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Top Pediatricians in Boca Spill Must-Have Parenting Secrets

Top pediatricians in Boca Raton, Doctors Chad Rudnick and Paul Gilbert, are no strangers to answering the most commonly Googled questions for parenting healthy kids. Every day at their local office, they block out an entire hour for their patients to conduct wellness check-ups and answer parents’ questions the way docs did in the good ‘ole days. Thecarry black “house call bags” for actual house visits, keep their cell phones on them 24/7 in case parents have questions via text or email, and spend a TON of time focusing on wellness.

More wellness = healthier patients in their book!

Between their ultra-personalized office visits and 24/7 “pediatrician-in-your-pocket” on-call status, it’s no wonder the docs at Boca VIPediatrics have quickly become top pediatricians in Boca. “We want to empower parents by bringing back the old-fashioned relationship young patients had with their doctor. So, we encourage them to reach out anytime. Any questions they forget to ask in the office, they can always email or text directly to us 24/7,” says Chad Rudnick, MD, founder of the nation’s first pediatric smart office, Boca VIPediatrics.

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The Johns Hopkins-trained Dr. Gilbert knows that parents of babies and toddlers are not the only ones who rely on their pediatrician for healthy development. As “Camp Physician” at Camp KenMont/KenWood, one of the nation’s premier sleepaway camps in the Berkshires, he’s also accustomed to bonding with school-aged, adolescent, and teenage patients. “The relationship between the pediatrician and a school-aged child or teenager is what allows us to maintain their health. This helps them grow into successful young adults,” says Gilbert.

Read on to see what secrets top pediatricians in Boca, Dr. Rudnick and Dr. Gilbert, are spilling regarding healthy parenting!
  1. The Secret To Just About Every Sleep Question Is…

Consistency. We get asked this question every single day. While our office goes into more detail about methods, products, etc. to help our patients (and parents!) sleep, the bottom line is always: Be consistent.

Human beings (especially babies) are creatures of habit. We tend to want to go to bed at the same time each night, wake up at the same time each morning, and sit at the same spot at the kitchen table for dinner. Once you’ve spoken with your pediatrician and your partner about a routine that works well for your family, stick with it. It sounds easy in theory, but sometimes life gets in the way, which is the difficult part.

You may have to decline plans that interfere with naptime or bedtime, and you’ll likely catch some flack from family or friends who don’t understand why you’re running such a tight ship. Once you get the routine down and have a consistently good sleeper (at least 2 months), then it’s possible to bend the rules for a special occasion like a family dinner or vacation.

  1. Don’t Google; Ask Your Pediatrician

When it comes to your child’s health, we don’t want you guessing or crowdsourcing. Every time you Google your child’s symptoms, chances are your diagnosis will be WRONG. If you ask your other parent friends or post a question to a Facebook group, you may even be given information that is potentially dangerous. You should never have to wonder when it comes to the health of your child or avoid seeking the help of your pediatrician because it’s after-hours or a weekend.

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At Boca VIPediatrics, there is no waiting until the next day or Monday morning when you have a concern about your child. All of our families can reach us 24/7 to ask questions if and when they arise. These top pediatricians in Boca Raton also do virtual visits where parents can send photos or videos of coughs, bumps, rashes, and even the inner ear with our otoscope attachment for the iPhone to check for ear infections. We always offer same day sick visits. You should always be able to reach out to your pediatrician or their office 24/7. Googling symptoms usually causes more harm than good.

  1. Fevers Are Not The Enemy

Unless you have a child younger than 3 months, fevers are actually not as bad as you think. A fever is considered anything over 100.4 degrees and remember, forehead thermometers are widely inaccurate! In most cases with toddlers and older children, the level of fever is not concerning, it’s how the child is acting.

We’ve seen children with a fever of 104 who are playing soccer in our office. And, we’ve also seen some pretty miserable 101’ers who can’t get out of bed. A fever is your body’s natural reaction to fighting off infection, so it can actually be a good thing.

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We treat based on how the child is feeling, NOT the number on the thermometer (Remember that this does not apply to babies less than 3 months of age). 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our patients can email or text us to ask about dosing to make sure you are giving your child the proper amount of fever reducer.

  1. Antibiotics Will Not Treat A Cold

The most common illness that a child will get (over and over) is the common cold – which originates from a virus. Antibiotics do not treat colds! Because these top pediatricians in Boca Raton are not fans of over-prescribing or over-medicating, they like to try natural remedies first. In fact, we never guess whether your child has a cold or infection. We’re one of the only offices in South Florida to utilize a simple nasal swab which tests for over 30 different viruses and bacteria. That way, we’re only prescribing an antibiotic when it’s 100% necessary to get your child better, faster.

