ROSEDALE — Blessings and prayers filled Kiddie Health Pediatrics as the owners held a grand opening event for an expansion to the clinic.
Kiddie Health Pediatrics located at 1232 Race Road in the Rossville Professional Center is enlarging their facility to cater to a high demand for pediatric care.
“We receive phone calls everyday for potential new patients,” Kiddie Health Pediatric’s owner and physician Dr. Melanie Garcia said.
On Melanie’s website, it says, “Melanie took her BS Biology Accelerated Program course at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and earned her medical degree at a young age of 23.
Months after her internship and acquiring licensure to practice in the Philippines, Garcia took and successfully passed the qualifying examinations to train in the United States.
She did her pediatric residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and The Children’s Hospital at St. Joseph in Paterson, New Jersey. She then became the sole pediatrician at McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield, Maryland from 1997 to 2003.
She later relocated to Baltimore and joined another pediatrician for four years and thereafter decided to start her own practice in May 2007.”
Starting in 2007, Melanie and her husband Larry Garcia, who partially owns and manages Kiddie Health Pediatric, rented out an office in Rossville Professional Center on the third floor with two examination rooms.
In 2014, Melanie wanted to own an office which led to her purchasing a facility in the same building, on the second floor with four examination rooms.
Fast forward to 2020, the Garcias are ready to meet the needs of Rosedale families by expanding their space, offering eight examination room to handle the volume of patients.
The additional office that the Garcias have purchased was previously owned by a pediatric physician who retired due to old age.
Melanie comes from a family filled with doctors. Her late dad was a surgeon, her late brother was an anesthesiologist, her older sister is an OB/GYN, her sister-in-law is a sports medicine rehab physician, her other sister is a dentist and she has plenty of cousins, aunts and uncles that are in the medical field. The family members that inspired Melonie the most were her aunt and uncle, who were both pediatricians.
“They served as a great source of inspiration. I would watch how they did their job and how they treated their patients and from that, it taught me how to conduct myself in pediatrics,” Melanie said.
About 80 percent of Garcia’s patients are from the Philippines, her native country.
Although Kiddie Health Pediatric patients have options to receive medical attention from prestigious institutions, they decline those options to be seen by Melanie, who can understand their concerns in detail through their Philippine language, according to Larry.
The rest of Melanie’s patient population are Hispanic. With the Filipino and Hispanic language being similar “it’s easy to serve them,” Larry said.
“She wants to make sure that her patients are thoroughly and completely taken care of no matter how much time it takes,” Larry said.
It is rewarding to be a pediatrician, not only to be of service to those in need but to see generations of families grow, according to Melanie.
She is considered a “grand-doctor” to some of her patients.
Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger presented a Congressional citation to Kiddie Health for the inauguration of their practice.
Del. Ric Metzgar congratulated Kiddie Health Pediatric by presenting them Maryland House of Delegates citation.
“This is a wonderful day for this area and healthcare. The expansion of this Kiddie clinic is awesome because of the perimeter of our area. How it’s growing and expanding, healthcare is vital,” Metzgar said.
The news tends to focus on the bigger economic development but local offices, local practices like Kiddie Health are real amenities to the area, Del. Robin Grammer said.
“It’s really positive to see growth in offices like this. You want to see practices like this in your community. It’s great for expansion,” Grammer said.
With the expansion, the Garcias plan on bringing in a new physician and expanding office hours to match the upgrade.