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Drs. Rapolla, Lindley and Harrington all trained through Fellowships at Baylor, Childrens Health and Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, arguably one of the best pediatric dental residency programs in the nation. All three doctors maintain privileges at Children’s Health Hospital. Patients are referred from across the state and from fellow pediatric dentists to tackle some of the most challenging cases. Yet, the biggest impact often comes from the simple cleaning appointment where the child finally feels the trust, and then the feeling of relief from the parent that they have found the place. All relationships are based on trust. Trust is found within the quality of the conversation. Drs. Rapolla, Lindley and Harrington look forward to that conversation with you.

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THE WELL GUIDE

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CONTENTS

9 Women’s Health

Fast facts & surprising stats

10 Beyond the Blues

PPD is normal—and treatable

12 Mom-Approved Docs:

Women’s Health A guide to mom-approved OB/GYNs, midwives & fertility specialists 17 Kids’ Health Fast facts & surprising stats

18 It’s All in the Genes

Genetic testing may help find the right prescriptions for your child

20 Mom-Approved Docs:

Kids’ Health A guide to mom-approved pediatricians

27 Oral Health

Fast facts & surprising stats

28 Banking on Baby Teeth

They could save your kid’s life in the future 31 Mom-Approved Docs: Dentists A guide to mom-approved dentists 35 Whole Health & Wellness Fast facts & surprising stats

38 Mom-Approved Docs: Health & Wellness A guide to mom-approved counselors, therapists & alternative health practitioners

42 Making the List

What it means to be mom-approved

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36 Kids in Crisis

What it’s really like to be the child of an addict

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hoever installed the floor furnaces in my grandparents’ old house clearly did not have children. Usually floor vents line the edges of rooms where only dust bunnies dare to tread. Not the furnace vents in that house. They were smack-dab in the middle of the hallways and bigger than the average Texan’s backyard grill. (When my mother was young, she would hang her head over them to blow-dry her hair.) To a barefoot 4-year-old, those vents were like magnets: No matter how carefully I traipsed around them, I’d somehow end up with a toe or a heel on the cooking surface. It became obvious why my grandmother kept an Aloe vera plant in the kitchen. Aloe vera juice fresh from the leaf is one of several home remedies I remember from childhood. My parents had no qualms about dosing me with Motrin, but they also had a cabinet of cures that weren’t so clinical: tea tree oil for the dozens of mosquito bites I’d sport after exploring my grandparents’ backyard (visiting my grandparents was a hazardous venture), scrambled eggs and ginger ale for an upset stomach, sugar for hiccups, and Highlights magazine for splinter removals—because distraction can be an effective form of pain relief. I’m sure you have an equally robust arsenal for the boo-boos that befall your own kiddos, as sometimes it takes more than a kiss to make it all better. Perhaps the most powerful thing in your parental medicine kit is the roster of people you turn to for help with your kids’ health, from the pediatrician to other parents who’ve been there, done that. After all, mother knows best—which sometimes means knowing exactly where to go for the answers you don’t have. One place you can go is our directory of Mom-Approved Doctors, which is basically a Rolodex of pediatricians, pediatric specialists, dentists, OBGYNs, chiropractors, therapists and a host of other health and wellness professionals recommended by local parents. If you’re looking for a doctor that other moms trust, start here. The Mom-Approved Doctors are listed by specialty, with Women’s Health practitioners leading off on page 12. Visit page 42 to learn how we compile this directory, but know that every person on the list was nominated by a reader like you. And if you filled out one of our Mom-Approved Doctors surveys, thanks for adding a name to our address book for the next time we face something Aloe vera can’t fix.

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BEYOND THE BLUES

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t’s normal for new moms to call the pediatrician over every little thing baby does, but Jessica Miller (name changed for privacy) found herself on the phone with her doctor for a very different reason: She feared that she might harm her 4-monthold daughter.

In the weeks after her baby arrived, Miller could not understand why it was so difficult to connect with her new role. “I felt exhausted all of the time. I would have crying fits while eating and driving,” she admits. “I thought I was a terrible mother.” The North Dallas mom felt trapped in traumatic “thought loops” while interacting with her daughter during bathtime, or even walking down the stairs. “I would feel queasy in the kitchen, like around knives,” she explains. “I don’t know what would’ve happened but I worried something would.” 10

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Convinced that some part of her must want to hurt her child, Miller admitted herself for a psychiatric evaluation. “I was worried there was something wrong with me fundamentally, as a person,” she says. Intrusive thoughts are a common symptom of postpartum depression (PPD), explains Ann Dunnewold, a Dallas psychologist who was one of the first health professionals to help identify these “postpartum obsessions” in the early 1990s. According to her research, these thought patterns are related to high levels of oxytocin, the hor-

mone associated with, among other things, mothering behavior. “Postpartum obsessions are linked to the mom’s ability to sense danger—it doesn’t mean you’re going to hurt your baby,” she explains. What Miller believed were signs she was an unfit parent, Dunnewold asserts are positive behaviors distorted by hormonal and environmental changes. “If you know these thoughts are wrong, you shouldn’t feel afraid. It means that you are an attentive mother,” she says. NOT ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL

Though shrouded in mystery and misconceptions, PPD affects up to 1 in 7 women, according to the American Psychological Association. Unlike the baby blues, PPD impacts a mother’s day-to-day functioning, says Katie Sardone,

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a licensed psychologist and founder of the mental wellness practice Behavioral Health Dallas. Typical symptoms include depressive episodes, loss of pleasure in interests and activities, feelings of guilt or anxiety and negative thoughts about yourself or your baby. But as with other mood disorders, PPD symptoms manifest in highly personalized ways. There’s no one-size-fits-all diagnosis. Miller once believed that she would be able to recognize the symptoms in herself. “But going through it, it was so terrifying,” she admits. “My first thought wasn’t that I had postpartum depression. It was that I was a horrible person.” THE OTHER SIDE

After Miller’s diagnosis, she sought help through therapy and a small dosage of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), an antidepressant that would still allow her to breastfeed. Many mothers, like Kathryn Rock, find strength after emerging from their PPD experiences. After the birth of her son, the Lakewood mom felt crippling loneliness, listlessness and irritability. “I spiraled. I felt so alone,” she says. “There’s a feeling that you’re the only one, which itself triggers a cycle of being alone,” explains Sardone. “There’s a shame that compels people to withhold sharing this information with other people.” Thankfully, PPD is becoming destigmatized, in part due to a growing number of celebrities— among them Chrissy Teigen, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brooke Shields—who have come forward with their own PPD battles. “The normalization of mood disorders like PPD has grown so much over the past decade,” notes Andrew Carlton, a registered nurse and an administrator at Springwood Hospital in Bedford who frequently works with mood disorders. He stresses that every postpartum adjustment experience is normal—even the troubling ones. Just as there is no one root cause of PPD, the disorder requires a highly individualized treatment plan. In short, there’s

no miracle cure, says Carlton. most difficult—means of fighting “You’re not only dealing PPD is to get enough sleep after with a chemical imbalance, but baby arrives. “Keep in mind, also a thought process composleep deprivation is how we tornent,” he explains. “Treatment ture prisoners,” Dunnewold says. must address all these modali Also key is a strong support ties—mental health, spiritual system. “It’s not possible to well-being, physical and interexist in a vacuum and care for personal support.” a child,” Sardone explains. She Rock worked through her advises moms to find friends PPD via therapy, yoga and a who can provide child care dietary makeover—a holistic or whisk Mom away for some approach that she says was quality time away from mothliberating. She began to view erhood. “A proper support her depression as a temporary system decreases the pressure aftereffect of giving birth and was and burden about being a sole emboldened to have a second carrier, and it makes room child three years later. for basic self-care and coping  After her daughter’s birth, strategies,” she says. Rock says, her depressive  Dunnewold agrees. “Motherepisodes were shorter and less hood is like a pitcher—if you intense. She feels confident that keep pouring it out, soon there with the proper tool kit—for will be no water left. You have to her, a probiotic-heavy diet, take the time to refill it. You have plenty of yogic breathing and a to take time for yourself.” stellar support system—PPD can be beaten. “I remember how low I felt. I remember every moment of pain and anger,” she CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL. says. “But I Sardone stresses that medical help is essential. made it to the Work with your OBGYN or mental health other side.” professional to create a game plan. Recent CREATE A ROUTINE. scientific Even though baby doesn’t have a schedule yet, research supit’s important for you to have a normal rhythm. A ports Rock’s loosely structured to-do list with tasks like getting holistic out of bed, changing your clothes and moving approach to around the house is an important first step, tackling PPD, Dunnewold says. with evidence linking gut USE POSITIVE DISTRACTIONS. health and PPD is an anxious depression, so anxiety is often mental health. co-occurring, Sardone says. Distract your mind from negative thoughts and refocus on something “We are you love, whether it’s cooking, yoga or reality TV. seeing more research that SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH YOURSELF. shows the Dunnewold suggests incorporating small positive effects moments of self-care throughout the day. If of probiotyou’re feeling stressed, journal about your ics, as well emotions or take two minutes to do mindful as omega-3s, breathing exercises. magnesium, FIND SOCIAL SUPPORT. complex Whether it’s a baby-free conversation with your carbohydrates partner, dinner with a friend or a play date with and vegetable other moms, pledge to talk to someone at least proteins,” once a day. Someone who says “Me, too” can Dunnewold offer tremendous relief—look into PPD support notes. groups and mommy-and-me classes. One of the most important—and

tools to tackle ppd

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WOMEN’S HEALTH mom-approved OB/GYNs, midwives & fertility specialists COMPILED BY DFWCHILD EDITORS

FERTILITY SPECIALISTS

Addison

Elkins, Linda MD Aspire Fertility

Dallas

Lee, Karen MD DFW Fertility Associates Pinto, Anil MD ReproMed Fertility Center Putman, J. Michael MD Fertility Center of Dallas Saleh, Walid MD Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine

Southlake

Gada, Ravi MD DFW Fertility Associates

MATERNAL FETAL MEDICINE SPECIALISTS

Fort Worth

Bleich, April MD Obstetrix Medical Group of Texas Papa, Tracy DO Fort Worth Perinatal Associates

MIDWIVES

Addison

Sala-Smith, Jean RN, CNM Inanna Birth & Women’s Care

Flower Mound

Caudell, Heather RN, CNM Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates Dickens, Beth RN, CNM Flower Mound Women’s Care

Fort Worth

Alpha, Meagan MSN, CNM Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center DaSilva, Shannon DNP, CNM Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center Diamond, Hannah MSN, RN, CNM Acclaim Nurse-Midwives

Fort Worth

Lively, Cori LM, CPM Barefoot Midwifery

Nackley, Anna MD Center for Assisted Reproduction

Northcross, Maeve LM, CPM Sacred Path Midwifery

Frisco

Allen

Conroy, Kristen MS, CNM Allen Birthing Center

Griffith, Lindsay CNM Fort Worth Perinatal Associates

Ku, Lowell MD Dallas IVF “Dr. Ku really cares about his patients. He keeps an upbeat, optimistic attitude throughout the whole process. He explains every step and knows exactly what to say when things might look bleak. Thank you, Dr. Ku, for all you do.” —Janet, Frisco

Giles, Amy MS, CNM Allen Birthing Center

Hackler, Dana MSN, CNM Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center

Reno, Monica CNM, DNP Allen Birthing Center

Hartwell, Alison MSN, RN, CNM Acclaim Nurse-Midwives

Alvarado

Hicks, Candis MSN, RN, CNM Acclaim Nurse-Midwives

Irving

Dominguez, Donnellyn LM, CPM All About Babies Midwifery and Birth Center

Chilvers, Rebecca MD Fertility Specialists of Texas

Le, Sy MD IVFMD

McKinney

Havemann, Dara MD Dallas IVF “After having problems conceiving, I found the most amazing and caring fertility doctor. Dr. H. was very realistic and honest with every step in the process. After 6 failed cycles, we decided we were done trying— emotionally and financially. We were at peace with our decision of not being able to expand our family when I received a call from Dr. H. She told me about a donor who had excellent quality embryos and wanted to donate them to us. Fast forward to 2017 and we have 20-month-old boy and girl twins!” —Ursula, McKinney

