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Metro Parent's 2010 Mom-Approved Docs

Local parents choose the top pediatricians, kids' dentist and other family doctors in southeastern Michigan. See who made the list – and read comments from local moms and dads!

In 2010, for the first time, Metro Parent asked readers to nominate their favorite kids' doctors in southeastern Michigan. Here are the fine physicians that got props from moms like you to be considered Metro Parent's Mom-Approved Docs.

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Salma Aftab, M.D.

19930 Farmington Road, Suite C, Livonia
248-306-0181
www.salmaaftab.com
Pediatrics
"Dr. Aftab is a one of these few rare hometown doctors. When you go to her office, there is no wait to be seen. When she examines your child, she is willing to give you all the time that you need to ask questions and feel comfortable. She provides you with her cell phone number after hours. She works evenings and Saturdays to accommodate working parents' schedules. She continues to provide care even when patients lose their insurances (which happens a lot these days!). She even makes house calls for emergencies. She is a pediatrician that truly loves children and is dedicated to taking care of families, sometimes for generations. She is also open to alternative types of medications if that is what the patient wants to pursue, such as homeopathic medicines."
- Bushra, West Bloomfield

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Srinivas Baliga, M.D.

18424 Farmington Road, Livonia
734-266-2488
Pediatrics
Dr. Baliga is an excellent doctor and is compassionate and caring. He is board certified and is very competent.
- Mary, Livonia

Crystal Banks, M.D.

29255 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 100, Southfield
248-358-2410
Pediatrics
29255 Northwestern Hwy Southfield Dr. Crystal Banks 248-358-2410
"Dr. Crystal Banks is the primary care physician for both our 2-year-old toddler and our 5- month-old infant. She is a true physician. She does not only concentrate on identifying physical symptoms and prescribing manufactured remedies. Dr. Banks concentrates on the total wellbeing of the child - both physically and emotionally. Her caring nature is exhibited through her serenity with her patients, the amount of time she spends educating parents, and her efforts to foster a nurturing and strong family unit. The staff at her office, My Kids Doc in Southfield, displays the same compassionate efforts and behavior. My wife and I are very pleased with her as our children's pediatrician."
- Ian, Southfield

Beth Barclay, M.D.

3200 W. Liberty Road, Suite A, Ann Arbor
734-994-5858
www.libertypediatrics.org
Pediatrics
"Drs. Beth Barclay and Andy Seiler of Liberty Pediatrics rock! They are patient, kind, knowledgeable and funny. I would not have been able to overcome my breastfeeding problems without their guidance and help. Their office staff is helpful and patient, too."
- Katy, Saline

Jamie Barnes, O.D.

117 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
734-665-5306
2000 Green Road, Suite 200, Ann Arbor
734-930-2373
www.bennettoptometry.com
Optometry
"She is always so nice and will even squeeze us in for an appt. the same day. We never have a long wait to see her!"
- Ashley, Ann Arbor

Bassam Bashour, M.D.

29200 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia
734-523-1050
Pediatrics
"Dr. Bashour was my pediatrician when I was growing up. He took care of me and my brother and sister. Now he takes care of my daughter. He's a great listener, who doesn't dismiss my concerns. My daughter likes coming to his office and thinks he's funny. She has psoriasis and he has been open to trying different things and is not hesitant to have her see a specialist. I don't have to wait months for an appointment and they offer a same day visit for emergencies. He's been doing this for a long time and really knows his stuff!"
- Jarene, Farmington Hills

Jennifer Becker, M.D.

990 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Suite 210, Plymouth
734-455-4600
Pediatrics
"Dr. Becker always calls back with lab/test results herself. They give wonderful explanations and answer questions and have no problem with constant phone calls from worried parents. I am lucky to have been a patient there myself as a child and now am proud to have my children be patients there as well. They are the best pediatricians in the Michigan and I would recommend this practice to anyone with children."
- Kari, Plymouth

Raffi Belian, D.D.S.

5980 Rochester Road, Troy
248-828-1033
www.drbelian.com
Dentistry
"He is great with my kids. Very personable. Talks to my kids, interacts with each of them, remembers what they are interested in and is really a nice person in addition to being very skilled in his field of dentistry. He is also very gentle and helped my daughter overcome her fear of dentists, as she had a very bad experience with a couple of other dentists. She just loves Dr. Raffi"
- Mary, Troy

Steve Bennett, O.D.

2000 Green Road, Suite 200, Ann Arbor
734-930-2373
www.bennettoptometry.com
Optometry
"I love the friendly welcome we receive every time we enter the office. They always have candy, bottled water or coffee out for the patients. The front desk always goes out of the way to explain my benefits to me in terms I can understand. I love the child's play area with the age-appropriate videos. It is truly a class act!"
- Christine, Livonia

Ashraf H. Berry, M.D.

29703 Hoover Road, Warren
39200 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
586-573-9090
Pediatrics
"There is not enough space here to express how wonderful Dr. Berry is. On more than one occasion he has gone above and beyond in caring for my child. He has so much patience with them and takes his time in dealing with their - and my - needs. Plus, he NEVER makes you feel rushed. My daughter is always excited to see him and he always makes her feel like she is his 'special' patient. I am very blessed that my child is in safe and caring hands with Dr. Berry and his staff."
Irene, Warren

Vijay Bhardwaj, M.D.

Beaumont Hospital
3601 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak
248-898-5000
Pediatric Critical Care
"Dr. Bhardwaj is the co-director of the pediatric intensive care unit at Royal Oak Beaumont hospital. He is not only an incredibly knowledgeable doctor, able to deal with the most serious medical situations, but also an incredibly caring and empathetic partner for the parents and families of critically ill children."
- Ty and Kristen, Lake Orion

Herminia P. Bierema, M.D.

200 Diversion St., Rochester Hills
248-656-3440
Pediatrics
"Dr. Bierema is very accommodating. You can count on the doctor especially in times of emergencies. They will call you right away. They spend time talking to you to allay your fears."
- Katrina, Lake Orion

Robert Blum, D.O.

31500 Telegraph Road, Suite 105, Bingham Farms
248-540-8700
7416 Haggerty Road, West Bloomfield
248-661-9100
Pediatrics
"This is such a wonderful office and great doctors."
- Joy, Berkley

Cheryl Bologna, D.D.S.

2532 Monroe St., Dearborn
313-563-9090
www.bigsmiles.net
Dentistry
"I have never had a bad experience at this dentist office. Very professional staff, great waiting room for kids, fun incentives, and lots of goodies when visit is done. My kids love going to the dentist! Dr. Bologna thanks us for being loyal patients. Great office!"
- Shawn, Huron Township

Linda Bolton, M.D.

2055 E. 14 Mile Road, Suite 120, Birmingham
248-816-1420
Pediatrics
"Dr. Bolton is kind, caring and knowledgeable. We have been to a couple different peds, and she, by far, is the best one around!! She is GREAT with kids. My 2-year-old daughter ADORES her. Dr. Bolton spends a lot of time with you answering your questions and concerns. I just can't say enough great things about her."
- Kelly, Royal Oak

Kingkhan Boriboon, M.D.

