Two specialties, one difficult decision.
That was what Kristen White, MD, a Greenfield native and a graduate of McClain High School, faced when she was torn between her love of pediatrics and her enjoyment of the delivery room experience and daycare centered around obstetrics. The answer to her dilemma was found on a completely different continent.
“I took a spring break trip to Peru, a medical mission trip for kids, and that really made it clear that this was the route I wanted to go,” said Dr. White, now a pediatrician at Adena Pediatrics. “The trip was all pediatrics, so we worked with several HIV positive orphanages, we did some routine health screenings there, we did teen pregnancy health and wellness. I just loved that in pediatrics you have to take care of a child from babies to teens and see that growth.”
Soon, that turn in her career will take her back to the part of Southern Ohio where she grew up. From August 16, Dr. White brings specialty pediatric care to Greenfield and surrounding communities with the opening of Adena Pediatrics-Greenfield at the Adena Specialty Clinic-Greenfield, 536 Mirabeau St. The opening marks the fourth location for Adena Pediatrics, with offices in Circleville, Waverly and at Adena Regional Medical Center at Chillicothe.
Her arrival will further enhance the health care options available to children in communities such as Washington Court House, Greenfield, Hillsboro, South Salem and others, building on the efforts of an established network of primary care providers of which Dr. White said they’ve done a great job for kids across Adena’s catchment area.
Pediatricians specialize in the physical, mental and social health of children, while general practitioners are certified to treat people of all ages, including children.
dr. White has been working at Adena Pediatrics in Chillicothe for nearly the past year, but returning to the Greenfield area has been a goal of hers since completing medical school at Wright State University and her residency at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
“Coming back to Adena, back home, has always been the plan and when I first signed up, the goal was to have a few office hours in Greenfield to help that community and Highland County and Fayette County and some patients in serve Ross County. ,” she said. “It’s a great central location for many smaller communities so they can get specialty pediatric care that’s a little closer to home.
“I remember as kids we traveled for everything – for the supermarket, the cinema, a lot of different things – so having this service will be very helpful for a lot of different people.”
When she moves to Greenfield, she will adopt a ‘whole family’ approach to her treatment.
“I try to make every encounter very personal, find out what the concerns of families are, find out what’s going on at home and what it is that keeps you up at night because I think that’s different for everyone. is,” said Dr. white. “Especially for new mothers, it’s overwhelming, and you need to make sure that from the point of view of the mother, father or caregiver they have enough support because you have to take care of yourself so that you can take care of a baby. We are looking at how we as an agency and community can support them.”
There are already several of those community ties for Dr. White, who is personally involved with the 4-H program, whose mother is on the Greenfield Exempted Village school board, and whose husband teaches and coaches basketball at McClain. Prior to the opening of the new office, she has been busy developing other offices, participating in a number of office tours and meeting representatives from Community Action, Head Start and the WIC program in Highland County.
“It was exciting to meet those people who also share the same goal and mindset to help children in that region do their best,” she said.
dr. White also looks forward to being a partner in that effort with children and their families.
“What I love about kids is that they want to get better, they want to do things that you tell them to help them get better and their parents want their kids to get better, so I think everyone has the same goal and the same mentality,” she says. said. “You see those kids get better, and I think it’s really worth seeing improvement, seeing changes and seeing their personalities evolve.
“You also see parents grow from that first newborn visit and see how they enjoy the development of their own children, which is great fun.”
The opening of a new office is Adena’s latest step to expand specialty pediatric care close to home in the communities within its nine district service areas. This year kicked off with the launch of a pediatric hospital physician program, conducted in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, that allowed more children to receive on-site care for conditions that previously required them to be transported elsewhere.
Those who have an appointment with Dr. White will see her at the Adena Pediatrics office in Chillicothe. Those with appointments anytime after August 14 can keep the same appointment date and time, but will see Dr. White in the new office in Greenfield.
Existing patients of Dr. White’s who prefer to continue receiving their pediatric care at the Adena Pediatrics’ Chillicothe location can work with that office’s staff to settle in with one of the office’s other pediatric caregivers.
Those who want to make an appointment with Dr. White in the future, may continue to call (740) 779-4300 and request to be seen at the Greenfield location.