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Dr. Michael Pickens, DO

Dr. Michael Pickens, DO

Pediatric Gastroenterology ·  Male · Age 48


Dr. Michael Pickens, DO is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Tacoma, WA and has been practicing for 10 years. He specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatrics.

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(253) 292-6774

Dr. Pickens accepts the following insurance:

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Medicare Advantage
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Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Cigna HMO
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Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
Commercial Insurance Company
Community First Health Plans
Coventry Health Care
First Choice Health
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First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
Group Health Cooperative (GHC)
Group Health Cooperative
Health Net
Health Net PPO
Medicare Advantage PFFS
Choice Care PPO
Part B Primary
Molina Healthcare
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
ODS Health Plan
Pacific Source
PHP-Physicians Health Plan
Premera Blue Cross
Heritage Plus
Medicare Advantage HMO
Principal Financial Group
Private HealthCare Systems
Providence Health Plans
Personal Option EPO
Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Preferred Provider Network PPN
Regence Blue Shield of Washington
Preferred Provider Network
AARP Medicare Complete Essential HMO
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
United Healthcare
US Family Health Plan
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

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Dr. Pickens' Top Procedures and Conditions

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Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pickens treats Gastrointestinal Malabsorption more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Pickens treats this condition more than 92% of his peers


Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pickens treats Constipation more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Pickens treats this condition more than 85% of his peers


Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pickens treats Dysphagia more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Pickens treats this condition more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Pickens' conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Chronic Recurrent Abdominal Pain
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy With Polypectomy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Constipation
  • Copper Metabolism Disorders
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Endoscopy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Fecal Impaction Removal
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastresophageal Reflux-Related Chronic Cough
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Atresia
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Malnutrition
  • Meckel's Diverticulum
  • Mesenteric Lymphadenitis
  • Nausea
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Ulcerative Proctosigmoiditis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Vascular Disease
  • Viral Enteritis
  • Viral Infection
  • Vomiting Disorders

About Me

As a pediatric gastroenterologist, I am passionate about your child's care and intestinal health. I am progressive in my approach and open to alternative and complimentary care. I truly believe that the connections between mind-body play a large role...


  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics


Oklahoma State Univ. College of Osteopathic Med.
Medical School
University of California-San Francisco
Fellowship Hospital
University of Texas-Houston
Internship Hospital
University of Texas-Houston
Residency Hospital
University of Oklahoma
Undergraduate School


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What People Say About Dr. Michael Pickens, DO
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Dr. Pickens is the kind of doctor that gives a tired mama a hug. He made sure we had a way to contact him in case something urgent came up. After a bad endoscopy, he spent 10 minutes drawing me a diagram of the treatment options for my son. He has lifted my non-ambulatory child onto the exam table for me, to give my back a little break. He's let my kids play with his stethoscope, and called me personally to give me medication options and lay out the potential risks and benefits. A GREAT doctor
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It's difficult to find the words to describe just how incredible Dr. Pickens is. He's the gold standard that other physicians aspire to be like. There are 2 parts to being an outstanding physician: being the most knowledgeable in your field AND having the compassion and connection with your patients. He has both. As a parent, I don't trust physicians easily. I trust Dr. Pickens with my kids 100% without reservation. He is simply the best.
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I’m a high maintenance mom with a lot of questions. I love that Doctor Pickens patiently answers all my questions and doesn’t shy away from me doing my own research. My daughter Bug has been sick for five years and previously had seen a GI from Seattle Children’s with not great results. Although she still had a long road a head I am grateful Dr Pickens is along for the journey. I wouldn’t take my children to anyone else.
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Dr Pickens has been our grandson's doctor from birth to 3 1/2 years. We would never take Jack to anyone else for his gastro care. Jack was very ill as an infant and Dr Pickens got us through those times with compassion and excellent care. Jack is now a healthily, thriving youngster. Dr Pickens is an excellent doctor with a wonderful bedside manner. He always addresses Jack directly and makes him feel important. The clinic staff is also terrific. We highly recommend Dr Pickens!!!
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I absolutely love Dr. Pickens. I have been seeing him for over 3 years. He is very knowledgeable, kind, and reassuring. He takes the time to explain what is going on so you aren't left feeling confused. I have never had any worries going to see Dr. Pickens as I know he does his very best to help me every time. I highly recommend him, he takes great care of his patients.
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He's easy to talk to and very knowledgable. He involves parents on making desions. I feel very confident that my child is getting the best care.
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