Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett

Pediatrics
Santa Rosa, CA
40 years experience female

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Santa Rosa, CA

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Santa Rosa, CA
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Bio

Patient navigation, educational advocacy for families with children, adolescents with special mental health care needs, learning differences and behavioral problems. Development of learning modules for lay persons, health, educational and social services professionals with emphasis on children/adolescents with special needs. 17 yr's clinical experience as a general pediatrician, case management of children with special needs. Have also served as a medical consultant for programs for early child mental health promotion, children/teens with developmental disabilities, learning disorders, behavioral disorders.

Specialties
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Pediatrics

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
1st pill to take: On most birth control pill packs there is a number or words start next to the first pill followed by arrows pointing to the direction pills should be ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Best discussed with: Best discussed with ENT surgeon. It depends upon how many days child has been on antibiotics. Surgery might be rescheduled.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
When to be seen: Take your 6 month old in to been seen if she starts having cough with vomiting, wheezing, fever greater than 38 C or has decreased oral intake (liquid... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Birth Defects: A physical or biochemical abnormality that is present at birth- it may be inherited or due to environmental influence.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
No harm: Cortisone cream not harmful to fetus.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Diabetes: Diabetes is one of many possibilities including urinary tract infection. Need to follow up with doctor for exam, testing, diagnosis and treatment.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Cracked nipples: Cracked nipples refers to cracking of the skin on the nipple and surrounding areola. This can occur with inflammation or infection with breastfeeding... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Environmental: Environmental allergies are allergies to items in one's environment. For example this includes pollen, dust, dust mite and animal dander.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Rotavirus vaccine: Rotavirus vaccine reaction- mild problems include temporary vomiting, diarrhea and irritability- serious problems occurring in 1 in 20,000 to 1 in 100... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Penicillin: Penicillin is safe to use in a 8 month old. The real question is whether or not your infant has strep throat. Strep throat is rare in children under ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Amox-clav: Amoxicillin- clavulanate can cause diarrhea and diaper rash. Probiotics such as yoghurt with active cultures can help with the diarrhea. Avoid use of ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Stress reaction: Chattering teeth most likely part of stress response to a difficult conversation.
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A female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Too early: Two years of age is too early to diagnose a child with ADHD. Also drugging a child to sleep is not wise. Try other alternatives such a Triple P posi... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
HealthTap Prime: This part of HealthTap is for general health questions only. A HealthTap Prime doctor might be able to help you. The advantage of going in person is ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Diarrhea + fever: Most likely your daughter had a mild diarrheal illness. If she isn't continuing to have diarrheal stools, fever has gone and no other new symptoms no ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Now: You can start with pureed chicken now. No need to purchase baby food. Put chicken in blender then add water as needed to make a paste. The serving s... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Yes it is possible: However all you need to do is wash and rinse your hands after masturbation. Your skin is intact under your fingernails. Sperm isn't going to enter th... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Breastfeeding: Only need to stop breastfeeding if you have a history of pregnancy complications including premature labor and delivery. Check in with your OB for fu... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Condom vs vasectomy: Condoms are about 82% effective in preventing pregnancy with perfect use. Vasectomy is nearly 100% effective in preventing pregnancy after the first 3... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Allergies: Itchy ears and eyes more suggestive of allergy than strep throat. Sore throat may be due to postnasal drip. Consider taking an antihistamine such as ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Water intoxication: Water intoxication occurs when someone drinks plain water in excess. Drinking water mixed with salt and sugar unlikely to cause water intoxication.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Birth control pills: Birth control pills do not cause false positives on drug test. NSAIDS- ibuprofen- motrin/advil, naproxen-alleve can cause false positives test for be... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
