I interviewed a couple of pediatricians while I was pregnant and decided on Dr. Carlson because besides answering all my questions the right way he had the most gentle, soothing manner. I decided that as a first time mother I was hyper enough, my son's doctor needed to be calm and orderly.
He is supportive of my decisions for my son, but I can tell that if I had wanted to go another way he wouldn't try to beat me up about it. He does have some definite opinions, though, and isn't shy about expressing them. I tend to be very involved in the decision making process concerning my son's health so I do quite a bit of private research and have been satisfied with his answers when I really question him.
During our initial interview he took quite a long time to talk with me so I was surprised at my first appointment when I felt like he was rushing. I understand that he's running a business and has rooms full of patients to get to, but I wish that I felt like he was taking more time to concentrate on us. I also get very frustrated by the amount of time we have to wait even before we get to the examination room. It's irritating to be on time and then have to sit for thirty minutes.