2016 Main Line Parent LOVE Awards: Best for Families Guide
There is a lot to love about our community. So it’s no surprise that when we ask you each year to tell us who some of the most family-friendly, fun, exciting, delicious, and influential businesses are around the Main Line, you have no problem answering. The next time you need … anything … simply turn to this list of amazing and outstanding companies, as seen in our latest issue.
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Dr. Geoff DiDario, Main Line Allergy
Whether you are sure your kiddo has more than just another cold or it’s you breaking out in a mysterious rash, Dr. Geoff DiDario is a local family favorite. With patience, care, and plenty of information to set your mind at ease, Dr. DiDario can walk you through the basics of asthma triggers, how to handle allergy injections, and even determine your little one’s allergy triggers without those painful needles.
233 Lancaster Ave. # 200, Ardmore; mainlineallergy.com
Dr. Nicholas Pawlowski, CHOP Specialty Care & Surgery Center, King of Prussia
550 Goddard Blvd., King of Prussia; chop.edu
Dr. Corinna Bowser, Narberth Allergy & Asthma
109 Forrest Ave., Narberth; narberthallergy.com
Dr. Nirav Mehta, Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia
It may sound like a pun, but Dr. Nirav Mehta has a reputation for being able to get to the heart of cardiac problems. With a focus on cardiac disease, this Thomas Jefferson University Hospital-trained physician is known for his personable bedside manner and candor when it comes to discussing sometimes complex and difficult topics with his patients.
255 W. Lancaster Ave. #328, Paoli; mainlinehealth.org
Dr. Frank McGeehin III, Lankenau Heart Group
100 Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood; mainlinehealth.org
Dr. Matthew Goldstein, Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia
255 W. Lancaster Ave. #328, Paoli; mainlinehealth.org
Best Child/Family Therapist
Getting a teen on to open up can be tricky on a good day. Ashley B. Cook, M.Ed., LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of behavioral mental health disorders, family counseling, and life development coaching for college-bound teens and goal-driven adults under 40.
“I bring a fresh and practical approach to helping Main Line area families and young people,” says Cook. “‘Therapist meets Coach’… I call it the “Mind Coach” approach, which makes it easier to connect with my clients and build life-changing relationships with all of them, no matter what their age.”
300 Lancaster Ave #200, Wynnewood; mindcoachpro.com
Dr. Shoshanna Wortman, The Center
133 Ivy Lane, King of Prussia; centeredpsychology.com
Dr. Margaret Ann Price, Gruenberg & Summers, P.C.
950 E. Haverford Road #302, Bryn Mawr; gruenbergandsummers.com
King of Prussia Family Wellness
Feeling off? Out of line? In pain? King of Prussia Family Wellness can deliver the highest degree of wellness possible through to-quality chiropractic and rehabilitative services that develop and strengthen your entire body. From classic realignment to injury-related care to specialty care for pregnancy, they’ll get your back back in order.
“We are the perfect combination of cutting edge sports medicine coupled with a down-to-Earth, feeling like you are home atmosphere,” says Dr. Brandie Nemchenko. “Our office loves taking care of the whole family from babies all the way up to grandparents. Our favorite moments are when friends hang out in our office with their kids or a whole family comes in! t is awesome to help the community be healthier and function better.”
992 Old Eagle School Road #902, Wayne; kopwellness.com
Strafford Chiropractic & Healing Center
136 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne; drjennhartmann.com
Dr. Rubina Tahir
7592 Haverford Ave., Philadelphia; rubinatahir.com
Ringfeil Advanced Dermatology
Moms and dads looking to put their best face forward turn to Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology for general and cosmetic treatments – from acne management to Botox to laser hair removal. One of the most advanced facilities in the Main Line with a focus on patient education and comfort (they are known for their generous appointment time slots so patients can ask as many questions as they need to), the practice is proud of investing in the latest resources so every patient can achieve their desired results and walk out happy. Medical Director Dr. Franziska Ringpfeil knows these small touches make a big impact on busy area parents – she’s one of them.
“As a mother of four children who are involved in many of the local Main Line activities, I love to meet the area families both at our practice and during social events,” she says.
569 W. Lancaster Avenue, Haverford; ringpfeildermatology.com
Dr. Danielle Dehoratius, Dermatology Associates of Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists
259 E. Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood and 825 Old Lancaster Road, Suite 450, Bryn Mawr; wrderm.com
Dr. James Treat, CHOP Specialty Care & Surgery Center, King of Prussia
550 Goddard Blvd., King of Prussia; chop.edu
Well Born Baby
The countdown to baby’s arrival is full of lots of planning – but not just decking out the nursery and stocking up on cheeky onsies. Turn to the team at Well Born baby for childbirth education to prep you for D-day, birth and postpartum doulas to get you through it, and breastfeeding education and counseling for those first weeks as a family.