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  1. Trust Your Own, Inner Parental Instincts

Nobody knows their child better than mom or dad. We like to listen intently to parents when they have a concern, because their intuition is usually spot on. That’s why we offer house calls and urgent care 24/7. We received a FaceTime call a few nights ago from a worried mom who heard a concerning cough from her 2-year-old daughter. As it turns out, she was right to be concerned! It was croup and we were able to get medicine called into her 24 hour pharmacy right away. We’ve treated late night ear infections, stomach bugs, coughs and rashes. Our office has even saved patients from ER trips by being available on our cell phones at all times. Every patient has our numbers and when it’s urgent to them, it’s urgent to us.

  1. Every Child Is Unique

It feels like as soon as you have your first child, suddenly everyone comes out of the woodwork to give you advice. Beware of “experts” who are not experts, or professionals who try to put your child “in a box.”

Remember we are all different people with different hobbies, interests, and personality traits. Children develop at their own pace with their own set of likes/dislikes. They will grow up to change the world in their own unique way regardless of when they first start to walk, talk, or ride a bike. It’s important to work with your pediatrician and discuss milestones and development to be sure that your child is tracking as expected.

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When an issue does arise, we are able to facilitate further evaluations with pediatric speech, physical, or occupational therapists so our patients are able to get back on track faster. Milestones aren’t just about babies and toddlers. School aged children (teens included) are also tracked to make sure they are reach their potential in the classroom.

This is something I know we all want for our Boca kids…and that’s no secret!

To learn more about how your child can join the Boca VIPediatrics family, visit or call 561-923-9635. 

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Sponsored: This top pediatricians in Boca post was sponsored by Boca VIPediatrics. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.

Learn All About the NEW Baby Trend Going Viral in Boca Raton

Soon-to-be parents, you’re in the right place for welcoming a new baby into the world! Boca Raton is booming and there is no shortage of baby-friendly places, businesses and professionals to be a part of your family’s “village” and help your Boca baby arrive in style! But there is one particular Boca baby trend for expectant parents that is causing a stir like no other.

No, it’s not a new baby swing or some futuristic diaper. It’s the ability to have your “pediatrician in your pocket” 24/7 with Boca VIPediatrics.

Here’s why new/expectant parents are losing their minds for this service you won’t find anywhere else in Boca…

  1. You Can Call/Text/Email Your Pediatrician 24/7

Since you’ll be the one solely responsible for raising your tiny human, you’re going to have questions…a LOT of them! Sure, you could Google them or ask your mommy friends. Maybe even be brave enough to post your question in a Facebook moms’ group (please don’t!). Or, you could simply send a text or email to your pediatrician and receive a REAL answer back in minutes. Not only will this save you valuable time and give you incredible peace-of-mind, but nights, weekends, holidays, whenever…you always have your pediatrician in your pocket.

Trust me, your baby will thank you later.

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  1. House Calls, YES!

Your baby’s very first newborn exam (once you leave the hospital) will be performed by your pediatrician AT YOUR HOUSE. That means, after you give birth, instead of putting your 3 or 4 day old baby into a car seat and driving to the doctor, the doctor comes to YOU. Dr. Rudnick and Dr. Gilbert spend as much time with you as needed and get to know your family in the comfort of your own home.

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3. No Waits…Ever for this Boca Baby Trend

Because Boca VIPediatrics has a very limited number of patients, you’ll never have to wait in a waiting room with your baby. In fact, when you come to the office for those 9 scheduled visits during the first year of life, you’ll have the whole office virtually to yourselves. Boca VIPediatrics only schedules one family at a time to avoid your precious bundle being exposed to unnecessary germs. This is your chance to feel like a “Boca Beyoncé” and be on top of this Boca baby trend. You know you’ve always wanted to! 😉

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  1. Personalized, Personalized, Personalized

Did I mention the service is personalized? You’ll have a pediatrician and BFF wrapped into one when you receive instructions like, “Text me when you get home from the hospital, so I know you all made it home okay,” when you’re discharged with your newborn. Visits at the office last up to an hour or more with your doctor. They run the entire appointment to ensure you have all your questions answered. If/when you need to see a specialist, lactation consultant, or need lab work/imaging, you’ll receive priority appointments and expedited results from the concierge team at Boca VIPediatrics. The old-fashioned service and Boca baby trend has generated praise-worthy buzz around town from so many moms & dads. They are raving about having a “small town” pediatrician who knows their family like the back of their hand! Just check out their Facebook reviews!

