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Specialty Care

Your Primary Care physician may recommend that you be seen by a specialist. In many cases, you will be able to make an appointment with a specialist right here at DotHouse Health. Specialties available at our health center currently include: Acupuncture, Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Speech Therapy.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is offered as a medical service at DotHouse Health and is generally covered by insurance. Our staff is led by Dr. Judith Yen Loh, a Family Practitioner and Medical Acupuncturist trained by the Helms Medical Institute. Acupuncture can address many medical issues including:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cough
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine or other types of headache
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Painful and Irregular Periods
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Sinusitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Stress
  • Strokes
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

What are acupuncture treatments like?
On your first visit, the provider will review your medical history and the history of your current condition. During the acupuncture treatment, sterile, disposable needles are painlessly inserted at precise acupuncture points to balance the circulation of energy in the body. Most people find the treatments deeply relaxing and refreshing.

How can I schedule an appointment?
Please see your primary care provider at DotHouse Health to receive a referral.

 

Cardiolgy

Dr. Sheilah Bernard, Cardiologist from Boston Medical Center, is on-site to meet your specialty care needs. She can work with you to identify a more precise diagnosis and to address chronic cardiac conditions.

Gastroenterology

Dr. Carlton Moore is on site to address digestive issues and can provide expert care for hepatitis.

Speech and Language

DotHouse Health offers speech and language therapy for children and adults.

 

Speech and language therapy includes a speech and language evaluation and successive treatment sessions if necessary. Evaluation tools and clinical observations are used to diagnose speech and language disorders.

 

Speech and language therapy can address the following concerns:

  • Difficulties with speech sound pronunciation
  • Difficulties understanding language
  • Difficulties expressing language
  • Stuttering
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Low intelligibility
  • Speech and language delay
  • Speech difficulties due to brain injury
  • Cognitive/linguistic problems due to brain injury or aphasia
  • Cognitive/linguistic problems due to dementia or related disorders

Speech and Language hours:

Monday:  5:00PM – 9:00PM

Tuesday:  5:00PM – 9:00PM

Thursday:  1:00PM – 9:00PM

 

Speech and language therapy providers:

Quynh Dam, MA, CF-SLP

Clinical fellow- speech language pathologist

Education: Boston University (BS, 2013), University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA, 2015)

Languages: English, Vietnamese

Biography: Quynh Dam is currently working as a clinical fellow under the supervision of Gary

Ciambrone, MS, CCC-SLP. She speaks both English and Vietnamese and has an interest in bilingual studies for speech and language pathology. She graduated from Boston University’s undergraduate Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Program and UMass Amherst’s Master’s Program in Communication Disorders. Her clinical background includes working with children and adults with diverse speech and language disorders in a variety of different settings.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is sometimes called a speech therapist or clinician. An SLP works with people who have communication difficulties. An SLP can evaluate, diagnose, and treat disorders related to communication difficulties, including speech sounds, language, fluency, memory, and problem solving.

 

What is a Speech and Language Evaluation?

A speech and language evaluation is when the speech-language pathologist meets with the patient to discuss about his/her speech and language concerns and to determine if there is a speech and language problem. It consists of a brief interview, testing, and discussion of the test results & observations.

 

What does treatment look like?

Treatment depends on a patient’s diagnosis. For children, a play-based intervention with table top activities may be an option. If the child is working on improving production of speech sounds, we may work on manipulating the articulators and practicing sounds in syllables, words, and sentences. For adults, activities may include completing worksheet exercises and problem solving with the clinician.

 

Do you provide bilingual services?

Yes. Evaluation and treatment can be done with an interpreter. The clinician on site is culturally competent and will provide bilingual services to the best of her ability. The clinician is also bilingual in Vietnamese and English and will be able to conduct evaluation and treatment in Vietnamese, English, or both.

 

How long are the appointment sessions?

An evaluation is scheduled for one hour and a treatment session is scheduled for 30 minutes.

 

Where should I go for my appointment?

DotHouse Health is located at 1353 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester MA 02122. All patients will report to the registration office on the first floor for check in before the appointment. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in. The speech and language department is currently located on the second floor in the pediatrics department. The clinician will meet the patient in the waiting room.