3850 Pelham St., Dearborn
313-562-9500
Pediatrics
"She never refuses to see my daughter in case of illness and accepts weekend phone calls if needed. On one occasion, we were on vacation in San Diego when my daughter was 3 months old. As new parents, we were frightened by seeing blood in her stool. We actually talked to Dr. Boriboon on the phone from a baseball game in San Diego. She has been exceptional for us."
- Dan, Brownstown Township

Carrie Ann Busch-Ricci, M.D.

31500 Telegraph, Suite 105, Bingham Farms
248-540-8700
7416 Haggerty Road, West Bloomfield
248-661-9158
Pediatrics
"My three children love her. Dr. Carrie is kind, patient and listens to the children - and always has time to listen to any of my concerns."
Barbara, Waterford

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Heather Cadena

2363 W. Jefferson Ave., Suite 100, Trenton
734-676-2800
Pediatrics
"Dr. Cadena takes time with children. She makes you feel like your child is a person and not just a number. She just does a wonderful job."
- Ashley, Monroe

Andreina Castro, D.D.S., M.D.

21213 Ecorse Road, Taylor
2300 Haggerty Road, Suite 1180, West Bloomfield
248-668-2161
Pediatric Dentistry
"Dr. Castro makes my kids feel comfortable at her office. She invests time explaining to them the treatments they need to get done. She is very caring and professional. The dental office decoration is relaxing and the waiting room has toys, children's books and movies they can enjoy, although usually the waiting time is minimal, which is even greater!"
- Raquel, Ann Arbor

Susan Chamberlain, M.D.

2363 W. Jefferson Ave., Suite 100, Trenton
734-676-2800
Pediatrics
"Dr. Chamberlain has been amazing with our two children. Fom check-ups to emergencies, she is loving and attentive to our kids. She always makes time for questions or concerns that we may have."
- Kristy, Newport

Kim Coleman, M.D.

43097 Woodward Ave., Suite 201, Bloomfield Hills
248-454-9000
www.pedspecialists.com
Pediatrics
"Dr. Coleman has been my son's pediatrician since birth; he is now 6. She is always available, knows his history, and personable. We have referred many family members and friends to her practice and all have been very happy. The office is beautifully decorated and the staff are friendly."
- Louise, Bloomfield Hills

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Maha Dabbagh, M.D.

28248 Ford Road, Garden City
734-458-2222
Pediatrics
"Dr. Dabbagh has been an exceptional doctor to my four kids. I drive 45 minutes just to take my children to her office because I respect her as a doctor and appreciate not have to wait a long time to get appointments. She always knows exactly what's going on with my kids. She helps work through insurance issues. She has such compassion for her patients. I thank her for the good health of all my children. I truly think she is a wonderful doctor."
- Laura, Southgate

Hirut Dagnew, M.D.

15777 Northline Road, Southgate
734-246-8100
Pediatrics
"Words can not possibly convey how much our family loves and appreciates Dr. Parikah. She is gentle and caring. She knows and remembers personal facts and events about our kids likes, dislikes and hobbies. It is easy to see her sincere love for children not only as patients, but as individuals. She always is warm and welcoming and gives every child a hug. She patiently answers all questions or concerns. She never rushes. One time our youngest daughter had to be transported to the hospital by ambulance from Dr. Parikh's office when she only 2 weeks old. She was calm and reassuring as she led us through that terrifying situation. Her care did not stop at the office. She called the ER at the hospital to check on us and explain what was happening. She even checked to make sure that our oldest daughter had a ride home from school since we had been sent off in an emergency. How many doctors do that? I know that we have found a gem in Dr. Parikh. If everyone loved their jobs as much as she does, the world would be a much happier place."
- Jennifer, Wixom

James Delaney, D.D.S.

2677 Elizabeth Lake Road, Suite 101, Waterford
248-682-8811
www.delaneyrichmanroot.com
Pediatric Dentistry
"The kids are treated great and the staff really understands all kids. In fact, all of my nieces and nephews go there now as well. I can't imagine taking my daughter anywhere else."
- Debra, Waterford

Mark Deprez, M.D.

42141 Mound Road, Suite B, Sterling Heights
586-254-7593
Pediatrics
"He is kind and compassionate - not only to the child's needs, but also toward the parents. He devoted lots of time and attention to the children."
- Jennifer, Shelby Township

Sarojini Desai, M.D.

22350 Ford Road, Dearborn Heights
313-278-2788
Pediatrics
"Dr. Desai is a very dedicated and caring physician; my three sons love her and are not afraid to see her; she's become part of our extended family. It does take a whole village to raise a child; she is great."
Cathy, Southgate

Andrew Dettore, D.O.

23050 West Road, Suite 110, Brownstown Township
734-671-9800
Pediatrics
"Dr. Dettore is our favorite pediatrician. I was 17 when at my 19 weeks pregnant ultrasound, we found out that our baby had Tetralogy of Fallot. We had already decided that Dr. Dettore was going to be our pediatrician, and he sat on the phone with me for more than two hours trying to help me understand the baby's diagnosis, and understand how his repair surgery would go. He then took fabulous care of Kolton - both just after birth leading to up to his surgery, and after his surgery. Dr. Dettore was the doctor who took me from being completely scared and unprepared, to being completely confident and knowledgeable on this diagnosis. He had previous experience with a Tet baby that many pediatricians did not have, and made the first year of Kolton's life go smoothly. We unfortunately had to move and couldn't take Dr. Dettore with us! No pediatrician will ever compare! Kolton and I miss Dr. Dettore, and his office very much! Fabulous group of people over there!"
Kaitlyn, Riverview

Pamela Dickieson, D.D.S.

22615 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
313-563-1266
Dentistry
"Dr. Dickieson has been our family's dentist for 20 years. She has cared for our two sons since they have been 2 years old! They are now 16 and 20 years old. She is always kind and highly qualified in all aspects of her care. She has come in on her day off and on weekends if we had an immediate problem. From providing wonderful dental care, extracting teeth with gentle hands, to making cool mouthguards for my hockey players, she is top notch! She is service first in all ways. Our family would like to nominate her for this title that she is well worthy of. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to nominate Dr. Dickieson."
- Consuelo, Dearborn

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Jay Eastman, M.D.

2055 14 Mile Road, Birmingham
248-645-1740
Pediatrics
"Dr. Eastman and all the staff have always been very accommodating when we needed to see a doctor quickly. I love how the waiting room is divided - one side for the really sick children and the other for the not-so-sick. The division is carefully made, so that no one feels they are being quarantined but everyone feels safe at the same time. The wait times have never been long for us. And there is a book exchange for the kids - leave a book, take a book. Plus, Dr. Eastman treats my kids with kindness and care."
- Vina, Birmingham

Helen Economy, M.D.

2300 Haggerty Road, West Bloomfield
248-926-1411
Pediatrics
"Dr. Economy is very caring and personable. She is also very knowledgeable about my daughter's condition (asthma) and she's actively involved in her treatment."
- Karen, Waterford

Lobna Elhasan-Fakih, M.D.

6620 Schaefer Road, Dearborn
313-582-3700
Pediatrics
"She is so personable with the children and their parents. I really feel like we are family when there. She is always willing to listen and give guidance and advice. She hugs me and my children every time we see her. Everyone in the office is really nice."
- Melissa, Garden City

Helen Etemadi, D.O.

