Pediatric Neurology of Orange County's Frequently Asked Questions


What insurance do you accept?

Our Insurance Policies

Dr. Garfinkle is currently credentialed at CHOC (Children’s Hospital Of Orange County) at Mission and Hoag.  We are currently in-network providers for Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, MHAP, Tricare, and United Health Care insurances.  All other patients will be given a superbill which can be submitted to your insurance for reimbursement.  Please see our "Insurance" section for help in submitting your superbill.  For most PPOs, you can expect to receive 60-70% reimbursement.  


What is a D.O.?

Doctor of Osteopathy
(From the American Osteopathic Association website below)

If you're like most people, you've been going to physicians ever since you were born, but you're unaware that some or all of them could have been osteopathic physicians, also known as DOs. You may not even be aware that there are two types of complete physicians in the United States—DOs and MDs.  

The fact is that both DOs and MDs are fully qualified physicians licensed to prescribe medication and perform surgery.   

For more information, please visit: https://www.osteopathic.org/OSTEOPATHIC-HEALTH/about-dos/what-is-a-do/Pages/default.aspx


What is Pediatric Neurology?

Pediatric Neurology includes the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system in babies, children and teens. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, muscles and nerves. This specialty focuses on a broad spectrum of diseases that can affect any part of the nervous system.

Dr. Garfinkle’s practice at Pediatric Neurology of Orange County encompasses the wide range of general pediatric neurology including the diagnosis and management of:

  • Seizures
  • Epilepsy
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Concussion and other brain injuries
  • Tics and other movement disorders
  • Physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy
  • Muscle disorders, such as hypotonia, myopathies or muscular dystrophies
  • Strokes
  • Developmental delay
  • Learning and attentional difficulties including ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Autism and Asperger’s diagnosis and management

How do I get medication refills?

Dr. Garfinkle will provide a prescription for medication that will last until your child's scheduled follow up appointment.  If, for any reason, you need a refill prior this, please have the pharmacy fax a refill request to Dr. Garfinkle's office.