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.

A trip to our Clinic is more than just a doctor’s visit to a child with special healthcare needs.

But, insurance doesn’t cover everything. That’s why your gift is so important.

Giulia & Her Mom Make a Heroic Team

Giulia & Her Mom Make a Heroic Team

“Giulia’s mom is the perfect example of how Early Steps moms should be,” shares Riane Santa Cruz, one of the Center’s forty Early Steps Care Coordinators.

The Early Steps program provides therapy in the home when possible because we see better results when a child’s caregivers are involved and in their natural environment. Giulia’s mom, Raquel, embraced this philosophy whole-heartedly and the two-year-old has made great strides because of this.

Giulia was one week shy of her first birthday when she came to Early Steps at CDTC. She barely babbled and didn’t clap or point and was falling behind on many milestones. Her pediatrician recommended Early Steps to the concerned mother.

Like so many others, Raquel had never heard of the program. But, once she learned what it was, she was excited by what it would provide for her and Giulia.

“I’m very happy with our team,” shares Raquel. A great team came together including Riane, Infant Toddler Development Specialist Livia, Occupational Therapists from Therapeds and Speech Therapists from Step by Step.

The eager mom was dedicated to incorporating Giulia’s therapy into their every day routine. So, she drilled each of their therapists during every session – asking questions to make sure she could implement everything correctly. Eventually, at one point services for Giulia were reduced, a rare occurrence, because mom was doing so much and the little girl doing so well.

The team is so impressed with Raquel’s hard work and abilities, they tease that she should become a therapist once Giulia goes to school.

According to mom, Giulia is a new child today thanks to the Early Steps program. She loves to talk and is quite active. While she has autism, Raquel shares Giulia doesn’t show many delays.

“(Meeting) our goals is going good,” shares Raquel. “We just keep working.” While Giulia’s time with Early Steps is coming to an end this year, she’s made great strides and Raquel feels “very lucky” to have received the support the family needed.

About our Hero of the Month

Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our Hero of the Month. These special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.

Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.

A trip to our Clinic is more than just a doctor’s visit to a child with special healthcare needs.

But, insurance doesn’t cover everything. That’s why your gift is so important.

Yusuf’s Heroic CDTC Journey

Yusuf’s Heroic CDTC Journey

June 2020 | Primary Care Center

Telehealth has been a gift these days for Whannda, mother of three, including 9-year-old Yusuf who is living with Autism. The new format adopted by CDTC during the pandemic is a convenience for the mom who usually has to travel with three kids from Miramar to see Dr. Robinson. In some ways the experience is better.

“It’s like she’s right in front of me,” shares Whannda. The kids are so excited for the appointment, they get dressed up to sit in front of the camera. Whannda likes that she can sit with their physician, voice her concerns and get the same wonderful care.

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