I've practiced pediatrics in St. Petersburg since 1983 and I started my micro-practice in 2011. In a micro-practice, physicians communicate and schedule appointments with patients directly, creating more meaningful, effective, and productive relationships with their patients.

Office location

5033 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33710


Phone: 727-623-4830
Fax: 949-863-5381

Business hours

Phone: 727-623-4830
Fax: 949-863-5381

Office visits

Call 727-623-4830 for an appointment.

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Education, Training, and Credentials

Health education

American Academy of Pediatrics

Centers for Disease Control

National Institutes of Health

All Children's Hospital


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Health News

Reflux Drugs Tied to Bone Fractures in Children
The Anti-inflammatory Diet's Surprising Benefits in Children
On Campus, Failure Is on the Syllabus
How to Raise a Reader
Work. Walk 5 Minutes. Work.
Running Free in Germany’s Outdoor Preschools
Pediatricians Say No Fruit Juice in Child’s First Year
To Raise Better Kids, Say No
Do Seasonal Allergies Make You More Likely to Get Sick?
Pediatricians: U.S. not doing enough to halt childhood lead poisoning
Putting Your Baby to Sleep: Some Advice and Good News
What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages - The New York Times
We're Thinking About ADHD All Wrong, Says A Top Pediatrician : NPR Ed : NPR
Keep Things Simple For A Healthy, Long Life : Shots - Health News : NPR
Red Meats Linked to Cancer, Global Health Group Says - WSJ
Cutting Sugar Improves Children's Health in Just 10 Days - The New York Times
How Schools Are Handling An 'Overparenting' Crisis : NPR Ed : NPR
Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children - The New York Times
The Great Gift of Reading Aloud - WSJ
INFOGRAPHIC: Why Being in Nature Makes Us Happier - Happify Daily
Vegan diet lowers heart risk in obese children
Want Great Longevity and Health? It Takes a Village - WSJ
We All Need to Shape Up Fast - WSJ
Why Coding Is Your Child's Key to Unlocking the Future - WSJ
Hyperactivity helps children with ADHD to learn
Eating To Break 100: Longevity Diet Tips From The Blue Zones : The Salt : NPR
How Flavor Drives Nutrition - WSJ
It's Healthy to Put a Good Spin on Your Life - WSJ
Benefits of a Family Card Game - WSJ
The Dangers of Vaccine Denial - NYTimes.com
A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D. - NYTimes.com

In school, these curious, experience-seeking kids would most likely do better in small classes that emphasize hands-on-learning, self-paced computer assignments and tasks that build specific skills. This will not eliminate the need for many kids with A.D.H.D. to take psychostimulants. But let's not rush to medicalize their curiosity, energy and novelty-seeking; in the right environment, these traits are not a disability, and can be a real asset. Richard A. Friedman is a professor of clinical psychiatry and the director of the psychopharmacology clinic at the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Advice to My Teenage Self - WSJ

Reflections on having goals and thoughtfully adjusting those goals over time

Longer breastfeeding tied to better development | Reuters

"We need to have baby-friendly work places that help women continue to either breast-feed or pump when they return to work, "There's that African proverb, ‘it takes a village to raise a child. It takes a village to breast-feed a child as well, and all sectors have to contribute."

For Fitness, Intensity Matters - NYTimes.com

The studies are an important and inspirational reminder of “the robust effect exercise can have on the human body, even at the level of our DNA.”>

The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder - NYTimes.com
I Am Woman, Watch Me Hack - NYTimes.com

"Computer science is an incredibly promising major, especially for a young woman. That and engineering are among the college degrees that can offer the highest incomes and the most flexibility — attributes widely cited for drawing many women into formerly male-dominated fields like medicine." - NYT

Even healthy kids can die from flu complications
The Great Stagnation of American Education - NYTimes.com
Researchers Trace High Levels of Lead in Mexican Hot Sauces

In a pilot study conducted on 25 different brands of hot sauces from Mexico and South America, they noticed some brands carryied excessive lead content. The four brands are Salsa Picante de, El Pato Salsa Picante, Salsa Habanera, Chile Habanero and Bufalo Salsa Clasica.

AAP Offers Advice For Parents Concerned About Arsenic in Apple Juice

If parents want to include juice in their children's diet, juice should be limited to 4 to 6 ounces a day for children ages 1 to 6 years, and 8 to 12 ounces a day for children age 7 and older. Children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits to meet their recommended daily fruit intake.

Steps for More, and Better, Sleep - NYTimes.com

How much sleep do you need? Sleep requirements depend on age. Newborns sleep 16 to 18 hours a day, preschoolers need 11 to 12 hours, and elementary school children need 10 hours. Adolescents should get 9 to 10 hours, though most teenagers sleep only about seven hours.

Manage Your Pain Through Posture - Merck Medicus

Good posture is one of the most important components of being fit.

More Diagnoses of A.D.H.D. Causing Concern - NYTimes.com

Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the A.D.H.D. diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.

Be cautious of mind-altering drugs for kids: doctors | Reuters

Doctors warn about the ethical and medical implications of prescribing attention-boosting and mood-altering medications to healthy kids and teens, in a new statement from the American Academy of Neurology.

Sacrificing Sleep Makes For Run-Down Teens — And Parents : Shots - Health News : NPR

In some sleep stages, our brains are taking the information we've gathered during the day "and laying it down into the memories that are going to allow us to retrieve the information" at a later time.

