Sunset Pediatrics Blog

July 21, 2017

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Amy Liou to our practice!  She will be joining the office starting August 1, 2017. She moved from Taiwan to the US (Maryland) as a child. After attending Cornell Univesity, she returned to her home state to earn her MD degree from the University of Maryland. She recently completed her Pediatrics residency at Loma Linda Univesity Children’s Hospital in southern California. She speaks and writes in Mandarin fluently.

January 6, 2017

There have been a number of changes to the practice over the last year. We are happy to welcome Dr. Brent Lem to the office. He is a well-trained and experienced pediatrician who also has a kind demeanor that is sometimes seems rare amongst newer physicians. 

Our EPIC EHR has been up for over a year now. It still takes a lot more physician and staff time, and even paper (!), to run a practice with an electronic record system, but hopefully it results in better care for our patients.

November 11, 2014

We have both the quadrivalent injectable flu vaccine and the live attenuated (also quadrivalent) nasal flumist. However, they are in short supply nationally so please contact our office. 

The quadrivalent influenza vaccine protects against both Influenza A strains as well as both influenza B strains. The common drugstore flu shot is generally trivalent, protecting against both A strains but only one of the B strains. For children under age 3, a preservative-free quadrivalent vaccine is recommended by the CDC. Please see this CDC link for more information.

September 25, 2014

Please join us in welcoming two new physicians to our practice, Veronica Li, MD, and Cynthia Lee, MD. While it might be a little confusing to have three physicians with the same last name, both Dr. Li and Dr. Lee are outstanding young physicians who were at the top of their residency programs. Please see the “Our Doctors” page for more information.

We regrattably had to bid farewell to Dr. Victoria Ban, who had to leave the practice because of family issues. 

October 29, 2012

This year we have undertaken a major customer service initiative. 

As consumers of health care ourselves, we hope that your experience in calling and visiting our office will be an easy and pleasant one. We are very fortunate to  have a new, very experienced office manager with a strong customer service background.  Additionally, we have added a highly experienced financial manager who will be able to address any of the complexities of your health insurance should you have any issues with your insurance company.  They will be happy to assist you with any matters in our office or with your insurance company.

Other staff members will also be changing as we move towards our goal of a pleasing and seamless experience for our patients.  

We will be adding a page on this site to introduce our staff in the next week or two.

September 6, 2012

The 2012-2013 influenza season is upon us.  We have both the flu shot and live attenuated nasal forms of the vaccine available.  Please call for an appointment and to see which form is appropriate for your child (or yourselves).

April 25, 2012

We are now able to accept payments by credit cards using the popular Square iOS system.  The system will automatically add 3.0% to the total amount as a convenience fee.  Our office does not receive any part of this fee.  It is the amount charged by Square.

April 23, 2012

Remember that all entering 7th graders will be required to show proof of TdaP vaccination prior to the start of school in the fall.

January 9, 2012

Happy New Year to all! We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Joseph Lee to our practice.  He is extremely well trained and really cares about his patients and families. He is originally from the South Bay but after a few years on the East Coast and in L.A. we are sure he is happy to be back in the Bay Area. Please check out our Doctors link.

August 28, 2011

We hope everyone has had a great summer.  The CDC is recommending that everyone eligible to receive the influenza vaccine should receive the immunization as soon as possible so that immunity can be built up before the influenza season actually starts.  We have received allotments of the vaccine in our office, so please make an appointmet to receive the vaccine soon.

June 7, 2011

A new school immunization law (California AB 354) requires that all students entering grades 7–12 for the school year 2011-12 MUST have proof of immunization with a pertussis (whooping cough) booster (Tdap). Students without evidence of immunization will not be permitted to attend school in the Fall.  If your child is entering these grades this Fall please make an appointment early in the summer to fufill this requirement.  We anticipate a rush at the end of the summer, so please plan accordingly.

June 6, 2011

The Healthy Children website, a publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics ("the" national specialty society of Pediatricians) has posted an interesting article on what to look out for when new parents first bring their newborn home. Especially with the first baby, this is a very nerve-wracking time particularly in this modern era when grandparents may not be around to lend their experienced hands. This helpful article covers the basics of what to look out for during the first few days as new parents.

Bringing Baby Home: How to Prepare for the Arrival of Your Newborn

June 5, 2011

The CDC is now recommending that children need a booster meningococcus vaccination at age 16.  This is the Menactra (Sanofi Pasteur) vaccine that children must receive (by law) at ages 11 or 12, generally before starting middle school. Neisseria meningitidis is a highly contagious and potentially dangerous bacterium ("meningitis"), thus the recommendation to assure that immunity is maintained.

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