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1744 Alcatraz Avenue
South Berkeley, CA, 94703

510-652-1720

Kiwi News

California Fires and Health Recommendations

Melissa De La Mora

Kiwi is grateful for all fire personal battling the fires in the North Bay, and we hope for a rapid containment.  We wanted our patients to know as much as possible on how to stay safe in the East Bay.  The air quality forecast in the East Bay is considered unhealthy as of October 12, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality website.  

Smoke is most likely to affect sensitive groups including: people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children with asthma.

We recommend everyone limit the amount of time spent outdoors, and avoid any activities that require increased exertion while outdoors. While inside, keep doors and windows closed to avoid indoor smoke pollution. 

Anyone with asthma should have their albuterol rescue inhaler accessible to them at all times. Please call the office for an appointment if you feel you are having increased asthma symptoms. For after hours care, call 510-486-8344 to speak to an advice nurse who can help decide if a visit at the PERC clinic is needed, or if the child should be seen at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland's Emergency Department. 

To monitor local air quality, go to the Environmental Protection Agency air quality here.  https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&zipcode=94115&submit=Go

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Free Monthly Group Prenatal Visits

Melissa De La Mora

Congratulations expecting parents.  Kiwi Pediatrics is excited to announce free monthly prenatal visits for perspective families. 

Visits will be held on the first Tuesday of the Month at 6pm, and the location will alternate between our two offices.  The first visit will be November 7, 2017 at the San Pablo Office at 6pm. 

San Pablo Office: November, January, March, May, July, September, November

Alcatraz Office: December, February, April, June, August, October 

Please contact us if you have questions! 

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It's that time of year... flu season. Get protected with a flu vaccine!

Melissa De La Mora

We will be holding four Saturday morning flu clinics this fall. 

October 7 at the Alcatraz Office (you can also decorate a tile for our mural this day)
October 14 at the Alcatraz Office (you can also decorate a tile for our mural this day)
October 21 at the San Pablo Office
November 4 at the San Pablo Office

Your child can receive a flu vaccine at either office, so choose whatever date works best for you!

Please call the office ahead of time to schedule your flu clinic appointment.

We also have limited availability for weekday flu vaccine appointments, call the office where your family is usually seen to schedule an appointment. 

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Kiwi Mural Project

Melissa De La Mora

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Join Kiwi and Youth Spirit Artwork to create tiles for the new mural at the Kiwi Alcatraz Office. 

We will be making tiles from 9am-Noon on: September 30th, October 7th, and October 14th

You can create a custom tile with your personal pledge to reduce your use of sugar sweetened beverages. 

 

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Labor Day Office Closure

Jeff Tover

Both Kiwi Pediatrics offices will be closed Monday, September 4th, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. Our office will re-open Tuesday, September 5th, at their regular hours. If you are in need of urgent medical care at this time, please contact our After Hours advice line at 510-486-8344.

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Dr. Elizabeth Salsburg takes the GOLD!!

Jeff Tover

Dr. Salsburg was the GOLD award recipient in the poll taken by readers of the Berkeley Parents Press in their opinions of the area's BEST PEDIATRICIANS. The Kiwi Staff are proud of her accomplishments in patient care and, obviously, her patients think so too...

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New PERC (After Hours) Clinic Location

Jeff Tover

The PERC After Hours Clinic in the East Bay will be moving to a NEW location effective Tuesday, July 18th. The new address is 3000 Colby Street suite #301, 3rd floor , Berkeley, CA. Their phone number is 510-486-8344. Patients are urged to call the clinic before coming in as appointments are highly recommended.

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Independence Day Holiday Closure

Jeff Tover

Both Kiwi offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th, in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.  Our offices will be open Monday, July 3rd.

At any time over the holiday, or afterhours, you can call the advice nurse at the Pediatric Emergency Referral Clinic (PERC) at (510) 486-8344.  If needed, the advice nurse can schedule an after hours appointment at the PERC clinic.  For more information visit: www.PERCclinic.com

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Our Condolences

Melissa De La Mora

The providers and staff at Kiwi Pediatrics would like to welcome any families transitioning from Dr. Wolffe Nadoolman's office to Kiwi Pediatrics.  We can tell from our interactions with you, that Dr. Wolffe was a very special pediatrician and an important part of your family's life.  Please let us know what we can do to help in this difficult time. 

