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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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Tomas A. Macatangay, M.D.

(Henry Ford Health System)
45100 Sterritt St., Suite 100, Utica

"He's the best! Dr. Mac is caring, special and one of a kind! You can call anytime and they'll open up their office for you."

– Arlene S., Plymouth

Vik Mali, M.D.

Mali & Mali Pediatrics
44344 Dequindre Road, Suite 510, Sterling Heights

"Very patient. Takes the time to explain everything in detail; makes baby and parents feel comfortable."

– Valentina P., Shelby Township

David R. Mandy, D.O.

46600 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb Township

"Dr. Mandy is amazing! My kids love him and so do we as parents. He understands kids. I would never go anywhere else, so he better never even think about retiring!"

– Doug and Brandy D., Macomb Township

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

Doctors for Kids
101 S. Rochdale Drive, Suite B, Rochester Hills

"She is practical, professional, timely and knowledgeable. She doesn't rush and is very careful and caring."

– Theresa W., Rochester Hills

Colleen L. Miele, M.D.

Providence Park Pediatrics
26850 Providence Parkway, Suite 455, Novi
248-465-HUGS (4847)

"Dr. Miele has been Camden's pediatrician since the day he left the hospital at birth. Her kindness and patience is beyond compare. Dr. Miele takes the time to explain and help us sort out our worries or obstacles. Her gentle hand and softness has always kept our son relaxed and comfortable while visiting the office. My favorite part is when Dr. Miele lets Camden listen to her heartbeat before she listens to his. She also always checks his Woody doll's ears and nose! Love you!"

– Angela R., Linden

Jay Mitchell, M.D.

Kidz1st Pediatrics
2370 Walton Blvd., Suite 3, Rochester Hills

"He is super kid friendly and talks to them and plays games. My son feels so comfortable with him. He takes time to answer all my questions since I am a first time mom I do have a lot! He never acts like he is in a hurry and has all the time in the world for you."

– Rebecca S., Washington Township

Greg S. Naman, M.D.

911 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale

"Dr. Greg is GREAT with my children. He really knows how to make them feel comfortable about coming to the doctor. He is always very thorough with explaining issues going on with my children and always gives us all the time needed to make sure we walk out feeling well taken care of."

– Jamie M., Madison Heights

Ted R. Naman, M.D.

911 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale

"Dr. Ted is my favorite doctor because he's always there when we need him! Anytime my daughter is sick, he always cures her. He always answers any questions that I have and he responds in a timely matter. He's always friendly and addresses any concerns that I have. Dr. Ted also treats my daughter more like his own and not a patient. My daughter has seen two other doctors, but I wasn't nearly as satisfied with them as I am with Dr. Ted. He is a great pediatrician and he deserves recognition!"

– Dominique F., Westland

Anna Maria Oniciu, M.D.

Beverly Hills Pediatrics
32100 Telegraph Road, Suite 110, Bingham Farms

"Dr. Oniciu has been my son's pediatrician since his birth in 2005. She has always made us feel comfortable and confident in her care. She always has tips and advice for us in regard to minor boo-boos to treating my son's allergy issues. My son loves Dr. Oniciu and feels very special every time he has a visit with her, even if he has to get a shot!"

– Charnise T., Southfield

Molly O'Shea, M.D.

Birmingham Pediatrics + Wellness Center
3270 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 400, Troy

"My daughter has had lots of issues and is hearing impaired. Dr. Molly and Dr. Stacey in the practice are amazing with her. They help me with everyday things and with the more specialized things. Always making me feel like my daughter is their only patient."

– Sarah J., Birmingham

Antoun Oska, M.D.

Macomb Pediatric Associates, P.C. (St. John Providence)
39200 Garfield Road, Suite E, Clinton Township

"Dr. Oska is the kindest, most patient doctor. My kids love him and I love him, too! He is always willing to spend as much time as needed answering questions and helping resolve any issues. His kind nature really brings a peace to my children, especially when they are scared about shots or tests."

– Nicole G., Mount Clemens

Margaret Pierron, M.D.

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

"Dr. Pierron is wonderful with our daughter. She has the perfect personality to work with children. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and she takes her time to listen with us and to interact with our daughter."

– Lindsey B., St. Clair Shores

Eileen Pokriefka, D.O.

McLaren Macomb Sterling Heights Pediatrics
35111 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights

"Dr. Pokriefka treats my children like family. She is very patient, especially with my son who has special needs and sometimes can be difficult to deal with. She always has a smile on her face and makes you feel welcome."

