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2013 Mom Approved Docs Best Doctors in Southeast Michigan

Discover the best family health-care providers in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, here to help your kids – and voted by you

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When kids need medical care, parents want the best. But finding that perfect practitioner can be a challenge. That's precisely why Metro Parent has once again set out to create the ultimate referral list – filled by southeast Michigan moms and dads just like you. The nominations poured in, and 120 doctors from Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw counties (and a bit beyond) ultimately rose to the top. Whether it's dentistry or dermatology, an OB-GYN or optometrist or simply a great bread-and-butter pediatrician, these pros know how to make your family feel better – with great bedside manner. Read on for the full parent endorsements!

Allergies and Asthma

Benjamin Song, M.D.

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates of Novi
26850 Providence Parkway, Suite 503, Novi

"Smart, specific and exceptionally detailed, Dr. Song provides fantastic asthma and allergy services. The staff is friendly and helpful, and he enters the room having reviewed the file each time and on time, as well! He inspires confidence with each visit because he is so detailed and experienced."

– Michelle M., Sterling Heights


Michelle Dokas, CPNP-AC

Children's Hospital of Michigan (DMC)
3901 Beaubien Blvd., Detroit

"She was so wonderful before and after heart surgery. She made me feel so calm about what they needed to do to fix my daughter's heart. She hugged me when I was needing a hug. My daughter will live a wonderful life. Having heart surgery at 6 months isn't easy, but Michelle Dokas made it better. She listened and explained and was there. I can't wait for her to watch my daughter grow, because Michelle Dokas made our lives easier. She made me smile when we were scared and cry tears of joy when it was all done. Michelle Dokas has the compassion and comfort that made our eight days in PICU so pleasant. I can't explain how much she impacted my decision to have surgery at Children's. The hospital is so lucky to have her working there."

– Joni W., Brownstown Township


Derek Bittner, D.C.

Elite Health Centers
13927 Plumbrook Road, Suite 200, Sterling Heights

"Dr. Derek has done wonders for my family! He's not just chiropractor; he takes pride in his work and takes the time to make sure each family is educated. My daughter was always sick when she was younger, and he has changed that. She went from being sick every other week to not really at all. He has opened our eyes to a lot of steps to having a healthy lifestyle and family."

– Tracy B., Macomb Township

Nicole Bittner, D.C.

Elite Health Centers
13927 Plumbrook Road, Suite 200, Sterling Heights

"She is compassionate and caring. She takes the time to listen to your concerns and needs. She has a great passion for the care and treatment of children."

– Sheila C., Fraser

Adam Fasick, D.C.

Family Chiropractic of Brighton
6241 Grand River Ave., Suite 100, Brighton

"Dr. Adam takes the time to understand and know his patients. Dr. Fasick's priority is making his patients feel better and educating his patients on nutrition and healthy choices."

– Charlotte F., Livingston County

Chad McKernan, D.C.

McKernan Chiropractic
50544 Schoenherr Road, Shelby Township

"My whole family sees Dr. McKernan, and he has done wonders for our family. Before being under his care, we had one son on five different asthma medicines and, just after six to seven months, he was no longer on any. That was five years ago. My other son had a 13-degree curvature in his spine and, several months later, his spine was corrected and he gained 4 inches in height. I personally have back problems to the degree that made walking a chore. I had been through physical therapy, intensive physical therapy, having injections in my spine and nothing really helped until I saw Dr. Chad. Now walking isn't a problem, and I even run in races. He has been a god send for my husband and I and children."

– Tammy P., Clinton Township

Nicole Poirier, D.C.

Poirier Chiropractic
47101 Hayes Road, Shelby Township

"Dr. Nicole has cared for my whole family – including my grandkids since they were babies (and the first one is graduating this year) – since the mid 1990s! They have been almost illness-free for all their years due to, I believe, her expert care. She is also advanced in the field of keeping families pain-free not only due to excellent chiropractic care, but latest technologies such as K-LaserUSA treatment. Dr. Poirier is definitely a Mom-Approved and Mimaw-Approved Doc!"

