East Portland Pediatric Clinic is your Medical Home, combining old-fashioned personal care with new technologies and evidence-based services. Old-fashioned care means a real person answers the phone, we get to know your family, we greet you by name, and we care for your children with the same compassion, integrity and dedication that Dr. Chappell exhibited when he founded East Portland Pediatrics in 1952. Six decades later we are a PCPCH Recognized Medical Home, providing comprehensive primary care, coordinating the specialty and referral services your child needs, and acting on feedback from you to improve our services.
As members of the Children’s Health Alliance/Children’s Health Foundation, we collaborate with other pediatricians to improve the quality of pediatric care and advocate for children’s health in the greater Portland area and throughout Oregon. Here are a selection of our main services...
Well Child Care
We believe strongly in the importance of immunizations in protecting your child's health. Vaccines have done an amazing job preventing childhood disease, long-term disabilities, and death. We follow the AAP/CDC guidelines for immunizations, as studies have shown that this schedule is optimal for health and development.
We help you to educate yourself about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. Please feel free to ask us your questions and find out why we make sure our own kids get their vaccines!
As your child’s primary care pediatrician, we encourage both physical and mental health. During well child visits we address emotional needs that your child has at different developmental stages, and encourage ways your family can foster resilience. We discuss friendship, bullying, family relationships and peer pressure, and we screen for depression, alcohol use and drug use in our adolescent patients.
We can diagnose and treat depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. We also work with a number of trusted psychologists and mental health therapists that we can refer you to.
If you have a concern about your child’s behavior or mental health, please call for an appointment.
Well Child Care
Well Child Care visits are an important way to monitor your child’s growth and development, address your questions and concerns, and prevent injuries and illnesses. During these visits we build on a relationship of trust with you and your child that is the foundation for proactive, compassionate and personal care.
Well Child Care visits are recommended at these ages:
within the 1st week
2 years, and every year until 21
Pediatric medicine used to be the practice of trying to cure infants and children after they became ill or were injured. Thanks to vaccines and advances in safety, our mission is now focused on preventing injuries and illness, and helping your children grow into healthy adults. How do we do this?
Well Child visits play a very important role in preventative care. In addition to monitoring your child’s growth and development, these visits give us the opportunity to develop a relationship with your family which allows us to partner with you in parenting and earn your child’s trust… which comes in handy when they become teens! We follow the AAP Bright Futures guidelines to monitor for diseases and screen for hearing and vision difficulties, anemia, developmental delay, autism, depression, and much more. We encourage healthy lifestyles and healthy families as the basis of optimal physical and emotional development.
We combine our personal care, evidence-based guidelines, and modern technology to monitor chronic diseases such as asthma. We work with local pediatric specialists to provide the best care possible in managing a variety of diseases. We are available in the office 364 days a year so your child can be seen when they need to, before their illness worsens. If your child does have to go to the emergency room, we will call you the next day to offer assistance and manage their care to prevent other urgent visits. Vaccines remain an important part of preventing illness and disability, which is why we follow the safest and most up-to-date vaccine schedule.
We welcome your questions about preventative care!
From minor colds to serious illnesses, our pediatricians have been trained to recognize and treat a wide variety of pediatric diseases. Being able to see your child when he needs it is important to us. That is why we are open 364 days a year, have evening hours available Monday through Friday, and save appointment times each day for those unexpected illnesses. While your child is our patient, we also recognize the importance of providing parents the information, guidance and reassurance that you need to care for her. Our advice nurses are available to answer your questions whenever we are open, and after hours one of our pediatricians is available for urgent concerns. What about when your child wakes up coughing or in pain at 2:00 am? Call us! We are available 24 hours a day when you need us.
What to do when your son’s chin is bleeding after a bike accident or your daughter fell off the monkey bars and won’t use her arm? Call us!
Our advice nurse can talk you through the home care for minor injuries. For more serious injuries call us before heading off to the emergency room. In our office we can treat your child’s burn, diagnose and splint fractures, and suture lacerations. We also have easy access to your child’s medical history, so we will know right away if she also needs a tetanus booster. All in the comfort of the pediatric office where your child is known and comfortable, and without an emergency room wait!
For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.
For poisonings call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.
For other questions, call our office at 503-255-3544. During office hours a trained advice nurse will help you. After hours you will reach the answering service and they will page the pediatrician on call.
Whatever your need, help is available 24 hours a day.