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Dr. Patricia M Harkins has the following 2 specialties
A pediatrician is a doctor who specializes in the regular care of children, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of illness in children. Young patients are often more complicated to treat because they are still growing and developing.
While pediatricians may sub-specialize in specific therapy areas like oncology, surgery, ophthalmology, and anesthesiology, in general, pediatricians provide services like vaccinations, health exams, and treatment of common ailments and injuries. In addition, pediatricians are trained to handle the complex emotional and behavioral issues faced by children, especially during puberty.
Pediatricians normally see their patients from birth until the age of 18, although some may agree to treat patients into their early 20s, if requested.
- Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics
- Pediatric Diabetes
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My daughter was evaluated in 2005. The report used a template and there were inaccuracies because no one went over the report or just did not care. Some of the information on the report did not even relate to my daughter and her needs. The only suggestion was meds. I did not use her information. I found the time spent there wasted. I went to a homeopath and got immediate and progressive results. My daughter overall has not had difficultly since seeing the homeopath. Parents please look at all options for your child. My daughter is in an excelled program that she has been in for the last three years with no disorder in anything.
When we first went to Dr. Harkins, we were at a loss being told repeatedly "he's a boy," "he has an older sister," and various other ways of being told that he was fine and we were nuts. She had a nurse take a very thorough history over the phone (at least an hour by my recollection) before the appointment, which she then had read and reviewed before the appointment, so she was up to speed. She sat on the floor with our then 3yo and tried to engage him. She did appropriate testing and has repeated it at appropriate intervals. She has been accessible to use for followup visits, even when we had to reschedule or needed an appointment moved up. In the 5 years she has been following our son she has been nothing but patient and kind, even when I refused medication multiple times. Frankly, once I was at my wits end and tried the medication she was suggesting, I wished I had listened when she first suggested we "try' it. She always explains the risk, benefits, and side effects of any treatment she proposes and the same risk, benefits, and side effects of not treating. After taking our son to Dr. Harkins, we actually took our daughter who had a myriad of seemingly unrelated symptoms in. She helped us get in with a neurologist who paid attention to the constellation of symptoms.It did take over 6 months to wait for our initial appointment. I would suggest if you are thinking maybe you might be thinking about needing one -- make the appointment. That said we have always been able to schedule a followup with no problem whatsoever. I have also been able to reach staff and talk with them on the phone regarding my children.
When the school district first told me they thought my son had Autism, I was devastated. Although I had concerns about his development, his pediatrician took a "wait and see" approach. No other doctors would take my concerns seriously. When Dr. Harkins was first recommended, I hesitated because it would take several months before he could be seen. I discovered good things come to those who wait!Before our first visit, a nurse called our home and spent two hours (free of charge) interviewing me about my son's medical and developmental history. She listened and asked insightful questions, and patiently waited for me as I searched through my son's baby book for answers. When we met Dr. Harkins at my son's first appointment, she spent 90 minutes with us discussing his history and performing his exam. But even more amazing: she sat on the floor and PLAYED with him! As she played, she pointed out her observations and concerns. Once the appointment was finished, she scheduled a full evaluation and referred him to all necessary specialists. He was diagnosed with Autism and she also discovered he had partial seizures, which exacerbated his developmental delays further. Because she took us seriously and was so detailed in her approach, his treatment plan was appropriate and tailored to meet his strengths (and yes, she saw those, too!) and weaknesses. She continues to monitor his development and helps us learn about and access resources and programs in the area. 6 years later, we are still very satisfied. She has shown patience with us throughout the years. She listened to our questions about alternative treatments, discussed the pros and cons of various approaches, and never judged us when we expressed concerns about medications. She made us part of a treatment team. She educated us about medications, talked about the potential benefits and side effects, and we made decisions together.Dr. Harkins has a wonderful, positive approach with our son. She clearly loves children, and has an optimistic perspective of autism. We are truly blessed with our son, and he provides us with insight and clarity about the meaning of life. Dr. Harkins never treated him or his diagnosis as a life-sentence, but saw him only as the unique and wonderful boy he is. It helps us to know that she also has a child with special needs, so her optimism and perspective goes well beyond the clinic.I highly recommend her to all families concerned about their child's developmental progress. Yes, there is a long wait to get in, but once you do it is well worth it.
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On-Time Doctor Award (2015, 2016, 2014)
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28 Years Experience
The University Of Texas School Of Medicine At San Antonio
Graduated in 1990
University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Dr. Patricia M Harkins accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS TX BlueChoice
- BCBS TX HMO Blue Texas
- First Health PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- Humana HMO
- Humana HMO Premier
- Humana National HMO
- Humana National POS
- Humana Preferred PPO
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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Locations & DirectionsPatricia M Harkins Md, 4118 Pond Hill Rd Ste 200, San Antonio, TX
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