"Vaccine Friendly" Pediatricians in Tyler TX or East Texas Area - Page 2
Just an addition on Dr. Aaron Polk in Nacogdoches ... he was our family doctor from the time I was around 5 and was great while I was growing up (he did vaccinate then, and even delivered my two brothers). I wanted to use him with our little one after she was born (he does not do deliveries any longer, and I wanted an out-of-hospital birth, anyway), but we have decided to selectively vaccinate, and I was told the only way to do that through his office was to pay for a full visit for both Dr. Polk and Dr. Carl A. Davis who practices in the same offices. So we decided to see Dr. Davis, who will probably take over the practice at some point, anyway. At first, he seemed quite respectful of our decisions (although his nurse did not), but over time has leaned heavier and heavier on vaccinations, to the point we are searching for a new pediatrician as we do plan to give some vaccinations while skipping others. Just to note that unless you are a completely non-vaccinating family, Dr. Aaron Polk is probably not a good fit. Our next try will probably be Dr. Wenner at LittleJacks Pediatrics in Nac; I have heard from some other local mothers that she is supportive.
JenVose, did you ever try Dr. Wenner? I went to my son's 2 month check up this morning and was told by his doctor that he does not even offer single vaccines. I have split vaccines with my other two sons (we were in Houston then) and it was no problem. This doctor here said that he only offers the combo of HIB, DTAP and IPV. I wanted to just get the DTAP today, and he said he doesn't even keep those in stock. Does anyone else know of any doctor who allows single vaccines at a time? Who keeps them in stock? We are new to the area, so any help would be great!!
klfuqua, we have not yet seen Dr. Wenner. We likely will be toward the end of next month, at 18 months. If you are also on Facebook and in the Nacogdoches area, there is a group for Nacogdoches Moms and I believe there are several mothers in the group who use her who may be better able to answer on whether she regularly has the split vaccines available. Additionally, she is a DO rather than an MD, which often seems to make a difference in how a physician feels on the vaccination issue.
Also, if you're just looking to separate and space them out, but give all vacs, Dr. Davis does keep the separate vaccines (he was out of the polio for one dose, so we ended up one dose behind on polio). But he can get pushy about getting all of the vaccines at some point. He is OK with completely skipping varicella and rotovirus, but has gotten pretty pushy on all the rest. We take a somewhat different stance on vacs in our house - while I know a lot of families avoid the MMR or the DTaP, especially, we instead get the time-tested vacs and may or may not give the "newer" vacs at a later date.
We see Dr. Paula Bessonnett (sp?), we just call her Dr. B. She is a family physician who also offers pediatric care. We are a limited vaccinating and no vaccinating family (weird description, I know). She is supportive of my right to be informed and choose. What I also liked was that she doesn't purchase vaccines to keep in office. If and when you choose to have a vaccine for your child she will write you a prescription, you purchase it, bring it back and she will administer it. Here's her office number, Phone:
(903) 509-2492. She is also office sharing with a chiropractor and is pro-chiropractic care.