– Debbie W., Chesterfield Township

Anna Saylor-Wither, D.C.

Van Every Family Chiropractic Center
4203 Rochester Road, Royal Oak

"Dr. Anna's office is very child friendly (she has a Jungle Room), and she takes wonderful care of my children. She works with allergies, hyperactivity, bedwetting, headaches, attention problems and much more. Dr. Anna goes above and beyond to make sure my kids are in tip-top shape. And the kids just love her, the Jungle Room and her dog!"

– Tiffany B., Ferndale

Michaella Walter, D.C.

Optimal Wellness Family Chiropractic
3302 Crooks Road, Royal Oak

"Dr. Walter is very caring person. She always takes time to listen and treat each person as an individual."

– Vicki W., Clio

Andrea Whedon, D.C.

Be Well LifeStyle Centers
750 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham

"I am nine months pregnant, and Dr. Andrea has been adjusting me throughout my last trimester. The difference I feel is amazing; no more headaches, less aches in my legs and lower back and more energy! Dr. Andrea specializes in pregnant women and in babies/children, and it's very clear she has a gift for what she does. I would definitely recommend her to everyone; her male patients are as equally happy with her as I am. Go see her at Be Well of Birmingham."

– Hilary D., Pontiac

Kathy Whitmore, D.C.

Health & Healing Chiropractic
114 W. Third St., Rochester

"Dr. Kathy listens to you and is genuinely concerned with your health. She goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Dr. Kathy has been able to adjust my back when other doctors could not get it to move. I love going to her. She always makes time for me."

– Barb W., Chesterfield Township


Earl K. Bogrow, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Mission Point Dental Wellness Associates
28411 Northwestern Highway, Suite 225, Southfield

"Dr. Bogrow and his entire staff actually are the BEST around in dentistry. I began going several years back and, after having kids, took them in starting at about the age of 2 1/2-3. Dr. Bogrow has a way with all of his patients and makes them feel very comfortable. For the kids, they have televisions and different landscapes/pictures in the ceilings to help the kids relax. There are puppets, and they often allow kids to hold different instruments so it won't seem so scary to them. They provide sunglasses so the light doesn't seem so bright on their young eyes. One time my son, who is 7, needed a filling – and, because he was such a good patient, he was given a stuffed animal. I couldn't believe how thoughtful and attentive they were. I didn't agree that my son should be awarded for a cavity, but it really made him happy and made him feel like a big boy because he had been such a good patient. I definitely think Dr. Bogrow should receive recognition as a top doc – and he won't hesitate to share the accolades with his staff."

– Charnise T., Southfield

Kimberly Branham, D.D.S.

Branham Dental Arts
28807 W. Eight Mile Road, Suite 101, Livonia

"She makes going to the dentist a non-scary experience. She is always smiling, pleasant, knowledgeable and efficient – and her entire staff is the same. Her prices are also very reasonable. I would, and have, recommend her to anyone."

– Arlene S., Livonia

Jon Cabot, D.D.S., M.S., P.C.

Cabot & Stowers Pediatric Dentists
7459 Middlebelt Road, West Bloomfield

"Both Dr. Cabot and Dr. Stowers are wonderful (and) treated my daughter with great care – and the staff is wonderful. Pleasant atmosphere to bring your child into for dental work."

– Karrie S., Milford

Daniel S. Fox, D.D.S.