For those who haven't yet read his obituary, you can find it here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=185316782

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Memorial Day Holiday

Jeff Tover

Both Kiwi offices will be closed on Monday, May 29th, in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday, and will be reopening the morning of Tuesday, May 30th. 

At any time over the holiday, you can call the advice nurse at the Pediatric Emergency Referral Clinic (PERC) at (510) 486-8344.  If needed, the advice nurse can schedule an after hours appointment at the PERC clinic.  For more information visit: www.PERCclinic.com

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Technology is Coming!

Melissa De La Mora

You may have noticed more laptops and computers popping up at Kiwi Pediatrics as we transition to our new electronic charting system.   

As you know, anything new (especially with technology) takes some adjusting.  We have altered our regular scheduling to accommodate our learning curve, but please be patient with us as we make the transition.

We are excited about the benefits the system will provide for our office and our patients. In the coming months, we plan to launch an online Patient Portal which will allow families to easily interact and communicate with the office. 

Thank you for your help!

 

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Immigrants: Know Your Rights!

Melissa De La Mora

Habitot Children's Museum in Berkeley is holding a FREE workshop on Thursday March 23 from 6-7:30pm. Their website states, "This workshop will teach you what to say, what to do, and what your rights are in protecting you and your family should you interact with immigration authorities."

Please click here for flyers in English and Spanish

You can find more information on their website and can register for the event at Eventbrite

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Healthy Cooking and Eating

Melissa De La Mora

Does your family have a New Years Resolution to adopt a healthier lifestyles?

Everyone at Kiwi loves cooking with their family, and we recommend all of our patients cook together with their families.  This is the goal of ChopChop as well; ChopChop is an innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach children and families to cook real food together. They believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.

The following are ChopChop's recommendations for a healthier New Year:

1. Resolve to learn new cooking skills.  Try caramelizing onions. Or stock up on other kitchen know-how's, like freezing fruits and vegetables or stretching and storing ingredients. If you’re starting from scratch, use our guide to gather essential kitchen equipment. Find even more tips and tricks on our Pinterest page.

2. Get new recipes. This year, get four issues of delicious, diverse, healthy, and kid-tested recipes, delivered to your door. With a subscription to ChopChop, you won’t run out of recipes to cook together as a family, and you’ll also find fun food facts, word searches, mazes, and other puzzles, as well as games to keep kids moving.

3. Tackle picky-eating habits. ChopChop founder Sally Sampson has co-written a new book, The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier Family Mealtimes. Focusing on kids’ participation, interactive strategies, kitchen experiments, and delicious kid-friendly recipes, the book is based on a six-week plan that makes shopping and cooking fun.

4.  Re-try “yuck” foods.  If boiled broccoli and sautéed Brussels sprouts haven’t gone over well in your house, give them a new spin. Try new cooking methods like roasting broccoli or preparing Brussels sprouts with soy sauce.  Put a “popcorn” spin oncauliflower and you might get a few more smiles at the table. Include kids in the cooking process and it’s even more likely to be a success.

5. Join the club.  The ChopChop Cooking Club is a great way to stay committed to cooking together as a family. You’ll get one new recipe in your inbox each month. That means if you dedicate one meal a month to earning your Cooking Club badge, you’ll have a year’s worth of cooking skills when you’re done.

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Together We Can Prevent Gun Violence

Melissa De La Mora

Kiwi Pediatrics, like the American Academy of Pediatrics, feels that children deserve a safe environment in which to grow and learn.  We know that the safest communities for children are those without guns. We want to encourage families to come together in our community to help prevent gun violence, and have found a unique organization that is promoting this: Vision Quilt.

We encourage you to visit Vision Quilt's website to see the many ways you can get involved. You can also download this informative flyer.

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