William Lee, MD, FAAP       Scott Bookner, MD, FAAP       Judith Halpern, MD, FAAP       Minella Lentini, MD, FAAP

Scarsdale Pediatrics is a friendly, state-of-the-art medical practice specializing in the care of children and adolescents from birth until 21 years of age. Our office is conveniently located in the center of the Village of Scarsdale and has on-site valet parking. We are open seven days per week and have evening hours. We have separate waiting rooms for sick and well children. (During the Covid-19 pandemic, children are brought immediately into an exam room). Drs. Lee, Bookner and Halpern are board-certified and have been practicing pediatrics for many years.  Dr. Lentini recently graduated from her residency program and is board-certified.  Dr. Bookner is the past-Director of Pediatrics at White Plains Hospital Center. Dr. Lee is the camp physician for Camp Mohawk in White Plains.

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WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT ALL PATIENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE.  The vaccines are safe and effective.  They protect your child, your family, your acquaintances and our entire community. 

Please call our office 914-725-0800 or visit the NY State DOH website to schedule an appointment:

COVID-19 Vaccine | COVID-19 Vaccine (ny.gov)

As of this writing (11/2/21), Scarsdale Pediatrics is arranging with the Department of Health to be able to administer Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines to our patients who are ages 5 yrs - 11 yrs.  We will be setting up several clinic days for these vaccines.  We will not be able to schedule actual appointments until the DOH gives us an exact date for when vaccine will be delivered.  At that time, we will update this notice and we will begin scheduling appointments for first and second shots, which should be 21 days apart.   Due to multiple factors, we will likely not have sufficient vaccine to accommodate every single patient.  Therefore, we strongly suggest that if your child is able to receive the vaccine at school or a local pharmacy or DOH site, that you try to schedule an appointment there.  Please note, that we will not be administering Covid vaccines for those who are 12 years or older. You should continue to schedule vaccines for your teens at a local pharmacy or DOH site (see above link).

UPDATE 11/10/21: We are now scheduling appointments for Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11 yrs.  First doses will be administered on Sunday 11/14/21 and Sunday 11/21/21.  Second doses will be administered Sunday 12/5/21 and 12/12/21.  If you previously called and signed up, a staff member will call you to arrange your appointments.   Both appointments (1st and 2nd doses) must be scheduled.  Please make note of the following:

  • Your child must be well on the day of the vaccine; they cannot be under quarantine; they cannot have had Covid-19 within 14 days
  • Each child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to complete consent forms required by the government
  • You must bring your child's insurance card with you
  • Our nurses and other staff will work as efficiently as possible, but please be prepared to wait in a queue in the hallway.  We suggest bringing an iPad or book or other reasonable items to keep your children occupied during any wait
  • We do not expect any severe allergic reactions, but as a precaution, it is recommended that any child with a history of significant allergy (i.e. one requiring the carrying of epinephrine) bring their device with them .  Those children will be required to be monitored for 15-30 minutes after their vaccines. Please plan for that in your schedule.
  • Due to the many complicated moving parts during this undertaking, we will not be able to administer other vaccines on these days.  If your child has not had a flu vaccine yet or is due for other vaccines, please call and speak with a nurse to schedule a separate appointment.
  • As of this time, we are not able to administer 2nd doses to those children who received their first doses elsewhere. Please arrange to have those doses done at the site of the first dose or a local pharmacy.
  • If the above dates completely fill up and there is continued demand for vaccines, there may be further vaccine clinics at a later date(s) to be determined.
  • We are excited to be able to help protect your children, your family and our entire community through this effort

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It is now time to schedule your child's FLU VACCINE.

Influenza is a potentially dangerous and sometimes fatal illness that can affect children in particular.  While 2020-21 saw few case of the flu amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, 2019-20 was a particularly severe flu season.  Since there is the potential for another severe flu season in 2021-22, it is imperative that all children (and their caretakers) receive influenza vaccines this year.  The CDC, Dept. of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the doctors at Scarsdale Pediatrics all strongly recommend that each child 6 mos. of age and older receives a flu vaccine each year.  Children under the age of 9 years who have had no previous flu vaccines require 2 doses, 1 month apart.  Receiving a flu vaccine will not interfere with receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.  We currently have limited appointments available for flu vaccines, as our nurses are working on scheduling more dates for flu clinics, while our office continues to see all of our patients in a safe and timely manner during the pandemic.  You may now call (during regular office hours please) to schedule your child's flu vaccine: 

914-725-0800 ext 228

Most likely, the nurses will be busy taking care of our wonderful patients.  You may leave a message on their voicemail and one of them will call you back to schedule your child's vaccination.

