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Good pediatricians in St. louis area?

post #1 of 45
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Hi Mamas,

I am looking for recommendations for pediatrician near Chesterfield,Manchester,south county area. I want a doc who is not aggressive about prescribing medicines, has a 'natural' approach, respects and listens to parents and if possible good with working with parents from other cultures(and hence different parenting views,traditions etc.)

Please feel free to PM me.

Thanks!!
post #2 of 45
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I have 4 names....anyone have experience with them?

1. Joseph Goldenberg
2. Edward Fliesher
3. Pamela Kane
4. Richard Lazaroff
post #3 of 45
Hi! I have only been to one doctor since we came to St. Louis, and I would not recommend her. BUT, I have heard great things about Dr. Wessling and the whole group at Webster Family Physicians (Webster Groves), and Dr. Melissa Hollie, who I believe is in South County.
post #4 of 45
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Looks like finding a good ped in STL is hard
I found some old threads here and have found Dr. Hollie, Dr. Salter, Dr. Lazaroff mentioned. I am going to try setting up appt. with these guys.
post #5 of 45
I went through a couple peds that I could not stand before finding Dr. Hollie. We have only been there once so far but I really liked her and her staff was wonderful.
post #6 of 45
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I think I would love Dr. Hollie too...she sounds best option.I am trying to get hold of Dr. Hollie. Thanks!
post #7 of 45
We use Kids Docs and see Rebecca Bullivant, but Pamela Kane is also in that practice. I only saw her once - in the hospital right after my daughter was born. She wisked her to the specialtry treatment area (the level below the NICU) without my consent. I was not happy about that!

I like Bullivant. She's ok with our selective/delayed vax schedule. Good to go with extended nursing. Fine with using natural methods before jumping to more mainstream methods. I won't go as far as to say I "love" her, but she's good and she's close.
post #8 of 45
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Originally Posted by Heatherb917 View Post
Hi! I have only been to one doctor since we came to St. Louis, and I would not recommend her. BUT, I have heard great things about Dr. Wessling and the whole group at Webster Family Physicians (Webster Groves), and Dr. Melissa Hollie, who I believe is in South County.
Dr. Hollie is now in the Central West End.
post #9 of 45
We use Brentwood Pediatrics - Dr. Jean Birmingham. I think she listens well and is very attentive to parent intuition. The office is near Brentwood Blvd and 64/40.
post #10 of 45
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Dr. Hollie is now in the Central West End.
She is here now,right? http://www.cwemedical.com/doc/index-2.html
post #11 of 45
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Yes!
post #12 of 45
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Thanks!
post #13 of 45
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Originally Posted by AfricanQueen99 View Post
We use Kids Docs and see Rebecca Bullivant, but Pamela Kane is also in that practice. I only saw her once - in the hospital right after my daughter was born. She wisked her to the specialtry treatment area (the level below the NICU) without my consent. I was not happy about that!

I like Bullivant. She's ok with our selective/delayed vax schedule. Good to go with extended nursing. Fine with using natural methods before jumping to more mainstream methods. I won't go as far as to say I "love" her, but she's good and she's close.
Thanks! I have a Q - when we select a doc as our pediatrician and he/she works in a group, do we not have a choice? Sorry..I am new to this...hoping to understand how the ped system works.So, say I choose Kids Docs as my ped office, will it be upto them who will come for birth at hospital?

One more thing - does the ped has to be present during birth? Is it mandatory?
post #14 of 45
I'm not positive if every practice operates the same, but first, no the ped is not present at the birth. They come sometime during your stay at the hospital depending on what time you give birth. If your practice has many physicians, there is usually one ped from that practice who makes rounds at that hospital on any given day. So, if you give birth on a monday, then Dr. A will see you. If you give birth on a tuesday, Dr. B will see you. If your ped office doesn't have privelges at the hospital you birth at then there will be a "house ped" that the hospital provides to do the initial checks.

After my first son was born, we found a great dr who wasn't really pro choice on vaxes, but he did respect the parents wishes. He gave us his speech about how he thought it was best, but didn't pressure us and he cared for us very well. When my second son was born, another dr from that practice showed up at the hospital and gave me a hard time about the vaxes. With the hormones raging, I was really upset and thankful that this was my second baby and I wasn't going to be shaken.

I tell you this not to alarm you, but to prepare you. If you have a good relationship or a strong preference for one doctor for whatever reason, just be prepared to take with a grain of salt whatever might come your way from other doctors. Just know that you will never have to see that doc again if they do rub you the wrong way! If you do have strong preferences about vaxes/circ whatever, be sure that your dh or other family who is with you at the hospital is clear on your wishes so they can back you up. (I'm not even sure if these are your concerns...but just incase, I thought I'd share my experience.)
post #15 of 45
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Thank you !!! You answered exactly what I wanted to know. Since there are so few choices in St. Louis for non-vaxers, I am now trying to find atleast someone who is pro - cosleeping/extentrd bf/alternative med etc.
post #16 of 45
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Thank you !!! You answered exactly what I wanted to know. Since there are so few choices in St. Louis for non-vaxers, I am now trying to find atleast someone who is pro - cosleeping/extentrd bf/alternative med etc.
Glad to help...I was afraid I might have scared you!

BTW....I haven't met any regular MDs who like the idea of co-sleeping (not that there aren't any)...but I have never found the need to mention it. Just one less thing to worry about
post #17 of 45
Amy - Kids Docs works like Heather said. You get the physician on rounds to check the newborns in the hospital. So that was my only experience with Dr. Kane. For any scheduled visits you mention which doc you'd like to see and get an appointment with that person (unless there's an emergency or something - which only came up once for us at a well baby visit). For sick baby visits I believe they work on getting you in that day with your first choice, but if their schedule is already full they'll fit you in with another - we've never had a sick visit, though.

And, like Heather, there's no reason to mention a lot of stuff at visits. They really don't give a rip where the kid sleeps - as long as said kid is sleeping. Or how long you nurse - as long as said kid is eating. It's easier to only mention what you need in the context of the appointment, yk?
post #18 of 45
I have an appointment with Webster Family Physicans tomorrow. I hear good things about them as well as Dr Hollie.

In general, I would recommend a family practitioner over a pediatrician. I think you'll find providers more open to natural care. Plus the whole family can have the same provider which I think it convenient and nice. Wouldn't it be nice for your doctor to know about the health of all family members?

Good luck in your search!
post #19 of 45
What Angela said. You get which ever Doc is making the rounds at the hospital. That has been my experience with all three kids in three different states.

You can have which ever Doc you want in the practice. It's just when it comes to the birth, you generally don't have a choice.
post #20 of 45
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Thanks ladies...lot of enlightenment for me
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