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2012 Mom Approved Docs

Discover the best family health-care providers in southeast Michigan – in Metro Parent readers’ own words.

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Saba R. Cossor, M.D.

Child and Adolescent Center
15350 Trenton Road, Southgate
"Dr. Cossor is one-of-a-kind in our book! She takes her time examing the kids, making them feel at-ease, first. She answers ALL my questions and explains everything to me making sure I understand what is going on with my children. She LISTENS to me with whatever concerns I may have and treats us like are her only patients when she is with us." – Noel, Lincoln Park

Houda H. Dagher-Rodger, M.D.

2845 Monroe St., Dearborn
"Dr. Dagher takes time in explaining all information and questions that you may have. I feel that even if it is the simplest, silliest to complex questions, she's always giving you and your child undivided attention and guidance. She has a great knowledge of home remedies – to trying everything before giving your child strong medicine. She is super great with my son and is always asking about his life and what is going on with him. She talks to him with equal respect and makes sure that he always knows what she is going to do and why. She makes you feel like you are part of the family and truly wants the best for your child." – Sara, Dearborn

Hirut Dagnew, M.D.

15777 Northline Road, Southgate
"Dr. Dagnew knows my children by name and we aren't just another family in the crowd of hundreds. She genuinely cares about my kids and our family and is always looking out for our best interests – medically, personally, emotionally, etc." – Jennifer, Brownstown

Andrew Dettore, D.O.

Downriver Pediatric Associates, PC
23050 West Road, Suite 110, Brownstown
"Dr. Dettore has always taken great care of both my daughters since birth. I have nothing but nice things to say about him." – Jacqueline, Melvindale

Nicolas Doss, M.D., Ph.D.

Henry Ford Health System
5500 Auto Club Drive, Suite 160, Dearborn
"Dr. Doss is special to my family because not only has he been all six of my children's pediatrician, he also has been taking care of my children for the last 20 years. All of my children are severe asthamatics and range in age from 11 to 33. Not only has he made sure that the kids have enough medication so that they will never run out, he is always there to listen to me when I am feeling stressed out with weekly doctor appointments and medications. He also makes sure that he calls to just check on the kids and to see how I am doing. Whenever I email or call him, he seems to always take the time out to return my emails and calls to make sure that we are all right. The youngest ones that still see Dr. Doss (say), 'That's my favorite doctor.' I have an 18-year-old with special needs. Now that she sees an adult doctor, she is not pleased. She stated, 'Mama, please see if Dr. Doss could still see me. He treats me right.' I give two thumbs up to Dr. Doss because he is the best." – Shari, Romulus

Elizabeth Dubina, M.D.

Pediatric Consultants of Troy
44199 Dequindre Road, Suite 222, Troy
"Dr. Dubina goes the extra mile to take care of your children. She listens to the parents and takes time to make sure she has answered all of your questions. You can tell that she is a very caring person." – Dawn, Lake Orion

Sonja M. Earles, M.D.

Bloomfield Pediatric Care
43205 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
"Calm, unfazed, plainspoken and great with my son. Wouldn't ever want to change!" – Lynda, Goodrich

Helen S. Economy, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Pediatric Care Corner
2300 Haggerty Road, Suite 2110, West Bloomfield
"Specifically, last summer, we had a tick scare with our son. Dr. Economy followed up with us after hours to check on Zachary. Generally, Dr. Economy has a wonderful way of being able to communicate with children and making them feel like they are helping with their own care. When speaking to parents, she is not patronizing or condescending, but instead, informative and patient when asked questions." – Lisa, West Bloomfield

Brian T. Engel, M.D.

Northpointe Pediatrics
30061 Schoenherr Road, Suite A, Warren
"Dr. Engel has a very friendly and direct approach with my son. He listens to him and talks to him like he's a person instead of talking to me like my son's not in the room. My son feels very comfortable with him. He has always been able to put a smile on my son's face, no matter how bad he was feeling." – Kelly, St. Clair Shores

Seth Faber, M.D.

Orchard Pediatrics
6900 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 206, West Bloomfield
"Dr. Faber is so amazing with kids! My daughters adore him. He makes going to the doctor fun and takes the scary away from my kids. Amazing trustworthy doctor whom I highly recommend!" – Natalie, West Bloomfield

Kathryn B. Fessler, M.D.

The Corner Health Center
47 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti
"Dr. Fessler always treats my children as individuls. She is respectful and very kind-hearted. She answers all of our questions with clear and understandable answers. She is never in a hurry with our visits and her friendly manner and sense of humor makes it a joy to go for doctor visits." – Lori Ann, Milan

Seth H. Forman M.D.

