Please take a moment to get to know our office’s Referral Coordinator, Jennifer Kesphol, this month’s featured staff member.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I am of Puerto Rican & Spanish decent. Originally from Brooklyn, NY but consider myself a beach girl since I did go to Fletcher.
Q: What’s your favorite activity after work?
A: My favorite is riding bikes around the beach. My “usual” is cleaning and laundry through!
Q: How many children do you have or would you like to have?
A: I have a 6 yr old daughter and almost 2yr old son.
Q: Do you have pets? What kind?
A: Yes, we have a retired racing Greyhound named Percy.
Q: How would you describe your job at Jax Beach Pediatrics?
A: Busy! I don’t see our patients face-to-face as much as I did as an Medical Assistant and I’m on the phone A LOT but I have a direct impact on their specialized care and enjoy what I do.
Q: Are you what you wanted to be when you grew up?
A: Yes, happy!
Q: What’ the number #1 question you get asked in the office?
A: By Patients: “how old is your baby now!?!” For some reason our patients always remember me as the very pregnant one and can’t believe it’s been 2 years already. By co-workers “did you get that message?”
Q: Have you seen in local trends (in illness) in the area that parents have questions about?
A: In my position I see patients who need specialist care. The most common things I see are nutrition related or allergy issues.
Q: Do you have any tips about what parents can do to make the most of their visit with the doctor?
A: Prepare your child and be honest. If they are coming for shots, tell them so. When kids think everyone at the office is “the mean one” they don’t trust us and that makes it harder to get them to cooperate.
Q: Tell us one funny story from the office.
A: Well, I helped with adopting one of our “office-cats”, Patrick through First Coast No More Homeless Pets. His tag was registered in my name. One night I got a phone call at 2am from the Gate gas station next to the office. They had Patrick locked in their bathroom!! They said he was running into the store and trying to steal snacks from the shelves! That cat was hilarious. He ended up going to a “real home’ with one of our patients families because he was too friendly to be just a porch kitty.