It’s a common question, from new Champaign-Urbana area parents or parents new to the community: What Champaign-Urbana area pediatricians do you recommend?
This article below aims to help parents navigate this choice, one that is incredibly important to your family. Chambanamoms.com DOES NOT endorse or recommend medical professionals; all opinions below are those of chambanamoms.com readers. The list below was generated by personal recommendations from the chambanamoms Facebook community.
A few tips:
- In the Champaign-Urbana area, most physicians are affiliated with either Christie Clinic or Carle.
- Please note that not all pediatricians accept new patients or all insurances, so doing your own research is a must.
- Want to do an informational interview with a pediatrician? Just ask.
We’ve divided this list by office locations.
Carle Champaign Clinic (on Curtis)
“She impressed me by going above and beyond to help me move up appointments and personally contact specialists when we discovered a health condition in my youngest. She is soft-spoken, but she is incredibly competent and knowledgeable.”
“She is calm and gentle but also friendly. She is thorough and never rushed through an appointment and always has time for my long list of questions. She has also been proactive in preventative care and early intervention without being pushy or judgmental at the same time.”
Dr. James Hauffee
“Kind, funny, listens to all questions of crazy first time parents, understands first time parent worry and really helped us to relax/have some perspective.”
“He’s patient, present and not distracted, and listens!”
“A wonderful fit for our family. He listens well and is so thorough and willing to explain.”
“I currently take my micro preemie to Dr. Musselman. He is amazing: Always thorough and takes his time. Answers any questions I have. He pays attention to both of my children even when it’s the other one’s appointment. He does refer specialist and follows up with what may be going on. Since I have a micro preemie he makes himself very available to same day appointments.”
“Awesome with children, sweet, caring, & honest! Always spends extra time chatting in the office about parenthood!”
“Very kind and gentle while answering my questions thoroughly. Very nice!”
“She’s great with little ones and calm with parents too! I very much appreciate that she is always very positive, but also attentive with issues of concern.”
“Always willing to answer any questions and reassuring to a new mom!”
“She answers all of our questions, is very thorough, kind and sweet with my daughter. We feel so blessed to have her as as our pediatrician.”
“She is very laid back and is extremely knowledgeable! Such a fun doctor, I look forward to every appointment! We drive 40 minutes to see her now because we just couldn’t part with her.”
Carle Clinic, Urbana (on Windsor)
“She is thorough, smart and conservative.”
“Dr. Sum always asks what questions or concerns we have before she starts our appointment and takes time to talk with us about those. Her nurses are also incredibly responsive when we call into the office with a question.”
” If we call in for a question we hear back within a few minutes. So reassuring for new, first time parents. She is very nice and easy going. We feel like we are in great hands!”
“My daughter had a heart issue discovered recently and she made sure that we were seen within days at a specialist in Peoria. She called the day following our specialist appointment to check in and see if we had any questions. It was a “normal” heart condition but she wanted to make sure that we were in a good place. Love her.”
“I really like her no-nonsense, yet friendly, manner.”
“She’s been calm and informative when I expect other doctors may have worried us unnecessarily.”
“He’s young, energetic, and easy to get into for last-minute appointments. He’s incredibly intelligent but also has conversations with you like a normal person.”
” He is very knowledgeable and put me at ease with his knowledge of my son’s preexisting condition when we switched doctors. (He even called me personally on the phone to chat about his medical history!) He’s also very sweet and patient with the little ones!”
“He is kind, compassionate, listens, & keeps our family’s wishes for a more natural approach in mind. I love that he speaks directly to my son and asks him permission to touch his body.”
“We really like Dr. Ziemer at Carle on Windsor! She’s newer, young and takes the time to listen to patients.”
“Very sweet with my son and takes her time with me (I always have a lot of questions).”
Christie Clinic (Champaign on Windsor)
“Dr. Orama at Christie, I have never been so happy with a pediatrician!! Sits down and truly cares when talking to you, not just another number!”
“Could NOT agree more with the Dr. Orama recommendation! Her beside manner is incredible! She actually talks to you and not down to you nor throws out medical jargon unnecessarily. She’s always willing to give you handouts to if you ask!”
“She is so patient and easy going. Never pressures you into things you don’t want and goes above and beyond to make sure you’re informed.”
“She listens, doesn’t freak you out and has a kind and gentle manner. When you call her office her amazing staff will talk to you and let you know if it’s a bug that’s going around and how long to give it or if you need to bring your child in for a visit ASAP. Saves a lot of needless worry.”
“Dr. Maranon at Christie is awesome! She is incredibly nice and very proactive! I’ve had times where I had concerns about my child, and she is not afraid to test and be proactive in their care.”
“She has always made us feel comfortable and taken the time to answer all of my FTM questions…and there were lots of questions. She also has wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable nurses!”
“When my eldest was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, Dr. Porter researched it with us in the room so we could learn about it together and she could explain confusing terms to us! She never fails to ask about my my daughter at my sons appointments and vice versa. And my kids LOVE her!!”
“Great sense of humor, answers my questions with patience and is great interacting with grumpy kiddos.”
“She is so happy and kind, but knows her stuff. She also listens seriously to your concerns and values your instincts and questions. My boys love her and I always feel like she is in our corner. An added bonus is that all the providers in her office that I have seen when she is not available have been really great as well.”
Christie Clinic, Mahomet
“Hands down the best doctor we’ve ever had. He is very interested in his patients and never makes you feel rushed. He is usually running on time and when your kid is sick you can get an appointment with him that day or the next. He talks to the kids and makes them feel like he is really there for them. Highly recommended.”
Dr. Dawn Brunner (family medicine)
“She is great with my kids, takes time to explain things and answers any questions I (or they) may have in an easy to understand way. I also think there is a benefit to her having a picture of our whole family’s health. To me, she feels like an experienced mom offering reassurance and advice.”
Who is your favorite pediatrician in the Champaign-Urbana area? We are especially looking for those in the outlying areas.