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5. Go To The Office…Or Don’t

Let’s say you have a question about diaper rash or a funny noise your baby keeps making. At other pediatric offices, you’ll need to schedule an appointment to speak with your doctor (if you can even get one). At Boca VIPediatrics, you can text a video or photo along with your question and opt for a virtual visit instead. You’ll receive a diagnosis and treatment plan back in minutes!

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6. A Backstage Prenatal Tour Like No Other

You’ll be treated like royalty when you tour Boca VIPediatrics’ immaculate office, have a sit down meeting with Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Rudnick and ask all of your questions. You’ll learn about all of the amazing amenities available to VIPs and how fun of an environment they make the office for kids with bubble parties and virtual reality (for older kids). Keep an eye out for the pregnancy surprises waiting for you at your arrival!

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  1. All-Inclusive, Affordable Membership

Similar to a heath club, you’ll pay a monthly membership equivalent to the cost of a daily Starbucks. This includes all visits, vaccines, 24/7 access, house calls, and everything your baby needs in their first year of life. There are no co-pays or surprise bills and you can even request insurance claim forms to be reimbursed by your insurance company for the visits.

So you can actually be paid back by your insurance company for going to Boca VIPediatrics!

8. Registry Reviews

The Mommy Recommended, Pediatrician Approved Registry Review program is an awesome perk for expectant parents. You can request a registry review and the team at Boca VIPediatrics will go through it with a fine-tooth comb, making sure each product is safe and efficient.

9. Add It To Your Own Registry!

So many expectant parents worry about the perfect crib, stroller, or swaddle blanket. How awesome would it be to REGISTER for 24/7 access to your pediatrician? You can add a membership gift certificate to your baby registry so you’ll have a pediatrician in your pocket for your first 365 days as a new parent! Grandparents, take note!

10. The Best Soon-to-Be Mom/Dad “Boot Camp” in Town

Be sure to check out the hottest baby class in town for expectant parents: BABY UNIVERSITY! It will keep you and your partner laughing all while learning how to prepare for baby. It’s the only class in town taught by pediatricians, so you’ll be hearing the most up-to-date information and recommendations from The American Academy of Pediatrics. Classes are held at Boca Regional Hospital. Spots are very limited and classes always sell out! Be sure to register early. For upcoming dates and more information, visit

So, how do you secure your baby a spot for this VIP style of care?

Modern Boca Mom to the rescue…I’ve got the steps right here:

Step One: Call them early to schedule your “prenatal backstage tour” for this Boca baby trend. Because they take a very limited number of newborns each month, you’ll want to make sure you lock down your spot ASAP. They can sometimes book out as early as 6 months in advance, so don’t wait on this one. You can reach them at (561) 923-9635 or fill out their online contact form HERE.

Step Two: Your Complimentary “Meet the Docs” Backstage Tour! This is where you’ll tour the office, meet Dr. Rudnick, Dr. Gilbert and the rest of the Boca VIPediatrics family, and get to ask all of your questions.

Step Three: Breathe a sigh of relief that your baby got himself/herself a spot for the best VIP care in town!

Sponsored: This Boca baby trend post was sponsored by Boca VIPediatrics. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.

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This Printable Luvs coupon review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

South Florida mom coupon alert! Besides wine and coffee, do you know what I love saving money on most?

The answer is…DIAPERS.

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#dailybocaavery may be potty trained during the day, but we are still shelling out diaper money for overnight use. And those diapers need to WORK! The official diaper of experienced parents, Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™ are softer and more absorbent than before*, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee.

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I have some great news! Luvs is sharing the LOVE and offering opportunities to save on diapers for the rest of this month with a $2 print-at-home coupon offer.

  • This week, visit THIS LINK to access a Luvs coupon of $2 off any one diaper pack.
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Choosing a Boca Raton Newborn Photographer for Your Family

If you follow MBMom’s Instagram account or read this Publix Aprons Baby Shower post, then you probably saw that my sister had a baby! A healthy, happy little boy: Aden Thomas. I am a proud Modern Boca AUNTIE! So proud, I even had a welcome home message installed in their front yard…twice…and hired an amazing Boca Raton newborn photographer to shoot my nephew about 10 days after he was born.

Thank you so much to local (mom-owned) business, Event YardCard!

I’d so been looking forward to torturing…er, I mean shooting my adorable nephew, so I called upon my go-to Boca Raton newborn photographer, Sweet Memories Photography, for the occasion!

