The Trusted List of Favorite Kalamazoo Doctors and More
It’s a dilemma most of us have faced at one time or another.
We need to find a health care professional and don’t know where to start. Shortly after moving to Kalamazoo, my doctor retired and outside of asking a few mom friends, I had no idea where to begin my search for a primary care provider. And, just because a recommended doctor was best for a friend, it didn’t mean they were necessarily going to be a fit with our family and lifestyle.
A good relationship with your health care providers is essential when it comes to the health and well-being of your family.
With kids, the search for the best doctors has expanded: a pediatrician, an allergist, an orthodontist. The list goes on, but luckily, after a bit of trial and error, we’ve found doctors we want to keep forever.
If you are looking for a dentist or doctor, where do you start?
You start here. We’ve polled parents across Southwest Michigan to find the Kalamazoo area’s most beloved pediatricians, dentists, OB/GYN, and more. Read on to find your new favorite healthcare provider.
Technical Information on Voting Process
Earlier this year we asked our readers to nominate, then vote on the best family care providers in Southwest Michigan in several categories. Below you’ll find the TOP provider for each field, followed by the top nominees, all who received a significant number of reader votes.
It is also important to know that we only invite the top 5 providers to advertise in this guide. We did this so you can trust that every listing in this guide showcases one of the best local family care providers, based on KZOOKIDS’ reader votes.
(Please note that this content is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Users are advised to check the certification of any care providers listed below and consult their own medical doctors before proceeding with a care plan.)
Allergists for Kids in Kalamazoo
Having a child who deals with allergies or asthma can be a serious matter. It may take months to determine the cause of symptoms. If your family is looking for an allergy / immunology specialist, look no further. Here are the top Kalamazoo area allergists, according to our readers:
Voted Top Allergist for Kids
Dr. Michael Park at Park Allergy Center
More reader-recommended Allergists, in order of most votes:
1 – Park, Dr. Michael (Park Allergy Center)
2 – Lewis, Dr. Elena (Asthma Allergy Center)
3 – Reddy, Dr. Byra M. (Asthma Allergy Center)
4 – Dandamudi, Dr. Giri R. (Asthma Allergy Center)
5 – (TIE) Edara, Dr. Lokesh R. (Asthma Allergy Center)
5 – (TIE) Patel, Dr. Bhavisha (Asthma Allergy Center)
Kalamazoo Area Chiropractors for Children
Chiropractic care can help more than a sore back. For many parents, they seek a chiropractor’s assistance with digestive concerns, ear infections or headaches for their kids. Many find this care as a nice complement to their pediatrician’s help in treating childhood medical conditions. If a chiropractor is on your list to research, try this list of the top favorites in the area:
Voted Top Chiropractor
Dr. Kate Antoniotti at Antoniotti Chiropractic, LLC
Dr. Andy Boesky at Andy Boesky Chiropractic
More reader-recommended Chiropractors, in order of most votes:
1 – (TIE) Antoniotti, Dr. Kate (Antoniotti Chiropractic, LLC)
1 – (TIE) Boesky, Dr. Andy (Andy Boesky Chiropractic)
3 – Stull, Dr. Craig (Optimum Health Chiropractic)
4 – (TIE) Wiederhold, Dr. Jeff (Chiro Effect Chiropractic, LLC)
4 – (TIE) Messamore, Dr. Keith (Messamore Family Chiropractic)
Dentists for Families in Kalamazoo
Your child will have many milestones throughout life. Taking your baby to his or her first dental visit is one such milestone and sets up your child for healthy dental habits. Finding the right dentist for you children can lessen the anxiety they may experience when going to their checkup, especially when you know the dentist is well-loved and trusted by local families. Check out our readers’ favorite dentists for kids below.
Voted Top Dentist for Kids
Dr. Chuandi Wang at Dr. Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC
My son had always been afraid of going to the dentist, that is until we were lucky enough to find Dr. Wang. The entire team here has been absolutely amazing with him! The dental anxiety is gone and he actually enjoys getting to see all the happy faces!
- Tiffany T
A Note From Dr. Chuandi Wang's Office
We want to be leaders in our profession and community and be seen as the “THE GO-TO PLACE” for pediatric dental care. We will provide outstanding customer service and strive to exceed the expectations of every patient.
