Denise K. Schaffert, M.D. is a pediatrician with Midland Family Physicians, P.C. She sees children ages 0 - 18 at her practice in Midland, Michigan.
Philosophy of Care
Coming from a big family, Dr. Schaffert has always enjoyed being around children.
“I love children’s spontaneity and zest for life,” she said. “I try to foster a relationship so the child feels comfortable with me and I can get better clues about what is going on and what they need from me. The interaction is different at age 4 versus 14, so the relationship is always evolving. I want kids to feel confident talking to me so that as they get older, they can tell me about any issues they need help with.”
“I also enjoy helping parents navigate the stages of child development and the occasional behavioral problems that arise. I give my patients and their families the best health care and support that I can.”
“If you have a question about whether your child is sick and needs to be seen, I encourage you to call the office. Kids are not always able to articulate what is wrong, and parents are often the best judges. We have some evening hours, doctors on call and time slots for patients with urgent needs. It is better to call than to worry and wonder.”
Dr. Schaffert, being a Midland native, is not new to pediatrics or to Midland. Both she and her late husband previously practiced here, he as a neurologist. After her husband passed away, she took time off from practicing medicine to raise her three children. She also ran a home business of making children’s clothing, which helped her stay in touch with many of her former patients and their families.
“With my own kids now grown, I have been missing my practice and having children be a part of my life, so I’m very excited to be back.”
Dr. Schaffert kept up her credentialing through the years and has recently re-certified in pediatrics, which required her to thoroughly review the latest literature and research in her field.
“I’m particularly fascinated by new behavioral and developmental research that gives us better insight into how kids’ brains work and how we can help them reach their fullest potential.”
She is also a strong proponent of breastfeeding and immunizations as two of the many ways to give children a healthy start in life.
“Immunizations are one of the biggest breakthroughs in children’s health over the past 50 years, offering health benefits that are just short of incredible. When I started my residency in the late 1980s, the wards were full of serious cases of the same bacterial diseases for which we now routinely vaccinate. We saw many life-threatening cases of meningitis, pneumonia, and epiglottitis that have nearly disappeared thanks to our immunization program. It is one of the best things we can do for our kids, and I feel it is both a matter of safety and trust parents to get their kids immunized. By keeping immunization rates high, we can keep these deadly diseases at bay.”
In her free time, Dr. Schaffert enjoys being creative, being outdoors and working in the garden as well as spending time with her three grown children -- twin boys and a daughter.