Roe-Miller, Mollie LM, CPM, LMT Maternal Instincts Midwifery

Argyle

May, Kathaleen LM, CPM All About Babies Midwifery and Birth Center

Cleburne

Juve, Jennifer MSN, CNM Grace OB/GYN Pond, Melinda LM, CPM Edenway Birth Center

Cross Roads

Monday, Matika CNM Be. Women’s Health and Wellness

Dallas

Jones, Adrienne MSN, RN, CNM THD Midwifery and Family Wellness Tawater, Kristine LM, CPM Dallas Birth Center

Plano

Denton

Rodriguez, Alfred MD Texas IVF

Marion, Shirley RN, CNM Caring for Women

Douglas, James MD IVF Plano

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Groom, Holly RN, CNM Caring for Women

Donaldson, Kathleen MS, RNC, CNM Acclaim Nurse-Midwives Goble, Lissa DNP, CNM Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center

Hinton, Jamie CPM, LM Celebrate Birth Midwifery Services Hopkins, Katie DNP, RN, CNM Acclaim Nurse-Midwives Knox, Lincey LM, CPM Heart Strings Midwifery Lopez, Tania MS, CNM Acclaim Nurse-Midwives Martin, Christy LM, CPM Celebrate Birth Midwifery Services Okimoto, Summer MSN, RN, CNM Acclaim Nurse-Midwives Morrow, Carla CNM, DNP Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center Prouty, Amanda LM, CPM Beautiful Beginnings Midwifery Taylor, Susan LM, CPM Taylor Made Midwifery

Garland

Nelson, Joyce CNM, APM Family Centered Maternity Care

Grapevine

Cannon, Lynette LM, CPM Grapevine Birthing Center Daly, Kim LM, CPM Grapevine Birthing Center


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Hogan, Danielle LM, CPM Grapevine Birthing Center

Vallery, Kristen MD USMD

Light, Natalie MD Health Central Women’s Care

Jones, Sarah LM, CPM Grapevine Birthing Center

Wood, Beverly MD Generations OB/GYN Group

Littrell, Christina MD Swiss OB/GYN

Hurst

Burleson

Chellappan, Chandra MD Miracle OB/GYN

Lutich, Ann MD UT Southwestern Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ondrizek, Richard MD Office of Dr. Ondrizek

Martin, Amy MD Carter, Hays, Martin & Associates

Cross Roads

Milstein, Robert MD Obstetrics and Gynecology PA

Carrigan, Hannah LM, CPM Gentle Beginnings Birth & Wellness Center Gaspard, Cheryl LM, CPM Gentle Beginnings Birth & Wellness Center Gray, Malloree CPM, LM Gentle Beginnings Birth & Wellness Center Jones, Kennasha LM, CPM Gentle Beginnings Massey, Michele LM, CPM Gentle Beginnings Birth Center Saenz, Teree LM, CPM Gentle Beginnings Birth Center

Irving

Congleton, Johanna CNM Boardwalk Obstetrics and Gynecology Santangelo, Traci RN, CNM BirthPointe Midwifery Services

Kaufman

Bartos, Heather MD Be. Women’s Health and Wellness

Dallas

Abbas, Dennis MD Office of Dr. Abbas

Napier, Amie MD Advanced Women’s Healthcare

Angel, Angela MD Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas

Newsom, Elizabeth MD Women’s Health Alliance

Arzac, Jorge MD Methodist OB/GYNS, PLLC

Oliveira, Marcia MD Office of Dr. Oliveira

Bernstien, Mark MD Dallas Obstetrics and Gynecology PA

Parnell, Winfred MD Carlos and Parnell, MD PA

Blewett, Kavitha MD Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas Carlos, Joseph MD Carlos and Parnell, MD, PA

Turner, Linda LM, CPM Delivered With Love Birthing Center

Chhutani, Sheila MD GynOb Associates

Keller

Friesen, Angela LM, CPM Origins Birth and Wellness Collective

Collins, Linden MD Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Dallas

Salstrand, Sue LM, CPM The Hatchery Midwife

Constantine, Sami MD Texas Regional Women’s Health Center

Thomson, Gina LM, CPM Origins Birth and Wellness Collective

Crochet, Melissa MD UT Southwestern

Wages, Kaitlyn LM, CPM Origins Birth and Wellness Collective

De Los Santos, Humberto MD Methodist OB/GYN PLLC

McKinney

Carter, Jeanean CNM Adriatica Women’s Health

Elwell Silver, Kyler MD UT Southwestern Park Cities Clinical Center

Mayorga, Kathleen CNM Bella Births

Foxworth, Kecia MD Kessler Women’s Healthcare

Plano

Frieden, Blake MD Office of Dr. Frieden

Mitchell, Teri DNP, APRN, CNM, IBCLC BundleBorn Midwifery

Richardson

Gaitonde, Ashwin MD Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Dallas

Waranch, Dinah CNM Lovers Lane Birth Center

Greggs, Sharon MD Medical City Dallas

Sanger

Gunby, Robert MD Swiss OB/GYN

Eizenga, Mercy LM, CPM Comforts of Home Midwifery

OBSTETRICIANS

Fort Worth

Brooks, Jennifer MD Office of Dr. Brooks

Monti, Lauren MD Office of Dr. Monti

Gunderson, Rachel MD Carlos and Parnell, MD, PA Hagood, Julie MD Walnut Hill OB/GYN Haley, Lindsey MD Dallas Women’s Healthcare Specialists

Patton, Theresa MD Kessler Women’s Healthcare Payne, Paul MD Swiss OB/GYN Pero, Roxanne MD Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas Richards, Hampton MD Walnut Hill OB/GYN Rodriguez, Jose L. MD Joseph P. Behan MD PA Romberg, Lori MD Women’s Health Alliance Ryder, Kristi MD Northlake OB/GYN Schermerhorn, James MD Office of Dr. Schermerhorn Sigman, Amy MD Advanced Women’s Healthcare Smith, Liesl MD Health Central Women’s Care Staub, Jay MD Health Central Women’s Care Thurston, Jeffrey MD Walnut Hill OB/GYN Tillman, Felicia MD Health Central Women’s Care Woodus, Tiffany MD UT Southwestern OB/GYN

Denton

Cummings, Frederick MD USMD Wilson, Marc MD Alliance OB/GYN Specialists

Flower Mound

Banks, Lauren MD Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates

OB/GYNS

Harper, Lyndsey MD Swiss OB/GYN

Gupta, Rick MD Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates

Gordon, Kevin MD Omega OB/GYN Associates

Heintges, Michelle MD Advanced Women’s Healthcare

Paroski, Sylvie MD Women’s Wellness at Flower Mound

Jahangiri, Farnaz MD UT Southwestern OB/GYN

Van Dell, Guy MD Flower Mound Women’s Care

Joykutty, Jess DO Park Lane OB/GYN Associates

Forney

Arlington

Nangrani, Kiran DO Women’s Health Services Oladell, Charmaine MD Omega OB/GYN Associates Patel, Meera DO USMD

Bedford

Parikh, Manisha MD USMD Taylor, Stephanie MD The Woman’s Group

Lawson, Yolanda MD MadeWell OB/GYN Leinauer, Meghan MD BSW Women’s Health Group “Dr. Leinauer is so incredibly nonjudgmental and empathetic. She made me feel nothing but safe and cared for.” —Iris, Dallas

Nelson, Jeff MD Lake Pointe Women’s Centre

Fort Worth

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OB/GYNS, MIDWIVES & FERTILITY SPECIALISTS

Carnevale, Kristina MD USMD

Harn, Jason MD Northlake OB/GYN

Myears, Hillary MD Women’s Health Alliance

Carrington, Frederick MD Women’s Health Medical Group

Holt, Catherine MD Office of Dr. Holt

Peveto, Joy MD Women’s Health Alliance

Chu, Khoi MD Acclaim Women’s Health

Innes, Kristen MD Office of Dr. Innes

Plano

Deem, Adrianne MD Women’s Health Medical Group

McClure, Meredith MD Frisco Obstetrics and Gynecology

English, Cynthia DO Texas Health

Pepperell, Michele MD Frisco Obstetrics and Gynecology

Erwin, Jamie MD Texas Health Care

Ricks, Jon MD Office of Dr. Ricks

Flood-Shaffer, Kellie MD Acclaim Women’s Health

Weinstein, Jonathan MD Frisco Women’s Health

Garda, Jacqueline DO Acclaim Women’s Health Howell, Michael MD Women’s Health Medical Group Johns, Delbert MD Texas Health Care Jones, Timothy DO Texas Health Care Kohlmorgen, Ingrid MD Texas Health Care Kolar, Donna MD Fort Worth Woman’s Clinic Larsen, Alicia MD Texas Health Care Maxwell, William MD Texas Health Care Moore, Demequa MD Acclaim Women’s Health Neville, Heather MD 8th Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology Phillips, Leslie MD Grace OB/GYN Pico, Alyson DO Grace OB/GYN Pritchett, Suzanne MD Fort Worth Woman’s Clinic Snead, Jonathan MD Alliance Women’s Health Care Snell-Hargrove, Dana DO My OB/GYN Suba, Steven MD Grace OB/GYN Tabbs, Carla MD Woman 2 Woman Healthcare Tate, Darren MD Fort Worth Female Health Associates Tse, Gladys MD USMD Wagner, Elisabeth DO Texas Health Care Wiley, Ruth DO 8th Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology Zwernemann, Robert MD Texas Health Care

Frisco

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Garland

Tang, Hue MD Office of Dr. Bernard Adami

Grapevine

Chen, Barbara MD Heritage Women’s Health Marshall, Kimberly MD Grapevine OB/GYN Moser, Doreen DO Office of Dr. Moser Rost, Timothy MD Grapevine OB/GYN Wai, Robert MD Obstetrics and Gynecology of North Texas Walters, Courtney MD Women’s Integrated Healthcare

Irving

Ellis, Malathi MD Boardwalk Obstetrics and Gynecology

Bankston, Dawn MD Associated Women’s Healthcare Eisenberg, Dennis MD North Texas OB/GYN Associates Endelman, Irwin MD Northern Bay Women’s Heath Center Garner, Garrett MD Northlake OB/GYN Grisham, Keith MD Northwest Plano OB/GYN Hsu, Nora MD North Texas OB/GYN Associates Jacoby, Eric MD Personalized Women’s Healthcare Kaye, Richard MD Office of Dr. Kaye Leveno, Joseph MD Office of Dr. Leveno MacDonald, Steven MD OB/GYN North Dallas Mos, Amy MD Plano Women’s Healthcare Roberts, John Paul MD OB/GYN North Dallas Taylor, Marcia MD OB/GYN North Dallas

Fanous, Elia MD MacArthur OB/GYN

Trylovich, Courtney MD Northlake OB/GYN

Livingston, Jeff MD MacArthur OB/GYN

Watts, Jenelle MD Specialized Women’s Healthcare

O’Neil, Kevin MD MacArthur OB/GYN

Webster, Gwen MD Plano Healthcare for Women

Patel, Reshma MD MacArthur OB/GYN

Richardson

Sakovich, Peter MD MacArthur OB/GYN Staud, Jennifer MD UT Southwestern

Lake Worth

Speaks, Lynn DO USMD

Lewisville

Fliedner, Thomas MD North Texas OB/GYN Associates Grubbs, Christina MD North Texas OB/GYN Associates

Mansfield

Havener, Heather MD USMD

McKinney

Luciani, Gerald MD, FACOG Comprehensive OB/GYN Reyes, Cesar MD, FACOG Comprehensive OB/GYN

Downey, Charles MD Women’s Health Associates of Richardson Salter, Richard MD Advanced OB/GYN Associates

Rockwall

Cowart, Michael MD Lake View Women’s Healthcare Associates Ward, Jenaya MD BSW OB/GYN

Rowlett

Hearne, Monika MD BSW OB/GYN Usuga, Luis MD Dr. DeLeon’s Woman’s Health Care Zandomeni, Gabriela MD Dr. DeLeon’s Woman’s Health Care

Waxahachie

Shimer, Andrew MD Craig Ranch OB/GYN

Holt, Edward DO Office of Dr. Holt

Mesquite

Weatherford

McCants, Shannon MD Women’s Health Alliance

Watkins, Kim LM, CPM A Blessed Birth Midwifery


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IT’S ALL IN THE GENES your child’s dna might hold the key to finding him the right rx WORDS JESSICA BOWERS

