Phenylketonuria (PKU) Clinic
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is one of only 3 centers in Wisconsin that offers diagnosis, assessment, medical nutrition therapy, genetic counseling and ongoing dietary and medical management to all children and adults with phenylketonuria (PKU) and their families.
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The PKU Clinic follows approximately 100 children and adults with PKU. Each patient is evaluated and treated by an experienced team of specialists from a variety of different areas who work together to determine the most effective care and treatment plan for each patient.
The core PKU team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors and registered dietitians who specialize in treating patients with genetic conditions. In addition to the core PKU team, a social worker is available to all PKU patients as needed or requested.
Physician: David Dimmock, MD
Nurse Practitioner: Stephanie Offord, APNP
Genetic Counselor: Jeffrey Kopesky, MS, CGC
Social Worker: Liz Schaefer, MSW, APSW
Genetic counselors have a master's degree and are either board eligible or certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Genetic counselors help counsel patients and families on PKU, inheritance risk, independence transitioning and maternal PKU.
Metabolic dietitians are registered dietitians with additional training in inborn errors of metabolism, including PKU. They assess nutrition adequacy, growth, weight gain, lab values and diet history to develop an individual nutrition care plan for each patient. Additionally, metabolic RDs provide education and counseling to patients and their families to help carry out the specialized nutritional plans for each patient.
The PKU team also makes referrals to psychologists, neuropsychologists and other medical professionals with various specialities to provide the best care possible for our patients.
In addition to clinical care, the PKU team hosts educational patient events each year. These events provide hand-on experience with preparing low-protein foods and a chance for people with PKU and their families an opportunity to network with other families.
Appointments: To make an appointment, call Central Scheduling at (414) 607-5280 or toll-free at (877) 607-5280. Physician referrals may be needed.
Location: The PKU clinic is located in the Genetics Center on Level 1 of the Curative Care Network building, across the parking lot from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Enter the north door (which faces the Children's Hospital parking structure) and take the elevator to Level 1. Click here for directions.
Parking: Free parking is available in the Children's Hospital visitor lot or parking structure. A voucher for free parking is available at Curative.
Contact Us: For more information, please call (414) 266-3347. Our fax number is (414) 266-1616.