Dr. Vincent M. Chiodo

Dr. Vincent M. Chiodo, MD

Dr. Vincent M. Chiodo, MD

Dr. Vincent M. Chiodo grew up in Follansbee, WV.  He graduated Cum Laude and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from West Virginia University in 1982. He worked as a Research Medical Technologist and supervised an Infectious Diseases Research Lab for three years before going to medical school. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from West Virginia University in 1989. He completed an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Internship and then a Pediatric Residency at West Virginia University Hospital in 1992. Dr. Chiodo held the position of Chief Resident of Pediatrics and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at West Virginia University until 1993 when he entered private practice in Virginia. In April of 1994, Dr. Chiodo and his wife, Mary Ann, also a pediatrician, moved to Dunn, NC and established ABC Pediatrics of Dunn, PA. He shares co-ownership with Mary Ann and serves as President and CEO of ABC Pediatrics. Dr. Chiodo’’s professional affiliations include The American Academy of Pediatrics, The North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Catholic Medical Society, The North Carolina State Medical Association, Third Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce. He is an Adjunct Faculty Member of the Duke University Department of Community Medicine and sits on the Campbell University Physician Assistant Board of Advisors.  He also serves on the Local Advisory Board for Trust (previously known as BB&T). He and Dr Mary Ann have six children and five grandchildren. Dr. Chiodo enjoys Italian cooking, deep sea fishing, skeet shooting and spending time with his family. Dr. Chiodo’s patients know him as “Dr. Vince” and he is well known for his attention to detail.

Veronica Romero PA-C

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Veronica Romero, PA-C

Mrs. Veronica Romero is a Certified Physician Assistant who was born in Mexico City, Mexico. When she was three years old, her family immigrated to Los Angeles, California. In 1990, she completed her Bio-Psychology degree at El Camino College in Torrance, California. She traveled across the country to North Carolina in 1994 and began working for ABC Pediatrics. She worked in the Business Office and was the Office Manager for several years before deciding to return to school and further her education in 2003. She attended Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 2005, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology and Cell Physiology. She subsequently graduated from the Methodist University Physician Assistant Program in 2007 with a Master’s Degree in Medical Science. Mrs. Romero is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the North Carolina Medical Society and the North Carolina Community of Physician Assistants. Mrs. Romero is married and lives in Fayetteville with her husband, Robert, and their two sons. The most recently added an English Bulldog to the family. Mrs. Romero speaks English, Spanish and French. She enjoys long walks with her husband, reading and watching her sons play sports. Mrs. Romero is especially pleased to be able to care for the local Latino community and invites them to come to ABC Pediatrics to see her for health care.

Covid 19 Update- New Phase begins Monday

New Hours- Effective Monday, 07.13.20- Monday thru Friday, 8:00am until 4:15pm

SAME DAY sick and urgent visits are AVAILABLE daily in our MOBILE CLINIC. PLEASE CALL for a MOBILE CLINIC appointment time. Sick patients are isolated and necessary care is provided inside their vehicles. Services such as lab testing, nebulizer treatments and medication administration remain available for vehicle visits.

Provider/Nurse teams are designated daily for newborn infant care, well physical exams and chronic follow up care. Scheduled patients are brought into specifically designated and maintained areas of our office that are exclusively utilized for well patients and their families that pass screening. Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing measures are performed repeatedly after each patient visit to ensure the MAXIMUM protection for our patients. Segregated triage and lab collection processes are being employed that will also protect patients from exposure to other patients. Masks or face coverings are required for all non-infant guests seeking entrance to our building.

School plans remain uncertain but we want students to be prepared. School physicals, asthma maintenance, chronic medication regimen follow ups will all be a priority. Our mental health department also remains fully staffed. Our counselors are connecting with patients for counseling and ADHD testing. For questions or additional information, please request to speak with Maria or Victoria at ext 2277.