Our goal is to provide your child with the highest quality of dental care and the most positive dental experience possible. Dr. Wang is a female pediatric dentist in the Kalamazoo area who is board certified and a licensed specialist in dentistry for children. Some of our services include Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Sealants, Pediatric Crowns and routine dental cleanings. Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday or the eruption of their first tooth.
We are so excited to see you in our office!
Dr. Jody Wrathall at Portage Pediatric Dentistry, PLC
in practice with Dr. Jackie Hwang
Voted a Top Dentist in Southwest Michigan
Dr. Jody is a kind, compassionate, knowledgeable dentist. She understands children and their parents; she is dedicated to meeting the needs of the family as a whole, and that is truly priceless. We were also very impressed with the professionals she partners with to deliver exceptional care for in-office procedures requiring sedation. We would definitely recommend Portage Pediatric Dentistry to anyone looking for a children’s dentist.
A Note From Dr. Jody Wrathall's Office
The mission of Portage Pediatric Dentistry is to help our patients have a positive dental experience and outlook on their oral health. We welcome parents to be involved in all aspects of their child’s dental appointment. It is a privilege for us to be a part of a child’s life, no matter how big or small. We celebrate a child’s triumphs and are easy-going if they have a tough time.
We are very excited to have Dr. Jackie Hwang as a second pediatric dentist in our practice. Dr. Jackie shares the same values we have maintained since establishing Portage Pediatric Dentistry and has been a wonderful addition to the team. Dr. Jody, Dr. Jackie, and the entire team at Portage Pediatric Dentistry are proud and honored to be a part of this community and be your child’s oral health care providers.
More reader-recommended Dentists, in order by most votes:
1 – Wang, Dr. Chuandi (Dr. Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC)
2 – Wrathall, Dr. Jody (Portage Pediatric Dentistry)
3 – Basler, Dr. Ryan (Kalamazoo Pediatric Dentistry)
4 – Nelson, Dr. Catherine E. (Oshtemo Family Dentistry)
5 – Khaghany-Duffy, Dr. Katherine (Drake Dental)
Dermatologists for Kalamazoo Families
After two kids with eczema, I quickly learned the value of a caring dermatologist. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and sometimes requires an expert’s help in treating it. From acne to psoriasis or skin cancer prevention, these top-rated dermatologists cover it all.
Voted Top Dermatologist
Dr. Jessica Liggett at Southwest Michigan Dermatology
More reader-recommended Dermatologists, in order of most votes:
1 – Liggett, Dr. Jessica (Southwest Michigan Dermatology)
2 – Jones, Dr. Ryan T. (Southwest Michigan Dermatology)
3 – (TIE) Karabin, Dr. Gerald (Kalamazoo Dermatology, P.C.)
3 – (TIE) Mohney, Dr. Craig A. (Southwest Michigan Dermatology)
5 – Semler, Dr. David C. (Southwest Michigan Dermatology)
Doulas for Kalamazoo Moms
A doula can be an invaluable partner for expecting moms. So what does a doula do, exactly? According to DONA International, a doula provides physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
If you’re looking for a supportive partner through the birthing process, we’ve curated a list of local doulas to consider.
Voted Top Doula
Jessica English at Birth Kalamazoo
More reader-recommended Doulas, in order of most votes:
1 – English, Jessica (Birth Kalamazoo)
2 – (TIE) Daam, Jessie (Birth Kalamazoo)
2 – (TIE) Haynes, Janelle (Birth Kalamazoo)
2 – (TIE) Youngblood, Teresa (Birth Kalamazoo)
5 – Bernstein, Tiffany (Birth Kalamazoo)
ENTs for Kids
ENTs, or Ears Nose and Throat doctors, treat a wide variety of head and neck conditions. For many families, ENTs are the experts they consult when it comes to recurring ear infections or concerns with adenoids or tonsils specifically. Our readers picked these top five as the best in the area:
Voted Top ENT
Dr. Cecilia M. Prophit at Bronson Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Specialists (ENT) – Kalamazoo
More reader-recommended ENTs, in order of most votes:
1 – Prophit, Dr. Cecilia M. (Bronson Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Specialists (ENT) – Kalamazoo)
2 – Ashby, Dr. Casey Turner (Adult & Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat)
3 – (TIE ) Berry, Dr. Amber (Adult & Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat)
3 – (TIE) Raedy, Dr. Douglas (West Michigan Ear, Nose and Throat)
3 – (TIE) Shapiro, Dr. Ely (Adult & Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat)
Eye Doctors for Kids in Kalamazoo
We knew it was time to find an eye doctor when my daughter complained of not being able to read the teacher’s directions at school. Sure enough, she needed glasses.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends children have a thorough eye exam at age 3 and again just before entering kindergarten or first grade. If you are looking for an eye doctor for your family, check out this list of the top-voted eye doctors in greater Kalamazoo.
