Two years ago, in the summer of 2014, my once vibrant active little boy, Parker was very ill. Losing weight before our eyes. Every day, he was getting worse and we were in and out of the pediatrician's office and emergency room, until finally, the on call pediatrician suspected that he had Crohn's. He sent us to the Children's Hospital where we were introduced to the Pediatric GI and Surgery team at The University of Vermont. Two days later Parker had an Endoscopy and Colonoscopy, and we were given the diagnosis. 


Still in shock, I called our family friend and pediatrician and talked with him at great length. I told him that I would like to either go to Boston or Dartmouth for a second opinion. He paused for a second and said, I respect your wish to do this, but can you first do me a favor and research, Dr. Richard Colletti and ImproveCareNow. That was all he said, and I never needed a second opinion after that! I often hear from friends now that if your child is diagnosed with Crohn's, there is nowhere else in the world you would rather be, than the University of Vermont Children's Hospital. It is truly the best care in the world, and Dr. Colletti set the highest of standards and is the pioneer for Pediatric IBD!  


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