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2243 Mowry Ave., Suite F
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Diwali 2015 - Indian Festival of Lights

2015 Diwali Puja Calendar


2015 Halloween and Diwali Celebration Photos


Informative Blog on Dengue Fever

2015 Halloween Photos
with Physicians, Office Staff and Cute Visitors

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Puri Peditric Medical Group is proud to have received 2015 "People Love Us On Yelp" Award.
Medical Updates of Interest to Parents:

USDA Foodkeeper App [Click Here]
An excellent parenting site from the
American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Veena Puri of Fremont, CA Named a Patients' Choice Award Winner
Among the select few physicians honored with the prestigious Patients' Choice Award for 2013 is Dr. Veena Puri of Fremont, CA. In fact, of the nation's 870,000 active physicians and dentists, just five percent received top scores from their patients on sites like Vitals (, qualifying them for this honor in 2013. Millions of patients go online each year to rate their doctors on various components of care, including accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor's bedside manner and follow-up care. Patients' Choice reviews these rankings and other quality measures to compile its yearly list of award winners.

November Update from Puri Pediatrics

Fall is already here. You can see Fall colors on some trees and even leaves have started falling down. School and college kids are back in school. Along with all the excitement we have to remember that their health and well-being are very important.

Many from India will celebrate Diwali in a few days. As you know, Diwali (see below) marks the end of the year per Indian calendar – Vikarm Samvat.

School age children from preschoolers to college students need vaccines. We are here to help parents make sure all kids and young adults are up-to-date on recommended vaccines and protected from serious diseases.

Making sure that children of all ages receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure their children’s long-term health―as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in the community.

Travel: Many of you will be traveling out of the country soon; please make your travel appointments at least one week before you travel so the doctor can go over all the travel precautions and update on any proper vaccines before the travel. You should also take medications needed. 

Seasonal Allergies: Along with the weather change and flowers blooming seasonal allergies can affect many children. If your child is sneezing, or has an itchy throat or watery eyes, keep in mind that allergies can be the cause.

Immunizations/Vaccines: If your child is due for physicals or immunizations (vaccines) give our office a call so we can get him/her in for an appointment. School age children from preschoolers to college students need vaccines. We are here to help parents make sure all kids and young adults are up-to-date on recommended vaccines and protected from serious diseases. [CDC Vaccination Guidelines]

Travel: If you are traveling with your child/children, proper immunizations/vaccines needed. You should also take medications needed.

Do remember that flu is still going around in California so please make sure that your child has received the flu vaccine. If not, please call our office to set up an appointment.

Kindergarten check-ups will be coming up soon. Please give our office a call to set up an appointment for next month or after if your child will be attending kindergarten in September.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new patients to our office and thank you for choosing us to take care of you child/ren. We would also like to thank the families who refer new patients to us.

2015 Recommended Immunization Schedule
for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years

jointly developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) and American Congress of Obstetricains and Gynecologists (ACOG)

Interactive Version | Download PDF file

Valentine's Day Celebration in our office

Pediatric Updates

September 2014 [Click Here]

New Patients and Appointments
We are accepting new patients and we take most PPO insurances and HMO through Hills Physicians. If you have any questions about your new insurance or what we take please call our office 510-797-7766 or check the website. For the New Year we would request as soon as possible to have you update your records (new registration form, insurance, and one main contact phone number and email). We will be transferring to a new system in the middle of the year and we will start doing automated phone reminders.

Immunizations | Flu Vaccines: As the school year has begun and we are getting ready for fall. Please be sure to have all your children come in to get their flu vaccines. The weather is also changing and as the weather changes kids get frequent colds and coughs. Please be sure to dress your children warmer. Halloween is also coming up this month please see advised the safety tips to make this day fun and safe for your child/ren. [CDC Vaccination Guidelines]

November Holidays
Diwali/Deepavali | November 11th
Diwali also called Divali, Deepavali or the “festival of lights”, is a five-day Hindu festival which starts on Dhanteras, celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin and ends on Bhaubeej, celebrated on the second lunar day of Shukla paksha of the Hindu calendar month Kartik. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November.

