Chad D. Guetersloh, MD

★★★★☆

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I wouldn't say he is a bad doctor but I wouldn't say he is a great doctor, either. He is a nice guy but a mediocre doctor. He is not an "alarmist" which is what initially made me like him as a Pediatrician. I do not like doctors who immediately want to treat every runny nose with an antibiotic. And he doesn't. I like that.

On the negative side, (which ended up out-weighing the positives for us) he doesn't seem to be very supportive or encouraging of breastfeeding, which is unfortunate given all the mounding medical evidence of the health benefits for babies and mothers. He encouraged us to start giving our 4 month old solids, which clearly goes against AAP guidelines, as well as WHO and other well respected medical groups who state that exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is recommended.

When I told him that I was reading The Vaccine Book, by Dr. Sears, he told me to burn it. No discussion. He didn't even ask me what my concerns were. I brought up some concerns and I felt like he talked down to me and was antagonistic.

I am an RN, intelligent, well educated and I put great effort into making informed decisions about my health and the health and well being of my baby. I didn't feel like I was a "partner" in the decision making process. It was my perception that Dr. Geutersloh wanted to tell me what to do, and if I didn't agree, I was wrong.

Another point in which we did not agree was when to start solids. As mentioned earlier, we were encouraged at 4 months. My baby was born pre-mature and therefore his adjusted age should be considered when making the decision of when to start solids. That is a common practice in medicine and I was disappointed that this fact was seemingly ignored. I also have done a lot of research on when is best to start baby on solids and felt I had valid points, though none of them were heard by Dr. G. Again, it wasn't a discussion. I was just told what to do.

It is just very discouraging to be treated like you are not smart enough to make decisions concerning your child. It didn't sit well with me.

The last straw was the inconsiderate way we were treated by the office staff. My husband tried to make an appointment and the receptionist argued with him about when our baby was born... I know that people make mistakes, but again, it just goes back to being treated with dignity and courtesy. My husband and I are both well educated professionals and we know when our baby was born. This was just one of the many examples of being treated rudely by the office staff. I kept hoping it was just a "bad day" but it never got better. This trend seemed to be the norm.

If you want a doctor that basically makes the decisions for you, then Dr. G is probably a fine choice. Like I said, I do not think he is a "bad doctor". He just seems to follow the book instead of the individual child. It felt like he was treating all infants the same and that there was no differences to really consider unless they had some major medical problem. I think that type of doctor is a dime a dozen and was not what we wanted. If you are looking for a doctor who will listen to you, include you in the decision making process and keep an open mind, you should consider other options to avoid disappointment.

We have heard excellent recommendations of Dr. Peter Sherrod. He is particularly supportive of breastfeeding and a parent's choice on how/when to vaccinate their child.

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I wouldn't say he is a bad doctor but I wouldn't say he is a great doctor, either. He is a nice guy but a mediocre doctor. He is not an "alarmist" which is what initially made me like him as a Pediatrician. I do not like doctors who immediately want to treat every runny nose with an antibiotic. And he doesn't. I like that.

On the negative side, (which ended up out-weighing the positives for us) he doesn't seem to be very supportive or encouraging of breastfeeding, which is unfortunate given all the mounding medical evidence of the health benefits for babies and mothers. He encouraged us to start giving our 4 month old solids, which clearly goes against AAP guidelines, as well as WHO and other well respected medical groups who state that exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is recommended.

When I told him that I was reading The Vaccine Book, by Dr. Sears, he told me to burn it. No discussion. He didn't even ask me what my concerns were. I brought up some concerns and I felt like he talked down to me and was antagonistic.

I am an RN, intelligent, well educated and I put great effort into making informed decisions about my health and the health and well being of my baby. I didn't feel like I was a "partner" in the decision making process. It was my perception that Dr. Geutersloh wanted to tell me what to do, and if I didn't agree, I was wrong.

Another point in which we did not agree was when to start solids. As mentioned earlier, we were encouraged at 4 months. My baby was born pre-mature and therefore his adjusted age should be considered when making the decision of when to start solids. That is a common practice in medicine and I was disappointed that this fact was seemingly ignored. I also have done a lot of research on when is best to start baby on solids and felt I had valid points, though none of them were heard by Dr. G. Again, it wasn't a discussion. I was just told what to do.

It is just very discouraging to be treated like you are not smart enough to make decisions concerning your child. It didn't sit well with me.

The last straw was the inconsiderate way we were treated by the office staff. My husband tried to make an appointment and the receptionist argued with him about when our baby was born... I know that people make mistakes, but again, it just goes back to being treated with dignity and courtesy. My husband and I are both well educated professionals and we know when our baby was born. This was just one of the many examples of being treated rudely by the office staff. I kept hoping it was just a "bad day" but it never got better. This trend seemed to be the norm.

If you want a doctor that basically makes the decisions for you, then Dr. G is probably a fine choice. Like I said, I do not think he is a "bad doctor". He just seems to follow the book instead of the individual child. It felt like he was treating all infants the same and that there was no differences to really consider unless they had some major medical problem. I think that type of doctor is a dime a dozen and was not what we wanted. If you are looking for a doctor who will listen to you, include you in the decision making process and keep an open mind, you should consider other options to avoid disappointment.

We have heard excellent recommendations of Dr. Peter Sherrod. He is particularly supportive of breastfeeding and a parent's choice on how/when to vaccinate their child.

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All my boys see Dr. G and we all love him! I live 40+ miles away from the office, but if I call them at 4:30 pm with an urgent medical issue, I am told to come in the same day. I love Dr. G, the other doctors and the staff. When one of the kids was hospitalized, Dr G is constantly checking on them. Recently, my youngest child was hospitalized with pneumonia. Over the weekend, Dr G called me every day, then stopped by to check on my baby before he started his day that Monday. To my family, he is the best doctor around! Thank you, Dr G!

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All my boys see Dr. G and we all love him! I live 40+ miles away from the office, but if I call them at 4:30 pm with an urgent medical issue, I am told to come in the same day. I love Dr. G, the other doctors and the staff. When one of the kids was hospitalized, Dr G is constantly checking on them. Recently, my youngest child was hospitalized with pneumonia. Over the weekend, Dr G called me every day, then stopped by to check on my baby before he started his day that Monday. To my family, he is the best doctor around! Thank you, Dr G!

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Dr. G is a fantastic pediatrician! He listens to all of your concerns about your child and helps you feel at ease. The kids love him because he is funny. Everyone I know loves Dr. G!

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Dr. G is a fantastic pediatrician! He listens to all of your concerns about your child and helps you feel at ease. The kids love him because he is funny. Everyone I know loves Dr. G!

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