Our Medical Philosophy
At Denville Pediatrics we put children and families first. We want you to know about us, our philosophy, and our practices, so that you can see if they fit with your own views. Our goal is shared decision-making between you and your family and our doctors and staff—which results when we are all on the same page.
The sections below are aimed at seeing if Denville Pediatrics is a good match for you and your family. If it is, we look forward to getting to know you and forming a long-term and productive partnership.
We work hard to provide comprehensive medical care and serve as your medical home. In fact, we are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Medical Home, and take pride in providing the best care to all of our patients.
We coordinate care with specialists and provide a team approach to caring for your child. For that reason, we would appreciate your contacting our office before seeking specialty care or heading to urgent care. We are happy to direct you to the most appropriate place for care.
Our vaccine policy follows the schedule outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We vaccinate our own children on that schedule and want the same for our patients. (We discourage splitting up vaccines as medically inadvisable because it leaves a period of vulnerability for your child.) Thank you for protecting your family and our community!
Studies have shown that breastfeeding offers the best nutrition for babies, and we want to help our families achieve their breastfeeding goals. Dr. Labrini Stathopoulos (Dr. Lily), one of our pediatricians, is board certified as a lactation consultant and is available to discuss lactation issues at our office. Most health plans provide coverage for these consultations.
We are always happy to answer your questions. Together we can create a healthier community.
- We work hard not to overuse antibiotics.
- We educate families on the appropriate use of antibiotics, and follow evidence-based guidelines.
- We don’t treat ear pain or a green snotty nose with antibiotics.
- We do not call in antibiotics over the phone without examining your child because that is not good medicine.
- When antibiotics are the appropriate treatment, we follow standard of care medicine for selecting the most appropriate antibiotic.
Our practice prides itself on optimizing communication through the use of technology. We rely on our patient portal (click here) as the most efficient means of communication.
- We think that, once you familiarize yourself with it, you will appreciate the connection to our office, the ability to correspond with our nurses, and the access to many components of your child’s medical chart—including immunization records and growth charts.
- School forms can be uploaded directly to the portal, eliminating the need to physically drop off forms. We use electronic developmental screening tools (CHADIS) that can be accessed through our portal.
- Look out for emails alerting you to new questionnaires for you to fill out prior to your scheduled appointment. Filling these out in advance allow us more productive use of our time with you in the office.
There are many other capabilities of our patient portal, so let’s get connected!
We make every effort to meet the needs of our patients, but we are a small practice and don’t see well visits on the weekend, nor do we have walk-in hours. Please familiarize yourself with our office hours to see if they work for your family—our nurse triage service is always available—24/7/365. Call our main number, 973-625-5090, to be connected directly.
Please make sure that we accept your specific insurance plan. Our central billing office at 201-252-8700 will answer any insurance questions you may have.
Billing and Fees
We choose to do tests and procedures based on AAP recommendations, and what is best for your child. This may not always align with what your particular insurance company covers. We think it important to offer the best and equal care to ALL of our patients, regardless of insurance.
There are hundreds of different plans and it is impossible for us to know each individual policy. Therefore, you need to understand how your insurance plan works—including deductibles and co-insurance—and to provide up-to-date insurance information at every visit.
We will do our best to inform you of any possible extra charges, but you need to understand your own specific insurance plan in order to avoid frustrations. Our fees are listed in our financial policy.
Please call our office to schedule an appointment. Our covid vaccines are scheduled from a link on our website. We do not have walk-in hours. For your convenience, well-visit appointments are available for scheduling one year in advance.
We believe everyone’s time is valuable; therefore, our practice makes every effort to run on time. We ask that you make every effort to be here at your scheduled appointment time and call us if you are running behind.
We have a busy practice and, unfortunately, you will have to reschedule your appointment if you are more than 10 minutes late. We don’t like this policy as we want to accommodate everyone, but we need to be considerate of the families with appointments following yours.