LIHUE — Having worked on Kauai for almost six years, pediatrician Jami Knox knew she wanted to serve Kauai’s children through her own practice. As her son encouraged her dream, Knox created “Aloha Pediatrics” for the future health of Kauai’s keiki.
“It’s really family-centered and that’s what my goal is, to keep it personal and family centered,” Knox said. “A lot of people feel like they’re a number when they walk into an office and that’s not how I work.”
Since its beginning on Jan. 5 of this year, Aloha Pediatrics has offered Kauai’s children multiple types of care including sick, urgent and infant care in addition to physicals.
Asthma treatment is also one of Knox’s specialties as she understands the difficulty of controlling the condition due to the amount of vog and pollen on the island.
She sees patients of all ages from newborns up to 21-year-olds, and enjoys working with all of them.
“I love my patients,” Knox said. “I love that I have relationships with my patients. Honestly that’s what makes it all worth it.”
Located in Harbor Mall, Aloha Pediatrics also offers children a friendly setting.
“It’s really nice to be able to have people come into our office and it’s a relaxing comfortable atmosphere,” said Dr. George Knox, Jami’s husband and the clinic’s office manager. “It’s really kind of a labor of love here.”
George Knox, who is a retired emergency room doctor, said that he and his wife greatly enjoy working with the children.
“It’s been great for me,” he said. “It’s really different working in an office setting where you get to talk and interact with the kids. My wife likes it a lot better now that she is on her own and able to deal with patients in a more intimate fashion instead of keeping up with a quota.”
In addition to working with Aloha Pediatrics, Jami Knox is also working with insurance companies to create the Patient Centered Medical Home, which is a program that insurance companies are starting in order to understand how primary care physicians are involved with their patients’ medical care.
Aloha Pediatrics is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The office is closed between 12 and 1 p.m. for lunch.
“My wife is a great doctor and we’re all very attentive here and friendly and she really does everything she can to work with the kids and their parents to make sure they maintain good medical care and health,” George Knox said.