DR. NICOLE MCKINNEY
As the mother of a medically complex child who sees more than 20 specialists, I sometimes feel like I live at the doctor's office. I dread most appointments — but not with our pediatrician. A fellow special-needs mom, McKinney understands what it's like to live in both worlds — that of a special-needs parent and that of a medical professional. She takes thorough notes, asks questions to ensure she gets where I'm coming from, and offers well thought-out advice. I always leave our appointments feeling heard, encouraged and better-off — and so does my kiddo.
— Erin Prater