Dr. Michael Pickens, DO

Dr. Michael Pickens, DO

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Pediatric Gastroenterology  |  
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46 y/o
(24)

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Dr. Michael Pickens, DO is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Tacoma, WA and has been practicing for 9 years. He graduated from Oklahoma State Univ. College of Osteopathic Med. and specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatrics.

Mary Bridge Chilren's Health Center

311 S L St

Tacoma, WA 98405
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare

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Top Care Areas

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See how frequently Dr. Pickens performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Stomach Diseases
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more than 31% of peers
Gastrointestinal Diseases
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more than 26% of peers
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
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more than 21% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Pickens "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."
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Specialties

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics
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Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
    Accredited by: American Board of Pediatrics*
  • Pediatrics
    Accredited by: American Board of Pediatrics*
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Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic Recurrent Abdominal Pain
  • Cirrhosis
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophagitis
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastresophageal Reflux-Related Chronic Cough
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Atresia
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Malnutrition
  • 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

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Procedures

  • 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

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University of Oklahoma
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Oklahoma State Univ. College of Osteopathic Med.
    Medical School | Graduated
  • University of Texas-Houston
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2007
  • University of Texas-Houston
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2006
  • University of California-San Francisco
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Pickens has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Pickens' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pickens to family and friends
4.8
based on 24 total reviews (2 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (24)

  • 5
    (22)
  • 4
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  • 3
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  • 2
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  • 1
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Dr. Pickens' Performance

Trustworthiness
EXCELLENT
Explains condition(s) well
EXCELLENT
Answers Questions
EXCELLENT
Time well spent
EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

Scheduling
EXCELLENT
Office environment
EXCELLENT
Staff friendliness
EXCELLENT
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

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...more
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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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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Pickens accepts 23 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Choice Health
    First Choice Health PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
    GEHA
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
    Health Net PPO
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare
    Molina
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • ODS Health Plan
  • PHP-Physicians Health Plan
  • Premera Blue Cross
    Heritage Plus
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Providence Health Plans
    Personal Option EPO
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Preferred Provider Network PPN
  • Regence Blue Shield of Washington
    Preferred Provider Network
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Pickens has admitting privileges

Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
317 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
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MultiCare Allenmore Hospital
1901 S Union Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405
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MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital
315 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
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