Group Virtual Visits at CMG

Pandemic Themed Virtual Group Visit Offerings –This Week’s Sessions, 5/26-5/29

We have again added several new topics to our Virtual Group Visit offerings during the COVID pandemic. Many of these sessions focus on issues stemming from the way we suddenly find ourselves living. Some address choices we will need to make regarding the summer and the upcoming school year. A few are meant to provide access to useful information you might otherwise miss during this time. Feel free to forward this list to friends who are not CMG patients. They are welcome to register if space allows.

All sessions will take place on Zoom. We expect most sessions to have between 4 and 12 participants. The sessions are meant to be participatory, but if you prefer to keep your camera off and your microphone muted, you are welcome to do so. Questions can be posed directly by voice, or indirectly through the chat function. There is no up-front cost to participate. Sessions will be billable to insurance as would a normal visit with your provider.

Please take a moment to look at the offerings described below. If there is a session you would like to join, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office at 301-907-3960. Please include the name and date of birth of the patient, the session you would like to join, the provider who is leading it, the day and the time. We look forward to seeing you online!

Acne Management for Adolescents – Dr. Natalie Silverman
Wednesday 5/27 11:00-12:00

Discussion of acne management and treatment, what's available over the counter, and when prescription medications may be needed. Teens and parents welcome!

Asthma and Allergies During the Pandemic for Parents and Children – Dr. Rupert Vallarta
Wednesday 5/27 12:00-1:00

Understand current asthma and allergy guidelines in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Take control of your child's asthma sick plan. What to do if your child does not have a diagnosis of asthma but has a history of wheezing. Comprehensive take on asthma/allergy medications and asthma gadgets.

Birth Control Options: Knowledge is Power – Dr. Katie Zaner
Friday 5/29 4:00-5:00

This session focuses on contraceptive options for young women. It includes a review of the normal female menstrual cycle, as well as consideration of the available types of birth control. Discussion includes how each type of birth control works, efficacy, pros/cons, and personal considerations when making the choice. Open to teens and parents. Questions encouraged.

College Planning During the Pandemic: Stay Home or Go to School – Dr. Dan Finkelstein
Wednesday 5/27 4:00-4:45 (for students only)
Friday 5/29 2:00-2:45 (for parents and students)

Discuss pandemic related issues that impact decision making about college enrollment for the upcoming year. What is the academic year going to look like? Should enrollment be deferred for a semester? For a year? This session is meant for students and/or parents wrestling with these difficult questions.

Coping with ADHD During the Pandemic Three Part Series – Dr. Rupert Vallarta
Thursdays May 21, May 28, and June 4, 4:30-5:30

May 21: I. Comprehensive Treatment of ADHD (For Parents): Explore treatment plans beyond stimulant medications. Parental and school strategies to improve your child's behavior, social, and academic function. Establish toolkit for parents to navigate school resources and complement therapies for ADHD.

May 28: II. Positive Discipline (For Parents): Behavioral therapy at home. How to improve executive functioning and processing at home. Learn positive attention/discipline techniques for better ADHD control.

June 4: III. ADHD in Teenagers (For Parents and Teens): Discuss how ADHD changes in the teenage years. Challenges of a teenager with ADHD. Setting teenagers up for success via coping strategies. Practical tips on preventing accidents related to ADHD. Teenage driving.

Coronavirus Fact and Fiction for the Adult Patient – Dr. Tim Arling
Tuesday 5/26 12:00-1:00
Thursday 5/28 2:00-3:00

This session, focused on adult issues, will help clarify current thinking and dispel rumors related to the virus. Questions and discussion encouraged.

Daycare vs. Nanny vs. Au Pair: Child Care Decision Making During the Pandemic – Dr. Dan Finkelstein, Dr. Ana Markovic
Tuesday 5/26 3:00 – 3:45 Dr. Finkelstein
Wednesday 5/27 4:00-4:45 Dr. Markovic
Thursday 5/28 3:00-3:45 Dr. Finkelstein

Child care decisions are difficult in normal times; they are much more complex right now. Discuss factors to consider while making child care decisions during the pandemic. Questions and discussion encouraged.

Distance Learning for the Child With Attention or Learning Difficulties – Nurse Practitioner Suzannah Stivison
Wednesday 5/27 3:00-4:00

Learning while at home has proven difficult for everyone; it can be moreso for children with these issues. Discuss strategies, support, and coping mechanisms in this session.

Emerging Condition: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children – Dr. Dan Finkelstein
Wednesday 5/27 2:00-2:45

A discussion of the latest information on this recently identified pediatric condition, presumed to be related to COVID. How this inflammatory condition damages the body, symptoms to watch for, treatment strategies, and case trends will be discussed. Questions welcome.

Handling Illnesses and Injuries During Quarantine – Dr. Bertha Koomson
Thursday 5/28 3:00-4:00

When is it time for an office visit, and what can be handled at home? Discussion and FAQ on how concerned to be during this time.

How to Survive Your Little One During Quarantine – Dr. Laura Arling and Dr. Caitlin Zaner
Wednesday 5/27 2:00-3:00 Dr. Arling
Friday 5/29 11:00-12:00 Dr. Zaner

This session focuses on balancing discipline and support for your toddler and pre-schooler. It explores stress and adjustment reactions in this age group with the goal to gain a better understanding of your child's development, improve parent-child communication, and build specific parenting tools to help shape their behavior.

Immune System Boosting – Fact and Fiction – Dr. Bertha Koomson
Tuesday 5/26 11:00-12:00

Do supplements really work? Discuss how the immune system works and whether the things we do, eat, and consume affect its function.

