Dr. Michael K. Pickens, DO

Dr. Michael K. Pickens, DO

Pediatric Gastroenterology | Male | 45 years old

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 in our GI tract and all aspects of a child's care need to be addressed. I also have a strong belief that our nutrition drives a significant part of our intestinal health and recovery. I am dedicated to my families and patients.Read more

Mary Bridge Children's Health Center
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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 in our GI tract and all aspects of a child's care need to be addressed. I also have a strong belief that our nutrition drives a significant part of our intestinal health and recovery. I am dedicated to my families and patients.Read more

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Tacoma, WA |
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.
in Tacoma, WA |
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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Dr. Pickens' Care Philosophy

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 in our GI tract and all aspects of a child's care need to be addressed. I also have a strong belief that our nutrition drives a significant part of our intestinal health and recovery. I am dedicated to my families and patients.

Dr. Pickens' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
  •  Board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatrics
  •  Malpractice claims in Washington not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess
  • All Types of Food Poisoning
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Chronic Recurrent Abdominal Pain
  • Cirrhosis
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Achalasia and Cardiospasm
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Food Poisoning
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastresophageal Reflux-Related Chronic Cough
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Atresia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Fluke
  • Malnutrition
  • Megacolon
  • Mesenteric Lymphadenitis
  • Nausea
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Pinworm
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Salmonella Food Poisoning
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Ulcerative Proctosigmoiditis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Viral Enteritis
  • Vomiting Disorders

Education

  • Medical School
    Oklahoma State Univ. College Of Osteopathic Med.
  • Internship Hospital
    University of Texas-Houston

    Completed in 2007

  • Residency Hospital
    University of Texas-Houston

    Completed in 2006

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University of California-San Francisco

    Completed in 2009

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Oklahoma

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics

Procedures Performed

  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy With Polypectomy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Fecal Impaction Removal
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Pyloromyotomy