Owner Naomi Phelps will come to your house at your convenience to take memorable photos of your baby and family a few days after birth. That way, you have time to rest, recover and gather the necessary (read: adorable) props to include in the photo shoot.

Clearly, my brother-in-law’s mind was on March Madness! 🙂

Can you BELIEVE my nephew has the same red hair as my sister? It’s actually harder to tell in person, but these photos make them look like twinsies. Cuteness overload!


I love these shots by the pool. Mr. Aden is even wearing the lobster swim shorts his Auntie purchased for him. I see many summer Maine trips in his future!

And, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get these first photos of the cousins #adenandavery! Of course, they already have their own hashtag…

Scheduling your Boca Raton newborn photographer, Sweet Memories Photography, is easy!
  1. Contact her by clicking HERE.
  2. Request the $299.00 newborn photo shoot package and mention “modernbocamom” for an additional 15% off! Package includes: One-hour of photography time at one location AND a minimum of 75 downloadable images through your own private password-protected online gallery. There’s no obligation to purchase prints (even though I often do), which  I kind of love. One price = all the photos
  3. Download your photos and enjoy them as much as my family loves these!

Hosted: This Boca Raton newborn photographer post was hosted by Sweet Memories Photography. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Meet One of Our Nation’s Top Pediatricians & Find out WHY he’s Making Boca Home

Paul Gilbert, M.D. may look like a modern-day Doogie Howser (at least for us 80s kids who tuned in to see Neil Patrick Harris in his breakout role), but don’t be fooled. He’s ACTUALLY one of the top doctors in the nation, not just a guy who plays one on TV. Currently at Johns Hopkins, the top hospital in the nation, (!!!) Gilbert is bringing another level of expertise and experience with him as the newest South Florida pediatrician.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

That’s right, Modern Boca Mom has the EXCLUSIVE that Dr. Gilbert is making Boca Raton his new home. Keep reading to find out why…

Dr. Gilbert’s experience and expertise doesn’t end at Johns Hopkins, although those are some pretty fabulous bragging rights if you have him as your pediatrician.

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He’s also spent seven summers working as Camp Physician at one of the most exclusive sleepaway camps in the country, KenMont/KenWood. “Dr. Paul,” as he is lovingly referred to at camp, is described as a “legend” with the camp’s kids.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

We also found out that Dr. Gilbert is a novice waterskier, worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), has a Disney annual pass, and knows how to juggle! What more could you want from your pediatrician?!?

Well…it gets even better…Dr. Gilbert will be joining forces with Boca Raton’s own “Patch Adams,” Dr. Rudnick at Boca VIPediatrics, winner of “Best Pediatrician” in Boca 2016 by Sun-Sentinel!

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

For those who read this blog regularly, you know that Boca VIPediatrics is the new parent frenzy that recently opened their nearly year-long wait list.

Spots are extremely limited because they take a very small number of patients to provide 24/7 access via email/text/phone to your South Florida pediatrician, house calls, no waits/longer appointments at their pediatric smart office, and virtual visits so you don’t have to go to the office for every little thing.

They’ve received rave reviews and lots of love boasting their extremely personalized level of care from South Florida parents, including a slew of 5-star Facebook and Google reviews.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

Boca VIPediatrics has VIPs (Very Important Patients) who travel to see them in Boca from West Palm Beach, Wellington, Weston, Ft. Lauderdale and beyond for their 5-star level of pediatric care and maximum convenience for busy parents. Because parents are able to text/email/call their South Florida pediatrician 24/7, they’re able to diagnose virtually when possible.

So, why Boca VIPediatrics? Because there is truly nothing else like it for parents who value the MOST personalized care, time, and relationship with their pediatrician. Boca VIPediatrics VIPs have the following benefits:

  • 24/7 Access to Text/Email/Call Your Pediatrician Directly to Their Cell Phone (You can also send photos/videos of rashes, coughs, bumps, bruises, etc. for super fast diagnosis and treatment plan to save an office visit)
  • No Waits at their office located in Central Boca Raton, next to the Town Center Mall
  • House Calls for the first newborn exam and after-hours urgent care
  • Virtual Visits using their awesome telemedicine devices that clip into your iPhone (like the virtual stethoscope and otoscope, which sends the doctor video of the inner ear to screen for ear infections or heart/lung sounds to evaluate a cough)
  • Same day appointments and longer, unhurried visits with your pediatrician
  • Affordable, transparent pricing…you’ll likely pay more for your daily latte or cable bill than a membership to VIPediatrics.
It’s truly like having a South Florida pediatrician in your pocket.