– Dolores G., Warren

T. Garrett Purman, M.D.

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

"He has been there since day one at the hospital with my first son. He was very comfortable to talk to. He has always answered all my questions and showed he cared with any concerns I had for my son. As a new mom, I had MANY things come up that I was unsure of, and he has always been patient with me. My family appreciates him so much."

– Heather H., White Lake

Meera Raghunathan, M.D.

Canton Pediatrics, LLC
6231 N. Canton Center Road, Suite 101, Canton

"She has been our pediatrician for nine years and three kids, and has always been wonderful to my kids. She always manages to see us even if it is a last-minute appointment. She always answers my questions without hesitation. Her staff respects her. My kids listen to everything she tells them. I can't imagine not having her as my pediatrician. Dr. R rocks!"

– Beckey G., Dearborn

Hemalata Reddy, M.D.

(Detroit Medical Center)
4727 St. Antoine St., Suite 202, Detroit

"She knows how to communicate effectively with us as parents and with all of our children (ages 14, 7 and 4). She doesn't believe in answering services. If you need her expertise or advise after hours, you get it direct from her. She always personally follows up to make sure your children are doing well. She called me from the airport to make sure my son was feeling better before her plane took off for her vacation. To sum it up, she treats her patients as she would her own children. As parents, we are grateful to have a pediatrician like her. Dr. Hemalata Reddy definitely gets my stamp of Mom Approved."

– Rhiannon E., Saugatuck

Robert Roman, M.D.

Watch Me Grow Pediatrics
33200 W. 14 Mile Road, Suite 130, West Bloomfield

"Dr. Roman is always warm, friendly and truly cares about my children. He takes his time to listen to concerns and does not rush us through. He has a wide base of knowledge and expertise that shows in the care he provides."

– Shannon Z., Royal Oak

Anne-Marie Romanik-Patenaude, M.D.

Providence Park Pediatrics
26850 Providence Parkway, Suite 455, Novi
248-465-4847 (HUGS)

"Dr. Patenaude is kind, caring, reliable, knowledgeable and makes parents and children feel comfortable every visit. She was my pediatrician during my teen years and is now the pediatrician I chose for my children (ages 2 and 4), proving she left a lasting impression! We highly recommend her, as well as the other doctors who are part of the Providence Park Pediatric team in Novi."

– Jacki R., Commerce Township

Daniel Rosenberg, M.D.

(Pediatrics/Internal Medicine)

Novi Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
39475 Lewis Drive, Suite 130, Novi

"Dr. Rosenberg is personable and takes care of his patients with great care. As a new mom, when I was super nervous about something, he took my concerns seriously but always remained very calm. He's also a parent and relates well to his little patients and the parents."

– Maria D., Novi

Marlene M. Roth, M.D.

Village Pediatrics
31815 Southfield Road, Suite 14, Beverly Hills

"She is just wonderful. She's smart, patient and helps us put things in perspective when our baby is sick (since most new parents, like us, are prone to panicking!)."

– Sarah K., Ferndale

Thomas Schnur, M.D.

Northeast Pediatric Associates
75 Barclay Circle, Suite 115, Rochester Hills

"First off, Dr. Schnur has been the one doctor I can go to with any concerns, and he is there to listen and provide answers. He is not only compassionate but knowledgable in things you might not see every day. During a positive test result with my daughter, he walked us through the hard times and called us after testing was done to find out results. He truly is the best doctor in a practice of AMAZING doctors, and I think many moms and dads agree."

– Jodi D., Rochester Hills

Mitul Shah, M.D.

911 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale

"He is kind and listens. Follows up with phone calls. I trust him with all of my issues."

– Debra B., Farmington Hills

Christa Shilling, M.D.

Pediatric Specialists of Bloomfield
43097 Woodward Ave., Suite 201, Bloomfield Hills

"Dr. Shilling radiates a passion for children, which makes her practicing medicine an outward display of her care. She always holds an encouraging heart for teaching to not only the patient but the families. Patience is always at the forefront, no matter what the situation may entail. She's not only a wonderful doctor but a genuinely sweet person."

– Andrea K., Dearborn

Dionisia Sy, M.D.