Livonia Dental Group
32280 Five Mile Road, Livonia

"I have been a patient of Dr. Fox's practice for at least 12 years, as are both of my children, ages 4 and 7. This practice is as close to perfect as it possibly could be. The office is up-to-date, immaculate and super kid-friendly. They are almost always on time. The staff is friendly and puts the children at ease. Dr. Fox utilizes all of the latest technology and is trained to treat a variety of issues without having to refer out to specialists. Dr. Fox's pleasant and calm disposition is appealing to children (and adults), and my kids actually can't wait for the next appointment. The office finds different ways of making the process fun and drama-free. They have TV screens at every station or music to select from. Additionally, the staff does focus on educating children (and parents) about proper brushing techniques, and because of this, my kids have remained cavity free. I have no hesitation giving my highest recommendations to this practice. Dr. Fox is the best and has my complete trust in all dental matters for me and my children – and I would never switch in a million years!"

– Heather W., Northville

Sindy Goodman, D.D.S.

Great Expression Dental Centers
1482 N. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills

"Dr. Goodman is wonderful person and very skilled. She is extremely patient with her patients. She has taken my teeth from very crooked to almost perfectly straight in the past 12 months. This a is feat that I did not think was possible, yet she has done it and it was virtually painless, as well."

– Nick G., Clinton Township

Maryann Griffith, D.D.S.

Maryann Griffith DDS Family Dentistry
1110 Henry St., Ann Arbor

"Dr. Griffith has been the dentist for three generations of my family. She is very knowledgable, but even more exquisite is her wonderful way of interacting with her patients. And her level of concern for your health problems is second to none. Our family is very pleased that we found her and her staff years ago. We would not consider seeing anyone else."

– Steve F., Ann Arbor

Stephanie Jaghab, D.D.S.

Northville Cosmetic Dentistry
416 S. Main St., Northville

"Great with kids – very gentle and nice."

– Tina H., Novi

Chetana Karanth, D.D.S.

Pearl Dental, P.C.
33566 W. Eight Mile Road, Suite B, Farmington Hills

"She is very kind and understanding. She is always there to help solve a problem."

– Jasmine M., Northville

Chris McDaniel, D.D.S.

Hartland Smilemakers
11499 Highland Road, Hartland

"Dr. Chris has a way of putting you at ease when we all know going to the dentist is not always a pleasant experience. His people skills have to be commended. They must have a book of each of their patient's personal tidbits such as recent vacations and hobbies, which they make sure to talk about. That takes away the edge and makes your visit more on a friendly level then a patient level."

– Lynette S., Linden

Chris McDaniel, D.D.S. and Ken McDaniel, D.D.S.

Highland Smilemakers
11499 Highland Road, Hartland

"We've been going to this practice for over 30 years and have not had one complaint and lots of praises for their service, their kindness and their expertise. I've recommended them many times to people, and they have all been satisfied. We are now getting ready to bring a third generation. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else."

– Laurie I., Fenton

Ken McDaniel, D.D.S.

Hartland Smilemakers
11499 Highland Road, Hartland

"Dr. Ken has always made you feel at ease whenever you are there. I have never been nervous for any procedure done in his office. The entire staff makes you feel like you have been their friend forever."

– Cathy S., Brighton

Ken McDaniel, D.D.S., Chris McDaniel, D.D.S. and Ryan Miller, D.D.S.

Highland Smilemakers
11499 Highland Road, Hartland

"The whole office is a family favorite. The whole staff is very caring and gentle. My daughter started going there when she was 3 years old and still goes there on her own and is 31 years old. She used to drive from Kalamazoo, Mich. to go to the dentist in Hartland, Mich. That shows how kind and gentle they are."

– Judy H., Howell

Ryan Miller, D.D.S.

Highland Smilemakers
11499 Highland Road, Hartland

"Dr. Ryan is kind and very caring. He takes the time to make you feel at ease and takes the extra time to see that the work is done right. Being a father himself, he works very well with children. He takes the time to talk with you to make sure that you know exactly what you need done and why. His sense of humor and smile is always there."

– Brenda D., Grand Blanc

Suzanne Pasternak, D.D.S.

25916 Dequindre Road, Suite B,Warren

"Dr. Pasternak is passionate in her job and cares about the patients. She did an exceptional job in extracting four of my compacted wisdom teeth."

– Ryan B., Warren

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