When Jennifer’s self-esteem and friendships began to suffer, Patterson decided to give medication a try. Unfortunately, drug therapy definitely didn’t prove to be the easiest—or the most effective—antidote. Jennifer was first prescribed Strattera, a non-stimulant class medication that is commonly offered for ADHD treatment because it is considered less addictive and offers fewer side effects than stimulant drugs. Almost immediately, she began experiencing muscle weakness in her legs that made it difficult to stand, as well as lethargy that left her sleepy—or asleep—for most of the day. While drowsiness is a common side effect with Strattera, Jennifer’s daytime sleepiness was borderline narcolepsy. “She was calmer but only because she was too sleepy to do much of anything else,” Patterson says. So the frustrated mom went back to Jennifer’s psychiatrist. This time, she was prescribed 18

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Concerta. But Patterson had reservations about giving Jennifer this new drug. She didn’t like the trial-and-error approach to helping her daughter cope. Patterson’s not alone. Doctors typically choose a medication to prescribe for ADHD largely based upon their own professional experience with it, meaning if most of their patients have had favorable results with it, your child likely will too. But that’s not entirely true. And many of the families affected by ADHD find themselves stuck in a system that relies heavily on an experimental approach to find the right prescription for their kids. Which begs the question: Why do some medications work for some kids and not for yours? THE RISE OF PERSONALIZED MEDICINE

Whether a medication will work depends on several factors including age, other medications the child might be taking, kidney function and more. But

it also depends on whether or not the prescribed medication is best matched to a child’s genetic makeup. That’s right: Genes that kids inherit from their parents are also responsible for how the body processes medications. A rapidly growing field in health care called pharmacogenetic testing aims to provide this genetic information to physicians so they can select the right medication and dosage for each child—and adult. The promise of pharmacogenetic testing is that people get the right dose of the right drug with one pain-free swab on the inside of the cheek. For patients with ADHD, this could define a better starting point when looking at drug therapy. Dr. Michael Jann, professor and department chair of pharmacotherapy at University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, offers Strattera as an example: “Strattera is metabolized by a specific liver enzyme, and it turns out that 10 percent of the population is a poor metabolizer of this enzyme. The poor metabolizer will have almost four times the amount of the drug in their bloodstream as a fast metabolizer. In other words, [the slow metabolizer] could have more side effects. TESTING THE LIMITS

So why isn’t every doctor in the

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hen 11-year-old Jennifer was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 8, her mom, Katherine Patterson knew for certain that she didn’t want to use medication, except as a last resort. The Denton mom, whose name has been changed for privacy, tried everything—from major diet changes to therapy—to cope with the daily emotional outbursts and struggling grades.


Dallas-Fort Worth area subscribing to this? There’s the question of what pharmacogenetic testing actually measures. Today the most frequently used tests look for variations in the genes that carry instructions for making the enzymes in the liver that metabolize drugs. Researchers say these tests don’t look at anything other than metabolic rate. Representatives from the companies making tests, like GeneSight, which offers ADHD pharmacogenetic testing, claim the test measures metabolic rate and efficacy. At one time, you could have picked up a Harmonyx ADHD genetic test from the community pharmacy for under $100. But the FDA ordered the removal of the Harmonyx tests from pharmacy shelves in November 2015, citing that the tests were considered “direct-to-consumer” and therefore required special approval. GeneSight isn’t FDAapproved either, but it hasn’t been pulled from the system. The test is ordered by a doctor’s office and processed in a laboratory. The results filter medications into categories, showing which drugs a particular body is programmed to break down in a normal fashion and which drugs the body is not programmed to break down in a normal fashion. It’s important to note, however, that a “normal” result doesn’t necessarily mean the drug is going to be effective or free of side effects. TESTING THE WATERS

With the science of pharmacogenetics still finding its footing, the patient response is mixed. For Linda Ferrell-Brooksbank, pharmacogenetic testing helped her figure out what medication would finally work for her son Alex, who was diagnosed with ADHD in the first grade. “We had tried so many different ADHD medications, and I was feeling very frustrated that after several years of trial and error we still had not yet landed on the right one,” she says. “My feelings of exasperation led me to the GeneSight testing.” When the test results came back, they showed that only Strattera would metabolize effectively in Alex’s body. He began taking

the non-stimulant, and Mom was thrilled with the results. “I am more comfortable with the nonstimulants because I have noticed a dramatic decrease in side effects in my son,” she says. Penny Williams, who has written several books on ADHD and children, had an opposite experience when her son tried two different pharmacogenetic tests. Luke was diagnosed with ADHD in 2008 before genetic testing for drug therapy was offered. Like many kids, he was sensitive to several medications and had serious side effects, including psychosis and deep depression.

talk to your doctor Since it’s still a relatively new science, your child’s doctor may or may not be familiar with genetic testing for drug therapy, so it might actually be up to you as the parent to help educate your practitioner about why you feel it would be a good fit for your child. Find out if the doctor has any experience with pharmacogenetic testing and whether they think a test like that might help find the right medication, especially if you’re dealing with a disorder, condition or illness that typically uses a trial-and-error formula to find the right drug and dose. Then call your insurance company. Coverage varies from total coverage to nothing at all.

Knowing this history, a therapist recommended pharmacogenetic testing when it became available. “We had gotten to the point where we were fearful to try anything else because it was so bad when it was bad,” Williams recalls. The results? Even more frustrating. It turns out that several of the drugs Luke had already taken— and had significant side effects with—were green-lighted for use. “Obviously, the reason that he is sensitive to medication was

not found in the genetic markers these tests looked for,” Williams explains. “That tells me that the test isn’t covering as much as they want you to believe it does. THE FUTURE OF PHARMACOGENETICS

So there’s a reason pharmacogenetic testing isn’t routinely offered by your child’s physician yet: The usefulness of the test results are still a bit murky, and experts disagree on the efficacy of the pharmacogenetic testing currently on the market. But it seems clear to all parties that genetic testing for drug therapy looks promising. In his 2015 State of the Union address, former President Obama announced a Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) that would use pharmacogenetic tests “to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes—and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.” The PMI was launched in 2016 and includes the All of Us research program, which seeks to gather data from at least a million Americans in order to further more individualized research into health conditions. But Jann says we’re likely years away from routine genetic testing for drugs, explaining that we first have to have to better understand the genetics behind disorders like ADHD. “We don’t have a genetic test for autism, and we don’t have a genetic test for ADHD,” he points out. “We don’t really understand the disease at the genetic level, and until we come up with a genetic marker for those disorders, we will never be able to learn everything we need to from these tests.” Until then, parents like Patterson, who still hasn’t found the right medication for her daughter, will have to make do with the limits of genetic testing and the standard trial-and-error drug therapy. “It would be a dream come true to have an affordable test that would tell me exactly what medicine my daughter needs,” Patterson laments. “Until that happens, we will keep hoping that the next thing we try will be the right answer.” dfwchild.com / 2019

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KIDS’ HEALTH mom-approved pediatricians COMPILED BY DFWCHILD EDITORS

ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY

Irving

Mireku, Nana MD USMD Specialty Care Las Colinas

CARDIOLOGY

Fort Worth

Roten, Lisa MD Cook Children’s Heart Center “Dr. Roten has been my daughter’s cardiologist since she was 22 weeks in-utero. She has been wonderful to us and has helped save my daughter’s life—twice. She and her team are the only ones who will be treating my daughter, at least until she is old enough to make that decision herself. I am thankful and grateful for the honesty and respectful manner of Dr. Roten and her fantastic staff.” —Tonya, Prosper

DERMATOLOGY

Fort Worth

Volkman, Heather DO Dr. Robin Roberts Dermatology

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Mesquite

Aponte Lopez, Madeline MD Dallas Regional Medical Center

ENDOCRINOLOGY

Garland

Cham, Roxana MD Methodist Family Health Center – Firewheel Murdock, Adam MD Murdock Health

Grand Prairie

Weaver, Mary Ann MD Methodist Family Health Center

Lewisville

Brito Telles, Marcelo MD Clinicas Mi Doctor

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NEUROLOGY

Fort Worth

Plano

Bonacquisti, Gary MD Benchmark Family Medicine

Southlake

Benzick, Arthur MD Southlake Family Medicine

GASTROENTEROLOGY

Dallas

Sanghavi, Rina MD Children’s Health Specialty Center

Plano

Dave, Mona MD Office of Dr. Dave

Fort Worth

Fort Worth

Quan, Albert MD Children’s Renal Center

Rockwall

Kainth, Manvinder MD Maple Primary Care

FAMILY MEDICINE

Lee, Song MD Office of Dr. Lee

NEPHROLOGY

Dallas

Plano

Plano

Colleyville

Chang, Sarah MD Baylor Scott & White Primary Care

Ryals, Brian MD Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center

Semrin, Gaith MD Children’s Health Specialty Center

Mootha, Sudha MD Children’s Health Specialty Center

INTERNAL MEDICINE

Trophy Club

OPHTHALMOLOGY

Dao, Lori MD Pediatric Ophthalmology

ORTHOPEDICS

Grapevine

Capelo, Roderick MD Pediatric Sports and Spine Associates

Hurst

Quatro, Christine DO Varsity Orthopedics

OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Frisco

Ehmer, Dale MD Ear, Nose and Throat Associates of Texas

GENETICS

Gamble, Candace MD Cook Children’s Genetics “Dr. Gamble is personable and has excellent bedside manner. She explains issues clearly and uses language we can understand. She is patient with all our questions and great with kids!” —Sonja, Fort Worth

PEDIATRICS

Aledo

Fowler, Gina DO Little Plum Blossom Pediatrics

Arlington

Dao, Vuong DO Cook Children’s Pediatrics Arlington


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“Dr. Dao is personal, very patient and up to date on current medical treatments. He listens and understands the individual [need] of each child. My child loves him! If my child is sick, he will ask me to call him. I love that my child feels safe and comfortable with his provider.” —Jennifer, Arlington Gibson-Hull, Stacey MD SGH Pediatrics Harris, Desiree MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Arlington “Dr. Harris is very caring and thorough. She spends time conversing directly with the children about their interests and needs. [Her office] has always found a time to fit us in even during a terrible cold/ flu season. They always follow up with any concerns that we have in a timely manner.” —Jennifer, Grand Prairie Masters, Heeten DO Cook Children’s Pediatrics Arlington “I enjoy my visits with Dr. Masters. He takes the time to address our concerns and explain things to me. He’s friendly, considerate and makes an effort to personally keep you informed. He addresses concerns quickly, will research them and doesn’t immediately prescribe unnecessary medicine or treatments. He’s a great doctor overall. You can call for an appointment early in the morning and they will have you in by the end of the day.” —LG, Arlington Pilgrim-King, Karen MD Bright Star Pediatrics

Bedford

Leung, Christina MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Bedford “Dr. Leung recognizes us (or seems to!), even though she has a busy practice. She listens to me; doesn’t make me feel dumb; and calm even when I’m not. She’s also very knowledgeable about the issues I’ve brought up to her.” —Michael, Bedford

Burleson

Baird, Tiffany MD HMA Pediatrics Vert, Deborah DO Cook Children’s Pediatrics Burleson “Dr. Vert is amazing! She has the best bedside manner and takes the time to listen to your concerns. Her office is so convenient to get to.” —Monica, Burleson

Carrollton

Aslam, Qamar MD Carrollton Pediatrics

Cleburne

Arouse, Ayman MD First Step Pediatric Associates

Colleyville

Henderson, Elizabeth MD Baylor Scott & White Family Medicine

Coppell

Venkatachalam, Vani MD MD Pediatric Associates “From the first day of life to now, Dr. Vani has always been available for my child. I would be lost without her.” — Sarah, Coppell

Dallas

Neely, Joe MD Pediatricians of Dallas Roberts, Tana MD Pediatrics at Campbell Center Rogers, Donza MD Kessler Pediatrics

Acosta, Veronica MD MD Kids Pediatrics

Simon, Matthew MD Park Cities Pediatrics

Agrawal, Anuradha MD PGV Pediatrics

Spaeth, Stefanie MD Dr. Stef on Call

Andrade-Fegali, Yohanna MD MD Kids Pediatrics Bergman, Barry MD Bergman Pediatrics

