In the last year we have seen an increase in pediatric patients suffering from mental health issues. According to data from the CDC, in 2021, more than 37 percent of high school students reported they experienced poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and 44 percent reported they persistently felt sad or hopeless.

As a local pediatrician, I encourage parents not to delay care for their children and to stay up to date on their well child visits. These visits are important for the overall well-being of your child and can help identify any issues your child may be suffering with, physically or mentally.

Our pediatric providers in Rio Rancho on High Resort Blvd, focus on all aspects of the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. This includes physical, mental and social healthcare concerns.

We provide a broad range of health services, including the prevention and diagnosis of minor conditions and chronic conditions. We can also care for behavioral health and nutrition needs, as well as provide important immunizations and sports physicals for school athletics.

We also offer pediatric-specialized urgent care for after-hour needs at our pediatric urgent care clinics. Our urgent care clinics are now offering appointments for sports physicals on weekends. Parents and caregivers should call 844-505-PRES to make an appointment.