Dr. Rebecca C. Butterfield wants her office to be a child's "medical home". That, she says requires caring not just for the child, but getting to know the family too. In doing so, she hopes to help parents find ways to enrich their child at home.
"Parents can do a lot to help their children grow?perhaps that could be by reading to their child, singing to their baby, helping children with their homework, or encouraging open communication with teens." says Dr. Butterfield.
Establishing a rapport with parents also helps Dr. Butterfield communicate with them on important issues, such as immunizations. "The best way to treat illness is to prevent it in the first place," says Dr. Butterfield. "There is a lot of misinformation out there on immunizations but they are essential for overall health. I can help answer questions for parents and alleviate any concerns they have."
Dr. Rebecca Butterfield sees pediatric patients from birth through adolescence and is an expert in treating children who have been a victim of physical and sexual abuse. Known for her delicate approach, Dr. Butterfield offers unique care for the physical, mental and emotional side effects immediately following and long after the incidence of abuse.
"We treat people from birth to twenty-one years old and we want them to feel comfortable in our office." says Dr. Butterfield. "We have specific rooms for younger patients with playful balloons on the wall and a specific adolescent exam room displaying more mature posters on the walls relevant to teen issues. We think our patients prefer coming to our office, because we are sensitive to each individual patient?s needs and the health challenges of different ages."
A general pediatrician and adolescent primary care physician, Dr. Butterfield is a member of the staff of the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center and is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Albany Medical College. She received her undergraduate degree from Union College, is an alumna of Albany Medical College and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Rochester, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong in Rochester, N.Y.
Dr. Butterfield is board certified in pediatrics and has a special interest in treating children with special health care needs, adolescents, and pediatric gynecology.