Brad Kney, MD
Kerri Mathieu, PA-C
101 Sullivan Drive
Fall River, MA 02721

Dear Teen:

These are the years that your body shifts gears from childhood to adulthood - and I want to make sure that your medical care keeps up with you.

When you were a kid, Mom or Dad generally brought you to the doctor for check-ups. Now that you're an adolescent, exams might be more useful for both you and me if your parents remain in the waiting room during your check-up. Part of being an adult is taking responsibility for your own health. You, like many teenagers and adults, may find it easier to share more information with me when just the two of us are in the room.

Confidentiality is important. In fact, the law requires that anything you say during a medical exam must be kept confidential. That law helps both of us; you know that you can speak privately about anything, and I know that I can give you the best possible care when I have more information. If the exam turns up information that could mean a danger to you or others, we will have to share these concerns with your parents, but I'll discuss that with you before we talk to them.

If you have any questions or need help with any of the following topics, just ask me:

Please feel free to share this letter with your parents. I look forward to working together to keep you healthy and happy.