Dr. Lori Semel

Pediatrics
Mount Vernon, NY
37 years experience female

Locations

Lori J Semel, MD, PC

Mount Vernon, NY

Address

559 Gramatan Ave, #208, Mount Vernon, NY, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
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Fax

(914) 663-0154

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Affinity Health Plan

Amerigroup

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Atlantis Health

Cigna

ConnectiCare Health Plans

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Group Health Incorporated (GHI)

HIP Health Plans

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Medicaid

Oxford Health Plans

Other

Tricare

WellPoint Health Networks Inc

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

My name is Dr. Lori Semel. I am a board certified pediatrician and board eligible neonatologist. I have had my own private practice for 17 years. I started doing virtual consultations 18 years ago when I was pregnant with my middle son and on bed rest. I look forward to answering all your questions with compassion and expertise. I have recently gotten my diploma in aesthetic medicine with a specialty in injectibles, acne and spider vein sclerosis.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Pediatrics

Adolescent Medicine

Aesthetic Medicine

Neonatology

Licenses

United States: New York

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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Fever: There are many viruses and bacteria that can cause high fevers in a young child. Roseola would come to mind. The fever lasts 4-5 days, then breaks and... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
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Yes: It is the standard procedure, it is always important to remove a part of the body that is no longer viable. There are no cases of an organ that is alr... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
? tonsillitis: When you tonsils are inflamed, your throat is sore and enlarged making it difficult to breath and you do more breathing through your mouth making your... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Conception: There is a 1 in 4 chance of getting pregnant if you have sex on your ovulation day!
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: Plan B can work in one of three ways depending on where you are in your cycle. It can prevent or delay ovulation, can interfere with the fertilization... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Zinc allergy: zinc oxide is generally used as a sun block or a healing paste. It is possible to get an allergic reaction to a heavy metal, and the time frame sugges... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: Simple answer is yes, as nothing is really 100% effective. However, you are much less likely to become pregnant if you use reliable protection.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Progestin Only: Progestin-only oral contraceptives are safe for use by breast-feeding mothers. Jolivette, Micronor, (norethindrone) and Ovrette to name afew.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Keloid ear pierce: It sounds like it is keloid and generally they do not go away naturally. If it is not interfering with her earring, I would not remove it as it may be... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
School: The last school you attended will have a copy of your immunizations.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Plan B: Plan B can work in one of three ways depending on where you are in your cycle. It can prevent or delay ovulation, can interfere with the fertilization... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Sweet Tooth: The best and obvious answer is to curtail the sweets. Any thing in excess to eat is not good for the body. Sweets in moderation only.Also, would recom... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
BC Injection: Most women are able to get pregnant within 18 months of stopping the shot. The range is usually from 4 months to 18 months. The timing of your fist pe... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Less Likely: I think you should speak to your MOm right away and let her know what is happening to you. There are many other causes of a swollen lymph node in the ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Aquaphor: Aquaphor might help the eczema on your lips. Prolonged steroid use can change the thickness and color of the skin on your face.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Normal Variant: This is not that uncommon. Sometimes the canines can erupt before the front teeth. Makes for some adorable "vampires". Thanks for asking Healthtap!
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
See your OB: It sounds as though you may be anemic, in other words that your red blood cells are low. It is important that you see your OB, get a blood test and ev... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Hymen: It is possible to insert your finger into your vagina, or to insert a tampon without breaking the hymen. This is not a test as to whether your hymen i... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
May be ...: Hormonal birth control (birth control pills) may not work as well while you are using ketoconazole. To prevent pregnancy, use an extra form of birth c... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Assistance: Social services in your state can help you to get state assistance (medicaid) or Obamacare (low cost plans) to help with your insurance. I am assuming... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Stomach virus: Nothing but clear fluids, pedialyte for 24 hours. No milk or milk products at all. Make sure at least 1-2 ounces per hour of fluid. NOT plain water. m... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Allergic rhinitis: Most likely if this has been ongoing for three months, it is probably of allergic origin. Consider trying some certrizine or loratidine to help with t... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