Voted Top Eye Doctor for Kids
Dr. Teresa M. Seim at Mattawan Family Eye Care
More reader-recommended Eye Doctors, in order of most votes:
1 – Seim, Dr. Teresa M. (Mattawan Family Eye Care)
2 – Fox, Dr. Marie L. (Kalamazoo Valley Eyecare)
3 – Blostica, Dr. Lynnette R. (Kalamazoo Opthamology, P.C.)
4 – (TIE) August, Dr. Krymis (August Optical)
4 – (TIE) McClintic, Dr. David (Rx Optical- Portage)
4 – (TIE) Sutter, Dr. Katie (Kalamazoo Optometry)
MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS
Mental Health Providers for Children
Psychologists, counselors and other mental health professionals help children address anxiety, depression, grief and other mental or emotional concerns through therapy. Local families picked these providers as some of the best for their kids:
Voted Top Mental Health Provider
Kathy Augustine at Desert Streams Christian Counseling
More reader-recommended Mental Health Providers, in order of most votes:
1 – Augustine, Kathy (Desert Streams Christian Counseling)
2 – Fugate, Kendall (Kalamazoo Child & Family Counseling)
3 – (TIE) Briggs, Kristine (Kalamazoo Child & Family Counseling)
3 – (TIE) Dean, Judith (Pine Rest)
3 – (TIE) Hiatt, Kim (Child & Family Psychological Services)
3 – (TIE) Lubinski Matar, Lynnette (Child & Family Psychological Services)
Midwife Options for Kalamazoo Moms
Moms have options for pregnancy providers: some prefer OB/GYNs while others prefer midwives instead. All midwives in our voting are CNMs or Certified Nurse-Midwives. For any moms considering a midwife for her care, we have the top five from our readers in Kalamazoo:
Voted Top Midwife
Kristin A. Donewald, CNM, MSN at Bronson OB/GYN Associates – Portage / Paw Paw
More reader-recommended Midwives, in order of most votes:
1 – Donewald, Kristin A. (Bronson OB/GYN Associates – Portage / Paw Paw)
2 – Kellogg, Lori (Three Rivers Health Women’s Service)
3 – (TIE) Anson, Ruth A. (Bronson Women’s Service – Kalamazoo)
3 – (TIE) Boone, Brandi (Bronson Women’s Service – Kalamazoo)
3 – (TIE) Newberry, Theresa (Borgess Women’s Health at Currier)
OB/GYN Options for Kalamazoo Moms
When you’re pregnant or thinking of starting a family, your OB/GYN plays a huge role in this often exciting time in your life. Snagging the OB/GYN of your dreams, one who you are comfortable with and trust, isn’t always easy. If you’re looking for a new OB/GYN, start with our list of top-voted OBs in Southwest Michigan. We hope this list of recommended doctors helps you narrow down your options and make the right choice for you.
Voted Top OB/GYN
Dr. Carly H. Davis at OB-GYN, P.C.
Dr. Carly Davis and Dr. Wendy Bauer at OB-GYN, P.C.
in practice with Carter O. Lomax, Jr., MD; Joseph L. Riethman, MD; Marcia L. Johnson, MD; Jennifer K. O’Neill, DO; Brittany J. Post, WHNP-PC; MacKenzie L. Arnold, WHNP-BC; Patricia R. Zull, CNM
Voted a Top OBGYN in Southwest Michigan
There’s no better office in the Kalamazoo area! The physicians, nurse practitioners, and midwives all have been so kind and compassionate. I have felt so cared for, in regard to my health, and so cared about as a person. I highly recommend this office for any woman at any stage in her life.
- Kristi, patient since 2007
A Note From Dr. Carly Davis and Dr. Wendy Bauer's Office
Our Mission Statement: To be leaders in women’s health by providing high-quality, individualized care for women through each phase of life in a patient-friendly environment. We will function as a cohesive group with financial integrity and values that benefit our physicians and staff.