For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC. Arya Samajists, celebrate this day as Death Anniversary of Swami Dayanand Saraswati. They also celebrate this day as Shardiya Nav-Shasyeshti. The name “Diwali” or “Divali” is a contraction of deepavali which translates into “row of lamps”. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst because it is believed that it drives away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. The festival starts with Dhanteras on which most Indian business communities begin their financial year. The second day of the festival is called the Naraka Chaturdasi. Amavasya, the third day of Diwali, marks the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The fourth day of Diwali is known as Kartika Shudda Padyami. The fifth day is referred to as Yama Dvitiya, and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.

Veterans Day | November 11th
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday which honors people who have served in armed service also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U. S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Day | November 23
Sri Sathya Sai Baba (born as Sathyanarayana Raju; 23 November 1926 – 24 April 2011) was an Indian guru. He claimed to be the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi, who was also considered by his followers to be an avatar, spiritual saint and miracle worker, and who died in 1918. The reputed materializations of vibhuti (holy ash) and other small objects such as rings, necklaces, and watches by Sathya Sai Baba along with reports of miraculous healings, resurrections, clairvoyance, bilocation, and alleged omnipotence and omniscience were a source of both fame and controversy; devotees considered them signs of divinity, while skeptics viewed them as simple conjuring tricks. He further faced accusations over the years of sexual abuse and fraud—charges he denied as smear campaigns. The Sathya Sai Organization, founded by Sathya Sai Baba “to enable its members to undertake service activities as a means to spiritual advancement” has over 1,200 Sathya Sai Centers (branches) in 126 countries. Through this organization, Sathya Sai Baba established a network of free hospitals, clinics, drinking water projects and schools

Guru Nanak Gurpurab | November 23rd
Guru Nanak Gurpurab also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism. Apart from Sikhs, the Nanakpanthi Hindus and other followers of Guru Nanak’s philosophy also celebrate this festival. The festivities in the Sikh religion revolve around the anniversaries of the 10 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs. Their birthdays, known as Gurpurab (or Gurpurb), are occasions for celebration and prayer among the Sikhs. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, was born on 15 April 1469 in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present Shekhupura District of Pakistan, now Nankana Sahib. His birth is celebrated on Kartik Poornima, i. e. , the day of the full moon in the month of Kartik. In the Gregorian Calendar, the celebration usually falls in the month of November, but its date varies from year to year, based on the traditional dates of the Indian calendar.

Thanksgiving Day | November 26th
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.

Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a poorly documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England.

As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”.

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Annual Meeting of American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Veena Puri also attended the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Orlando, FL to get latest updates and learn about trends in Pediatrics. [Click Here for Orlando Photos]

Dr. Veena Puri, Dr. Rita Wadhwani, and Dr. Anamika Sharma are from India and are familiar with Indian culture and make frequent trips. They know firsthand on customs, food, and travel precautions, and environment since they travel frequently there. They keep themselves updated so they know best for our patients to have a safe and enjoyable trip.

September 2014 - PPMG Staff with Drs. Veena Puri and Anamika Sharma

Important: H1N1 Flu Outbreak in California –
355 Deaths
California has been hit by the deadliest flu season since 2009-10. The flu has killed at least 355 people (under age 65) since the flu season began in late September. By contrast, the 2012-13 flu season had only 106 deaths in California. The nine Bay Area counties and Santa Cruz County have reported 65 flu-related deaths this season. (Source: San Jose Mercury News Please make sure that you and your loved ones get Flu shots ASAP. Call our office for scheduling an appointment (510) 797-7766.

Most holiday decriptions and images courtesy of Wikipedia

Staff Update and Honor Roll
Mother's Day 2014 Photos

Dr. Puri and Jessica (medical assistant) participated in 2 annual health fairs.

