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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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Erica Johnson Carder O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O.

Benett Optometry
2000 Green Road, Suite 200, Ann Arbor

"She is new to the area and we loved her enthusiasm. My daughter was so comfortable with her – as she was with my daughter. My wife and I get very excited when this issue comes out, because it gives us an opportunity to brag about such a wonderful practice. Bennett Optometry has always gone above and beyond to take care of my family, and now to have a specialty doctor like Dr. Johnson Carder will keep us coming back for years to come!"

– Herman G., Livonia


G. Michael Kabot, D.D.S., M.S.

655 W. 14 Mile Road, Suite 200, Clawson

"He knows every kid in his practice by face and by name. He takes the time to explain what he is doing to the child, as well as to the parent. He has a fantastic chair-side manner and always puts his patients at ease. He also does educational outreach in the community and helps support local causes."

– Joyce K., Huntington Woods

Randall L. Shaw, D.D.S., M.S.

33627 Seven Mile Road, Livonia

"Dr. Shaw was my son and and daughter's orthodontist. He was great with both our kids, who are now in retainers. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The appointments are in and out – we never had to wait. They have cool old-school free video games and contests throughout the year to win prizes."

– Dane M., Livonia

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery

Michael Barnes, P.A.-C.

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

"When taking your baby for open heart surgery, you're not all together. You cry and have red eyes and are emotional. Once we got through the day of the surgery, we were recovering tubes everywhere on my baby girl. I met Dr. Barnes, and he was so caring, compassionate and understanding to me. He explained things (so that) I could understand. He always answered all my questions and didn't blow me off or shove me away. He was very caring and a breath of fresh air. I knew he was there if I had any questions or concerns. He was so professional and personable. Let's say he made the stay in the PICU better. The care he had for my baby and the coworkers was so relieving. I was so blessed to have chosen Children's Hospital – but, even better, blessed by staff and cardiovascular team at Children's. My baby had a broken heart and they mended it and gave me her back with so much caring along the way.

– Joni W., Brownstown Township

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Hernando Lyons, M.D.

St. John Children's Center Pediatric Gastronomy
17900 23 Mile Road, Suite 303, Macomb Township

"Dr. Lyons and his partner Amy Stepanenko are the greatest."

– Pam D., Mount Clemens

Najeeb Zoubi, M.D.

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

"Dr. Zoubi is a GREAT doctor that listens and hears your concerns/thoughts, is compassionate and treats your child like they are one of his own. I wish there were more doctors like him!"

– Pamela B., West Bloomfield

Pediatric Neurology

Jules E.C. Constantinou, M.D.

Henry Ford Medical Center-Taylor
24555 Haig St., Taylor

"Dr. Constantinou is passionate about his work and cares deeply about his patients and their families. He is always available, especially in emergency or crisis intervention. His knowledge base is unfathomable. He is selfless to a fault; I would recommend him to anyone needing a pediatric neurologist."

– Kim S., West Bloomfield

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

Neal Alpiner, M.D.

4949 Coolidge Highway, Royal Oak

"Dr. Alpiner is warm, open, empathetic and professional. He goes out of his way to help not only his patient, but to reach out to the family. He listens and does not assume he knows everything because he is the doctor. He empowers families and patients to educate themselves and advocates for change. He and his staff are exceptional."

– Sarah R., West Bloomfield

Eileen Donovan, M.D.

Center for Exceptional Families (Oakwood)
18501 Rotunda Drive, Suite 200, Dearborn

"Dr. Donovan is the most patient, understanding and caring doctor my twin girls see, and we see a lot of doctors. She is always available, willing to listen to meltdowns (from me!) and open to try new ideas. She has been a rock for my family for years and my girls just love her. Without such an awesome advocate/doctor/friend in my corner, I can't imagine how much more difficult life would be. Dr. Donovan goes above and beyond what a doctor needs to, and we just love her for it."

– Cathy K., Chesterfield Township


Neelima A. Acharya, M.D.

Henry Ford Hospital
3031 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit

"I've been seeing Dr. Acharya for 22 years. She's been all of my children's doctor. Dr. Acharya is an excellent doctor who listens, makes you feel comfortable and is caring and nurturing. She is very thorough with her exams, and not only does she speak with you about your concerns – she also has a relationship with the patients. My children do not want to see any other doctor! Dr. Acharya is dedicated to her profession and really cares. We all love her."

