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My son and I are new to the Albuqueruqe area and need suggestions for a new dentist and pediatrician. We like a dentist who is non mercury user and the pediatrician would have no problems with someone who follows a Mothering philosophy i.e. non vaccines no Ritalin. Does anyone have a good doctor and dentist to suggest? If they are in the NW area all the better. We live in Corrales. Thanks.
 

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hi, we're new to the area as well and i was about to post the same message when i saw yours. so i don't have any real advice, but was wondering if you had had any luck in your search? i am willing to share any info i find out with you as well.<br><br>
for a doc, one neighbor suggested aaron/adam hoffman, near constitution and wyoming. he apparently will not vaccinate because one of his own kids had a reaction to one. i think he is a family practice, not a ped. she recommended him highly, so we are going to check him out.<br><br>
good luck to you!
 

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Lucia'smom, Thanks for the suggestion. We haven't found anyone yet and are still looking. I was kinda hoping for a female doctor but if I can't find anyone soon I'll give him a call and see what he is like. As a L/D nurse I'm sure you'll make alot of connections in that area fast. Let me know if you hear of anyone else. Thanks
 

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i actually made a mistake on the name of the doc i told you about. it's aaron kaufman, and he's at a practice called integrative medicine. i'm going to call him tomorrow and try and set up an interview, so i'll let you know how it goes. i'm not sure if he'll even take my insurance but we'll see.<br><br>
i also find a couple of homeopaths in the area (just on the web, no one actually recommended them):<br><br>
Rowan Jackson, DOM, RSHom (NA), CCH<br>
2311 Calle Brocha<br>
Santa Fe, NM 87505<br>
Tel & Fax: 505-474-5547<br>
Email: <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br>
Cassandra I. Travaini, RSHom (NA), CCH<br>
Clinic: Dos Manos Natural Therapeutics, Inc.<br>
P.O. Box 1721<br>
Corrales, NM 87048<br>
Tel: 505- 890-3199<br>
Fax 505- 892-8937<br><br>
good luck to you!
 

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Susano,<br>
I am glad to see you on here. Remember we met up sometime ago on this forum and I was supposed to get together with you and another mom and our little ones for a playgroup - but my life has been so chaotic these last few months that I never got around to meeting up with you all. Anyway, I have an excellent recommendation for a mercury-free, biological dentist here in town who I go to myself. His name is Dr. George Keanna (pronounced KEE-NAH), and his office is in the northeast heights at the intersection of Candelaria and Wyoming. The office number is 292-8533. He is very much into everything holistic - although a little pricey. To me it's worth paying more knowing I have a dentist that would never put any type of metal in my mouth - and certainly never, ever put any mercury in my mouth. He is well known in the holistic health community here for his biological dentistry practice. There is also another mercury-free dentist by the name of Leah Lauren. I saw her years ago and she also is supposed to be good. However, I have never had any extensive work done on my mouth by her- so I cannot say for sure how good she is. I know she has been around longer than the first time I went to see her which was back in 1992. Her phone number is in the phone book - but I don't have it right in front of me. But my first choice is Dr. Keanna. There are also some good bio dentists in Sante Fe - but let me know later if you want their numbers too - or if the numbers I've given so far are good for now. Then, as far as pediatricians go, I took my daughter to see Aaron Kaufman when she was first born (he is actually a D.O. and family practice doctor - not a pediatrician). His number is 256-3648. He is very much educated on the vaccination issue and respects and supports fully someone's decision not to vaccinate their children. The only reason I haven't gone back to him is because I didn't much care for his "bedside manners". He isn't the friendliest doctor around, but he isn't exactly a jerk either (he is just a little moody I guess). But if you can handle his personality, then by all means, check him out, because he will never have a problem with non-vaxed children. He also practices integrative medicine - so he does do the nutritional and holistic stuff - but I have been to many other holistic doctors in town that know far more in the area of holistic health and nutrition than he does, so if that is what you are looking for - there are other doctors and practitioners in town I can recommend. But if you just want a doc who is cool with your parenting philosophies - then go to Kaufman. I now take my daughter to Dr. Weston Sumner. His number is 294-5065. He is a regular pediatrician - and does the whole vaccination routine at his practice - but he was recommended to me by a few other parents who told me he does not give you a hard time whatsoever for not vaccinating your children. He never blinked an eye at me regarding my decision to not vax. However, he has some nurse practitioners in his practice - and some of them may be less respectful of a parent who doesn't vax. But just make sure to ask for Sumner everytime you go there if you choose him as a pediatrician. There is also a family practice doctor at the University Hospital by the name of Larry Leeman at 272-1734, who is totally into home birth and that type of thing. I am not certain what his vaccination stance is, but I have heard that he is respectful of this issue with parents who don't vax their children. But I have never been to see him - although I am thinking about switching over to him. Anyway, I hope this helps for now. I do know of many excellent holistic health practitioners who do totally alternative health stuff if you are ever interested. Alternative medicine is a passion of mine, so that is why I know about the various practitioners around town and the state. Anyway, take care!<br>
Lisa :)
 

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P.S.- All of these doctors I just mentioned in my above post take Medicaid too (just in case you are wondering)- but the dentists I recommended do not take Medicaid.
 

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Hi, I take my son to Dr. Jane Kim-Haufman at the Harper dr. Presbyterian office. She is a pediatrician and I really like her a lot. SHe was fine with me not vaccinating my son and actually truly believes I will do what is best for him, I have found that rare in MD's. Her number is 823-8282. Good luck!
 

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I have a great dentist in Albuquerque, his name is Dr. Stanley Hess. My daughter was a patient one and Dr. Hess was able to fill her cavities without any relaxing drugs - which is what we wanted. His office is a mercury free office. We went to three dentists before him. I think he is great! goodluck<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave">
 

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Hi! I see you recieved lots of great suggestions for a pediatrician and dentist. I'll throw mine out also for additional info. I have heard great things about Aaron Kaufman. He is very informed about vaccination dangers. My pedi is Dr. Han. His office is in Nob Hill. He has been my kiddo's pedi even before they were born! He can be somewhat conservative at times, but is respectful that mom knows best and honors alternative practices. His practice is getting pretty busy, but he still takes his time and remembers every quirk about my munchkins. Hope that helps! I am not new to Albuquerque, but new to Corrales and would like to hook my very bored 3 year old boy up with some playmates. So if anyone knows of a playgroup in Corrales, please let me know! Thanks
 
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