As parents, there’s little that’s more important than the health and well-being of your child. Dr. Mirela Mircea and Dr. Vivian Lugo-Eschenwald of Family Medicine Associates of Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia provide a full-service family medical practice, giving care to patients of all ages. Both Dr. Mircea and Dr. Lugo-Eschenwald also serve as pediatric caregivers at Inova Alexandria Hospital. Come to FMAA to assure the very best care for your child.
Pediatric medicine covers the care and health of children, typically from birth to the age of 18. It’s a newer branch of medicine, emerging in the mid-1800s through the efforts of Abraham Jacobi, the father of pediatrics. A pediatrician is a doctor who specializes only in treating children, and they may have a pediatric specialty, too. The medical staff at FMAA are family medicine specialists. They’re well-versed in general pediatrics, able to provide health care services to most children, referring to specialist pediatricians if necessary.
The pediatric medicine focuses on preventing infant and child mortality, controlling disease, and promoting healthy lifestyles for children through medical care. While immediate care is often the most pressing need, through the illnesses and injuries of a typical childhood, the family practitioner also treats pediatrics as a long-term concern and a grounding for a healthy life.
Many conditions have clues before and during development. At FMAA, the doctors and staff stay alert to prevent, detect, and manage disorders that begin in childhood. These could include:
Treating children as though they're simply tiny adults ignores substantial physiological differences between infants, toddlers, children, and teens, as well as the differences between these groups and adults. Congenital defects, developing bodies, genetic variances, and diseases that strike during childhood frame a different focus than the medical demands of adulthood. Medical professionals working in pediatrics specialize heavily after medical school, even if they don’t specialize in a pediatric discipline while enrolled. One advantage a family practitioner may have over a pediatrician is the insight of treating more than one person in the child’s family.
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"Fantastic doctors & staff; they take the time to truly understand patients and put them at ease. The doctors do a great job giving you their rationale..."
"She has a phenomenal, empathetic bedside manner; I never feel rushed, she asks lots of questions, and makes me an active participant in decisions about my care."
"Had my first visit there a month or so ago. It went exactly as I wanted. I waited only a few minutes, the staff was professional. They answered all of my questions."
"...FMAA has been a loyal and consistent part of my family staying healthy while overcoming a myriad of different issues."
"I'm usually really uncomfortable with doctors offices, but the staff here is all very friendly...Billing was really easy- they have online payment..."
"I have been trying to find a good doctor for many years. My first visit here was excellent. Professional and courteous..."
"Dr. Vivian Lugo is a very professional - ethics, knowledge and experience. She has been my primary physician for 11 years...She is the best!"
"Dr. Vivian Lugo is a very caring and professional MD. The feeling of being listened to and care for is achieved when seeing Dr Lugo. She is thorough and clear..."
"I've been going to Family Medicine for three years. Usually can get an appointment with Dr. Mircea within a week..."