yup, it's true - dr. gary, the founder of polyclinic pediatrics, was practicing medicine at the age of 21. so not quite doogie howswer but not too far. youngest doctor to ever practice medicine.
there's no way i can ever say enough good about him. i LOVE our pediatrician, dr. gary spector. i have recommended him to a lot of people and everyone has had a good experience with him and his practice. from what i've heard, in a crisis this man is amazing (luckily i have not had to experience that for myself). here are a few things about him that helped me decide to use him/keep using him:
he's brilliant. he is very thorough and bold and i've been told that he totally takes control of his patients in an emergency situation.
he teaches at the UW and is an oncology specialist. all of the docs in his practice were chief residents. he (and another doc in his practice -dr. schuette) are *ALWAYS* listed in seattle magazine's best doctor issue (as voted on by other doctors).
they always see a sick child if you come in during office hours (even without an appointment). they are pro immunizations (he invented one of them). they see their own patients unless the doc is on holiday or involved in an emergency, and when i've seen a different doc it's been david bowe, who is also terrific.
when you first become a patient you'll receive their book that's used as a first line reference for medical conditions. it's very informative and useful.
he talks very fast, has little tolerance for ignorance, and once you get to know him he tells silly and/or dirty jokes.
dr. spector is very much a unique guy so i recommend meeting him before choosing to use him. if you like someone a little more soft spoken you might talk to dr. schuette or dr. bowe.
paid parking is available, and they have valet parking so if you are late or have too many kids with you, it's easy.