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Vaccine Friendly Doc in Dallas area?

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Thread Starter 
Anyone know of a vaccine-friendly pediatrician or family doctor in the Dallas, Tx area?

Thank in advance!!
post #2 of 16
Unfortunately, no.
All the doctors I've ever had were stereotypical drug- and vaccine-pushers.
post #3 of 16
emma1325, did you ever find one? we recently moved to the dallas area and I am trying to find a pediatrician and don't know where to start
post #4 of 16
Moving to FYT.
post #5 of 16
Dr. Daniel Chartrand in McKinney. He's fantastic and he will treat the whole family, but he is great with kids. He absolutely will not push vaccines, didn't vax his own kids. Very pro holistic health. However, when he was our doc (we moved away), you did have to pay a fee out of pocket, I believe he charged $65 per visit at that time. At any rate, he is fantastic though and totally worth it.
post #6 of 16

Got a few names for you:

-Dr John Porter (richardson)

-Dr A Argawal (dallas - downtown)

-Dr Touchstone (richardson)

post #7 of 16

we're up near denton, but we use dr carrie jones. i really really like her. the practice is very breastfeeding friendly and they have never given us any trouble about not vaxing. it's just a yes or no question at well visits.

post #8 of 16

Of course Dr Bain in Frisco is good too. 

post #9 of 16

We got to Dr. Agrawal in Dallas.  Love her.  Very pro-BF pedi who also encourages holistic natural health approaches and has never pushed vaccinating.  We've created our own alternative schedule with her.

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I used to think my pediatricians at Forest Lane Pediatrics (Medical City) were pretty cool about it, but the newborn packet we got for our little one due in April says that they will not accept new families who don't follow the AAP guidelines for vaccination.  Love them in general - they have been awesome with my eight year old - but I feel a little unsure about this change.  They said that since we're still there, they won't boot us out, but we're not planning to vax on schedule, so we'll see what happens.

post #11 of 16

Dr . Bain and Dr. Chartrand are both great. 

post #12 of 16

I'm hoping to use Dr Bain in Frisco as well...I've heard great things about the practice.

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Originally Posted by lilmom View Post

Dr. Daniel Chartrand in McKinney. He's fantastic and he will treat the whole family, but he is great with kids. He absolutely will not push vaccines, didn't vax his own kids. Very pro holistic health. However, when he was our doc (we moved away), you did have to pay a fee out of pocket, I believe he charged $65 per visit at that time. At any rate, he is fantastic though and totally worth it.



yeahthat.gif LOVE HIM!!!

 

post #14 of 16

I left this practice because they told me they wouldn't see us if we didn't vax (our son was orn in December of 2008).  I decided to selectively vax and they wouldn't even discuss it - they did let us stretch out our vax schedule but we eventually left because we fell behind schedule and they were clear we had to vax to stay there.  I liked Dr. Straughan - the nurses were hit-or-miss.  Another problem I had was when DS was there for a two-month WBV and we had waited about 30 minutes to be seen and were still waiting and I asked to use a room to BF him (we were having serious BFing issues at this time and I was not confident NIP) and they told me to use the bathroom and that it had a couch in it.  Umm...not helpful.  But to make it WORSE, I asked if I could stay in the room after the visit to nurse him again and they kicked us out and told us they needed the room. Tough on a new mom.   

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I used to think my pediatricians at Forest Lane Pediatrics (Medical City) were pretty cool about it, but the newborn packet we got for our little one due in April says that they will not accept new families who don't follow the AAP guidelines for vaccination.  Love them in general - they have been awesome with my eight year old - but I feel a little unsure about this change.  They said that since we're still there, they won't boot us out, but we're not planning to vax on schedule, so we'll see what happens.

post #15 of 16

We've been using Dr. Bain and her NP since our baby was around 6 weeks. We've also seen her NP (Christie) and the other new doctor.

 

Even though they definitely don't push drugs or vaccs, I was kind of surprised to find they weren't as supportive of EBF as I expected. The nurses always ask when you're "still breastfeeding" or "on formula" when the babe is young and then expect you to know how many times per day you bf, and I always felt very clearly outside the norm... even when my babe was under a year. On the other hand, Dr. Bain often stressed the importance and benefits of bf-ing to at least 6 months. By the time my baby was 9 months, I was encouraged to limit bfing to encourage solids because my baby was very small and slow to gain weight. She said that too much bf was probably contributing to this and that she had seen this problem before. (Luckily I didn't take her advice. Now as my daughter approaches two, we're still bfing on cue and my baby is growing and developing just fine with excellent health, and has increased in percentiles, too.)

 

Also, I find scheduling somewhat difficult and the reception staff to seem really stressed, rushed, and impatient over the phone.

 

That said, this practice seems pretty committed to respecting how you as a parent want to do things. Even though they offer opinions and advice, they don't make threats if you don't take their advice. (For example, even though I was told to limit bf'ing, no one ever said a thing to us about continuing to bf on cue.) I really love that about them.

post #16 of 16

I know some of you have had a good experience some time ago with Dr. Daniel Chartrand in McKinney.  Unfortunately I believe that Doctor that he was then has changed quite a bit.  Please see our experience (listed below) in the last month.  I believe this physician has succumbed to a hardened heart.

 

Dr. Daniel Chartrand Mckinney - In the 3rd week in August, my wife, an asthmatic, was not doing very well.  I was hoping to get her to be able to see this doctor because the physicians we had seen wanted to prescribe prednisone and send her on her way.., and Dr. Chartrand is noted, at least by what is published, as being a holistic physician.

 

The doctor's scheduling nurse, Nurse Joy,  told she needed to be seen for asthma soon, could not find an appointment for over a week, a few days later we ended up in the ER; contacted Nurse Joy that day and again and asked to move appointment sooner, because of ER visit, nothing.

 

Sept 18th  again tried for appointment, and even knowing last time we ended up in the ER nurse Joy had nothing for 3 weeks.

Tried direct contact with physician via the phone number published on their answering machine as Dr. Chartand's cell phone. Sent text, explained situation hoping move up appointment .  Answer was, - will take you off the schedule -  followed by  - I can see we are not going to be a good fit. Good Luck -

 

I believe it was Nurse Joy texting, what doctor turns down a request to move up an appointment that is 3 weeks out for someone who is an asthma patient? 

 

If you have a family member that needs someone that can have some compassion for your condition, such as needing to breathe like everyone else, I don't think you will find this physician to be your guy.

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