November 14, 2020 Healthy Living

Top Doctor: Four Seasons Pediatrics

Four Seasons Pediatrics in Clifton Park, New York, has done what many other small businesses would consider impossible: built a successful physician practice on the sole tenet of improving the lives of others. 

“We look at this as our family. We’re a family. The people who work for us are family, and our patients are family.”

That’s according to Dr. Kimberly Elmer, who started the practice 19 years ago with her husband, Dr. Harry Miller. The couple met at Albany Medical Center. He was an attending physician. She was a resident. Today, they run the Capital Region’s top-performing primary care practice, where they focus on building stronger, healthier communities.

We look at this as our family. We’re a family. The people who work for us are family, and our patients are family.

Dr. Kimberly Elmer

“It’s demanding job but we love working together. We recognize it’s not for everybody!” said Dr. Elmer.

Dr. Kimberly Elmer and Dr. Harry Miller

The husband-wife team complement each other well; he focuses on the clinical side of the house, while she keeps her eye on administrative work. Kimberly also serves as a lactation consultant for the practice’s new mothers. In fact, their focus on young families has driven much of their success. 

“We’ve always been very proactive at marketing to young families. We started out by sending postcards to new moms, saying ‘let our family take care of yours.’ Now, social media is a big part of our strategy, and it’s helped us grow in a measured, sustainable way.” said Dr. Elmer.

Four Seasons Pediatrics

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Another unique aspect of Four Seasons Pediatrics is its non-negotiable vaccine policy. In order to protect its entire patient population – including infants who are too young to be vaccinated and those with compromised immune systems – the practice has a mandatory vaccination policy for all communicable diseases for which a vaccine is available.*

“We don’t just shut the door on parents who have concerns. We try to have a conversation because we believe immunizations are the right thing.” said Dr. Miller.

Vaccinations aside, the practice takes a conservative approach to medicine, particularly when it comes to medications, such as antibiotics.

“One of the things we tell our young, new parents is that ‘sometimes, it’s easier to write a prescription than explain to someone why they don’t need it.’ We won’t do that, we will take the time to explain why they don’t need a prescription, and what to look for when they do.

We can’t have a fireside chat with every patient, but we make the time to really listen to our patients, answer their questions, and come up with the best plan.” said Dr. Miller.

*Four Seasons Pediatrics does not mandate flu shots and has yet to formalize its policy when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved.

John D. Bennett, MD, FACC, FACP
About Author

Dr. Bennett was named president and CEO of CDPHP in 2008, after serving as chairman of the board since 2003, vice chairman since 1999, and board member since 1996. Prior to working at CDPHP, Dr. Bennett served as chief of the division of cardiology at Albany Memorial Hospital, was a member of Northeast Health Systems’ board of directors, and chaired the department of medicine. Dr. Bennett also served as CEO of Prime Care Physicians, PPLC, where he practiced cardiology with Albany Associates in Cardiology. Dr. Bennett chairs the board of directors for the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (Hixny). In addition, he is a member of the boards of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Colonie Senior Service Centers, the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, the Center for Economic Growth, New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), and the Palace Theatre. Dr. Bennett earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, and a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He completed his residency in internal medicine as well as a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Albany Medical Center. Currently, he is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Bennett is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialties in internal medicine and cardiology.

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