Dr. Rudnick and Dr. Gilbert will be working together as a team, so Boca VIPediatrics families will have TWO top pediatricians who know their child’s health history like the back of their hands. After filling their practice within a year, Boca VIPediatrics scoured the country to find the best and brightest pediatrician to join their family.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

I’m told spots are already going very quickly, as Boca VIPediatrics caps the number of “VIPs” in each age category in order to provide the most personalized care.

So, how can you lock down a VIP spot for your child? That’s super easy, as long as you act quickly. You can schedule a complimentary “meet the doc” appointment with Dr. Gilbert now!

  1. Step One: Fill out the online contact form or call the Boca VIPediatrics office at 561-923-9635 and speak to a member of their family owned and operated team.
  2. Step Two: Set up a complimentary “backstage tour” and “meet the doc” visit with Dr. Gilbert/Dr. Rudnick.
  3. Step Three: Breathe a sigh of relief that your child’s care is now on another level because you now have “your pediatrician in your pocket!”

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

So parents, this is a win/win for all. When a top pediatrician decides to make our fair city their home, it means a healthier Boca Raton for everybody.

Please join Modern Boca Mom in giving a warm South Florida welcome to Dr. Gilbert! We look forward to many, many years of you keeping our children the happiest & healthiest with Boca VIPediatrics!

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For more information on Boca VIPediatrics, visit:

Sponsored: This South Florida Pediatrician post announcing Dr. Gilbert was sponsored by Boca VIPediatrics. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.

Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower

You probably know Publix Aprons from their awesome cooking classes in the Polo Shoppes in Boca Raton. I hear some people take them every single weekend! However, I was introduced to them for the first time because we decided to give my sister a Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower!

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No this is not an advertisement, LOL. I just LOVED the experience so much I had to write about it! By the way, my sister had her baby on March 3rd (2017)! A bouncing baby boy: Aden Thomas. My family, especially #dailybocaavery, is so excited!

But back to the Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower…

One of the aspects I loved most when it came to planning my sister’s Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower is that they pretty much handle EVERYTHING.

All I did in terms of decor was create centerpieces. For this party, I chose to display china plates of Sydney’s Sweet Soaps, one of our recently featured MOMpreneurs located in the Town Center Mall. They looked so real, a guest even accidentally bit into one! These also served as the party favors.

I also asked my best friend Rose, an awesome local art teacher, to create the invitations and a matching banner to display. She did a beautiful job and everything was one of a kind!

Add a few chefs hats and rubber ducks from Oriental Trading Company and you have yourself a cooking themed baby shower at Publix Aprons Cooking School!

To welcome our guests, we had a “social hour” filled with appetizers and champagne/sparkling cider. This is an extra charge- FYI.

If you have 15 guests or less, you can put on a full scale cooking class at your party. If you have more than 15 (up to 44), then Publix Aprons will put on an entertaining yet educational cooking demo according to your theme. You pay per person and can choose to have wine pairings…or not. We chose YES. 🙂

Our theme was BABY, of course! That meant our menu looked something like this:

Pre-Course: Mixed Baby Greens with Toasted Almond Slivers, Blueberries, Goat Cheese Crumbles, and Lemon Poppy seed Vinaigrette

Entrée: Charred Baby Vegetable Ramen with Glazed Pork Belly (Baby Bok Choy, Baby Carrots, Baby Corn)

Dessert: Baby Cream Cheese and Nutella Phyllo Cups

YUM! And that wasn’t the only dessert! We put together the design of our “Bébé” dessert table, but all of the sweet treats came from the Publix attached to the Cooking School, which you pay for a la carte. They just give you a grocery bill at the end and they even bring it over to the party room from the store- amazing!

All in all, it was a shower to remember– a theme and venue many of our guests had never even thought of!

For more information about planning your own Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower:
Publix Aprons Event Planning Store #339
Rolene | Stephanie| Michelle
5050 Champion Blvd.
Boca Raton, Florida 33496

Direct: 561.994.4461

14 Reasons Why Boca Moms Really LOVE this Pediatrician

If you’re a new, semi-new, or even a veteran Boca Raton mom, there’s one essential thing you need…a membership to Boca VIPediatrics! This Boca pediatrician phenomenon taking local parents by storm launched in 2014 as a new wave in personalized, pediatric care.

But don’t just take my word for it! Check out why Boca moms are loving on this new pediatric experience that makes life oh-so-much easier.

This Boca Pediatrician is LOVED: 14 Reasons WHY!

