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Frequently Asked Questions


Below are common questions about St. Joseph's Adolescent Medicine Clinic and Eating Disorders Program.

What ages of patients are seen at the Adolescent Medicine Clinic?

The Adolescent Medicine Clinic sees patients between the ages of 10-23.

How do I make an appointment for my son or daughter?

To schedule an appointment, call the clinic at 602.406.4772. If a physician refers your son or daughter, an authorization from the patient's health insurance may be needed. The referring physician most often requests that authorization from the health insurance. The teen's parent /guardian then calls our office to make an appointment and the referral is faxed to us at 602.406.5111 from the referring provider.

What's the difference between specialty services and primary health care?

The Adolescent Medicine Clinic only provides specialty, outpatient care. Our board certified adolescent medicine specialist is an expert in treating the medically and psychosocially complex health issues of teens, beyond what is typically provided by a primary care provider.

Primary health care is also known as general health care. All teenagers need to have a primary care provider who provides care for their annual or sports physicals, acute illnesses, immunizations, and general health promotion. The Adolescent Medicine Clinic does not provide primary health care. For outpatient primary health care, please visit our St. Joseph’s Family Medicine.

I think my son/daughter has an eating disorder, what do I do?

If you suspect your son or daughter has an eating disorder, please call our office to schedule an appointment at 602.406.4772.