  • FIA part of India independence celebration in Fremont in Aug 2013
  • Annual health fair on 9/21/13 in the Livermore temple.
  • There will be another annual health fair in Fremont in October and date will be announced.
We are very proud of our staff, who are always there and are part of our excellent customer service that provide TLC not only to our patients, but to their child/ren and juggle their schedule to make them super-achievers.
Our Barbara Romero was in the news on Friday for her son Bobby Romero and his awesome performance in football for Moreau Catholic High School.
Also Samuel Ortiz (Bethanie’s son) has become starting quarter back for the Hayward Earthquakes! We are so proud of him. Go Sammy!!
[Left Photo] Kalani Lagrimas (Jennifer’s daughter) and [Right Photo] Breanna Diaz (Bethanie’s daughter) are our future Olympians in gymnastics, and are practicing hard and will be in competitions soon.
[Left Photo] Tony (Jessica’s son) and [Right Photo] Tino Romero (Barbara’s son) are involved in Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Kawika Lagrimas Jr.(Jennifer’s son) has become one of the best pitchers in the Fremont/ Newark area.

[Left Photo] Payam and Afsheen; [Right Photo] Payam
Afsheen Sharifi (Farzi’s son) in our next soccer super star and Payam Sharifi (Farzi’s son) our next pianist for the symphony!
Also We have Nadine Garcia (Myra’s daughter) who does ballet!!

Allergy season is here, if your child is suffering from allergies, asthma or any skin problems including acne, Dr. Veena Puri specializes in them. Please call our office 510-797-7766 to make an appointment.

Click here for AAP Allergy Tips

2013 Halloween Photos Click Here for Halloween Photos
Halloween 2012 Photos
Dr. Veena Puri's India Trip - 2013 Photos

Our Staff…

Drs. Veena Puri, Anamika Sharma and Rita Wadhwani

Dr. Veena Puri with Simal O. (Parent of Tejas)

Take steps to prevent the flu:
  • The flu season is here! The best way to protect against flu is to get the vaccine every flu season. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. The flu vaccine provides protection that lasts throughout the flu season. Get vaccinated now so that you will be protected all season long!
    Wash your hands.
  • Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. Keeping hands clean prevents illness at home, at school, and at work. It’s best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. If that’s not possible, use alcohol-based hand rubs.
  • Develop, maintain, and keep good sleep habits.
  • Don’t look a fright this Halloween! Sufficient sleep is not a luxury—it is a necessity—and should be thought of as a "vital sign" of good health. Sufficient sleep is being recognized as an important aspect to help prevent some chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart conditions, obesity, and depression.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables.
    Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling. Fruits and vegetables are a great healthy snack to serve for Halloween parties.
  • Be prepared for cold weather.
    Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. Be prepared this Halloween and make sure to dress for the weather. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

We would like to hear back from our patients so please give us your feedback either through Yelp, RelayHealth or our surveys in the office.

Like us on Facebook! We periodically put articles and pictures on our facebook page. You can like us from our website and just click on the facebook icon or you can go to www.facebook/

Please check our website and facebook for updated information for our parents on current medical info as reviewed and posted by Dr. Puri.

We have gone back to phone reminders for those who have not signed up for Relay Health. We offer a lot of services through relay health, so please sign up. We send monthly updates, appointment reminders, and normal lab reports send prescriptions to pharmacy of your choice, we only accept non urgent questions via relay health.

We have partnered with Washington Hospital billing and outsourced our billing to them. If you have any changes with insurances, addresses, or phone numbers please notify us of the change. For most insurances, open enrollment is coming up. Please notify us and we accept most insurances including, Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, Greatwest, Healthnet, Hmo ins only through Hills Physicians, Pacificare, United Healthcare, and most PPO’s.

We encourage any suggestions and feedback from you to help us serve you better. We are constantly working on providing excellent customer service along with state of the art medicine by experienced physicians with up to date knowledge of medicine. Our doctors attend conferences throughout the year to keep themselves informed of all the new recommendations. We have caring staff in our office, whose goal is to provide you with excellent service. We have a team which will personally welcome each one of you to our office. We do close follow up via phone or Relay Health for our new patients. Our doctors want to know how they are in a few days after their visit to the office.