14700 King Road, Suite C, Riverview
734-479-2100
www.specialcareobgyn.com
Obstetrics and Gynecology
"Dr. Edemati is a great doctor and person. She took me in as a new patient when I had a devastating diagnosis of infertility from a previous OB/GYN. I was seeking other options. She was able to look into my symptoms and suggested a diagnosis of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). It was great to hear this, yet a bummer because I did not want anything to be wrong. But in the end, I had great news as well! At a follow up appointment the next week, I had an ultrasound and found out I was five weeks pregnant! I am now 36 weeks pregnant and glad I chose to have Dr. Edemati as my OB/GYN. She has made my first pregnancy a breeze, has always listened to my concerns and has made this pregnancy a great experience!"
- Jennifer, Southgate

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Seth Faber, M.D.

6900 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 206, West Bloomfield
248-855-7510
Pediatrics
"He was personable and understanding from the moment we met him in the hospital. He is gentle with our daughter and has twins close to her age. We even saw him at a birthday party for one of his patients."
- Judy, Farmington Hills

Josephine Finazzo, D.D.S.

12947 Northline Road, Southgate
734-285-8666
Pediatric Dentistry
"My two kids have seen Dr. Finazzo as their pediatric dentist since they were both 3 years old (they are now 13 and 9). She is our favorite for so many reasons: Her level of expertise is bar none, the calm way she has with the kids. She somehow gets them to do exactly what she needs them to do without making them hesitant or afraid. Never ONCE have my kids said, 'I don't wanna go to the dentist.' She explains things well to the parent, never makes you feel rushed if you have any questions. And I don't think in all the years I have taken my kids to her, she hasn't been smiling and happy. She exudes happiness because she loves what she does every day. She enjoys the kids, and they love her. I recommend her every chance I get!"
- Jeri, Wyandotte

Seth Forman, M.D.

2400 Farming Road, Suite 10, West Bloomfield
46325 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi
248-596-1000
Pediatrics
"Dr. Forman has been my son's doctor for eight years, and from the beginning, he has made my son feel so comfortable. He talks to my son about anything from Star Wars to his favorite subject at school. A few years ago, my son was in the hospital a few days before Christmas and Dr. Forman went over and beyond to get him home in time for Christmas. I could go on and on. Dr. Forman is such a wonderful and dedicated doctor. We love him."
- Terri, Commerce Township

Michelle Foster, M.D.

30061 Schoenherr Road, Warren
586-558-2111
Pediatrics
"She is wonderful with my daughter and is wonderful with this first-time, maybe a little overly-paranoid mom. She is so sweet and my daughter really responds well to her. She takes her time and never rushes through an appointment. She has got a kind heart and is a wonderful doctor."
- Leah, Madison Heights

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Rubin Gappy, M.D

46591 Romeo Plank, Suite 112, Macomb Township
20225 E. Nine Mile Road, Suite A, St. Clair Shores
586-772-1090
www.stjohndoctors.org/doctors
Pediatrics
"We love Dr. Gappy. His office staff is well organized and super nice to my children. They are understanding of the difficulties that I have when bringing my triplets to their office and always work their best to accommodate us on our visits. We recommend them to all our friends."
- Jennifer, Oakland Township

Bassam Gebara, M.D.

Beaumont Hospital
3601 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak
248-898-5000
Pediatric Critical Care
"Dr. Gebara works at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital, where he is the co-director of the pediatric intensive care unit. Dr. Gebara is a compassionate professional, whose steady demeanor helps families deal with the most difficult medical situations."
- Ty and Kristen, Lake Orion

Louis Geller, D.P.M.

6900 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 315, West Bloomfield
248-737-0780
www.footandankleinstituteofmichigan.com
Podiatry
"He is fantastic with children!!!!"
- Merilyn, Novi

Brian Gendelman, M.D.

8896 Commerce Road, Suite 5, Commerce Township
248-360-9241
Pediatrics
"There are so many great things about Dr. Gendelman. He treats my kids like they are his own and makes them feel comfortable. My 3-1/2-year-old asks to go to the doctor all the time - she loves him that much! We have never had to wait more than a few hours to see him. What I love most of all is that he respects my opinion as the parent. We are a team in caring for my girls. There are always options discussed for any care or treatments that are given to my girls."
- Deborah, West Bloomfield

Sultana Ghuznavi, M.D.

25412 Goddard Road, Taylor
313-292-4110
Pediatrics
"I was referred to Dr. Ghuznavi when another doctor was doing nothing for my son, who had continuous ear infections. She was patient, informative and very caring. She was able to get my son the care and treatment he needed right away. For that I am very grateful."
- Tracey, Trenton

Jason Golnick, D.D.S.

21213 Ecorse Road, Taylor
313-292-7777
2300 Haggerty Road, Suite 1180, West Bloomfield
248-668-0022
Pediatric Dentistry
"Dr. Golnick is a one-of-a-kind dentist. It shows through his character and demeanor that he loves what he does. He is always happy and takes the time to have a conversation with not only the parents but the children, as well. My son has no anxiety about going to the dentist. While doing a procedure on my son, Dr. Golnick told him, 'I will count to 10 and then I will give you a break.' Dr. Golnick began counting and my son became anxious, but right at the number 10, Dr. Golnick stopped. I was so happy that he kept his word. That simple act built trust between him and my son. Now my son says, 'If it hurts, I know Dr. Golnick will stop if I tell him to.'"
- Mariea, Warren

Robert Goodman, D.D.S.

42430 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 101, Novi
248-465-7500
www.goodmanortho.com
Orthodontics
"Dr. Goodman is such a knowledgeable and caring doctor that makes us feel like part of the family. He is very personable and always includes us in every step of treatment."
- Sara, Farmington Hills

Sindy Goodman, D.D.S.

42430 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 101, Novi
248-465-7500
www.goodmanortho.com
Orthodontics
"Dr. Goodman is a great orthodontist! Every visit, our family feels so welcome from the time we come in to when we check out. The doctors and assistants always ask what's new at school, how our team is doing if we have a game or how was our part in a school play. They understand if a child is a little afraid, not knowing if braces will hurt, but they talk and smile the whole time - and picking colors for the braces is so much fun. They have contests like the favorite pet contest and they give rewards for good brushing every month. They really care about every patient and are the tops in their field!"
- Mary, Northville

Arvind Gulati

23655 Novi Road, Suite 103, Novi
248-348-2115
www.noviomfs.com
Oral Surgery
"Dr. Gulati is kind and caring. Oral surgery can be very scary and his professionalism and compassion eased my worries. I have recommended him to friends and family. His office staff is friendly and accommodating."
- Adena, Mount Clemens

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Mustafa Hamed, M.D.

Henry Ford Medical Center, 4401 Conner St., Detroit
313-823-9800
Pediatrics
"Dr. Hamed is caring and thorough. My 13-year-old son absolutely loves him! He's thorough and understanding, and he has a charming personality. He talks to us in English, not with medical jargon, so we all can understand. He helped encourage my son to be more active and now he lost the weight he needed and is generally much happier and healthier!"
- Jamil, Detroit

Kelly Harte

1051 N. Canton Center Road, Canton
734-844-5400
Pediatrics
"Dr. Harte is wonderful! Both my children are very fond of her. She is very patient, understanding, gentle and sweet. She is very easy to talk to and doesn't mind answering any of my questions."
- Shane, Romulus

Dawn Harvey, D.D.S.

