Blog Posts

Helping Your Young Child Transition to School in the Pandemic

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics The start of school this year may be a bigger transition than usual for young students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For many young kids, education last year was largely done remotely, and for some this school year may be their first time doing in-person learning. That ‘in-person learning’ […]

Beat the heat: Diabetic safety

Wear sunscreen. Stay hydrated. Wear light, loose clothing. Anyone who’s lived in Kittitas County for more than a year knows these basics for survival in the summer heat. If you’re diabetic, there’s another concern to add to the list: extreme temperatures can spike your blood sugar levels, and wreak havoc on testing equipment and medication. […]

COVID Vaccines & Children

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics A year ago, deep into the COVID-19 pandemic, it seemed unimaginable that we would have a safe and extremely effective vaccine against the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 infection any time soon. Yet here we are, with about half of all adults in the US fully vaccinated so far. The […]

Betty Osborne (Neurology)

“Dr. Gustavson is super nice. His voice is soft and it just makes you feel comfortable. I felt good when I left his office – knowing I was going to be okay.” – Betty Osborne KVH has welcomed a new Neurologist to our specialty team. His name is Dr. Andrew R. Gustavson. Dr. Gustavson comes […]

Sibling Rivalry

Contributor: Elise Herman, MD, KVH Pediatrics If we have more than one child, we hope they will get along and be good friends, and more than likely that will happen one day. But before that time and almost as soon as the second child arrives, sibling conflict and rivalry can start. Especially now with so […]

The COVID Pandemic and Its Effects on Young Children

Contributor: Elise Herman, MD, KVH Pediatrics As the COVID pandemic drags on, it can feel increasingly difficult to stay positive, and parents of young children may be noticing the effects on their child’s moods. Even preschoolers may be feeling the loss of their usual routine. They may be missing their social contacts at preschool or […]

The pandemic & depression in teens

Contributor: Elise Herman, MD, KVH Pediatrics We are all dealing in some way with the ravages of COVID-19 – isolation, financial hardships, personal illness or illness of loved ones, changes in education or work. Our kids are also being affected, and teens in particular have been noted to have a significant increase in mental health […]

Trusted Voices: COVID-19

In their own spoken words, KVH providers share their thoughts about the pandemic in an appeal to family, friends and community this holiday season. 11.20.2020 Local impact of COVIDOne of the things that has become part of my job over the last eight, nine months is looking at charts of how this has changed over […]

Don’t put off skin cancer screenings

Contributor: Dr. Susan Oldenkamp, KVH Dermatology It seems unusual to be writing about skin cancer in November, but 2020 has been an unusual year! When the COVID-19 epidemic first hit, we advised patients to postpone non-essential visits to the clinic, but now that we have effective safety measures in place at KVH, we have resumed […]