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Title
Physicians Mark 20-Year Partnership
Start Date
07/30/2013
Article

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Pediatricians Mark 20th Anniversary
Of Partnership

Union Lake Pediatrics Now Treating Children of Original Patients

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Union Lake Pediatrics is marking an important milestone. Its three physicians are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their partnership on Aug. 1.

Pediatricians Geetha Nair, MD; Amy Kowalski, MD; and Stacey Gorman, MD, treat patients at their Commerce Township offices, 2360 Union Lake Rd. 

To some families, visiting Union Lake Pediatrics, an SJMO Physician Network practice, has become a tradition.  The three physicians are now treating the children of their original patients.

The pediatricians and their office team focus on preventative care, while educating families and children about how to be and stay healthy.  Because they work as a team, patients can feel comfortable seeing any of the three physicians.

Nominated as MetroParent magazine Mom-Approved Docs in 2011 and 2012, the three physicians are all board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and on the medical staffs of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. 

Dr. Gorman, who earned her medical degree at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Dr. Kowalski received her MD degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and completed her internship and residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Dr. Nair earned her MD degree at Bangalore University Medical College in Bangalore, India, and completed her residency at Kosair Children’s Hospital at the University of Louisville, Ky.

Throughout their Pediatrics careers, the three physicians have seen many changes in the field, including advancements in technology and medicine and the availability of more vaccines, resulting in less disease.

As mothers themselves, the three Union Lake Pediatrics physicians say motherhood gives them a unique perspective on treating children.  “Being a mother definitely makes me a better pediatrician, and I can better relate to my families,” says Gorman.  “Experiencing things gives you a better perspective than just reading about them.”

For Nair, saving lives is her mission.  “In my opinion, the greatest gift is the gift of life.  What better way can you help protect and preserve this life than by being a doctor?”

As parents begin to prepare their children to go back to school, Kowalski emphasizes the need for vaccines. She and her colleagues educate parents about the vaccines and show them how they are preventing disease.  “We try to give our parents as much information as possible.  We highly recommend vaccines.”  Kowalski also stressed the importance of healthy nutrition and physical activity for children. And when it comes to back-to-school physicals, she urges all children to have them.  At Union Lake Pediatrics, “we emphasize wellness, healthy nutrition, exercise, school readiness,” she says.  The partners also help their young patients deal with school or emotional problems.

For an appointment or more information about services provided at Union Lake Pediatrics, call 248-360-1200.

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