More reader-recommended OB/GYNs, in order of most votes:
1 – Davis, Dr. Carly H. (OB-GYN, P.C.)
2 – (TIE) Allen, Dr. Tempest (Bronson OB/GYN Associates – Portage / Paw Paw)
2 – (TIE) Bauer, Dr. Wendy (OB-GYN, P.C.)
4 – Trillet, Dr. Steven M. (Bronson OB/GYN Associates – Portage / Paw Paw)
5 – Carman, Dr. Jennifer (Bronson OB/GYN Associates – Portage / Paw Paw)
Occupational Therapy for Kids
Occupational therapy focuses on helping kids with their gross and fine motor skills. When a child shows delays in these activities, OT is often recommended. OT is also frequently used when sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, Downs syndrome or Autism spectrum disorders are present. Kalamazoo families chose these OTs as their favorites in the area:
Voted Top Occupational Therapist
Kathleen McGinnis at Bronson Rehabilitation Services – Elm Valley Drive
More reader-recommended OTs, in order of most votes:
1 – McGinnis, Kathleen (Bronson Rehabilitation Services – Elm Valley Drive)
2 – (TIE) Bennett, Stephen C. (Bronson Rehabilitation Services – Battle Creek)
2 – (TIE) Dobbertien, Maria M. (Functional Kids Therapy)
2 – (TIE) Hernandez, Rebecca (Santosha Wellness)
2 – (TIE) Horton-Bierema, Wendy (Arcadia Center for OT)
Orthodontists in Kalamazoo
Does your tween need braces? Orthodontia is a huge time commitment and financial investment for many families, so you want to be certain your kid is in great hands. Our KZOOKIDS’ readers named these orthodontists the best in town.
Voted Top Orthodontist
Dr. S. Jay Bowman at Kalamazoo Orthodontics
My son was initially nervous about his first visit to the orthodontist. The doctor and staff were exceptionally friendly, answered all of our questions, and made him feel at ease the entire time. The kids club even has him excited about future visits.
A Note From Dr. S. Jay Bowman DMD MSD's Office
Every day at Kalamazoo Orthodontics, we create these incredible, natural smiles, but we also engage people with our unique, caring KO Experience. We built this practice with our patients in mind, so we go all out to ensure kind, personalized care and comfort for all that walk through our doors. Dr. Jay Bowman is among the most highly regarded professors, inventors, and innovative orthodontic specialists in the world. Team KO has also assembled a talented group to make certain that you feel right at home in any of our three convenient locations in Portage, Paw Paw, and Kalamazoo.
Everything about this office is welcoming, especially the staff and Dr. Kwong himself. I never leave without a smile and now my smile is twice as big as before! As a teenage girl who has been through a dental roller coaster ride at previous locations, I would definitely recommend this place to anyone.
- Shelby L
A Note From Dr. Thomas Kwong's Office
We are a team of talented professionals who strive to bring a fun-filled, comfortable environment to our patients and to produce beautiful smiles and memorable experiences.
From the first contact at Kwong Orthodontics, our orthodontist, Dr. Kwong, is committed to your individual attention and strive to provide personalized oral health care tailored for your unique orthodontic needs and goals. We work hard to create the ultimate stress-free and comfortable orthodontic experience.
Your health and comfort are our top priorities, and we do what it takes to help every patient understand their symptoms and treatment options in a relaxed office setting.
Dr. Tisha Randall and Dr. Brandon Knapp at Drake Road Orthodontics
Voted a Top Orthodontist in Southwest Michigan
Drake Road Orthodontics provides exceptional service and their staff is beyond helpful. They always have time to answer questions and take time to make us comfortable with their treatment plan. Dr. Randall is extremely knowledgeable while also being caring, warm and welcoming. I have had positive experiences for all three of my children, including metal braces, Invisalign, and treatment leading up to and after jaw surgery. We’ve been very pleased and highly recommend Drake Road Orthodontics.
A Note From Dr. Tisha Randall and Dr. Brandon Knapp's Office
Every time someone smiles it puts happiness into our Kalamazoo community creating a ripple effect that makes a better world for all of us. That is why at Drake Road Orthodontics we are honored to be a part of each of our patients’ smiles. We see kids as early as age 7 so we can evaluate their smile development, or maybe you’ve decided it’s time to do something for yourself.