Downriver Pediatric Associates, P.C.
23050 West Road, Suite 110, Brownstown Township

"Dr. Sy is an amazing doctor. No matter how backed up her appointments may be, she never rushes your time with her. I can also swap recipes and new products with her because my youngest and her grandchild both have allergies and asthma. All of the doctors working along with Dr. Sy at Downriver Pediatrics are also great. Dr. Sy actually listens to our concerns and answers any questions we may have, including our children's questions. She is absolutely fabulous!"

– Tobi W., Flat Rock

S. Rao Talla, M.D.

Sinai-Grace Hospital (DMC)
17356 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 100, Southfield

"I have three children who are all patients of Dr. Talla's, and he's been our pediatrician for nine years. No matter what I need or when, Dr. Talla and his staff ALWAYS accommodate me – from call-in prescriptions to impromptu physical forms for sports. One thing I think is awesome is that he explains and helps parents fully understand a child's diagnosis. He listens attentively to parents' concerns, and he also makes a frightened child very comfortable while being examined. He has a very good heart, he's extremely courteous and loves caring for the health and well-being of all his patients!"

– Crystal P., Detroit

Mark Thomas, M.D.

Premiere Pediatrics
7210 N. Main St., Suite 205, Clarkston

"Dr. Mark has a calming nature. He is also a very knowledgeable doctor who doesn't over-prescribe."

– Barb H., Clarkston

Nancy A. Treece, M.D.

10201 E. Jefferson Ave., Suite 201A, Detroit

"My children went to her when they were kids and she was very good with them. And now she is my grandson's pediatric doctor. Her office staff is very good and friendly. She takes out the time to know her patients and the parents, as well as the staff. I feel like family every time I walk through the door. My kids love her and so does my grandson. He is scared of doctors, but always looking forward to seeing Dr. Treece. She is the only one I don't have to worry about trying to convince him it is for his own good. She is always asking about my children when she sees me. Dr. Treece is so good that she will always be my family doctor for as long as she is in practice. We love her. She goes beyond and above her duties to make sure that we are taken care of and is very excellent at what she does. I wouldn't trust anyone else to care for my family like I trust her. My children are now 32 and 27, and now their children are under her care."

– Betty C., Detroit

Anuradha Vempati, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Eastman & Vempati, P.C.
30795 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield Township

"Dr. Vempati has been my children's pediatrician since they were born. We couldn't be happier with her. She is kind, caring and is willing to listen to parents' concerns. She remembers details about my children's growth, development and health history, and truly cares about them. Her staff is amazing, and Monica (the RN) has always been helpful and answered all of my questions, from neurotic first-time mom questions to more serious questions. When I've spoken to her after hours, they've always called back to check on my child the next day. I would not take my children to anyone else!"

– Christina B., Chesterfield

Salvatore Ventimiglia, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Shelby Pediatrics Associates and Child Lung Center
15125 22 Mile Road, Shelby Township

"Dr. Ventimiglia always takes the time to get to know your children. It makes him able to better care for your children and understand what is bothering them when they are sick. Both of my sons had serious food allergies and Dr. Ventimiglia took us seriously when others thought it was just sensitivities. We love Dr. Ventimiglia and highly recommend him to other parents!"

– Corinne L., Shelby Township

Halina Weidner-Czaja, M.D.

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

"She is so nice and wonderful. Always listens to your problems without making you think you are asking dumb questions or that she doesn't have the time to listen and explain things. Very knowledgeable."

– Kelly O., Macomb

Nakia Williams, M.D.

Henry Ford Health System
3031 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit

"My sons Bryce and Jayce love her – and not just because we have the same last name. She hands out books at the end of each visit, which is more than I can say for any pediatricians they have ever had. I love her because she is available. She makes the call to confirm their appointments. She does a thorough evaluation of each of my children; even though they are together, she addresses each of their needs seperately and accurately. She engages them by asking them questions to better view their wellness as a whole. She is never in a rush because I believe she times herself perfectly for all patients. My wait time d oesn't exist, and she actually is able to remember us out of all the families she services."

– Tequia, Decateur, Ga.

Susan L. Youngs, M.D.

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

"Dr. Youngs is very knowledgable in her field. She not only meets the medical needs of her patients but she helps your entire family in any area you, your child and their siblings may need. Whether it is counseling, dietary, financial, therapies, etc., her office goes above and beyond any expectation you could ever have. She continues to help me with my son Albert, who has autism, where others gave me no hope for him. Albert is now excelling, making the 'A' honor roll again and becoming the seventh grader others told me he would never be. On a more personal note, Dr. Youngs truly loves her patients! You can see she puts her heart in it by the love she shows for 'her kids.' She goes out of her way to put on special carnivals, Christmas parties and events all throughout the year. Dr. Youngs makes each and every one of her patients feel like they are the only patient she is seeing that day. That is why Albert, his brothers Tyrus and Eli and myself love Dr. Youngs, because we know in her heart she loves us!"