Straughn, Chris MD Forest Lane Pediatrics Waters, Melissa MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas

Bourland, Christina MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas

Weiss, Shelley MD Healthy Texan Pediatrics & Family Medicine

Clarke, R. Adrian MD Forest Lane Pediatrics

DeSoto

Curry, Daryl MD Office of Dr. Curry Curtis, Somer MD Pediatricians of Dallas Denison, Early MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas Do, Bich MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas Dreiling, Christopher MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas Foster, John MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas Gore, Lauren MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas Gray, Larry MD Woodhill Pediatric Associates Hart, Chafen MD Pediatricians of Dallas Hayes, Amy MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas Jindal, Meenu DO Comprehensive Pediatric Care Jowdy, Michelle DO Baylor Scott & White Lakewood Karam, Albert MD Albert G. Karam, MD PA Lewis, Hillary MD Pediatricians of Dallas Linderman, Julie MD Inwood Village Pediatrics Milici, Marjorie MD Baylor Scott & White Pediatric Center Mitchell, Damien MD Forest Lane Pediatrics

Longshaw, Jacquelynn MD Pediatrics Southwest Towns, Mark MD Pediatrics Southwest

Flower Mound

Fitzgerald, Ralph MD MD Pediatric Associates “Dr. Fitzgerald is extremely knowledgeable, matter-of-fact, efficient and experienced. He is always willing to answer questions from parents and is a wonderful educator.” —Dustin, Carrollton Forbes, Michelle MD MD Pediatric Associates “Dr. Forbes takes time to answer all of our questions and addresses our concerns with compassion. She puts our child’s needs first and takes time to speak directly to our daughter and answer her questions as well.” —Anita, Carrollton

Fort Worth

Champion, John MD Office of Dr. Champion Charette, Vanessa MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Magnolia “Dr. Charette is a wonderful pediatrician who truly cares about her patients. Everyone in the office— from the doctors to the nurses to the receptionists—are warm and friendly. We are always seen by the nurse and doctor in a very reasonable amount of time. If we have a significant medical issue, they always fit us in right away. Dr. Charette is also incredibly responsive to emails if we have an after-hours concerns or questions. We think she is the best pediatrician around!” —Lindsay, Fort Worth

Dosu, Babtunde MD Metroplex Pediatrics Friedman, James MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Clearfork “Dr. Friedman cared for me as a dfwchild.com / 2019

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newborn and on. I had 2 holes in my heart that he helped my dad make a great decision to wait on them to heal on their own. Sure enough they did! Now Dr. Friedman is the pediatrician for my daughter who is almost 5 years old. He always tells me how great of a job I’m doing as a single mom in caring for my daughter. He deserves a reward for his ability to be kind and understanding towards me.” — Alicia, Burleson

Gittleman, Jennifer DO Cook Children’s Pediatrics Clearfork “My son was a 24-weeker, so my mom-worries are extra! Dr. Gittleman is amazing at keeping my worrying at bay and comes into the room prepared. For example, she came into the last checkup with a handwritten list of questions for me about his progress. If she isn’t 100% sure of an issue, she doesn’t hesitate to say ‘Hey, I’m not sure, let me get the answer.’ I feel like she is professional, yet personal. My daughter was sick recently, she called me herself to let me know test results and what to expect.” —Catherine, Fort Worth

Goodrich, Toyya DO Patient Care Center Guthrie, Lisa MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Southwest Harris Parkway “Dr. Guthrie is kind, deeply compassionate and a great problem solver. She truly cares for each of my children dearly and is extremely compassionate.” —Barbara, Fort Worth Hafeez, Raheela MD UNT Pediatric Clinic Halpenny, Walter MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Southwest Harris Parkway “Dr. Halpenny is very thorough. He’s been my daughter’s pediatrician since birth and is awesome. He ensures he answers all your questions and is great with my daughter at every age!” —Laura, Fort Worth

Hayward, Tamara MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Southwest Harris Parkway “We have been with Dr. Hayward for 14 years and we absolutely love her! She’s always been patient and helpful answering questions!” —Taressa, Fort Worth

people who aren’t in the medical field understand.” —Bethany, Fort Worth Mandal, Kathryn MD Continuum Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, Martin, Bruce MD Alliance Pediatrics McGehee, Frank MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Magnolia “Dr. McGehee has such a great demeanor that puts you at ease. He never makes you feel rushed and takes his time answering questions thoroughly. Never a long wait, great staff, nice office are all perks.” —Alex, Fort Worth Mercer, Bradley MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Forest Park “Dr. Mercer is always kind and respectful, not only to me, but also to my daughter. He speaks to her directly, and always makes sure to tell her hi first. He is patient and always calms any fears I might have. The office is always full of employees that love their job and greet me with a smile. They can get me in quickly when I need to see the doctor last minute, and I’m never in the waiting room for long either.” —Audrey, Fort Worth Morrow, Julee MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Southwest Harris Parkway “Dr. Morrow is so fantastic. She spends all the time necessary to help you figure out what may be going on with your child. She makes sure that you understand everything she is going to do and why. She listens and empowers you as a parent! Dr. Morrow always comes in with a smile and remembers the small things about my girls. Most importantly, my girls love her and I can tell they are comfortable and confident when they visit her office.” —Chelsea, Burleson

Nicholas, Catherine MD Cook Children’s Neighborhood Clinic – McCart “Dr. Nicholas has the best bedside manner. My kids love her, and she’s very thorough with explanations. She processes any requests, referrals or prescriptions quickly. Her staff is great and the clinic doesn’t have a high turnover­—we see the sane smiles at each visit.” —Kandace, Fort Worth

Rafati, Joyce MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Magnolia “Dr. Rafati takes time to listen and is very thorough. She is not judgemental about natural remedies and will also recommend them. She is great with the kids. The location is also convenient.” —Kristen, Fort Worth Robinson, Christina MD UNT Health & Pediatrics Ruas, Virginia MD Cook Children’s Neighborhood Clinic – Renaissance “We have known Dr. Ruas since my son was one week old. We love her so much that we followed her to her new office location in Fort Worth. She is an amazing doctor and is professional about every decision on each case. Dr. Ruas is gentle, she listens carefully and spends time with every patient. She is the top Pediatrician around!” —Edyta, Grand Prairie

Senevey, Steven MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Clearfork “My two daughters love Dr. Senevey— he makes every girl feel special. He goes the extra mile to explain every detail until you fully understand the issue. He’s patient, kind, and will call you personally if he feels that he can help more.” —Diana, Arlington Shaw, Daphne MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Henderson “Dr. Shaw and her whole office are always warm and kind. They are professional but personable, and really listen.” —Shannon, Briaroaks Wineriter, Nicole MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Keller Heritage “Dr. Wineriter is so great because of the time and attention she provides to her patients—she remembers them. My daughter loves her, and I cannot say enough positive things about her and the staff.” —Kim, Fort Worth Young, John MD Young Kids Pediatrics

Frisco

Bain, Deborah MD Healthy Kids Pediatrics Cavalier, Mary Ellen MD Joy and Crown Pediatrics

Jacob, Shelby MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Keller Heritage “She is a thoughtful and caring doctor, and always remembers almost everything about my children.” —Evey, Fort Worth

Olvera, Rebecca MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Southwest “Dr. Olvera is a kind and warm doctor. She genuinely cares for her patients and makes us feel important. She goes above and beyond to meet the needs of her patients.” —Travis, Benbrook

Chang, Christina DO Pediatric People

Jones, Mark MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Henderson “Dr. Jones cares about our family as a whole. He takes time to answer questions and explain things in a way

Phillips, Alice MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Cityview “Dr. Phillips is awesome, kind, respectful and always explains everything to you.” —Blanca, Fort Worth

Guetersloh, Chad MD Centennial Pediatrics

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Crow, Susan MD Centennial Pediatrics Gondol, Sara MD Starside Pediatrics

Harn, Laura MD Best Nest Pediatrics


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Hoang, Thai MD Stonebriar Pediatrics

you’re doing good as a parent.”

Kumar, Iresh MD Lone Star Physician’s Group

McCoy, Michael MD Practical Pediatrics

Linck, Audra MD Pediatric People McClendon, Laura MD Centennial Pediatrics Nail, Richard MD Centennial Pediatrics Newton, Christopher MD Centennial Pediatrics Olteanu, Alina MD Whole Child Texas Oved, Kfir MD All Star Pediatrics Piga, Naomi MD Piga Primary Care Associates Saleha, Khanum MD Healing Care Pediatrics Shridharan, Lata MD Natural Pediatrics Smith, Chad MD Centennial Pediatrics Terry, Stacy MD Best Nest Pediatrics

Garland

Jain, Sonal MD MD Kids Pediatrics McMillin, Kimberly MD Baylor Scott & White Family Medical Center Richards, Ylicia MD Pediatrics at Murphy Road

Grand Prairie

Abitoye, Omolara MD Acclaim Pediatrics Anwar, Ayesha MD Pediatric Center of Grand Prairie Saleem, Mariam MD Rainbow Children’s Clinic Abitoye, Omolara MD Acclaim Pediatrics

Grapevine

Ghaffar, Faryal MD Dallas Pediatrics and ID Associates Hopkins, Eric MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Grapevine “Dr. Hopkins is the epitome of a caring physician. He has a big smile for his little patients, explaining to them what he is doing, allowing the child to ask him questions. He is always smiling and has great jokes to put the kids at ease. He also compliments the parents of the wonderful job they are doing with their child. It feels good to know that

—Lucy, Coppell

Shori, Vanita MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Grapevine “We’ve had many great experiences with Dr. Shori since the birth of our daughter last summer. I’ve called for same-day appointments three times and each time I was able to get in. She has always made me feel comfortable and has made herself approachable to us as first time parents. Additionally, she has never made us feel like our concerns are not valid and thus has empowered us to parent with her support. This has made for the ideal parent-pediatrician partnership.” —Kelsey, Grapevine

Hurst

Coutoumanos, Julia MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Hurst “Our children love Dr. Coutoumanos. Her bedside manner is amazing and she speaks directly to my children, which they appreciate. She is patient, kind and very approachable. My kids feel like they can talk to her. I appreciate that when my children need to see a doctor, I can always get them in within a few hours. The nursing and office staff are also amazing, warm and smiling.” —Niki, Hurst Harston, Melanie DO Cook Children’s Pediatrics Hurst “Dr. Harston is very caring about her patients. She takes the time she needs with them to not only check their physical body, but also to listen to their hearts. She’s a very nurturing physician, and I would take my child no other place than to Dr. Harston.” —Melissa, Roanoke Karimi, Shams MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Hurst “Since they were babies, Dr. Karimi has always taken fantastic care of my two children. The clinic is always available for emergencies, and the staff fantastic.” —Nicole, Watauga Lopez, David DO Cook Children’s Pediatrics Hurst “Dr. Lopez has been my pediatrician for the past 9 years. He always makes sure you understand what he is doing before he actually gives your kiddos shots or treatments.” —Mercedes, Colleyville

Nash, Lisa MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Hurst “Dr. Nash is so kind and takes time to listen to all of our questions. I trust her opinion, and I’m so glad she explains everything so I know what is going on.” —Morgan, Burleson Saksena, Prem MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Hurst “Dr. Saksena cares a lot and understands the babies’ mentality and psychology. She gels quickly with

the babies and gets their checkup done easily.” —Neha, Fort Worth

Keller

Garza, Sara MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Keller Parkway “Dr. Garza never dismisses your concerns. She checks out everything to make sure my sons are healthy. I never have to worry.” —Closhell, Fort Worth Gomez, Omar MD Kid Care Pediatrics Hampton, Catherine DO Cook Children’s Pediatrics Keller Parkway “Dr. Hampton’s been our pediatrician for over 10 years. I have children with special needs and she is always patient and thoughtful even on the busiest of days. She is kind and shows genuine care and concern for each of my children. I feel extremely fortunate to have her as a pediatrician for my children. My only hope is that she will have an opportunity to train up the next generation of doctors. We need more like Dr. Hampton.” —Monica, Fort Worth Matlock, Kimberly MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Keller Parkway “We have been seeing Dr. Matlock for over eight years now. She has not only been my three biological kids’ doctor, but also opened her door to all of the foster kids that come to my home. She speaks to us with knowledge and passion at every visit. I always have more than one kid in tow and she talks to each child whether it’s their appointment or not and makes them feel special. Two months ago she called me personally from her cell to give an update I needed for my foster baby. She is truly exceptional!” —Amy, Fort Worth McKane, Michelle MD Kid Care Pediatrics Selzer, Anji MD Kid Care Pediatrics, Terk, Jason MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Keller Parkway “Dr. Terk is very kind, professional, knowledgeable and never has a long wait. Follow up is thorough and reliable.” —Kristi, North Richland Hills Terrell, Amani MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Keller Parkway “We have seen Dr. Terrell since my daughter had her very first doctor’s appointment at 4 days old—she is almost three now. She is personable, kind and has a great way of making parents and children feel at ease. I can ask her the craziest mommy questions and she never judges or makes me feel like any question is a silly question. We recently moved farther away, and we still drive to see her. She will also be the doctor for my son who dfwchild.com / 2019

