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2243 Mowry Ave., Suite F
Fremont, CA 94538

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IMPORTANT: Effective December 1st, 2013 we now have a new computer system, and we have been confirming appointments by email reminders ONLY! So please make sure we have your email address.
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.

Dr. Veena Puri of Fremont, CA Named a Patients' Choice Award Winner for 2013
Fremont, CA, October 4, 2013 /USNewswire — 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.

April Update from Puri Pediatrics

April showers bring May flowers!!!…

Spring has come and as the weather starts to warm up children are looking forward to spring break and Easter.  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 allergies can be the cause. If your child is on break and is due for physicals or immunizations give our office a call so we can get him/her in for an appointment. 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.

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.

IMPORTANT: Effective December 1st, 2013 we now have a new computer system, and we have been confirming appointments via text or email ONLY! So please make sure we have your email.

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]

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.

April Holidays

April 8th | Ram Navami

Ramanavami (or Ram Navami) celebrates the birth of Rama or Ramachandra. On the ninth day of the first fortnight of Chaitra the birth of Rama is commemorated. The story of Rama was first written by Vaalmeeki in about the 4th century B.C. Rama is supposed to have lived during the 8th or 7th century B.C. The epic known as the Ramayana. In some parts of India, it is a nine-day festival, coinciding with the Vasanta Navaratri.

Ramnavami is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Rama, who killed the demon king Ravana. Along with the Vaisnavas, who celebrate it with due solemnity, Ramnavami is celebrated all over the the country on India. Fasting is the norm of the day, and the general belief is that it is a sin not to fast this day. It is also believed that Lord Rama fulfills wishes of all those who fasts and pray to Him on this day. The fast is broken on midnight, generally with fruits and fruit extracts. [Information courtesy of]

April 13th | Mahavir Jayanti

In Jainism, Mahavir Jayanti, also known as Mahavir Janma Kalyanak, is the most important religious holiday. It celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara. On the Gregorian calendar, the holiday occurs either in March or April. He was born on the thirteenth day of the rising moon of Chaitra. The chronology accepted by all Jains places Mahavir's birth in 599 BCE. Statues of Mahavira are given a ceremonial bath called the abhisheka. During the day, many Jains engage in some sort of charitable act in the name of Mahavira while others travel to temples to meditate and offer prayers. Lectures are typically held in temples to preach the path of virtue as defined by Jain doctrine. Donations are collected in order to promote charitable missions like saving cows from slaughter or helping to feed poor people. Ancient Jain temples across India typically see an extremely high volume of practitioners come to pay their respects and join in the celebrations.

April 14th | Vaisakhi or Baisakhi

Vaisakhi, also known as Baisakhi, Vaishakhi, or Vasakhi) is a festival celebrated across the northern Indian subcontinent, especially in the Punjab region by the Sikh community. More recently, this festival is also celebrated around the world by Sikh diaspora. For the Sikh community this festival commemorates the establishment of the Khalsa. It is also celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists for different reasons including the start of a new year. People in the Punjab Region regard Vaisakhi as a harvest festival. The festival bears a great significance for the Sikhs due of the fact that on the Vaisakhi Day in the year 1699, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh laid down the foundation of the Panth Khalsa, that is the Order of the Pure Ones. This day is also observed as the thanksgiving day by the farmers whereby the farmers pay their tribute, thanking God for the abundant harvest and also praying for the future prosperity. Vaisakhi is one of the important festivals celebrated with fun and fervor by people of other religions too. It is also used as a celebration for those accepting the five Ks — Kesh, Kangha, Kara, Kachera and Kirpan. A Sikh who has taken Amrit, dons all five Ks is known as Khalsa ("pure") or Amritdhari ("Amrit Sanskar participant"), while a Sikh who has not taken Amrit but follows all rules and keeps all five Ks is called a sahajdhari ("slow adopter").

April 15th | First Day of Passover

Passover, or Pesach, is an important Biblically-derived Jewish festival. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation over 3,300 years ago by God from slavery in ancient Egypt that was ruled by the Pharaohs, and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible especially in the Book of Exodus, in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.
Passover commences on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan and lasts for either seven days (in Israel) or eight days (in the diaspora). In Judaism, a day commences at dusk and lasts until the following dusk, thus the first day of Passover only begins after dusk of the 14th of Nisan and ends at dusk of the 15th day of the month of Nisan. The rituals unique to the Passover celebrations commence with the Passover Seder when the 15th of Nisan has begun. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.

April 18th | Good Friday

Good Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, or Easter Friday. Based on the details of the Canonical gospels, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most likely to have been on a Friday (the day before the Sabbath) (John 19:42).

April 20th | Easter

Easter is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday), commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide, or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday. Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are identical or very similar.

Recipe: Natural Easter-egg Dyes
It’s fun to make your own dye from fruits, vegetables, and spices! They don’t always come out the way you think: Cabbage, for example, looks purple but dyes the eggs pale blue. Experiment with other foods and spices: tea or coffee, paprika, grated beets, grape juice. Try painting on an egg with yellow mustard and then wiping it off. Try anything you think might work—and see if it does!

Kitchen Gear:
• Measuring cup
• Measuring spoons
• Medium-sized pot
• Colander, strainer, or sieve
• Small bowl

What You Need:
• 1 teaspoon white vinegar
• 3 cups water
• 1 cup yellow onion skins, from about 2 onions (for orange dye) or
• 1 cup torn-up purple cabbage leaves (for pale blue dye) or
• 1 teaspoon turmeric (for yellow dye)
• Hard-cooked white eggs

Put the vinegar and water in the pot with either the onion skins, cabbage leaves, or turmeric. Put the pot on the stove, turn the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and boil the mixture for half an hour. Turn off the heat.
2. Cool the dye to room temperature (about half an hour), then pour it through the colander into a small bowl (the dye will pour through, and you can throw away the solids left behind in the colander).
3. To color the eggs, soak them in the dye mixture for at least half an hour. For really rich colors, try leaving them overnight.

Most holiday decriptions and images courtesy of Wikipedia

Most holiday decriptions and images courtesy of Wikipedia

Staff Update and Honor Roll

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…

Dr. Veena Puri with staff members
(LtoR) Farzi, Jennifer, Dr. Veena Puri, Angelica, Jessica, Stephanie and Barbara.

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

Dr. Veena Puri Receives 'Patients' Choice Award 2011'
Awards & Distinctions Special Standing for Dr. Veena Puri Voted by the Patients -
Puri Pediatric Medical Group - Dr. Veena Puri has been selected as one of the California 's favorite physician by patients. she got the 2011 PATIENT ' CHOICE AWARDS.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR PATIENTS from Dr Veena Puri and all the wonderful doctors and staff.
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

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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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