West Bloomfield Pediatrics, PLLC
6400 Farmington Road, West Bloomfield
"We have been with West Bloomfield Pediatrics and Dr. Forman for over 13 years. Dr. Forman not only cares for his patients but also checks in with the parents to make sure they are doing well, too. He is very open to the parent's opinion and takes what they say into consideration. When I lived on the east side of town and driving to their office was timely, I still made the drive. Dr. Forman and the West Bloomfield Peds staff are worth the time and effort to go there." – Kristi, Waterford

Michelle D. Foster, M.D.

Northpointe Pediatrics
30061 Schoenherr Road, Suite A, Warren
"She always takes her time when I go in to see her. It might be for a routine checkup or when one of my kids is sick. She is so kind and my kids really love her. My daughter loves playing doctor because she has always had such a great experience with Dr. Foster. My son has had several ear infections in the past few months and she has been so kind and gentle while examining him. I have a great relationship with Dr. Foster myself. She is a wonderful doctor and a kind person." – Leah, Clawson

Lisa Fulgenzi, M.D.

Berkley Primary Care
26711 Woodward Ave., Suite 103, Huntington Woods
"Dr. Fulgenzi is so caring – my three kids actually look forward to seeing her because they feel that she cares. She takes time with all her patients, and we trust her completely." – Laura, Beverly Hills

Rubin P. Gappy, M.D.

Cornerstone-Lakeview Pediatrics
46591 Romeo Plank, Suite 112, Macomb
"We love going to this office. All the doctors are great. The office staff is fun and friendly, and my children look forward to visits!" – Julie, Chesterfield

Vinaya Gavini, M.D.

Gavini Pediatrics & ADHD Clinics
26850 Providence Parkway, Suite 300, Novi
"All three of my children go to Dr. Gavini. He takes time to get to know each one and has calming effect during hectic visits." – Rosie, Redford

Steven B. Glickfield, D.O., F.A.A.P.

West Bloomfield Pediatrics
6400 Farmington Road, West Bloomfield
"I have known Dr. Glickfield since I was 12 years old. He was my pediatrician and is the doctor to both of my sons (and our soon-to-be newborn child in October). Dr. Glickfield is the best there is in this field! He is knowledgable, thorough and has a great bedside manner and willingness to answer whatever questions you have. He is FANTASTIC!" – Natasha, Novi

Stacey Gorman, M.D.

Union Lake Pediatrics
2630 Union Lake Road, Commerce Township
"Dr. Gorman is amazing with my daughter!" – Gina, White Lake

Lyric Green, M.D.

St. John Pediatric Associates
21931 E. Nine Mile Road, St. Clair Shores
"Dr. Green is compassionate, understanding and really listens when you talk. She makes you feel like you and she are partners – which is the way it should be!" – Colleen, Harper Woods

J. Gwendolyn Gordon, M.D.

23077 Greenfield Road, Suite 200, Southfield
"If it wasn't for Dr. Gordon, my ear infection wouldn't have been cured. Dr. Gordon is the No. 1 Doctor of Pediatrics in the World, because I had been through two others before receiving Dr. Gordon – and she was the one who had cured me completely from wearing a hearing aid device." – Kaili, Detroit

Jonathan D. Hamer, O.D.

Bennett Optometry
117 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
"My wife and two children have been patients at Bennett Optometry for five years, and my daughter began to have headaches at school. We brought her in to see Dr. Hamer and he ordered vision therapy. This is a very child-friendly setting with very professional staff. I have seen huge changes in our daughter and the headaches have stopped. I would highly recommend this office for top-notch care." – Greg, Livonia

Isabel Holland-Davis, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Medical Center Pediatrics PLLC
5793 W. Maple Road, Suite 153, Bloomfield Hills
"She is the best. She is great with my kids and she takes the time to answer questions. She is caring and compassionate. Always positive. I wouldn't go anywhere else!" – Heather, Livonia

Teresa Holtrop, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Children's Hospital of Michigan, Fifth Floor, Carl's Building
3901 Beaubien St., Detroit
"My daughter is 2 and she is my first child. I had a lot of difficulties with her first doctor, who diagnosed her with failure to thrive. I didn't want to bring my daughter to Children's Hospital because I work there. I work in the clinic Dr. Holtrop works in often. I started going to Dr. Holtrop as a second-opinion physician and never went back to the original PCP. Dr. Holtrop is very passionate about children, and it reflects in her work ethic and treatment toward her patients. She is very genuine, and I am glad to have her as my child's pediatrician." – Denise, Detroit

John M. Howard, M.D.

