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Our Laboratory now offers two types of COVID-19 ( SARS-CoV2) testing; Rapid Antigen COVID-19 and rRT- PCR ( 11/10/2020)

Rapid COVID-19 antigen testing made by Quidel and run on Sofia-2 machine is available to patients who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 test result or to patients with COVID-19 symptoms. The test is performed after doing a telemedicine visit with one of our providers to ensure it is done at the right time. Testing too early after exposure can increase the risk of a false negative result.  We are doing testing at a specific time of the day in order to limit the exposure of our staff. The specimen is collected in your car, and you will get your results back by the end of business day.  Charges will be submitted to your insurance carrier.  However, you are responsible for any charges not covered by your insurance.


SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR Test is a real-time test intended for qualitative detection of nucleic acid that detects ultra-low levels of viral RN that can exist in the system for days or weeks after being contagious. The specimen is collected in your car (a specimen handling of $25 will be charged to cover PPE and laboratory supplies) and sent out to Quest Laboratory. Your RT-PCR test result may range from 3-5 days, up to 10 days.


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PofA COVID-19 Update ( as of 04/27/2020)

Dear Pediatrics of Arlington Families,

Our nation is currently facing one of the most challenging times in our history. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the lives of every one of us. One thing that has not changed is Pediatrics of Arlington’s (PofA) continued commitment to you and your family. PofA wants to assure you that the health and safety of your family are our top priorities.

We understand you may have questions about your child’s health and how to access care. As usual, please check our website regularly, as we will continue to provide up-to-date information on the site. This message contains important details on how to schedule an appointment, the best way to contact our office, and more.


  • Pediatrics of Arlington is open and ready to see patients.
  • Please call our main office number – 703-522-7300 – to schedule any appointment or ask questions.
  • Well visits are currently being scheduled in the morning with designated exam rooms that will remain as well exam rooms.
  • All sick visits will be screened via telephone by our providers (nurse or doctor). At this time, our walk-in hours are suspended. We are seeing sick visits as needed in the afternoon and often in your car.
  • All patients AND family members are being screened when they arrive to the office, regardless of visit type, and are then brought back immediately to an exam room.


PofA is offering telemedicine for many visits – an easy way to see one of the providers using your tablet or desktop computer. Please call our main office number to see if your questions/issues qualify for a telemedicine visit. If so, a visit time will be scheduled for you to meet virtually with one of the pediatricians. We will send you a consent form before the visit that you can email back to us.


Pediatrics of Arlington has standard protocols in place for any infectious disease, including COVID-19. We continue to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , AAP, and local and state health officials. All of these steps will protect you, your children, other patients, and our office team members. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

  • Every PofA team member will be wearing a mask and practicing safe steps during your office visit.
  • We continue “deep cleanings” during the day and nightly within the office.
  • Designated exam rooms will remain as well exam rooms throughout the day
  • Every patient and family member entering our office will be screened for health and travel history, regardless of visit type.


  • All patients and family members who come to our office must wear masks or face coverings (eg. bandanas, scarves, etc.).
  • For children 2 years and younger, alternative coverings such as a blanket over the carrier or stroller are recommended.


  • Only one adult (18 and older, parent or caregiver) should accompany your child to their appointment.
  • Please do not bring other children or family members to the appointment.

Again, please visit the Pediatrics of Arlington website regularly for more information and updates.

We are grateful for our dedicated office staff as they help us provide ongoing, safe care for your children. We would like to personally thank you for choosing PofA as your primary pediatric practice. It is an honor and privilege to work with you especially during these unprecedented, ever-evolving turbulent times. Let us know if there is anything else we can do to help guide and support you and your family.

Your Doctors at PofA
Mary Garrett, Cathy Lischwe, Nancy Kim, Alison Pease, Sarah Hesselmann, Andrew Wu, and Anjali Modi


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Information on Telemedicine Visits

Pediatrics of Arlington is working diligently to keep patients healthy and provide the best care for your child during the challenging and unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak. We are pleased to announce that we now are offering scheduled telemedicine visits in order to allow continued care while eliminating the risk of exposure to patients and family.

What is telemedicine?

Telemedicine involves the use of electronic communication technologies (computer, tablet, or smartphone) by a health care provider to deliver healthcare services to a patient when the patient and provider are at different locations.

What are the types of telemedicine visits does POA offer?

• Behavioral health follow up
• Asthma follow up
• ADHD follow up
• Allergy follow up
• Constipation follow up
• Rash
• Weight check follow up with the access of a scale at home
• Care Coordination for medically complex child
• Well visit concerns when canceling an in-office appointment

How do I schedule a telemedicine visit?

Please call the front office at (703) 522-7300 to schedule a telehealth visit.

What are the technology requirements for the telemedicine visit?

Computer, tablet or smartphone with interactive audio and video telecommunication services.
A home broadband internet connection of at least 512 kbps.

What are the specific steps needed prior to the telemedicine visit?

When you call to make an appointment, we will ask for your email address and you will be referred to for more information about telemedicine. We will send you an email reminder for your upcoming appointment 5-10 mins prior to the appointment time. Please make sure to click on the link and log in (please enter your child’s name) and you will be placed in a virtual waiting room.

Can I still get prescriptions during a telemedicine visit?

Yes, a new prescription or a refill can be sent in after the visit at the discretion of the physician. For example, certain types of infections cannot be diagnosed via telemedicine such as ear infections, strep throat, pneumonia, etc.
It is possible that after a telemedicine visit, the physician may determine that an additional in-person office visit will be required to accurately make a diagnosis. In this case, you would not be charged for an additional visit, even if that occurred on a separate day. However, if a subsequent in-office visit is for a separate issue unrelated to the visit reason for the telemedicine encounter, you will be billed a separate office visit.

