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Top 5 Advantages of Implementing TeleSpecialists’ Pediatric TelePsychiatry Services in Your Facility

By: | Tags: , , , | August 4th, 2022

Access to treatment for children and adolescents with mental health needs is more important than ever before. Due to a scarcity of resources and a nationwide shortage of psychiatrists available to treat these cases, many people are forced to wait weeks to receive treatment – or worse – don’t receive the necessary care at all. Implementing TeleSpecialists’ TelePsychiatry services in your facility ensures that your hospital will never have to turn patients away because of a lack of available physicians. Our pediatric TelePsychiatry service allows board-certified psychiatrists to virtually connect with child and adolescent patients 24/7 to provide the specialized treatment they need, all while helping your facility save on inpatient costs. Our TelePsychiatry program is a trusted and valuable service that can significantly improve patient outcomes in your facility.


The surge in mental health needs for children and adolescents has seen a meteoric rise post-coronavirus, leading the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and Children’s Hospital Association to declare a national emergency in children’s mental health. Now more than ever, children and teens are presenting to the emergency department with mental health needs at a significantly higher rate than pre-pandemic, likely due to the added stresses of physical isolation and fear.

Our pediatric TelePsychiatry services can help your facility be prepared to help those patients in an effective and timely manner by providing on-demand access to board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists that give full psychiatric evaluations with exams, diagnoses, and individualized disposition/treatment plans in an emergent and consult liaison setting.

Even better, treatment can start without delay while waiting for placement in a higher level of care. With this service, patients no longer have to wait to see a psychiatrist to get the help they need, which also frees up your physicians to service other patients in the ED.


Thanks to the advancement of telemedicine in the health industry, gone are the days when the only access that patients had to see a physician was in person. In fact, the virtual model of care is just as effective as the in-person model. A study published in 2000 found that diagnoses in face-to-face and telemedicine interactions were the same in 96% of the patients seen, and 82% of children interviewed in the study actually preferred the virtual model. Our physicians not only provide accurate service via TeleCart, they also can help your facility save on costs of providing face to face clinical services per patient.


Do you have children and adolescent patients who suffer from autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or severe anxiety? If so, then telepsychiatric care may serve as a more effective option to evaluate and treat those patients rather than in person care. Children with ASD often struggle with basic social interactions and are accustomed to communicating with friends and family via video conferencing. With our pediatric and adolescent TelePsychiatry services in your facility, a board-certified physician can be on screen within minutes to deliver quality care to those patients in a comfortable and familiar environment.


As with all forms of technology, its value can be determined by its effectiveness – can it do what it is supposed to do – and whether the people using it are satisfied with its performance. Telepsychiatric services are no different;. fortunately, there is an overwhelming sense of positivity regarding telepsychiatry. Data collected over the past two decades show patient satisfaction rates and physician satisfaction rates are over 90% when compared to in-person psychiatric care. One study even showed that 91% of parents preferred videoconferencing due to the ease of access.

Satisfaction isn’t the only added benefit of our TelePsychiatry services – safety is too. Children in ED who don’t receive immediate help from psychiatrists often times face barriers to optimal care and are at risk for additional trauma as they await treatment. We can help your facility avoid these issues by ensuring that your patients are met virtually by a board-certified physician within minutes of their arrival to receive swift and quality care.


Parents, patients, and ED providers are not the only ones who will be satisfied with the benefits that our TelePsychiatry service line offers. Your facility will also be satisfied with lower costs in terms of utilization when using TelePsychiatry services for pediatric patients. Patients’ length of stay in ED is reduced when they receive telepsychiatric consults, which is a significant benefit to your facility – fewer inpatient costs and increased availability in your ED. Current data from studies primarily focus on cost savings for adult services, but when extrapolated, the data would be equivalent to pediatric services, which could help lower 30-day inpatient costs by as much as $2,300.

Nattasha Acevedo, MD

Dr. Acevedo received her medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and did her neurology residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She went on to do a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Emory School of Medicine in Atla nta, Georgia and then joined private practice in Fort Myers, Florida. She currently resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She likes running, paddle boarding and spending time with family.

Bernadette Borte, MD

Dr. Borte received her medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Her areas of interest include inpatient neurology and acute stroke. When not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Dr. Borte joined the TeleSpecialist family in March of 2019.

Mazen Almidani, MD

Dr. Almidani is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and board certified in epilepsy, as well as neurology with special  qualification in child neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Almidani is happily married with 4 children. His oldest son has autism and his daughter has complicated seizures; both were a drive for him to become a neurologist. Dr. Almidani enjoys soccer, running and spending time with his family. He is very involved with his sons’ therapy and helping with daily challenges. He is double board certified in Pediatric and Adult Neurology and Epilepsy. He sees children and adults. He also participates in charities for children in Syria who may be underprivileged and/or affected by the war. Dr. Almidani joined TeleSpecialists in August 2020.

Amanda Cheshire, MD

Dr. Cheshire received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She did a fellowship in neurophysiology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Cheshire is double board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. She enjoys traveling, reading and music. She currently resides in Viera, Florida.  Dr. Cheshire joined TeleSpecialists in June 2019.

Jessica Floyd, MD

Dr. Floyd completed her neurology residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida followed by fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology with focus in EEG and epilepsy at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. She has particular interest in hospital neurology and patient education as well as the blossoming specialty of lifestyle medicine. She strives to take advantage of every encounter with patients and medical staff to empower them to do their own research into how daily thoughts, choices, and habits can add up to create greater and longer-lasting brain and neurologic health for ourselves and our loved ones. She lives in Florence, South Carolina with her awesome husband of 13 plus years and three beautiful children. She is an avid yogi, astrologer, and lover of food and all things neurology! Dr. Floyd joined the TeleSpecialist family in July 2017.

Nancy Futrell, MD

Dr. Futrell received her medical degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also did her neurology residency at the University of Utah as well as a research fellowship in cerebral vascular disease at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has authored 2 books and 50 peer reviewed papers. 

Rebecca Jimenez-Sanders, MD

Dr. Jimenez Sanders received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, and her medical degree from the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She completed her neurology residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, where she also did a specialized headache medicine and facial pain fellowship. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and her two daughters. She is also fluent in Spanish and Italian languages, and enjoys photography, baking, boating, and biking.

Cory Lamar, MD

Dr. Lamar received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his internship and residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Following residency, he completed a clinical fellowship in neurophysiology, with a concentration in epilepsy. He currently resides in Florida and enjoys outdoor activities.

Clifford Meyers, MD

Dr. Meyers received his medical degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and his MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Rochester, where he also did a neurophysiology fellowship. Dr. Meyers resides in Webster, New York with his wife and daughter. When not doing teleneurology, he enjoys playing sports with his wife and daughter.

Tao Tong, MD

Dr. Tong received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She completed her neurology residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, where she also did a neuromuscular/EMG fellowship.  She currently resides in College Station, Texas. Dr. Tong is married with two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading.

Shubhangi Chumble, MD

Dr. Chumble attended BJ Medical School. She is a board certified neurologist with a subspeciality interest in sleep medicine. Dr. Chumble did her residency at Howard University in Washington DC and has practiced neurology since 2001 in private and corporate settings. She lives in Melbourne, Florida and loves the sunshine state. Her hobbies include yoga, meditation, cooking , traveling and meeting new people. She also loves to do stained glass, pottery and painting. She joined TeleSpecialists in June 2019.