A good pediatrician in Rensselaer County or nearby?

stethoscope and ophthalmoscopeNate emails:

I found this post from a few years ago regarding a search for local pediatricians and was wondering if you could repost. We're expecting our first child in July and we're on the hunt for a reputable pediatrician.
FYI - We live in Averill Park.

That earlier question is from 2011, so it's been a bunch of years and things change. Also: We're guessing Nate and his family are probably looking for a good practice somewhere in Rensselaer County or eastern Albany County.

So, got a suggestion for Nate? Please share! And as with most questions -- but especially with doctors -- a sentence or two about why you're recommending a practice (easy scheduling, good listeners, etc.) can be a big help.

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My wife and I continue to be impressed with Dr. Kari Bovenzi of Genesis Pediatrics in Albany (and her nurse, too!). The reviewer in the past AoA thread hits the nail on the head with everything said. I'll also add that she's very sensible when it comes to medicating a child. Have a cold? She'll likely encourage you to let nature run its course rather than recommending a slew of things to force-feed your kid. As a parent, her demeanor and approach are very comforting and confidence inspiring.

Pondview Pediatrics on Miller Rd. in Schodack right off of exit 10, We've had all our 4 children through them and no one is better!

We use Community Care Physicians in Schodack (Dr. Kelli Barry) for our daughter and they have been wonderful. Dr. Barry, in particular, has an excellent bedside manner and is very thorough. On the occasions our child has been sick, we've always been able to get an appointment within hours. The evening/weekend on-call service is prompt.

Dr. Torre at Capital Care Pediatrics in Troy. The absolute best.


My son was born in November, and we love Harmony Mills Pediatrics in Cohoes. It's run by Mary Kathleen DiTursi who has a PhD in Engineering from RPI before getting her MD. She's basically a big (well qualified) nerd, and a kid at heart (she wears tee shirts with cartoon character's to work) She is so sweet to our baby, and very good at supporting our decisions. She's very pro-breast feeding, and I've heard they will do delayed vaccinations, although that's not something we personally have done. Appointments are easy to get within a 24 hour period, and they also have a "sick child" policy, where if your child was sent home form school sick, they will see your child that day. They also have an online portal where you can reference all the paperwork from every visit. They also remind you of your appointments through text and email. So, they are very good about using technology to make things easier for their patients. Finally, if you call after hours, they do not use an answering service, so you will be speaking directly to one of the MDs or NPs.

I agree with Pondview Pediatrics as well! Always are seen in a timely manner and always able to get in on short notice if need be! We've been bringing both our kids there for a little over 7 years now!

Dr. Larsen is a wonderful pediatrician:

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