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Behind-the-Scenes: A Day in the Life of Boca’s Best Pediatricians

They say you have to see it to believe it. Especially when it comes to the best pediatrician in Boca who keeps South Florida parents raving since the office’s inception nearly 3 years ago! With one of the most exclusive waiting lists in town (that’s just beginning to opening up), it’s no wonder Boca VIPediatrics remains at the top of any parent’s list when choosing a pediatrician.

A concept designed BY busy parents, FOR busy parents, this pediatric smart office is way more than your average doctor’s office…it’s an experience! One that you have to just see to believe. Indeed there is a better way to take your children to the doctor.

I got a sneak peek behind-the-scenes tour of Boca VIPediatrics with none other than Boca’s best pediatrician (now pediatricians, plural!), Dr. Chad Rudnick, MD and Dr. Paul Gilbert, MD. Join me as we walk the VIPediatrics red carpet, go behind the velvet rope and find out just how these doctors make magic happen for Boca kids every day through a concept that is blowing the minds of busy parents.

Best pediatrician in Boca

Upon entering the office, you’ll find a beautiful empty waiting room. (Wait, what?) That’s because Boca VIPediatrics only schedules one family at a time for well visits to the office. Your child gets a completely private office visit, with no annoying wait times, and no sick kids anywhere in sight.

Best pediatrician in Boca
Often referred to as the “no-wait room,” we wait for you to arrive, instead of the other way around.

Suppose you don’t know whether you need to come to the office or not. We’ve all had those parenting moments of, “Should I take my kid to the doctor?” You don’t have to guess with these docs. Why? Because you can email, text, or call their cell phone directly 24/7.

That can’t be true, right? Oh, but it is. Within seconds of texting or emailing your question such as, “What should I do about this rash?” or “We have a fever of 102,” or “Can I send you a video of his inner ear so you can check for an ear infection?”, you get a response from the best pediatrician in Boca. And yes, their office has the tools and smart office capabilities that can turn your smart phone into an otoscope or stethoscope to screen for ear infections or listen to coughs from anywhere you might be!

Best pediatrician in Boca
Dr. Gilbert checking out a rash on his phone. He can diagnose and give a treatment plan without this mom having to leave the house.

If you do arrive at their office location in central Boca, you’ll be taken into one of the 3 exam rooms: The Rock Star Room, The Movie Star Room, or The Sport Star Room. VIPs may also find little surprises along the way like their favorite movie playing on the TV, a favorite snack, a virtual reality headset to help ease their anxiety, or even an impromptu bubble party.

Best pediatrician in Boca
Bubble parties are our jam!

Once it’s time for the exam to begin, you’ll find that Dr. Rudnick/Dr. Gilbert have no opening act and no understudies. Meaning quite simply, there are no other staff members poking or prodding your child. You get the best pediatrician in Boca running your entire visit, whether they’re administering vaccines or personally escorting your child to the lab, every single time.

Best pediatrician in Boca

Sometimes, the exam comes directly to you. That means the best pediatrician in Boca comes to your house for a house call visit (black bag and everything!). So rather than taking your newborn out and about to a doctor’s office, or your sick older child when it’s after hours and you’re trying to find an urgent care that’s still open…you’ve got a doctor on call for you and in your pocket 24/7.

Best pediatrician in Boca
A sensible light-saber battle before heading out to a house call on May the 4th (AKA Star Wars Day)

When it comes down to it, your family ends up having a real relationship with your pediatrician, so you have someone who knows your child when it comes to what’s most important…their health. And, these Boca kids aren’t complaining about receiving the VIP service (nor are their parents).

Best pediatrician in Boca
The house calls always remind me of the personalized style of medicine I set out to practice. I get to do my exam in the comfort of the family’s home and really get to know everybody.

Best pediatrician in Boca

Best pediatrician in Boca
With longer, unhurried appointments, we get to know our VIP families really well. This is the style of care practiced back in the old days, when the pediatrician knew the whole family!

