Pediatrician Recommendation

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  1. Jdarg

    Jdarg SoWal Expert

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    Unless your child has an ongoing medical condition that would require easy access to a pediatric unit (which we aren't close to anyway), why isn't it easier to opt for docs that practice close to home? It is very important to us that our doctor has privileges at the closest hospital, and that the doc office is a sane drive away when the kids are sick.

    I have to drive to Airport Rd. every other week for my youngest's allergy shot- what a PIA. I can't imagine doing that with young, sick kids for pediatrician visits. Believe me, I would kiss the feet of an allergist who would practice full time in South Walton- killing half a day for an office visit is for the birds.
     
  2. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    agreed. I used to drive to White Wilson because that was the closest - by far. and when my kid was that small of course I would drive that far any day that I needed to - and I did it quite often - even for just a cold just to rule out strep or whatever. Poor Dr Allen used to start showing me how to look all the way down the kids throat and what to look for, etc. I didn't listen. just kept driving over.

    I'm not very happy about some changes and growth happening to my little town over the years (some would say its progress). but having grocery stores and excellent medical facilities is growth we all appreciate.
     
  3. ShallowsNole

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    It's absolutely wonderful that there are now pediatricians, and other doctors, an ER, and a birth unit close to us. I would even consider Airport Road in Destin close! So much has changed since ShallowsSquirt came along. All my doctor's visits were in FWB...when I went into labor, I had the pleasure of being curled up in the back seat having contractions all the way to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (barely got there :blush:) and then his pediatrician was in FWB.

    Of course, I was used to it, because that's all we had ever known. But now I'm spoiled - except for my eye doctor (who has been my doctor since I was 12) and my gyn (who delivered Squirt), everybody else is out here.

    Oh yeah - 17 years later, Squirt's choice is Dr. Patrick Ferry. :D
     
  4. rblessed1031

    rblessed1031 Beach Lover

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    This has been a great thread. Thank you all again for voicing your opinions. We went with Susie Fitzharris' office and saw Dr. Viatore. Our reasoning is that they are close to the closest hospital and that would be the first place we would go in an emergency no matter what. Added with the fact that they hold spots each day to see sick kids sealed the deal. A friend of mine has a pediatrician that does not reserve spots for sick kids and she is frustrated much of the time. I love that they are close!
     
  5. Bobby J

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    I would have to go with Dr. Patrick Ferry! Master Brody loves him!:D
     
  6. Teresa

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    totally
     
  7. Allifunn

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    Dr. Ferry IS the best! :D Big heart and wonderful mind.
     
  8. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    and always goes out of his way for his patients. we're fortunate to have Doc Ferry in SoWal as a doctor, a friend and a person who contributes to his community in many ways - Mrs Doc the wifey too.:wub:
     
  9. olive

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    The pediatric care we received when we lived there was unparelled and I REALLY miss it! We still talk about how much we miss Dr. Ferry and Dr. Fitzharris. I have never received care like that and am a little afraid I never will again.
     
  10. goofer

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    :wave:


    Hi Olive. How is everyone doing ? Do you get back here at all ?
     
  11. olive

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    Hey Goofer! We are great. Having a ball up here in the big woods.

    We try to make it down every few months. Wa just there for the Songwriter's Festival. Would love to see you sometime, old friend!:wave:
     

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