Pediatrician Dr. Carrin Schottler-Thal encourages her patients' families to take a proactive approach to health care, stressing the importance of good diets and exercise, and screenings and immunizations to help keep children healthy. "It's important for parents to feel comfortable talking to their child's pediatrician in order to educate themselves about issues facing children, and also to help them voice any concerns they may have about their child." she says.
Dr. Schottler-Thal says good health begins in the home. Parents can set an example for their children with healthy eating habits, regular physical activity, and good communication to promote overall well-being. And despite demanding schedules, Dr. Schottler-Thal says it?s easier than you think. "I make it a practice to take a walk with my own family each night after dinner. It's our opportunity to spend time together, discuss our day and fit in exercise at the same time."
Dr. Schottler-Thal is head of the division of pediatrics at Albany Medical Center and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Albany Medical College. She received her medical degree from Albany Medical College in 2000, and went on to complete her residency at Albany Medical Center Hospital. She is board certified in pediatrics, and sees patients from newborns to adolescents.