Best pediatrician in Boca

Best Pediatrician in Boca

The cornerstone of any “best pediatrician” title is the reviews. With a slew of 5 star Facebook reviews from parents of kids of all ages, it’s no wonder families come from Ft. Lauderdale, Wellington, Palm Beach, and even Orlando (!!!) for their child’s care with Boca VIPediatrics. And with the convenience, access, and personalized level of VIP care, the reviews are not just ‘5 star’, they are glowing.

But don’t take my word for it! Check out their overwhelmingly rave reviews HERE.

I’m being told spots are going very quickly! To find out more about your child becoming a VIP with Boca VIPediatrics, fill out their online contact form here (www.bocavipediatrics.com/contact) or call (561) 923-9635.


Sponsored: This best pediatrician 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 and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.

Nikita Hair Boca Raton Opened with FREE Cuts for All!

What does Scandinavia have in common with South Florida? GREAT HAIR! Nikita Hair Boca Raton, one of Europe’s leading hairdresser chains, will be the first stateside outpost of the popular salon.

And to celebrate,  Nikita Hair USA will offer FREE Haircuts for everyone in our fair city on May 17th! No appointments needed.

Nikita Hair Boca Raton

Nikita Hair Boca Raton Grand Opening

DATE: May 17, 2017

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointments necessary!

LOCATION: Nikita Hair Boca Raton at 193 E Palmetto Park Rd.

RSVP: YES, I WILL BE THERE

Nikita Hair Boca Raton

A little background on Nikita Hair…

Nikita Hair started in Scandinavia in 1984. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, they have stood the test of time with their stylists trained to the very highest standards and with true hair passion to give clients and guests a great feeling.

The salon presents a new concept focusing on wellness and treatments

Founder Inger Ellen Nicolaisen and her daughter Christinah Nicolaisen have enjoyed the success of not only growing such a monumental hair chain across Europe, but they will also reveal their new and bestselling product line, Eleni & Chris at their Nikita Hair Boca Raton grand opening. Exciting stuff!

Nikita Hair Boca Raton

Our hair can’t wait to see what it’s all about! Welcome to Boca Raton, FL…and the U.S. Nikita Hair!

Don’t forget to RSVP MBMoms. Just clickYES, I WILL BE THERE

Sponsored: This blog post is sponsored by Nikita Hair Boca Raton. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. They are 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 have been compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Meet Dr. Popper, Boca’s Up & Coming Pediatric Dental Expert

Mamas, there’s a new Boca Raton pediatric dentist in town! I’m especially excited about this because #dailybocaavery’s last appointment with our pediatric dentist was less than stellar.

Long story short: my husband took our 3-year-old daughter to her appointment (for a standard cleaning) and she freaks out. So the dental hygienist’s proposed solution to him is…”maybe mommy should bring her in next time.” My husband was so insulted! I don’t blame him either. He was just doing his best. Geez!

Boca Raton pediatric dentist

It was meant to be when I connected with Dr. Drew Popper, who just opened up a NEW Boca Raton pediatric dentist office, Junior Smiles.

A former camp counselor, Dr. Popper knew at a very young age he wanted to work with children. He’s also very focused on the preventative side of dentistry. Dr. Popper does everything he can to teach children and their parents about proper oral hygiene to avoid getting any cavities. That is key…especially if you have a kid prone to freaking out at the dentist like I do!

Here’s what I learned about Boca’s up and coming pediatric dental expert…

Boca Raton pediatric dentist, Dr. Drew Popper of Junior Smiles

Boca Raton Pediatric Dentist: Dr. Drew Popper of Junior Smiles

Tell us a little bit about your background…and yourself!

I’m originally from Madison, CT and went to college at Boston University. Upon graduation, I earned my master’s degree in Oral Health Science at Boston University and also attended dental school there. I’m proud to say I was #1 in my class after the first year and graduated in the top 5 (out of over 100 students in the class overall).