19251 Mack Ave., Suite 220, Grosse Pointe Woods
313-343-8790
Pediatric Dentistry
"Patients are always taken on time. The doctor and her staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and compassionate. The office is clean and comfortable."
- Alesia, Detroit

Azra Hashmi

18101 Oakwood Blvd., Suite 101G, Dearborn
313-593-7240
Pediatrics
"Dr. Hashmi is a wonderful, caring doctor. She takes her time with every child and makes them feel very comfortable. My daughter was very apprehensive about doctors having had bad experiences. When we went to see Dr. Hashmi, she was very reassuring and made her feel comfortable. That was nine years ago; we have since moved and now live about an hour drive away I continue to take my daughter to see Dr. Hashmi even though it is an hour away. She is always available when you need to get a last minute appointment; there is never any problem."
- Valerie, Grosse Ile

Robin Hugen, M.D.

42141 Mound Road, Sterling Heights
586-254-7593
Pediatrics
"Dr. Hugen has a wonderful bedside manner. My son seems really comfortable around her. She is very easy to talk to, answers all of my questions and concerns, and explains things clearly. She is also near me in age and has two young children of her own, so she is easy to relate to. I would highly recommend Dr. Hugen to any new parent."
- Heather, Sterling Heights

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Rose Ibrahim, M.D.

13739 S. Huron River Drive, Romulus
734-941-0895
Pediatrics
"Dr. Ibrahim cares and goes that extra mile for all her patients. You always feel like your children matter and your children are her only patients. For example, my son was receiving allergy shots weekly. Through our previous doctor's office it would be anywhere from a 1-2 hour ordeal. At Dr. Ibrahim's office, we went right in and were out in under 30 minutes. You can always get same day appointments. She remembers my children and is GREAT with them. I'm thankful for the care she provides for my family and she is a true angel."
- Elaine, Newport

Izabella Ilyasov, M.D.

15777 Northline Road, Suite 202, Southgate
734-246-8100
Pediatrics
"Dr. I is very knowledgeable, and her care and compassion for children is reflected in her work. Thank you Dr. I for all your years of watching over all our children."
- Angela, Garden City

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Heather Jackson, D.O.

26015 Greenfield Road, Southfield
248-552-7230
Pediatrics
"When my son who is 15 years old at the time became a patient of Dr. Jackson, he wasn't too sure that he wanted a female physician, so he was quite nervous. When it was time for his appointment, he told me that she was the best doctor he has ever had; she listens and she really made him feel very comfortable."
- Chastity, Dearborn

Noel Jackson, D.D.S.

254 West Road, Trenton
734-671-2273
www.smiletrenton.com
Dentistry
"This office has great offerings for kids! They host a Halloween Party, a Super Summer Party, and a Patient Appreciation Skating Party. Kids learn that dental health can be fun and learn not to fear the dentist. They are great family dentists and everyone enjoys going to the dentist and getting healthy!"
- Debra, Trenton

Tisa Johnson, M.D.

3031 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
313-916-1985
Pediatrics
"Dr. Johnson is the most caring and open pediatrician that we have ever had. She works directly with our autistic children and their full care. Her staff is professional and caring. She will take time out of her already packed schedule to call me back regarding any concerns that I may have for either one of my children. Dr. Johnson is the best of the best. She rocks!"
- Charmaine, Harper Woods

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Steve Kallabat, M.D.

1109 W. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills
248-723-2400
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
"Dr. Kallabat always fits in a sick child. He's very good with our daughter, has a great staff, and believes in mother's intuition. Plus, he's also an internist, so mom and dad can see him, too!"
- Catharine, Bloomfield Hills

Ehud Kapen, M.D.

31500 Telegraph Road, Suite 105, Bingham Farms
248-540-8700
Pediatrics
"He is patient with kids. He takes time to answer parent's questions without hesitation. The doctor's office is very kid-friendly and clean. It's not a problem getting a same day appointment."
- Micaela, Detroit

Melinda Karam, M.D.

18325 E. 10 Mile Road, Suite 100, Roseville
586-776-1010
Pediatrics
"I trust Dr. Karam and appreciate her advice and suggestions. She came to the hospital on Christmas Day to check on my son when he injured his head at 3 months old."
- Karen, Grosse Pointe Woods

Michael Kasztelan, M.D.

64580 Van Dyke Road, Suite C, Washington Township
586-752-9629
www.stjohndoctors.org
Family Practice
"Dr. Kasztelan is a man who really cares about each patient and takes his time with each one. He directs questions to the children and actually listens to what they have to say. He is always in a very good mood; he smiles and is friendly. Dr. Kasztelan is very professional, has a great deal of knowledge and a wonderful bedside manner; my family of five all love him! Nobody is afraid of ever going to the doctor's office."
- Kelli, St. Clair Shores

Maureen Kelly, M.D.

43205 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
248-451-0600
Pediatrics
"Just wonderful."
- Jenny, Royal Oak

Basel Khatib, M.D.

5728 Schaefer Road, Dearborn
313-624-3005
Pediatrics
"Caring. Respectful. Accurate. These are some of the characteristics that Dr. Khatib provides all of his patients. He greets you with a smile. Dr. Khatib also makes sure that before you leave his office all your questions are answered and that all of his instructions are fully understood. He is very quick to respond to his pager, whether it's 2 a.m. or 3 p.m. He truly does go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that your child is cared for in a safe manner."
- Safaa, Dearborn

Kevin Kutskill, M.D.

35054 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore
586-725-2670
Pediatrics
"I really appreciate Dr. Kutskill because he's a down to earth, family man who makes my children feel comfortable and taken care of. I've heard a lot of people talk about their pediatrician and how they make them do this, that or the other thing, or how they're nervous to give their child a pacifier or put them in a bouncer because their pediatrician is so against it. As a man who has children, Dr. Kutskill understands what is really important in keeping your kids safe and healthy and what's optional. He has always had common sense answers to my questions and made me feel more confident as a parent. I don't need a fancy office or the latest toys in the waiting room, but I do want a doctor who is calm and confident with my children and one who is respectful of my opinions, while at the same time helping me to be a better parent and keep my kids healthy."
- Kara, Harper Woods

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James Landers, M.D.

20825 Mack Ave., Suite 4, Grosse Pointe Woods
313-881-6900
www.gppediatrics.com
Pediatrics
"He has well child and sick child waiting rooms, friendly staff, and allows parent to make informed decisions."
- Erica, St. Clair Shores

Scott Langenburg, M.D.

Children's Hospital of Michigan
3901 Beaubien St., Detroit
313-745-5881
Pediatric Surgeon
"Dr. Langenburg operated on my son almost 10 years ago. He also works in the OR at the same hospital where I do. He is an excellent pediatric surgeon, has great beside manner with the kids and parents, as well as treats the staff at the hospital with respect. I would take my son back to Dr. Langenburg if he ever needed surgery in the future, and I thoroughly enjoy working with him in the operating room."
- Colleen, Allen Park

Susan Laurent, M.D.

