Jeoffrey K. Wolens, MD
After moving to Houston in 1997, I worked for a solo practice physcian in North Houston before joining TCPA in 1998. I then worked in several offices for TCPA until 2006. During part of this time, I was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor from 2001-2005 when I was the Pediatrician at Shriner's Hospital for Children- Houston.
I started V.I.P. Pediatrics as I wanted to provide top-quality pediatric care without the large corporate structure that seems to limit creativity and the personal touch. Our facility is constructed to be a "kid" friendly environment with an emphasis in helping entertain and distract children of all ages. We love hearing how children just want to stop by our office to play!
Another priority for me was ready access to the doctor and staff. If your child is sick and you want to see the doctor- you are seen the same day. If you just want to ask the doctor a question- your call is returned the same day. We treat all our patients like they are VIPs.
I believe in teaching parents and children about medicine and how to manage medical issues in children. During my academic career, I enjoyed teaching future doctors about pediatrics. Now, I want to teach families about the medical needs of their children. I teach parents how to manage most common childhood issues and when a trip to the doctor's office is warranted.
I am also a strong advocate for breastfeeding infants. I have seen benefits of breastfeeding for any length of time, and I think that a goal of 6 breastfeeding for 6 months is a realistic goal for most mothers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least 1 year, and I applaud all moms who continue breastfeeding for this length of time or more.
We practice western medicine but are comfortable with our families seeking alternative health care for some conditions. We always try to explain the medical conditions and the pros and cons of our recommended treatments. This does include vaccines, which we strongly recommend for all our patients. While we allow our families to do alternative vaccine schedules or not vaccinate their children at all, we do try to emphasize the risk such practices pose to the child and all those around the child as well as epidemics have developed in several undervaccinated communities in the US that put all children at risk.
In today's world, a pediatrician is a member of a team whose goal is to raise a healthy and happy child.
Wendy B. Badgwell, MD
Dr. Badgwell is excited to join the VIP Pediatrics team. She graduated from Texas A&M Medical School in 1999 and then completed her residency in Med/Peds (combining Internal Medicine and Pediatrics) at Ohio State University in 2003. She has over 10 years of experience previously practicing in Ohio, Arkansas and Texas in hospitals and in office settings before finally settling back in Houston in 2013. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
After practicing in a variety of office/hospital settings, Dr. Badgwell has learned that time with patients is an important factor in delivering quality care. She agrees with the VIP philosophy of treating each patient as important and strives to treat each patient as if he/she were one of her own. As a mother of three, ages 2, 6 and 8 she can also identify with parents and the challenges of raising healthy, happy kids. Dr. Badgwell supports breastfeeding like the rest of the VIP team. Through medical school to motherhood she has integrated both knowledge and real life experience to offer compassionate care for children.
Dee Davis, CPNP, MSN
Dee joined V.I.P. Pediatrics in the fall of 2009 after returning to south Texas from a year in West Texas. Dee previously worked for Texas Children's Hospital Emergency Room as a nurse practitioner for over 10 years and has years of experience working in private pediatricians offices.
As a certified Nurse Practitioner, Dee provides the same level of care as our physician and sees patients independently from Dr. Wolens, although she is supervised by him. She can prescribe medications, perform well and ill exams and has expertise in trauma, lacerations, treatment of abscesses, and other emergency care problems. Dee also has expert care in taking care of her own son and enjoys helping new parents with nursing and dealing with the unexpected issues of motherhood.