I have seen most of the peds on this list and used Melissa Mayo for my homebirth, so I had better chime in!!
First the Peds:Dr. Borgnicht --
I have been seeing him for a while and I largely like him. He is definitely friendly to "alternative parenting" issues, if you want to call them that, e.g. no vax, etc. I have not done any vaxes and he has never once challenged it, yet when I do have questions and thoughts about it he is willing to discuss. I also love that his practice is small and personal. I despise waiting in a waiting room full of sick kids. The last thing I want to do is go to the doc with a healthy kid and leave with a sick one. He does the visit himself, and does not have a nurse or other staff member do all the prep work, give shots, etc.
He isn't as available as some other peds because he doesn't work everyday and leaves relatively early. He also isn;t as "organized" in the sense that I do not receive print-outs with info like size, weight, height, at each visit like I have at other larger practices. This is the downside to the small practice. Also, he is a bit too "loosey goosey" in some ways. i.e. he doesn't do very thorough exams and is very much a "the chances are that there is never anything actually wrong" type (which for the most part always turns out to be true, but sometimes it makes me nervous. Finally, on the vax issue -- I really wanted to consider the option of doing a separate measels shot, and both myself and another friend who is a patient of his asked separately about it and he said no, because he would need 10 people interested in doing it. I have a strong feeling that he could easily find 10 of his patients interested, so I was bummed that he didn;t make more of an effort to accomodate.
All that said -- I am actually considering switching to another ped. We'll see.Sarah Johnson
I have seen her a number of times as she is Dr. Borgnicht's partner, and often when I need to go in on short notice Dr. Borg. isn't available. Not a big fan of hers. Much more mainstream, and I just don't really love her vibe. All of the other issues of small practice, good and bad, as discussed above apply to her as well.Matthew Burdette
I took my dd to him early on (but got tired of paying out of pocket as he wasn't covered by my insurance). Very thorough, very pro "alternative" parenting, has a vax situation that I like -- he is very supportive of no vax, but if you want them he has a program and schedule available, always does separate single type vaxes, etc. Downside -- not covered by as many insurers, and can be a little [B]too[B] thorough -- e.g. a few visits he made me nervous about things that were totally non-issues and worried me for nothing.Dr. Tuan Lam
PROS -- Super nice guy, very easy to get along with, CONS -- really really busy practice, lots of sick kids in waiting room, very short visits where he often seems like he is rushing (because he is, as there are rooms and rooms of people waiting to see him). Often it felt like he wasn;t really listening. Since he has heard it all before, he can go into a bit of robo-doc mode. The nurses do a lot of the actual hands on stuff, weigh, measure, give shots, etc. He clearly knows his stuff though and is a fine choice, I ultimately left though due to the cons mentioned.
Midwives -- I used Melissa Mayo and really liked her. She is very experienced, knows her stuff and is easy to get along with, accommodating, etc. She does not really have a hippy, mother-earth vibe, which at first I found surprising, just because I was more used to that model of midwifery, but she is very comforting and easy going. Chris Miller, her partner, is slightly more crunchy seeming in terms of vibe, but she too doesn't scream earth mother. Again though she absolutely knows her stuff and is great at what she does. I wish Melissa did visits at home rather than most of the visits being at a clinic, just because that is more my style/preference, but I did love her and am going to use her again.