Like you mentioned, I have always had a passion for working with children.  I was a lifeguard/swim instructor and counselor at a sleep-a-way camp from 15-18 years old.  My two-year residency program was with NYU Lutheran Medical Center based out of Brooklyn where I earned my pediatric specialty certificate. I am also trained in general anesthesia cases through Tampa General Hospital.

Why open a pediatric dental office in Boca Raton?
My grandmother lived in Boca for as long as I can remember and I have been visiting since I was a young child. Twelve years ago, my parents moved here full time and Boca feels like home to me now! It’s a wonderful community with amazing families. I am excited to be able to treat them and offer them a genuine and overall wonderful experience, like so many people in the area have given me.
 
What makes you and your office different?
In addition to my focus on the preventative side of dentistry, I try to create a really fun environment for my young patients! I want them to have a positive experience, so they will actually look forward to coming back.
Believe it or not, I allow parents back in my treatment rooms and I also have a lot of experience with special needs patients.
Junior Smiles allots an ample amount of time for each appointment, so I can personally sit down with each family and go over everything with them.
We accept most insurance too and are offering a free cleaning to new patients*!
*with purchase of exam, fluoride treatment, and X-rays
Boca Raton pediatric dentist
Boca parents tend to be a special breed. How will your office cater to them?
As a Boca Raton pediatric dentist, I am happy to cater to local parents! Each and every one of my patients is always treated as an individual and we can customize care to each family’s needs.

We are also located in the Reserve Shopping Plaza, which is an ideal Boca location for many families with young children.


Contact Junior Smiles for your first appointment!
Phone: 561-210-7788
9930 Clint Moore Rd

Boca Raton, FL 33496


Sponsored: This Boca Raton pediatric dentist blog post was sponsored by Junior Smiles. 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 and I have been compensated, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

So You’re Thinking of Throwing a Botox Party…

OK, confession time. Who’s thought about throwing a Boca Raton Botox party? Or maybe you’ve already attended one? This is Boca after all. But honestly, appetizers, champagne…and a little “somethin somethin” to take care of those crows feet and elevens? It all sounds good to this mama!

I really do hate my elevens. 🙁

DelRaydiance is a local concierge medi-spa business serving Boca Raton and Delray Beach clientele. In addition to all of their current in-office offerings, they can now help you throw a fabulous Boca Raton Botox party for you and your group of mommy girlfriends!

Boca Raton Botox party

Boca Raton Botox Party with DelRaydiance

It’s easy. Want to host a Boca Raton Botox party in the comfort of your own home? DelRaydiance founder, Domenique Massari MHS PA-C, a Certified Physician Assistant, will come directly to you!

Boca Raton Botox party

All you need to do is confirm 10 of your friends and DelRaydiance will handle the rest! (Price is extremely competitive too- $200 per area!)


If you’re curious about other rejuvenating services, you’re in luck! In addition to Boca Raton Botox parties, DelRaydiance now offers in-office:

  • Neurotoxins (i.e. Botox)
  • Dermal fillers
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Treatment for Excessive Sweating
  • Chemical Peels
  • Eyelash Extensions
  • Micro-needling
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) for tendonitis (ie tennis elbow)
  • PRP for osteoarthritis (ie knees), hair loss and thinning, vaginal rejuvenation and erectile dysfunction

They also recently added a blog to their website with health and wellness articles, as well as interviews with other professionals. Be sure to check it out: http://delraydiance.com/

And if you’re interested in that Boca Botox party, here’s the easiest way to book:

Phone: (561) 501-3177

Email: DelRaydiance@gmail.com

15340 Jog Rd.
Suite 202
Delray Beach, FL 33446


Hosted: This Boca Raton Botox Party post was hosted by DelRaydiance. 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 given a complimentary beauty treatment for consideration in this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

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

Boca pediatrician VIPediatrics

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!

Boca pediatrician VIPediatrics

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

Boca pediatrician VIPediatrics

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.

