Adolescence generally ranges from the last years of elementary school until graduation from high school.

Meet Our Adolescent Physicians

David L. Wood, MD, MPH

Dr. Wood is board certified by the American Board of Preventative Medicine and Public Health, American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. 

He received a medical degree and a masters in public health from the UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health in Los Angeles, CA. He completed an internship in Pediatrics at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. He was a resident in Preventative Medicine and Public Health at the UCLA and Los Angeles County Public Health Department in Los Angeles, CA. He was then a Pediatric Resident at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. He received an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (NCHSR) Fellowship in Health Services Research, RAND Corporation and Fellow, Primary Care Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Division of General Pediatrics. 

William S. Dodd, M.D.

Dr. Dodd completed his medical education at the Quillen College of Medicine, TN  and her residency at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Dodd has a concentrated focus on adolescent medicine. He graduated with honors in 2014. Having more than 5 years of diverse experiences.

​What is the proper age range for adolescence? Adolescence generally ranges from the last years of elementary school until graduation from high school. Patients have generally entered puberty, which typically begins between the ages of 9 to 11 for girls, and 11 to 14 for boys. Adolescent medicine incorporates aspects of gynecology, endocrinology, sports medicine, nutrition, dermatology, and psychology. Some adolescent issues can include:


  • Sexually transmitted disease (working with specialists in pediatric endocrinology, adolescent obstetrics and gynecology, immunology, infectious diseases, and urology and reproductive medicine)

  • Unintended pregnancy (working with specialists in adolescent obstetrics and gynecology, especially in neonatology and maternal-fetal medicine; many- though not all- are medically risky or high-risk cases and/or to those with psychosocial, environmental, and socioeconomic challenges)

  • Birth control (there is currently a drive in the United States federal government's health care policy to ensure access to any and all prescription or non-prescription contraceptive methods to adolescent minors who request them, especially if they are over a certain age)

  • Substance abuse

  • Menstrual disorders

  • Acne (working with specialists in dermatology who treat adolescents)

  • Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa

  • Certain mental illnesses (especially personality disorders, anxiety disorders, major depression and suicide, bipolar disorder, and certain types of schizophrenia)

  • Delayed or precocious puberty (often working with specialists in adolescent pediatric endocrinology, urology, and andrology)

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