Over the summer I switched pediatricians for my kids and I am so happy that I did. What I found myself doing though was kicking myself for not doing it sooner.
Our former pediatrician was part of a practice with 4 doctors. Out of those 4 doctors I didn't like 2 of them. Out of the other 2 that I "liked", I felt one never listened. Being part of a larger practice you get lost in the crowd and I never felt as if they knew me or my kids. I had finally had enough.
Our new pediatrician is in a practice of 2 doctors. I scheduled a well visit over the summer so we could meet the doctor and get to know her before we "needed" her when one of the kids was sick. What I found was was a doctor who took the time to listen. She listened to me and more importantly, listened to my kids. Before she left us she asked if I OR THE KIDS had any questions. She washed her hands between each kid which is something I have never seen our previous doctors do. She was thorough and I knew we were in good hands.
When I met the other doctor in the practice under sick circumstances, I was just as happy.
We aren't just a nameless face. When I take one kid in they ask me about the others. They are always sure to ask if we have questions or need anything else. I've gotten reassurance from them and my kids have gotten wonderful care from them. I am so happy I found them.
The lesson here is, when you feel your doctor isn't the right fit, trust your instincts. Keep looking.