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Dr. Kathryn Akin

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Tyler, TX
37 years experience female

Locations

Kathryn Akin, MD, PA

Tyler, TX

Address

401 E. Front St., Suite 123, Tyler, TX
Directions

Fax

9035312451

About

Bio

I went into pediatrics because I always enjoyed working with children and their families. I also did work including a master's degree in community health. During that training, I had a great deal of contact with a variety of handicapped children. So I decided to do a fellowship in Child Developmental Disorders. Then, I did about 10 years of private practice in General Pediatrics, so I have a strong background there. I spent time teaching during this period and enjoyed that very much. I took a teaching post at a university for the next 10 years and taught Pediatrics to Family Medicine residents. During this time board exams became available in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. I decide to take the plunge and I passed the certification process. I then settled into the private practice of Developmental- Behavioral Pediatrics.

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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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A 29-year-old female asked:
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It's okay: Many breast fed babies are a bit chubby. Don't start solids too early. Milk intake will eventually get lower and the baby will slim down when she star... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Depression treatment: It sounds like depression is the major issue here and it can contribute to lack of sleep, decreased motivation, and other symptoms. Help is available ... Read More
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It can: Sometimes there can be referred ear pain from an ear infection. Also this could indicate a complication such as mastoiditis. It is always best to chec... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
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Birth mark: This sounds more like a birth mark. These areas can be of darker or lighter pigmentation. They remain the same size without changing, unless other sym... Read More
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Yes: I would go ahead and finish the placebo pills as directed, whenever there has been a mistake in the administration of contraceptive pills a back up pl... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
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Have it looked at: It is very hard to evaluate a rash by description. It could be a part of a birth mark, or a chronic form of eczema, and many other possibilities. Have... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
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Hard to say.: Psychogenic causes can never be completely ruled out. I would suggest starting with a trip to your primary doctor and see if they are concerned about ... Read More
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Have an evaluation: It sounds like depression is the major issue here and it can contribute to lack of sleep, decreased motivation, and other symptoms. Help is available ... Read More
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Patience: Retin A (tretinoin) usually causes dry red peeling skin before improvement is seen. It is used in many situations. Patience is the most effective ingr... Read More
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Seek a specialist: I would recommend that you seek a consultation with an infectious disease specialist who has experience treating this disorder. I hope you find the ri... Read More
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Not ncessarily: Follow the advice of the doctor who treated your fracture. Some fractures are more severe than others and require longer to heal.
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Seek Assistance: Often, dizziness could be a sign of an anxiety or panic attack. These can certainly be caused by panic. People tend to hyperventilate and then experie... Read More
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Get help!: Anxiety and/or depression is not uncommon after the death of a loved one. Talking to someone about this can be very helpful. Find a psychotherapist or... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
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See an orthopedist: This could be any number of problems. The rotator cuff muscles are located in this area as well as some tendons and bones. Tendonitis and bone spurs c... Read More
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No: Provided adequate nutrition you can alter a person's eventual adult height. There are rare instances where growth hormone is used to increase a person... Read More
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Time and cause: Heat rash is caused by sweating and occurs frequently on the neck and back. Eczema is due to sensitive and sometimes allergic skin conditions and is a... Read More
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It can be.: This is not an extremely uncommon medication to be used in persons with autism spectrum disorder. It is primarily used to treat extreme irritability a... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Habit: You have developed a habit disorder. The best way to deal with this is to replace the behavior with another behavior that is not so aggravating to you... Read More
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Could be.: Drinking warm water with lemon is a mild cleansing/detoxifying agent. There are many others that can be helpful in this area particularly eating green... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
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No: A baby who drinks mostly milk, especially breast milk, at this age will have frequent loose stools. This is perfectly normal. Make sure the baby keeps... Read More
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Yes: If she is or was a close friend you should try to convince her to seek help. Counseling can help get to the root cause and overcome the compulsion. If... Read More
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Moisturization: These symptoms are usually the results of a dry skin condition. Good moisturizers with exfoliants can produce wonderful results. You can always cconsu... Read More
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Treatment: Anxiety disorders are very common. Excellent treatment is available including anti-anxiety medications and counseling. This combination is very effect... Read More
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Not too bad: Stressful feelings are a normal part of pregnancy. They generally should not harm the baby unless you are practicing any unsafe habits to deal with th... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