Introduction to Puberty for 4th-6th Grade Girls – Dr. Natalie Silverman
Wednesday 5/27 4:00-5:00
Thursday 5/28 2:00-3:00

In this session for the girls themselves (not parents), Dr. Silverman will cover basic anatomy, body changes, hygiene and menstrual periods.

Introduction to Solid Foods for Infants 4-6 Months of Age – Dr. Nancy Kadowitz
Thursday 5/28 12:00-12:45 Dr. Kadowitz

How do you know when your baby is ready? How and what to introduce first? These sessions will address strategies for initiating solids, how to safely introduce higher allergen foods and answer questions.

Mommy and Me: Zoom Version - Dr. Ana Markovic, Lactation Consultant Holly McClain
Tuesday 5/26 1:00-2:00 Dr. Markovic (This week's focus: feeding and sleeping)

This group is ideal for mothers of 2-12 week old babies. Topics include breastfeeding support, sleep strategies, nutrition, finding balance, infant development, and most of all getting to know new moms and sharing experiences. Our traditional ways of connecting with one another have been turned upside down. We hope this group will be a welcome source of information and a forum for connecting with others. Drop in for one session or keep coming back.

Neighborhood/Family Co-op Summer Camp – Nurse Practitioner Suzannah Stivison
Tuesday 5/26 7:00-8:00p
Thursday 5/28 4:00-5:00

Not comfortable sending your kids to day camp, or maybe because of high risk family members you can't? Meet with Suzannah and brainstorm ideas on how to partner with other quarantined members of the community to create an enriching (read: fun) summer camp for your kids.

Pandemic Summer Camp at Home – Dr. Ana Markovic
Wednesday 5/27 7:00-8:00pm

The summer camp you had planned to have your children attend is canceled. Or maybe it is not canceled, but you are not comfortable sending your children to camps this summer for a variety of reasons. Curious about brainstorming strategies for devising a "summer camp at home" experience? We will discuss a variety of thoughts/strategies/ideas for how to keep your children busy, engaged, and hopefully more independent this summer while staying safe at home. Designed for parents of the school aged child (5-18 years). Discussion, ideas, and questions welcome.

Parenting During the Pandemic – Dr. Marla Roche
Wednesday 5/27 4:00-5:00 Dr. Roche

This sessions will focus on topics unique to parenting school-age children and teens during this difficult time. We will tackle issues such as schedules and schooling, finding a new balance of work and parenting, how your child/teen may be experiencing the pandemic (and how to respond), and self-care. We encourage participants to raise their own issues and share their experiences.

Resilience Project. Preventing and Mitigating Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents. Helpful to parents with children with ADHD/Learning Issues/Mood disorder. Three-Part Series – Dr. Rupert Vallarta
Fridays 5/29, 6/5, and 6/12 4:30-5:30

5/29 (For Parents): Strategies to Develop Resilience. Parental tips on how to teach and nurture resilience in children and adolescents to prevent/mitigate depression and anxiety.

6/5 (For Parents): Communicating with Your Child Using Active Listening. Active Listening is the single most important skill you can have in your parenting "toolbelt." Ensure good communication within the family. How to encourage change talk.

6/12 (For Parents +/- Children): Improving Family Dynamics as a Coping Strategy to Prevent and Mitigate Mental Issues in Children and Adolescents. Tips for parents and children. Teaching Mindfulness to Children and Teens. Regulate screen time. Exercising as a family. Family Rituals.

Sleep Away Camp During the Pandemic – Dr. Dan Finkelstein
Wednesday 5/27 3:00-3:45

This session is for parents trying to decide whether to let their children attend sleep away camp this year. A full discussion of risks and benefits (there are several) given the pandemic. Questions encouraged.

Summer Fun: How to Stay Safe from Sun, Bugs, and Covid This Summer– Dr. Laura Arling
Tuesday 5/26 11:30-12:30 

This session focuses on sunscreen, hats and bug spray (what types there are and how to get your children to wear them) and how to stay safe with outdoor activities this summer. Questions welcome.

Summer 2020: Are Day Camps, Pools, Beaches, and Road Trips Ok This Year? - Dr. Dan Finkelstein and Dr. Ana Markovic
Tuesday 5/26 2:00-2:45 Dr. Finkelstein
Thursday 5/28 4:00-4:45 Dr. Markovic
Friday 5/29 3:00-3:45 Dr. Finkelstein

A guide to decision making about summer plans for the family during the pandemic. Day camps, community pools, beaches, amusement parks, and air travel will all be addressed. Questions encouraged.

Testing for COVID Antibodies – Dr. Tim Arling
Tuesday 5/26 10:00-10:30, Wednesday 5/27 2:00-2:30, Thursday 5/28 9:00-9:30, Friday 5/29 2:30-3:00

Discussion of COVID antibody testing. What are the benefits and limitations? How can the results be useful? Who does it make sense to test? When and how can testing be done? If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please make sure to specify the date and time of the session, and the name of the patient.

The 2020-2021 School Year: What Can We Expect? - Dr. Dan Finkelstein
Thursday 5/28 2:00-2:45

Should we expect schools to open physically? More distance learning? Some combination of both? How will schools try to make it safe to attend? How will students who develop an illness be cleared to return? A discussion of what we expect the next school year to look like for different age groups. Questions welcome.

Toilet Training During the Pandemic – Dr. Ana Markovic
Wednesday 5/27 5:30-6:30

Welcome to Toilet Training 101! Ideal for parents of 15 month – 3 year olds thinking of embarking on this adventure now that everyone is home. What are the signs of readiness? When is the right time to start for my child? How do I start? What are the different potty options? The advice and strategies you need to get the ball rolling and ultimately achieve potty training success.