Asthma and Immunology Expertise in South Jersey
Meet Doctors Perin & Gutin
Dr. Robert Perin – Allergist/Immunologist
Dr. Robert Perin has been in the private practice of Allergy and Immunology in Woodbury New Jersey since 1981. Dr. Perin did a residency in Pediatrics and Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Perin formed an Asthma Support Group in the early 80′s. He is an Associate Professor at Rowan Medical School. He lectures medical students, residents, Physicians in practice, nurses, pharmacists, First Responders and Paramedics in all aspects of asthma, allergy, food allergy and anaphylaxis. He is a member of the Contact Dermatitis Society.
Dr. Faina Gutin – Allergist/Immunologist
Dr. Gutin has been in practice in South Jersey since 2002. She spent 7 years as Head of the Adult Section, Allergy/Immunology and as an attending Allergist Immunologist for the Department of Pediatrics Cooper University Hospital. Dr. Gutin is a recognized expert in the evaluation and management of Heriditary Angioedema, Primary Immune Deficiency and Drug Allergy.
Please read before your appointment!
- Stop antihistamines for 7 days, unless you are seeing the doctor for hives, swelling or anaphylaxis, (do not stop other meds) Call ahead if you have a question about this.
- Bring a printout from your pharmacist of all medicines for past 2 years.
- Bring a bag with all your current/recent medicines (even if not related to your allergy) including health food products, herbals and vitamins.
- Bring your blood tests, xray reports, medical specialist’s reports (whom you may have seen for this problem this past year.) Ask your Family doctor for copies. We do not need all records
- Minors must be accompanied by a parent (or legal guardian with documents).
- Do not wear perfume, cologne, or scented body lotion.
- Referrals & copays are expected at the time of your visit
Plan to stay up to 2 hours for your first visit (we are thorough!). If you have any special needs or require special assistance, kindly inform the staff in advance. Please let us know if you might be pregnant before you have any testing.
If you cannot keep your appointment please call 48 hours in advance. If the office is closed, please leave your cancellation on our answering machine. This will permit us to offer your time slot for other patients with allergic emergencies.
What is an Allergist?
An allergist/immunologist is a physician specially trained to manage and treat allergies, asthma and immune deficiencies. Becoming an allergist/immunologist requires completion of at least nine years of training. After completing medical school and graduating with a medical degree, a physician will then undergo three years of training in internal medicine (to become an internist) or pediatrics (to become a pediatrician). Once physicians have finished training in one of these specialties, they must pass the exam of either the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) or the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Internists or pediatricians who wish to focus on the subspecialty of allergy/immunology then complete at least an additional two years of study, called a fellowship, in an allergy/immunology training program. Allergist/immunologists who are listed as ABAI-certified have successfully passed the certifying examination of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI), following their fellowship.
As a result of this extensive study and training, an allergist/immunologist is the best-qualified medical professional to effectively manage the comprehensive needs of patients with allergic disease. Allergist/immunologists are trained in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of immune system problems such as allergies, asthma, inherited immunodeficiency diseases. Unlike a cold, allergic disease is not a condition that someone can just “get over.” The help of a trained allergist/immunologist can reduce how often patients need to stay home from work or school due to symptoms. Studies show that those under the care of an allergist/immunologist also make fewer visits to emergency rooms, and are better able to daily manage their allergies and asthma.
If you are enrolled in a managed care organization, your insurer will have a specific set of guidelines that help your primary care physician decide when to refer you to an allergist/immunologist. Once you are referred, the allergist/immunologist will work to accurately diagnose your condition by taking a thorough patient history, including information about your symptoms, family history, and home and work environments. Your allergist/immunologist will also conduct allergy skin testing and any other needed tests. Combining specific information from your history and tests, the allergist/immunologist will be able to make an accurate diagnosis. To help prevent symptoms, he or she will work with you to develop an appropriate management plan and will prescribe the most cost-effective treatment, including recommendations for particular medications and/or devices, and any needed environmental control measures. Your allergist/immunologist and allied health staff will not only prescribe medications and devices, but will also show you how and when to use them.