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I am sure there are a lot of old threads I could look through to find a Ped in SLC area.<br><br>
Could anyone nudge me in the direction of a non/delayed/selective vax-friendly, intact/non-circ friendly, pro-BF ped anywhere in the SL Valley?<br><br>
I am on Medicaid, and I have a whole book full of Peds to choose from, but I don't know where to start. I can't interview ALL of them.<br><br>
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I take my son to Heather Winesett at Cottonwood Pediatrics. I really like her. On his first visit we talked about vaccinations. She broke it down in a list of which ones she recommends (if I had decided to do any), which ones were fairly safe, and which ones were completely unecessary. She never pushes me to bring him in for well-child visits and always remembers us when I do bring him in (which isn't often). Cottonwood Peds is in Murray and their phone number is 314-4400.<br><br>
I also really liked Gina Cox... I don't remember the name of the practice where she works. She always talked to me like an intelligent human being (rare in the medical profession). She was a little too mainstream and I felt she was quick to medicate, that's why I switched, but I would still recommend her too.
 

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oh yeah, my son is also in tact and Dr. Winesett has never made any mention of it. She also seemed quite happy when she walked into the exam room when I was breast feeding.
 

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Dr Lam of Alpine Pediatrics (I think that's the name), seems pretty good. The boy I nanny goes to him but I've just been to one appt. The doc is an intact male, and at the baby's 2 month appt, he didn't even take the diaper off (babe is also intact). The baby's parents also decided the not give him hep B or rotavirus until age 2 or 3 and the doc was totally fine with that, but I'm not sure how he would be if you didn't want to do any. He also seemed very pro breastfeeding when he went on about how great it is and why breastfed babies hardly ever have colic etc, and even recommended probiotics to help the baby's colic (after I asked about it though). The office is at about 100 S and 1100 E
 

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I moved, but I used to use Lou Borgenicht. We said no thanks for vaxes, and it was never an issue. Parental choice is never an issue for him. But he doesn't necessarily advocate a natural lifestyle. I really miss him.
 

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We also go to Dr Borgenicht...happy so far <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Dr Lam of Alpine Pediatrics (I think that's the name), seems pretty good. The boy I nanny goes to him but I've just been to one appt. The doc is an intact male, and at the baby's 2 month appt, he didn't even take the diaper off (babe is also intact). The baby's parents also decided the not give him hep B or rotavirus until age 2 or 3 and the doc was totally fine with that, but I'm not sure how he would be if you didn't want to do any. He also seemed very pro breastfeeding when he went on about how great it is and why breastfed babies hardly ever have colic etc, and even recommended probiotics to help the baby's colic (after I asked about it though). The office is at about 100 S and 1100 E</div>
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Dr. Lam was in my Medicaid book, and I met with him yesterday. I am very pleased with his answers to my questions. For future referrence, if anyone else is looking for a Ped here is what he answered:<br><br>
Q. We are planning on doing Selective & Delayed Vaxinations, what is your policy on vaxing?<br>
A. Many parents choose to do the same, and some even choose not to vaxinate at all. I leave the desicion up to the parents, and we can come up with your own vaxination schedule to suit your needs.<br><br>
Q. We would like to avoid any vaxinations with Mercury.<br>
A. We haven't used anything with mercury since 1999.<br><br>
Q. We will not be circumsizing our son......<br>
A. Good! Here is how to care for an uncircumsized penis: First of all, don't retract the forskin under any circumstances until the glands seperate on thier own- when they are about 3-4 years old. When the glands do seperate, you will then teach them how to retract the forskin to clean under it.<br><br>
Q. At what point would you reccomend for me to supplement with formula.<br>
A. You can breastfeed until they are in kindergarten if you want.. haha. I would reccomend that you supplement with formula only in the first couple days while your milk is coming in. But, not a lot, and only to satisfy thier thirst and hunger, to avoid nipple confusion. Of course, that is also up to you if you choose to do it or not.<br><br>
Q. DH and I are vegan, so we won't be using any cow's milk formula at all...<br>
A. That's great. You can use soy if you'd like, and you choose supplementing. One of my colleges here in the office is vegetarian, and raised all her children vegetarian. I think it's very healthy. And, we are learning that baby's do not need to be fat anymore, as we previously thought.<br><br>
I think that was pretty much it.. Those aren't verbatum quotes, but you get the idea anyway.<br><br>
I think we will end up going with him. He seams very happy and "jolly". Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
 

