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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-07-30

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Another issue is whether you
want to go with a large group
practice or a smaller. or even solo.
practice. The benefit of a solo or
two-person office is that you will
usually see your own doctor. The
downside is when the doctor is
on vacation or takes time off. you
have to wait until he or she returns
or go to another physician. Many
of today's pediatric practices are
large so that you may not see the
same physician for consecutive
Ericka Beletskiy of West
Bloomfield interviewed a couple of
pediatricians recommended by her
friends before she selected one
that was in practice with six or
seven other doctors.
"I love all the doctors in that
practice and feel that our children
are well cared for." Beletskiy said.
"I don't have to wait for a long
time in the sick area or in the well
room. And since I have boys. I
asked for a male pediatrician so
that the boys remain comfortable
with him as they get older.
"When the boys were delivered,
there was a doctor from this prac-
tice at the hospital every day to
check on both of us. And when
one of the boys was hospitalized.
one of the physicians checked on
him daily."
Lili Levy, M.D., of West
Bloomfield. who staffs and works
with doctors at Beaumont's
Residency Pediatric Clinic, offers
parents an uncommon approach
to children's health care. Levy cre-
ated Pediatrics at Home for which
she provides routine health visits
at home as well as home visits
when children are ill. Children are
examined just as they would be in
a doctor's office, from newborn to
high school student.
"I saw a need for this kind of
pediatric practice when I talked
to a mother with newborn twins",
Levy said.
She had to take her twins for
their examination and her two
very busy toddlers traveled with
her. "My practice also works well
for people who can't take time off
from work to pick up their child at
school and then take them to the
Levy often visits patients during
early morning hours, in the eve-
ning and on Sundays.
"My friend referred Dr. Levy to
me when our 2-year-old son was

very stressed with a high fever one
late afternoon." recalls Melissa
Roth of Commerce Township. "She
tested him for strep throat and
helped us work with him to bring
his temperature down. She even
called the next day to find out how
he was feeling."
The bond between parent and
pediatrician is critical. A doctor
may be well-qualified; but if a par-
ent doesn't have confidence, it
may affect the child's welfare.
"If seeing the same physician
is important to you because your
child has special needs, then you
may want to consider looking for
a smaller pediatric practice, - said
Martin Hurwitz, M.D.. with Allergy
& Immunology Associates of Ann
"When you seek a pediatrician
with a specialty, look for some-
one who has established a good
reputation in the community and
is, of course, board certified in his
"Most of my patients, for exam-
ple. are referrals from primary care
physicians and other pediatri-
cians." said Hurwitz who also is a
pediatric pulmonologist. "Parents
should never feel guilty about
looking beyond their pediatrician
for answers. The worst mother still
knows her child better than the
best pediatrician."
Nancy Cutler, M.D., is a Royal
Oak-based pediatric cardiologist
at Beaumont Children's Hospital
and the mother of two. She says
that choosing a pediatrician is very
"It depends upon whether the
parents are more comfortable with
a large or small practice," Cutler
said. "It also depends on whether
they're looking for someone who is
warm and fuzzy or provides anti-
biotics when the kids are sick or
someone who takes a more natu-
ral approach to their child's health.
"Sometimes a child has more
complicated health issues and the
choices for parents are narrowed
Good communication between
physician and parent is essential
to building a good working rela-
tionship. Although the mother may
be overwhelmed preparing for her
baby's arrival, choosing the right
pediatrician will help ease some
of the anxiety that comes naturally
with raising children.

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