Adolescent Medicine

During the teen and young adult years, your child’s body, mind and social life are changing. At Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, we care for your child during this time of transition with sensitivity and respect.

At any age, we want to make sure every aspect of your child’s care is covered. That’s why we work closely with your primary care doctor, as well as psychiatrists, nutritionists and other specialists as needed.

Dr. Elba Iglesias leads our adolescent medicine division. She’s a board-certified pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist with extensive knowledge and experience caring for patients from age 11 well into their college years. Dr. Iglesias discovered her calling for working with teens during medical training. She quickly realized she connects well with this age group and enjoys working with older kids who are at a critical crossroads in life.

Compassionate care teens trust

Every teen is different. Different bodies. Different outlooks on life. Different concerns at home and school. We take the time to connect with your child and get to know them personally. We help children and young adults feel at ease because we are sensitive, understanding and we respect their privacy. You get the best care for your teen in this environment of mutual trust and respect.

Young women's health and gynecology

Healthcare for young women includes:

  • Checking development during puberty
  • Keeping tabs on her menstrual cycle (period) and helping with any problems like irregular, heavy or painful periods
  • Regular gynecologic exams
  • Caring for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can cause hormone imbalances and lead to long-term health risks
  • Family planning/birth control counseling
  • Screening and testing for sexually transmitted infections

Eating disorders

We help young people manage eating disorders such as:

  • Anorexia
  • Binge eating
  • Bulimia
  • Other categories of feeding and eating disorders

Mental and behavioral health

We screen young people to see if they are at their emotional best, or if they might need help with things like:

  • Bullying
  • Gender-related issues and identity assessment
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Questions about sexuality
  • Safety on social media
  • Substance abuse

Our goal is to open the lines of communication so we can get teens the right kind of help for whatever is going on in their lives. As needed, we can refer them to psychiatrists/psychologists, nutritionists, endocrinologists (hormone specialists) or other specialists.

Specialty care for female athletes

Young female athletes have many of the same concerns as male athletes - such as how to stay in prime shape and train injury-free. They also need to watch their eating and training habits to keep their hormones balanced. Regular periods are one key indicator of balanced hormones. We evaluate and treat issues related to nutrition and hormone balance for female athletes, and work closely with sports medicine experts when needed.

Make an appointment

For more information about Adolescent Medicine, please call 954-265-1460. Please plan to spend about an hour for your first visit.

We are located at:

Memorial Medical Office Centre
1150 North 35 Ave, Suite 560
Hollywood, FL 33021