2013 Mom Approved Docs Best Doctors in Southeast Michigan

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


Christopher J. Remishofsky, M.D.

Georgetown Dermatologists, P.C.
39242 Dequindre Road, Suite 105, Sterling Heights

“Dr. Christopher is great. Hands down one of the best doctors my family has seen. Always friendly, professional and efficient. Both of my daughters look forward to seeing him, and he treats them with the kindness and care as if they were his own.” – Wendy J., Sterling Heights

Ear, Nose & Throat

Kripa Bhavnagri, M.D.

Pediatric Adolescent Care

41400 Dequindre Road, Suite 121, Sterling Heights


“She is always available. Even if I’m asking the same question in several different ways, she answers as if this is her first time hearing this question. Also, when calling after hours, she is ALWAYS there to ease my concerns!” – LaKeida M., Detroit

Melissa McBrien, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Oakland E.N.T.
4600 Investment Drive, Suite 360, Troy

“So friendly and liked by children. Reasonable expectations.” – Melissa D., Troy

Family Medicine

Joshua Gibson, M.D.

McLaren Macomb-Lakeshore Medical Center
33720 Harper Ave., Clinton Township

“Dr. Gibson is such a great doctor. He is awesome with my children and very patient and helpful with any questions I have. He really takes the time and shows that he cares greatly for his patients. He has children, and that shows with how he treats his patients.” – Erica G., Algonac

Robin Samyn, M.D.

Shores Family Physicians
25631 Little Mack Ave., Suite 103, St. Clair Shores

“She is the best doctor I have ever had for both myself and my 3-year-old son. She is caring, she listens to what you have to say, she addresses any issues you would like to talk about, she goes above and beyond to take care of her patients, she makes time to see us no matter how busy she is, and we never have to wait more than five minutes to be seen.” – Lisa A., Roseville

David Schindler, M.D.

Personal Care Physician, P.L.L.C.
26179 Novi Road, Novi

“He is very supportive. He is very knowledgeable and extremely easy to get ahold of. My family is vegan and we do not follow the current vaccine schedule, and he supports us and informs us of anything we need. He is amazing all around.” – Sarah S., Westland

Tamara Schmidt, M.D.

Western Wayne Physicians
37650 Professional Drive, Livonia

“She is so good with my son, but also treats our entire family. She takes our special needs into account and even researches for us to learn more about our concerns. She always educates us on our choices and lets us decide. She never pushes us one way or the other. She is very caring and takes care of our entire family!” – Sarah M., Belleville

Imelda Toledo-Neely, M.D.

Oakwood Healthcare System
2001 S. Merriman Road, Suite 100, Westland

“I love the thoughtfulness Dr. Toledo shows toward my son and I. She’s a great doctor and I couldn’t think of any other that I’d want to be all up in my (personal) business.” – Megan S., Inkster


Kathleen Slonager, RN, DiHOM, ADS, AE-C, CCH

Transformational Health, P.C.
16205 W. 14 Mile Road, Suite 202, Beverly Hills

“Because she treats body, mind and spirit in a gentle way with no side effects and with a lasting effect. She treated pneumonia, the flu, colds, fears and concentration issues – everything in our whole family. There is nothing she cannot help with, and we are always extremly thankful for the support we get from her and the way she makes our life better.” – Manuela L., Novi


Lynda Jun-San Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Michigan Health System
1500 E. Medical Center Drive SPC 5338, Ann Arbor

“Dr. Yang and Miriana P. have changed our son’s and our lives forever. They met us at our weakest moment and became the angels we were searching for. They are very caring and saw to it that my son received the best care and best opportunities for his future. We will forever be indebted to them and the rest of the staff that works with them.” – Heather H., White Lake

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kevin G. Fahey, M.D.

Women’s Health Specialists
16570 19 Mile Road, Clinton Township

“All around, awesome. Very experienced and knowledgable (and) respectful. Doesn’t rush through appointments. Makes you feel very comfortable.” – Erin F., Clinton Township

Lisa L. Gilbert-Ahee, D.O.

Great Lakes Obstetrics and Gynecology
30117 Schoenherr Road, Suite 400, Warren

“Dr. Gilbert is not only very sweet, she totally had a way at easing my mind about my pregnancy worries and my anxiety over my C-section. When it came time for my delivery, she did such an amazing job. I healed quick and felt amazing. I didn’t even need to take my pain meds after getting home after only two days. She is the best at her job!” – Jennifer K., Chesterfield Township

Linda M. Karadsheh, D.O., F.A.C.O.O.G.

McLaren-Macomb Clinton Township Women’s Health
39373 Garfield Road, Clinton Township

“Dr. K is amazing! This was my first pregnancy and I had MANY questions at our first visit. She patiently answered every one of them, and my husband and I knew she was our doctor. She made every visit feel special and allowed me to really address any and all concerns I had throughout my entire pregnancy and offered a great amount of ultrasounds so we could really watch our son grow. Since the birth of our son, I have been struggling with postpartum issues, and she spent extra time with me and helped me through breastfeeding and depression.” – Jaclyn P., Chesterfield Township

Occupational and Physical Therapy

Val Bourque, MOTRL

Kids in Motion
2636 S. Milford Road, Highland

“Val has been such an asset in my daughter’s weekly therapy program. Ana is excited and thrives when she works with Val. Val has also helped her include daily exercises that work out in our lifestyle and makes it fun for Ana.” – Angela L., Howell

Maria Brandon, MOTRL

Kids in Motion
2636 S. Milford Road, Highland

“My son has been in occupational therapy with Maria at Kids in Motion for three months now. I have seen amazing changes during this time. He has become more social and is willing to try things on his own now.” – Danielle C., Fenton

Euro-Peds Doctors’ Hospital of Michigan

461 W. Huron St., Suite 406, Pontiac

“They truly care about their patients. You become one of the family. An amazing place!” – Heather B., Fenton

Jason Ferrise, MOTRL

Kaufman Children’s Center
6625 Daly Road, West Bloomfield

“Jason is my son’s OT. We have watched our son flourish under Jason’s care over the past year. Jason is different from any other OT my son has worked with. From the start, he took the time to speak to me and explain what my son was struggling with from my son’s perspective. Other OTs would just go through the motions. Jason genuinely cares about his patients, is passionate about what he does and is extremely talented. Thank you, Jason!” – Yolanda T., Novi

Magda Girao, OTRL-CST

Kids in Motion
2636 S. Milford Road, Highland

“Magda truly cares about our son’s progress and development. Her commitment is genuine, and we have seen the achievements our son has made since working with Magda. She is truly a gift to us!” – Dawn H., Highland

Mary Hydorn, PT

Kids in Motion
2636 S. Milford Road, Highland

“Mary is a great physical therapist. I love how she gets right down with the kids at their level. Mary works the kids while they are having fun.” – Abbey H., Commerce Township

Sandra Seelbinder, MOTLR

Kaufman Children’s Center
6625 Daly Road, West Bloomfield

“Sandra has been working with my son since January. We’re from Canada and make the trip once a week – she’s so knowledgeable and helpful. She always goes the extra mile for us. My son has grown so much in the last few months, and it’s definitely Sandra’s extra care and guidance. We’re so thankful to have found her.” – Aubrey C., Tecumseh, Ontario


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 dedicated 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.

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

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.

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

Metro Parent Editorial Team
Metro Parent Editorial Team
Since 1986, the Metro Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for metro Detroit families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.


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