AIDS and HIV (ARMS): Referral Directory

Physician Contacts

Theresa (Tess) Barton, M.D.

Key Contacts

  • Christie Fisher-Moore, LMSW - Social Worker
  • Sanju Patel, R.Ph. - Pharmacist
  • Vicki Dennis - Interim 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
  • Immunizations
  • 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

Other Locations

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

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