As a new parent or new-to-the-area parent, finding reliable and trustworthy medical care for your little ones is among your most important decisions. So what style of care are you looking for? Pediatrician or Family Doctor? Laid back vs. strictly clinical? Old school or modern techniques? Big office vs. small shop? Traditional or modified vaccination schedule?... The comparisons are endless and every family’s needs are different. But one thing is certain: everyone wants is a medical professional they can trust to take careful responsibility for their child’s health and well-being – no matter what the needs may be.
Thankfully, here in Lamorinda, we have an array of pediatric care options that appeal to just about every family’s style. Often offices will let you schedule a new patient meet and greet before you formally join their practice. Insurance sites usually provide ratings and reviews of doctors in your network and within your area but here is the neighborly take on each of the top options in and around Lamorinda to get you started in your search:
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Pediatrician in Lamorinda
Lamorinda Pediatrics has a care team of 8 providers who offer traditional care with a family friendly feel. They have doctors on staff at both John Muir Medical Center and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and offer a complimentary prenatal meeting with one of their doctors to learn about the practice. They also offer same day and weekend appointments for acute illness. Some of the community ‘loves’ about Lamorinda Pediatrics are that the doctors are fabulous. Some of the community gripes are that they are fairly inflexible with dates and times because of the popularity of the practice.
Maria Steelman, MD runs a small practice offering an alternative to some of the larger offices in the area. The practice is a more laid back, offering a non-traditional atmosphere and alternative treatment options. Families rave about her and she seems to be easier to see as a sole practitioner and known to bring the families into the decision making process of her diagnosis and recommendations for care.
Pediatrician in Orinda
Summit Pediatric Medical Group is a team of 4 MDs with staff at Children’s Hospital Oakland, Alta Bates Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center. Summit Pediatrics offers a modern approach in a new office and is also well-loved by the community. Because the practice is small many parents seem comfortable letting any of the doctors see their children which opens up more possibilities with scheduling.
Olive Leaf Pediatrics is a concierge medical practice. The firm offers wholistic, family-centered care that is house call based. Membership is fee based and this means that third parties (insurance companies) are not involved in care decisions. Dr. Sherriff, also a mother, has an interesting background and is committed to one-to-one care for your children.
East Bay Pediatrics is a network of 10 pediatricians, ranging in experience levels, who run offices out of both Berkeley and Orinda. They tout fact that they offer a variety of care styles at their practice, so there is something for everyone. Parents are grateful that there’s and advice nurse on staff 24/7 and allow for drop in hours in the morning.
Lloyd Takao, MD offers patient-oriented care and flexible scheduling within his independent practice. He treats patients in Oakland, Orinda, Lafayette, Alameda, Berkeley, Moraga, Piedmont, Walnut Creek and the greater East Bay area.
If you need to expand your search outside of Lamorinda proper to find the right match for your child/children, please feel free to also consider a few popular care groups in Walnut Creek.
Pediatrician in Walnut Creek