IN-OFFICE allergy testing and immunotherapy injections are also available. For questions or additional information, please dial ext. 2241.

As always, when our office is closed, our after hours service remains available for your convenience. Just dial our main number and follow the after-hours instructions.

THANK YOU! For your support and understanding as we move through the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic together.

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Pediatric (Kawasaki-Like) Inflammatory Syndrome

Top Warning Signs and Symptoms

Consult Primary Care Physician Now if you see any/some of the following:

  • Patients less than 3 months of age- report 100.5 or higher temperature immediately
  • Patients 3 months and older, - report fever 100.5 or higher if persists beyond 3 days
  • Redness or bloodshot eyes (without pus or drainage)
  • Mouth changes- swollen, bumpy red tongue (“Strawberry tongue”)  Redness of mouth, lips and/or throat
  • Red, dry cracked or bleeding lips
  • Widespread Rash
  • Red palms of hands and/or soles of feet
  • Peeling skin (hands and/or feet)
  • Swollen hands and/or feet
  • Neck swelling- swollen lymph nodes/glands (usually one sign of neck) 
  • Severe Abdominal pain, Diarrhea or Vomiting
  • Joint pain
  • Fast heartrate, chest pain or pressure
  • Fast breathing, short of breath, trouble speaking, grunting or wheezing
  • Slow or Shallow breathing or retractions (tugging of skin seen, between each rib with each breath)
  • Pale, gray or blue skin, lips
  • Headache with fever, or neck stiffness (can’t touch chin to chest)
  • Irritability, confusion, lethargy
  • Limp like a rag doll, little or no eye contact and/or little or no movement
  • Not responding normally, doesn’t recognize caregiver, doesn’t follow commands
  • Feels faint or weak
  • Not drinking or drinks very little, trouble swallowing
  • Not urinating normally, change in frequency, amount or darker colored (less than 5-6 wet diapers per day) Has not urinated in over 8 hours
  • Seizure like activity
  • Worsening-Looking or acting sicker: ANY NEW, worrisome, changing or worsening symptoms, improved, now acting sick again, or resolved fever returned

 

Contact Us:

Call: 910-892-1333

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CV Practice Update 05-28-20

Routine Appointments to resume June 1st

Beginning June 1st,  routine appointments will resume at our office.
We will maintain our mobile clinic for sick patients who do not pass screening but healthy patients will be permitted inside the office.
Each patient/guest permitted inside will be required to wear a mask.  For families that do not have access to a mask, we are graciously accepting continued donations. Elastic has been difficult to find but masks made with other stretchy material are working great!

Any questions or concerns, please call 910-892-1333. 

Show us what Corona Virus means to you.. IN ART FORM!

Read about our CV Artwork Promo Below

Greetings ABC family.. As we all push through these trying times while quarantined at home, ABC Pediatrics thinks an art contest is in order! With that in mind, we are asking our parents to encourage their children to create a drawing, painting, digital artwork, or some other type of art illustration that encompasses what Corona Virus has meant to them to this point.

Instead of dropping your artwork off, we want you to upload a picture or short video of your child holding the artwork. The images will be hung in the office and we’ll award prizes to the winning artists! (Prizes TBD) We will also highlight the artwork on social media as the contest moves along. (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) 

We're allowing a 30-day window for entries so start planning your creatives!

Have Questions?

How's the ABC Team doing during CV?

Let us know with a review on Google 

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It’s Kindergarten Registration time and WE ARE READY!

COVID-19 has closed our schools for the time being. However, we are confident that each passing day of social distancing brings us one more day closer to the time that we can resume some normal activities. Sending our children back to school is one of those anticipated activities. There will be no delay at ABC Pediatrics in ensuring that your child is ready for Kindergarten! Despite the current pandemic, we’ve restructured our entire office approach to patient care according to American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines to ensure your child’s appointment is conducted SAFELY. Our goal is to keep your child on target for this important milestone so there are no issues for his/her enrollment when our schools reopen. We have the necessary immunizations available and the appropriate state forms on file as well.

