Dr. Traci Lombard has been a pediatrician in the Valley of the Sun since 1997. She is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
After completing her residency, Dr. Lombard served as teaching faculty at Maricopa Medical Center in both the ambulatory pediatric clinic and the adolescent clinic, where she was responsible for the instruction and oversight of pediatric and family medicine residents.
As the Acting Director for the Adolescent Clinic, she acquired specialized knowledge and skills for treating many issues that are unique to adolescents.
She also served as the Director of the Community Continuity Clinic for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program.
In 2005, Dr. Lombard transitioned to private practice where she enjoys full-time, active engagement with patients and their parents. She still has a special interest in working with teens, especially in the areas of asthma and sports injuries, as well as addressing obesity in patients of all ages.
Dr. Lombard completed her undergraduate education at Trinity University – San Antonio, TX.
She graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine – Kirksville, MO.
After receiving her medical degree, she completed her pediatric training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program.
A little something extra about your provider:
1. Favorite TV show: Last Man Standing
2. Favorite get-away: Faria Beach (California) or the mountains.
3. Favorite souvenir: The Christmas ornament picked out with my husband while on vacation each year.
4. Favorite collection: Flattened pennies from the museums and travel sites with my kids.
5. Favorite part of my professional day: Getting an infant or toddler to giggle.
6. Interests outside of medicine: Hiking, knitting, and archery.
7. Advice to parents: Make it a priority to share family meals together everyday. Everyone needs to eat, but it is far more than nutrition that you share when you visit around the table.
Dr. Lombard’s “Purls”
As an avid knitter with a silly sense of humor, it is only appropriate to refer to some of my personal philosophies as “purls” rather than “pearls.” Every knitting project – from simple coffee table coasters to intricate sweaters – consists of only two basic stitches: a knit and a purl.
Our lives can be thought of in much the same way, where simple, consistently-applied inputs can yield beautiful results.
Purls for Patient Care
As an osteopathic physician, I believe that healing derives from the balance of the mind, body and spirit. Modern medicines, procedures, and advances in technology play critical roles in patient care, but we can’t lose sight of the importance of healthy habits and lifestyles on one’s well-being. These include regular aerobic activity, healthy nutrition, adequate and consistent sleep, participation in enjoyable hobbies (“fun!”), and preventative medical care, such as well-checks, dental care, and immunizations/vaccinations. I find that the most conservative approach – identifying and treating the condition, not just the symptoms – is the best first step in the healing process.
Purls for Work
I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of patient care settings, from teaching clinics with residents to busy private practices. I’ve also engaged with a broad spectrum of community clinics: walk-ins, school-based, newborn follow-up, crisis nurseries, and mobile adolescent vans.
I’ve seen luxurious offices stocked with every conceivable supply to meagerly stocked mobile clinics.
Based on my experiences, the clinic setting and availability of resources are secondary factors to providing exceptional patient care. First and foremost, exceptional patient care requires a tight knit team that’s unified around a consistent, shared vision. Care providers cannot succeed in a vacuum.
Purls for Home
Family dinners are priceless: Studies show that breaking bread together is good for grades, communication, enhancing nutrition, limiting risky behaviors, and most of all, it is good for the soul. Whether your family unit is 2 or 12, make it a priority to gather around the dinner table without the distractions of TV or electronics. You’ll be amazed by how rewarding this time can be and how much you enjoy it.
Everyone contributes: Every family member plays a role in keeping the team in winning form. Even a young child can learn the value of personal responsibility and cooperation by setting the table, dusting, feeding and watering pets and plants, and general household pickup.
Unplug: We live in a connected world where digital devices can, at times, become all encompassing. Make it a habit to put smartphones, tablets, and video games away from time to time, especially during meals and at bedtime. Your dining companions will appreciate your undivided attention and you’ll appreciate more restful, restorative sleep.
Recognize the good: The world is full of negative messages that we absorb consciously and unconsciously throughout the day. To counteract the effects, make it a point to tell each person in your family at least 1 positive thing about themselves. Let them know that you love them each and every day. Family dinner time is a great time to share positive messages.
Purls for Life
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to learn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson