What is a pediatric or child neurologist? 

A pediatric or child neurologist is a physician – a MD or DO in the United States – with special training in pediatric or child neurology. These physicians generally perform an internship year in internal medicine immediately after graduating medical school, then complete a residency program in pediatric neurology or child neurology – terms that are used interchangeably.  

After completing residency training in pediatric neurology or child neurology, some pediatric neurologists choose to complete a fellowship program to further subspecialize. These fellowships can help a doctor further develop their clinical skills, research acumen, or both. Fellowships can also introduce pediatric or child neurologists to new topics and niches within the field of pediatric neurology or neurology in general.  

Many pediatric or child neurologists, and most doctors in general, choose to take the board exams for their subspecialty to become “board-certified” and prove that they are experts in their field. For pediatric neurologists, the first board exam taken is often the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s exam called “Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology.” Doctors who are board-certified have passed extremely rigorous exams to prove their expertise in their specialty. For pediatric or child neurologists, this is an important step to demonstrate utmost confidence in their care and medical advice to children and their families.  

Pediatric Neurology at The Neuron Clinic 

The Neuron Clinic is home to Klari Olenski, DO a board-certified pediatric neurologist with fellowship training in Sports/TBI neurology. Dr. Olenski is an expert, compassionate pediatric neurologist and brain injury specialist with years of experience treating all pediatric neurology illnesses, sports injuries, and traumatic brain injury. At The Neuron Clinic, we pride ourselves on high-quality, patient-centered care. We put children and their families first, and Dr. Klari Olenski’s robust residency and fellowship training offers patients expert pediatric neurology in the Temecula, San Diego, Chula Vista, and Escondido regions.