23965 Novi Road, Suite 100, Novi
248-348-2100
Pediatrics
"Dr. Laurent is extremely patient, understanding and knowledgeable. Our son's health is awesome!! When other children in his childcare center are sneezing, coughing or out with the flu, our son is thriving. The medication she prescribed to clear his ear infections as a baby worked wonderfully, which brings us to the face that she just does not prescribe unnecessarily, which is awesome in itself. Last minute appointments-provided, information via telephone-provided if applicable. Love, love, love Dr. Laurent."
- Kimberly, Bloomfield Hills

Stacy Leatherwood, M.D.

2799 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
313-916-2600
www.henryfordhealth.org
Pediatrics
"Dr. Leatherwood has been with my daughter since she was an infant. She is a very personable and knowledgeable physician. Even with her being the head of pediatrics of Henry Ford Health System, she manages to make you feel like her first and only priority. She always turns my daughter's frown into a smile. With her witty and kid-friendly personality, I can honestly say I don't know what I would do without her."
- Roshia, Detroit

Joan Less, M.D.

15777 Northline Road, Suite 203, Southgate
734-246-8100
www.oakwood.org
Pediatrics
"We have been going to Dr. Less' office since my now 6-year-old twins were infants. She is amazing with children, as well as parents. She is very thorough, kind and compassionate. We love her!"
- Amy, Trenton

Dr. Robert Levy, M.D.

2845 Monroe St., Dearborn
313-730-0070
Pediatrics
"Dr. Levy treats his patients with kindness and is very knowledgeable for parents! He has a soft touch, but is a great doctor."
- Kim, Lincoln Park

Richard Linsk, M.D.

21751 W. 11 Mile Road, Suite 105, Southfield
(Just moved from Ann Arbor location)
734-786-3833
www.integrativepediatrics.net
Pediatrics
"Dr. Linsk is compassionate, thorough and caring. Works with conventional and biomed for autism treatment."
- Sharon, Waterford

Denise Lippitt, M.D.

5793 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield
248-539-7726
Pediatrics
"Dr. Lippitt is as calming, caring and kind to the parents as she is to the children. She was even there to comfort me during the stress of being a new mom. She is incredibly thorough, and follows up on the slightest suspicion that something isn't quite right. She allows plenty of time for questions and concerns."
- Amy, Walled Lake

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Suhasini Macha

Children's Hospital of Michigan
3901 Beaubien St., Detroit
313-745-5585
Pediatrics
"Dr. Macha is a sweet and kind person. She is persistent as a doctor, finding out what was wrong with my child."
- Bennett, Brownstown Township

Vikram Mali, M.D.

44344 Dequindre Road, Suite 510, Sterling Heights
586-323-6300
Pediatrics
"He is most patient and kind. Never rushes you, always willing to listen. Although his practice is busy, you can always get into be seen in a pinch - if not by him, then by one of his associates (all seem good so far). This doctor listens to the kids and the parents without making the parent feel like they are nuts or that you are a pain. He is extremely knowledgeable and will pull up a chair, sit down and explain everything eye to eye with my kids and myself and does not leave until we have no further questions. They should all be this good."
- Gayle, Sterling Heights

Jeannette Marchand-Mateyak, M.D.

30061 Schoenherr Road, Suite A, Warren
586-558-2111
Pediatrics
"Dr. Marchand really cares about my children. She saves medical articles for me to read, so I can learn more about my special needs child. She is willing to learn more about my special needs child's syndrome. She makes both my kids feel loved and welcome."
- Laurel, Warren

Ami Mavani, M.D.

101 S. Rochdale Drive, Suite B, Rochester Hills
248-650-5009
www.drmavani.org
Pediatrics
"Dr. Mavani is so caring and knowledgeable. She remembers and genuinely cares about our three children. I personally love the fact that she's part of the holistic community and doesn't immediately prescribe a drug to treat an illness that can be treated in a more natural way. Her office is kid-friendly, with a sick and a well waiting area, and her staff are just as concerned for our care as she is. She is personally available to parents who have worries and reassures our new-parent jitters."
- Marie, Washington Township

Chad Mayer, D.O.

7010 Pontiac Trail, Suite B, West Bloomfield
248-363-3232
www.allergyasthmamichigan.com
Allergy & Immunology
"Dr. Mayer is personable. He makes my family feel at home in his office. He puts my son at ease and is able to treat him without incident - this is huge because my son is very afraid of doctors in general. What I like best about Dr. Mayer is no matter what issue my son is having, he goes over and above to make sure I understand fully what is going on. I feel like he cares."
- Marie, Troy

Robert McGahey, M.D.

46591 Romeo Plank, Suite 112, Macomb Township
20225 E. Nine Mile Road, Suite A, St. Clair Shores
586-772-1090
www.stjohndoctors.org/doctors
Pediatrics
"He is great with our child and our child loves the fact that Elmo is supposedly hiding in his ear."
- Hallie, Grosse Pointe Park

Brian McLean, D.D.S.

1435 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills
248-650-3434
www.brianmclean.net
Dentistry
" Dr. McLean's office is great with large screen TVs in each room with kids movies. Dr. McLean, Geri and the rest of the staff are great and friendly with the kids."
- Niki, Oxford

Melissa McNier, M.D.

49650 Cherry Hill Road, Suite 210, Canton
734-398-7899
www.ihacares.com
Pediatrics
"Dr. McNier has always made our visits so personal. I always feel like she is listening and not rushing through appointments. She asks lots of questions, listens patiently, and most importantly she is so good with my daughter. My daughter loves to visit the doctor's office knowing that it will be fun to see her doctor. During our last visit, the doctor even let my daughter listen to her (the doctor's) heart)."
- Brooke, Wayne

Nicole Meadows, D.D.S.

33200 W. 14 Mile Road, West Bloomfield
248-855-3655
Dentistry
"Dr. Meadows has the three C's. She's competent, compassionate and children love her!"
- M.J., Bloomfield Hills

Marc Milia, M.D.

21031 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
313-277-6700
www.drmarcmilia.com
Orthopedic Surgery
"Very warm and caring personality! He is NOT your typical ortho doc. He will spend as much time as needed with his patients to make them feel at ease with what needs to be done. And, he is an excellent surgeon!"
- Thomas, Allen Park

Scott Moore, M.D.

13699 Old U.S. 12, Chelsea
734-475-4500
www.mykidsdoc.org
Pediatrics
"We've been with Dr. Moore for about 10 years. He treats our three children, one has autism and other special needs. He really goes the extra mile every single time. He calls us when he's concerned about something that a test reveals, he takes action and refers us to specialists when we bring our concerns to him (instead of blowing us off like so many other doctors do), and he's generally just a very personable, compassionate human being. You can tell that he really genuinely cares. I wish that more doctors had a bedside manner like Dr. Moore."
- Jackie, Jackson

Ehab Morsi

14600 King Road, Suite A, Riverview
734-479-7800
Pediatrics
"Dr. Morsi and his partner are wonderful with my daughter who is 5 1/2 months. They are very knowledgeable, caring, kind and show concern of the parents' questions."
- Jamie, Flat Rock

Kathryn Moseley, M.D.

20321 Farmington Road, Livonia
248-888-9000
Pediatrics
"Dr. Moseley is friendly, personable and has the answer for everything I ask. She does not make me feel that any question is too simple to ask. Dr. Moseley always has a bright smile on her face and gives relatable stories that makes me know she is a typical mom as well."
- Carol, Detroit

Craig Mueller, M.D.