An inclusive and fun environment coupled with the highest quality care is what we’re all about! We’re confident that our patients will love not only the outcome of their beautiful smile, but their entire journey at DRO. We’re focused on providing treatment options catered specifically to each patient at DRO. We are uniquely suited to do this because we are the only practice in Kalamazoo with two orthodontists. No rushing here, Dr. Randall and Dr. Knapp have time to talk with patients and parents at every appointment. Our complimentary exam and consultation at DRO is just the first step in our relationship. We know that the individualized treatment you receive with us will make for a wonderful journey and life-changing results.
Check out our website and give us a call, we look forward to meeting you!
More reader-recommended Orthodontists, in order of most votes:
1 – Bowman, Dr. S. Jay (Kalamazoo Orthodontics)
2 – Kwong, Dr. Thomas (Kwong Orthodontics)
3 – Randall, Dr. Letitia (Drake Road Orthodontics)
4 – Grabowski, Dr. Kenneth W. (Dr. Grabowski Orthodontics)
5 – Knapp, Dr. Brandon (Drake Road Orthodontics)
Pediatricians for Kids in Kalamazoo
Finding the right pediatrician who will likely care for your child from birth through their teen years makes all of the difference in the world. Your child’s pediatrician will walk through your child’s growth, development and milestones with you and will be a sounding board for many of your questions and concerns. According to local parents, kids love visiting the top pediatricians listed below.
Voted Top Pediatrician for Kids
Dr. Robert Page at Trestlewood Pediatrics
More reader-recommended Pediatricians, in order of most votes:
1 – Page, Dr. Robert (Trestlewood Pediatrics)
2 – Gauthier, Dr. Emma C. (Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics – Oshtemo)
3 – (TIE) Harden, Dr. Jamie (Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics – Portage)
3 – (TIE) Reddy, Dr. Padma (Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics – Oshtemo)
5 – (TIE) Van Es, Dr. Anthony J. (Trestlewood Pediatrics)
5 – (TIE) Sikkema, Dr. Megan (Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics – Portage)
PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS
Primary Care Providers for Families
I used to only see a doctor when sick; and even then, I would just visit Urgent Care. Over time, however, I learned the value of having a Primary Care Provider who could tailor my personalized care for both wellness and sick visits. If you’re in the market for a PCP, try our list of both physicians and physician assistants that families trust:
Voted Top Primary Care Provider
Dr. Matt Ciesielski at Bronson Family Medicine – Portage
More reader-recommended Primary Care Providers, in order of most votes:
1 – Ciesielski, Dr. Matt (Bronson Family Medicine – Portage)
2 – Bowser, Julie M., PA-C (Bronson Primary Care Partners – West Main)
3 – (TIE) Allen, Lindsay, PA-C (Bronson Primary Care Partners – 9th Street)
3 – (TIE) Campbell, Linda Marie, PA-C (Bronson Primary Care Partners – Texas Corners)
4 – (TIE) Darey, Dr. Amber (ProMed Family Practice – Portage)
4 – (TIE) Goodwin, Dr. Thomas (Bronson Primary Care Partners – Texas Corners)
Speech Therapy for Kids
Speech therapy can be a game-changer for many families. Whether it’s helping develop those first words or refine speech sounds when older, speech pathologists help with a variety of communication skills. They are also experts in treating swallowing problems. Read on for the top picks in speech therapy:
Voted Top Speech Pathologist
Dawn Chamberlain at Kalamazoo Speech Associates
More reader-recommended Speech Pathologists, in order of most votes:
1 – Chamberlain, Dawn (Kalamazoo Speech Associates)
2 – Crouse, Jennifer (Kalamazoo Speech Associates)
3 – Hodge, Ruth A. (Bronson Rehabilitation Services – Elm Valley Drive)
4 – Gildea, Stacy (Professional Speech Services of Kalamazoo, LLC)
5 – (TIE) Bitely, Faith (Bronson Methodist Hospital & Bronson LakeView Hospital Acute Care Rehabilitation)
5 – (TIE) Crane, Robyn (Bronson Rehabilitation Services – Battle Creek)
Kalamazoo Health Care Providers Make Patient Care a Top Priority
The Kalamazoo community offers a wealth of top-notch medical care to aid families in reaching their medical goals. We greatly appreciate the long hours our care providers work and the compassionate care they put forth. Our families are grateful for you!