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P E D I AT R I C I A N S

is due in March. I would recommend her to anyone!” —Rachel, Azle

Lake Worth

Jain, Rashmi MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Lake Worth “Dr. Jain is amazing with both my kids and great at explaining everything. She’ll always take your concerns seriously and explains everything where it’s easy to understand.” —Maryann, Fort Worth

Little Elm

Bridgewater, Erin MD Centennial Pediatrics

Mesquite

Allam, Fatma MD Mesquite Children’s Clinic Lacey, Julian MD Baylor Scott & White Health Center

Midlothian

Joslin, Shirley MD Baylor Scott & White Family Medical Center Tomberlin, Julie MD Julie Tomberlin MD

Murphy

Katz Lestz, Leslie MD Centennial Pediatrics

Abel, Shawn MD Baylor Scott & White Pediatrics

Mansfield

Limbensen, Joahanna MD Baylor Scott & White Pediatrics

Daniels, Clive MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Mansfield “Dr. Daniels is one of the best in Dallas-Fort Worth. He is calm, patient, thorough, great with kids and very knowledgeable about every age and stage. He remembers the littlest detail about them— like the fact that my 3-year-old vomits up liquid medicine—before I have to remind him. We are so thankful to have Dr. Daniels for our pediatrician.” —Becky, Mansfield Joki, Melvin MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Mansfield “Dr. Joki is very kind and gentle, and my son always feels at ease when he visits with him. Also, he always answers all of our questions. We love Dr. Joki!” —Janie, Arlington Mann, Robert MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Mansfield “Dr. Mann has the best bedside manner. My girls adore him, and so do I!” —Sylvia, Mansfield

Plano

Richardson

Henderson, Allison MD Allison Henderson MD Pediatrics Lin, William MD Office of Dr. William Lin

Ruiz-Yedwab, Beatriz MD Office of Dr. Ruiz-Yedwab

Gair, Ashley MD West Plano Pediatrics

Richland Hills

Hebbur, Malini MD Village Pediatrics Herrera, Monica MD Windhaven Pediatrics Hidalgo, Hector MD Trinity Pediatrics Katz, Scott MD Plano Pediatrics Le, Janet MD Willow Bend Pediatrics

Subramanian, Kalaimani MD Tarrant Community Pediatric

Rockwall

Drake, Casey MD Pecan Tree Pediatrics Ewert, Anne MD Pear Pediatrics Pascoe, Rana MD Pediatric & Adolescent Specialists of Rockwall Sonnen, Gregory MD Pediatric & Adolescent Specialists of Rockwall

Southlake

Mehendale, Kimberly MD Willow Bend Pediatrics

Knapp, Roger MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Southlake “Dr. Knapp is always very friendly, knowledgeable and willing to explain things. Great with the little ones!”

Merchant, Rhonda MD Legacy Pediatrics

Trophy Club

Messner, Julie DO Pediatric Specialists of Plano Mix, Angela DO West Plano Pediatrics

Rosales, Marisa MD ABC Pediatrics

Mohiuddin, Ovais MD Honey Pediatrics

Smith, Christine MD Stonebridge Pediatrics

Okammor, Chioma MD Village Pediatrics

Smith, Kelley MD All About Children Pediatrics

Seibert, Lori MD North Dallas Pediatric Associates

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Chowning, Scott MD Prosper Pediatrics

Eastman, George MD George Eastman Pediatrics

Rodrigues, Steven MD ABC Pediatrics

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Prosper

Poole, Julie MD Poole Pediatrics

McGonnell, Chris MD Forest Lane Pediatrics

Reyes, Paul MD Stonebridge Pediatrics

Wong, Jenelle MD Pediatric Specialists of Plano

Dickschat, Diana MD Forest Lane Pediatrics

McKinney

Eley, Cheryl MD Children’s Choice Pediatrics

Wiener, Sharon MD Pediatric Offices at Willow Bend

Naidoo, Randy MD Shine Pediatrics

McDonald, Russell MD Plano Pediatrics

Dollins, Kathleen MD Stonebridge Pediatrics

Smith, Jeanette MD Pediatric Associates of Plano

Berkowitz, Jeffrey MD Pediatric Specialists of Plano

Wallace, Erin MD USMD Pediatrics

Alvis, Jeffrey MD Stonebridge Pediatrics

Sickler, Susan MD Willow Bend Pediatrics

—Nicole, Allen

Smith, Justin MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Trophy Club “Being in health care myself, I would say I’m pretty picky when it comes to providers caring for my children. I have been thoroughly impressed with Dr. Smith; from the time you call the office for an appointment until you check out, Dr. Smith and his staff are truly amazing. Dr. Smith takes the time with his patients, provides education and best practices while caring for your children. We couldn’t be happier with Dr. Smith—so happy to have found such an amazing pediatrician!” —Rachel, Roanoke


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Waxahachie

Linguist, Peggy MD Hope Clinic

Willow Park

Arnaout, Diane MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics “Dr. Arnaout is incredible. Aside from being knowledgeable and always up-to-date on the latest research, she’s simply kind and personable. She takes the time to listen to everyone in the room— parents and kids. You never feel rushed and you never feel like you’re wasting her time. I trust her advice, and I trust her with my kids. She’s a part of the ‘village’ that it takes to raise my kids and I’m glad for it.” —Donna, Aledo Martin, Devona MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Willow Park “Dr. Martin is passionate about helping parents care for their children. I have never felt judged for my decisions and always feel empowered even when my child is sick or hurt. She is passionate about her vocation. Dr. Martin not only spends time speaking to me, but also my boys. She helps them understand, at their levels, what is going on. Dr. Martin even takes time to say a geniue hello when she sees us around town. She is exceptional!” —Elizabeth, Aledo

Wylie

Khouri, Grace MD Pediatric Associates of Wylie Lanman, Nicole MD Pediatric Associates of Wylie Pecson, Grace MD Pecan Tree Pediatrics

PULMONOLOGY

Coppell

Georgulas, Anne MD Dr. Anne Pediatrics

Corinth

Dutton, Karri MD Corinth Family Medicine & Pediatrics

is very thorough and works to find the underlying cause of symptoms without trying to push unnecessary meds. He also tries to explain the ‘whys and hows’ to parents, not just as a doctor, but also a teacher. On top of all that, he also has a great sense of humor!” —Courtney, Corinth Goff, David MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics South Denton “Dr. David Goff is one-of-a-kind. He was my husband’s pediatrician as a child. He cares and takes pride in his job. If it wasn’t for him, we may have never known our 2-yearold had cancer until it was too late. He is a blessing to our family and I highly recommend him to everyone!” —Jeri-Lynn, Denton Jones, Carrie MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Denton “Dr. Jones is so sweet. She always takes the time to talk with you about your children, and anytime I have a concern she takes it seriously.” —Alexandra, Ponder Torrie, Susan MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics South Denton “Dr. Torrie always takes the time to listen. She is very compassionate, encouraging and understanding. She called us at home at 8am on a Saturday to see if our son was feeling better after a Friday office visit. I could not ask for a better pediatrician. Her office has Saturday hours, and her nurses and staff are kind and helpful when answering questions.” —Anna, Denton

Flower Mound

Arca, Sandra MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Flower Mound “Dr. Arca listens to your concerns and takes the time to answer your. She has a warm and welcoming personality, shares her personal experiences and makes the kids feel relaxed. I have no problem getting in to see her when needed, and her office staff is great at keeping in touch and following through.” —Elizabeth, Bedford

Dallas

Copenhaver, Steven MD Pediatric Pulmonary & Sleep Specialists Sah, Pravin MD Pediatric Pulmonary & Sleep Specialists

Denton

Adams, Amy MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Denton “In 12 years, Dr. Adams has never failed us as a provider. She is amazing, my son loves her too.” —Jennifer, Crum Day, Jeffrey MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics South Denton “Dr. Day does a great job establishing rapport with kids (and parents) and making them feel comfortable. He

Dhaliwal, Harminder MD Pediatric and Family Physicians Dhoot, Shrikant MD Pediatric Physicians Wisler, Carolyn MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Flower Mound “Fantastic bedside manner. Dr. Wisler has called us personally after hours and weekends to talk with us about our child’s medical issues (even when she’s not on call.) She always has appointments for a sick child, is at a convenient location and we always see our actual doctor.” —Crystal, Denton

Highland Village Sias, Tricia MD Kid’s First Pediatrics

Irving

Bhatt, Anand MD Baylor Scott & White Pediatrics Las Colinas Brown, Mary MD Clinical Pediatric Associates of North Texas Clifford, Susan MD USMD Las Colinas MacArthur Fowers, Michelle MD Baylor Scott & White Pediatrics Las Colinas Kay, Joan MD Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving Kurian, Darlene MD Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving Powell, Susan MD MacArthur Pediatrics, Irving Schleier, Sue MD Pediatric Center of Las Colinas

Lewisville

Peak, Sandra MD Cook Children’s Pediatrics Lewisville “Dr. Peak has the most exceptional bedside manner. She sits with you and listens to your concerns without making you feel judged or pressured to hurry the appointment. She’s very positive and reassuring when it comes to wel-checks or sick appointments. I have recommended Dr. Peak several times and will continue to do so because she is a doctor who actually cares for her patients and their families.” —Melissa, Coppell

Plano

Lie, Haw MD Office of Dr. Lie

RHEUMATOLOGY

Fort Worth

Guirola, Ricardo MD Cook Children’s Rheumatology Clinic “Dr. Guirola is warm, caring and vested in his patients. He always has a smile on his face, and calls [you] himself when he feels the information is important. He becomes an expert on your child and all of her conditions.” —Vanessa, Mansfield

URGENT CARE

Dallas

Karr, Nick MD Sinai Urgent Care

UROLOGY

Plano

Nosnik, Israel MD Cook Children’s Urology dfwchild.com / 2019

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7 TIME

Jeffrey D. Holt, DDS, MS

WINNER

Pediatric Dentistry A board certified specialist in Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry, Jeffrey Holt is the founder of KidsDental, a favorite of both kids and parents alike in the Dallas area. Dr. Holt has strategically changed the way children experience dentistry by providing positive and exciting atmospheres custom designed with children’s needs in mind. Kid-friendly diversions like SuperSlide PlayScapes, video games, trendy music, cool light shows, and inviting colorful dental chairs equipped with DVD movies help keep each visit fun! With an emphasis on early childhood intervention, cosmetic restorative Pediatric Dentistry, and Orthodontics, Dr. Holt and his expert team focus on specialized and preventive dentistry during the growth and development years. A commitment to the highest level of quality care assures a healthy smile for life. Affiliations: American Board of Pediatric Dentistry; American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; American Dental Association; Texas Dental Association; Dallas County Dental Society; Greater Dallas Society of Pediatric Dentists; former Clinical Director and Professor, Baylor College of Dentistry and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Board Certified: Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry DallasChild Mom-Approved: 2012–2018

Plano: North Dallas Tollway @ Parker 972-378-5437 Carrollton: Hebron @ Josey 972-394-2140 kidsdentalonline.com

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ORAL HEALTH

fast facts & surprising statistics COMPILED BY DFWCHILD EDITORS

WORST FOODS

A CHILD CAN EAT FOR GOOD ORAL HYGIENE

HOW MUCH TOOTHPASTE? ≤ 3 YRS: GRAIN OF RICE

≥ 4 YRS: PEASIZED

MO S T C H I L D R E N

SODA

BEGIN TREATMENT

WITH BRACES

JUICE

SOURCES: COLGATE ORAL CARE CENTER; AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY; CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF WISCONSIN; DELTA DENTAL

DRIED FRUIT

POTATO CHIPS

WHICH BABY TEETH ARE THE FIRST TO GO? LOWER CENTRAL INCISORS (FRONT TWO BOTTOM TEETH).

