MICHELLE FORBES, MD
MD PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES
The River Walk Central Park
2560 Central Park Ave., Suite 195
Flower Mound, Texas 75028
ADD/ADHD IN-OFFICE TESTING, COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT APPROACH
Dr. Forbes is MD Pediatric Association’s behavioral ADHD provider at its Flower Mound office, which now administers the quotient test for this condition. Prior to her joining the practice, patients had to drive to the Coppell office to receive this type of specialized testing.
“ADD affects both home and social life, which includes school, Scouts, clubs and sports activities,” Dr. Forbes said. “I take all of this into account when developing a treatment plan with my families. I’m excited about using a team approach and guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Cincinnati Children’s, designed to diagnose, manage and monitor ADD and ADHD. Using this system, we are able to input information from the patient, family and teachers, which promotes an investment from all parties involved to ensure the student’s success.”
ASTHMA AND A COMMITMENT TO TREATMENT PLANS
Having witnessed first-hand the frightening and sometimes devastating effects of asthma in children, Dr. Forbes is committed to making sure that families have the tools—medication, equipment and most importantly, an asthma action plan—to ensure their children’s asthma is optimally controlled.
“I am committed to making sure that the families I work with have these tools in place so that children don’t suffer needlessly,” she said.
A CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING TO HEALTH CARE
Dr. Forbes’ experience at her previous practice equipped her with an understanding of multicultural health care. She has had extensive exposure to the varying dynamics and different diseases unique to specific cultures. For example, she has a special interest in early treatment of sickle cell anemia, which, thanks to today’s universal newborn screening, can be more effectively controlled for greater life expectancy.
Through observations and daily interactions with such high-risk patients, as well as various cultures’ beliefs and preferences when caring for their children, Dr. Forbes has developed a full-spectrum perspective on how certain diseases and cultural differences can best be acknowledged, addressed and treated.
ABOUT DR. MICHELLE FORBES
After earning her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Dr. Forbes completed her residency training at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. An avid reader, one of her greatest passions in life is promoting childhood literacy. She was previously involved in Reach out and Read, where she joined fellow medical providers in promoting early literacy and school readiness. Dr. Forbes hopes to start a chapter here in the near future.
ABOUT MD PEDIATRIC
With five pediatricians, a physician’s assistant, five nurse practitioners and a lactation specialist on staff, MD Pediatric Associates is a leading practice that has served the local area for more than 24 years. With offices in Flower Mound and Coppell, MD Pediatrics offers after-hours and Saturday sick care and well visits; a free, round-the-clock registered pediatric nurse line; and Fast Track appointments, which are time slots that are held open each day for patients and one-time visitors with urgent care needs. Dr. Forbes joins Drs. Mark Holt and Darlene Kincaid, who in 1995 helped establish PediPlace, a full-service nonprofit clinic in Lewisville for children who are uninsured or who have Medicaid without access to health care, as well as Drs. Ralph Fitzgerald and Steve Leung.