Not sure what to expect? Below is a list of services provided by our ABC Pediatrics’ Health Care Team that will be performed at your child’s Kindergarten health assessment visit. ALL services listed are performed on site during the visit.

  • Check his/her height

  • Check his/her weight

  • Check his/her temperature

  • Obtain a urine specimen and a small sample of blood from him/her for lab testing

  • Test his/her hearing

  • Check his/her ability to see by performing two different and fun vision assessments

  • Review answers to several questions to confirm his/her readiness for school

  • Perform a complete physical exam to make sure he/she is healthy

  • Make recommendations based on the readiness questionnaire and the physical exam that will allow for the best possible school year results

  • Administer any necessary and required vaccines

  • Complete his/her required Kindergarten health assessment form

  • Give stickers, hugs, and best wishes to him/her for a fantastic year in Kindergarten!

 

Please call us today for an appointment at 910-892-1333.


Practice Update-Corona Virus 03/31/2020

Shelter in Place Order DOES NOT APPLY to HEALTH CARE NEEDS.

We’ve restructured our approach to providing care and will continue to fulfill the pediatric healthcare needs of our community.  

  • SICK CARE: Until further notice, our office hours are Monday thru Friday, 9:00am until 3:00pm. In lieu of our walk-in clinic, SAME DAY sick and urgent visits are AVAILABLE in the morning and in the afternoon. Please come between 9:00 am and 11:00 am or between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Sick patients are isolated and necessary care is provided inside their vehicles by medical staff members fully clothed in Personal Protective gear to protect you and our staff from the spread of the Coronavirus.  All previously provided IN-OFFICE services are available to our patients being seen in their vehicle. Lab testing, nebulizer treatments and medication administration remain available for vehicle visits. 
  • NEWBORN CARE & IMMUNIZATIONS: Provider/Nurse teams are designated daily for newborn infant care and well physical exams for all patient ages. Scheduled patients are brought into specifically designated and maintained areas of our office that are exclusively utilized for well patients. Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing measures are performed repeatedly after each patient visit to ensure the MAXIMUM protection for our patients. Segregated triage and lab collection processes are being employed that will also protect patients from extraneous exposure to other well patients.
  • TELEHEALTH VISITS: Health care provider teams are also designated daily for telephonic visits. Patients needing provider advice and/or medication management but prefer to limit exposure by not scheduling an in-office visit can maintain their child’s healthcare needs by receiving a telephonic or a virtual call from a health care provider.
  • MENTAL HEALTH: In light of the COVID19 pandemic, we understand your child may still be struggling with mental health issues, and you, as a parent, are faced with new and or unfamiliar issues.  Our mental health department remains fully staffed. Our counselors are connecting to patients via a tele-health platform (visual and audio) when the patient’s internet service permits or via telephone (audio only) when internet services are not adequate to support the visual connection. For questions or additional information, please request to speak with Maria or Victoria at ext 2227.  
  • ALLERGY SHOTS: We will continue to support our patients receiving IN-OFFICE allergy injections on your regularly scheduled visits.  

As always, after hours service remains available 7 days a week when our office is not open. Just dial our main number and follow the after-hours instructions. THANK YOU! For your support and understanding as we navigate this COVID-19 pandemic together.

RESTRUCTURED! And OPEN TO SERVE YOUR HEALTHCARE NEEDS! 03-25-20

THANK YOU! For your support and understanding as we navigate this COVID-19 pandemic on a LOCAL level.

