I'm looking for a delayed/selective vax friendly pedi in AA county Maryland.
I'm in Pasadena Maryland....and I'd like someone who is close by if possible. A friend recommended Dr. Watson in Upper Marlboro, but she is a bit far for me (would like to find someone closer if possible) A few also have suggested Dr. Margaret Sears in Columbia.....but she has a long waiting list (been on it since last year).
Anyone else know of good pedi's in Anne Arundel County?
I also live in Pasadena and it takes us about 20-25 minutes to get there depending on traffic.
was wondering if you had found a ped you like in the area? i am also searching for someone who is delayed/selective vax friendly pedi in anne arundel (live in pasadena). i'm really looking for someone with a blended practice (allopathic/naturopathic/homeopathic) like dr. sears but i understand she isn't taking insurance anymore. any advice/thoughts??
Let me send you a PM as well...maybe since your so close we can do a playdate.
I recommend you contact Dr. Beams. She is in Columbia and she is very open minded.
She is on the NAP yahoo group as well. :)
We still are at Arundel Peds but we may end up switching because Dr. Fitch left. Our backup is Dr. Jobes and she has been supportive of our vax schedule as well.
I heard special beginnings in arnold has a list of ped's that are selective/vax friendly available, but I never looked into it anymore than that.... Worth giving a shot?
I live in millersville and go see Jane Roach who's off of 450, in Crofton, it's about a 20 minute drive for me. I like her since she's not pushy, she tells me what vax's she thinks I should get - yet respects my opinion on whatever I decide. I left my old ped since she was pushy, even though I already told her I was doing delayed/ selective vaxing, she started pushing me hard at the 4 month check up - even though I didn't feel that I knew what I wanted exactly do yet. You can always vaccinate, but you can never take it away - I didn't appreciate her pushyness.
thanks ladies! i have left a message with dr. beams so i am hoping to do a meet and greet soon! we went to an open house at arundel pediatrics, but as i understand it dr. fitch (who was supposedly the most open to all this) has recently left. they pushed a very strong message about being 100% pro vaccinations and said they would probably be open to discussing delaying to an extent but otherwise it's not the practice for you. i got the impression they would be rather pushy and a little further from offering natural and alternative care than i'd like...
I am in Howard County and have been using Dr. Khurana. she is open to delay/selective vax, and even non-vax up to a point it seems. mine are completely unvaxxed, so we have been satisfied there for the most part. I may be getting picky, but I felt some unspoken pressure & disapproval upon my last visit. she overbooks & was impatient & hurried. I of course, took this to mean it was because I only take my kids there when they 'need' to go. my son had a painful ear infection, so after trying everything else, we went in & got his first ever dose of antibiotics.
But if she stays supportive and low-pressure, I may just stay there for the time being.
I had an unpleasant experience with Dr. Beams, however. Was so excited based upon all the 'crunchy' recommendations and found her very warm & open during the first part of our interview. But when the topic of non-vaxxing came up, all eye contact was dropped and she freely admitted that she is torn on the subject and even considered taking no more nonvax families. A second problem I had with her office was a pretty annoying clerical/billing error. I've only been to her for a new patient interview prior to the birth of my second child. She never examined my son or even took a heartbeat - just pure Q & A session. a few weeks later, we received a bill from her office for a specific procedure they thought was performed on my son. I wrote a quick note saying it must be a mistake and forgot about it, since it was only an interview we'd had and one that she had not passed for our family. Then we receive 2 more bills and we called and the receptionist apologized for the records mix-up. However, one more bill arrives, and this time when we call, there is no apology and Dr. Beams herself even gets on the line to argue with us about it, saying she'll just have to count it as a 'loss!' Even after we reminded her that we'd already received an apology for the error. Hugely unprofessional - especially from someone with such ambitions. months later, i'm still mind-boggled by her behavior.
So yeah, not all the hype is to be believed unfortunately.
~ diane & DH & Trent Julian 1/29/11 & Harmony Marija 11/29/12
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