Frequently Asked Questions
How many years have you been in practice?
Dr. Otrembiak has been in practice since 1983 and Christina since 2012.
Are you board certified?
Yes, all physicians are board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and Christina and Rebecca are certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
With your group practice, how often will I see other doctors?
For appointments made in advance (Well checks and chronic illness follow-ups: asthma, diabetes, ADHD, etc.) you can be scheduled with your preferred provider. For acute sick visits, you may be asked to see another provider.
What are your office hours?
Southgate location: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM to 5 PM, Saturday 8:30 AM to 12 PM. Phone lines are open from 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM.
Alexandria location: Monday , Tuesday,Thursday and Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Closed Wednesdays. Saturday appointments are scheduled at the Southgate location. Phone lines are open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Florence location TBA . Please call for current scheduled hours.
Are you accepting new patients?
Yes for private pay insured. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please call (859)-781-1310 to speak with our office staff about becoming a patient. We are not accepting any new MEDICAID patients at this time.
Do you accept walk-ins?
We encourage all patients to make an appointment. Walk-ins will be seen at the open time slot, but they should be prepared to wait depending on the circumstances. Patients with appointments will normally be seen first.
How long can my child continue receiving care from you?
As a practice, we have set the age of 21 years as the age to ask a patient to move to an adult provider. Some of our providers are more comfortable and experienced at providing care to the older adolescents and young adults.
Do you have separate sick and well waiting rooms?
Yes, we have separate sick and well waiting rooms in our Alexandria location. Our other locations we have one waiting room, but patients are usually brought to individual exam rooms shortly after check-in.
At which hospitals will you come see my child?
We no longer see newborns at St. Elizabeth. We use hospitalist or specialist services for admissions at Children’s Hospital or St. Elizabeth. If you are delivering a newborn, we will make every effort to see your baby in our office within 1-3 days after discharge.
How do I contact you for advice or questions?
During office hours, questions will be forwarded to the nurses or medical assistants. If they are not able to answer the question, the physician will be consulted and the nurse or medical assistant will return your call. Should the provider need to call you back, the call will be made at the provider’s earliest convenience (possibly after office hours).
What if I have an after hours question?
We have a provider on call 24 hours a day if you have an emergency. We ask that non- emergent questions be held until business hours on the next business day. If you call, please have a specific question to be answered, your child’s approximate weight, temperature, and the phone number of the pharmacy you would like us to use. We will not call in refills or antibiotics after hours. At this time we have decided not to charge for after hour phone calls.
What is your policy on antibiotics (a medicine used to treat bacterial infections)?
Most illnesses in children are due to a virus (not treated by antibiotics). Due to the increasing antibiotic resistance of bacteria, we try not to prescribe antibiotics if we believe your child has a virus. However, the age of your child and the seriousness of the illness may influence our decision regarding the prescribing of an antibiotic. Antibiotics are not precribed after hours.
What is your vaccination philosophy?
We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines.
We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We firmly believe that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and has now been removed from most vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and their administration schedule are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.
We want to emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents. We will do everything we can to convince you that vaccinating according to the schedule is the right thing to do. However, should you have doubts, please discuss these with your health care provider in advance of your visit. In some cases, we may alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations. Please be advised, however, that delaying or breaking up the vaccines to give one or two at a time over two or more visits goes against expert recommendations, and can put your child at risk for serious illness (or even death) and goes against our medical advice as providers for your child. Furthermore, please realize that you will be required to sign Refusal to Vaccinate acknowledgement in the event of delaying or refusing recommended vaccines.
How often are well visits recommended?
During the first year of life, well visits are recommended at 5-7 days of age, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 9 months of age.
During the second year of life, well visits are recommended at 12 months, 15 months, and 18 months of age.
Starting at 24 months of age, a well check is recommended yearly.