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Melissa Gale Kress, DO

Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology
Accepts New Patients
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About
Dr. Kress is chief of the Section of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Baylor Scott & White Health. She is also a board member and board examiner for the American Osteopathic Boards of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

LanguagesEnglish
Ages SeenNewborns (0-28 days), Infants and Toddlers (ages 0-2), Children (ages 3-11), Adolescents (ages 12-18)
Hospital Affiliations
  • Baylor Scott & White Continuing Care Hospital - Temple
  • Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center - Temple
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Temple
Insurance Accepted
*Accepted plans and benefits may vary by location.
INSURANCE PLAN
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Aetna - Aetna Signature Administrators
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Aetna - Choice POS II
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Aetna - Elect Choice
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Aetna - Health Network Only
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Aetna - Health Network Option
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Aetna - HMO
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Aetna - Managed Choice
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Aetna - Open Access Elect Choice
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Aetna - Open Access HMO
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Aetna - Open Access Managed Choice
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Aetna - Open Access Select
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Aetna - Open Choice PPO
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Aetna - QPOS
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Aetna - Select SM
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Aetna - US Access
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Bronze
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Gold
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage HMO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Silver
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Choice Plus
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Choice PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Essentials
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Essentials Access HMO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Premier
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Premier Open Access HMO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Federal Select PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage - EFH Retirees
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage - Oncor
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - ParPlan
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - STAR Kids
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Traditional
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Cigna - CAC Plan
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Cigna - Cigna Choice Fund
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Cigna - EPO
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Cigna - Flexcare
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Cigna - HMO
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Cigna - HMO Open Access
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Cigna - HMO/POS
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Cigna - LocalPlus
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Cigna - LocalPlusIN
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Cigna - Network
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Cigna - Network Open Access
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Cigna - Network POS
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Cigna - Open Access Plus
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Cigna - POS
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Cigna - POS Open Access
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Cigna - PPO
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Healthscope - DART ACO
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Healthscope - DART ACO Flex
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Humana - ChoiceCare
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Humana - ChoiceCare Preferred Network
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Humana - Commercial HMO Plans
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Humana - Commercial PPO Plans
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Humana - Medicare Advantage Plans (exclude Southwestern Health Resources Network)
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Humana - National POS
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Medicare - Traditional Medicare
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Medicare Railroad - Medicare Railroad
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Scott & White Health Plan - HMO Network-Group-ORX Broad
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Scott & White Health Plan - HMO Network-Individual/Family-ORX Broad
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Scott & White Health Plan - HMO Network - Large Group
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Scott & White Health Plan - PPO Network-Group-ORX Broad
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Scott & White Health Plan - EPO Network-Group-ORX Broad
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Scott & White Health Plan - EPO Network-Individual/Family-ORX Broad
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Scott & White Health Plan - PPO Choice Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - PPO Choice Preferred Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - Cigna PPO Network - Out-of-Area Member Plan
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Scott & White Health Plan - Texas Statewide PPO
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Scott & White Health Plan - PHCS/OPTUM - PPO Network - Out-of-Area Member Plan
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Scott & White Health Plan - 2018 SeniorCare (Cost) Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - McLane Group Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred HMO Network-ORX Broad
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred PPO Network-ORX Broad
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred EPO Network-ORX Broad
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred HMO - Large Group
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Scott & White Health Plan - ERS BSW Preferred HMO Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - TRS - Active Care Participants Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - 2018 Vital Traditions Medicare Advantage Network (HMO)
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Scott & White Health Plan - SeniorCare Advantage HMO
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Scott & White Health Plan - SeniorCare Advantage PPO
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSWH Employee Network - PPO & HSA
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSWH Employee Network - SEQA & EQA
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Superior - Ambetter Balance Care - Silver
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Superior - Ambetter Essential Care - Bronze
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Superior - Ambetter Secure Care - Gold
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Superior - CHIP
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Superior - CHIP Perinate
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Superior - Foster Care
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Superior - STAR
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Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) - TMHP Pediatric Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)
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Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) - TMHP Pediatric Medicaid
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Tricare - Tricare Extra
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Tricare - Tricare Prime
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Tricare - Tricare Select
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UnitedHealth - AARP Medicare Complete
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UnitedHealth - Charter EPO
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UnitedHealth - Charter HMO
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UnitedHealth - Charter POS
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UnitedHealth - CHIP
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UnitedHealth - Choice +HMO
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UnitedHealth - Choice EPO
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UnitedHealth - Choice HMO
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UnitedHealth - Choice Plus POS
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UnitedHealth - Core Choice Plus POS
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UnitedHealth - Core EPO
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UnitedHealth - Core HMO
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UnitedHealth - Dual Complete Medicare Advantage
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UnitedHealth - Group Medicare Advantage
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UnitedHealth - Medicare Complete
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UnitedHealth - Medicare Gold
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UnitedHealth - Medicare Silver
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UnitedHealth - Navigate EPO
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UnitedHealth - Navigate HMO
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UnitedHealth - Navigate HMO+
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UnitedHealth - Navigate POS
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UnitedHealth - Nexus ACO OA
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UnitedHealth - NexusACO R
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UnitedHealth - Options PPO
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UnitedHealth - PPO
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UnitedHealth - Secure Horizons
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UnitedHealth - Select +
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UnitedHealth - Select EPO
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UnitedHealth - Select HMO
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UnitedHealth - Select Plus POS
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UnitedHealth - STAR
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UnitedHealth - STAR Kids
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UnitedHealth - STAR+PLUS
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UnitedHealth - UHC West Signature Value Gated HMO
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Insurance listings are subject to change without prior notice. Please call the physician's office or health plan to verify coverage information prior to scheduling your visit or procedure. PPO Network Agreements include participating Employers and/or Administrator only. Not all members participating in contracted networks have in network access. Networks include Beech Street, HealthSmart, PHCS and Texas True Choice. In network participation is updated on a monthly basis by the network.
Background
Education
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Otolaryngology, Baylor College Of Medicine (2001)
  • Residency: Otolaryngology, Michigan State University College Of Osteopathic M (1999)
  • Medical School: Doctor of Osteopathy, Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine (1994)
Certifications
  • Otolaryngology (General Cert) Lifetime - AOA - Otolaryngology
Industry Relationships