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food - NYTimes.com

This article is adapted from “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us,” by Michael Moss.

Relax! You'll Be More Productive - NYTimes.com

Although many of us can't increase the working hours in the day, we can measurably increase our energy.

ADHD Treatments Not Working for Most Young Children

From the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2/11/13: Most young children being treated for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD ) -- either with or without medication -- still have serious symptoms of their condition, according to a new long-term study.

Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart? - NYTimes.com

Understanding their propensity to become stressed and how to deal with it can help children compete. Stress turns out to be far more complicated than we've assumed, and far more under our control than we imagine. Unlike long-term stress, short-term stress can actually help people perform, and viewing it that way changes its effect.

Screen Time Near Bedtime Means Less Sleep for Kids

Children and teens who spend time watching television, playing video games or using the computer right before bedtime are likely to take longer to fall asleep than those who watch less or none, according to new research. The study was published online Jan. 14 and in the February print issue of the journal Pediatrics.

PCRM | Healthy Snacks for Kids

"Many healthy, convenient options can be found within each of the New Four Food Groups—fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. Whether eaten on the go or at home after school, healthy snacks are easy and quick to put together and eat, and offer important nutrients and energy in each delicious bite."

PCRM | Vegetarian Diets: Advantages for Children

"In May 1998, the seventh edition of Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care was published. In it, Dr. Spock recommends a vegan diet for children. This sparked a long overdue discussion about the scientific and practical issues of optimal diets for children. In response, this document was prepared by a panel of nutritionists to address three main areas: the advantages of vegetarian and vegan diets, the safety of vegan diets, and planning meals for children." - Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

PCRM | Vegetarian Diets for Children: Right from the Start

"It is much easier to build a nutritious diet from plant foods than from animal products, which contain saturated fat, cholesterol, and other substances that growing children can do without. As for essential nutrients, plant foods are the preferred source because they provide sufficient energy and protein packaged with other health-promoting nutrients such as fiber, antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals." - Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Single Bout of Exercise Benefits Children With ADHD --Doctors Lounge

"Given that previous research has found that children with ADHD are less likely to participate in vigorous physical activity and organized sports compared with children without ADHD, our findings suggest that motivating children with ADHD to be physically active may have positive [effects] on aspects of neurocognitive function and inhibitory control" - Matthew B. Pontifex, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne

HPV vaccine found safe in large study | Reuters

"A study of nearly 190,000 young women injected with Merck & Co's human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil found no new safety concerns." - Reuters Health

The Optimal Diet - NYTimes.com

"In 35 years of medical research, conducted at the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, which I founded, we have seen that patients who ate mostly plant-based meals, with dishes like black bean vegetarian chili and whole wheat penne pasta with roasted vegetables, achieved reversal of even severe coronary artery disease. They also engaged in moderate exercise and stress-management techniques, and participated in a support group. The program also led to improved blood flow and significantly less inflammation which matters because chronic inflammation is an underlying cause of heart disease and many forms of cancer." - Dean Ornish

Trampolines too dangerous for home use, pediatricians group says in policy statement — USATODAY.com

"The policy is published today in the journal Pediatrics. Although the new statement says there is insufficient data regarding safety at the growing number of trampoline parks, it adds that the equipment does have an acceptable role when used as part of a structured athletic training program with "appropriate coaching, supervision and safety measures in place."

Antibiotics May Raise Bowel Disease Risk in Kids

"In a new study, getting antibiotics, especially very early in childhood, was linked to a raised risk for IBD."

HealthyChildren.org - HealthyChildren E-Magazine

"HealthyChildren.org, the official American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Web site for parents, launched the inaugural issue of Healthy Children e-magazine this month."

For Athletes, Dealing With Pain May Be A Big Gain : Shots - Health Blog : NPR

"A fresh analysis of studies on pain perception by researchers at the University of Heidelberg in Germany finds that athletes can tolerate more pain than non-athletes. And, the researchers conclude, regular physical activity can change the way practically anyone perceives and tolerates pain."

Raising Successful Children - NYTimes.com

"Decades of studies, many of them by Diana Baumrind, a clinical and developmental psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that the optimal parent is one who is involved and responsive, who sets high expectations but respects her child's autonomy. These “authoritative parents” appear to hit the sweet spot of parental involvement and generally raise children who do better academically, psychologically and socially than children whose parents are either permissive and less involved, or controlling and more involved."

Kids who watch age-appropriate TV, movies sleep better — USATODAY.com

A program that encouraged parents of kids ages 3 to 5 to replace age-inappropriate media content with more suitable programming found "long-lasting, significant reductions in sleep problems," says Michelle Garrison of Seattle Children's Research Institute, lead author of the study in Monday's Pediatrics.

Active, Outdoor Teens Are Happier Teens: Study - US News and World Report

"Teens who engaged in more moderate-to-vigorous outdoor activity reported better health and social functioning than their peers who spent hours in front of television and computer screens, a new study in Australia has found."

Seeking Academic Edge, Teenagers Abuse Stimulants - NYTimes.com

"The number of prescriptions for A.D.H.D. medications dispensed for young people ages 10 to 19 has risen 26 percent since 2007, to almost 21 million yearly, according to IMS Health, a health care information company — a number that experts estimate corresponds to more than two million individuals. But there is no reliable research on how many high school students take stimulants as a study aid. Doctors and teenagers from more than 15 schools across the nation with high academic standards estimated that the portion of students who do so ranges from 15 percent to 40 percent."- NYT