Henry Ford Medical Center
14300 N. Beck Road, Plymouth
"We have been seeing Dr. Howard since our children were both born. He is quick, very thorough, compassionate and ALWAYS takes your concern or the health of your child very, very seriously. If he is not specialized in an area where you need help, he will direct you to the very best care and physician. It's amazing how many people I have run into over the years that also go to Dr. Howard, even if they live outside of Plymouth, such as we do. People come from all over for his care. He is a Ford Medical Center doctor, and we think the world of him!" – Julie, Livonia

Steve Kallabat, M.D.

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
1109 W. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills
"Dr. Kallabat is an exceptional physician. He has saved us miltiple trips to specialists due to his broad knowledge of medicine. He spends time with us and makes sure that all our questions are answered before we leave. We also have had a wonderful experience with the office staff." – Kelly, West Bloomfield

Irvin J. Kappy, M.D.

Henry Ford Medical Center Pediatrics
6530 Farmington Road, West Bloomfield
"Great with children and very knowledgeable! Definitely trust Dr. Kappy when it comes to my children's health." – Amanda, New Hudson

Lakshmi Kaza, M.D., F.A.A.P.

My Second Home Pediatrics
31000 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Bingham Farms
"She has been caring for four of our children for many years now. What I like about her is she is straightforward and honest. She talks to the parents in private for anything that she feels a child should not hear. I really appreciate that, because you never want to worry a child if they are sick. She also is preventative by giving you information to support a healthy lifestyle. She also respects a parent's decision on the type of health care they would like for their children. I truly appreciate her and her staff. She provides quality service." – Ayana, Rochester

Maureen T. Kelly, M.D.

Bloomfield Pediatric Care
43205 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
"Dr. Kelly has always taken the time to discuss any issue – from simple ones to referrals for eye issues and a broken elbow. Her consistent care and attention to each patient has kept our family well. She will always return a phone call and, whether it's been a year or a week, always treats you like family – in and outside the office." – Elise, Bloomfield Hills

Myra G. Kolin, M.D.

Child Health Associates, PC
1800 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy
"Because she listens to our needs and she is conscientious about it." – Jessica, Troy

Kimberly A. Koval, M.D.

Child Health Associates, PC
1800 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy
"Dr. Koval is amazing. She is sweet and kind and extremely caring. She always takes the time to talk to you and really gets to know the kids. My children have been seeing her for six years and she is just amazing. They talk about Dr. Koval. Wonderful doctor!" – Katie, Rochester Hills

James Landers, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Pointe Pediatrics
20825 Mack Ave., Suite 4, Grosse Pointe Woods
"Dr. Landers is a patient doctor who really listens to our concerns and doesn't rush us through a check-up." – Margaret, Grosse Pointe

Stacy L. Leatherwood, M.D.

Henry Ford Health System
3031 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 800, Detroit
"This lovely lady takes the time to listen, explain and get to know you. She always comes in with a smile and uplifting advice. She helps out and participates in community programs for obesity with the children. She actually cares about her patients." – Shawna, Detroit

Jeffrey G. Leflein, M.D.

Providence Park Pediatrics
26850 Providence Parkway, Suite 503, Novi
"My daughter was in the ER three times with severe hives and no resolution. Dr. Leflein was able to get her in right away as a new patient and, within hours of what he prescribed, her hives went away – never to be seen again." – Angie, Ash Township

Robert S. Levy, M.D.

2845 Monroe St., Dearborn
"My son Marcellus was born Dec. 29, 2007 – nine weeks early. Needless to say, we weren't prepared for a preemie. Marcellus was 3 pounds and 15 1/4 inches when he was born and stayed in the NICU for 31 days. Thank God he didn't have any physical or developmental problems; however, he was very small and had trouble eating and keeping food down. Having a preemie is an emotional rollercoaster. As a parent you experience joy, saddness, anxiety, fear, doubt and a host of many more emotions. When Marcellus was finally given the green light to go home, one requirement was he had to have a pediatrician, and an appointment had to be made before he would be discharged. With him being my first baby, I didn't have a doctor and was just starting the process of reviewing doctors right before my labor was induced. I knew I wanted a doctor that would be close to home, so I just picked a doctor out of my physican directory and decided if I didn't like the doctor, we would find another one. During my hospital stay and Marcellus' hospital stay, I was constantly reminded how preemies were different from full-term babies and the difficult road he had in front of him. Needless to say, I had a chip on my shoulder the size of Gibraltar, because all I saw was my baby boy. We made an appointment to see Dr. Levy, and the first thing he said after he introduced himself to me and held Marcellus was, 'He's fine; he's just a little small.' Those few words made me feel so good. He didn't see Marcellus as a baby that wasn't full-term – he just saw a baby. I knew that I had chosen the right doctor for my son. He explained to me that Marcellus would be slow to grow, but he would grow. Since then, Marcellus has caught up and is a typical 4-year-old little boy. I salute Dr. Levy and his staff. They have always been respectful, friendly and caring. They even remember our first appointment and remember how little Marcellus was – and now marvel at how big he is now. Dr. Levy is a great doctor, and you can tell because his appointment book fills up fast!" – Georgya, Inkster

