LA doctors give advice on asthma and allergies

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Presentation > Physicians from Children’s Clinic to team up with Assets In Action program

By Bernadette Lauritzen

On Tuesday, the public can get twice the advice for free as Dr. Mike Nichols and Patricia McCulloch, PA, host a free presentation on asthma and allergies, 6 p.m. at Mesa Public Library.
The presentation is second in a list of topics, is through the dual efforts of the Children’s Clinic of Los Alamos and the Assets in Action program, a program of the JJAB.
The free library presentations allow both agencies to present educational information for parents to use throughout the year.
“We would like to focus on the causes and triggers of asthma, especially allergy induced asthma in New Mexico, as it affects a large portion of the pediatric population,” Nichols said. “We also plan to discuss treatment options for allergies and asthma.”
Allergies and allergy induced asthma in New Mexico generally peak during the spring and fall pollen seasons and juniper is a major allergen for a lot of northern New Mexico kids, according to Nichols.
Dr. Nichols came to the Children’s Clinic for a six-week rotation as a medical student in 1978 and fell in love with Los Alamos and the way that pediatrics was practiced at the Children’s Clinic.
“As soon as I completed my pediatrics residency, my wife and I moved to Los Alamos and I’ve been a pediatrician here since 1982,” he said.
Nichols grew up in East Texas and thinks he’s allergic to everything that grows in New Mexico, so advice comes first hand.
His undergraduate degree is from Texas A&M and he attended medical school in San Antonio, Texas completing his pediatrics residency in Tucson, Arizona.
His background for the last 31 years has been the Children’s Clinic locations at Los Alamos Medical Center and in White Rock.
Patricia McCulloch is a home-grown girl, practicing her fifth year at the clinic and tenth overall. She is a graduate of New Mexico Tech (2001) with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies, from the University of St. Francis (2004).
Additional information is available by calling Assets In Action at 695-9139 or emailing AssetsInAction@att.net.