  1. It’s Like a Real-Life 24/7 “Doctor-In-Your-Pocket”

The mind-blowing fact is you essentially have “your pediatrician in your pocket.” If you have a question or concern, you don’t have to Google or go down the WebMD rabbit hole thinking your child has some rare form of the flu. Instead, you simply send an email or text directly to your Boca pediatrician, anytime day or night, and you get an answer back in minutes!

  1. You Don’t Have to Wait…EVER

Believe it or not, when you walk into Boca VIPediatrics, the staff is waiting for YOU and you head straight back to see the doctor. You will save HOURS (maybe even days?) by not waiting on your Boca pediatrician.

  1. You Get that Old-Fashioned Relationship with Your Doctor…

Because of their very small practice size, you get more time with your Boca pediatrician. Dr. Rudnick and their newest pediatrician, Dr. Gilbert, take the time to get to know your whole family. They know your child’s health history like the back of their hand. This helps parents to rest easy that should they need anything, they can always reach the doctor who knows their child best!

4. You Can Send a Quick Text or Email, and Get a Response Back in Minutes

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When you have the ability to send a text or email right to your Boca pediatrician, you can oftentimes save yourself and your child from a trip to the office. Whether your little guy or gal wakes up with pink eye or goes to bed with a brutal cough, you’ll get a treatment plan immediately texted or emailed back to you from the doctor. That means no more having to take a half day waiting for, or wondering if you’ll even get an appointment at another office.

5. They’re Bringing House Calls Back!

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One of the best parts of Boca VIPediatrics is that they perform house calls. For your first newborn visit after you leave the hospital with baby and for urgent after-hours care, they will make arrangements to come to your house. Wow.

6. You Will Be the Envy of All Your Mommy Friends

Imagine sitting with a group of friends at a park playdate when you notice a bug bite on your child’s arm. “OMG! Should you put something on it?”, your mommy friend asks. “No worries. I’ll just text a photo to my pediatrician and ask,” you reply.

Within minutes, you have an answer, the medication dosage, and have officially become the coolest mom on the playground. BAM!

  1. You Have a Quarterback for your Child’s Healthcare

Say your child needs a blood test, an x-ray, an MRI, or needs to see a specialist? When you are a VIP, the Boca VIPediatrics staff sets everything up for you. Whether it’s a same-day visit to see a specialist, an advocate to follow up on test results, or even top priority for lab/imaging, they have your back! Your Boca pediatrician will quarterback all care to make sure your little one is always getting the VIP treatment.

  1. There Are No Sick Kids in the Waiting Room

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Because there are no wait times and office visits are private, you won’t see a waiting room full of sick kids when you arrive. You will never have to worry about your child getting sick from a visit TO the doctor.

9. The Absolute Coolest Telemedicine Products

VIPs have access to the latest & greatest health/tech gadgets. Boca VIPediatrics has even been featured on some of South Florida’s top news networks for utilizing a digital otoscope and stethoscope that clips onto your iPhone to send video/audio to the doctor securely for review.

10. Their Customer Service is Awesome

How much do you LOVE companies with great customer service? Boca VIPediatrics is family owned and operated and has Disney-level hospitality training. You’ll be greeted at each visit with a bottle of water or cup of coffee. They’ll even escort you down to your car to help with your stroller or carseat.

Because of the small practice size, every member of the staff will know you and your family by name. But, the experience is really about your kids. Let’s just say a bubble machine goes a long way with the little ones! And, older kids love experimenting with virtual reality while getting vaccines. These things help make the doctor’s office experience less scary and more fun!

11. They’ve Just Opened their Nearly Year-Long Wait List

After nearly a year of having a wait list in almost all age categories, Boca VIPediatrics opened up a few more spots, so South Florida parents can bring their child’s healthcare to another level. {Although I’m told spots are very limited!!!}

Boca pediatrician VIPediatrics

12. Very, Very, Very Personalized Care

Perhaps one of my favorite reasons why Boca moms LOVE VIPediatrics is their belief that there is no such thing as “one size fits all” healthcare. Every child and family is different and care this personalized actually keeps your children healthier with wellness plans and preventative care. They believe that a “parent’s intuition” plays a big role and take the time to listen and provide an individualized approach.

13. It’s More Affordable Than You Think

Just when you think everything sounds too good to be true and this type of care is going to break the bank, I’m here to tell you…it won’t. With monthly payment plans and insurance reimbursement, you’re going to pay more for your cable bill or daily latte than a membership to Boca VIPediatrics. The words “worth every penny” and “priceless” often come up in online reviews…impressive!