Our ABC Pediatrics’ Family and our healthcare team would like to convey our most sincere appreciation for your support and response to our ever-evolving approach to dealing with the COVID19 pandemic. In order for our approach to be successful, we are striving to communicate with our patients on a regular, if not daily, schedule.  Our goal from the outset of the uncertainty created by COVID-19 has been and will continue to be maintaining your child’s healthcare while thoughtfully considering exposure to both our staff and our patients. Accordingly, effective Thursday, March 26th, our office hours are now 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday.  This means that our previously scheduled WALK-IN CLINIC is no longer available from 7:45 am to 8:45 am.  HOWEVER, SAME DAY Sick and Urgent visits are NOW AVAILABLE ANYTIME during these new office hours. PLEASE call our office (910.892.1333) during the day or after hours for additional guidance as needed.  

ALL persons requesting entrance to our building are being screened by our clinical personnel utilizing COVID-19 CDC guidelines. Screeners take precautions to protect both themselves and our guests by wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Please prepare your little ones that we may look a little different from the last time that they came to our office, but the costume is for everyone’s protection. Patients who are cleared by the screening process will be directed into and through our office accordingly. THERE WILL BE NO PATIENTS IN OUR WAITING ROOMS.  

Patients that DO NOT clear the screening process WILL NOT be permitted inside our building.  Patients not passing screening will have our medical providers COME TO THEM and they will be seen INSIDE THEIR VEHICLE.   

WE are doing everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while obeying the guidelines of social distancing. However, we recognize the importance of maintaining ongoing and complete health care for our patients. ABC Pediatrics has developed a multifaceted approach to ensure patients receive UNINTERRUPTED well care, medication management, mental health care and allergy immunotherapy, while still maintaining service for our sick patients. Here is how we are providing these services:

  • SICK CARE: Three health care provider teams are designated daily for SICK CARE. Sick patients are isolated to their vehicles and necessary care is provided inside their vehicles. There are very few limitations for providers to provide care to sick patients. All previously IN-OFFICE services are available to our patients being seen in their vehicle.  Lab testing, nebulizer treatments and medication administration remain available for vehicle visits. 
  • NEWBORNS & WELL CARE: Three health care provider teams are designated daily for WELL CARE. Scheduled patients are brought into specifically designated and maintained areas of our office that are exclusively utilized for well patients. Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing measures are performed repeatedly after each patient visit to ensure the MAXIMUM protection for our patients. Segregated triage and lab collection processes are being employed that will also protect patients from extraneous exposure to other well patients.
  • TELEPHONIC & VIRTUAL CALLS: At least one health care provider is designated daily for telephonic visits. Patients needing provider advice and/or medication management but prefer to limit exposure by not scheduling an in-office visit can maintain their child’s healthcare needs by receiving a telephonic or a virtual call from a health care provider.
  • MENTAL HEALTH CARE: Even though schools have transitioned to on-line and virtual classes, your child may still be struggling with mental health issues, and you, as a parent, may now be faced with new and or unfamiliar issues.  Our mental health department remains fully staffed.  At present, our counselors are connecting to patients via a tele-health modality (visual and audio) when the patient’s internet service permits or via telephone (audio only) when internet services are not adequate to support the visual connection.   For questions or additional information, please call out Mental Health Department directly at a 910.892.1333, Ext 2277 and speak with Maria or Victoria.  
  • ALLERGY DEPARTMENT:  We will continue to support our patients receiving IN-OFFICE allergy injections on your regularly scheduled visits.  For those patients who self-administer their allergy injections at home, please expect a call from one of our Allergy Specialists in the next few days for updated information.  

Your patience, support, and continued trust in what we do here at ABC PEDIATRICS are most sincerely appreciated.  Please follow us on FaceBook and visit our website for status changes, updates to our availability and to get the latest modifications to our workflow as we continually adjust and adapt our efforts to meet the needs of our patients. 

Sincerely, Dr. Vincent M. Chiodo- President

Saturday Services – Covid-19 Update

In the past, ABC Pediatrics has extended our commitment to our patients with a Saturday morning in-office clinic service.  However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and enhanced screening efforts now utilized for face to face visits at our office, weekend IN-OFFICE care will be conducted by phone until further notice.