Last of all Dr. Veena Puri who is the Medical Director of Puri Pediatrics along with all our great staff; want to express our thanks for choosing our office. As the providers for your children and families we know you have many choices when it comes to making that choice. We wish you a very happy, safe and fun filled summer from all of us. Our goal is to provide you and your child excellent and personalized customer service!

Office Hours:
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Weekend Hours: Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Evening Hours: Evening hours available on request.
Please check with the receptionist.
PPMG Photos 2012

Dr. Veena Puri
India Trip
"Healthy Bodies, Happy Families"

A Group Appointment for
HMO Hills Physician's Families

Facilitated by the doctors at
Puri Pediatric Medical Group

with Guest Speaker Megan Winslow, RD

Click here to download the Nutrition Flyer

2014 Mother's Day Photos
Dr. Remo Cerruti on TV Channel 78
Don't forget to look for one of our doctors - Dr. Remo Cerruti - on Washington Hospital Healthcare Systems local TV Channel 78. He is a frequent panel guest dealing with various pediatric infant, children, and young adults issues. His experience spans 50 years as a licensed physician with 47 years as a pediatrician; 42 of which have been spent practicing in Fremont.
Dr. Anamika Sharma on Radio FM 96.1
Please listen to Dr. Anamika Sharma on 96.1 FM on Sundays at 2:00 pm, discussing various medical issues.
Nutrition Classes
We are starting nutrition classes once a month to be done by one of our doctors and a dietitian. Check with the receptionist for more details. Our next dietary class on 03/14/12 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

Megan (Dietician with Hill Physicians) and Dr. Veena

Facebook: Lastly, come follow us on Facebook at Pediatric Medical Group. We love to have your support and we love to support and educate you. Latest breaking pediatric medical issues are posted routinely there as we work to keep you informed.

As Always, please feel free to let us know how we can help serve your needs better! As you all start to celebrate the New Year with friends and family, we would like to extend our best wishes from our warm, caring and friendly staff.

We take pride in the excellent care we provide and always appreciate you sending your friends and families to our office. We also want to thank you all for your continued confidence in our practice.

Insurance Accepted: We accept Aetna, Blue Cross, Beech Street, Blue Shield, CA Foundation for Medical Care, Cigna, First Health, Great West, HealthNet, Hill Physicians, Humana, Interplan, Multiplan, Pacificare, Private Health Systems, and United Healthcare. Call our office at 510-797-7766, if you have any questions.
New Patients?
We are accepting new patients at this time - newborn to age 26. You can request a new appointment through RelayHealth website; or call our office at 510-797-7766.
Diwali Celebration in Office and Halloween Contest Winners

Cllick on the above links to view photos

Travelling to India or Southeast Asia?
Dr. Veena Puri came back from India and wanted to tell all parents that an office visit before travel to India is also recommended. Since Dr. Veena just returned from India she is familiar with India and all the changes there for children, has updated info about travel to India and Southeast Asian countries including updated info on Indian and vegetarian diets. especially, Dr. Veena specializes in Breastfeeding consultation and support. Dr. Veena has over 40 years of experience in successful breastfeeding consultation and education.
Call our office at 510-797-7766 to schedule an appointment.
Most Insurances Accepted:
Aetna, Blue Cross, Beech Street, Blue Shield, CA Foundation for Medical Care, Cigna, First Health, Great West, HealthNet, Hill Physicians, Humana, Interplan, Multiplan, Pacificare, Private Health Systems, and United Healthcare

If the insurance you have is not listed here, please call our office at 510-797-7766 to check if we accept your insurance. As long as one our doctors is on your insurance plan, you can see any of our doctors in the office without any problem.