200 Diversion St., Rochester Hills
248-656-3440
Pediatrics
"Dr. Mueller is very accommodating. You can count on them especially in time of emergencies. He will call you right away and spend time talking to you to allay your fears."
- Katrina, Lake Orion

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Christian Nageotte, M.D.

3500 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights
586-977-5505
39450 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi
248-344-2490
Pediatrics, Allergy & Immunology
"Dr. Nageotte is truly the best pediatric allergist I have ever met. He has kept our very allergic son as healthy as he can be. He is very knowledgeable and will answer any number of questions you may have per visit. He never makes you feel ignorant or like he has somewhere else he needs to be. He is absolutely a first rate doc!"
- Jennifer, Northville

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Maura O'Connell, D.O.

19020 Fort St., Riverview
734-362-5100
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
"Dr. O'Connell is wonderful with my kids, neither of whom like going to the doctor's office. She has a kind, compassionate way about her and is very calming (to both kids and parents!!). Her office staff are wonderful and always available to answer questions. Weekend and some evening hours make it easy to schedule appointments around a busy schedule, too!"
- Rhea, Woodhaven

Timothy O'Neill, D.O.

5701 Bow Pointe Drive, Clarkston
248-625-2273
www.clarkstonmedicalgroup.com
Pediatrics
"Dr. O'Neill has grown up in our community and has great knowledge and compassion. He has seen my children at all hours of the day and night. Not only is he a great doctor, but he gives back to the community."
- Heather, Clarkston

Molly O'Shea, M.D.

3270 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 400, Troy
248-816-2558
www.birminghampediatrics.com
Pediatrics
"Dr. Molly is absolutely amazing! Her office is inviting and comfortable with couches, books and TVs in every exam room rather than tall exam tables that I have to keep my kids from climbing on and uncomfortable plastic chairs for the parents. But this is just the icing on the cake. Dr. Molly goes above and beyond every day. She (or her associate, the also wonderful Dr. Stacey) is available by email at all hours of the day and night. We have emailed pictures of rashes to know whether we need to come in, she asked us to email her every day when one of our daughters started a new medication, so should would know how it was affecting her and adjust the medication accordingly. Dr. Molly is patient no matter what our questions are or how many we have. She treats the kids with respect and asks them questions about how they are feeling. I think I knew that she would always be our pediatrician when one of our daughters was having difficulty with daytime potty accidents. She got down on her knees and looked our daughter in the eye and talked about how she was feeling, how she was growing and taking responsibility for herself. In that moment with my 4-year-old, I knew I would be able to trust Dr. Molly with all of the exciting and challenging developmental milestones ahead. I knew she would talk openly and honestly with our daughters and answer whatever questions I may not be able to. Dr. Molly is genuinely interested in getting to know our family and being part of our team as the girls grow."
- Jennifer, Birmingham

Farhat Osman, M.D.

1308 W. Auburn Road, Rochester Hills
248-844-8890
www.farhatosman.com
Pediatrics
"Soft spoken and kind with the children. The small, personal office means my children know everyone who works there and they all know them. We can always get an appointment within a few hours. Everything always feels healthy and clean inside. Dr. Osman has been the best pediatrician I could hope for my children."
- Elizabeth, Auburn Hills

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Carl Papa, D.D.S.

20155 E. 12 Mile Road, Roseville
586-772-0100
www.drcarlpapa.com
Dentistry
"Dr. Papa takes time for the little patients in his life and chats it up with them. On the exam side of this, he takes the time to explain exactly what is about to be done to my son and that puts him at ease to sit back and allow this fantastic team to do their job. My son Aidan absolutely adores him and Marie and loves going to see ALL of them."
- Karin, Roseville

Manisha Parikh, M.D.

47601 Grand River Ave., Novi
248-465-4847
www.stjohn.org
Pediatrics
"Words can not possibly convey how much our family loves and appreciates Dr. Parikah. She is gentle and caring. She knows and remembers personal facts and events about our kids likes, dislikes and hobbies. It is easy to see her sincere love for children not only as patients but as individuals."
- Jennifer, Wixom

Amy Parker, D.D.S.

16800 W. 12 Mile Road, Southfield
248-423-9800
www.aparkerpediatricdentistry.com
Pediatric Dentistry
"Dr. Parker is a great dentist for children of all ages. I took my daughter to her office when she was 17 months and Dr. Parker was so gentle yet thorough and attentive with her exam."
- Denise, Grosse Pointe Woods

Lawrence Pasik, M.D.

6900 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
248-626-5315
Pediatrics, Allergy & Immunology
"Dr. Pasik takes his time with the children. He's very patient and is silly with them. I have a picture of my two boys with him wearing oversized sunglasses and a clown nose!"
- Rebecca, Farmington Hills

Kapil Patel, M.D.

2421 Fort St., Trenton
734-676-0800
Pediatrics
"Dr. Patel is my children's pediatrician and he is absolutely wonderful. He treats them as if they were his own children. He makes them feel comfortable and special. I feel he deserves to be recognized in this special way for being so good to us!"
- Rachel, Trenton

Renee Paye, M.D.

8545 Common Road, Suite 200, Warren
586-751-0732
Pediatrics
"I have a 20-month-old son. While I was pregnant with him, my husband and I agreed that we would choose a young male doctor for our son. My doctor had recommended a doctor from Dr. Paye's office, but when the time came for my son to be born, Dr. Paye just so happened to be the one on call for the night. We fell in love with her that day and decided she would be the one for our son. This office make you feel like they actually care, they listen and inform you without making you feel rushed, which is so important especially for new parents. They have often called after appointments to check in on my son, which I feel shows that they care also. Dr. Paye is the best!"
- Athena, Roseville

Varisa Perlman, M.D.

3850 Pelham Road, Suite 9, Dearborn
313-562-9500
Pediatrics
"Dr. Perlman is such a great pediatrician. She is very good with my kids. She also listens to the parent when they feel something is not quite right with their child. When something is wrong with your child, she to is concerned and wants to be updated on their condition days later. What a great attitude and personality Dr. Perlman has with her patients and their parents.
- Michelle, Belleville

Karen Plymel, M.D.

15915 Southfield Road, Suite 100, Allen Park
313-593-5957
Obstetrics

Mirjana Popovic, M.D.

225 S. Troy St., Suite 180, Royal Oak
248-541-2222
Pediatrics
"After I had my daughter in 2001, I had no clue about a doctor for her until Dr. Popovic walked through my hospital room door. From that moment on, Dr. Popovic has been my daughter's pediatrician. She is also my 11-month-old son's doctor now. Dr. Popovic is very gentle, sincere, has empathy and is very much to the point. She cares for each and every one of her patients like they are her own kids. No matter where I am located, she will continue to care for my children until they pass the age of no longer needing her care. My daughter loves going to see Dr. Popovic and brings her pictures she has done in art class. Every year we bring her an updated picture of the kids and they get hung up on her wall. We love Dr. Popovic!"
- Jennifer, Sterling Heights

Rick Poston, D.O.