For Saturday and Sunday assistance, please utilize our after-hours service by dialing 910-892-1333. Follow the instructions to leave a message for the ABC Pediatrics’ On-Call provider.  The On-Call provider will return your call.  Based on your discussion with the provider, and while accessing your child’s full medical record during the call, the provider will provide guidance and treatment based on your child’s history and current symptoms.

Walk-in clinic will remain available every weekday morning from 7:45 am until 8:45 am.  ALL persons seeking care will be screened by our medical personnel at the office entrance utilizing COVID-19 CDC guidelines.  Patients who are cleared by the screening process will be directed to return to their vehicles while paperwork is prepared.  When the patient’s provider is ready to see them, a staff member will call the patient/parent/guardian and escort them directly to our triage area and then directly to their exam room.  THERE WILL BE NO PATIENTS IN OUR WAITING ROOMS.

Patients that DO NOT clear the screening process as outlined by CDC guidelines for COVID-19 WILL NOT be permitted inside our building.  Those patients not passing screening will have one of our medical providers COME TO THEM and they will be evaluated INSIDE THEIR VEHICLE.

THANK YOU! for your patience, cooperation and understanding as your ABC PEDIATRICS’ HEALTHCARE TEAM attempts to follow the prescribed CDC Guidelines for safe interactions and provide care for your child during this MOST UNUSUAL COVID-19 pandemic.  Please continue to pray for our country, our leaders and your neighbors.

Covid-19 Update-March 16,2020

Office Update 03/16/2020 Corona Virus

COVID 19 has most certainly impacted our activities of daily living.  This pandemic has closed our schools, cancelled our sporting events and limited social gatherings.  From a medical standpoint, symptoms of infection can range from mild respiratory symptoms to high fever and respiratory distress.  Our family members over the age of 60, those with chronic illnesses and those with weakened immune systems seem to be the most vulnerable.  We have learned new phrases — “SOCIAL DISTANCING” and “SELF QUARANTINE”. Anxiousness, frustration, worry, and fear are emotions that are running high at this time.

At ABC Pediatrics, our approach to this pandemic has been thoughtfully considered based on recommendations from local, state and federal agencies. We believe that our efforts will help protect our patients, our patients’ families, our staff and our staff’s families from this very serious and contagious virus.

  1. At this time, ALL persons seeking entrance to our building will be screened at the entrance utilizing COVID-19 CDC guidelines by our medical personnel.  Patients who are cleared by the screening process will be directed to return to their vehicles while paperwork is prepared.  When their provider is ready to see them, a staff member will call the patient/parent/guardian and escort them directly to our triage area and then directly to their exam room.  THERE WILL BE NO PATIENTS IN OUR WAITING ROOMS.
  2. Patients that DO NOT clear the screening process as outlined by CDC guidelines for COVID-19 WILL NOT be permitted inside our building.  Those patients not passing screening will have our medical providers COME TO THEM and they will be seen INSIDE THEIR VEHICLE.
  3. Efforts are underway to personally reach out to all patients with scheduled recheck and well appointments. WE are doing everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 inside our facility.  None-the-less, IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED that well patients risk exposure by coming to our office.  ABC Pediatrics’ Provider/Nurse teams will be conducting personal phone calls in lieu of face to face visits for rechecks, medication management and mental health care.

You have demonstrated your trust and confidence in our healthcare team for over 25 years.  As mentioned at the beginning of this post, much thought and consideration have gone into our strategy so that we can CONTINUE to deliver the highest level of healthcare to you and your loved ones during these most unprecedented times.  We ask for your patience, support, and continued trust.  We will keep you updated on our status and notify you of any new modifications on a daily basis as we will continue to adjust our efforts to meet the needs as they are presented to us.  We are a well-tuned healthcare deliver team and WE WILL SEE EACH AND EVERYONE of our patients through this pandemic.

