Dr. Dr. Riaz Shareef is passionate about taking care of children. His staff at Valley Kidz Clinic in McAllen share his enthusiasm and parents appreciate the comprehensive care with Dr. Shareef’s personal touch. “Seeing patients respond to therapeutic interventions or treatment is the best part of being a physician,” said Dr. Shareef. “Seeing the smiles return to children who were sick gives me a very good feeling. I am honored and humbled to be chosen as The Monitor’s Readers’ Choice as favorite pediatrician 3 years in a row. It makes us feel good that our hard work is being appreciated in our community. It is a great honor for any business to be told by their customers that they are doing a good job.” Dr. Shareef is a board-certified pediatrician with more than 15 years of pediatric expertise. He graduated from the Deccan College of Medical sciences in India, and then completed his pediatric specialty residency training at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi in 2005 after which he immediately moved to the Rio Grande Valley. He has extensive experience in taking care of newborns and children up to 21 years of age. He is also board certified in health care quality management. “Kids always come first at Valley Kidz Clinic,” said Dr. Shareef. “We treat our patient and their families with utmost courtesy and respect. We recognize that patients and families are core members of the care team and we ensure they are fully informed partners in establishing care plans. We coordinate care with multiple specialists and provide referrals in a timely manner. We have simplified access to care by offering same-day appointments, walkins, and Telemedicine visits.” Valley Kidz Clinic offers a full range of pediatric services, including prenatal visits for expecting parents, well-child check-ups, immunizations, and sick appointments up to the age of 21. Additionally, the clinic has an on-call doctor who receives patients’ calls directly instead of an answering service. This allows patients to speak to a physician when needed without any barriers. Valley Kidz Clinic strives to minimize office visits for simple ailments like common colds by giving instructions to family on how to provide care. The clinic also provides after-hour Telemedicine service until midnight, Monday to Sunday. Finally, Valley Kidz Clinic provides health care that is relationship-based with an orientation toward the whole person. Dr. Shareef’s most enthusiastic endorsements come from the families of his patients. For example, Adiel Molina was only six days old when his parents took him to a local emergency room after hours for fever. Adiel was discharged home, but Dr. Shareef referred him to the ER for a second time, because of his concern over a possible life-threatening infection. Dr. Shareef went straight to the ER when he found out that baby was going to be discharged again to make sure all labs were done and the child was admitted. He was then diagnosed with Group B Strep, a life-threatening infection. “Thanks to God and Dr. Shareef, my son is alive right now,” said Adiel’s father, David Molina. “He was 6 days old when other doctors kept releasing my son. He made sure my child got the proper treatment and in 15 days my son was out of Hospital.” Margaret Martinez and her husband have been seeing Dr. Shareef since the birth of their child two years ago. They expressed gratitude for Dr. Shareef’s attention to their baby, and for building a relationship with them from the outset. “Recently, our baby was admitted into the hospital with a very rare and serious skin condition which developed from a staph infection,” said Margaret. “Dr. Shareef took the time to communicate with the ICU doctors, and clarified things that we didn’t understand. As horrific as this event was for us, he was the main one keeping us calm, reassuring us that our baby would be okay. I am 100% grateful for his dedication. Thank you, Dr. Shareef!” Dr. Shareef says many parents frequently forget to ask questions during the office visit, but he says they can call after their visit to speak to doctors about their concerns. He advises all parents to write down all their concerns and questions so they can be addressed during the office visit itself. He says this is especially important in the era of Covid-19. “We are going through one of the most difficult times known in recent history due to Covid-19,” said Dr. Shareef. “It is important children be seen for well-child visits and get their required vaccinations during those visits. We cannot afford to have another pandemic due to delays or lack of vaccinations.” For more information on how Dr. Shareef can help your child, visit: www. valleykidzclinic.com.
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