Practice Information

We are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM on Friday.

To schedule an appointment, please call (706) 769-0005 .

Our Fax number is (706) 769-0403

You can always call our office and get in touch with someone. We use the Nurse Advice Line at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where you can speak with a pediatric nurse after-hours. The nurse will discuss your problem with you and help determine if the on-call physician should be paged.

Please call during regular office hours for all routine (mild illness, chronic problems, appointments, referrals) and prescription refill questions.

To schedule your appointment please call (706) 769-0005 during regular office hours.

We recommend scheduling your child’s well child exam at least 2 to 3 months in advance. Please be advised that most insurance carriers allow only one well exam per calendar year for children over 3 years of age.

If your child is ill, we will make every effort to see them that day. Please call the office as early in the day as possible to speak with a nurse and/or make an appointment. Please do not wait until the late afternoon or evening to call about a problem that has been present all day.

If you have waited in the waiting room for more than 30 minutes beyond your appointment time, please check with our receptionist. We attempt to see appointments as close to their scheduled times as possible; however occasionally emergencies or very ill patients in the office may disrupt the schedule. Please do not try to “squeeze in” another child during a sibling’s appointment. Questions about other children will only be addressed if no other patients are waiting to be seen. If others are waiting, we can work you in to the next available appointment to address issues with the other child. Anything other than the briefest of questions will result in a visit being charged with the applicable copay, whether the other child is present or not.

For Appointments:

In order for our doctors to provide you with prompt and complete care during your visit, please be sure to bring the following with you:

  • Insurance Information/cards (including your insurance plan’s preferred laboratory)
  • All current medications — prescription bottles or photo of the bottle preferred

Appointment Cancellation Policy:

In an effort to have as many appointments available to our patients as possible, it is important to give our staff 24 hours’ notice if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment.

Multiple no show appointments may result in a dismissal from practice.

We are happy to complete forms required by schools (including 3231 and 3300 forms) or for participation in sports or camp programs if your child has had a their most recently recommended well child exam.

For children 3 years and older, this means we can only complete the forms if they have had a well child exam in the past 12 months. If they have not, we would be happy to schedule a well child exam and complete the form at that time. Please allow 48 hours for all form requests to be completed.

Please call the office and either speak to a nurse or leave a message on our nurse voice mail.

If the med refill is non urgent, it will be done within 48 hours. Please give us that amount of time as we sometimes are very busy seeing patients during the day and are unable to put the order in right away.

If it is an urgent med (which is mainly Albuterol or Xopenex), we will likely either need to see you for a visit or we will be able to refill your medicine within 4 hours.

Please do not call back multiple times in one day for a non-urgent med refill, as it only slows down the phone nurses’ ability to get to your refill sooner.

Each year in the United States there are millions of adolescents who are treated for substance abuse, mental health problems, and for issues related to their sexual health. For this reason, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and government agencies such as the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) publish guidelines for the prevention, screening, and treatment of these problems. These guidelines are considered to be the “standard of care” to which all medical professionals who provide health services to the adolescent population are held.

In February 2014, the AAP published an update to its guidelines for adolescent healthcare. In these guidelines, it is recommended that all adolescents be asked about alcohol and drug use, symptoms of possible depression or other mental illness, and about any unprotected sexual activity or sexual abuse that they may have encountered. Those guidelines specifically recommend that all sexually active females be screened annually for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia and that both adolescent males and females be offered screening for HIV infection between the ages of 16 and 18 years old.

It is well recognized that most adolescents will be much more forthcoming about their health history, especially when it comes to such sensitive issues as outlined above, if they are guaranteed the right to have a private discussion with a medical provider and to have their conversation kept confidential from their parents. In fact, the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, as well as laws in almost every state including Georgia, grant this right to adolescents, so long as the information that they disclose is not considered a danger to themselves or others. In order to facilitate this discussion, and in order to be in full compliance with the guidelines set forth by the AAP, Federal Government agencies such as the CDC, and the State of Georgia, Hometown Pediatrics will be offering a questionnaire for our adolescents to fill out at their wellness check-ups. During their visit with us, we would like to ask your permission to discuss the results of this questionnaire with your son or daughter in private for a few moments.

At Hometown Pediatrics we realize that it can be very stressful to consider that your adolescent may be engaging in risky behaviors or that they may have undisclosed symptoms of mental illness. We will respect that you may want to decline this opportunity to have your adolescent participate in this exercise. At the same time, we must obey the law and provide confidential care to all adolescents who seek it when it comes to matters involving their mental or sexual health. Ultimately, most adolescents will be open and honest with their parents about the tough issues that they face, and we are often able to encourage them to do this.

Adapted from Children’s Medical Group Teen Screen Background Information