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Delayed/selective Vax friendly Ped in N.Austin / Cedar Park

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
Hi all. I have a son due in August and I recently began my quest for a pediatrician in the north Austin & Cedar Park area. I have yet to find one that is okay with selective or delayed vaccines.
Dr. Eady is already on my list. Does she do meet & greets?

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks!
post #2 of 31
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My husband saw Dr. Eady when our insuance changed, I was pleased that she didn't try to get him to take a prescription and recommended a mild OTC drug. Her office is not the most glamorous was dh's only complaint. I plan on switching dd to her if my current ped gets to pushy with me.

I was a little late to the selective/delayed vax party and didn't even ask those questions when I interviewed peds. What I have found with ours is that I just say- "Not today' or 'Just the one'. I don't discuss my views to much and I try to be respectful during their speech. from what I can tell there really are no mainstream peds/drs. in Austin that are going be empathetic or understanding. not to mention supportive of your decision, I feel lucky to have one that is not shaming or rude to me.

The good news is that it is super easy to get the exemption for daycares/ school etc. It took about 5 min. to fill out and fax and I had it in about 4 days. Pd to have it notarized and I was done. PM me if you'd like my peds. name and my insight on him. Good Luck!
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post #4 of 31

in georgetown

Georgetown may be a little far (especially if you're coming from Austin), but Dr. Ramsey is a delayed/no vax friendly pediatrician. We've seen him and Dr. Pickens (in his practice) and liked both of them. They subscribe to the "this is YOUR child" philosophy of medicine!
post #5 of 31
If you are interested in going a little bit south, Dr. Hudson at Bee Cave Pediatrics is great. He's been practicing in Austin for about 25 years and is very flexible with vaxs schedule and open to you making the decision. My DS is 12 yrs. old and has been going there since birth and has only had the tetanus vax without any questioning from the Dr. or nurses there. Hope this helps!
post #6 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to call and set up a visit with Dr. Eady. Unfortunately georgetown & bee caves area are quite a bit far from my house.
I'm still open to more suggestions. I didn't realize this search was going to be so difficult.
post #7 of 31
I’m subbing to this one. We are not far from you, Cedar Park to be exact. We moved from San Antonio about 5 years ago where we used to see Diane McMains (miss her so much).

Anyway, we’ve been going to North Austin Pediatrics & Adolescents and although they have been tolerable, we are no longer happy there. At dd's last visit the dr mention vaxes, gardasil and the Saturday vax clinic about 5 times. I was so fed up by the time I left, swore we were never going back. What was really upsetting is that we were there because I noticed a bump on dd’s back, which ended up being scoliosis and all she could talk about was the Saturday clinic. ugh.
post #8 of 31
We see Dr. Urrea in Cedar Park. She's a family doctor.

I haven't seen her enough to really give a full evaluation, but when we filled out the paperwork, there was a box you could check if you didn't want to immunize. The first time we went I said we didn't want any and it wasn't a big deal at all.

It's a narcotic-free office, so that's good.

Like I said, we haven't been very much, but she is pretty laid-back, compared to our old ped in Houston. He was very thorough, but perhaps a bit of an alarmist as well.

So if you want a dr. who lets you do your own thing, she might be a good pick.
post #9 of 31
Thread Starter 
We met with Dr. Eady the other day. She was really nice and easy to talk to and ask questions. She seemed more than willing to work with us on a selective vax schedule. I'll probably see her myself as well since I don't have a PCP, just an ob-gyn.
post #10 of 31
Hi, I'm a newbie and started researching this very thing. Where is Dr. Eady located? I'm in G-town but work in N. Austin so am open to other locations. Thanks!
post #11 of 31
Thread Starter 
She's located near 620 & 45, not too far from Parmer lane.
post #12 of 31
nak ditto Urrea in Cedar Park!
post #13 of 31
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nak ditto Urrea in Cedar Park!
Thirding Dr. Urrea. She and her NP, Angel, are fab.

www.urreamd.com
post #14 of 31
UPDATE:
I'm leaving Dr. Kangos' practice. Although he's ok with selective vaxing, DH and I are not happy for several reasons. We're going to Schoolhouse Pediatrics.

