We desperately need a new ped. Ours just isn't working out for us. I am tired of being told that antibiotics are gods gift to humanity and that if I don't vax the office can turn me in for child abuse. Any ideas?<br><br>
We're looking for a new one as well, not because we didn't like our ped, their practice is just too big, they don't call you back all the time, you get rushed in and out and the biggie was when our daughter had pneumonia at xmas, they told us to "wait it out a few days" before they'd see her even though she had a history of res. problems!!<br><br>
I've had a few recommendations, I don't know their stance on vax yet. One is Blue fish peds on Sappington, the other is Dr. Lazaroff in Creve Coeur on Ballas. both came on recommendations from friends. As I keep researching I'll let you know if I find anyone! Because we also believe in alternatives to conventional medicine the need for someone liberal is a must! Why is St.Louis seem so far behind other cities in holistic medicine?
There is Dr Christian Wessling in Webster Groves who is a homeopathic MD and is the school doctor at my son's Waldorf school in St Louis. I have also been referred Dr Solture (sp) on KingsHwy who is a family practitioner and recommends homeopathic and herbal remedies before antibiotics. I have not taken my kids to her yet but know several that do. Also there is a Chinese hebalist, Dr Sacks, on Wood Mills Rd and Manchester. Actually he is on hiatus but his partner at the office is suppose to be good (I just don't know his name). And then there is Dr Kirk Benham in Creve Coeur (where I live) who is a chiropractor that does craneosacral, NET, and more and only charges $35--he says he does this to help people not get rich off of them, and he's just a really great guy! I moved here a year and a half ago and certainly understand your struggles finding someone! Good luck!!!<br><br>
I ended up going with a lady named Irma (?) Ortiz-Aroyollo (I might have some of that wrong)... we have seen her once. She is a very nice person, very into non-conventional meds, but...sadly... is a huge vax supporter. We DO vax, but we significantly delay them...and she is ok with some delay, but not a ton. A friend of mine just recommended a dr name Tracey Daley Wilson .... I don't know where she is, but I have heard that she is one of the very few NON vax supporters in St. Louis. I haven't called for an appointment yet, but I am going to.<br><br>
I found <a href="http://www.drrosakincaid.com/Index.html" target="_blank">this link</a> yesterday, which I think looks pretty darn promising. The only thing I don't like is that her office doesn't have humans who answer the phone, but I can deal with that minor problem to have a doctor who supports natural living.
I just saw this post and have to chime in. We switched to Dr. Salter and absolutely LOVE her. Dh and I switched too. She's a family practice MD and also a chiropractor and naturopath. Her office number is 361-0111. Her bedside manner was excellent compared to other non-vaxing in area. My dd was sitting in her lap at the end of appointment. She spent a lot of time with us and get this-----she's pro extended bf (other dr who doesn't vax is not), she's for the family bed and loves Dr. Sears. She and her husband took Bradley classes before they had kids too.<br>
She's the only one in her practice, but said to call anytime if need be and she'd call w/in a half an hour.
My OB left medicine after I had my son, but I would have wanted a new physician for my next pregnancy anyway. I want someone who will be very supportive of a VBAC. I was devastated when I ended up having one, and want to avoid one next time around. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Birth choices are so limited in the St. Louis area. What I wouldn't give for a nice natural birth friendly birthing center!<br><br>
Silas, 10.21.2002 -- happy, healthy, and whole!<br><br>
P.S. I have seen Dr. Monika Aplyn in Dr Wessling's office, but she says she doesn't feel comfortable doing well-baby visits (general developmental visits), so I may swit to Dr. Salter. It would be great if the whole family could see the same doctor.
I saw her last week, and she is wonderful. Then I called today to see if they could get my son in (croup), even though he isn't a patient yet. They did. DS really liked her (though he was a bit more fascinated with the stir-ups on the exam table, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ). She was good with him, and I loved that she recommended more natural treatment. DS loves his little homeopathic pellets ("more medicine, Mommy. more medicine?").<br><br>
She does have a new nurse who took off 4 lbs. in my weight when I went <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> , but then measured me as 1.5 inches shorter than I always am. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
I am thrilled to find this thread. I keep meaning to call Dr. Salter & set up an appt. Anyone have a link to her web address?<br><br>
A few years ago I tried to get in to see Dr. Kincaid & could not get anyone to return a call. It was weird.<br><br>
I feel like I have to let people know about our negative exp. with Dr. Wessling and his practise.<br><br>
I've always felt a bit uncomfortable with the practise. They don't act like a family practise, even though that is how they bill themselves. When any of our children are sick its as if they live in a bubble. They don't think about the siblings at all! The final straw for me was last year when I had a newborn and my oldest was sick. Ds had classis whooping cough symptoms, but they insisted it was a virus. Initially we saw the nurse prac. and she did ask if we had been exposed to w/c. My dh is an art teacher at an area high school. He brought the cough home and several students & teachers at his school were sick. He was coughing so hard he was throwing up. It was awful. Telling her that should have been significant b/c the vaccine begins to wear off in the middle school years and older kids & adults are very likely to have w/c. But she dismissed our concern. He exhibited the cough in her office, while I held my newborn dd (literaly less than a week old). I think the newborn in the house should have been enough to order a test or consider w/c more carefully.<br><br>
Dr. Wessling had said to me several times before "I know whooping cough, that is one illness you don't have to worry about. I know how to treat it & I know how to recognize it".<br><br>
We took ds back a few more times, over a few weeks, they still said it was a virus. (which w/c is by the way). My older dd & newborn dd both got sick too. They saw older dd once and newborn dd several times. I described their coughs & the severity of illness. Of course neither exhibited a severe coughing fit while in the office. Newborn dd was turning blue during each coughing fit, and they assured me it was fine. Newborn dd ended up being sent to the ER with Dr. Wessling suspecting RSV. She had no RSV symptoms & had been sick for way too long for that to be a possibility. The night before we went to the ER I was getting really scared. Stupid that I didn't just take her in on my own, but my *doctor* had reassured me that that wasn't necessary. I did a lot of research, got some help from a poster here & started taking mega doses of vitamin C. The hospital staff all agreed with me, classic whooping cough, wanted to know who in the hell my doctor was.<br><br>
I can't figure out if they thought I was exagerating about the cough and newborn dd turning blue. Of course she didn't exhibit a severe cough in the office. We've been patients of Wesslings for almost 5 years. He should *know* that I don't exagerate & that I don't over react to illness. As a matter of fact I probably under-react.<br><br>
All three kids tested positive for whooping cough. Wessling was sent a packet from the CDC about recognizing & treating whooping cough.<br><br>
I think his practise is worse than traditional MD's. They don't listen to what I say or respect what I say. They don't take the family into consideration. I've never been more frustrated and angry with a medical practise.
Dr. Salter's web is drsalter.com<br>
I'd probably just call the office though---361-0111<br><br>
Sorry about the bad experience w/ Wesseling and wc. That sounds very scarey. We switched to Salter and are very happy with her. The whole family goes!
Yes, absolutely. She may have links there (I haven't explored everything), that mandate vax, but she does not. Like she has a link to MAYO clinic, but she doesn't agree w/ everything they say either. She handed us a flyer from the state of Missouri on babies and said, "I don't agree w/ everything in there." It talked about how great cribs are and against cosleeping. She'll tell you the "official"position on everything, but then her opinion.