Welcome Dr. Laubach - July 2011 eNewsletter
AAMGRC eNewsletter
  July 2011 
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Welcome Dr. Laubach

We are excited to welcome Dr. Susan Laubach to our AAMGRC family!  Coming from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC Dr. Laubach joined our practice on July 1, 2011.

Originally from Stockton, California, Dr. Laubach majored in Human Biology with honors from Stanford University before undergoing her medical training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY where she founded a Palliative Care service for children with life-threatening illnesses. She then completed a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Duke University in Durham, NC where she received extensive training in the diagnosis and management of primary immunodeficiency and food allergy. From there, she was honored to serve active duty, dependent, and retired military service members in the Department of Allergy/Immunology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining Allergy & Asthma Medical Group and Research Center, Dr. Laubach conducted research on sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) for children with peanut allergy, under the direction of Dr. Wesley Burks at Duke University. She has also published research on influenza vaccination in patients with egg allergy, and presented data on different build-up schedules for immunotherapy (allergy shots).  Dr. Laubach is an active member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; the American Academy of Pediatrics; and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Laubach met her husband, Justin, while both volunteering at Camp Okizu, a camp for northern Californian children with cancer and their siblings. He now practices anesthesiology in San Diego. They have 2 young children and a large extended family in the San Diego area.

Camp Forms
Now that summer is here and your kids are preparing to go to camp, please see the reminders below regarding any necessary forms that may need to be completed.

There is a charge of $5 per page (up to a maximum of $20) for the completion of forms (school, camp, etc).  If the patient has not been seen in the past 6 months, an appointment must be scheduled in order for us to complete the form.  There will be no charge for forms which are completed during an appointment.
There are a couple of exceptions to the above:

1.  If the patient is being seen for food allergies only and their follow up is indicated for 1 year, we are able to complete the school and camp forms without an appointment.  There is still a $5 per page charge for the forms.  However, it is always encouraged that a patient or parent of the child, have an appointment before any school form is completed, to make sure the form is up-to-date, and accurate.

2. If a patient requires a note to carry a medication on a plane (e.g. Epi Pen /TwinJect) they do not require an office visit and will not be charged for the note, as long as they have been seen within a year's time.

Note: Please be aware that we have a 24 hour turnaround time on all forms.
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