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Dr. Polly Panitz, FAAP, is a board certified, fellowship-trained Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrician who has practiced at the Herndon office of Capital Area Pediatrics since 2008. Her training consists of two fellowships, one with the National Committee on Clinical Infancy Programs and another from Children's Memorial Hospital of the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, a pediatric residency (also at Children's Memorial Hospital), and medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine. Her background includes ten years of general pediatric practice with special interests in the behavioral challenges of young children. Her work focuses on supporting families and promoting healthy parenting styles that allow for optimal outcomes for children both at risk and typically developing. She has specialized in feeding problems and the management of Autistic Spectrum Disorders in young children. Dr. Panitz works to create a new model of pediatric practice within Capital Area Pediatrics, working alongside the general pediatricians to promote the early identification and management of developmental and behavioral issues. Furthermore, she provides support to families as they navigate the challenges and treatment paths appropriate for their children. She is available for consultation on behavioral interventions, on developmental concerns, as well as on the management of children along the Autistic Spectrum. She is familiar with the resources available in the community and works closely with professionals in the mental health and educational fields to provide coordination of care for these families.
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