14. The Best Pediatricians (and the Sun-Sentinel “Best of” Award to Prove It!)

Boca pediatrician VIPediatrics

The backbone of Boca VIPediatrics is Dr. Chad Rudnick, who certainly has won the hearts of kids and parents alike in Boca and beyond. With a slew of 5 star reviews on Facebook, and a bedside manner that’s set the town abuzz, Dr. Rudnick has become Boca’s own “Patch Adams!” Joining the team is new Boca pediatrician Paul Gilbert, MD, who comes from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

With second-to-none training at the top hospital in the U.S. and years of experience as a physician at a premier sleep-away camp in the Berkshires, Dr. Gilbert brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Boca VIPediatrics family.

Welcome Dr. Gilbert! I’m sure Boca will be happy to share the LOVE!

Interested in learning more about Boca VIPediatrics for your family?
Call Boca VIPediatrics (561-923-9635) or fill out their online contact form HERE.
You’ll speak with a friendly member of the family owned & operated pediatric smart office, and they’ll give you all the details, membership highlights and amenities for joining as a VIP family.

Sponsored: This Boca pediatrician is loved post was sponsored by Boca VIPediatrics. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.

Timing is Everything When It Comes to Florida Prepaid

If I’ve learned anything after this weekend, it’s that TIMING IS EVERYTHING. Despite getting the shot, I came down with the flu right before my family and I are supposed to leave for a big conference in Orlando. I’m on the mend now (as I sit at my computer and type out this blog post– thank you Tamiflu), but it really got me thinking about how I need to live my life more in the present…in the now. And right now is your/my last chance for Florida Prepaid enrollment for 2017!

What is Florida Prepaid?

Florida Prepaid College Plans allow you to prepay the future cost of college or university. When your child is ready for college, the plan pays the tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees covered under the plan. Until I started working with Florida Prepaid, I had no idea how much misinformation was out there about the plan. Let’s discuss…

Florida Prepaid Enrollment: Myth vs. Fact

Could I lose my investment? NOPE.

Guaranteed – Every Prepaid Plan is guaranteed by the State of Florida, so you will never lose your investment.

I don’t know if my child will go to college in Florida. NO PROBLEM!

Nationwide – Even if your child attends an out-of-state or private college, the plan will pay the same amount as it would pay at a public college or university in Florida.

My child is smart and will probably get a scholarship or two. I don’t want to waste my savings. YOU WON’T!

Scholarships – If your child receives a scholarship, you can get a refund for the same amount as the plan would pay a public college or university in Florida.

This program is a win/win for Florida families!

Florida Prepaid enrollment is NOW!

Florida Prepaid’s Open Enrollment period is now through February 28 (2017). This is the only time each year you can purchase Prepaid Plans- FYI. There is no payment due until April 20, 2017.

It’s your last chance to head to and use my promo code: BLOG1617. You’ll get 50% off your application fee – a savings of $25!

Sponsored: This Florida Prepaid Enrollment Myths post was sponsored by Florida Prepaid via Bloggin Mamas. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider, so please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

That Time I Cried at My Little Sister’s Maternity Photo Shoot…

I had no idea I’d be so emotional at my little sister’s Boca Raton maternity photo shoot. She’s pregnant with her first child, a baby boy, due at the end of February 2017. My first clue should have been when I started sniffling as we passed another couple taking their own maternity photos in front of a giant banyan tree. I guess Spanish River Beach/Park is the place to take photos of your pregnant belly? Who knows, but cue the waterworks!

It’s been awhile since I faced the decision of whether or not to take maternity photos. I lived in NYC at the time, it was the middle of winter and I just couldn’t visualize what I would do with said photos once I had my baby. Wouldn’t pictures of my kid take priority on my home’s photo wall?

The answer is, of course, yes, but there’s something really special about having a visual record of your changing body. Being pregnant, whether you feel good or bad, is a memory you’ll want to cherish. I’m really glad I took the few photos (cozy inside my warm apartment, ha ha) that I did!

Boca Raton maternity photo

Sweet Memories Photography shot my sister at sunset earlier this month and the pictures just turned out beautifully. Naomi Phelps, the company’s founder, is a joy to work with.

Let me know what you think of the shots by commenting below!

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo
Proud cousin/niece #dailybocaavery making a cameo!

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Scheduling your own Boca Raton maternity photo shoot with Sweet Memories Photography is easy!
  1. Contact her by clicking HERE.
  2. Request the $299.00 maternity photo shoot package and mention “modernbocamom” for an additional 15% off! Package includes: One-hour of photography time at one location AND a minimum of 75 downloadable images through your own private password-protected online gallery. There’s no obligation to purchase prints (even though I often do), which  I kind of love. One price = all the photos
  3. Download your photos and enjoy them as much as my sister loves hers!