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Yes: Anxiety and panic attacks can take many forms. They can last just a short time, they can last several hours, or they can be recurring throughout the d... Read More
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Counseling: Whether we are talking about the bully or the bullied; both need to learn some new coping strategies in how to deal with other people's behavior. Bull... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
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Unlikely: If treated now, there should not be problems for the baby. Make sure that your partners are treated as well.
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Not uncommon: This type of behavior in your past can even cause post traumatic stress disorder. If you are still carrying this around with you, then it is time to f... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
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Dermatologist: I'm not sure, but i would recommend consultation with a dermatologist as there are new treatments available all the time.
A 37-year-old member asked:
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More info: Three red spots could mean anything from minor insect bites to the beginning of a serious illness. I would suggest a conservative start of keeping an ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
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See a doctor.: Stomach pains have numerous causes. These include acid reflux disease but there are so many more. A proper physical examination along with a careful h... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Could be?: Persons with autism spectrum disorder often have hypersensitivity to loud noises. They can have other sensory problems that could also cause hypo-sens... Read More
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Subjective: Pain scales are very subjective and people's tolerance to pain vary greatly. Some people may consider the procedure an 8 or even a 10, while others wi... Read More
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Sometimes they do.: It should be able to be recognized by age 3, but if symptoms are less noticeable, and iq is high, the diagnosis may not always be determined by age 3.... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
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Depends: There are no specific drug treatments for asperger's disorder. Symptoms that are troublesome can be treated. These might include insomnia, adhd, socia... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Not sure: I assume you are referring to your wisdom teeth. Certainly not everyone has to have them removed. It is often done because of potential damage to orth... Read More
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Not sure: There is known to be a certain number of women who suffer from itching during the third trimester, sometimes it is associated with a rash. No one is s... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Kegel: Kegel exercises are recommended for pregnancy. A variety of applications are available.
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Yes: Antidepressants are quite safe and have helped millions of people. Talk to your doctor about risks and benefits. For mild cases of depression, st. Jo... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
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Could be: This sounds reasonable and can be accompanied by mild cramping known as middleschmerz.
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Don't sratch!: These can be very uncomfortable; but scratching and picking will only make the problem worse. Hydrocortisone cream can be used on the bites topically ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Lymph nodes swell in response to inflammatory conditions. This indicates that the body is doing it's job properly.
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Check first: Mixing over the counter medications with prescription medications can be dangerous. Always check with your child's health care provider to see if it i... Read More
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Seek Help: Frequent crying episodes could indicate depression or other emotional problems. They can be treated with excellent results. Medication plus counseling... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Not room for details: Autism spectrum disorders including asperger's disorder are developmental brain disorders. These individuals have difficulty with social skills that i... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Needs to be seen: The diastolic blood pressure (represented by the lower number) is and important piece of information. But it is only one piece. High blood pressure in... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Incomplete: You didn't mention what the condition is that you do not want to aggravate.
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No: I would recommend a consultation with a nutritionist and a personal trainer if you are truly serious about permanent weight loss.
A 31-year-old female asked:
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Sounds rght: I think you are listening to your body in a good way. Mild anxiety symptoms are quite consistent with your symptoms. Reassure yourself and if this doe... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
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Good Start: The first step is to recognize the problem and want to get better. Antidepressant medications are very effective and can be prescribed by your PCP or ... Read More

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Aug 28, 2013
Dr. Akin is an outstanding physician who provides thoughtful, thorough and informative answers on Healthtap. She is insightful, informed and genuinely cares for her patients.
Dec 11, 2013
I recommend Dr. Akin as a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician. She is an asset to Healthtap.
Dec 12, 2013
We need Dr. Akin and her specialty on Healthtap. Thank you Dr. Akin.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for helping me better care for my child!! I appreciate your time and you!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you pooh so greatly I have bean trying like heck to find out!!!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! DRs I see assume im sad/depressed & are surprised to see otherwise.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

Type in hospital

Residency

Marshall University School of Medicine

Awards

Teaching Resident of the Year 1988
Clinical Instrucor of the Year University of Texas Health Science Center, Tyler 2001
Roche Laboratories Award for Clinical Sciences Research 1987

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow of the Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Publications

Haemophilus influnzae cellulitis of the extremities
Macrocytosis and Leukopenia in Down Syndrome
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