– Jamie G., Detroit

Iqbal Allarakhia, M.D.

St. John Children's Center Endocrinology
17900 23 Mile Road, Suite 304, Macomb Township

"He is great to work for. Very patient with all his special needs children. He is a pediatric neurologist."

– Pam D., Mount Clemens

Hannan Alsahlani, D.O.

Southfield Pediatrics
31500 Telegraph Road, Suite 105, Bingham Farms

"Dr. Alsahlani is an excellent pediatrician. All five of our children go to her. She is very caring, extremely patient, kind and always reassuring. She takes the time with my husband and I to discuss issues or conerns and always makes my children feel comfortable. She is smart, funny and in tune with each of my child's age ranges (6 months-15 years) and relates well to each of them. She often calls to follow up to see how they are doing and even gave us her cell phone number when she saw us in the hospital. She is well known for her sleep training of infants and has successfully helped us 'sleep train' three of our children to sleep through the night! She is always available to answer our questions and goes above and beyond what we would ever expect from a pediatrician. We are very lucky to have her as our doctor. She is an excellent role model for my 15-year-old daughter and has helped her fundraise for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – and Dr. Alsahlani even got her into running 5Ks, as Dr. Alsahlani runs marathons to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Dr. Alsahlani teaches the residents at Beaumont (and we have even seen her in the after-hours clinic there, too) and at the medical school, and my daughter plans on 'shadowing' her next year in her practice. We are very blessed to have Dr. Alsahlani in our lives. We look forward to seeing her when we schedule our appoinments. She is definetly a Mom-Approved Doctor. Thank you, Metro Parent, for allowing us parents to give a shout out to our favorite doctor, because sometimes – 'thank you' just is not enough!"

– Susan J., Bloomfield

Crystal M. Banks, M.D.

My Kid's Doc Southfield, PLLC
29255 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100, Southfield

"Dr. Banks is always professional, compassionate, attentive and very considerate of my son's stage of development. I have also witnessed this same type of care with others outside of the examination room. Dr. Crystal Banks makes sure that children understand what is being shared with the parents. She holds them accountable for being a responsible part of their own healthy lifestyle by equipping them with age-appropriate tasks that keep them engaged and help them feel empowered."

– LaToniya J., Birmingham

Patricia A. Barber, M.D.

Deighton Family Medicine/St. John Providence
22250 Providence Drive, Southfield

"She is very good. When I have any concerns or questions, she is always there to help me. I went through the baby blues with my first son, and she comforted me. I went through a really bad case of postpartum depression and she was there. She got me a therapist. She is great with my kids and myself. I would recommend her to everybody. I love her. She is awesome. I won't see anyone but Dr. P. Barber."

– Nicole D., Sterling Heights

Ashraf H. Berry, M.D.

Macomb Pediatric Associates
39200 Garfield Road, Suite E, Clinton Township

"Dr. Berry knows my children's history better than I do, it seems at times. He can tell me which room we were in when he first met my son at the hospital. My kids and I trust him completely, which is most important with any doctor. The best way I can put it: My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and, when she was going through her treatments – which were taking too long, in the eyes of my daughter – she told my mom, 'Grammi, you need to see my Dr. Berry, he will make you all better.'"

– Cristin C., Warren

Neena Bhargava, M.D.

McLaren Macomb Pediatrics
16700 21 Mile Road, Suite 104, Macomb Township

"She is so kind and caring. She is also normal and down to earth."

– Susan M., Sterling Heights

Robert M. Blum, D.O.

Southfield Pediatrics
31500 Telegraph Road, Suite 105, Bingham Farms

"When I took my child to this doctor for her diarrhea and possible dehydration, he noticed my nose was bleeding through its bandage. (I had fallen and did not realize how bad it was.) He said I needed stitches. Dr. Robert Blum stitched my nose himself rather than sending me to my own doctor. He notified my doctor and got my doctor to give him a referral so that my HMO insurance would cover the costs."

– Christina W., Southfield

Marissa B. Catalan, M.D.

