East Bay Pediatrics

IntroOur board-certified pediatricians offer the highest quality of care for your child from birth through college. We provide both sick and well child care and handle minor emergencies including asthma exacerbations, forearm fractures, and laceration repairs (stitches) in the office.

We have weekday hours in Orinda and Berkeley. Advice nurses are available by phone to discuss your child's health or make same day appointments. We provide weekend urgent care hours. An on-call physician is available to consult about after-hour emergencies.

Locations

Berkeley Office map
2999 Regent Street #325
Berkeley, CA 94705
fax (510) 841-5650
  Orinda Office map
96 Davis Road, Suite 2
Orinda, CA 94563
fax (925) 254-1054

Hours

Weekday (non-holiday) hours: 9:00am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-5:30pm Monday thru Friday (please call for an appointment)

Extended Hours: Orinda office only; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays open until 7:00pm, depending on physician availability

Saturday Drop-in (sick only): Berkeley office only 9:30am-12:00noon (note: surchage applies)

Morning Drop-in (sick only): both offices 8:00am-8:45am, Monday thru Friday (please note: your child may not be seen prior to 9am)

Flu vaccine Drop-in: Please see flu vaccine page

Phone Numbers

Medical Advice
Same Day Sick Appointments
(925) 254-9203, option 6
9am-12:30pm, 2-5pm.
  Future Appointments
Medical Records, Forms
(925) 438-1100, option 7
9:30am-12:30pm, 2:00-4:30pm
  Billing and Insurance
Referrals and Authorizations
(925) 438-1100, option 8
9:30am-12:30pm, 2:00-4:30pm

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Announcements
Our Doctors

Dr. Mary Jones is Retiring from East Bay Pediatrics

Dr. Mary Jones has been a part of the East Bay Pediatrics family for 31 years. She has decided to leave general pediatric practice to focus on Katie's Clinic for Rett Syndrome at Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland. Katie's Clinic offers both clinical and emotional support for individuals with Rett Syndrome and their families.

In lieu of gifts, Dr. Jones requests donations be made to Katie's Clinic: http://www.chofoundation.org/aboutus/foundation-news/katies_clinic.html Click on Donate and choose "Other" then indicate "Katie's Clinic for Rett Syndrome"

Dr. Jones' last day at East Bay Pediatrics will be on Monday, March 31. The office will be closing early at 3:30pm on that day. A physician will be on call to answer any urgent questions.

 

Measles in our Community (added February 16, 2014)

There are 2 documented cases of MEASLES in Contra Costa County and now 2 cases in Berkeley, all in the last month. Measles is a highly contagious illnesses characterized by fever and rash at the same time. Both infection control and testing are important so please let us know if your child has these symptoms. Of course, good handwashing and covering coughs are always the best ways to decrease the spread of any illness.

Those who are not immunized are at risk of both getting the disease and spreading it. Most children receive the Measles vaccine in the MMR at the 1 year and 4 year old visits. If you think that your child is behind on the MMR vaccine, please call our office at (925)254-9203 x6 to speak to our nurses.

Blue Cross Pathways Plans (added February 2014)

East Bay Pediatrics recently found out that Anthem Blue Cross changed their plans this year to Pathways network. Even though our physicians are listed as providers on their website, they have removed us from the provider list! If you have an Anthem Blue Cross plan, your child's visits may not be covered.

Please call our Business Office with questions (925) 438-1100, option 8. Monday - Friday 9:30am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-4:30pm

Covered California Plans (updated December 2013)

Under the Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare"), Health Exchanges have been set up in California under the title "Covered California." East Bay Pediatrics recently found out that all of our pediatricians are providers for certain plans:

  • Contra Costa County residents : Blue Shield PPO and Healthnet PPO
  • Alameda County residents: Blue Shield EPO - Due to a system error our providers do not show as contracted with Blue Shield EPO on the Covered California Website. This is an error that was corrected on 12/16. We have been advised by Blue Shield that it may take up to 10 days before the website is updated with the corrected information. Call our business office with questions and updates: 925-438-1100, opt 8

This seems to be a constantly changing process. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our business office at (925)438-1100, option 8. We are taking names and numbers of patients and families; we will call back as we get new information.

2013-2014 Flu Vaccine (updated September 22, 2013)

NEW INFORMATION! Please read the Flu Vaccine Page. Flu vaccine Drop In now available for both Flu Shots and FluMist.

Congratulations Dr. Handelsman! (added Augut 2013)

Dr. Sarah Handelsman was named the best Primary Care Physician in the East Bay, through a Sutter-wide patient satisfaction survey. East Bay Pediatrics is proud to have her working with us!

Like us on Facebook! (added May 2013)

East Bay Pediatrics is now on Facebook. Get updates like these Announcements and updates on recent pediatric health issues when you like us at eastbaypediatrics on Facebook!

New Ear Infection Guidelines (added March 2013)

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently published new guidelines for ear infections. Learn more on the Hot Topics page!

Email your Doctor!

Health information is protected by the HIPAA Privacy Act. Login to the secure website www.relayhealth.com to email your doctor or order prescription refills. You will need to register yourself then add your child as your dependent.

