I was born and raised in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Then I attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and followed that with three years of residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. I had asthma and allergies from infancy and found myself drawn to patients who had similar problems. New advances in diagnosis and treatment had begun to revolutionize what could be done for these problems and I enjoyed taking care of those who had such conditions, so I decided to specialize in this field. I was fortunate enough to be able to undertake two years of specialized training in adult and pediatric Allergy and Immunology at the Medical College of Georgia which is one of the premier training programs in the country. This qualified me for getting my boards in Allergy and Immunology. I am from Texas, but am proud to have lived in Tuscaloosa for over two decades and have raised both of my girls here.
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Dr. Helm's Care Philosophy
Because of my own experiences with allergies, asthma, and eczema, I do not consider these to be trivial problems and can appreciate the toll that even minimal symptoms can have over a long period of time. I am especially concerned that patients will adapt to their condition and begin to think that frankly abnormal problems are "normal for them" and tolerate changes which can become permanent. From personal experience I know questions to ask which are not found in textbooks I want to deliver cutting-edge care to my patients, but not burden them with unnecessary or overly expensive approaches. There is no point to having a prescription if the medicine is unaffordable. As medicine and insurance changes, it is necessary to try to keep healthcare as reasonable and affordable as possible. I try to give each patient the time and attention they deserve and never want to rush a visit. My patients deserve my full attention and consideration for all of their problems
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Likelihood of recommending Dr. Helm to family and friends is 5 out of 5