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE:

[SEE  3/25/20 UPDATE BELOW regarding checkups]

8/3/20: 

We are now beginning to see sick children in our office once again, after exclusively using a Telemedicine format which began in March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In order to maintain the utmost safety for out patients and staff, we will ask that everyone continue to be patient and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • All visits are by appointment only; no walk-ins please
  • Sick children will be seen beginning in the afternoon, in order that well children can be seen safely earlier in the day
  • If waiting until the afternoon is not feasible, please ask to speak with one of the doctors so that a Telemedicine visit or referral to an Urgicare Center or ER can be arranged, if necessary
  • Only one caretaker may accompany each child
  • No caretaker who has had symptoms of illness in the last 10 days(cough, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell), who is under order to be quarantined or isolated, who has had direct contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or has traveled in the past 10 days to any state or nation on the governor's restricted list will be allowed to enter the office.
  • All caretakers and children aged 2 or older must wear a mask at all times while in the building.
  • When you arrive, the doors will be locked. Please ring the bell or knock loudly and a staff member will scan the temperature of both the child and caretaker. If the caretaker's temp. is below 100F, the staff member will escort you to an exam room where your child will be seen by the doctor. There will be no need to wait in the waiting room or stop at the front desk.  Scheduling and copayments will be done by phone.
  • All staff caring for patients will be wearing appropriate PPE. Rooms will be cleaned thoroughly after each patient.
  • IF YOUR CHILD HAS AN ALBUTEROL INHALER AND SPACER, PLEASE BRING THOSE WITH YOU, EVEN IF YOUR APPOINTMENT IS NOT RELATED TO WHEEZING OR ASTHMA.
  • We are currently able to perform in-office PCR testing for Covid-19 and Influenza for children w/ symptoms of illness (note: certain insurance plans require that all Covid-19 and influenza tests be sent out). For children w/ no symptoms of illness, tests will generally be sent out for PCR testing.
  • If it is not feasible to have an in-person visit, please ask about arranging a Telemedicine visit.

TeleMedicine Page

A doctor will still be available 24/7 for ANY MEDICAL QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.  (call the usual number: 914-725-0800).

Regarding the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-Cov2, which causes COVID-19) itself: We realize that the  local and worldwide situation is an evolving one.  For the most up-to-date information, please go to the websites below.  Also, be aware that children seem to be less-severely affected than adults.  Nevertheless, common precautions should always be taken:  good hand-washing, avoiding contact with others who are sick, and proper cough-hygiene are always good practices.  Current social-distancing practices and face-coverings, as recommended by the CDC and local Dept. of Health are strongly recommended.  .  Please keep in mind that in our area, the flu is still  potentially more dangerous to children than COVID-19.  All children should be vaccinated for the flu every year, beginning in the autumn. If you feel your child may have COVID-19 and would like to be tested, please call 914-725-0800 for an appointment, or you may call the Dept. of Health at 833-626-7662.

As the world around us changes, we realize the stress that all of you are experiencing.  We want you to know that we are ALWAYS here for you and willing to make this situation as bearable as possible.  As a community and a nation, we will come through this if we all work together. Please be safe and call us if you need.

NY State Department of Health

CDC

TeleMedicine Page

3/25/20: Update regarding Routine Physicals:

Because we feel it is of utmost importance for  children and adolescents to continue to be up to date on vaccines and routine health, we will continue to perform routine checkups on all patients.  Depending upon the national and local Covid-19 situation, these plans are subject to change.

All precautions will be taken to keep the office germ-free and minimize exposure of persons to other persons. Sick children will be seen in the afternoons, after all checkups are complete.

The following parameters are in place and subject to change depending upon staff availability and current New York State and local laws and recommendations:

If you have an existing appointment, a staff member will call to confirm that appt. and discuss the following rules.  Exact days and times of appointments may need to be slightly adjusted. Please be patient with our staff as they are working hard and experiencing all of the same Covid-19-related stress as everyone else.

  • No child with a cough or fever or diarrhea, or who has had a cough or fever or diarrhea (or other Covid-19 symptoms as defined by the CDC) in the past 10 days will be allowed to be seen for a routine checkup.  Similarly, no caretaker who has these symptoms within 10 days will be allowed to accompany the child.
  • No child or caretaker who is ordered to be under quarantine or isolation is allowed to be seen for a routine checkup.
  • No child or caretaker who has had direct exposure to a test-positive case of Covid-19 within the last 10 days is allowed to be seen for a routine checkup.
  • No child or caretaker who has traveled outside the U.S. in the last 10 days is allowed to be seen for a routine checkup. No child or caretaker who has traveled to a state on the governor's quarantine list in the last 10 days is allowed to be seen for a routine checkup.
  • Only one caretaker and one child is allowed at the visit.
  • We ask that the caretaker please wear a mask if you have one; if not, we will provide one, but we are trying to conserve our supplies. All children aged 2 and over must also please wear a mask.
  • When you arrive, the doors will be locked. Please ring the bell or knock loudly and a staff member will scan the temperature of both the child and caretaker. If both are below 100F, the staff member will escort you to an exam room where your child will be measured; then examined by the doctor; then receive any necessary tests and vaccines by the nursing staff.

Thank you for your cooperation as we try to all work together to keep your children and families healthy.


Please note that during the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be a charge to your insurance company for certain phone calls.

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