UA's Dr. Richard A. Wahl Serves as Primary-Care Physician at Kino Teen Center
The only primary-care medical clinic in Southern Arizona devoted exclusively to patients between the ages of 12 and 21 is open at the Kino Teen Center, 2801 E. Ajo Way in Tucson.
Dr. Richard A. Wahl, pediatric specialist at the Steele Memorial Children's Research Center at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center -- and the only board-certified adolescent-medicine physician in Southern Arizona -- recently began seeing patients at the Kino Teen Center's adolescent-medicine clinic. The center's only primary-care physician, he addresses a wide range of concerns for teen-agers, treating illnesses and injuries, administering physicals for school and sports activities and addressing reproductive-health issues for young people.
The adolescent-medicine program is integrated with an obstetrics/gynecology clinic at the center that offers prenatal care, childbirth and parenting classes. University Physicians provides services for both clinics. However, the clinics have operated without a primary-care physician for the past two years. Dr. Wahl's presence, on Monday mornings, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, serves to revitalize the primary-care program at the teen center.
"This is a clinic purely for adolescents," says Dr. Wahl. "It is designed to help young people feel comfortable."
In addition to a casual environment with such features as a large-screen television and computer availability, the teen center offers confidentiality. With two health educators and a case manager on staff, teens can benefit from confidential health-education and counseling resources.
Appointments for the adolescent-medicine and ob/gyn clinics at the Kino Teen Center can be made by calling University Physicians, (520) 243-6659.
The Kino Teen Center is located across the street from University Physicians Hospital at Kino. It was started in 1997 as a primary resource for adolescents by the Pima County Health Department and is currently operated by the Pima County Community Resources Department in cooperation with the health department. In addition to the medical clinics, the center offers adolescent one-stop referrals to two alternative charter high schools, skills training, a computer center and job-placement assistance.