Special to Delta County Independent
Delta Health is excited to announce the opening of its new pediatrics clinic which will provide compassionate, quality, pediatric healthcare to Delta County starting in March 2021.
With 22 years of experience, Delta Health Pediatrics is also excited to welcome its new provider, Dr. Amanda Lovette. Originally from Houston, Texas, Lovette is dedicated to meeting the needs of the children in the community by providing remarkable healthcare.
“We are excited to have Dr. Lovette on our team. She is an amazing physician who brings integrity and wealth of knowledge about pediatric care,” said Matt Heyn, CEO/president for Delta Health. “We are working hard to create a pediatrics clinic that is welcoming and an environment that your children will enjoy coming to.”
Lovette’s care philosophy focuses on looking at children as a whole and she loves the action of caring for children and meeting their unique needs.
“Children are so honest and fun, and I have a sense of wanting to protect them,” said Lovette. “It’s my job to learn from them and to diagnose them even if they never say a word. That’s a skill and it’s not an easy skill; it does take time and intuition.”
One of the reasons Lovette enjoys pediatrics is getting to spend time with the children she provides care for. She loves joking with them, talking with them and learning what they need so that they walk away from her office feeling better.
“I’m not the kind of doctor that walks [into the room] and just looks at the computer screen,” said Lovette. “We like to interact with our kids, we like to enjoy our time with our kids, and we want them to want to come to see us. We truly care about the children in this community, and it is my commitment to make this an amazing pediatrics practice.”
For Lovette, pediatrics means understanding that children’s disease processes vary from adults and they have a different set of needs like immunizations. Pediatrics is a specialty, she said, and it specifically requires understanding how to address the needs of children.
Lovette did her training at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and fell in love with pediatrics during her third year as a medical student as she was finishing up her pediatrics rotation.
“I held the hand of a patient when they passed away and had to document their time of death,” said Lovette. “I saw a child with cancer leave the hospital cured, and I had children with cancer bounding around the hallways asking me to dance with them.”
During Lovette’s medical training evaluation, the attending physician, who she greatly admired, told her: “Amanda, if my children were younger and if I had to choose a pediatrician, I would pick you.”
“I had planned to go into family practice, but that day I decided to go into pediatrics,” said Lovette.
The Delta Health Pediatrics clinic was created with children in mind, and the Delta Health staff is building a team that is dedicated to the care of children, and who are willing to go above and beyond providing just medical needs.
“If we find that a family is a little short on food one week and we hear about it, we’re going to look for ways to help that family,” said Lovette. “We want our community to know that we are experts in the care of their children and [the hope is they] come away feeling like they were heard, that their children were cared for and that we care for their [children] as much as they do.”
Making the move from Texas to the Western Slope was an easy decision for Lovette, her husband and their two dogs. Although her two sons still live in the south, Lovette is excited to live near the mountains and to be able to enjoy fishing, hiking and the outdoor activities that she and her husband love.
“I also love photography,” said Lovette. “It’s one of my hobbies, and I’ve taken a trip to Easter Island and Patagonia in Chile [to do] photography. It’s a real passion of mine and here [in Colorado] I will have plenty of opportunities to do so.”
The final Delta Health Pediatrics clinic will be located at 296 Stafford Lane Suite B in Delta and will provide care for children ages zero to 18 years old and upwards of age 21.
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