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I'd like to chime in on Dr. Lam, as we have some experience with him.<br><br>
First off, I can honestly say that I think he is a fabulous pediatrician. He's a very smart & friendly guy (very small too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ). When I went to my regular family practice doctor in March, he told me "Dr Lam is the best pediatrician in all of UT". He also informed me that Dr. Lam went to medical school twice - once in Vietnam and once in the US (not sure of the whole story behind him leaving/fleeing Vietnam, etc.). He has been fine with our delaying/skipping vaccinations - no hassle whatsoever. He has made 'suggestions' as to when/if to get a certain vax, but never in a <i>pushy</i> way.<br><br>
Now for the bad news. I do not like Alpine Pediatrics - the office he works in. I had a billing issue, and when I tried to get it resolved, they suggested I was lying, committing fraud, and put words in my mouth to try and 'catch me in a lie'. Please note that I am a very honest person, and I HATE being called a lier, so I probably got more upset than I should have (I was in tears). When I called back a week later and asked to speak with Dr. Lam, I was given his nurse's vm. Apparently, my account was already 'flagged' - i.e. put on hold after the call to the billing clerk, so the nurse called me back and told me "Dr. Lam does not get involved with billing issues". Unfortunately, he is the only one that knows what we talked about during the appt (that insurance was refusing to pay), and they would not/will not let me speak with him - PERIOD! They even went so far as to send me a letter stating that I cannot come there anymore. I am still pretty upset by the whole thing - and really quite shocked at how they are treating a customer. They were completely unwilling to work with me on the cost of the bill either. It was if I was dealing with a large corporation and my hands were tied.<br><br>
I've never been a big fan of his nurse either. It's not that I didn't <i>like</i> her... but I didn't care much for her. She occasionally would give me a bit of attitude about delaying the vaxes - like "Oh! ...well you know he's due for x,y & z", and I would just respond with "I know, but we are on a delayed schedule, etc.". In other words - butt out!! I've already discussed this with Dr. Lam.<br><br>
So, moral of the story is if you have a billing problem, don't call billing. If I'd known how this would end up, I would have talked to Dr. Lam about it personally at DS' next appt. Every medical person I know, and have told what happened has said "if the doctor knew what was going on, he'd be very upset". Unfortunately, he'll never know, since I don't know how to contact him in any way. I wish he were a more accessible doc.<br><br>
On a side note, I have heard wonderful things about Dr. Borg... however you spell it... I also have a friend that goes to Dr. Kevin Parzych, and she just LOVES him. He is more 'holistic' from what she's told me. He is family practice, so her whole family goes. I've considered switching to him myself, but we are having good luck with Dr. Ross Brunetti at Foothill Family Clinic (also family practice). So my littlest one will just be joining the rest of the family there. I've been going there for 4 yrs, and they've never steered me wrong. Plus, they are super close to my house.
 

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We go to Dr. Jennifer Cox at City Creek Pediatrics downtown. She is a very big supporter of breastfeeding (she is also a lactation consultant). We had a daughter, so I never asked about circumcision. As for vaxing, the office reccomends it but when I showed hesitation she was very firm she would never want a parent to do something they are uncomfortable with and said they custom make vax schedules all the time for parents who want to delay.
 

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I adore Heather Winesett. I've also heard Dr. Borgenicht recommended a few times and I'd be willing to try him. We were driving all the way from Davis County to see Heather. She was very supportive of homebirth and even offered to come to a newborn exam at our home!
 

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Another vote for Dr. Lou Borgenicht... very supportive of my homebirth & no vax...
 

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We go to Dr. Rachel Baar at the memorial clinic in sugar House. We are on Medicade too and the receptionists are so helpfull with that. DD was in the hospital at two month for a few weeks and she came in every day even over the weekend to check on her and even brought us goodies. She loves the fact that I am still breastfeeding (DD is 10 months) And respects our opinion on co-sleeping, breastfeeding and select vax.<br><br>
I love Her!
 

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Well, Dr. Lam no longer accepts Medicaid, so we are now seeing Dr. Holbrook in the same practice (Alpine). She is vegetarian, and seams pretty AP friendly.
 
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