Reminder before appointment, if you have changed your insurance. phone number or address,please notify us before arriving at the office to avoid any unnecessary delays in the office
Help Us Serve You Better
by completing this short survey:

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Send completed form by email to: or fax it to (510) 797-0595.

Taking Care of Your Children Until Age 26
Due to the passage of new health care bill, we will be happy now to take care of young adults till 26 years of age, while they are covered under their parents’ plan.

Make non-urgent appointments online by registering at You can request for appointments online Monday thru Friday 9 am to 4 pm via RelayHealth. instead of calling the office. Effective 01/01/11, appointment reminders are all being done via RelayHealth by email. We have stopped doing appointment reminders via phone, so if you have not signed up for RelayHealth please sign up ASAP.
7th-12th Grade California Immunization Law:
Effective 01/01/11, a law (AB-354) changing California immunization requirements for students entering 7th-12th grades in public and private schools was passed. The law requires:
This coming school year (2011-2012), all students entering into 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster shot (called “Tdap”) before starting school.
For the next school year (2012-13) and future school years, all students entering into 7th grade only will need proof of a Tdap shot to start school.
What Parents Need to Know - CLICK HERE for FAQs
Please call our office 510-797-7766 to schedule an appointment for your child to receive the booster of this vaccine if you have not already done so.
USDA Replaces
Food Pyramid with a Plate

First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on June 1st that the USDA will throw out its famous food pyramid (also known as MyPyramid) and replace it with MyPlate.

Download as PDF file:
Dietary Guidelines Message
Dietary Guidelines
10 Tips to a Great Plate
My Plate Coloring Sheet

Visit the USDA ChooseMyPlate website:

Welcome to Puri Pediatrics...

We are committed to dedication and excellence in providing health care for children. Pediatrics is the specialty of medicine concerned with the medical care of infants, children and teenagers (birth to 21 years of age.) Pediatrics includes the care of sick, as well as preventive health care of children. Your child should be checked regularly to see if he/she is growing well and to receive immunizations against contagious diseases. Drs. Veena and Hari Puri are board certified in Pediatrics, and members of American Academy of Pediatrics. Drs. Hari and Veena are proud to take care of thousands of families in the Southeast Bay area (Fremont, Newark, Union City, and Hayward) since 1982.

Taking care of your children is our top priority. We want you to feel comfortable knowing that your child will receive the highest standard of care. We believe a family’s relationship with their pediatrician should be based on mutual trust and open communication. We expect you to bring us any questions and concerns you have about your child’s health. We will listen to you carefully and then do everything to answer your questions and explain anything you do not understand. We will make every effort to accommodate your wishes and special requests whenever possible.

We take pride in our office being a multi-cultural group, and having a diverse background. Our doctors grew up in India and attended medical school there before coming here. They have all been raising their children in the U.S.A. and this is their home now and we understand the challenges of raising children with dual cultures. They also understand the importance to maintain the value system and heritage from their country of origin. Issues like speaking two languages, ethnic foods, travels back and forth from different countries like India, China, and the Philippines, and also the importance of respect for parents, grandparents, and relatives that visit from other countries and come and stay for different extended times.

Puri Pediatrics has an exceptional group of doctors and support staff. The newly renovated office welcomes our young patients with a calming a fish tank and a lively mural painting. We take pride in being a multicultural group with multiple languages fluencies. English, Spanish, Tagalog, Persian/Farsi, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, and Telegu are all spoken here. Our staff is all well trained and cross-trained to work in every part of the office. They are always ready to help, and all of them are working parents and understand the feelings and needs of the working parents well.

In this ever-changing and always-advancing field of of medicine, we stay abreast of our field by attending seminars, attending medical conferences and reading medical journals. We want you to rest assured that not only the latest information is available to us, but we make use of it on an ongoing basis. Our doctors love their chosen field of pediatrics and you will notice that by the excellent patient care we provide.

On this website, you will find information about –
Our physicians
Our staff
Information about Travel and Immunizations
How to contact us
Useful Websites and Resources

Graduates of Puri Peds. Our Joy!

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