“We provide nonjudgmental support and information to our clients allowing them to make the decisions that are best for their body and baby,” says owner Christina Duff. “We believe there is no right way as long as mom and partner are active participants in their care, understand their options, and make the choices they are comfortable with.”
Main Line Doulas
Dr. Mark Rizzi, CHOP Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Bucks County
When the cycle of ear infections just needs to stop, a trusted ENT like Dr. Mark Rizzi is what you need. A seasoned pro who also works out of CHOP’s main campus in the city, Dr. Rizzi can decide if tubes or adenoid removal is right for your child and help even the most squeamish of children – and parents – through the process.
500 W Butler Ave, Chalfont; chop.edu
Dr. Charles Gawthrop, ENT Associates of Paoli
11 Industrial Blvd. Suite 102, Paoli; entpaoli.com
Dr. Lisa Elden, CHOP Specialty Care & Surgery Center, King of Prussia
550 Goddard Blvd., King of Prussia; chop.edu
With more than 100 years of serving the local community under its belt, its no wonder Paoli Hospital, part of the Main Line Health network, has become a trusted resource for families in the area. In addition to being known for quality physicians and personalized care, the hospital also boats an award-winning orthopedics program, a full-service cancer center, heart care center, The Holloway Breast Health Center, and the area’s first celiac center.
255 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli; mainlinehealth.org/paoli
Lankenau Medical Center
100 Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood; mainlinehealth.org/lankenau
Bryn Mawr Hospital
130 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr; mainlinehealth.org/brynmawr
Best Lactation Consultant
Lee Ann Shore, BabySense RN
Motherhood doesn’t always come easy, and the assistance and guidance of a lactation consultant can often be a much-needed resource during those first exciting and exhausting weeks. In addition lactation counseling, owner Lee Ann Shore also provides and CPR training for new – and experienced — parents.
“I enjoy watching everything click, whether it is a mom nursing her baby, or an individual who starts to understand not just the how but the why in the way we perform CPR,” she says.
Dana Ehman, MotherBorn
790 E. Market St. Suite 195, West Chester; motherborn.com
Best Marriage Therapist
Live Well Therapy Associates
You wouldn’t hike rocky and unknown terrain alone, and the same applies to relationships. Live Well is a full-service therapy center offering individual, family, couple, and group psychotherapy services to help facilitate personal growth and conflict resolution.
“We enjoy working closely with area families to witness the change and growth that occur during our time together,” say Abigail Bartus, MSS, LCSW & Johanna Kulp, MSW, LCSW. “Seeing families make lasting, sustainable changes within their relationships is very rewarding.”
111 Forrest Ave., Rear Courtyard, Narberth; livewellassociates.com
Dr. Belinda Madison, Madison and Associates Psychotherapy
171 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli; drbelindamadison.com
The West Chester Therapy Group
222 N. Walnut St., West Chester; wctherapygroup.com
Dr. Melissa L. Delaney
From routine care to pregnancy to reproductive system conditions and issues, Dr. Melissa L. Delaney is a trusted partner in women’s health care. One of the first female robotic surgeons in Chester County, Dr. Delaney began using robotics in 2009 and spearheaded the robotic program at Chester County Hospital. Her caring nature is matched only by her vast knowledge – with a special interest in studying and treating preeclampsia, and she blogs about rare medical risks in pregnancy.
606 E. Marshall St. #205, West Chester; momdr.com
Dr. Maggie Peden, Women’s Health Care Group of PA, McConnell Division
100 Lancaster Ave. Suite 158, Wynnewood; mcconnelldivision.com
Dr. Catherine Bernardini, Women’s Health Care Group of PA, Main Line Women’s Health Care Associates Division
1030 E. Lancaster Ave., Rosemont; mainlinewomen.com
Parnes & Hill Phamily Orthodontics
If you cringe recalling the sharp metal braces of your youth, you’ll be thrilled (and perhaps a little jealous) when you visit Dr. Parnes and Dr. Hill to get your own child ready for their own set. Times have changed, and this office offers more esthetic options like ceramic braces and Invisalign in addition to metal braces. And don’t hold off calling until your child is a teen – with early interception programs for ages 7 to 11, the staff can reduce the need for extractions of permanent teeth later and minimize time in braces at an older age.
“Our families are the life of our practice,” says owner Debbie Parnes. “We learn something new every day about what the Main Line has to offer from our patients’ families. Often times, orthodontic appointments become a family affair and we’ve recently added adult coloring books and a craft-of-the-month to our reception area to provide entertainment for our siblings, parents, babysitters, grandparents, and the like.”
