Allergy and Asthma Services Now Available in Auburn | The star


AUBURN – Parkview Physicians Group – Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is open in Auburn.

Dr. Diana Munoz-Mendoza and nurse practitioner Heather Willison focus on diagnosing and treating allergy symptoms, asthma-associated respiratory conditions, and other immune response issues.

“I enjoy working with patients of all ages, from babies with eczema and food allergies to adults with more complex conditions like severe asthma or immunodeficiencies,” Munoz-Mendoza said.

Allergies can occur at any time in a person’s life. Working with patients, the team investigates and treats common allergies to foods, drugs, pet dander, insects, and other environmental factors such as molds, fungi, pollen, smoke, and dust.

“On the first visit, we’ll do a full history and physical exam, and if needed, perform specialized diagnostic tests to determine if the symptoms are allergy-related,” Munoz-Mendoza explained.

“The most common allergy test is the skin test. A liquid extract is applied to the skin on the back or arms which may cause a reaction (small raised bump). Sometimes we order blood tests instead of a skin test if the person is taking any medications that may interfere with the results.Based on the assessment, we will set up an individualized treatment plan and help answer any questions the patient has.

One of his areas of special interest is food allergies.

“Adjusting to a new food allergy diagnosis is challenging because it involves major changes in diet and lifestyle,” Munoz-Mendoza said. “I enjoy working closely with families, teaching them the importance of avoidance and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of food allergy early on, and hopefully helping them overcome this diagnosis.”

PPG’s Allergy, Asthma & Immunology team can also help identify the triggers that cause asthma attacks and provide treatments, medications and advice to help control the condition. In addition, the clinic takes care of patients with primary immune deficiency, an immune deficiency that results in recurrent infections that are sometimes serious and difficult to cure.

Munoz-Mendoza received her medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico, and completed a residency in pediatrics as well as a fellowship in allergy and immunology with the same institution. She then completed a residency in pediatrics at New York State University Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, New York, and a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

Willison earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University in Indianapolis. She then earned a master’s degree in nursing from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has worked in the clinical field of allergies and asthma for over 20 years.

The office is located at 1310 E. 7th St., Suite F, on the campus of Parkview DeKalb Hospital.


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