Best Doctors in Michigan: 2017 Mom-Approved Docs

Kid-tested, parent-approved. Metro Parent readers raved about their favorite pediatricians, dentists, therapists and much more. Who made this year's cut?

Whether it’s the school they go to or the food they eat, we all want the absolute best for our kids. So, naturally, who we choose to entrust with their health is one of the toughest decisions to make. That’s why every year, we ask readers to share their favorite medical professionals and nominate them for Mom-Approved Docs. Parents shouldn’t have to guess who’ll best care for their little ones. And with our list, they don’t have to. These docs have already been vetted by local parents just like you.

Don’t see your doc on the list? Don’t worry! You can now vote for your favorite family or children’s doctor in southeast Michigan on our easy web form all year long. Send in your accolades today!


Allergies and Asthma

Carey Linden, M.D. 

  • St. John Providence | Ascension
  • Warren Allergy and Asthma Care, 31730 Hoover Road, Suite A, Warren
  • 586-268-9222

“She’s kind, caring, compassionate and truly listens to what I have to say.” – Lauren Arnold, Sterling Heights

“Friendly. I never feel rushed. Dr. Linden listens and offers many options.” – Jessica Brink, Sterling Heights

“She is so great with kids! She is really good with explaining to kids what is going to happen and getting them to cooperate. I feel very confident with having my son under her care.” – Laura Hill, Warren

“Dr. Linden has a wonderful personality and spends quality time with us. She listens to what I have to say as well as gives her advice. I would recommend her to all my friends.” – June Hollifield, Roseville

“Very kind bedside manner and effective with treatment.” – Kathy Joned, Macomb Township

“I think she is patient with kids and knowledgable.” – Janis McGuffie, Warren

“She is great with my 6-year-old son. We love her!” – Stephanie Mills, St. Clair Shores

“She is efficient, smart, thorough and, most importantly, takes her time with my children. She makes all of us feel very comfortable.” – Jen Parillo, Troy

“My son has a rare chronic medical condition called eosinophilic esophagitis. She is one of the few specialists in the area that can care for him, and she goes above and beyond to make sure my son gets the proper care that he needs. I wouldn’t trust any other allergist to be a part of his medical team. Dr. Linden is amazing!” – Toccara Reed-Cosby, Shelby Township

“She really knows what we need help with.” – Nicole Witten, Warren

Chad Mayer, D.O., FAAAAI, FAAP

  • St. John Providence | Ascension
  • Allergy Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan, 39525 W. 14 Mile Road, Suite 101, Novi
  • 248-363-3232

“Dr. Chad Mayer offers comprehensive care for those with allergies and asthma. Beyond that, he offers hope with the treatment of food allergies. We have been to numerous doctors that practice strict avoidance and fear. Dr. Mayer is on the cutting edge with his offering of the oral immunotherapy (OIT). He follows a treatment protocol that is saving lives, offering hope and successfully treating those that have serious food allergies. He gives beyond the norm of a typical doctor with his research, time and dedication to his practice. He is always there for us and truly cares for my children. He is the only allergist (we’ve been to four) that I truly feel is going to help my son lead a safer life.” – Shannon Fashho, Rochester Hills

“Dr. Chad Mayer is our child’s allergist and has helped us with oral immunotherapy (OIT) for peanuts and eggs. We are now working with cashews and pistachios. He is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced in his field. He keeps abreast with latest studies and patiently answers all our queries and concerns. He is easily accessible which is a great plus. He has the ability to calm the nervous children, parents and caregivers. We are so glad we took the decision to do OIT under his guidance and care. He is the best Allergist. Would highly recommend him.” – Meera Harbola, Novi

“Dr. Mayer had removed much of the fear that comes from having children with allergies, asthma and eczema. He provides us with workable, practical advice and treatment plans.” – Nichole Mayes, Troy

“He spends all the time you need him to. He is available 24/7 and his patients have his direct cell number. He has invested a lot of time into helping keep children safe with the newest technology. My 4-year-old son is his patient and absolutely loves Dr. Mayer. He is changing people’s lives on a daily basis. He has given me hope when I thought there was none.” – Amanda Papiez, New Baltimore

“He’s helped over 100 people in less than a year reach desensitization to their food allergies. Over 200 overall. He does this by staying informed and up-to-date on allergy research! He’s kind, amazing and dedicated. We are so thankful to have our son in his care.” – Steph Schultz, Gladstone

Reina Salazar, M.D.

  • St. John Providence | Ascension
  • Grosse Pointe Allergy and Asthma, 21300 Kelly Road, Eastpointe
  • 586-477-4200

“Dr. Salazar is friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and experienced. I’ve been seeing her for over 20 years. She’s always looking out for the patient’s well-being and constantly searching for new and better treatments. She has my wholehearted endorsement.” – Mary Krobock, Roseville


Bethany Buryta, D.C.

  • LaBo Family Chiropractic, 2300 Monroe St., Dearborn
  • 313-565-2500

“Our entire family goes to LaBo Chiropractics and we always feel better after an adjustment! We love staying healthy by going there, but when we do catch a bu