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Department of Pediatrics

Adolescent Medicine Fellows

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Lauren Bretz - PGY-5

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Lauren Bretz
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I believe that quality healthcare for adolescents is an investment in our future, and am driven to empower patients and families to be well equipped to face the challenge of transitioning from a preteen to an emerging adult. I participate in the transition workgroup in planning and deployment of transition improvement activities. My clinical interest is in transition of care of youth to the adult setting, mental health care of adolescents, and telemedicine in adolescent healthcare.

Fellow Project:
A prospective cohort study to evaluate patient satisfaction and quality of care in adolescent telemedicine visits.

Education:
University of Kentucky College of Medicine, MD, 2016

Baylor Scott and White, McLane Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Residency, 2019, Chief Resident

Hobbies:
Hiking and kayaking, playing French horn, geeking out over SciFi

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Sarah Heathcote, D.O.

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Adolescence is a critical time period in life, full of self-discovery, wonder, and awkwardness. I aspire to arm teens with the knowledge and support they need to thrive through their adolescent years and beyond. My clinical interests include reproductive health, LGBTQIA health, and public health. I participate in LGBTQIA community advocacy and support initiatives through the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program and Gender Infinity.

Fellow Project:
Improving medical trainee awareness and management of human trafficking in a high-risk homeless youth shelter through policy and curriculum development

Education:
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO, MPH, 2015

Stony Brook University Hospital, Pediatric Residency, 2018

Hobbies:
Gardening, 1950s romance comics, cat mom life

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Najiba Keshwani, M.D.,M.B.A. 

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Najiba Keshwani
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Adolescents are young adults seeking to understand their place in the world in the context of complicated social circumstances. I relate to adolescents; even as adults, we are trying to understand our place in the world. My clinical interest is in sexual and reproductive health advocacy, adolescent mental health, and exploring ways to bring integrative medicine concepts (i.e. mindfulness, meditation) into my medical practice. 

Fellow Project:
Development of a Condom Distribution Program for Inpatient and Emergency Room Settings at Pediatric Tertiary Care Centers

Education
Union Graduate College, MBA, 2014
Albany Medical College, M.D., 2017
University of Texas Southwestern, Children's Health-Dallas, Pediatric Residency, 2020 

Hobbies:
Watching food-related competition shows, taking selfies with my co-fellows' cats, tuning in with yoga and positive affirmations