By Cecilia Hijar for Latino Press
The whole world is facing a health crisis, learning about health is nowadays a priority. We want our families to be aware and well informed in order to take care of their children. Latino Press is very pleased to have the chance to interview a young, dedicated and detailed oriented pediatrician, Dr. Francesca Salazar.
She provides comprehensive and personalized care in association with Beaumont Hospital, in Dearborn. She is passionate about working with children and forming bonds with them and their parents to provide the best care possible to them and their families. Dr. Salazar is bilingual and bicultural, such a plus to understand and support our families.
First, I want to express our gratitude to Dr. Francesca Salazar for her enthusiasm and time for the interview.
Dr. Salazar, our readers would like to get to know more of you, can you share with us about you?
“I was born and raised in Lima, Peru. I moved with my mother and brother to los Angeles, CA when I was a teenager. I completed high school and went to San Diego for College and medical school. I finished my medical training in my specialty, pediatrics, in Rochester, MN at the Mayo clinic.”
When and how you were convinced to study medicine, and why pediatrics?
“I knew I wanted to take care of others from a young age. I was always fascinated by science and enjoy getting to know patients and building relationships to help them live a long and healthy life. I particularly enjoy working with children as they are the most vulnerable population. They are at the beginning of their lives and I hope to support them and feel privileged to watch them grow. Children are always fun to be around!”
I can feel how much you enjoy your job and value your patients, how is a typical day at the clinic?
“On a typical day, I will get to meet new parents and talk about caring for their newborn baby, sing and dance with a toddler and have discussions about college plans with an adolescent. It is always fun.”
Being a Latina doctor, bicultural and bilingual, how this has influenced and has benefited your performance as a doctor?
“I believe my bicultural background is helpful in medicine. As a growing Hispanic community, I always feel grateful to get to speak to my patients in Spanish and share stories about our families growing up in different countries and cultures. I am able to provide my own experience moving to a new country and adjusting to a new culture and hope to help them navigate this process as best I can.”
Can you share with us how this pandemic crisis and quarantine have affected children, perhaps some of your patients?
“The pandemic we are currently experiencing has affected everyone in our families. Most children whom we have seen with COVID-19 infections have had mild respiratory symptoms while a few have required intensive care (these are children with preexisting medical conditions like asthma, chronic immunosuppression). In terms of how the quarantine has affected our patients, children tell us they miss going to school and seeing their friends! Children are very resilient and we encourage parents to make daily at home routines which include daily play, education and family time.”
“I always encourage parents if they have any concerns about their children, to reach out to us. We are here for you and your family. We have been doing video visits with families from home and help treat their children during these difficult times. We are also seeing children for their well child exams and give them their immunizations.”
Doctor Francesca Salazar can help you with preventative medicine, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, adolescent health and mood disorders.
For more information Beaumont Pediatric – Dearborn at 18181 Oakwood Boulevard, Suite G101 Dearborn, MI 48124 (313) -593-7240