According to lactmed: No data exist on the excretion of any components of oregano into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of oregano in nursing mothers or infants.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Safer sex: Crucial to practice safer sex using barriers such as male or female condoms for vaginal and anal sex and dental dams for oral sex. The greater the nu... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Oral sex- dental dam: Oral sex is relatively low risk sexual activity. The advantage is that there is no risk of pregnancy for your partner. There is some risk for STD tr... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Eating habits: Your friend might be restricting certain foods for weight loss or weight gain. Is he an athlete in training? Or he may have an eating disorder. Hard... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Urinary urgency: Urinary urgency and frequency suggests possible UTI. Followup up with your doctor for treatment with an antibiotic that is compatible with breastfeedi... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Hormonal fluctuation: Hormonal fluctuation happens throughout the menstrual cycle. It is normal to have acne breakout throughout the menstrual cycle. Birth control pills c... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Leave nose alone: The more you try to press your nose, the greater the bruising will be. Popping whiteheads can also result in scarring. Try to resist the temptation ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Pregnancy possible: You need to use a backup form of contraceptive protection when you miss more than 2 pills in a cycle. Pregnancy is possible if you had sex during thi... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Immunity wanes: Pertussis immunity wanes-decreases- even when fully vaccinated. Protection against pertussis in childhood is highest in the first year after 5th vacc... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Pregnancy possible: Pregnancy possible with unprotected sex. She needs to do a home pregnancy test or follow up with her doctor.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Secondhand smoke: The most important intervention is the elimination of secondhand smoke. Children who live with smokers have a higher rate of asthma and more severe as... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Herpes/Fordyce Spots: Herpes lesions tend to be painful. Fordyce spots are painless lesions that are sebaceous glands that are not around a hair follicule. They are painle... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Growth velocity: He may not have started his growth spurt. His estimated adult height based upon parental height is 6'1". Check in with your child's pediatrician to ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Chest congestion: Chest congestion may actually be cough and wheeze due to asthma. Follow up ASAP with child's doctor for definitive exam and care.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Pleuritis: Inflammation or infection of the pleura- lining covering lungs and ribcage.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Ovarian Cancer: Ovarian cancer is very rare in young adults. Abdominal pain symptoms can be due to problems in the gastroentestinal system as well as genitourinary s... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Flail chest: Dangerous condition that occurs when part of rib cage breaks from the rest of the chest wall. This is usually due to trauma to the chest wall.
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A male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Nurofen dosage: The correct dosage of Nurofen for a 7 year old is 10 ml every 6 to 8 hours.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Developmental venous: Developmental venous anomaly, also known as DVA or venous angioma, is a benign -not dangerous formation of veins that drain into the larger central ve... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Needs evaluation: His development needs to be assessed by his pediatrician. He has a speech delay. He should also have his hearing checked. Here are helpful references ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
The opposite: A genital sore is likely due to a STD. Instead of being at risk of getting an STD- you are at risk at transmitting an STD to your partner.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Coconut water: Coconut water does not contain fiber. It does contain carbohydrates, electrolytes. It is also protein and fat free. Coconut water is harvested from ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Context key: Was this part of a routine lab or was lab drawn due to illness? Context is key. Also knowing the total white count and the rest of the differential w... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Rash on scrotum?: Unclear whether it is a rash on scrotum or something else. Exam by physician can sort things out and likely be reassuring.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Okay with milk: Okay to take azithromycin with milk. Tetracycline should not be taken with milk.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Normal: This is normal. Your milk letdown will happen on both sides while feeding on one side.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
RSV infection: RSV infection in adults manifests as an upper respiratory infection. RSV is spread via respiratory droplets. If you have a compromised immune system... Read More
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 40 years experience
If symptoms persist: If child is not having ongoing symptoms such as cough, choking, difficulty breathing, child is okay. Key to observe child over the next 24 hours. If ... Read More
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Testimonials
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1.1K
Thank you notes
Aug 21, 2013
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Poinsett. She is clearly very knowledgeable about pediatrics. & is a true advocate for families with special needs children. I applaud the work that she does...Read More
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
Feb 6, 2017
Excellent practitioner who provides sound advice to patients on HealthTap.
Sep 21, 2013
accurate, intelligent and caring thoughtful answers. Great role model.
HealthTap member
Thank you! My OB recommend Avo which I took once and after looking online I noticed it was 50/50 on whether it was BF safe or not. I will discontinue. Is there a recommendation for an at home test?
HealthTap member
He says his legs hurt periodically like while playing, along with his hips. He says if he stands too long his feet hurt, even if he hasn't been standing for super long. Other days no complaining.
HealthTap member
Can a four year old hymen look irregular other than from her being penatrated and if she has been penatrated would she be bleeding or hurting she telling me that noone haven't messed with her

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1983MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Santa Rosa Region, CA - Summer
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Santa Rosa Region, CA - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Santa Rosa Region, CA - Summer
2013

Publications

A Trio of Twitter Tales, media case study in "Advocacy Strategies for Mental Health and Health Professionals, from Patients to Policies"
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