BET WEEN AGES

8 & 14

ON AVERAGE, THE TOOTH FAIRY PAYS $5.70

CRACKERS

ICE CUBES

FOR THE FIRST TOOTH, AND $4.13 FOR THE REST.

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BANKING ON BABY TEETH

what do my child’s baby teeth contain for their future? WORDS KAMBRY RUBY

N

© ISTOCK

ine-year-old Evangeline was at the dentist to have two baby teeth removed before her braces could be put on the following week. Her mom, Michelle Warren, wasn’t asking the dentist to give the teeth back — so that they could be placed under Evangeline’s pillow for the tooth fairy.

No, the Fort Worth mom came to the office with a kit where the teeth would be placed, which would be picked up by a courier and sent to a lab. Warren is banking her daughter’s baby teeth because the living dental pulp inside those teeth contains stem cells. And banking these cells is becoming a growing trend. You’re likely familiar with the concept of banking. You were probably asked if you wanted to store the stem cell-rich umbilical cord blood if you gave birth in a hospital or birthing center. Well, those same stem cells that exist in cord blood have also been found in a variety of

human tissues such as bone marrow, fat and baby teeth too— good for parents who missed the boat on banking their child’s cord blood. Stem cells are essentially biological wild cards. Research shows that stem cells harvested from baby teeth may have the potential to be manipulated into a variety of cells to repair damaged teeth, induce the regeneration of bone or restore damaged or malfunctioning cells and help treat future cancers, diabetes, heart disease and neural conditions like Parkinson’s, depending on ongoing technology and medical advancements. Think of it this way: The stem cells in dfwchild.com / 2019

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“STORING DENTAL STEM CELLS IS ESSEN­ TIALLY A BET AGAINST FUTURE PROBLEMS.

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baby teeth might hold the key to a lifesaving treatment in your child’s adulthood. And according to the National Institutes of Health, stem cells remain one of the most promising frontiers in medical research. “Dental stem cell preservation offers an abundance of benefits for a patient’s future,” says Dr. Maxwell Finn, who is licensed in both dentistry and medicine and practices at Oral Surgery Associates of North Texas in Dallas. “Because research and technology are advancing so rapidly, it’s a worthwhile investment.” In a University of Pennsylvania study published last year, stem cells from baby teeth were used to help regrow tissue in permanent teeth that had been injured. Despite this exciting potential, however, some experts say it’s premature to consider dental pulp stem cells as a source to replace or regenerate other tissue. To collect dental stem cells, a dentist must extract the baby tooth when it starts to get wiggly (which takes some of the fun out of the process for kids) and then prep it with materials from a special kit provided by the chosen stem cell bank, where it’s sent and cryogenically frozen until it’s needed. Initial processing fees range from $475 to nearly $2,000 plus annual storage fees of $99 or more. So do the potential benefits of preserving your child’s baby teeth justify the expense?

With dental stem cells, you have at least 24 chances (that’s the number of baby teeth plus wisdom teeth) to gather cells that can potentially be transformed into other cells, including cardiac, muscle, bone, cartilage, nerve and fat tissue. Though research is ongoing and the future looks promising, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve the use of dental stem cells in any medical procedure. Advocates, however, are hopeful that the successes with umbilical cord stem cells will hasten the approval process for dental stem cell therapies in the next several years. At this point, “storing dental stem cells is essentially a bet against future problems,” Finn says. Which might be an advantage for young people today, who are projected to have life spans of 100-plus years. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents talk to their pediatric dentist about dental stem cell banking. Then if you’re interested, read up on all your options to find the one that best fits your needs and budget. That’s what Warren did. She and her husband opted out of banking the umbilical cord blood when Evangeline was born because of the expense. “And I regretted it almost immediately,” she admits. “Diabetes runs in my family. By banking Evangeline’s dental stem cells, I feel like I’m giving her biological insurance for her future.”

ILLUSTRATION BY MEREDITH MOSSHART

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ORAL HEALTH mom-approved dentists COMPILED BY DFWCHILD EDITORS

FAMILY DENTISTRY

Allen

Toney, David DDS David Toney DDS

Bedford

Vartikar, Prachi DMD Nirvana Dental

Carrollton

Kasper, Kathleen DDS, PA Kathleen A. Kasper, DDS, PA

Colleyville

Metzger, Keith DDS Keith Metzger, DDS and Associates

Dallas

Leftwich, Jay DDS Jay Leftwich, DDS Mentesana, Carl DDS Carl Mentesana DDS Ombrello, Jill DDS Central Dentist

Denton

Wilkinson, Matt DMD Smile Fort Worth

Frisco

Wong, Brian DDS Stonebriar Dental

Garland

Musso, Mark DDS Musso Family Dentistry Musso, Mike DDS Musso Family Dentistry

Lewisville

Capehart, Chris DDS Capehart Dental Pham, Kathleen DMD Excel Dentistry

Mansfield

Hansen, Kyle DDS Orchard Family Dental

McKinney

Sieng, Jamie DDS JS Family Dental

Tran, Susan DDS Denton Smiles Dentistry

Thompson, Ryan DDS Thompson Dental

Fort Worth

Murphy

Batton, Robert DDS Smile Fort Worth Cole, Stacy DDS Clear Fork Healthy Dental Care Cook, William DDS Cook and Cordell III, DDS Harlin, Justin DDS Smile Fort Worth Laska, Justyna DDS Justyna S. Laska, DDS, PC Mehta, Salil DDS Fresh Dentistry

Glazer, Brittaney DDS Glazer Family Dentistry

North Richland Hills Bohannan, Roger DDS Bohannan Dentistry

Dillard, Douglas DDS, MBA Woodland Hills Dental Robb, Mary DDS Mary Robb, DDS

Pantego

Shah, Prachi DDS South Arlington Dental Care

Plano

Barfield, Rick DDS 1st in Smiles

Richardson

Chang, Hank DDS Flossmore Dental

Rockwall

Koetter, Brigette DDS Dental Professionals of Rockwall

Royse City

Davong, Andy DDS Fate Family Dental

Saginaw

Libling, Jennifer DDS Brush Dentistry Walsh, Lindsey DDS Brush Dentistry

Southlake

Frank, Angelica DDS Southlake Family Dental Care Thomas, Preetha DMD Enclave Dental

Westworth Village

Murrey, Ashley DDS Westworth Village Family Dentistry

Wylie

Cantrell, Sarah DDS Cantrell Family Dentistry Guardiola, Lonnie DDS Maxwell Creek Family Dentistry

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

Allen

Hunter, Jessie DDS Allen Pediatric Dentistry Rowold-Garciamendez, Lisi DDS Kids Pediatric Dentistry dfwchild.com / 2019

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DENTISTS

Arlington

Ferguson, Stephanie DDS Park Place Pediatric Dentistry Gharraph, Sam BDS, DDS Kidzania Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Witte, John DDS John B. Witte, DDS, PC

Burleson

Laborde, Elizabeth DDS Burleson Pediatric Dentistry Walton, Chris DDS Burleson Pediatric Dentistry

Cedar Hill

Martin, Ashla DDS Kids @ Heart Pediatric Dentistry

Carrollton

Holt, Jeffrey DDS, MS Kids Dental “Dr. Holt is amazing! The first time we saw him, my 3-year-old needed extensive dental work done, and I was super nervous about her being under IV sedation. He sat down with me and talked me through everything, including trying to find other options to avoid IV sedation. Dr. Holt spent at least 45 minutes talking with me and answered all my questions. He’s so gentle and patient with even the littlest of patients. Both my kids see him, and only him. He also has a playground built inside of the office! The kids get to pick a movie to watch during all appointments and they get to pick a prize after their appointments. The office is truly geared towards kids. I wish Dr. Holt could be my dentist! He truly is young at heart and loves kids.” — Joanna, Carrollton

Colleyville

Ta, David DDS Pediatric Dentistry of Colleyville

Coppell

Louca, Sonia DDS Coppell Dentistry for Kids Rozas, Melissa DDS Melissa Rozas, DDS “I drive from Cedar Hill to Coppell so my child can see Dr. Rozas. My son has been [a patient there] since age 3. He is not afraid—he loves the office! They are professional and efficient, and Dr. Rozas treats my child like her own. The staff goes the extra mile to make sure 32

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we are satisfied. One time, the office was running late and they gave us a gift card just for waiting. They didn’t have to do it, but they’re thoughtful and kind, which I appreciate. The office is also centered around children, even the bathroom. I appreciate all they do.” —Trina, Cedar Hill

Dallas

Colter, J. Diane DDS All About Kids Dentistry Garza, Ronald DDS, MS Ronald Garza Pediatric Dentistry Harrington, Erik DDS Preston Hollow Pediatric Dentistry, Texas Dentistry for Kids “Highest quality of care available. He is patient, gentle, and has a beautiful office. Dr. Harrington treats all types of patients—from the youngest to the most disabled.” —MK, Dallas

Holly, Lara DMD Children’s Dentistry of North Dallas Kim, Fred DDS, DMD Children’s Dental & Orthodontics Kogut, Mark DDS, MSD myKIDSdds Lindley, Anne DDS Preston Hollow Pediatric Dentistry, Texas Dentistry for Kids “Dr. Lindley is very friendly to my children and helped make their first dental experience easy. We will continue to receive our care with her.” —Alicai, Dallas Rapolla, Allen DDS Texas Dentistry for Kids Dr. Rapolla practices from the heart. He is very caring, gentle and understanding. My kids love him! —Petra, Dallas Villaseñor, Alex DDS, MS myKIDSdds

Flower Mound

Duffy, Debra DDS Debra Duffy, DDS, PA “Dr. Duffy’s office is very kid friendly. From a tree slide in the waiting room, to the large stuffed animals in the dental rooms, the jungle theme is carried into every part of the office. While kids wait, there’s a movie room where they can watch a movie and coffee, soft drinks and water for the parents.

