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Why We Love This Place Wednesdays: Dr. Christina Carlton

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

By Terra Avilla

In the rotating, long line of careers that my five-year-old expresses an interest in, I am most hopeful about her interest in becoming a doctor.

Not that I wouldn’t be enthused about her recent interest in being a “fish babysitter,” a large part of me would love it if she chose a field that catered to helping treat people. When we discuss or play nurse/doctor, she always references her two favorite MD’s – Doc Mcstuffin and Dr. Christina Carlton.

I can not think of a more important person to a mother than her newborn’s pediatrician. I am so lucky I stumbled across Dr. Carlton.

Our very first appointment with Peach after she was born, Frankie and I anxiously carried her into the exam room. Dr. Carlton and her staff might have been the most friendly, welcoming environment, I have ever been in.

They congratulated us and treated us with so much support. We began asking nursing staff a million questions regarding shots and feeding and hiccups. They were so patient with us.

When Dr. Carlton entered the room, I was so impressed that someone so smart, had room in their being to be so incredibly kind-hearted. Dr. Carlton made Frankie and I feel like all of our questions were important, even though looking back they most definitely were not.

I know that Dr. Carlton sees dozens of babies each day, however she made me feel like my baby visit was the most important part of her day.

As Peach grew older, our visits to Dr. Carlton’s office continued and I kept expecting to have that rushed, or impatient feeling, I had experienced with previous doctor visits. Not once. Not once did Dr. Carlton ever make me feel silly or foolish or rushed when I brought my daughter in. I was always greeted by the same friendliness and treated like the reason I was there was important.

No child likes getting shots, and Peach is definitely no different. However, When Dr. Carlton and her magic nurses administered them; the scariness of the shots is diminished. Besides her normal checkups, I am so thankful to have access to a pediatrician that makes it a priority to see children as needed.

Nothing is scarier than having a 3-week-old who has a fever. When I called Dr. Carlton’s office, I was scheduled in right away.

Dr. Carlton changed her schedule, (inconvenienced herself) so that I could have peace of mind. That is the true service of others.

I cannot tell you the smiles I have, looking through my two daughter’s scrapbooks, and seeing Dr. Carlton’s handwriting on their growth stickers. It makes me appreciate that my children are healthy and growing, but it also always reminds me of Dr. Carlton. She gives a cute souvenir to parents at each checkup. A souvenir that I cherish.

In between caring for our community’s children, Dr. Carlton still finds time to be an involved mother and a wife to her husband. I’m all for women kicking booty in their fields of practice, and Dr. Carlton most certainly rocks.

So yes, Peach. If being a “fish babysitter” doesn’t work out, I would be extremely proud if you turned out like Dr. Carlton. She is and always will be one of the reasons I love the place we live.

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