McLaren Macomb Clinton Township Pediatrics
36500 S. Gratiot Ave., Suite 101, Clinton Township

"Dr. Catalan is an amazing doctor! She has taken care of both of my daughters since their birth. She has a genuine care and concern for her patients, and I trust her wholeheartedly with the health of my daughters. She is friendly, funny and incredibly intelligent. She remembers personal details about our lives, so wellness visits are almost like checking in with a family friend."

– Elizabeth H., Fraser

Marcus E. DeGraw, M.D.

St. John Children's Center Pediatrics & Specialties
22201 Moross Road, Suite 270, Professional Building II, Detroit

"Dr. DeGraw is very concerned, caring and deicated to his duty as being a doctor, taking his time to listen and address all concerns the parent/patient has – and he's also educated with dealing with child abuse and cases."

– Nicole B., Detroit

Lani Devaney, D.O.

Henry Ford Medical Center
3500 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights

"She is super kind and loving towards the kids. She will stay and talk with us whenever we have any concerns or fears or questions. When we discovered a diagnosis for our son, she came in and hugged me right off the bat. When my children see her, they always jump to give her a hug. You could search for years and not find a more personable and caring doctor."

– Cristy B., Eastpointe

Sonja M. Earles, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Bloomfield Pediatric Care
43205 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills

"She is so warm and friendly. She shares her knowledge with you. Personally, she has helped my family when we had trouble breastfeeding. She was so helpful and encouraging. She is SO good with children. My kids really like her and like going to see her, even if they are sick. She is one of the best doctors EVER!"

– Holly B., West Bloomfield

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

Pediatric Care Corner
2300 Haggerty Road, Suite 2110, West Bloomfield

"Dr. Economy is such a loving doctor and truly makes you feel that your child is just as important as her own child! We recently went through a very scary time with our 9 month old, and she was so caring and supportive throughout the entire experience. We feel very forunate to have her caring for our two boys."

– Azurely K., Commerce Township

Brian T. Engel, M.D.

Northpointe Pediatrics, P.C.
30061 Schoenherr Road, Suite A, Warren

"Dr. Engel is part of Northpointe Pediatrics in Warren. He has been our preferred doctor because of his very comforting and gentle approach to our baby. He is always willing to listen to our concerns and doesn't make me (mom) feel silly for being concerned about little things. He has been great and our son really likes him too."

– Sarah B., Warren

Seth H. Forman, M.D., F.A.A.P.

West Bloomfield Pediatrics, PLLC
6400 Farmington Road, West Bloomfield

"I can count on Dr. Forman to be there whenever I need him and to send me to wherever I need to go. I have been with him for 12 years and counting."

– Kim S., West Bloomfield

Sharon Fowler, M.D.

St. John Pediatrics Associates
46591 Romeo Plank Road, Suite 205, Macomb Township

"Dr. Fowler is very thorough with our children. She always takes extra time to discuss her exams and answers all questions thoroughly in a manner which is easy to understand."

– Ron S., Armada

Cheryl Gannon, M.D.

Edgewood Center Pediatrics
8896 Commerce Road, Suite 5, Commerce Township

"She takes the time during each appointment (well or sick) to check my child and talk to her to figure out what is going on. She makes extra effort to make kids feel comfortable. We won't go anywhere else!"

– Kristi W., Waterford

Vinaya Gavini, M.D.

Gavini Pediatric Clinics
2850 Providence Parkway, Suite 300, Novi

"Dr. Gavini and his staff are wonderful. He is knowledgeable and has a great way with kids. His staff is caring and makes every visit a pleasant one."

– Rosie R., Michigan

Stephanie L. Goodson, M.D.

U-M Brighton Health Center
8001 Challis Road, Brighton

"Overall listening to what past is, concerns are and communicating with the parents. Dr. Goodson is fantastic at hearing what is being said and involving the parent/parents in the plan of action. The entire staff is involved and pulls together to provide top quality care. The follow-up calls, staying on top of issues at hand and not dropping the ball."

– Amber L., Brighton

Mark Nabeel Hakim, M.D.

University of Michigan Health System
1501 N. Canton Center Road, Canton

"Dr. Hakim is an excellent pediatrician who listens and communicates well and spends lots of time with his patients. He never makes us feel rushed, but also never makes us wait. I trust his expertise and knowledge for my kids, as well as his concern for them."

– Laurie W., Ypsilanti

Shyran J. Hines, M.D.