Denise M. Lippitt, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Medical Center Pediatrics PLLC
5793 W. Maple Road, Suite 153, West Bloomfield
"She is the best. She is great with my kids, she takes the time to answer questions. She is caring and compassionate. Always positive. I wouldn't go anywhere else!" – Heather, Livonia

Vikram Mali, M.D.

Mali & Mali Pediatrics
44344 Dequindre Road, Suite 510, Sterling Heights
"Dr. Vik, as my family calls him, is truly amazing. I am mom of two special needs children – one with a brain malformation and one with autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy. My daughter, who is 6, has already has two brain surgeries and has always been scared to death of doctors. Who could blame her, really, after all she's been through. But she considers Dr. Vik her friend. My son, who is anxious to talk to anyone, says that he never wants to see a different doctor again. This doctor ALWAYS returns calls. He never has made the visits seem rushed. If I don't understand something, he will call me at work at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., even when I know he's seeing patients, to explain to me the procedure or the test that one of the kids will be having. He has truly been a key factor in keeping me sane as I deal with Brian's surgeons and psychologists. My children's conditions are very concerning and the future is unsure as to if it will get better or not. However, Dr. Vik is my source of hope and inspiration. On the days when my son is crying over sensory issues and my daughter is in hysterics over her headaches, I know that when we see him, he will make me see that it will all be OK. I could literally go on and on about him. He has called on days he's not in the office. He's gone above and beyond for both my children. He truly is the best doctor that I have ever met." – Shannon, Sterling Heights

Todd S. Marcus, D.O.

Dr. Todd's Pediatrics PC
36650 Five Mile Road, Livonia
"He knew instinctively that the symptoms our son had were not just a simple infection, convincing us to keep him in the hospital. In the end, our son was diagnosed and treated for Kawasaki disease. He is a hero to us." – Helena, Livonia

Tamer Massarani, M.D.

1579 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite B5, Troy
"Although he is in practice by himself, you never have to wait to be put in a room – and not more than a few minutes to be seen. Very easy to get appointments at short notice and has hours on Saturday. Dr. Massarani is very personable, caring and obviously loves what he does. His staff is pleasant and professional, as well." – Kay, Royal Oak

Ami Mavani, M.D., A.B.H.M., F.A.A.P.

Doctors for Kids
101 S. Rochdale Drive, Suite B, Rochester Hills
"Dr. Mavani is certified in both pediatrics and holistic medicine. She provides her clients with not only textbook knowledge, but personal experience, as well (being a mother herself). She has such a sweet temperment. My children automatically warm to her – especially my son who is very shy around adults. I am truly glad that I have her as my children's pediatrician. She has not only healed my children through the years, but also eased the fears of this worrysome mother of two." – Jeanine, Rochester Hills

Melissa McNier, M.C.

IHA Canton Family Medicine
49650 Cherry Hill Road, Suite 210, Canton
"My daughter has had many difficulties with ADHD, and Dr. McNier has been so good with us in finding the right diagnosis, finding the right medication for her, and helping us to become a team in managing her disease. She is also very attentive to our concerns, and she responds so quickly and helps us to find answers. We appreciate her so much!" – Angela, Canton

Jay Mitchell, M.D.

Kidz1st Pediatrics
2370 Walton Blvd., Suite 3, Rochester Hills
"Dr. Mitchell is very updated on all pediatric information. He is very baby-friendly. He is the doctor for my two babies. I am very pleased with the service he provides. He has a bilingual office. He is involved in the community and is a children's advocate. He is a doctor that you can talk to very easily. Thank you, Dr. Mitchell, for all you do." – Ayana, Rochester

Wilfredo Momblanco, M.D.