22995 Hall Road, Trenton
734-671-8660
Pediatrics
"Dr. Poston is one of the best because he takes his time to talk to the kids and the parents, so they all know what is going on. He is not in a rush and is very thorough. Dr. Poston always has a way of making kids comfortable. I have been taking my kids to see Dr. Poston for about nine years. My oldest son was anemic and was taking iron when we first went to Dr. Poston, no one before that found out why. Dr. Poston just took some simple blood work and determined that it is a chronic condition and that the iron supplement wouldn't help. He is very personable and takes his time with each individual to ensure they have the best care!"
- Renee, Taylor

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Meera Raghunathan, M.D.

6231 N. Canton Center Road, Canton
734-455-0800
Pediatrics
"My daughter loves Dr. R. She warmed up to her right away, with her sweet, caring, sincere demeaner. I would recommend her to everyone. You can always get an appointment with her the same day."
- Denise, Canton

Shanti Rao, M.D.

8001 Challis Road, Brighton
810-227-9510
Pediatrics
"Dr. Rao is our family's favorite doc because she always makes us feel like we're her only patient. She never makes us feel rushed and takes the time to listen and answer any questions. She also goes above and beyond by personally following up with any tests whether she is working or has the day off. My kids love her she can relate to them on their level."
- Kevin, Michell, Nick, Hannah and Patrick, Howell

Larry Ratz, D.D.S.

9499 Holly Road, Grand Blanc
810-694-7450
Dentistry
"I am not a patient of Dr. Ratz, but I am a school social worker that works with children who have been diagnosed as autism. One of my student's parents has recommended Dr. Ratz, saying he is amazing with helping to ease the anxiety that children with autism have when they go to a dentist."
- Lisa, Linden

Alita Rice, M.D.

19840 Middlebelt Road, Livonia
248-476-1788
Pediatrics
"Dr. Rice is a great pediatrician. She is very thorough and she has an excellent bedside manner. My daughter loves her. There is never any anxiety for her when we go to the doctor's office.
- Denise, Grosse Pointe Woods

Jay Richman, D.D.S.

2677 Elizabeth Lake Road, Suite 101, Waterford
248-682-8811
www.delaneyrichmanroot.com
Pediatric Dentistry
"Dr. Richman was my dentist from the time I was 3 years old. He is pediatric specialist. Dr. Richman took action from my first appointment and saved my parents from having to put braces on me as a teenager. I now take my daughter there. The kids are treated great and the staff really understands all kids. In fact, all of my nieces and nephews go there now as well. I can't imagine taking my daughter anywhere else."
- Debra, Waterford

Regina Rizk, M.D.

100 N. Pond Drive, Suite East, Walled Lake
248-669-2273
Pediatrics
"Dr. Rizk and all the ladies at the office are thoughtful, welcoming and helpful. They know my daughters and are right on every time with her diagnosis and recommendations. She has helped my girls in many ways during their various ages and stages. When I have had to call after hours, she calls right away. She is kind and my kids like to go see her. When we are in the area for other reasons, they want to stop by and see her."
- Sandra, Commerce Township

Jeffrey Roeser, D.D.S.

6770 Dixie Hwy., Suite 307, Clarkston
248-620-6800
www.roeserdental.com
Dentistry
"Dr. Jeff is a very caring doctor and is able to relate to his young patients. For many of them, it is their first experience visiting a dentist. Dr. Jeff is reassuring throughout the visit, making it a fun, painless experience. Loved by kids and adults alike."
- Susan, White Lake

Randall Root, D.D.S.

2677 Elizabeth Lake Road, Suite 101, Waterford
248-682-8811
www.delaneyrichmanroot.com
Pediatric Dentistry
"The kids are treated great and the staff really understands all kids. In fact, all of my nieces and nephews go here as well. I can't imagine taking my daughter anywhere else."
- Debra, Waterford

Roy Rosen, M.D.

4936 W. Clark Road, Suite 101, Ypsilanti
734-434-3000
Pediatrics
"We have been afflicted with a few uncommon illnesses/conditions that Dr. Rosen recognized and diagnosed accurately and immediately. His prescribed treatment has always been simple, effective and non-stressful for parents and kids. Dr. Rosen thinks outside the box - often suggesting alternatives to traditional prescription medications. He gains children's trust and develops an understanding with his patients very quickly. If you were to ask my kids why they like Dr. Rosen, it would be because "he's funny." He does enjoy entertaining the kids while he's diagnosing symptoms, thereby distracting them and eliminating any anxiety. He's wonderful."
- Lin, Northville

Herbert Roth, M.D.

31815 Southfield Road, Suite 14, Beverly Hills
248-644-5626
Pediatrics
"The doctors always take the time to be very thorough and continually eased my mind from the 'what if' questions."
- Crystal, Ferndale

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David Schindler, M.D.

26179 Novi Road, Novi
248-912-1919
www.schindlermd.com
Family Medicine
"Dr. Schindler is always available to talk via email, phone or at a last-minute appointment. He shares his experience and knowledge, allowing you to weigh the options and make decisions that are best for your family. An incredible doctor and a very warm, friendly man that my family and I enjoy seeing - no dreaded doctor visits here!"
- Ashley, Ferndale

Thomas Schnur, M.D.

1349 S. Rochester Road, Rochester
248-856-6300
Pediatrics
"Dr. Schnur has been our pediatrician since 1994. My two boys have always received exceptional care, but I didn't fully realize what an exceptional doctor Dr. Schnur is until tragedy hit our family in 2008. My oldest son, then 14, suffered a traumatic brain injury following a snow tubing accident. After a week in the NICU, multiple surgeries and another week on a regular floor, I brought him home with 68 staples across his head. Our first time out of the house was to see Dr. Schnur and have the staples removed. As I knelt in front of my son and held his hand (or more accurately he held mine), Dr. Schnur gently and patiently removed each staple. I can still hear the clink as the staples hit a metal pan and Dr. Schnur's reassuring tone. Now 21/2 years later my son has made a miraculous recovery. There are still bumps in the road and Dr. Schnur and staff are still reassuring us. His staff, especially the referral specialist Diane, have never failed us in getting the right information to the right people, so that the countless specialist appointments and tests are covered by our insurance. I have called her more than once while we were on our way to an appointment and she always replies, "Don't worry and don't apologize. I'll take care of it right away" - and she does. His nurse Marie takes my sobbing phone calls, hugs me when she sees me and in every interaction reassures me. And Dr. Schnur has been the cornerstone of my son's recovery - answering countless questions and guiding us in all of my son's medical decisions. These things may seem trivial, but when you're faced with a really BIG thing, it is the little things that wear away your fears and give you hope. Just a week or so ago, Dr. Schnur said to my son "Hang in there, Buddy. It won't be long before this is all behind you."
- Jennifer, Oakland Township

Paula Schreck, M.D.

46591 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb
586-443-4950
Pediatrics
"Dr. Schreck is the best pediatrician. She is never too busy to answer any and all my questions, and believe me, I have a lot when it comes to my child. The care she gives my son is great. She is very thorough and always addresses any concerns I may have regarding my child. She gives him the best care. She is absolutely great."
- Felicia, Detroit

Andrew Seilier, M.D.

3200 W. Liberty St., Suite A, Ann Arbor
734-994-5858
www.libertypediatrics.org
Pediatrics
"Wow! Words can't explain the knowledge, patience and understanding this group has. They are wonderful and so caring to each and every family. Our doctors helped us with breast feeding, allergies, night terrors, asthma, breaking bad bedtime habits, and keeping our kids healthy inside and out. They always take the time to listen. These days that is huge; so many times people don't listen. At Liberty Pediatrics, we feel like family and know we are getting the best!"
- Heather, Ann Arbor

Kalpana Shah, M.D.