(Pediatrics/Internal Medicine)

Health Centers Detroit Foundation, Inc.
23077 Greenfield Road, Suite 400, Southfield

"I had a baby who was born seven weeks premature. It was already difficult adjusting to being a new mom, but to have an infant born early was very challenging. Dr. Hines is the best doctor anyone could ever ask for. She is sweet, patient, kind, caring, loving, God-fearing, attentive and beautiful inside and out. She allowed me to contact her anytime I had a question or even if I didn't feel comfortable. She personally scheduled my appointments if I had to meet with other doctors. My son had tachypnea (fast breathing); due to my concerns she scheduled me for infant CPR classes. She is very cautious with her babies and treats them like they are her own. She would always see the baby if he was sick even if she had a full schedule. She answers your questions in terms where the average individual can understand. She is not only a pediatrician but specializes in internal medicine. Dr. Hines is busy but you would never know because she spends as much time with each individual as needed. She is an awesome doctor. She is extremely intelligent and knowledgeable. I could not thank her enough for being so supportive to my family. She is simply God sent."

– Dana B., Oak Park

Sheryl Hirsch, M.D.

Twelve Oaks Pediatrics
41935 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 102, Novi

"My son was born 1 pound 3 ounces and, when he was released from the hospital, I had taken him to My Kids Doc (recently renamed Twelve Oaks Pediatrics) in Novi to see another physician in the practice. I didn't know who Dr. Hirsch was. My son was so small they didn't have a pulse oximeter to fit him, so one day when I was there to see another doctor, Dr. Hirsch came up to me and said she picked up a pulse oximeter for my son while she was rounding at Huron Valley. I didn't know she knew who we were, let alone know to pick up a pulse oximeter at the hospital for him. I have been seeing Dr. Hirsch since then (1998). She has helped guide us in the best possible direction for my son to grow and be a contributing part of society. She has sent us to the best doctors and therapist around and always had an ear for listening. She doesn't hold back and tells you like it is. When I asked her how I should handle my son's questions about his twin brother who passed away, she was there for me. When he was really sick, she gave me her home and cell number. Several times she has called me from her cell phone on her way home from work. I cannot say enough about Dr. Hirsch. She is a terrific person and doctor, and my son and I are very blessed to have found her."

– Diane C., Wixom

Maureen A. Kelly, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Bloomfield Pediatric Care
43205 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills

"She is so SMART! She is so knowledgeable and she shares her information with you to help your child. She is in high demand. She is probably the only doctor we are willing to wait for. We always walk out of her appointments feeling better about our child's health."

– Holly B., West Bloomfield

Natalie R. Kontos, D.O.

St. John Children's Center Pediatrics & Specialists
17900 23 Mile Road, Suite 304, Macomb Township

"Great to learn from. Great with special needs kids."

– Pam D., Mount Clemens

David W. Kroll, M.D.

Lakeview Pediatrics (St. John Providence)
20225 E. Nine Mile Road, Suite A, St. Clair Shores

"Very attentive and patient. Extremely knowledgeable. Has a calm presence and very relaxed. My 4 1/2 year old really likes Dr. Kroll, and he's very gentle with him. Very busy practice but I feel like we are his top priority when we are with him. Wonderful staff and colleagues, too."

– Katie S., Royal Oak

Stacy L. Leatherwood, M.D.

New Center One (Henry Ford Health System)
3031 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit

"She is the best … caring, compassionate, understanding, thorough … the real deal!"

– Nicole D., Lasalle, Ontario

Robert S. Levy, M.D.

2845 Monroe St., Dearborn

"Dr. Levy has been an amazing resource to our family. He is thorough, offers patients an informed choice of treatment options and takes whatever time is necessary to answer questions or concerns. Not only is he a good doctor, he is a wonderful man. Dr. Levy connects with my children, asking about school and fun activities, and even plays tic-tac-toe. It is so obvious that he loves working with children and, because of this, my children love him (running to hug him each and every visit)."

– Pam G., Garden City

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

Medical Center Pediatrics
5793 W. Maple Road, Suite 153, West Bloomfield

"Dr. Lippitt is as good with parents as she is with kids. Over the years I have watched her approach with my children adjust to their age and maturity. She always speaks to them on their level. She also allows us to email questions and replies promptly."

– Amy G., Walled Lake

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