CHOC Children’s – and our pediatric subspecialists – are proud to partner with pediatricians throughout Southern California to enhance the delivery of pediatric care. Together, we’re committed to securing bright futures for children. We’d like to take a moment to introduce you to one of our community partners, Dr. Theodore Caliendo. In today’s Q & A, we learn more about Dr. Caliendo, including his views on the latest advances in pediatric medicine; his perspective on the impact technology has had on his practice; and more.
What excites you most about practicing pediatric medicine?
I am most excited about having the ability to practice preventative medicine and encourage healthy habits in children.
What do you see as the latest advances in pediatric care?
Immunizations and their ability to eradicate serious infections in children have played a tremendous role in advancing pediatric care.
How has technology enhanced your practice?
Electronic technology has made it easier and quicker to store, track and retrieve patient data in my practice. It also helps create a greener office by eliminating excess paper and toner waste. Recycling and green living are important parts of our daily office practice.
How is teamwork encouraged in your practice?
Teamwork is important in our office. It’s why our busy office runs so smoothly. Each employee has a primary role, but I feel it is equally important for all of my employees to be cross trained in all areas of the practice. By doing this, the practice runs more efficiently. There is always someone ready and willing to help out when needed. There is also a better understanding of each person’s workload, which is important in helping everyone feel respected and appreciated.
What does your team do to release stress?
My employees relieve stress in several ways. First, they relieve stress by taking short breaks so they can sit and relax for a few minutes. We celebrate throughout the year with themed potlucks. Sharing food, laughter and good conversation are great stress relievers and allow my employees to get to know each other better on a personal level. A lifestyle of healthy food choices and weekly exercise is encouraged in my practice, and also helps to relieve stress outside of the office setting.
Dr. Caliendo is in solo practice with an office in Mission Viejo. He is board certified in both pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal Medicine. In addition to providing the full spectrum of general pediatric care, he offers counseling for pediatric obesity. Also, Dr. Caliendo serves on the board of directors for CHOC Health Alliance as well as the Physician Advisory Council (PAC) for CalOptima.