250 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 230, Paoli and 247 Conestoga Road, Wayne; fjhillorthodontics.com
101 S. Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite 320, Bryn Mawr and 110 Gallagher Road, Wayne; footeorthodontics.com
Dr. Anthony Costa
800 Summit Grove Ave., Bryn Mawr; dranthonycosta.com
Dr. Saloni Sharma, M.D., Rothman Institute Orthopedics
Whether it’s a chronic issue or you injured yourself pushing just a bit too far, Dr. Saolni Sharma can get you back in working order. A board-certified physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain management physician, Dr. Sharma specializes in neck and lower back pain. She is also a practicing acupuncturist, providing a well-rounded suite of options and care.
825 Old Lancaster Road Suite 100, 140, and 200, Bryn Mawr; rothmaninstitute.com
Dr. Kevin Walsh, Premier Main Line Sports Therapy
931 Haverford Road #200, Bryn Mawr; premierortho.com/main-line-sports-medicine
Dr. John Kelly, Penn Orthopaedics
250 King of Prussia Road, Radnor; pennmedicine.org
Best Pediatric Dental Practice
Dr. Benjamin L. McKee, Pediatric Dentist
Even the squeamish of children will find a friendly face and ally in Dr. Ben McKee, one of the area’s most beloved pediatric dentists. Specializing comprehensive oral health care for well and special needs children, adolescents, and teens, McKee focuses on his families – he knows they trust him and does everything he can to prove himself worthy of it.
“The Main Line is such a charming community beaming with pride and strong family support,” he says. “The families in this area are everything to me. I can’t thank them enough on a daily basis for their continued support and trust. I am the truly lucky and honored to be chosen by them as their children’s dentist.”
112 N. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne; drbenmckee.com
Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry of the Main Line
780 Lancaster Ave. #100, Bryn Mawr; pdmainline.com
Rose Tree Dental Group
1245 N. Providence Road #1, Media; rosetreedental.com
Best Pediatric Practice
Advocare Main Line Pediatrics
With two locations and hours seven days a week, local parents love the convenience of Advocare Main Line pediatrics. But more importantly, they love the quality and caring staff who understand how to connect with their young patients and calm the fears of mom and dad. Got an older one on your hands. Teens will appreciate having their own separate office area, where board books are swapped for age-appropriate reading material and these growing kids can begin to feel in charge of their health and wellness.
701 Montgomery Ave., Narbeth and 11 Industrial Blvd. # 2, Paoli; advocaremainlinepeds.com
CHOP Care Network Haverford
600 Haverford Road #100, Haverford; chop.edu
Gordon-Klinow Pediatric Associates
919 Conestoga Road Building 3 #111, Bryn Mawr; gordonklinowpeds.com
Best Physical Therapist
Excel Physical Therapy
Excel Physical Therapy began more than 25 years ago when two physical therapists decided to open a space that focused solely on helping people overcome injury and return to the life they wanted to lead. Since then the practice has grown to cover the entire Delaware Valley, thanks to their focus on customer service and hiring only passionate physical therapists that share their values.
Locations in Berwyn, Ardmore, Glen Mills, West Chester, Media, Newtown Square, and Villanova; excelphysicaltherapy.com
Christine F. Hayes, The Integrated Healing Center
195 W. Lancaster Ave. #3, Paoli; chayespt.com
Bounce Back Physical Therapy
215 Sugartown Road, Wayne; bouncebackpt.com
Best Therapist or Psychiatrist
Annemarie K. Lange, LPC
A bump in the road can be properly navigated with just a little help, and we don’t mean a new GPS. Annemarie K. Lange takes provide in her private counseling practice where she creates warm, welcoming, and safe environment where clients can talk, share, and explore their emotional needs. Lange won’t tell you what you need to do, nor will she put the pressure on you.
“Collaboratively, we create and continually reevaluate goals and a treatment plan to meet their needs,” she explains. “Counseling is a professional relationship, but clients also need to feel comfortable with their therapist personally and my practice strikes that balance well.”
7 W. Central Ave., Paoli; annemarielangelpc.com
Jeffrey Naser, MD and Associates
1137 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn; jeffreynasermd.com
Dr. John Williams, The Main Line Center for the Family
901 Glenbrook Ave., Bryn Mawr; mainlinefamily.com
Best Urgent Care Center
CHOP Urgent Care King of Prussia
Covering all matter of injury and illness that require immediate attention but not the ER, urgent care centers are a convenient and safe option for families in need for ASAP TLC. Add the CHOP name to the center and you have a space you can instantly trust.
550 S. Goddard Blvd., King of Prussia; chop.edu
Doctor’s Best Immediate Medical Care
552A Lancaster Ave., Berwyn; doctorsbestimmediatecare.com
Express Med of King of Prussia
107 Town Center Road, King of Prussia; expressmedkop.com