Introducing DelRaydiance: Delray Beach Botox, Fillers & Microneedling

Every once in awhile, I crave a change from my usual “look.” I recently chopped my hair and have been booking regular facials every six weeks or so to keep my skin healthy and clear(ish). But, maybe you’re craving a little something more on the age-defying side of things? That’s where DelRaydiance, a Delray Beach Botox, fillers and Microneedling office comes in.

Delray Beach Botox REVIV on Modern Boca Mom

Introducing DelRaydiance: Delray Beach Botox, Fillers and Microneedling

Founded by Domenique Massari MHS PA-C, a Certified Physician Assistant, DelRaydiance aims to revive and improve your skin. As a now 34 year-old mom, I’ve started researching all of my options.

Delray Beach Botox REVIV on Modern Boca Mom
Domenique Massari MHS PA-C, Founder of DelRaydiance in Delray Beach

Domenique excels in the art of cosmetic medicine and overall wellness. She believes in treating the whole body. Her services include Botox, dermal fillers, microdermabrasion and PRP injections, among others.

I personally met with Domenique and she is LOVELY. She puts you right at ease and is happy to go through the specifics of any procedure with you. In addition to being just overall awesome, she is board-certified by the National Commission of Certification for Physician Assistants and is licensed by the Medical Board of Florida. These are important things to know before you undertake any cosmetic procedure!

Before/After Fillers

Before/After Microneedling

The best part? They will customize a treatment plan that will have you looking and feeling healthy and rejuvenated. DelRaydiance offers a truly therapeutic approach to cosmetic procedures and is nestled in an adorable medical office in Delray Beach.

Want to check them out? Give them a call below and start to look and feel your best in 2017!

15340 Jog Rd.
Suite 202
Delray Beach, FL 33446

Phone: (561) 501-3177
Email: DelRaydiance@gmail.com


Hosted: This Delray Beach Botox, Fillers and Microneedling post was hosted by DelRaydiance. 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 given a complimentary beauty treatment for consideration in this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

The One New Year’s Resolution Boca Moms Can Keep

It’s already mid-January. How are YOU doing with your New Year’s resolutions, Boca mamas? I can tell you the one area I’m definitely rocking in 2017 so far: saving money.

We’ve been cooking more at home. I’m making better use of existing pieces in my wardrobe and we canceled our cable. Who knew how easy it would be to put a digital antennae in our attic for network stations and simply use Hulu and Netflix to catch our favorite shows?

I’m also taking full advantage of all the new deals on my LocaLynx app. Have you downloaded it yet?! It’s the easiest New Year’s resolution for Boca mamas to keep, EVER. And the best part? The app focuses on local businesses.

Boca Mamas LocaLynx

The One New Year’s Resolution Boca Mamas Can Keep

The app is separated into 12 handy categories with the top being: Dining & Drinks, Shopping & Retail and Health & Beauty. Those are also my favorite categories.

Boca Mamas LocaLynx

Getting great, local deals is a big part of my 2017 money saving strategy! And I have some inside info–the newest January deals for you to snag on the LocaLynx app include 1 free week of classes at Ashley Sica Fitness, $10 off at Fixit Phone20% off any service Bardot Salon and BOGO free entree Rotelli’s!

I love that all of these local deals are always inside my phone. All you do is show your coupon at checkout, click the green ‘Use Coupon’ button and that’s it! LocaLynx has made it so easy to support the local businesses around me.

Boca Mamas LocaLynx

What are you waiting for? Make at least one of your New Year’s resolutions super successful this year and save some cash with LocaLynx!

Save money. Shop local. Download the app for Boca mamas >>> LocaLynxVisit LocaLynx South Florida on Facebook for highlighted daily deals too!

Sponsored: This Boca moms post is sponsored by LocaLynx and 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, but 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: www.bocavipediatrics.com/contact. 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 www.BocaVIPediatrics.com 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.

The Epidemic in Boca Raton No One Really Talks About

Believe it or not, there’s an epidemic in Boca Raton and very few people are talking about it. I never thought this would be the case, especially when it comes to our kids. It wasn’t until #dailybocaavery started school this fall that I began hearing bits and pieces about “friends or family with kids” who have ADD or ADHD.

