Just my two cents on Dr. Horowitz, because I was looking for reviews on him when choosing a doctor for our first baby a couple months ago. I'll preface this with the fact that I have *only* met him through a "meet and greet" appointment. I love that he offers that meeting - both for his benefit and the patient's. But I was turned off for a number of reasons - and maybe someone else might find this info useful.
1. He asked where we were having our baby and we told him we were having a home birth. He started the meet and greet by telling us how he was not a supporter of home births, even though one of his children was a planned home birth. I really wasn't looking for his opinion on that, but it did turn me off to have to listen to his point of view on it.
2. He admitted that he used to be very lax on vaccines, but over time, he has shifted to not being so lenient. Even though he said he has a high percentage of folks who delay or do not vax, he didn't agree with it any longer. We wanted a care provider who would explain both sides to a situation, and let us decide. But, I felt I would only get a one-sided view with him. I also had the feeling I would likely hear his opinion on vaccines over and over, as well, and I didn't really want to deal with that.
3. We spoke about circumcision. He asked what we wanted to do, and we told him we were on the fence. He responded with, "If you're on the fence, you should just do it." I was shocked. I thought that if anything, he would tell us to do nothing if you're undecided on something so significant. Once again, he didn't tell us the pros and cons of both - he only referenced the pros to circumcising.
4. He ended the meeting with a joke that I felt was in poor taste. He asked us a question and I responded with, "oh, I don't know." He then said, "Well, maybe you should rethink this whole parenting thing." I said, "Oh, uh, it's a little late for that!" (as I rubbed my 8-month pregnant belly). He then said, "I don't know - these days you could easily get about $10k on the black market for a white baby." ????????? I was shocked.
So, with that said, we made an appointment with Dr. Chris Cooper in Acton Medical and we really liked him. So far, we've been about 3 times. (I have a 5-week old who was jaundiced when he was born, so just normal weight checks.) I like Dr. Cooper because he has honestly not pushed vaccines - hasn't even mentioned it once since the prenatal meeting. We also had a planned home birth, and we didn't have ANY records when we brought our son in for his first visit three days later. The receptionist was confused why we didn't have hospital discharge papers, but they were very accommodating. Overall, I've found the staff to be SUPER nice and welcoming. I didn't feel like a leper for having a home birth - which is how I felt speaking with some folks. Dr. Cooper is also familiar with intact boys, so I feel confident about our decision to not circumcise, and I'm not afraid he will advise/do something that would harm him.
I haven't had any sickness issues with DS yet, so I don't know how they are for emergency visits. Although they were super helpful in helping me acquire a prescription for a breast pump, which was a very urgent and time sensitive issue during my first week of being engorged. That was a huge ordeal in an of itself.
Anyway, just wanted to throw in my thoughts. Good luck!