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Doctor Who?

Here are some types of health care providers your teen may visit. This list is not all-inclusive

Adolescent Health Specialist

Consider taking your teen to an adolescent health specialist. These specialists have the training and expertise to help teens and young adults with their complex physical, behavioral, and emotional health care needs – from physical exams and protection against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) to reproductive and mental health care.

Family Physician

If your teen is not comfortable in the pediatrician's office, surrounded by kids' movies and toy blocks, you may want to consider visiting a family physician. Family physicians are medical doctors who specialize in providing comprehensive medical care and preventive services to each member of the family, without regard to patient age, gender, or type of problem (biological or behavioral). A family physician can handle your teen's annual checkup, keeping him or her up-to-date on immunizations, and ensuring he or she is on the path to healthy growth and development.
Here are some types of
health care providers
your teen may visit.
This list is not


Your teen may already see a pediatrician. A pediatrician specializes in the care of infants, children, and adolescents. A health care provider your teen is already seeing will have his or her growth and development history, including medical conditions, allergies, and vaccinations. The pediatrician also may be a familiar face and voice for your teen.


Some health care professionals recommend that girls have their first gynecologic visit between the ages of 13 and 15. This type of health care provider will most likely ask her about menstruation and sexual activity. If you choose to start taking your teen for gynecological exams, it is also important to take her for a general annual checkup. This will ensure that non-gynecologic matters are also covered.