DON’T forget:  UTILIZE FREQUENT HAND-WASHING, SNEEZE or COUGH into the crease of your arm, and AVOID going out into the public as much as possible for the near future.

Thank you for the trust and confidence that you have placed in us.  We will keep you and your family in our prayers and would ask you to do the same for us.

God Bless!

Corona Virus Update

Update 03/13/2020
An administrative meeting was conducted today to discuss and develop a plan for how COVID19 (The CoronaVirus) will impact your child’s healthcare delivery over the next few weeks and beyond. Please know that extensive efforts are being put into place to ensure your family receives the same level of care you’ve come to expect from our ABC Pediatrics providers while considering the Center for Disease Control’s suggestions to limit social interactions. A detailed plan will be announced in the very near future.
Our plan will include patient guest limitations, patient and guest screening prior to entering the building, designated shifts for well patient appointments, telephonic visits with a provider, visits provided in your vehicle and efficient management for patients with COVID19 exposure or symptoms. Drs. Vince and Mary Ann Chiodo are actively working with local and state agencies to prepare the ENTIRE ABC PEDIATRICS’ FAMILY for the needed evaluation and management of the multi-faceted aspects of this pandemic. Please stay tuned for further updates and information. We GREATLY appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this never before experienced situation together.
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Original Update:
Based on calls already flooding into the office about the positive Coronavirus (COVID19) in NC, Drs. Vince and Mary Ann would like our families to refer to the CDC’s website/suggestions. She feels they have compiled the most accurate, up-to-date and easy to follow information about the virus. Parents should know that our entire health care team is staying abreast of the signs, symptoms and treatment for the virus and will continue to provide the best medical treatment possible for anyone that may be affected.
Our best tip for today:
WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN WITH SOAP AND WATER!

2019 Susan A. Ryals Scholarship Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Maura Westbrook!

The 2019 Susan Ryals Scholarship was presented to Maura Lillian-Grace Westbrook Thursday, August 8th at the ABC office.

Maura is the daughter of Michelle Westbrook, LPN and Brent Westbrook, PA-C. She graduated Clinton High School with the highest honor of the Latin System, Summa Cum Laude, with a Spanish Honors Society and National Honors Society cord.  Maura plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.

The Susan Ryals Scholarship was established by ABC Pediatrics of Dunn, P.A. in honor, memory and tribute to Susan A. Ryals, whose leadership, mentorship, thought provoking contributions and interpersonal collegiality spanned 19 years, from ABC Pediatrics’ inception in April, 1994, to her retirement in December, 2012. Even after her retirement, Susan continued her involvement with our ABC Pediatrics’ Family until she lost her battle with cancer in November, 2015. Susan’s expertise and skills are tangible and remain incorporated in the fabric of ABC Pediatrics even to this day.  May her enthusiastic approach to a challenge, her determined spirit, and her quest for self-improvement embrace, guide and encourage students as they embark on their future goals.

Best of Harnett County 2019 Results

ABC wins Best Pediatric and Medical Facility!

Greetings ABC FAM! The Daily Record‘s 2019 Best of Harnett County results are in and now official! Thanks to many of you, ABC Pediatrics has been voted the #1 Pediatric Facility in Harnett County for a 3rd year in a row! In addition, we are proud to announce that we were awarded Best Medical Facility in it’s first year as a category! 

The ABC Family is also excited to announce results for our individual providers and staff as well! ABC providers Kayla Tyndall, PA-C and Rhonda Torchio, PA-C won 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the best pediatrician category! Elizabeth “Lis” West, PNP was voted 3rd in the Best Doctor/PA category and Michelle Westbrook, LPN won 2nd place in the Best Nurse category. Wow! 

Our ABC Pediatrics’ family would like to extend our warmest appreciation to all of our patients and parents who took the time to express your opinion of the services we provide to our community. If you’d like to find out more about Abc as your pediatrician please take a look at our new patients page here or call 910-892-1333.

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