Play is at the forefront of Dr. Lorena Ferreira’s workday as a developmental pediatrician. She explains, “I spend a lot of hours playing with patients – this is how I get to know them and see how they are developing. So you could say that about half the time I am in the clinic, I am playing with toys and having fun with children. Who wouldn’t love that?” But playtime isn’t the only motivating force behind Dr. Ferreira’s passion for her profession. It is her hope to improve families’ access to care, which is the largest obstacle they face when looking for developmental evaluations. “At Siskin, we take a family-centered and interdisciplinary approach that can help with the evaluation process, providing families with a range of coordinated recommendations that best meet their needs,” she shares.
“I am passionate about helping children reach their full developmental potential and helping families live their best lives.”
1. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
Seeing the families grow together with their child, learning from their children, and being happy with their child’s growth and development.
2. What is your best advice for patients?
Take it one day at a time. Children with disabilities may take longer to reach certain milestones, so we need to be patient.
3. Why have you chosen this field of specialty?
Because I realized there is a great need in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. All over the country, children are waiting several months – sometimes over a year – to be seen by a developmental pediatrician. This wait delays diagnostic evaluations that could be important for early intervention strategies.
4. What accolades mean the most to you?
A family’s gratitude. The most rewarding experience is when a patient’s family expresses how grateful they are for our work here at Siskin.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care of your patients?
My philosophy is being compassionate and empathetic with the families I serve. I always treat my patients the way I would like a pediatrician to treat my own child – with kindness and care.
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