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Our office will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.
We will be open the morning of Saturday, 7/2 for sick visits.
Issue: # 7

       Summer 2016


Zika, Oh My!
                Zika is a virus related to other Flavi-viral infections like yellow fever, dengue, and west nile (to name a few). It is primarily spread through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, although we now also believe it can be transmitted via sexual contact and in utero to unborn children.

                Zika has spread to 38 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and it is likely there will be cases reported mainly in the southeastern US along the gulf coast where the Aedes aegypti mosquito can be found.

                Over 80% who contract Zika will have NO SYMPTOMS. For the 20% who display symptoms they are typically mild and mimic other viral illnesses such as fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. Typically these symptoms last up to a week. The incubation period is 1 day to 1 week from contracting the virus. The viral illness is self-limiting and usually resolves. There have been some links between the infection and Guillain-Barre syndrome (a usually self-limiting paralysis of muscles, although it can be fatal). The biggest risks are to unborn children whose mothers become infected during pregnancy. In Brazil the rates of microcephaly (or small heads) and other associated birth defects went up by 250% since 2015.

                Prevention of infection involves avoiding bites and protecting yourself. Aedes mostly bites during daylight hours. Insect repellants containing DEET are an easily obtainable way to ward of the Aedes mosquito. Infants older than 2 months may use insect sprays with DEET. Pick a repellant with a concentration that will last long enough for your intended exposure. For example, a DEET of 10% may protect you for 2 hours while a DEET of 24% protects you for up to 5 hours. There is no benefit to wearing above 30% DEET. Repellants made from Picaridin lasts 3-8 hours depending on concentration. Repellants made from essential oils like citronella, cedar, eucalyptus, and soybean were recommended by CDC in 2005 as alternatives. They tend to last less than 2 hours and have variable success at repelling ticks.

           Clear your yard of standing water (bird baths, unused pots, etc.), and avoid dark/damp parts of your yard (shaded ivy beds, wooded areas). Wear long sleeved light colored clothing and closed toed shoes.   Spare the perfumed lotions. Make sure screens for windows are repaired.
           In addition, wearing clothing washed in permetherin and long sleeves/pants/socks is helpful as well if you are traveling to an endemic area. There is no vaccine available currently. If you have traveled to a Zika endemic area, continue to use insect repellant for 3 weeks afterwards to help prevent the spread of Zika in the US.

Staff Members Spotlight

Katie Dearborn 


Patient Services Representative 


 Katie has been with us since she was a teenager!

Here are some of her favorites:


Hometown: Marietta, GA

Hobbies: Cooking

Family: Husband Chad, children Karis, Cooper and Conner, Cash the black lab 

3 words to describe you: Friendly, Hardworking, Dependable 

Favorite Vacation Destination: Hawaii 

Favorite Movie: Fried Green Tomatoes  

Favorite grade in school and why: I had an amazing teacher, Mrs. Taylor, who helped me learn to read 

What do you enjoy most about your job and why? : I like helping others 





Ashlee Forrester


Registered Nurse      


Ashlee has been with Peachtree Park Pediatrics a year now!

Here are some of her favorites:


Hometown: Suwanee, GA

Family: Husband Taylor, 2 furbabies Oakley and Raven. Ashleee is the oldest of 6 children!

Favorite grade in school and why: Kindergarten- because that's where I met my husband! 

Hobbies: Hiking, running, boating, family time 

Favorite Atlanta Restaurant: Rathbun's Steakhouse 

Favorite Movie: Despicable Me- I love Minions!

3 words to describe you: Caring, Genuine, Hardworking  

What do you enjoy most about your job?: My fabulous team of co-workers who I have become friends with this past year...AND...getting to hold sweet babies all day and spending time with the families                         

       Dr. Barfield retiring!      
Dear Parents and Friends,
It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from Peachtree Park Pediatrics effective July 27, 2016. I have been so blessed to practice in a profession with great partners and with wonderful patients and their families for 40 years. It has been my good fortune to have had an ongoing relationship with many of you for years and see up to three generations of my patients grow into adulthood. I thank you for your trust and confidence you have placed in me to care for your children.
Dr. Wiskind, Dr. Ellerine, Dr. Kuo, Dr. Fleming and Dr. Brown will continue to provide care for you. I have every confidence they will continue providing great pediatric care but also are caring and skillful physicians.
It is time to spend more time with my wife, son and granddaughters, doing more traveling and enjoying golf. It has been a great pleasure and honor to be your pediatrician for these years. Medicine has greatly changed over time but the relationships have always been the best part of what I do.
Randy Barfield M.D.
"At Peachtree Park Pediatrics, we strive to deliver the finest scientific-based medical care to our infant, children and young adult patients in a warm, family-friendly environment. We are dedicated to establishing close relationships with our patients and their families in order to provide comprehensive care"




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