Appointment Line: (281) 885-4630
About the Children’s Clinic
NAM’s Children’s Clinic offers quality medical care to infants and children through age 18 for families who have Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), private insurance, or who are self-pay/uninsured. The Clinic provides a full range of services, from preventative care to acute care. The Children’s Clinic is a unique collaboration between NAM and the University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston, making our expertise second-to-none. While bringing excellence to our patients, the clinic also serves as a training facility for the University of Texas Health Science Center and other local universities and community colleges through a highly-coveted six to eight week rotation program.
Physicians, nurses, medical assistants and a team of support staff and volunteers work together in the Clinic. They take into account the child’s overall health, nutrition and home environment to treat the whole family.
NAM’s Children’s Clinic offers a variety of initiatives, including the Healthy Living Program. Children and their parents learn about nutrition and healthy living habits in this eight-week program. The program is based on the “We Can” curriculum from the National Institute of Health, which addresses childhood obesity by focusing on education and encouraging participants to make better eating choices and increasing physical activity.
The Clinic also offers the Pediatric Intensive Case Management Program, which provides a new standard of care for children dealing with chronic illnesses. The program offers a holistic approach that allows the Clinic’s medical staff and families to assess, plan, implement, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the options and services to treat chronic illnesses in a way that meets the individual’s health needs and that of their families. This program is modeled after the Patient Centered Medical Home model of care, which focuses on providing acute, wellness and preventive health services to the community through NAM’s Children’s Clinic.
Our Reach Out & Read Program, includes a prescription to parents to read to their children 20 minutes a day. The Clinic provides books to all patients through donations from the Rotary Club of Willowbrook, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, individuals and businesses.
Once a year the Clinic also offers Shot Blitz; a low-cost vaccination program that provides immunizations at $10 per child regardless of how many vaccines are needed.
Honors and Awards
NAM Children’s Clinic was awarded the 2015 Quality Award for Excellence in four domains of quality: Well Child Care, Adolescent Well Care, Treatment of Respiratory Illness, and Asthma.
The clinic received Quality Awards in 2013 and 2014 as well.
In addition, Dr. Lisa de Ybarrondo, pediatrician at NAM’s Children’s Clinic, was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas Medical School for excelling in their teaching of medical students.
When Maria’s baby girl was just four months old, she was diagnosed with Glycogen Storage Disease Type Ib, which interferes with how the body turns food into energy. Doctors at Memorial Hermann referred Maria to the Children’s Clinic at NAM to help manage and care for her daughter’s special needs.
Today that little girl, Genesis, is a beautiful, curious five-year-old and a caring sister to her two younger brothers. All three children receive their medical care from the Children’s Clinic at NAM.
“It’s a good clinic,” says Maria, who is a single mom. “Honestly it’s been hard, but they’ve helped me a lot with Genesis.”
Maria gives her daughter daily shots to boost her white blood cells, and a home nurse is present Monday through Friday to give Genesis the IV nutrition she needs every few hours. NAM’s Children’s Clinic helps coordinate those supplies and services, as well as appointments with specialists.
The Clinic was also there to help when bed bugs found their way into Maria’s home. Infection from the insects could have been fatal for Genesis, so the Clinic’s new Pediatric Intensive Case Management program paid for pest control services, and then replaced all of the family’s furnishings. New beds were purchased; a family at one of NAM’s IHN congregations donated living room and dining furniture; and NAM’s resale store came through with the remaining items.
And because of neighbors helping neighbors, one very special little girl receives life-saving help.
Lisa de Ybarrondo, MD
Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston
Education & Background:
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Education & Background:
Graduate: George Mason University, Family Nurse Practitioner
Undergraduate: University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Pediatric Nursing, asthma and allergies management and prevention, obesity management and prevention.
Abiya Malhotra, MHA
Abiya or Abi is the new Director of NAM’s Children’s Clinic. Abi comes to NAM with five years of experience in medical practice management and holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration. Abi believes in providing accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to our patients and hopes to thrive as a community leader for NAM.