Having studied Pediatrics,
Dr. Tetreault has been trained
to provide comprehensive medical care for infants, children and adolescents, acting as their primary care physician. Dr. Tetreault has the experience and skills to provide the proper medical care for children of all ages, working closely with parents to ensure that the child is developing and maturing properly
Pediatrics is a medical specialty concerned with providing primary medical care to infants, children and adolescents. If possible, children typically see the same pediatrician from birth until around 18 years of age (sometimes longer), fostering the creation of a rapport between the physician and child that allows for more comprehensive and complete care. Because the pediatrician is familiar with the child and can see growth and medical history firsthand, they are in a better position to provide the highest quality of care.
General pediatricians are trained to provide the unique medical care that children require; although children can be treated by general or family practitioners, pediatricians are in a much better position to provide comprehensive care. When providing care, pediatricians have many goals in mind. These include controlling infectious disease, reducing the mortality rates of infants and children and promoting and developing healthy lifestyles among children.
Pediatricians are well equipped to diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses, diseases and injuries experienced by children. These may include general infections and illnesses (such as fevers, sore throats, ear infections, etc.) and minor injuries, as well as some diseases. Pediatricians are trained to identify mental or emotional stressors in children that may lead to psychiatric or mental health complications, including developmental and anxiety disorders, behavioral problems and functional complications, among other indicators.
Having studied Adolescent Medicine,
Dr. Tetreault has been trained
to provide comprehensive medical care for patients during adolescence, or the transition from childhood to adulthood. Adolescent patients face a variety of challenges as they grow and mature during these formative years, and Dr. Tetreault has the clinical experience and training to provide the care that these patients require.
The specialty of adolescent medicine provides comprehensive medical care for adolescents – generally characterized as young people between the ages of 12 and 21. Because adolescence can be a challenging time in the development and maturation of a young person both physically and mentally, many will require personalized treatment from a physician trained to meet the specific needs of adolescents. Physicians practicing adolescent medicine have the training to deal with the challenges that occur at this stage of a young person’s life.
Those providing preventive and primary adolescent care will generally take a more holistic approach to treatment. This includes the overarching goal of understanding as much as possible about the various facets of the adolescent’s life; some practitioners utilize the HEADSS assessment. This assessment stands for Home, Education/Employment, Activities, Drugs, Sex, and Suicidality; the provider will ask questions pertaining to these aspects of the patient’s life in order to fully understand the scope of the difficulties or conditions that their patients are facing.
Adolescent medicine can encompass a variety of issues faced by young people, which may include: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), substance abuse, eating disorders, mental illnesses, acne, pregnancy (both planned and unexpected), birth control programs, menstrual disorders and problems with puberty, among many other conditions and disorders.