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Adolescent Medicine

Adolescence is an exciting time of growth and discovery. Teens and young adults have unique needs, both physical and emotional. Some patients have complex and multidisciplinary conditions that can’t be met in the primary care setting.

CHOC’s experienced team of board-certified adolescent medicine specialists helps teens and young adults navigate difficult issues. Our specialists are highly skilled and have resources to care for high-risk patients from 12-21 years of age. The team works with the family, while respecting the teen’s desire for confidential care.

Adolescent Medicine Programs and Services

CHOC’s adolescent medicine specialists are experts in treating the medical and emotional issues teens and young adults may face. We understand the cognitive, emotional and physical changes they experience and how it relates to medical care.

What We Treat

Eating Disorders

CHOC utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to treat eating disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

At CHOC at Mission, our Eating Disorders Program provides inpatient care for children and adolescents with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (AFRID).

Outpatient services for eating disorder treatment are provided at the Eating Disorder Clinic, located in Orange at the Center of CHOC Health Center in the Centrum Building.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) Adolescent Health Care

We provide counseling support, hormone therapy and health management of other associated conditions.

Mental Health

We treat mood disorders without comorbid conditions and provide simple pharmacologic management with integration of community mental health resources.

Reproductive Health

The transition from childhood to adulthood comes with many changes. We offer management and implementation of oral and implantable contraceptive devices, standard preventative reproductive health maintenance and adolescent gynecological services. Our screenings, diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections and sequelae for both females and males are confidential.

Adolescent Medicine Locations

Map showing location of CHOC Children’s Health Center, Centrum
CHOC Health Center, Centrum

Building: Centrum North | 1120 W. La Veta Ave. | Suite 125 | Orange, CA 92868 | 888-770-2462

Exterior view of CHOC Children's Mission Hospital
CHOC at Mission Hospital

27700 Medical Center Rd. | Mission Viejo, CA 92691 | 949-364-1400

Meet our Team

Roche, Alexandra A. MD

Specialty: Pediatrics
Appointments: 888-770-2462

Dr. Roche is board-certified in pediatrics and is a member of the CHOC Primary Care Network who treats kids and teens in Orange County.

Khalighi, Misha L. MD

Specialties: Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
Office: 888-770-2462

Dr. Khalighi is a member of the CHOC Medical Group and treats kids and teens in Orange County and is board certified in Adolescent Medicine and Pediatrics.