Epidemic in Boca Raton- Neurocore Can Help

Around the same time, I started working with Neurocore and had my own brain analyzed. It got me, literally, thinking. Why are people not talking about ADD and ADHD more? Is this epidemic in Boca Raton considered a taboo condition versus something like cancer or Alzheimer’s, for example, that has so much public support?

I asked Neurocore what they thought.

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In part, they generally feel people are hesitant to talk about ADD/ADHD and other behavioral health issues because there tends to be a stigma around these conditions. These kids are thought to be “problem” kids or not as smart/get bad grades. There’s also a lot of misinformation out there that ADHD could be the result of “bad parenting”– too much television, video games or other electronics, getting your child vaccinated; etc. In reality, that’s really not the case and, furthermore, the data doesn’t support these claims.

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Regardless, ADHD a condition that needs to be treated, right? I know kids aren’t the only age group diagnosed with ADD/ADHD when it comes to this epidemic in Boca Raton, but this is a mom blog so they are the focus for this post. 🙂 I’m also a mom who likes to avoid the use of prescription drugs at all costs.

Unfortunately, when someone has ADD/ADHD, medication is usually the first line of treatment. But, there’s also a stigma to having your child on a drug like Adderall — likely another reason people don’t like to talk about their kids having ADHD. However, ADHD is becoming more and more widespread. So we really need to start talking about what actually causes it and alternatives for treating it! (see: Epidemic in Boca Raton).

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ADHD Facts

According to the CDC, approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011, the most recent year for which data is available. It continues to state that:

  • The percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase, from 7.8% in 2003, to 9.5% in 2007, and to 11.0% in 2011.
  • Rates of ADHD diagnosis increased an average of 3% per year from 1997 to 2006 and an average of approximately 5% per year from 2003 to 2011.
  • Boys (13.2%) were more likely than girls (5.6%) to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD.
  • The average age of ADHD diagnosis was 7 years of age, but children reported by their parents as having more severe ADHD were diagnosed earlier.

Unfortunately, while more and more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, the number of misdiagnoses is also increasing. Neurocore sees a lot of children (ideally at around age 6) who come with what parents have been told is ADHD, but it’s actually something else. As a parent, I would be relieved but equally frustrated if this was the case for my child.

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Neurocore’s Assessment Process

Neurocore’s assessment process, because they look directly at the brain to see how it’s functioning, can help with preventing misdiagnosis and can identify the brain-based reason for your child’s ADHD symptoms.

According to Neurocore, anxiety and ADHD can seem very similar on the surface; however, at the brain level, they are quite different. True ADD is the result of an abundance of slow-moving brainwave activity. But, anxiety can also result in a child being unable to focus or sit still. Anxiety is actually characterized by a brain that has too much fast-moving brainwave activity.

But the proof is in the pudding, correct? Neurocore offers an alternative treatment to prescription drugs called neurofeedback. It’s essentially like a physical therapy program for the brain. Through noninvasive methods of rewarding the brain for good behavior, Neurocore can help your child’s brain self-correct the imbalances in brain speed or brain connectivity that may be causing the unwanted ADD/ADHD symptoms. And, they are getting results. Their outcomes data shows that:

  • 90% of ADHD clients report improved symptoms.
  • 76% of ADHD clients no longer meet the diagnostic criteria for an ADHD diagnosis by the time they exit Neurocore’s 30-session neurofeedback program. This means 76% of ADHD clients don’t have ADHD anymore after coming to Neurocore!

And, if you want to read some client testimonials, I’ve listed them below.  If you or your child has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, why not look into an alternative treatment like Neurocore? They just opened up a beautiful new office right on Glades Road near the mall. Chances are you’ve passed it a few times already like me.

You can sign up to schedule your own (or your child’s) brain health assessment HERE.


Sponsored: This “The Epidemic in Boca Raton No One Really Talks About” post was sponsored by Neurocore Boca Raton. 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 that does not impact my views or opinions.