What will it cost?

Telemedicine visits are billed the same way as an in-office visit. You will be responsible for your copayments, deductibles and coinsurance that may apply to the telemedicine visit.

Do I need to give consent?

Yes. Currently, a verbal consent from parent or guardian is acceptable due to the current circumstances, and we will soon have an electronic consent form available for your review. 

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

COVID-19 update:

We at Pediatrics of Arlington continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and discuss the situation on a daily basis. Due to the widespread nature of the current coronavirus outbreak, at this time we are cancelling walk-in hours for the next two weeks, effective 3/16/20-3/27/20. We are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) guidelines for risk assessment of potential patients.

Sick visits:

If your child is experiencing flu-like illness (high fevers, dry cough, trouble breathing) AND has had recent travel (within the past 30 days) to a level II or III country (China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan, UK, and Ireland) OR been exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection, out of respect to other patients and visitors to the office, we ask that you remain home if your symptoms are mild. If your child seems to be having a true medical emergency, please take him/her to the nearest ER (VHC, Inova Fairfax, Children’s National Medical Center) for evaluation for possible COVID-19 infection. Unfortunately, here at Pediatrics of Arlington, we are unable to perform testing for COVID-19.
If you are unsure how to proceed, you may call our triage help line at (703)-522-7300.

Well visits:

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to unfold, we prioritize your health and wellness as a priority and understand any concerns that you may have about bringing your healthy child to the clinic for a well visit. We prioritize your safety as our top concern and have implemented a COVID-19 risk assessment algorithm to ensure that those who potentially have been exposed are not coming into our office. At this time, our schedulers are working to reschedule all well visits to the morning hours only, and all sick and same day visits for afternoons only in an effort to mitigate the risk of infectious exposures.

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We have a patient portal!

We are excited to announce that Pediatrics of Arlington has a patient portal!

When you access our secure patient portal, you will be able to access health information for your children.

You will be able to access

* A complete immunization record

* Laboratory tests that have been reviewed 

* Previous visits

* Upcoming appointments.

Please CLICK HERE to access the portal.  You will be able to access the portal from our homepage in the next few days.

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Welcome Dr. Anjali Modi

We are so excited to welcome Dr. Anjali Modi to Pediatrics of Arlington!  

Dr. Anjali Modi is a board certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. At a very young age she started apprenticing under her physician parents, and knew that medicine was her calling. 

She graduated at the top of her class in medical school and did her residency at  Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia. 

She has been practicing pediatrics for 11 years. She has recently relocated back to the DC area, after working for a few years in Atlanta and Chicago. 

She is passionate about helping families stay healthy and is a huge proponent of preventative health. 

She lives in Arlington with her husband and 11 year old son. In her spare time she likes to cook Indian food, travel and listen to audiobooks.

She is looking forward to help children stay safe and healthy at Pediatrics of Arlington.

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Extended Hours


We have walk-in hours from 7:00am to 8:30am for acute illness only (sore throat, pink eye, ear pain, for example). You do not need to make appointments to be seen during this time period. Walk-in hours are for established patients only. These visits should be for illness that have developed over the preceding 24 hours. If your child has a more complicated or longer illness, please schedule a sick appointment so that we can allocate sufficient time to diagnose and treat your child.

Please note that we will NOT have walk-in hours on the first Tuesday of each month.

We do not have walk-in hours on Saturday mornings. Please call to make an appointment for a Saturday visit. We start scheduling patients at 8:30am.

We will continue to provide same-day sick appointments during regular office hours and late hours.



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Pediatric Neuropsychologist Dr. Caroline Ba started her practice at Pediatrics of Arlington

We are so excited to announce that Pediatric Neuropsychologist Dr. Caroline Ba has started her practice at Pediatrics of Arlington!  

Dr. Caroline Ba is a pediatric neuropsychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, etc.) and acquired difficulties with attention, learning, and executive functioning (e.g., concussion, pre-term birth, epilepsy, etc.).

Dr. Ba completed a two-year, APPCN postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology/autism at Children’s National Medical Center and an APA-accredited pediatric psychology internship at Eastern Virginia Medical Center. Her clinical experiences also include specialty training in autism/developmental disorders, behavioral sleep medicine, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, child psychology, and community mental health at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University, Children’s National, and George Washington University. Dr. Ba obtained a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from George Washington University, a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Mason University.

She is the recipient of the prestigious American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Postdoctoral Award. She was also selected for the APA MFP’s Psychology Summer Institute for research and program development training. Dr. Luong-Tran has research experience in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, executive functioning intervention, prematurity, resilience in chronic illness, Alzheimer’s disease, and cultural research. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed papers and has presented her research at numerous international, national, and regional conferences. She enjoys teaching and training students, and is a faculty member of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis and guest lecturer for local universities and institutions.

Dr. Ba is highly committed to community service and issues related to neurodiversity and cultural diversity. Prior to her career in psychology, Dr. Ba worked as specialist in refugee resettlement and was the co-founder/director of a non-profit organization serving youths and families from disadvantaged backgrounds. She was also the producer of a Vietnamese mental health television program. Dr. Ba has provided numerous free workshops for the local community, and she intends to continue serving families in the local community.

Please call 202-643-6463 to set up an appointment with Dr. Caroline Ba.  


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