What should I expect during my child's visit to the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Team Clinic?
During this visit, you and your child will fill out questionnaires
on your child's health and nutrition, social needs, and emotional
and behavioral functioning. Please plan on being in the clinic for
about 2-3 hours.
During this visit, you and your child will be seen by all of the
following (feel free to ask them any questions you have):
- One of our pediatric gastroenterologist
This doctor is in clinic to give you and your child the highest
level of care possible. The doctor will go over your child's IBD
diagnosis and any recent scope/test results, discuss the treatment
plan, and go over any treatment options.
- Our nurse practitioners: Ellen Carpenter, APRN, and Kim Radford, CPNP-AC
Our nurse practitioner will conduct a physical examination of your child,
review your child's current list of medication and provide any
needed education regarding medication.
- Psychologist: Michele Herzer Maddux, PhD
Dr. Herzer is a clinical psychologist on the team. IBD and its
treatment can be overwhelming for many children and families, so
Dr. Herzer will monitor how you and your child are doing and
provide support in coping/adjusting to IBD. You and your child will
fill out some forms about your child's overall emotional and
behavioral functioning and Dr. Herzer will review these and address
any concerns you might have.
- One of our dieticians: Cindy Hensley MS, RD, LD, CNSC;
Cressy Kotschwar, MS, RD, LD
One of the dieticians will see you and your child during your
visit. They work with the team and specialize in nutrition and diet
among children and adolescents with IBD. They will be monitoring
your child's growth and weight. If needed, they will also provide
education on any special diets as well as tips and strategies on
ways to gain weight.
- Social Worker: Brenda Starks, LSCSW
Brenda Starks is a licensed clinical social worker who works with
children and adolescents with IBD and their families. Because IBD
can impact various areas of your or your child's life, including
school attendance, school performance, work schedules,
transportation, and finances, Brenda will be available to talk with
your family about these issues and address these as needed.
- One of our nurse coordinators: Christy Geraghty
Sirridge, RN, BSN, Rachel Hasenkamp, RN, BSN
Nurse coordinators are available in clinic to provide patients and
families with extra support and additional education regarding IBD,
and information on research opportunities.
What should I bring to my child's visit to the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Team Clinic?
Please bring your child's immunization records to your visit, and a
list of medications your child has been taking. We also encourage
you to bring reading material or homework to make the most of your
How often will my child need to be seen by the IBD Team?
Your child will be seen by the multidisciplinary IBD team once a
year. The first visit will occur shortly after your child's initial
IBD diagnosis has been made.
Note: Your child will continue to see his/her
regular gastroenterologist during all other visits to GI
Is a visit with the IBD Team
This approach is our new standard of care for all
our patients with IBD. Visits with the IBD team
allow us to provide your child with the highest and most
comprehensive level of care that focuses not just on your child's
IBD, but your child's nutritional status, social, academic, and
emotional/behavioral functioning as well. Your child will receive
the most individualized level of care, and will have a team of
providers who are dedicated fully to making sure that your child is
happy, healthy, and getting the best care possible.