Dr. Charrelle Coates, who specializes in adolescent medicine, has joined the practice of Memorial Health University Physicians Children’s Care. She sees patients ages 11 and older for a variety of health issues, including eating disorders, sleep issues and headaches.

Coates recognizes that her patients are a group all their own who are facing many changes as they approach adulthood. “Adolescence is a unique time in life that comes with its own physical and mental concerns,” she said. “Tweens and teens need to be actively involved in shaping their own treatment and wellness plan.”

Coates does that by educating her patients on the topics, behaviors and disorders that are common in adolescence, which is defined as the period of transition from childhood to adulthood.

Coates grew up in middle Tennessee and moved to Texas for college. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine.

She finished a fellowship in adolescent medicine earlier this year at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

In her new practice at Memorial Health, Coates sees patients 11 years old and older for the developmental, physical, emotional, mental and behavioral changes that are unique to adolescents.

For more information, visit MemorialHealthDoctors.com or call 912-350-8180.

Memorial Health provides the region’s only Level I trauma center for the most acute illness and injuries, as well as dedicated children’s, cancer and heart hospitals to serve a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina.