Patient Care



Children have special needs through their various stages of development.

In the early years, it is important to monitor the milestones of development. As our children grow to school age, we want to ensure immune issues like asthma, eczema and allergies are identified and well-managed. As they enter school we want to support healthy attention and focus, as well as physical activity. As they enter their teens a whole new set of concerns appears. Boys and girls have their special needs during puberty including hormone health, but also skin issues like acne, and digestive complaints may appear. Young ladies may need special assessment and support with their menstrual cycles. 

Children and youth with digestive issues often feel that their concerns are dismissed by their clinicians as stress or growing pains.  The reality is that there are many factors which affect digestion and bowels, that we need to look at the underlying causes.  Food sensitivity and gut microbiome may play a significant role in their distress and need to be considered in their evaluation.  Dr Joe understands the importance of a healthy GI tract in healthy digestion, but also mood, development and energy.  

Dr Joe is sensitive to the special needs of children of all ages and is able to work with them to help them understand how food and lifestyle can be an important factor in their health. Our online booking system is available here for you to book an initial appointment.