Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer Giveaway (of sorts)

Each summer we try to do a giveaway, usually with a $50 Target gift card as the prize. This year we thought we'd shake things up a bit. We are taking the luck out of the giveaway and putting it in your hands.This year we are doing a new patient referral program, just in time for back to school physicals.

Every new patient who you refer gets you a $25 Target gift card.  Some of the specifics...

  • The patient has to be seen in the month of August (not just scheduled, but seen)
  • The patient has to list you as their reference
  • They patient has to be new to our office, ie, not previously seen by one of our doctors or nurse practitioners 
  • Previous referrals are not eligible
  • Every patient counts as his or her own referral. For example, if you refer a family of 4 and we see all four bam. $100 in Target goodness for you.
  • There is no limit on the number of gift cards you can receive
We are really excited for this, and hope you will be to! Spread the word, tell your friends, and get yourself some Target love.

LEGACY Girls Study

Wasatch Pediatrics is participating in a research study sponsored by the Hunstman Cancer Center. The study is for girls ages 6-13 and their mothers. They will be looking at growth and development as well as breast cancer likelihood and outcomes.

If you are interested in participating or getting more information please contact 
Briar Doi at 801-585-7567 ( 
Karen O'Toole at 801-581-8795 (

Friday, July 20, 2012


We have seen a record high number of Pertussis (whooping cough) cases this year.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 18,000 cases have been reported in the United States this year – more than twice the number reported this time last year.  547 cases of pertussis have been reported in Utah so far this year. The greatest incidence continues to occur among infants less than one year of age. Nationwide trends also indicate an increase in pertussis cases among school-age children. Similarly, Utah is experiencing an increase among school-age children 10-11 and 13-14 years of age.
Pertussis continues to be a health threat among infants and children who are not adequately vaccinated, as evidenced by the ongoing pertussis outbreaks in Utah. Pertussis vaccine is effective in preventing disease when given at the appropriate ages and intervals. It is important that infants and young children receive the pertussis vaccine by the recommended ages to prevent the serious consequences that can result from pertussis. It is equally important for adolescents and adults to be vaccinated against pertussis to protect themselves and others who are too young to be vaccinated or cannot be vaccinated due to health conditions. We offer vaccination for patients, their parents and other caregivers here in our office. Just call and schedule a nurse visit and we will get you protected.

For more information on pertussis, visit here
To read an article about increased pertussis rates in Washington and nationwide trends, visit here

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Meet Helen Aoki, CPNP-PC

We are so excited about the growth at Southpoint. Helen will be working with Dr. Ridge, and we feel lucky to have her as part of the Southpoint team.  She trained under Dr. Ridge and will be working with him to supplement and expand the mental health services that he offers. She sees patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety and other co-morbid mental health issues.

Helen Aoki was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. She moved to Utah after high school to attend nursing school at the University of Utah. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and her Master’s of Science in Nursing- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Utah. Prior to joining Southpoint Pediatrics, she worked at Primary Children’s Medical Center on the Neuroscience Trauma Unit for 12 years. She is married and has two children, a daughter and a son. In her free time she enjoys golfing, boating, running and cooking.

Dr. Ridge's Parenting Workshops

Dr Ridge is doing another round of parenting workshops in August. Classes will be held once a week from 6:00-7:00 p.m for 10 weeks.  They are held on Tuesday nights starting August 28th.

Space is limited, and fills up fast! 

One of my friends took this class, and LOVED it. Here's a snippet of what she put on her blog (unprompted by me):

 I couldn't have anticipated the effect this amazing little chart and system would have on my son.  He truly loves it and it works better than I could have imagined.  I got the idea from the parenting class I'm taking.  If you can take one of these classes, do it.  Don't be ashamed.  You don't have to be out of control to finally take a class.   

If you are interested in signing up, and want more information, please contact Kim at 801-565-1162 Ext 107

(Discount is available for early sign-up.)