29150 Ford Road, Garden City
"'Dr. Mom,' as well call him, is VERY kind, sweet and gentle with our children. He is very soft-spoken and I adore him as our children's doc." – Angela, Westland

Sara Moussa, M.D.

Oakwood Medical Offices
18181 Oakwood Blvd., Suite G101, Dearborn
"Dr. Moussa has been our doctor since my daughter was an infant. As a nurse myself, I was very careful in selecting a doctor – let's just say I did my homework. I feel completely comfortable every time we visit her office. She takes the time to explain and listen to my concerns, no matter how trivial they are. I am always able to get an appointment, even in urgent last-minute situations – that means the world to me. My daughter loves Dr. Moussa and is even excited to visit her and likes to color her picture. How many kids will do that for a person who gives them shots? I couldn't say enough great things about her and her practice; she really adores children, and it shows in her care for them." – Jamie, Dearborn

Greg S. Naman, M.D.

Exclusive Physicians, PLLC
911 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
"Highly knowledgeable of any medical concern I, or my family, have had." – Daniel, West Bloomfield

Ted R. Naman, M.D.

Exclusive Physicians, PLLC
911 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
"Dr. Ted is always current with medical information of the latest studies on treatments and medications. He is patient and takes his time to educate you. He is very thorough. Above all, he's just an all-around kind and caring person!" – Angela, Royal Oak

Dinesh Nayak, M.D.

Pediatric and Adolescent Center
15255 Northline Road, Southgate
"My youngest son is 11 months old. From birth, he had stomach issues with both constipation and reflux that did not get better, no matter what we seemed to do. Our former pediatrician wasn't much help. She merely suggested what types of foods to feed our son and didn't seem concerned – even when he got worse. He was so uncomfortable, he didn't like his stomach touched, barely wanted to play and wanted to be held all the time. He would throw up at least 15 times a day, was extremely constipated, was in a bad mood all the time and never slept through the night. Our former pediatrician seemed overly unconcerned and the office would not make an appointment with us to see another doctor in the office. Frustrated and sleep-deprived, for our son's 9 month visit, we saw Dr. Nayak. He listened to our story and helped our child. At the first visit, he sent him for an upper GI of his stomach to diagnose the reflux and wanted to see us back two weeks later. At the second visit, he checked my son's rectum and found him to be extremely constipated – to the point of being impacted – and explained his situation to me and why he was constipated. He had us give our son enemas and started him on a laxative to help correct his bowel. He also changed his formula to a hypo-allergenic elemental formula specified for stomach issues. He had us come back two weeks later and repeat the enema process. At 10 1/2 months, he was given the all-clear to wait to come back at his one-year checkup. Thanks to Dr. Nayak, after nine months of vomiting and severe constipation so bad he would scream while pooping, being so miserable and in pain that we couldn't even touch his stomach, he is so much better. His reflux is pretty much gone, he is not constipated at all, and he is a MUCH happier baby – laughing and moving around like he never did before. He started taking steps just weeks after he started feeling better. Dr. Nayak is a fantastic pediatrician. He took the time to listen to us explain out our entire issue and the problems we had with the former pediatrician. He was very proactive in treating our son much differently than the first doctor but remained professional and respectful of her at the same time. He had us come back every two weeks to check the progress and laid out both immediate and long term plans. It shows that he actually wants to help children and is very active in figuring out a solution to help when there is an issue. Thanks to Dr. Nayak, I have a healthier, much happier and very active baby who will actually be able to have fun and be held by people other than his mom and dad at his first birthday party!" – Amanda, Flat Rock

Michelle Ober, M.D.

Edgewood Center Pediatrics
8896 Commerce Road., Suite 5, Commerce Township
"We love Dr. Ober! She has been seeing both my boys since the day they were born. She is patient and understanding and helpful. She never rushes through our appointments and truly cares about her patients. I never look forward to taking my children to the doctor, but I know when we see Dr. Ober it will be a good experience." – Melissa, Clinton Township

Manisha Parikh, M.D.

Providence Park Pediatrics
26850 Providence Parkway, Novi
"Dr. Parikh has such a fantastic ability to relate to children. My daughter never even knows she's being examined! Dr. Parikh is always so patient and answers all of our questions. We never feel rushed and she makes us feel like our daughter is her only patient. She is a 20 on a scale of 1 to 10!" – Jennifer, Novi

Neethi Patel, D.O., F.A.A.P.

Shelby Pediatrics
15125 22 Mile Road, Shelby Township
"Dr. Patel is wonderful! She is down-to-earth and so friendly. I love how she genuinely cares about your kids." – Kari, Clinton Township

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