– Ann S., Carleton


Barbara A. Foley, Ph.D.

31275 Northwestern Highway, Suite 150, Farmington Hills

"I am compelled to write this to inform others about Dr. Barbara Foley, a wonderful Farmington Hills psychologist who has helped our family in ways I never anticipated. I am an engineer for one of the auto companies, so details really matter to me. I sincerely believed that psychotherapy for our family was a ridiculous idea, even though it was recommended by our children's pediatrician, a trusted resource. I was the contact person for our appointments, and Dr. Foley was professional and courteous, promptly returned our inquiry phone call, and assured my wife and I that she scheduled appointments within 24 hours, which she did. She was skilled in guiding us through the complications in each of our divorces, our remarriage, the effect on our children of our different parenting styles, and how to negotiate our new family of six children. Dr. Foley's expertise in all these areas is notable, and she met both with us as a married couple, and with all eight of us as a family and addressed things like expectations, establishing communication guidelines and other issues. We now talk rather than scream about our issues, have regular family meetings to air our differences, and my wife and I have achieved the solid marriage we were searching for. I thank Dr. Foley wholeheartedly for helping us reach these goals. She deserves an A-plus as a doctor, and I would recommend her without hesitation. Thank you for the opportunity to write this about Dr. Foley. She truly deserves this honor."

– Gregory H., Commerce Township

Sylvia A. Gordon, Ph.D.

2127 Brockman Blvd., Ann Arbor

"Sylvia is an amazing clinician who is kind and compassionate, intelligent and very well-informed on current research and trends."

– Pam G., Garden City

Laura W. Hutchison, Psy.D.

26105 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 204, Farmington Hills

"Ms. Laura (as my daughters call her) is an amazing woman who is thoughtful and caring. She has the great ability to address areas of concerns from both a professional psychological perspective, as well as a mother's point of view. I love that she's down to earth, patient, understanding and simply fabulous!"

– Pam G., Garden City

Social Work

Pamela Gharaibeh, M.S.W.

31153 Plymouth Road, Suite 108, Livonia

"Pam is a fantastic therapist. She is incredibly knowledgeable and yet is still often attending workshops to find further ways to support and help her clients."

– T.H., Livonia

Amy Pershing, L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Center for Eating Disorders
111 N. First St., Suite 2, Ann Arbor

"Amy is a wonderfully skilled, compassionate woman who is passionate about both the treatment of treating eating disorders and about educating the community in regards to the impact of these disorders."

– Pam G., Garden City

Speech and Language Pathology

Alisha Feldman, M.A., CCC-SLP

Kids in Motion
2636 S. Milford Road, Highland

"Alisha has been instrumental in helping our son to learn to communicate. She has provided tips for us to use at home, as well. She makes herself available for consult if I ever have any questions after hours – for any concerns or questions that I may have."

– Heather B., Davisburg

Lynn Gallagher, M.A., CCC-SLP

Kids in Motion
2636 S. Milford Road, Highland

"She has been a wonderful advocate for my son. I had been to another facility with my son and the answers they gave, I knew in my heart were wrong. Once I took my son to see Lynn, almost immediately, some of my questions about his development were being addressed. She goes above and beyond in her job. She truly cares about each child and family she sees and takes the time to answer any questions along the way. If it was not for Lynn and the interventions she provided, I am not sure where my son's speech development would be."

– Katie B., Fenton

Nancy R. Kaufman, M.A., CCC-SLP

Kaufman Children's Center
6625 Daly Road, West Bloomfield

"She is a national and internationally known expert in her field of speech and language pathology, specifically with childhood apraxia of speech. My family traveled from Oklahoma with both of our daughters who were diagnosed with this disability. We could not find anyone in Oklahoma who would give us a diagnosis. Nancy not only gave us the diagnosis we needed but also provided intensive therapy, parent training and support. We have spent a total of four weeks with Nancy and her incredible staff. That was two years ago! We still keep in touch on a regular basis and are planning another trip to West Bloomfield this fall."

– Alison C., Watonga, Oklahoma

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