AIDS and HIV (ARMS): Referral Directory
Physician ContactsTheresa (Tess) Barton, M.D.
- Christie Fisher-Moore, LMSW - Social Worker
- Sanju Patel, R.Ph. - Pharmacist
- Joy Parker, RD, MS - Director
- Miguel Cruz - Referral Coordinator
- Janeen Graper - Sr. Program Coordinator
- Mary Mallory, RN, CS, PNP - Nurse Practitioner
- Sondra Perry - Practice Administrator
- Alma Salazar - Program Coordinator
- Fiker Zeray, RN, CPNP - Nurse Practitioner
Description of Services
ARMS, or AIDS-Related Medical Services, is a program of clinical care and research for children who are HIV-infected or HIV-exposed. A multidisciplinary team of specialists, including physicians on the medical staff and other professionals, provide state-of-the-art care for this rapidly changing disease. The ARMS Clinic is a participating site for numerous federal- and industry-sponsored HIV clinical trials. A spectrum of support services for HIV-impacted children and families is coordinated with community-based social service agencies with appropriate confidentiality. Clinical staff also provide community education and emphasize prevention efforts.
Procedures performed or problems diagnosed and treated
- HIV testing and counseling
- Primary care medical services for HIV-infected or HIV-exposed children
- Multidisciplinary support services, including child life therapy, nutritional counseling, social services, and bilingual client advocacy
- Developmental testing
- Case management
Information for referral sources:
Appointments are available for
- Children with HIV infection
- Children younger than 18 months old who have a parent with HIV
- Children referred for HIV testing and counseling
- Relevant medical records, test results and radiographs are requested prior to the appointment.
- Services are provided in close cooperation with the patient’s referring physician, if Children’s is not the primary care provider
- Diagnosis, evaluation and recommended treatment information is provided promptly to the referring physician, if Children’s is not the primary care provider
Please provide the following when calling to schedule a patient for a diagnostic examination:
- Patient name, date of birth, address and phone
- Physician clinical findings or symptoms which caused the patient to visit physician Risk exposure
- Risk exposure
ARMS personnel work closely with obstetrical services throughout the community to identify HIV-positive pregnant women and refer them for appropriate follow-up health care and access to social services.
Important Note: The risk of HIV transmission to the infant of an HIV-positive pregnant woman can be decreased by appropriate use of anti-HIV medicines during pregnancy and delivery and given to the newborn. Community physicians are encouraged to consult with ARMS staff at any time regarding risk of HIV for infants. HIV-exposed infants can be referred to the ARMS clinic for testing and/or primary care.
Why Children's Medical Center?
- ARMS is the only clinic in North Texas dedicated exclusively to providing primary care to children exposed to and infected with HIV
- ARMS Clinic has provided state-of-the-art care for HIV since 1987 and is involved in national HIV clinical trials
- ARMS Clinic providers have many years of experience treating pediatric HIV patients
- ARMS Clinic is closely linked to area resources via the Family AIDS Network (FAN) of Dallas. This federally funded program coordinates a comprehensive family-centered, culturally competent and cost-effective model of care