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Adolescent Medicine

Akron Children's Hospital offers the most comprehensive adolescent medicine program in northeast Ohio. Our inclusive care focuses on respecting individuality and confidentiality; supporting physical, social and emotional development; and empowering teens and young adults to take ownership of their health care and life decisions.

We invite you to explore the information in the tabs below to learn more about the primary and specialty care we provide. We’re glad you’re here!

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Why Akron Children's

OUR SPECIALTIES
Primary care for teens and young adults
Treatment for eating disorders
Gender affirming medicine
Gynecologic care

In 2020, our team cared for patients throughout Ohio and in 4 other states. We offer in-person care – and virtual visits for patients who live far away, have transportation issues or prefer the comfort of their homes.


Stephen Sondike, MD, FAAP, FSAHM

Dr. Sondike is an adolescent medicine specialist and director of the Akron Children’s Hospital Adolescent Medicine division. He’s been in practice since 2000 and with Akron Children’s since 2016. He earned his medical degree from Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and completed his pediatric residency and adolescent medicine fellowship at Cohen Children’s Hospital in New York. Dr. Sondike has a special interest in eating disorders and gender affirming medicine. He’s certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. He’s a clinical professor of pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical College and a fellow of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

Meet Stephen Sondike, MD, FAAP, FSAHM

Locations

Contact Adolescent Medicine

330-543-8538

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Adolescent Medicine
Akron Children's Hospital Adolescent Medicine, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Third Floor
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3687
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Adolescent Medicine, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Adolescent Medicine, Boardman
Leonard J. Fisher Family Building
6505 Market Street, Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Our Doctors/Providers

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Stephen Sondike
Stephen Sondike, MD, FAAP, FSAHM

Division Director, Division of Adolescent Medicine; Adolescent Medicine Specialist

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Physicians/Providers:

Krista Caldwell, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist

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Jessica Castonguay, DO, MPH

Adolescent Medicine Specialist

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Crystal Cole, MD

Director, Gender-Affirming Medicine; Adolescent Medicine Specialist

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Laura Markley, MD

Medical Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry; Community Pediatrics Liaison; Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; General Pediatrician - Adolescent Medicine

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Elizabeth Mason, MD

Adolescent Medicine Specialist

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Adriana Nevado, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

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Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Svetlana Borishchak, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Julie Callow, MSN, APRN-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

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Teresa Fletcher, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Julianne Janosko, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

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Other Providers:

Lindsay Bailey, MS, RD, LD, CDE, CEDRD

Registered Dietitian; Certified Diabetes Educator; Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian

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Kristin Hauck, RDN, LD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.



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