Latest News & Events

The Dangers of E-cigarettes and Vaping

Calls to the Upstate New York Poison Center in regards to vaping and the use of e-cigarettes have increased in the last year.  In 2018, their call center received 52 calls.  In just 9 months this year, they have received 111 calls related to e-cigarettes.  Additionally, they have received 13 calls that are currently being investigated by the NYS DOH as possible vaping-associated pulmonary illness cases.

Currently, 1 in 5 high school students say they vape and 1 in 20 middle school students admit to trying vaping. The long-term health impact of vaping is unknown. To help combat this growing problem, the Upstate New York Poison Center has produced two educational videos to remind students and parents of the dangers of vaping, and encourage you to help spread them in your communities:
Students can view the video here:
Parents can view the video here:
In the case of a poisoning or for information purposes, you can always call the Upstate New York Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. They are open 24/7, 365 days a year.

Controlled Medication Refills

Requests for a refill on your child’s controlled medication (ie. stimulant medication for ADD/ADHD) will be processed within 3 business days (defined as Monday – Friday; weekend days do NOT count!) When completed, the office will not be calling caregivers due to significant call volumes. If you would like to know whether your refill has been processed, please call your pharmacy directly.

Screen Free Week in Rochester NY

NOTE:  The Patient Portal is still the most efficient way to request a refill on these medications. When your refill has been processed, you will receive an email notification.

If you have not signed up for the Portal, please call our office at 585-426-4100 and we would be happy to assist you! 

FORMS to be Completed?

Genesis Pediatrics Forms

If your child needs any type of form to be completed, we ask that parents/guardians please complete ALL of the pertinent portions of the form PRIOR to turning them in to the office for a provider signature. Any form turned in that isn’t fully completed by parents will need to be done before it can be processed by Genesis Pediatrics. 

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. 

4th of July Office Hours

American Flag

Our office will be closed on the 4th of July! It will reopen at 8:00am on July 5th until 3:00pm (limited hours).

Genesis Pediatrics hopes that you have a safe and happy holiday!

Memorial Day Office Closing

Pool Safety!

AGES 1-4

Below are tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to protect children from drowning.

Pool Safety

  • Never leave children alone in or near the pool or spa, even for a moment; close supervision by a responsible adult is the best way to prevent drowning in children.
  • Whenever children under age 5 are in or around water, an adult – preferably one who knows how to swim and perform CPR – should be within arm’s length, providing “touch supervision.”
  • Install a fence at least 4 feet high around all four sides of the pool. The fence should not have openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under, or through.
  • Make sure pool gates open out from the pool, and self-close and self-latch at a height children can’t reach. Consider alarms on the gate to alert you when someone opens the gate. Consider surface wave or underwater alarms as an added layer of protection.
  • The safest fence is one that surrounds all 4 sides of the pool and completely separates the pool from the house and yard. If the house serves as the fourth side of the fence, install an alarm on the exit door to the yard and the pool. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing the pool. Drowning victims have also used pet doors to gain access to pools. Keep all of your barriers and alarms in good repair with fresh batteries.
  • Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd’s hook ­– a long pole with a hook on the end — and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool. Choose a shepherd’s hook and other rescue equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity.
  • Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties.” They are not a substitute for approved life jackets and can give children and parents a false sense of security.
    Children over age 1 may be at a lower risk of drowning if they have had some formal swimming instruction. However, there is no evidence that swimming lessons or water survival skills courses can prevent drowning in babies younger than 1 year of age.
  • The decision to enroll a child over age one in swimming lessons should be made by the parent based on the child’s developmental readiness and exposure to water, but swim programs should never be seen as “drown proofing” a child of any age.
  • Avoid entrapment: Suction from pool and spa drains can trap a swimmer underwater. Do not use a pool or spa if there are broken or missing drain covers.  
  • Large, inflatable, above-ground pools have become increasingly popular for backyard use. Children may fall in if they lean against the soft side of an inflatable pool. Although such pools are often exempt from local pool fencing requirements, it is essential that they be surrounded by an appropriate fence just as a permanent pool would be so that children cannot gain unsupervised access.
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.

Pool Safely is a national public education campaign that works with partners around the country to reduce child drownings and entrapments in swimming pools and spas.

Take the Pledge and get a free Pool Safely Toolkit

One minute is all you need to take the pledge to make sure your family is safer around water this year. 

PLAN with Families – Recruitment Period Extended again!

The PLAN program is still eagerly accepting interested families in learning about nutrition and physical activity.

PLAN Program at Genesis Pediatrics

PLAN with Families is a 2-year family-based program that encourages healthy eating habits and promotes healthy lifestyle changes. The goal of the program is for families to learn healthy behaviors that can be maintained long-term.

Child's Ideal BMI

Criteria for participation:

  – One child between the age of 6 and 12 years old and one parent must participate. 

– Child’s BMI must be in the 85th%ile or above. 

Parent must have a BMI of 25 or above.       

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Variety of VegetablesInterested families will be asked to complete questionnaires, short computer tasks, and have their height and weight measured 5 times over the 2-years. Any other household members are welcome to participate in the program, but it is not required. Families have the opportunity to earn up to $175 over the 2-year period.

All of the program meetings will be held at Genesis Pediatrics.

Some families will continue to work directly with their own pediatrician, and some families will work with a personal PLAN coach.     
        Genesis Pediatrics’ PLAN coach is Ana Martin who is here to help! 
PLAN Coach Ana Martin

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Ana Martin at 585-273-4086 (office) or 585-369-7310 (work cell phone), or call Genesis Pediatrics at 585-426-4100. You can also visit