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Neurocore Client Testimonials

“After 30 sessions of Neurocore my energy level is much improved! I am able to stay focused throughout the day and I less frequently ‘crash’ in the middle of the afternoon. With this support, I am able to better focus on work, extracurricular activities and my education.”

– Catherine C., Client

“Our home is more peaceful. When [my son] has an issue, he has an improved ability to not get out of control… We feel his essence and personality are able to shine more now that he is consistent in his mood and energy.”

– Trusten B., Center

“Our daughter has really learned how to confront change using her breathing techniques and our lives at homes are way less stressful in the mornings. She is excited to start school this year knowing she has a way to change her anxiety / fears into positive experiences through the lessons learned at Neurocore.”

– Anonymous, Client

 

MOMpreneur Monday: Sydney’s Sweet Soaps

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Welcome to our latest installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured Modern Boca entrepreneurs are...Erin Jacobs & Jennifer Gressman, managing partners of Sydney’s Sweet Soaps Boca Raton!

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Tell us a little bit about your background and what inspired you to start Sydney’s Sweet Soaps Boca Raton

Erin: I have a professional background in retail, marketing and public relations where Jenn has an extensive background in business analysis, e-commerce development and online marketing. Together, we make the perfect combination for starting a retail and online business!

Jenn and I came up with the idea for our business because we wanted to launch products that simply make people happy! Not one person, young or old, leaves without a smile on their face or their day a little brighter.

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We are thrilled to be in Boca Raton! Sydney’s Sweet Soaps Boca products are also available online and shipping nationwide. We feature dessert themed soaps, bubble bath, bath bombs, scrubs, shower bombs and more. Our business prides itself in offering the finest ingredients in bath time treats. Made in the USA, each bath confection is hand-crafted with exploding fragrance and delicate details.

Some of our favorite selections from our Bath time Bakery include:

  • Large Soap Cupcake, Huckleberry
  • Chocolate Chip Soap Cookie
  • “Bubbling Fool” Bubble Bath Ice Cream Scoop
  • Sweet Macaron 4-Pack
  • Shower Truffle Bombs
  • Soap Cupcakes (Large & Mini)

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What challenges have you faced in opening up Sydney’s Sweet Soaps Boca Raton?

Currently, our challenges are learning what products work (or don’t work) and really listening to what our customers are responding to. From there, we adjust!

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What is truly unique about your business and products?

We definitely think our products make unique gifts and they certainly intrigue people when they first see and smell them! All of our products are made with HIGH quality ingredients, at a very reasonable price point.

We know moms out there are often shopping on a budget and when we hand selected our products, we priced each item extremely competitively for our customers.

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Why should MBMom readers become your customers?

Don’t your readers want to be happy? 🙂 Kids absolutely LIGHT UP when they come to our kiosk and smell our dessert soaps. First, they can’t believe it’s soap. Then, when they realize it is not actual dessert, they want to smell and touch everything! We really pride ourselves in offering a well-rounded customer experience.

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What new and exciting things are coming up for Sydney’s Sweet Soaps?

We are creating custom gift baskets for the holidays and have some delicious holiday scents like candy cane, peppermint patty gingerbread and more! The exciting part about this product and business is it will always be changing. Between scents that are popular and desserts that are popular, we will be constantly updating and evolving the products we carry. Sydney’s Sweet Soaps Boca Raton works VERY closely with our ‘mom & pop’ manufacturers on what we want to create for the store.

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Also, we are in it to grow. Whether Sydney’s Sweet Soaps turns into 50 kiosks or even full line stores in the long run, we are both along for the ride. Our goal is to turn this into something HUGE – that makes people happy at the same time!

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What do you love about living and working in South Florida?

We love that tourism is always a huge factor and we get to meet so many people from all over the country. The different reactions to our products are always exciting for us. In South Florida, people follow trends and definitely want to be involved with the next big thing – and we believe that is us!

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Town Center Mall (Nordstrom wing)

6000 Glades Road

Boca Raton

561-394-8300


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