Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine at ACH JHM will help children enjoy happy and healthy lives by providing comprehensive care that is easily accessible, highly coordinated and focused on positive outcomes.  The clinic focuses on prevention and treatment of common pediatric conditions as well as the management of children with complex conditions. The clinic provides:

  • Preventative and well-child care including immunizations and screenings for infants, school age children and adolescents through application of evidence-based practices (we follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Immunization schedules)
  • Care for patients experiencing acute/sick symptoms
  • Same-day appointments to accommodate the patient and family

In addition to the care provided in clinic, our Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine practice also has:

Services We Provide

Notice to Prospective Patients about  Vaccines

Our practice believes that vaccinating children and young adults is a crucial step in promoting healthy lives and healthy futures. Routine childhood immunizations have resulted in a tremendous decline in serious infections, disability and death. Unfortunately, life-threatening illnesses like measles, meningitis and pertussis (whooping cough), among others, have become increasingly prevalent in the United States due to deviations from the recommended vaccine schedules. Sadly, a single unvaccinated child within your community or a single unvaccinated passenger on a routine airline flight may expose your child to these highly preventable illnesses. We understand that parents have questions and concerns about certain vaccines, and our pediatricians will be happy to discuss those concerns with you as a new patient.

Our mission is to promote the health of the individual child while also promoting the health of all children. Because failure to follow the recommended childhood vaccine schedule may endanger the health and life of a child, as well as endanger the lives of other individuals with whom the child comes in contact, we strongly encourage all parents to vaccinate their children on time, according to the recommended schedule.Therefore, if you have already decided with absolute certainty that you will not vaccinate your child(ren), we encourage you to find another health care provider who shares your views.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Our Team

 Dr. Heinz Chavez

Dr. Heinz Chavez
Dr. Chavez joined All Children’s and the general pediatrics program in 2006. He received his medical degree from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City, Guatemala and completed his pediatric training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in Newark.  Dr. Chavez also was an associate researcher for the World Health Organization’s Epidemiological Research Center in Reproductive Health and studied pediatric endocrinology and diabetes in Germany at University Children’s Hospital, Eberhard-Karls-Universitatet, Tuebingen. He speaks English, Spanish and German.

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 Rachel Dawkins, MD Rachel Dawkins, MD
Rachel Dawkins, MD has joined our practice as medical director and director of Clinical Experiences for Physicians in Training. Originally from the St. Petersburg/ Clearwater area, Dr. Dawkins completed undergraduate and medical school at the University of Miami. She moved to New Orleans for residency at Louisiana State University, where she also completed a year as chief resident. As a faculty member at LSU, Dr. Dawkins spent six years as an associate program director for the pediatric residency program. Dr. Dawkins is immediate past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Young Physicians. Dr. Dawkins' research and interests are in advocacy, resident education and childhood obesity.

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 Raquel G. Hernandez MD, MPH

Raquel G. Hernandez MD, MPH
Raquel G. Hernandez MD, MPH is assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her medical school, residency and fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She additionally completed a Master in Public Health with an emphasis on nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health during her fellowship in general academic pediatrics.
Her research currently focuses on identifying factors that enhance obesity prevention and treatment efforts in within the pediatric primary care setting with a focus on the role of parental perceptions of child weight and provider communication strategies as modifiable factors to reduce obesity risk in preschool age children. Dr. Hernandez is also currently working on a grant-funded project to delineate socio-ecologic factors that may promote return to healthy weight in a national sample of school age children.
She is additionally associate director of medical education All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Pediatric Residency Program in St. Petersburg. Dr. Hernandez is also an ongoing contributor to the Johns Hopkins Internet Learning Curriculum, an electronic pediatric focused training curriculum used in over 30 pediatric residency programs across the country.

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 Christine Moore, ARNP, PNP-C

Christine Moore, ARNP, PNP-C
Christine Moore ARNP, PNP-C is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner that joined Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at All Children’s Hospital John Hopkins Medicine in July 2013. She has over 7 years of clinical experience in pediatric care and has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for over three years.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts in 2006. In 2009, she received her Master of Science to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with recognition as a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She has been board certified with the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Christine is very happy to be at All Children’s Hospital John Hopkins Medicine and is looking forward to meeting new patients and families.


Our Resident Providers

We are committed to training the next generation of pediatricians.  Our pediatric residency program brings some of the brightest young doctors from around the world to ACH JHM where our faculty physicians, staff, and patients work together to provide excellent training for our resident physicians. As a teaching hospital and teaching clinic, we are as committed to their education as we are to providing excellent clinical care and advancing the field of pediatrics. As clinic providers, our residents will promote the care of your child in coordination with our faculty physicians. By working with our residents, families not only benefit from our coordinated clinical care but also participate in the development of our future pediatricians.

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