[Parentsgroup-list] Holyoke Peds

Russel russel at amber.mgh.harvard.edu
Tue Jan 4 21:06:43 EST 2011


I am extremely happy with the HUHS pediatric group although I've switched both times to outside care for my OB care for my two pregnancies. Initially we had a bad experience with Dorrell with our son (overly concerned with weight loss in a 11.5 pound newborn!!! Insisting on formula which we refused) but I have since learned to appreciate her attention to derail and experience with v sick kids- she is unlikely to overlook anything! but she's not at all a hand holder.
I've recently met Lynch a few times and she's great.  Although I've been perfectly happy with Holzman when we've seen her, my partner doesn't like her so much- so I really think her manner rubs some the some way (though really not me-she is smart and competent in my opinion and I imagine all docs occasionally make mistakes). Our regular doctor for our two kids is Priver.
The only one I stay away from is nurse Brown - who I understand some really like- so the take home is it's very hard to know if you'll like someone until you meet them yourself.  Just like tastes in Movies, everyone has a different opinion.  I have found the trip to Harvard square very worth it and have appreciated their willingness to send us to the best specialists when needed (urologist early on for my son)  I think it's a great group.
Good luck and congrats
Sascha, mt to two under 4



On Jan 4, 2011, at 8:39 PM, Meredith Quinn <quinn at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> 
> I don't have experience with the UHS pediatricians because we have been taking our daughter to an outside pediatrician since she was born.  I wanted to make sure that everyone knew that this is an option with the student health insurance, though it is pricey.  We had been on my husband's insurance, but we continued to take her to the outside pediatrician even after switching to the Harvard student health insurance (her dr. is Jack Maypole at South End Community Health Center -- we adore him).  The insurance plan allows for a certain number of well-child visits each year (corresponding to the Am Academy of Pediatrics recommendations) as well as 10 sick visits.  The copay is high -- $35 -- and, obviously, there is a risk that 10 sick visits is not going to be enough.  It seems like there are some great options at UHS, but going outside is possible as well.
> 
> Meredith
> 
> On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 7:39 PM, Griffin, April Marie <April_Griffin at hms.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Regarding Dr Dorrell... The first few visits I felt she was not confident and was constantly checking her list of things to ask and seemed a little absent.  While she is quick in giving referrals to see specialists, I personally don't feel that comfortable with her.  She is a sensitive person (I didn't say doctor), but she can seem dismissive and sometimes it seems like she has her hand on the door to leave too soon. She has referred him to specialists which have been helpful sometimes, but I feel I've paid too many co-pays to specialists (Children's hospital) that weren't necessary. My son resisted potty training at 2.5years, and she prescribed high or adult dosages for multiple laxatives, syrups, etc DAILY...not for days but months, which turned to years, and delayed potty training because it was too traumatic until he could go on his own (her logic, but really you can't potty train somebody who is on so many laxatives, he has no sense of control). So many meds were toxic,
>  causing vomiting and dehydration, so I decided to change the regimen and she later agreed with me. But he still had to go to the ER a few times and it wasn't until 2 years later that she agreed with me that it wasn't physical (diet, allergies, etc) but psychological, which is what I said from day 1. So finally, at almost 5 years old, he is seeing a "poop psychiatrist" and starting potty training.
> Actually, expressing this makes me realize I should also change pediatricians. There is a lovely woman who we've seen several times, older with long hair and a lot of patience. Unfortunately I do not remember her name. Can anybody tell me who she is? My son warmed up immediately to her every time we've seen her.
> I will say overall I'm not satisfied with the limited pediatric care options with HUHS, as well as the necessary commute from Longwood for even a flu shot, but thats the reality of being a student parent with student health insurance. I took my son to Centre Pediatrics from birth until age 2, when I changed to HUHS insurance. They are at 1 Brookline Place and have an amazing caring professional practice, in case anybody is interested.
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> April Marie Griffin - Wayne Marasco Lab
> PhD Candidate, Harvard Medical School
> Cancer Immunology and AIDS
> Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber Cancer Institute
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> Subject: [Parentsgroup-list] Holyoke Peds Re: Parentsgroup-list Digest, Vol 733, Issue 4
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> Echoing concerns about the overreaction to jaundice --
> 
> I found it was helpful to ask them to show you where your baby was on the chart indicating normal range and at risk range -- while showing us on the chart they realized that our baby was within normal ranges so they stopped with the testing.  (stupid heel pricks)
> 
> We also found Dr Dorrell insensitive during conversations and exams.  (I also blamed it on hormones at the time.  But there will probably be hormones involved after the birth of any baby...)
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