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Sponsored: This Boca Raton maternity photo shoot post was sponsored by Sweet Memories Photography. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

The Wait Is Over…How to Snag a Spot at Boca VIPediatrics

Since 2014, Boca VIPediatrics has been providing Boca parents and their children something no other pediatric smart office currently offers…many somethings, in fact.

Whether it’s a house call for urgent after-hours care, texting/calling/emailing your pediatrician directly on their smartphone 24/7, no wait times at the office, or a virtual visit via video call. These services help parents save valuable time, allowing them them to avoid having to go to the doctor’s office for every little thing.

I noticed Boca VIPediatrics developing a cult-like following with savvy new parents in Boca Raton (and our surrounding cities) who valued personalized care, convenience, time, and an “old-fashioned relationship” with their pediatrician.

Boca VIPediatrics operates on a membership model with an extremely limited number of patients. In order to be on call 24/7 and provide all of the amenities I listed above, they have to cap their practice. This helps avoid the (sadly) all-too-familiar assembly line approach to pediatric care.

Essentially, they take on a very small number of children in each age category to make sure they are providing the best possible care to their VIPs (Very Important Patients!). Within 6 months of opening their office in central Boca Raton, several age groups quickly hit their cap.

”While I wish we could take care of everyone, it’s important that our practice maintains a small, personalized feel so I can truly make myself available to all my patients 24/7 and guarantee no wait times,” explained Chad Rudnick, M.D., founder of Boca VIPediatrics.

With Boca Raton now becoming a booming city for babies and families, word started circulating that this “pediatric smart office” was changing the game for pediatric care. There wasn’t a preschool, mommy & me class, or breastfeeding support group that wasn’t buzzing about Dr. Rudnick, the “house call doc that you can actually text!”

Pediatric Smart Office Boca VIPediatrics

So, they opened a waiting list and started a nationwide search for a visionary pediatrician to join forces with Dr. Rudnick {more on that later}. Now…

Modern Boca Mom has the exclusive word that the wait is over!
Boca VIPediatrics is opening their waiting list and will be taking on new VIPs in ALL age categories…but not for long!

Due to the high demand and limited number of spots available, you’ll want to follow this blog carefully over the next few months if you’re looking to snag a spot for your Boca kid.

Especially since Dr. Rudnick was recently named “Best of Boca – Best Pediatrician 2016” by the Sun-Sentinel…

Here’s how it works, step by step:

Step 1: Call Boca VIPediatrics (561-923-9635) or fill out their online contact form here: You’ll speak with a friendly member of the family owned & operated pediatric smart office, and they’ll give you all the details, membership highlights and amenities for joining as a VIP family.

Step 2: Schedule a “Backstage Tour.” This is when you’ll tour the pediatric smart office, meet the staff, and sit down for a ‘one-on-one’ with the Pediatrician to go over your child’s health history and learn more about the practice.

Step 3: Sign up for an annual membership and breathe a sigh of relief that your child’s healthcare is now on a whole other level.

The process of joining Boca VIPediatrics is similar to joining a health club. You’ll pay a monthly membership fee (equivalent to a Starbucks latte each day) for 24/7 access to the doctor’s cell, no wait times, house calls and private, un-rushed office visits (FYI- there are also no co-pays at the office, everything is included in your membership). They work with your insurance a little differently. Instead of billing your insurance company for visits to the office, they let you collect the reimbursement directly, which helps to offset the annual membership cost. Your child’s insurance is still used for all prescriptions, labs, imaging, and referrals to specialists.

You essentially have “your pediatrician in your pocket!”

And remember, you don’t have to visit their pediatric smart office for EVERY. LITTLE. THING.

  • If your little one has a rash, you can text a photo.
  • Suspect an ear infection late at night? You can send a video using Boca VIPediatrics’ Oto Home iPhone attachment, which clips onto a parent’s iPhone to send secure video of the inner ear directly to Dr. Rudnick for his review.

  • Hear a cough that doesn’t sound right? Either send a video or use the virtual stethoscope they offer VIPs that clips to your phone and sends secure heart/lung sounds right to the doctor.

Grab your spot while you can — you don’t want your children to be waitlisted for this type of quality, concierge care!

Spots are extremely limited and will fill up soon at Boca Raton’s pediatric smart office. For more information on how it all works, visit or call 561-923-9635. 

Sponsored: This pediatric smart office post was sponsored by Boca VIPediatrics. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.