My son, at 9 months old (11 weeks early preemie mind you), had pain in his right knee. Went to see Dr Serino for it and he just ordered an Xray stat. We went to get the Xray and the techs there were acting like I hurt my child and questioning me why his knee was swollen. I said that it's been like that for a couple of days and have no idea what is wrong. The Dr never called us back that day for the results, I had to contact him and ask what the results were. He stated "it's what I thought it was, water on the knee". Now seriously, a 9 month old who just started turning over onto his tummy great has water on the knee? I don't think so! He then asked when do we take him to see his ortho ped dr and I stated maybe in 3 weeks. He then said to "ice it" until then. Well needless to say, it got worse! we waited til the following Mon and took him to PCH in AZ. It turned out to be be staph in his right knee or Osteomyelitis and had to be drained 3 times in his 8 day IP hospital stay! The infectious disease dr's stated that it went into his blood stream and bone and could have killed him! I was sooo very displeased with how Dr Serino passed this off as "water on the knee" when it turned out to be a life threatening situation! Thank goodness his Orthopedic Dr Shindell was in PCH that night and took on my son's care! We owe the world to saving him to Dr Shindell and are very ashamed of Dr Serino.
Dr Shindell is by far the best pediatric dr we have met to date..granted he's only an orthopedic but we just love how he is with our son from infantcy! He tries to help in all matters best he can and just listens very well when talking to him about your child. I just can't say enough about Dr Shindell! We will be very sad once our little one becomes and adult and can't see him anymore!
I just LOVE Dr Ashley Hineman! She is so attentive to our twin boys since 9 weeks of age and now are 4! I transferred from a different ped dr and from a bad experience and she has been the best! She listens to me AND the children when seeing her, they get us right in when there is any illness or concern that needs to be addressed, and the office staff is world class as well! I cannot say enough about our favorite ped Dr Hineman!