There’s even a massage chair to relax in! After the dental procedure, kids can play in the arcade room and pick a surprise while parents talk to the dentist and make payments. To show her patients how much she cares about them, Dr. Duffy hosts an annual Jungle Jam Patient Appreciate Day with bounce houses, slides, food and drinks, balloon artists, a petting zoo, and a mini train. She and her staff are great with the kids ... they make them feel comfortable. For my 3 boys, going to the dentist has been a fun event!” —Shama, Flower Mound

Wickersham, Tom DDS Dental Care 4 Kids

Fort Worth

Beville, R. Nelson DDS Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry Church, Austin DDS Preece, Church and Associates Pediatric Dentistry Gold, Elizabeth DDS, MS Legacy Pediatric Dentistry McAnthony, Bridget DDS Dr. Bridget McAnthony, DDS Morrow, Jack DDS, MSD Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry Preece, Stan DDS Preece, Church and Associates Pediatric Dentistry Warcup, Justin DDS North Texas Smiles Zimmerman, Jason DDS, MS Children’s Dental Services of Texas

Frisco

Doan, Dana DDS Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Lalani, Zarmin DDS, MS Discovery Kids Pediatric Dentistry McClure, Jon DDS McClure Pediatric Dentistry Mitchell, Laura DDS Frisco Mini Molars Pediatric Dentistry Rubin, Paul DDS Frisco Kids Dentistry Shir, Solmaz DDS, CAGS Sheer Smiles Pediatric Dentistry


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Garland

Talaiver, Julie DDS Firewheel Dentistry for Kids

Grand Prairie

Anwah, Joseph DDS The Kid’s Dentist Chen, Yi-Ju DDS The Kid’s Dentist Tak, Yoon DDS Grand Prairie Children’s Dentistry Velasquez, Lina DDS The Kid’s Dentist

Irving

Joseph, Elizabeth DDS Irving Kids Dentist

Keller

Hoffman, Jeffrey DDS Just for Kids Dentistry

Lewisville

Fox, Sandra DDS Lewisville Kids Dentistry Nelson, Lauren DDS Lewisville Kids Dentistry

Mansfield

Hamilton, Randy DDS iKids Pediatric Dentistry Wright, Danny DDS Pediatric Dentistry of Mansfield

Mesquite

Harrington, Erik DDS Texas Dentistry for Kids Reader comment listed in Dallas Lindley, Anne DDS Texas Dentistry for Kids Reader comment listed in Dallas Rapolla, Allen DDS Texas Dentistry for Kids Reader comment listed in Dallas

Midlothian

Jaynes, Jeffrey DDS Jeffrey C. Jaynes, DDS Judd, Catherine DDS Office of Dr. Catherine Judd McDougal, Sandra DDS Plano Pediatric Dentistry Ryan, Patrick DDS Grin Pediatric Dentist Smith, Nathifa DDS Teeth R’ Us Children’s Dentistry

Richardson

Harrington, Erik DDS Texas Dentistry for Kids Reader comment listed in Dallas Hutcheson, Candice DDS Children’s Dental Specialist Lindley, Anne DDS Texas Dentistry for Kids Reader comment listed in Dallas Rapolla, Allen DDS Texas Dentistry for Kids Reader comment listed in Dallas Simpson, Harold DDS Children’s Dental Specialists

Roanoke

Lantzy, Mark DDS Lantzy Children’s Dentistry

Rockwall

Chou, Jennifer DDS The Smiley Tooth Pediatric Dental Specialists Morgan, Benjamin DDS, MS Rockwall Pediatric Dentistry

Southlake

Armstrong, Sandra DDS Giggles and Grins Pediatric Dentistry Watts, Amy DDS, MS Giggles and Grins Pediatric Dentistry

Cestari, Shannon DDS Dentistry for Children

Sunnyvale

North Richland Hills

Terrell

Cremer, Jody DDS Dr. Jody Cremer, DDS

Plano

Holt, Jeffrey DDS, MS Kids Dental Reader comment listed in Carrolllton

Preece, Anya DDS, PSM Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry

Harrington, Erik DDS Texas Dentistry for Kids Reader comment listed in Dallas Lindley, Anne DDS Texas Dentistry for Kids Reader comment listed in Dallas

Rapolla, Allen DDS Texas Dentistry for Kids Reader comment listed in Dallas

Wylie

Kresevic, Valeria DDS Angel Smile Pediatric Dentistry

ORTHODONTICS Coppell Bailey, Luke DDS, MSD Bailey Orthodontics Henao, Anabella DDS Bliss Orthodontics Martin, Benjamin DDM Martin Orthodontics

Dallas

Elvebak, Bryan DDS, MS Elvebak Orthodontics Ortega, AJ DMD, MS White Rock Orthodontics

Flower Mound

Habern, Michael DDS Habern Orthodontics Machado, Irelia DDS, MS Smiles For Life Orthodontics

Frisco

Greenberg, Greg DDS RX Smile

Grand Prairie

Alolabi, Mohamad DDS, MS Solar Dental and Orthodontics

Grapevine

Robinson, Paul DMD Robinson Orthodontics

McKinney

Lofgren, Trent DDS, MS McKinney Orthodontics

North Richland Hills

Delgado, Michael DDS, MS Delgado Orthodontics

Plano

Issa, Omar DDS, MS Issa Orthodontics Jensen, James Dean DDS James Dean Jensen, DDS, MS, PA Jones, Tamara DDS, MSD Willow Bend Orthodontics dfwchild.com / 2019

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WHOLE HEALTH & WELLNESS fast facts & surprising statistics COMPILED BY DFWCHILD EDITORS

STUTTERING OCCURS MOST F R E Q U E N T LY BETWEEN AGES 2 A N D 6. B OY S A R E THREE TIMES M O R E L I K E LY TO STUTTER THAN GIRLS.

PLAY THERAPY TOOLS COMMONLY USED

A BACKPACK SHOULD WEIGH

NO MORE THAN 10%

DOLLS

OF A CHILD’S BODY WEIGHT.

OF CHILDREN

SOURCES: AMERICAN ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY; AMERICAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION; AMERICAN SPEECH LANGUAGE HEARING ASSOCIATION; CENTER FOR PLAY THERAPY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS; CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

DOLLHOUSES

5% OF CHILDREN HAVE NOTICEABLE SPEECH DISORDERS BY FIRST GRADE

DOCTOR ROLE-PLAY KITS

HAVE NOISE-INDUCED

HEARING LOSS

STRESS SIGNS

ART SUPPLIES

IN CHILDREN: DRESS-UP COSTUMES HEADACHES AND STOMACHACHES

CHANGE IN APPETITE

WETTING THE BED

TROUBLE WITH SCHOOLWORK dfwchild.com / 2019

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W H O L E H E A LT H + W E L L N E S S

SILENT SUFFERERS

when parents have a substance addiction, kids face trauma WORDS HEATHER DUGE

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ailer Simmons doesn’t think about alcohol and drugs all the time. No, when the little girl from North Oak Cliff is participating in one of her favorite pastimes like dancing or singing, she doesn’t think about those things at all. But when she’s home, alcohol and drugs creep into her thoughts often. “When is Daddy coming home?” she asks her mother. Sailer’s daddy has struggled with substance abuse since his little girl’s birth. Louise Simmons, Sailer’s mom (names changed for privacy), knew that addiction ran in her now ex-husband’s family even before she married him. “I had the misperception that because I was aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol, I was educated and we had a certain socioeconomic status, we were safe,” Simmons reveals. “But that is wildly untrue. Addiction can impact anyone, regardless of their background.” Shortly after Sailer was born, Simmons discovered her husband wasn’t only struggling with an alcohol addiction but also with over-the-counter pills and medications prescribed by doctors, all of which he was unsuccessfully trying to hide from his family. These substances enslaved him, and she’d had enough. 36

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PARENTS ON DRUGS

One in three children goes home to a family member using drugs or alcohol daily. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, alcohol and drug use knows no age, gender, race, ethnicity or status when it comes to its victims. But those paying the biggest price for substance addiction are the children. “The use of drugs and alcohol monopolizes the motivation and attention for the parent,” says Dr. David Atkinson, medical director of the Teen Recovery Program at Children’s Health and assistant professor of psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “The child tends to be neglected because things that are naturally motivating for most people are not there for people using drugs and alcohol.” A parent who is an addict may have difficulty with emotional regulation and get overly

angry or overly sad, Atkinson says. These emotional elements contribute to a decreased ability to engage with their kids, discipline effectively and be an overall effective parent. “Many people think that if the addict would just stop drinking or using drugs, then everything would be OK,” says Emily Van Pelt, a licensed professional counselor supervisor at Southwest Clinical and Forensics in Dallas. “But it can’t be turned on or off [like a switch]. It’s a daily battle.” THE SIDE EFFECTS

Long term, children with parents who suffer from addiction have an increased incidence of academic problems, mental illness, criminal behavior and early use— and abuse—of the same substances that bind their parents. “Kids will pick up on something being wrong with the parent,” Atkinson explains. “Even if the parent can hide the substance use, they can’t hide all the consequences that go with it.” Some kids feel ashamed and keep the secret from others, causing them to isolate themselves socially, explains Vanessa M. Sanford, a licensed professional counselor supervisor and registered play therapist supervisor who specializes in addiction and families at Support System in Frisco. They may avoid going to events where a parent has to go, or lie that an absent family member is sick or traveling. Kids with parents who have an addiction feel like they live two separate lives—the embarrassing one in emotional upheaval at home and the façade they put on in front of others.


“[These kids] may sit at the lunch table at school and listen to friends talking about weekend plans or birthday parties and not contribute to the conversation because they’ve been trained not to share their home life,” Sanford says. Other kids blame themselves, thinking their bad grades, untidy room or poor behavior causes Dad to stay away for days at a time or their parents to fight. “Developmentally, kids can be egocentric, so oftentimes, they think it’s their fault,” says Erin Williams, a children’s counselor who previously worked in the Children’s Program at the Betty Ford Center in Irving, a prevention and education curriculum for kiddos with an addict in their lives. (The location closed in September.) These children feel insecure, frustrated and lonely as a result of the unstable environment at home. But they don’t know how to process these emotions and often act out; struggle with school; and experience anxiety, depression and sleeping issues. And then there are other kids who hide an unpredictable family life well. Sam McCage, manager of the behavioral health clinic in the psychology department at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, explains that these children may excel academically, behave well in class and participate in numerous extracurricular activities. But inside they harbor a tremendous amount of guilt and a sense that no matter what they do it’s never enough. “The kids quietly struggling often go unnoticed,” Williams says. “They don’t appear to be affected and aren’t helped.” It’s not uncommon for children of substance abusers to lose trust in all people who hold positions of power—teachers, grandparents and other wellmeaning adults. As the kids get older, meaningful relationships become harder to sustain, and instead these children seek out relationships in which the dynamics feel familiar—with people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, for instance, Williams cautions. There’s also the danger that they too might spiral into

the world of addiction since genetic and environmental factors affect who suffers from the disease. If it’s already in the bloodline and it’s being modeled at home, kids are frighteningly more likely to develop an addiction to a substance or substances.

the support they need

“She had never seen Dallas Al-Anon has a her dad drink fellowship of young Al-Anon alcohol or members ages 9–12 whose take pills, lives have been affected by so it was all someone else’s drinking. really confusPlano and Wylie; ing for her.” dallasal-anon.org Children The Recovery Resource dealing with Council offers the Sunshine addiction in Club, a 10-week program for their families ages 5–11, and Camp L4, a need help thrice yearly day camp—both just like the are designed to help at-risk addicts themyouth make healthy choices selves do. and stay drug-free. Locations They benefit in Dallas, Denton and Fort from talking Worth; recoverycouncil.org about their feelings in GETTING HELP therapy, with It’s our job as the parent not their school guidance counselor struggling with addiction to help or in a support group. them reclaim their childhood. Kids living with addiction “I realized that Sailer needed often forget their No. 1 job is to someone to help her talk about be a kid, Williams says. “Remind her feelings and understand addicthem that adult problems are not tion,” Simmons recalls. So she their problems.” enrolled her in a program at the Betty Ford Center facilitated by A LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY counselors who also grew up dealIf possible, experts advise removing ing with a loved one’s addiction. an addict from a home with kids— The program gave the but keeping them present, Van Pelt Simmonses age-appropriate says. “I recommend activities like phrases and key words to help talk creating a journal with letters and about addiction, and an instant pictures to give the parent when community of other families also [the child] sees him or her.” struggling with the disease. Sailer’s dad went into an inpa“It really helps kids undertient program and sober house stand anything they do or don’t in Minnesota. Her grandparents do will not change the disease have taken her to visit him, and he of addiction,” Simmons says. comes back to Texas to see her. “Whether they are making “Family recovery is so imporstraight A’s or if they are acting tant,” Williams explains. “If out at school, the addiction is everyone is in recovery, people are not about them.” much more likely to stay sober.” Experts agree that parents Keep in mind that a child’s should discuss addiction in a life won’t suddenly turn around casual, matter-of-fact way. Use when the addict gets into treatage-appropriate language to ment. The process is lengthy, demystify the disease. and children may still feel anxFor instance, you might comious and uncertain. pare alcoholism to diabetes when The road to recovery for explaining it to younger kids. Sailer means continued private Tell them that just as a diabetic therapy sessions and FaceTiming has to avoid sugar, an alcoholic with her dad. has to avoid alcohol or they’ll “I want her to know she is get sick. Tell kids the truth and loved by both of her parents, let them know what’s happening and we are all working to make to their loved one in therapies our family strong and safe,” and treatment. Also, talk frankly Simmons says. “I hope that now about their own predisposition she can develop life skills to deal to substance addiction given with stress and adversity as she their genetic makeup. grows up. I want her to have the “Sailer’s dad kept his addictools to grow into a healthy and tion hidden,” Simmons explains. confident young woman.” dfwchild.com / 2019