Dr. Peter Kangos is great and very convenient to Cedar Park and Northwest Austin. I had a consultation with him last month and have no hesitation about using him as our new arrival's pediatrician. He is a breastfeeding expert and recommends extended breastfeeding and was the only pediatrician I could find who does not push vax. He told me that he fully supports parents who choose not to vaccinate at all or who want to create a delayed schedule. He is the only doctor in the practice and his wife is his primary nurse (she is also wonderful). I noticed that a PP recommend a doctor at Bee Cave Pediatrics. I had an interview there also, but had a bad experience. While the doctor was open to delayed vaccinations (she mentioned Dr. Sears' schedule), she still talked up certain vax like DTaP. I would definitely set up a meeting at Kangos Pediatrics.
post #15 of 31
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If you are interested in going a little bit south, Dr. Hudson at Bee Cave Pediatrics is great. He's been practicing in Austin for about 25 years and is very flexible with vaxs schedule and open to you making the decision. My DS is 12 yrs. old and has been going there since birth and has only had the tetanus vax without any questioning from the Dr. or nurses there. Hope this helps!
We did not like Dr. Hudson -- he always gave us a hand on the doorknob feeling and his staff was almost rude. I have heard that the staff managing his office changed and that there has been considerable improvement, but I don't know because we left.
post #16 of 31
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We did not like Dr. Hudson -- he always gave us a hand on the doorknob feeling and his staff was almost rude. I have heard that the staff managing his office changed and that there has been considerable improvement, but I don't know because we left.
While there has been some improvement with the staff, we still have the "hand on the doorknob" experience. Our last well check in July for my 2 year old DD...he was barely in the room long enough to do anything and he ran out of the room then into another before addressing all of our questions. IMO they are also pushing the vax issue way harder then they used to. This last time we were pushed by Dr. Hudson to give the MMR and chicken pox vaxes with a vigor I have not seen from him. He let it go when I flat out refused to do more than the second shot for a different series we were doing.

I've also had problems with 2 of the other doctors on their staff. One called me an outright liar when I expressed concerns over DD's reaction to some vaxes and another gave misinformation about the Hep A vaxes being required for schools in Travis county. :

Personally, we're shopping for a new pediatrician.
post #17 of 31
I have heard that a number of pediatric practices in the Austin area are pushing the vax issue way harder than before. One pediatrician, beloved by many AP moms, started firing patients because the parents refused vax. So -- I really don't know what is going on.
post #18 of 31
We saw Dr. Kelly Thorstad at Lonestar Pediatrics in N.Austin, west side of MoPac, across form NAMC. Her nurse practitioner was our FAVORITE! We were never pressured to do anything we questioned and we able to sdjust her vaccination schedule with no problem. I also appreciated that they were so conservative about antibiotic use and very pro breastfeeding (at least for the 1.5 years we were there). Oh, and they also used to have parent nights for meeting new parents who were considering their practice, but again, this was before my daughter was born - she is now almost 4.

We switched to Dr. Deborah Bryant after our insurance changed. She is at Austin Regional Clinic North Hills on Research and Braker. She was also great- conservative with medicines, attentive, thoughtful, allowed us to set the vaccination schedule, but our daughter was 1.5 yo when we switched to her so we had been through a lot of the delays at that point and were slowly catching up. She also never recommended the flu vaccine and said, in fact, that she did not get it. She has twin girls in high school and lots of experience. Also, she tries to see her own patients, even if that means staying late sometimes for an ear check (we made a return trip to recheck some clogged ears to see if there was a change before starting antibiotics and avoided them).


I know that others will have more input, but I wanted to share our experience. I hope that helps. Good Luck!!!
post #19 of 31

Dr. Kelly Thorstad

I just called Lonestar Pediatrics and asked my question: "I am looking for a doctor who is friendly to delayed vaccination or no vaccination. My son is not vaccinated." The gentleman on the phone was very kind, but after putting me on hold to check, informed me that Dr. Thorstad will not accept new patients that are not vaccinated. He did say that she could be willing to work with patients who have filed exemptions for religious reasons. I'm homeschooling and have not filed an exemption, besides my son is only three and 1/2. A nurse there talked to me and suggested that I try Austin Regional Clinci and said that most pediatric practices are not accepting patients that are not vaccinated.

I would like to start a long term relationship with a pediatrician in Austin. My son was born at home, not circumcised, breastfed till almost three and has never needed to go to the doctor. Now I think he might have a UTI, no fever, just tummy ache, occassional vomitting and a paniced response when his bladder is full and he has to use the potty. He doesn't complain of pain when he actually voids though.

Any suggestions?
post #20 of 31
Thread Starter 
I had gone to the Lonestar Ped open house and crossed them off the list pretty quickly because they seemed inflexible with respect to selective vaxing. We've been seeing Dr. Eady for awhile now (I go there too) and we really like her.
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