31815 Southfield Road, Suite 14, Beverly Hills
248-644-5626
Pediatrics
"The doctors always take the time to be very thorough and continually eased my mind about the 'what if' questions I have as a parent of a child with special needs."
- Crystal, Ferndale

Steven Shuster, D.D.S.

16338 Middlebelt Road, Livonia
734-425-3555
www.sjshusterdentist.com
Dentistry
"Dr. Shuster is the best. He gave me my first painless anesthetic shot and made one minor adjustment to my front tooth and I am finally pain free! So far, my son has not needed any dental work other than cleanings, which brings me to one of his dental hygienists, Mara. She is the greatest. She takes so much time explaining each procedure, from X-rays to flossing. My son has a hard time getting X-rays, so she keeps practicing with him and has even given him exercises to get him ready for his next visit. I would recommend them to everyone."
- Dawn, Livonia

John Slaim, D.O.

9330 S. Telegraph Road, Taylor
313-295-3388
Family Medicine
"Dr. Slaim has been my doctor since the day I was born. He was my mother's doctor and is my children's doctor. He is kind, caring and very friendly. He always gets me in right away and will call you with all your test results. When you are really sick, he will call you just to check on you. He is awesome with children and they really like him. He even keeps pictures of all the kids he sees. He really is a top doctor."
- Tiawanna, Livonia

Lynn Smitherman, M.D.

Children's Hospital of Michigan
3901 Beaubien St., Detroit
313-745-4000
Pediatrics
"She has provided recommendations for my special-needs daughter since she was born. Helps with recommendations for schooling and referrals, as well as general health related concerns."
- Simone, Livonia

Gary Stern, D.D.S.

31560 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia
734-425-0600
Pediatric Dentistry
"Dr. Stern is very patient and nice with the kids during a stressful time (teeth cleaning and fillings). The whole office staff is awesome!"
- Melissa, Garden City

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Natalia Tanner, M.D.

20905 Greenfield Road, Suite 207, Southfield
248-559-8336
Pediatrics
"Dr. Tanner has been taking care of my kids for 20 years. She is kind and has a great bedside manner. My kids adore her. She now practices adolescent medicine only.
- Denise, Grosse Pointe Woods

Glenn Taylor, M.D.

26850 Providence Parkway, Suite 370, Novi
248-465-4160
www.infinityprimarycare.com
Family Medicine
"Dr. Taylor is a family physician and has been treating my two children and me for eight years now, since my son was first born. He's everything you want your kids' doctor to be: kind, gentle, understanding, a good listener and has a great sense of humor. He has the kids giggling within seconds of entering the room. Plus, he takes his time with you. You never feel like he's rushing you out to get to his next patient. He makes you think of an old-fashioned family doctor, but with all the modern technology and current knowledge a doctor should have. My kids never dread or complain about having to go see Dr. Taylor."
- Amy, Plymouth

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David Wartel, Ph.D.

6346 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 107, West Bloomfield
248-626-1330
Psychologist
"Dr. Wartel has worked with our family for the past six years. I have 15-year-old twin sons on the autism spectrum. If it weren't for Dr. Wartel's therapy, my sons would not have been able to fully mainstream. Today they are doing wonderful in high school and both are on the honor roll. His specialty is behavioral therapy. Dr. Wartel is a no-nonsense individual with a practical approach. It works!"
- Sandy, Royal Oak

Jeffrey S. Weingarten, M.D.

21603 11 Mile Road, St. Clair Shores
586-776-9117
Otolaryngology
"Dr. Weingarten is a very down-to-earth, informative physician. My children are happy to go to see Dr. Weingarten, but they weren't with other physicians. He plays with them and make us all laugh."
-Anita, New Baltimore

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Amy Youn, M.D.

44199 Dequindre Road, Suite 502, Troy
586-323-6300
Pediatrics
"Dr. Youn is excellent with infants and children. She has a great rapport with the kids without being intimidating. With two toddlers of her own, it is easy for her to relate to the issues that our family faces."
- Kathleen, Sterling Heights

Susan Youngs, M.D.

Center for Exceptional Families, Oakwood Family Center
18501 Rotunda Drive, Suite 200, Dearborn
313-996-1960
Pediatrics, Physical Medicine, Pediatric Rehabilitation
"My daughter Jessi, who is 2 years old, has a developmental delay. She sees Dr. Youngs and the therapists at the Center for Exceptional Families. Dr. Youngs takes so much time, even though she is very busy. She has taken every measure to find my daughter a diagnosis, although one has not been found yet. She has cried with me about my daughter because she loves all of the children that she works with. She has given me hugs at appointments. She always asks how my husband and I are doing with everything. You can feel her compassion with every appointment. When my daughter has made good progress, Dr. Youngs is truly happy. I feel that her No. 1 priority is to make sure all of her kids with special needs and their families are taken care of!"
- Angie, Taylor

Z

Ira Zaltz, M.D.

30575 Woodward Ave., Suite II, Royal Oak
248-551-9100
www.oaklandortho.com
Orthopedic Surgery
"Dr. Zaltz makes you feel very confident. His approach is sound, and his bedside manner with kids is terrific."
- Anessa, Bloomfield Hills

Robert Zurack, D.O.

19020 Fort St., Wyandotte
734-362-5100
Pediatrics
"Dr. Zurack has been our family's pediatrician for eight years ... not to mention he was my doctor 25+ years ago! I have four children, ages 8, 5, 2 and 1. Dr. Zurack has been nothing but caring, compassionate, full of knowledge and great with the kids! Our fourth child who just turned 1 was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition just two days after birth. Dr. Zurack was there for us emotionally and gave us such hope and encouragement that day in his office. I will never forget the empathy I felt from him, something I did not receive from the doctor who delivered the disheartening news. I felt as though his heart was hurting for us and I felt comfort in the fact that he was going to really take care of my baby. Dr. Zurack gave us information and pointed us in the right direction. He has stayed over past his normal schedule to accommodate us and has called me at home on multiple occasions regarding my son. These actions are not only surprising for any doctor, but especially Dr. Zurack because he had decided to retire years back and just couldn't seem to do it. Thank goodness. He works two days a week now. I feel so sad inside thinking of the day when he decides to retire for real. I wish I could have him another 17 years."
- Kelly, Rockwood

Mar 30, 2011 11:47 pm
 Posted by  johnjuanfi

Dr. Michael Callaghan is a brilliant doctor intellectually. But not only that, he has a great bedside manner, a patient demeanor, and even explains the details of the illness he specializes in whenever I need him to. He never forces his opinions on his patients and he listens to us! I have his cell phone number, his email addresses, his office number and his beeper number. I emailed him and by phone he emailed me back in about FOUR minutes! Whenever I call he returns my call within minutes. I never feel like I'm intruding no matter what time I call or email him - even on weekends. My son's new diagnosis has often left me on edge and sometimes less than reasonable. He has always been helpful, kind, and comforting. He's one of the good guys and we're so lucky to have him!!! He is my family's blessing.
Thank you, Dr. Callaghan.

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