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WHOLE HEALTH & WELLNESS mom-approved counselors, therapists & alternative health practitioners COMPILED BY DFWCHILD EDITORS

ABA THERAPY

Richardson

Anderson, Raequael MS, BCBA, LPC, LBA Children’s Health Specialty Center Richardson

ACUPUNCTURE

Dallas

Guevara, Emily LAc, MAOM Acupuncture Juncture

ART THERAPY

Dallas

Morale, Beth LPC, ATR-BC Beth Morale, LPC, ATR-BC

CHIROPRACTIC

Addison

Gowin, Courtney DC Free to Be Chiropractic

Aledo

Parker, Michelle DC, CACCP, IBCLC The Chiropractic Place for Mommy and Me Goode, Darcy DC The Chiropractic Place for Mommy and Me

Allen

Castillo, Samuel DC Forever Wellness Family Chiropractic Francescangeli, Jaime DC Forever Wellness Family Chiropractic Harrison, Jonathon DC New Directions Chiropractic

Argyle

Bulkley, Emily DC Embrace Balance Family Chiropractic

Arlington

Dallas

Barnes, Charminae DC Charms of Care Chiropractic Berry, Stephanie DC Mother Me Chiropractic Gore, Autumn DC Cafe of Life Chiropractic Johnson, Sarah DC, Webster certified Next Level Chiropractic Katz, Brianne DC Uprise Chiropractic Meleski, Lexi DC Our Birthing Home Wellness Community Miller, Meier DC Restoration Dallas Chiropractic Stark Calaway, Erin DC, FICPA APEX Wellness Center Weber, Denisa DC Serving Life Chiropractic York, Meghan DC, CACCP Serving Life Chiropractic

Denton

Summers, Michelle DC Optimal Health Chiropractic

Fort Worth

Robinson, Lindsay DC Inner Light Chiropractic Scott, Mark DC Inner Light Chiropractic Garcia, Terry DC Inner Light Chiropractic

Frisco

Jackson, Nicole DC Venn Chiropractic and Wellness Center

Grapevine

Brown, Kelsey DC The Vine Family Chiropractic

Irving

Alvarado, Lauren DC Restoring Life Chiropractic

Price, Jamienne DC Mindful Chiropractic and Wellness

Burleson

Keller

Hosaka, Kristen DC Turning Point Wellness

Coppell

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Moore, Rachel DC Align My Spine

Mansfield

Adams, Jordan DC Calibration Chiropractic

Puente, Emily DC, CACCP Bridge Family Chiropractic

McKinney

Osterman, Lacey DC Invigorate Chiropractic Phelps, Shelby DC Illumin8 Chiropractic

Midlothian

Herron, Rianne DC, BS Peace of Life Chiropractic Lowery, Taryn DC, BS, AS Peace of Life Chiropractic

North Richland Hills Paeltz, Kara DC City Point Chiropractic Spurlock, Kyska DC Spurlock Chiropractic

Plano

Chin, Shannon DC Power & Life Family Chiropractic Mann, Jinna DC Family Health and Wellness of Plano Romanies, Jackie DC Dr. Matt’s Wellness Center Spector, Ashley DC Spector Chiropractic

Rockwall

Marzluff, Cassidie DC T3 Chiropractic Vogt, Jennifer DC T3 Chiropractic

Southlake

Porteus, Nikki DC, CACCP Renew & Restore Wellness

Willow Park

Londot, Heaven DC, Webster certified Heavenly Spines

Wylie

Blankenship, Meghan DC Whole Life Chiropractic

COUNSELING

Addison

Lozano, Rusty MEd, LPC, BCB, IMC Center for Biofeedback and Behavior Therapy


Frankie L. Burget, OTR/LC, LMT/MI, BCIM/P, CST, CNDT, SEP, CWE, CWD

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Occupational Therapy Frankie Burget, designated Mom-Approved since 2014, has been a registered licensed occupational therapist with lifetime certification, board certified in integrative medicine and pediatrics in the DFW Metroplex for over 30 years. Common diagnoses treated are lip/tongue tie, feeding problems, autism, ADD/ADHD, scoliosis, pre/post surgical pain, sensory processing disorders, fibromyalgia, infertility, pre/post pregnancy issues, TMJ, PTSD, torticollis, misshapen head, among others. 2700 Tibbets Dr., Ste. 402 Bedford, TX 76022 817-571-8135 windsongtherapy.com

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COUNSELORS, THERAPISTS & A LT E R N A T I V E H E A LT H P R A C T I T I O N E R S

Allen

Rockwall

Coppell

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Baldridge, Zach LPC Zach Baldridge Counseling Heiple, Lauren MA, LPC Community Counseling Associates Van Zant, Mark LPC Venture Counseling

Dallas

Beckloff, Dean LPC-S PhD Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center “Great atmosphere! Kids always seem to be enjoying themselves and thriving.” —Stephani, Dallas Bolanos, Gina MS, LPC-S Bolanos Counseling Services Campbell, Kittie MS, LPC Center for Social Success Carlson, Sarah PhD, LPC-S, RPT, RYT Mighty Oaks Counseling Feagin, Tiffany MA, LPC Magnolia Counseling Group Grisham, Zac LPC-S Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center “Zac goes above and beyond up create an atmosphere of acceptance for the kids.” —Charity, Little Elm Hood, Jarrod LPC Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center “I can’t express enough how taking my son to Jarrod Hood has changed our life. Jarrod is the real deal. He has helped us beyond belief—even as a family coping through various things. Jarrod is the perfect combination of relaxed, approachable, funny, compassionate and calm with great communication, sharp assessment skills— kids love him. We trust him and his direction explicitly. We feel blessed to have found him and would recommend him to any child or adolescent for counsel.” —Karen, Dallas Istre, Susan PhD, LPC-S, BCPC Center for Social Success Jones, Chris MA, LPC-I Center for Social Success Kertsburg, Kim LCSW Dallas Postpartum Support Leipold, Vera LPC Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center “Vera is supportive, patient and wonderful. Her quiet, persistent methods have made a world of difference for our teen!” —Melanie, Allen Lozano, Erin MEd, LPC-S, RPT-S Center for Social Success Van Zant, Mark LPC Venture Counseling

Shepherd, Natalie MS, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S Natalie Shepherd

Allen

Sanders, Crystal MOTR, SIPT Cert., CAS Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy, Allen Progressive Pediatric Therapy of Texas, Plano

Bedford

Burget, Frankie OTR/LC, LMT/MI, BCIM, BCIP, SEP, CST, CNDT Windsong Therapy “Frankie goes above and beyond and makes her babies a priority. She always finds an appointment and has helped my son so much. He has come so far. Frankie has magical healing hands.” —Ashley, North Richland Hills

Dallas

Civello, Ashley MA, OTR Theraplay Associates Fincannon, Natalie MOT, OTR Theraplay Associates Griffith, Courtney MOT, OTR Theraplay Associates

Fort Worth

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Southlake

Vilayvanh, Jenny LMSW PediaPlex

PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY

Allen

Kuehn, Jessica MA, LMFT Jessica Kuehn, LMFT, Allen and Rockwall

Plano

Oppenheimer, Rachel PsyD, LSSP Upside Therapy and Evaluation Center

SPEECH THERAPY

Coppell

Augustine, Molly MS, CCC-SLP Holland Speech & Consulting LLC Berry, Berkley MS, CCC-SLP Holland Speech & Consulting LLC Cato, Jamie MS, CCC-SLP Holland Speech & Consulting LLC

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Dallas

Doran, Hayley MS, SLP-CS Let’s Talk Speech Therapy

Dallas

Friedman, Laura MS, CCC-SLP Bloom Speech and Language Therapy

Pierson, Aaron PT, DPT, CFMT Pierson Physical Therapy Rogers, Bonnie MPT, SIPT Cert, IM Cert Integrative Pediatric Therapy “Excellent with kids, professional, kind and patient.” —Zarmin, Dallas

Harlin, Katie MS, CCC-SLP Harlin Speech Services Sullivan, Maggie MS, LSP-CS Let’s Talk Speech Therapy

PLAY THERAPY

Thornton, Lindsey SLP-CFY Speech Wings Therapy

Jordan, Courtney LPC Alliance Child & Family Solutions

Valenzuela, Bre’Anna MS, CCC-SLP Let’s Talk Speech Therapy

Arlington

Colleyville

Missimo, Christopher MA, NCC, LPC-Intern Psychological Services of North Texas

Dallas

McLaughlin, Laura LPC, RPT HeadFirst Counseling

Flower Mound

Taylor, Anastasia LCSW Alliance Child & Family Solutions

Prosper

Allen, Carrie MA, LPC Regal Oak Counseling LLC Brenner, Caroline PhD The Jones Center for Children’s Therapy

Allen

Flower Mound

Holman, Aisha LPC-S Holman Family Services

Mansfield

Pourchot, Hannah MS, CCC-SLP Holland Speech & Consulting LLC

McCoy, Jason MSW, LCSW-S, RPT-S Kaleidoscope Behavioral Health

Irving

McComas, Lacey MA, LPC Logos Counseling

Khammar, Susan OTR Cowtown Pediatrix Clinic

Villarreal, Valerie LPC Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center “My daughter has made great strides while ‘playing’ with Ms. Valerie. She loves going, and Valerie has been amazing.” —Jennifer, Forney Huffman, David PhD, LPC-S, RPT Guiding Compass Counseling

Keller

Trotter, Kay PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S Kaleidoscope Behavioral Health

Fort Worth Frisco

Cantu, Sara LPC-S, LMFT-A, RPT-S, CEDS-S Play Therapy with Sara Cantu Heath, Robi LPC Kid Talk Loseu, Sahar PhD, LPC, NCC Kid Talk

Willis, Courtney MS, CCC-SLP Speech Wings Therapy

Fort Worth

Rice, Cara MS, CCC-SLP Carter Therapy

Frisco

Ahmed, Amanda SLP Summit Speech Therapy Dana, Rebecca L. MS, CCC-SLP, PC, SIPT-C WalkEZ TalkEZ Fathima, Saba SLP Summit Speech Therapy Stoneman, Katie MS, CCC-SLP Frisco Speech & Language Therapy

Richardson

Burkink, Paige MS, CCC-SLP Callier Center for Communication Disorders at UTD

McCoy, Elizabeth MS, CCC-SLP Comprehensive Therapy Services

Southlake

Hudspeth, Hayley SLP PediaPlex


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WHAT IS A MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR? A Mom-Approved

Doctor is a health and wellness professional—be it a pediatrician, orthodontist, OB/GYN or family counselor—who has earned the trust, admiration and respect of parents. Local parents reached out to our magazine, recommended these providers and told us why. Whether it’s for their professional acumen, flexibility or gentle demeanor, these providers have impressed moms and dads like you who love their kids and care about their whole health. All of these health care professionals are licensed (if applicable) and were in good standing with their respective certification or examination boards at press time. 42

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WHAT MAKES MOMAPPROVED DOCTORS DIFFERENT? Each year various

publications come out with lists ranking area health care professionals. Often these providers are chosen not by patients and clients but by other providers. We think Mom-Approved Doctors are special because they’ve been nominated by the consumers: local moms and dads. These providers didn’t make it on our list by purchasing space in the magazine, and their inclusion doesn’t imply an endorsement by DFWChild. This is truly a parent-to-parent referral list. It is a labor of love for us. IS THE LIST EXHAUSTIVE?

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ing professionals who aren’t on the list because our readers didn’t pass on a recommendation. If you have a local health care provider you love, tell us. HOW DO I RECOMMEND A PROVIDER? DFWChild holds

four surveys a year for readers to nominate their favorite health care providers in the following categories: • Pediatricians, pediatric specialists and family doctors • Dentists and orthodontists • OB/GYNs, midwives and fertility specialists • Counselors, chiropractors and other wellness professionals Visit our website at dfwchild.com/ doctors to complete the current Mom-Approved Doctors survey. We ask that you leave comments telling us why you love this particular provider. Is it her empathy? Her listening and communication skills? Other parents want to know why you think this professional is special. Comments we publish will be edited for grammar and clarity. WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE MOMAPPROVED DOCTORS? The

full list of Mom-Approved Doctors with comments from the parents who recommended them can also be viewed online at dfwchild.com/doctors.

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