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KinderMender Celebrates 5th Year of Healing Happy Families

Columbia, MD, July 11, 2016 – KinderMender Walk-In Pediatric Center celebrates its 5th anniversary today.

The full-service, walk-in pediatric center was founded in 2011 by medical director Dr. Keyvan Rafei, who envisioned a clinic that would break the mold of the stuffy, scary doctor’s visit with a relaxed, congenial atmosphere and a friendly, honest relationship with families and children.

KinderMender’s first facility opened in Columbia on July 11, 2011, where it quickly established its trademark colors and open layout – accentuated by a wall-mounted, morale-boosting Choo Choo train. Rapid growth led to the opening of a Laurel location in 2013, followed by a Glen Burnie clinic in 2015.

Since then, KinderMender has tallied more than 170,000 visits from more than 47,000 unique patients, and has enrolled more than 3,000 individuals in its primary care services.

In June of 2015, KinderMender celebrated its 100,000th patient visit at its Laurel location, and a month later was named one of Chesapeake Family magazine’s Favorite Doctors in the Urgent Care category.

It was recently announced that KinderMender has again been named a Favorite Doc by Chesapeake Family readers for the second consecutive year, and will be featured in the magazine’s July 2016 edition.

Additional accolades have included consecutive Celebrating Successes honors from the Howard County Office of Children’s Services in 2014 and 2015, as well as multiple nominations for the Baltimore Business Journal’s Innovator award.

KinderMender has been an avid participant in its communities, as well, and has served as a healthcare experience site for local high school students – many of whom return to seek employment following graduation.

More than 27,000 patient surveys have yielded a 4.95 out of 5 patient satisfaction rating for the pediatric center. The rating serves as a source of pride for Dr. Rafei and his team as they continue to make strides, and earn smiles, thanks to KinderMender’s brief wait times, efficient clinicians, and a steadfast belief that quality health care is about far more than just writing a prescription.

About KinderMender

Founded in 2011 by Dr. Keyvan Rafei, KinderMender is a full-service, walk-in pediatric urgent and primary care provider with locations in Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Laurel, Maryland. Each location accepts most insurance providers and has pediatricians, antibiotics, and vaccinations available on-site.

Here are a few photos from our 2011 opening:

Our first patient

Columbia’s first patient!

Nima at 5 years supervising construction  My wife and baby Lily wondering what we will do in this space

Before: Dr. Rafei and his family scoping out the Columbia location!

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After: What a difference!

Media Contacts

Dr. Keyvan Rafei
Founder and Medical Director, KinderMender
(443) 492-4000
krafei@kindermender.com

Here's What Parents Say

  • “Everything about the visit was outstanding. We are so very happy we found this place. The staff is efficient, professional, and friendly. The facility is bright, clean, and child friendly. This will be our go to medical office…”

  • “Everyone we worked with, from the time we first called with questions through when we left after our appointment, was extremely friendly, efficient, and just overall wonderful and easy to work with. The place was clean, pretty, warm, and inviting!”

  • “Everyone is always patient and kind; it is so important to me that my kids are treated well especially at a doctor’s office because it directly influences their level of comfort and anxiety for the rest of their lives.”

  • “Fast, friendly and efficient service received. The Doctor was very friendly and informative. My child felt comfortable and was at ease by the kind nature of everyone. From the time we walked in we were greeted with a warm, friendly smile and immediate attention.”

  • “Always very welcoming and KinderMender makes it as comfortable as possible for the children. My son is no longer scared of going to the doctor because of his wonderful experiences here. It is so nice to have somewhere to take him that is not ‘scary.’ Thank you!”

  • “Everyone is always very friendly, helpful and sensitive to my child’s needs. They had us in and out in less than 20 minutes which is so important when dealing with a grouchy, sick child.”

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