Down Syndrome: Referral Directory

Physician Contacts

Mary Esther Carlin, M.D.   

Key Contacts

Joanna Spahis, MSN, RN - Clinical nurse specialist
Debbie Clark, LMSW-ACP - Social Worker
Christine Quinn, MS, CGC- Genetic Counselor
Callie Langworthy, MS - Genetic Counselor
Judith Fan, MS - Genetic Counselor
Donnice Michel, MS, CGC- Genetic Counselor
Debby Johnson, RD, LD, CDE - Practice Administrator

Description of services:

Comprehensive care for children with Down syndrome and their families including:

  • Medical management
  • Genetic counseling
  • Speech and oral motor developmental evaluation and recommendations
  • Physical development evaluation and recommendations
  • Psychosocial support
  • Screening and referral for behavioral or psychiatric problems
  • Referral to community agencies for educational intervention or therapies

Information for referral sources:

  • Self-referral or healthcare professional referral accepted.
  • Pre-authorization is required by some insurance plans.
  • Services are provided in close cooperation with the patient's referring physician.
  • A summary of the clinic visit with recommendations and test results is provided promptly to both the family and the referring physician.

Please provide the following when calling to schedule a patient for a diagnostic examination:

  • Patient name and date of birth
  • Address and phone number
  • Names of parents (including mother's maiden name)
  • Preferred language spoken
  • Insurance/referral information

Appointment Notes

  • To avoid unnecessary testing, have the family bring relevant medical records results, including the chromosome and X-rays to the appointment. The physician hospital may also FAX these records.
  • For each patient to be seen by every team member, a typical clinic visit will last 2 to 3 hours.

Why Children's Medical Center?

  • Children’s provides multidisciplinary care in a single visit for children with Down syndrome.
  • The team of professionals has more than 50 collective years of experience in caring for children with Down syndrome.
  • The clinic provides psychosocial support for parents and siblings.
  • Families network with other families affected by Down syndrome.
  • The team advocates for appropriate educational and community resources for children who have Down syndrome.

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