Baylor Scott & White Health’s vision is to be the most trusted name in giving and receiving safe, quality, compassionate healthcare. As part of that vision, Baylor Scott & White Health is committed to dealing honestly, fairly and with integrity in all matters to provide exemplary patient care, broaden medical knowledge, train the next generation of physicians and support outside relationships that promise public benefit.To that end, Baylor Scott & White Health physicians may collaborate with health care industry partners such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies (collectively referred to as Industry) to help develop medical breakthroughs, or provide medical expertise or education.To promote professional and commercial integrity in such matters, physicians who are employed, contracted for administrative duties or performing research with Baylor Scott & White Health seek advanced approval for certain new Industry relationships, and report their Industry relationships and activities to the Office of Corporate Compliance annually for review.

Baylor Scott & White Health publicly discloses reported payments to these physicians and their immediate family members of $5,000 or more from Industry companies with which the physicians interact as part of their professional activities.The information on this website may differ somewhat from information on other publicly available databases due to different reporting periods, definitions, or reporting requirements.Patients may visit CMS’ Open Payments Database for more information, and should feel free to speak with their physician about relationships with Industry.

As of May 13, 2019, Melissa Gale Kress, DO  has reported no outside relationship with Industry that is applicable to this listing.

Reviews(37)
Overall: 4.6*
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Aug 22, 2019
the provider was rude and felt the need to to tell us (my husband and I) what kind of degree she had. this was after we had told her what another person who did my son's ear screening had said. We felt it was uncalled for since we never asked her about it. The tone in her voice made us think she had other things on her mind and was taking it out on her job.
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Aug 17, 2019
Dr. Kress is one of my son's best care providers. My son said that she is inspirational and so much fun. She takes time to check out my son's overall well-being, teaches him how to care for his ears and the implications of not using his Flonase. She uses the pictures on her wall and simple English terms to explain these issues to my son such that he understands it at his level. She is a keeper!
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Aug 17, 2019
the whole staff was kind, respectful and very thoughtful. I couldn't have ask for a better experience for my son as he has a lot of medical issues
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Aug 17, 2019
Amazing
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Aug 14, 2019
The doctor was friendly and showed on his concern for my daughters health concerns
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Aug 8, 2019
She was very professional, caring, and took her time to explain our further follow up appointments and what we can expect in the future. She was very thorough and let us know there would be a surgery to repair but not until he is at least 7 yrs old.
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Aug 6, 2019
Dr. Kress was amazing, kind, informative, courteous and knowledgeable.
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Aug 6, 2019
we really liked this provider. She really went above and beyond to explain things to us and answer any questions my daughter had. She made my daughter very at ease with everything that was going to happen before and after surgery.
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Jul 23, 2019
Dr. Kress does not seem to relate to children and the development stages of a child. I felt very undermined by her. This is the 4th visit I have had with her and feel this way every time I leave. if a supervisor would like more info, please call me.
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Jul 4, 2019
I'm very happy we have Dr Kress as an ENT. My daughter has special needs, and struggles with chronic ear infections. Dr Kress is very knowledgeable about the care my daughter needs. we appreciate Dr Kress and her staff.
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Jul 1, 2019
Dr. Kress was very professional, caring and answered all of our questions. The CMA that roomed us was very sweet and smiley. The surgery scheduler was awesome! She rocked. Overall great visit!
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Jun 24, 2019
Very understanding and concerning of all my son's needs.
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Jun 20, 2019
We waited an hour pasted our appointment time before seeing the doctor
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Jun 19, 2019
I have spent months trying to find a doctor who would take my daughter's health concerns seriously and the care we received was exactly what we were needing. Above and beyond service from all staff!
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May 25, 2019
very good
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Mar 28, 2019
she was attentive to our concerns and provided her professional advice in a very polite manner.
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