In med school Dr. O (AKA TheTeenDoc) was told "You can be the brightest physician but if you can't get the patient to tell you anything then really, all your training is useless." That hit a chord. But then she realized that patients wouldn't talk to you if you weren't a warm enough person for them to open up to. Annie speaks with Dr. O about how she uses empathy and active listening to enhance the connection with her teen patients and how parents can do the same.

About Dr. O (TheTeenDoc)
Dr. Adekemi Oguntala, MD, usually just called Dr. O, received her medical training at Drexel University, her pediatric training at Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, and her adolescent medicine training at Stanford University School of Medicine. She currently heads Teen Clinic in South San Francisco. There she sees teens who have issues with weight, substance use and abuse, sexual orientation and gender identification, family planning and reproductive health concerns, depression, and victims of sexual, physical or verbal violence.

In addition to being a teen doctor, Dr, O is the author of "Small Changes BIG impact: with your teen" and "Are You Serious, It's Just sex? The 17 Most Frequently Asked Questions By Parents of Teens". Learn more at

About Annie Fox, M.Ed.
Annie is a parenting expert with 30+ years experience. She's been an online adviser to tweens, teens and parents since 1997. Her award-winning books include: "Teaching Kids to Be Good People" and the groundbreaking Middle School Confidential™ book and app series. More information about Annie at:

About Family Confidential
Family Confidential: Secrets of Successful Parenting is a weekly podcast about 21st century parenting joys and challenges. Hosted by Annie Fox and produced by Electric Eggplant, Family Confidential provides practical parenting advice through down-to-earth interviews with parenting experts, educators, therapists, and entrepreneurs. These recorded discussions help parents strengthen family connections by providing tips, child-rearing insight and practical tools for guiding your kids through the tween years and beyond.

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