We interviewed several of the pediatricians at Associated Physicians before we selected Dr. Sia. While all of the peds there are good, what I like about Dr. Sia is her flexibility. When I asked her about modifying the vaccine schedule for my child, she said if it made me feel better and willing to vaccinate, she would support it. She's never made me feel awkward or that it's an inconvenience to break up the shots.
In general Dr. Sia is very personable and takes the time to talk with the children as well as the parent. The staff is quite good about getting back to me about any questions I have and with helpful answers. It is relatively easy to get an appointment when needed, but if it is very short notice I may need to see one of the other doctors, which has never been a problem for me. Even if we see a different doctor, the nurses rotate between all of the doctors so chances are we know the nurse even if we don't know the doctor.
Overall I've been quite happy with our care under Dr. Sia and recommend her to other patients.
I'm almost afraid to write a review of Dr. Jenny because I selfishly don't want her to be any more popular than she already is! She is extremely personable and approachable and I appreciate that she is very middle of the road when it comes to treatment. She's not extremely conservative nor "alternative", but is willing to take the path of least intervention as a first step.
I've been with Dr. Jenny for about 7 years now. She helped us through almost 2 years of infertility with sensitivity and was very helpful and reassuring for both of our pregnancies - including the complications at the end of the first pregnancy. When we were without insurance for the second pregnancy, Jenny and her staff worked with and around the system to help us out as much as possible, which we really appreciated.
While Jenny is very laid back and reassuring with her patients, the nurses at Meriter hospital know that what Jenny says goes. In comparing my birth stories to those of other women I know that just saying "Let's call Dr. Jenny to see what she says about that" will change a bossy nurse's attitude to be willing to consider what I've asked. (Most of the nurses I encountered were wonderful people who were extremely supportive, but there is always an exception.)
The one downfall of Dr. Jenny's practice is that she shares the OB rotation with 4 or 5 other doctors. The other doctors in the practice are all women and all very good and the clinic schedules later OB appointments with all of them so you have met the person who may be catching your baby. But it's still a little disappointing to go into labor and know that Jenny won't be the one to be there.
The other downfall is the hazard of being popular - you need to plan appointments well in advance. Flexibility is reserved for OB patients, so definitely schedule gyn appointments at least 6 months in advance.
My parents turned us on to Three Sisters about 6 years ago. We started going there weekly - the food is that good and it's addicting. When I was pregnant the hashbrowns were about the only thing I could keep down for awhile. And while I was on bed rest they prepared to-go boxes for my husband to pick up. I attribute my daughter's extreme intelligence and winning personality to the French toast. (I'm not biased about my kid or the food, honest!)
The food is served in generous portions, but you can ask for a "small" order if you prefer. It's not much smaller, but I feel better asking for it. We've never had a bad meal at Three Sisters, unlike the meals we have at the chain restaurants.
We love the staff. They are so friendly even if you haven't been a regular for years. My one wish is that they had a bigger place since it is so popular on weekends. But we think it's worth the wait.
We were in Belgium in the summer of 1997 and my husband ate only mussels and fries (moules et frites) the whole time we were there. He went through withdrawal when we got home, but then he heard about this new place on Monroe Street to try out.
Let's just say in the 2 1/2 years since then, we've never had a bad meal. The moules et frites are wonderful (according to my husband and 4 year old daughter) and I enjoy the steak et frites. The fries are made the Belgian way - parboiled and then fried and served with a selection of flavored aoli (fancy mayo).
I've never had a poorly prepared meal there. Sometimes I'm not crazy about what I've ordered because I wanted to go outside my comfort level and maybe strayed a bit far, but it's always nicely done. My favorite meal by far is the V Burger, which is aged beef served on a local sourdough. In fact, as many ingredients as possible are purchased locally which makes Brasserie V even more impressive in my eyes. This leads Chef Rob to change the menu with the seasons. So you may not find your favorites all the time (except for moules et frites, steak et frites, and the burgers), but there will be something tasty available.
I can't forget to mention the beer selection - over 100 beers are available, with several wonderful Belgians on tap. My husband the beer snob can always find something new and delicious to try. I like to stay with the framboise and peche lambic beers, but that's because I'm a sissy.
Writing about Brasserie V makes me think I may need to check it out again this weekend...
I will start with the caveat that I am employed by Mad City Dog Training, so I will stick with the facts.
Mad City offers classes for puppies up to competition obedience, rally and agility. We also offer basic obedience classes for dogs of any age and the beginning level of agility classes are geared toward fun regardless of if you plan on competing or not.
Mad City also has a few specialty courses offered from time to time. These classes include things like tracking, tricks and games, clicker skills, flyball and therapy dog work.
Classes are generally held at night, with a few basic classes offered during the day. Sessions run for eight weeks and basic obedience classes are 60 minutes, more intense classes are 45 minutes.
Other things Mad City offers are doggie day care offered Tuesday - Friday from 6:30 - 6:00 and room/facility rental for dog related groups, seminars, and activities.
In my opinion, Mad City has the most comprehensive training centers in town. Our fully matted training rooms allow us to hold classes in all weather in one location, even agility and flyball. Trainers are experienced and the standard curriculum we teach has been developed by people with years and years of experience training dogs.
I wouldn't say I'm neurotic about my pets, but I am picky. We visited at least 5 vet clinics in the Madison area before finding And Dogs Too, thanks to the fact Dr. Stehr and his staff offered a discount to our rescue for vet work.
By the time I'd finished with my first foster dog's appointment, I knew my own pets would be seeing Dr. Stehr and I've never regretted it. He's always taken the time to listen to me and get to know my dogs, even the crazy one that bit him. Some vets would have held that against the poor dog, but not Dr. Stehr. He made a point of being as non-threatening as possible whenever he met him.
I always feel as though the staff listens to me and respects my choices as someone who researches my pets' conditions. I have found them to be very approachable and understanding. The fact that Dr. Stehr does house calls on occasion can only be considered a benefit.
I spent a lot of time agonizing over sending my child to preschool at all, and then which school to send her to. Originally I had look at schools like Preschool of the Arts and Learning Express, but I realized that while these schools are good, what I really wanted for my child was a program that emphasized her social needs - she has 13 years of public school for academics.
While Little Red does certainly have a good academic program, it isn't the driving force behind the school. My child's teachers have spent an amazing amount of time helping my daughter get used to the chaos of the school environment. Starting school was tough for her, but Teacher Pam and Teacher Chris worked with her and us to help her adjust. Now in her second year, Teacher Pam and Teacher Lisa are fine tuning my child's social skills and helping her to get ready for kindergarten. And I must say I'm as excited about their science curriculum as my daughter is!
Little Red works with families of all situations with full day programs as well as two and thee day half day programs. They also offer after school care and summer and school break programs. I will be sad when my daughter graduates from the 4 year old program this spring, but at least I have another child who will get me an addition two years there.
My dad first sent me to Terry Jewelers when I was 17 and had managed to break a delicate ring. Steve fixed it so well that you can't tell where he had to repair it. Five years later my fiance and I went there to discuss wedding rings. We thought we wanted custom made rings, but Steve was very knowledgeable and explained to us why our design would not make it for the long haul. He helped us find rings that we were happy with and on our 10th anniversary added pave diamonds to my ring.
Steve Terry mostly does design work by appointment now, but it's definitely worth the extra effort. My redesigned wedding ring is gorgeous and he's added gems to the mother-child pendant my husband bought there several years ago. We directed friends there for their wedding rings and they've had nothing but good things to say. Actually this review reminds me that I need to get over there to design a golden birthday pendant for my daughter.