Anyone see this doctor for themselves or their child? I am actually interested in switching him to my PCP. How is his bedside manner and is he really "holistic"?
Hope someone has some insight!
We moved to West Michigan almost 2 years ago. After several false starts with doctors here (I have a rare disease which is quite manageable, but not in the managed-care era) I decided looking for a CAM doctor would help me avoid the pill pushers.
He is still a pill pusher, he's one of those who recommends you order supplements using his name so he gets a kickback. I don't like the practice but given the economic realities of health care today, particularly in Michigan I understand the necessity of it.
I wasn't impressed with his bedside manner the first time. I have a fat disorder, and I get the distinct impression he made a judgement based on my body.
He did refer me to PT, OT and SLP for a tune up on prior issues we had resolved that worsened during our cross country move, and after hearing how hard I worked, his attitude was distinctly different the second time.
He was more open, and on areas where we disagreed, he was willing to engage in a discussion and supported my decisions if I could make a good case for them.
I have been extremely disappointed with doctors here that admit they haven't heard of my disease, and then want to tell me why the experts and my treatment team that have been successfully treating me for years were wasting time/resources and/or won't refer me to my usual specialists for treatment or follow my prior treatment plan. When someone who doesn't normally fall has 5 sprained ankles in 18 months from intermittent foot drop, treating the underlying disease might be a good idea. :)
Dr. Barelme didn't get in a big ego/power struggle over it, he knows I know more about my disease than he does, and is willing to listen/and follow my past treatment plan. For issues we hadn't resolved yet, he has been an asset in terms of catching some issues that others have missed, I give him high marks for that.
I live about halfway between TC and GR off 131 on the west side, so I actually wound up here hoping to find a different pediatrician. If I were to take my kids there I think I'd take them to Amy Locke, rather than Dr. Bartleme, just because I had an issue with meds and he was still stuck on his initial impression of me and missed something diagnostically significant. He did catch up once he got over his bias, I think the clinical skill is there, but I'd rather take my kids to the more agile thinker. :)
Also, I'm not sure how much he has a kid doctor personality. He was nice on the second visit, but I can't say I get a warm fuzzy vibe.
He did ask me about my vaccines, I'm not sure how important no/selective/delayed might be with your kids, but I expect being part of the University system there are probably federal and state and insurer reimbursement issues at stake. That said, I didn't get the sense he'd have a cow about it.
I've never seen Dr. Locke, but if I can't find a pediatrician here, I'm probably going to take my kids down there. It's almost a 4 hour drive each way, so I'm really hoping to find something closer.
Sorry for the dissertation, finding the right doctor is high stakes for me, so I figured I'd share what I know. :)
Thanks for sharing. I did switch to him and he seemed alright. He did "prescribe" some homeopathic/herbal supplements and told me to get them from Uriel and Weleda... I was wondering if he got a kick-back--he has a specific form already made up. He was a lot more friendly than some of the doctors I had tried. I moved here 3 years ago, so I am just now finding someone I like!