?????: The Plan B pill can make your cycle irregular,it does NOT mean it is not effective. Plan B can work in one of three ways depending on where you are in... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Could be: there may be a one-in-five chance of a false positive or even a one-in-two chance, depending on the mother’s age. If the panorama is negative, then it... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Pink Eye: Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is not contagious after you have used antibiotic eye drops for at least 24 hours.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Ectopic beats: These ectopic beats sound intermittent and benign. Maybe like PVCs occasionally. Be sure to have a full evaluation done by your doctor to be sure they... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Plan B can be taken along with the nexplanon if u think there is a reason why you may have inadvertently gotten pregnant. But generally if the nexplan... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Birth Control Pills: That actually may be your period. Sometimes after coming off bcps, your periods can be a bit unusual. See what happens next cycle.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Breakthrough: This is breakthrough bleeding or spotting. It may mean that the bcp you are on are not enough hormones for you. Consult with your gynecologist.
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A female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Depo Shot: The Depo-Provera shot is not the best birth control method for every patient. Speak to your GYN about this and in the meantime make sure you eat iron ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Unlikely: It is unlikely that the sperm that came near to but didnt enter the vagina would cause pregnancy. However, it you are going to experiment this way, it... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Fertility: Your husband should have a sperm and fertility examination. It may not be a problem, but better too check it out.
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A female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: i have used ViPeel extensively on dark skin and it is effective and safe.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Planned Parenthood: There are no birth control pills available without a prescription. However, your local Planned Parenthood will help you with free or very low cost mea... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Typhoid: After your recovery, there is no specific contraindication to any food. Remember only that your body's digestive system has just been through a war. P... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
CBC: You dont tell the total white blood cell count (WBC), but these numbers are generally indicative of a bacterial infection or an early viral infection.... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Abx proph: Yes. You need to tell your surgeon and you will have prophylaxis for the procedure. Good luck with the surgery.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
2 years or older: Your baby should not sleep on a pillow until older than 2 years for safety. Should be sleeping safely on his back without loose fitting bedsheets, bla... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Cat bite: For sure you need a tetanus shot and proof that the barn cat has updated rabies shots. I would seek treatment at a local emergency room or urgent care... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Breastfeeding does not affect the eye vision of the mother. I am not sure whether you are talking about the mother or the baby?
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
NO: The baby is well protected in the uterus, with double shock absorbers of the amniotic fluid and the mom's abdominal wall. It takes a much more signifi... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
DVT: If by DVT you mean deep vein thrombosis, there is no relation to this and cancer. It can come back if the causes behind it are not addressed by her do... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
First Cold: At two months old, no medications are recommended. You can use saline drops to clear out her nose, suction the mucous out with a bulb syringe, elevate... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: These can be signs of ovulation.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Hypoglycemia?: Gatorade has sugar and other electrolytes in it. Perhaps, you had a headache from being hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) or dehydrated.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: If you have continuous birth control which it sounds you have been, there is little to no likelihood of pregnancy. The shot and implants can cause a l... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
None: There really is no effective home remedy for an ear infection that is inside the ear (otitis media). Pull at the upper part of her ear, if it hurts wh... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Fertility Diet: This is a fairly extensive guide to natural ways to enhance fertility. I hope it helps. http://natural-fertility-info.com/clomid-natural-alternatives... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Simian crease: 10% of the normal population has simian crease. This is a finding in 50% of patients with Down's Syndrome. Otherwise, it is clinically insignificant. ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Conception: Most likely from May 31 - June 5th. With a normal cycle, that was your fertile time. Congrats
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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Aug 22, 2014
Dr. Semel is a caring, and knowledgeable doctor, who gives outstanding recommendations, and advice. Her answers are always timely, and pertinent. She is a true asset to the HealthTap Medical Team/ Co...Read More
Dr. Philip Miller
Oct 3, 2014
Dr. Semel is an excellent expert and quite knowledgeable- quite an asset to the HealthTap Prime panel. I highly endorse her expertise.
Oct 26, 2014
Dr. Semel gives consistently excellent advice to questions on Healthtap. Excellent clinician.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank-you this helped. I told my health food store what you thought it was the gave me Bell#60 Clear Skin/Help for Skin Disorders. Swelling gone! thxs
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This was very helpful. Thanks! My wife was given cipro as treatment for ovarian cyst. We discontinued the dose because we are expecting her to take in asap. She ovulates from Monday
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Let's see how this 50 year old handles the stress of moms upcoming oncologists consult. This will be reality. Mom totally independent/sound minded.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

ST JOSEPHS HOSPITAL
Completed 1989

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, New York - Fall
2014
Top Pediatrician, First Place, New York - Fall
2014
Most Influential Doctor, Third Place, New York - Fall
2014

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy Of Aesthetic Medicine
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