Please use email communications for non-urgent matters as they may not be checked immediately. If you have an urgent medical issue or if you need a prescription within 2 days, please call the phone advice nurses at (925)254-9203, option 6 during business hours. Urgent medical issues after hours can be addressed by the physician on call at the (925)254-9203, option 4.

Calling After Hours (added March 2012)

If you have an urgent medical problem with your child when the office is closed, a physician from the practice is on call. (925)254-9203, option number 4. Check the Child Health page to see if this website answers your question. Remember, if you call after 10pm, the doctor is probably asleep! Make sure you speak slowly and keep your message brief. Include the following information:

  • Your name and phone number (speak slowly and give area code)
  • Your child's name and age
  • A brief description of the problem
  • Leave the phone number again (slowly)

If you do not receive a call within 30 minutes. Please call again.

Please note that the physician on call does not have access to the schedule and cannot make an appointment for your child.

Vaccine schedule supported by Institute of Medicine (added January 2013)

Read more on the Hot Topics page.

New Booster Seat Law (added January 2012)

As of January 1, the rules for booster seats in California have changed. Please see the Hot Topics page for more information.

We are live on ELECTRONIC Health Record ! (updated January 2012)

East Bay Pediatrics has been live on Electronic Health Record (EHR) for three months now. Your doctor may show off the electronic growth chart or may send an e-prescription directly to the pharmacy. Of course, your child's care is our highest priority and we hope that this transition will improve our ability to offer the best quality of care. During this transition period, you may still see us with your child's paper chart for a few more months.

Of note, email through relayhealth.com is still available. Learn more below.

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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) dosing (added August 2011)

The FDA has recently recommended that infant concentrated drops of acetaminophen, the medication in Tylenol, no longer be available because of concerns of overdosing our youngest patients. McNeil, the makers of Tylenol, has already stopped making the concentrated formulation. Other brands are still available. Please read your labels when giving any medication, and in particular fever reducers to your child. East Bay Pediatrics has updated our medication dosage chart.

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Whooping Cough Vaccine required for School Entry (updated June 2011)

For school entry fall 2011, California students entering 7th -12th grade will be required to have documentation of a pertussis booster vaccine. (Pertussis is the bacteria which causes whooping cough and was responsible for at least 10 infant deaths in 2010.) This vaccine is given in the form of Tdap, which includes vaccines for tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis. It is given at age 11 years and lasts for 10 years. Many middle school or high school age children have already received the vaccine in our office. You can check your immunization record on the printout which we give you at your child's physical exam under "Tdap." For more information, see the California Department of Health website.

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Prevnar 13 (added June 2010)

Upon the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), we would like to inform you about a new vaccine – Prevnar-13. This vaccine will replace Prevnar-7 and provide additional protection against diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumonia – a major cause of meningitis, blood infections and ear infections (otitis media).

The vaccine is recommended for all children from 6 weeks to 59 months of age.

  • Four doses are recommended: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and 12-15 months of age.
  • Children who have not yet received all 4 doses of Prevnar-7 will complete their 4 dose series with Prevnar-13.
  • Children who are under 5 years of age and have received 4 doses of Prevnar-7 should receive one dose of Prevnar-13 to provide the additional protection afforded by Prevnar-13.

Prevnar-13 does not contain thimerosal. The most common reported side effects from Prevnar-13 include fever, local injection site reaction, irritability and a skin rash. We feel that the significant benefits of Prevnar-13 far outweigh the risks associated with the vaccine.

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Morning Drop-in Hours NOW 5 days a week (updated January 2010)

Morning Drop-in is now available in both offices Monday through Friday except national holidays (see calendar for specific days). No appointment is needed for patients arriving in either office between 8am-8:45am on weekdays. Please note that your child may not be seen prior to 9am on that day.

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Extended Evening Hours

Announcing extended evening hours! East Bay Pediatrics is proud to offer office hours until 7:30pm on some Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Orinda office. If your child has an illness or emergency after normal business hours, please be sure to call the office in advance.

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RN Voicemail box (updated December 6 , 2010)

East Bay Pediatrics is happy to announce that our phone advice line now has a voicemail option! If you are on hold and wish to leave a message for a nurse, follow the instructions on the hold tape. NOTE: This voicemail box is for NON-urgent issues only. If your child is sick or may need to be seen by a physician, please hold on the line. Please remember to spell your child's first and last name and leave a phone number where you can be reached. Examples of messages which can be left on the voicemail:

  • Your child needs a refill for a medication used regularly. Refill requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance.
  • You want to know whether your child is up-to-date on his or her vaccines
  • You want to schedule a visit for vaccines only (note: if flu vaccine only see drop-in instructions). Please call at least 48 hours in advance so that your child's chart can be ready for the visit.
  • Your doctor asked you to make a follow up appointment more than 3 days away.

Calling All Artists! (added December 2009)

We would like to invite our patients of all ages to contribute artwork for our Berkeley office. We plan to display the artwork in the waiting room and will change the pictures from time to time in order to accomodate all children who want to see their artwork on the wall. Everything from toddlers' scribbles to teenagers' fine art is welcome. We will provide the paper, if desired: 11x15 heavyweight white paper. Please include your child's first name and age.

 

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