Please take a moment to read our most commonly asked questions. We're always available to answer your questions and encourage you to contact our office if you have a question that is not answered below.
Q: What is a Pediatrician?
A: A pediatrician is a medical doctor who is trained in the care of children aged birth through 21. Following college, they must complete 4 years of medical school and 3 years of residency. During her residency at WVU Children's Hospital, Dr. Sisler completed several months of training in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the pediatric hospital ward, and the outpatient clinic. She also gained extensive knowledge through her rotations in specialty clinics, working side-by-side with physicians trained in Pediatric Gastroenterology (GI), Cardiology, Endocrinology, and Pulmonology, among others. A pediatrician can offer specialized care for your child, regardless of their medical history.
Q: Does Dr. Sisler deliver babies?
A: No, Dr. Sisler is not trained in pregnancy care, or in the delivering of babies. While this is something that many locals are used to from their family physicians, pediatricians spend an entire residency training - three years! - dedicated solely to the care of children and adolescents. So, while she cannot offer that service (and is not trained to do so), she can provide your child(ren) with the most thorough, up-to-date, and specialized care that primary care providers can offer to children.
Q: What ages does Dr. Sisler see?
A: Lovelight Pediatrics will care for your child from birth through age 21. If a patient begins to experience pathology that is better cared for by an adult provider, we will walk your family through the transition-of-care process to the new primary care provider of your choosing. Patients are welcome to transfer into our practice at any age under 21 years.
Q: When should a newborn first be seen?
A: Dr. Sisler has extensive experience in caring for newborns from the moment of birth. She has cared for hundreds of patients in the neonatal intensive care unit, and has experience with prematurity, poor weight gain, babies born small-for-gestational age, newborn feeding issues, breastfeeding education & support, substance-exposed newborns, developmental delay, infants with special healthcare needs, and many other infant-related needs. When your infant is discharged from the hospital, we typically recommend that he or she be seen in our office within 2-3 days. We hold same-day and next-day appointments for newborns at all times, so establishing care will be as easy as possible as you transition into the newborn period as a family.
Q: Who covers the office when Dr. Sisler is on vacation?
A: Dr. Sisler does occasionally need to be away from the office for events such as conferences & trainings, meetings, and personal vacation. When this occurs, our office takes every effort to make sure that your child can receive the care that he or she needs during that time. We currently offer same- or next-day appointments with a family-medicine trained nurse practitioner when Dr. Sisler must be away.
Q: Does Dr. Sisler admit to the hospital? Who will take care of my child if they need admitted?
A: No, Dr. Sisler does not currently admit patients, though she continues to hold privileges at Garrett Regional Medical Center. If your child becomes ill enough for hospital admission, they will be covered by staff physicians at GRMC, or at the hospital of your choosing.
Q: I want to follow an alternative vaccine schedule. Can I still be a patient of Lovelight?
A: Lovelight requires all patients to sign & comply with our office *Vaccine Policy*. We do understand that some families have fears that lead to a desire for an alternative schedule. These requests are handled on a case-by-case basis, and must fall within the limits of our policy. The following are reasons why we do not suggest, encourage, or support many alternative schedules:
-We have no controlled research on separating vaccines. This means that we have no evidence that giving, say, 1 vaccine per week (or every 2 weeks, or every month) is an effective or safe way of stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies. We have studies showing that the current recommended schedule is safe AND effective, and we will continue to support the CDC's routine schedule.
-Studies show that the body's stress hormone (cortisol) level is the SAME in children who receive 1 injection and 4 injections in the same setting. This means that the stress response in your baby is the same, regardless of the number of vaccines given that day. Studies also show that using slower, separated vaccination schedules leads to increased fear of doctors, increased child distress during visits, and poor patient cooperation at future well and sick visits, all of which can impact the ability of a physician to best care for your child.
-Some studies show that risk may be higher when vaccines are delayed. For instance, the risk of a seizure following the MMR vaccine is higher if administration is delayed until age 2, rather than given at age 1 as recommended.
-Delayed vaccination schedules leave your child more vulnerable for longer periods to life-threatening diseases.