Ohio Foreskin Friendly Physicians

Ohio Foreskin Friendly Physicians 

Dana Lenhart Tavaniello, DO
AOBP Certified Pediatrician
Sunshine Pediatrics, LLC
487 West Main Street
West Jefferson, OH 43162
phone 614-379-5148
 fax 614-379-5156

Janet Levatin, MD 
Holistic Pediatrics, Homeopathy for Children & Adults
Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center
7380 Engle Rd
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130 (Cleveland area)

Dr. Jeffrey Heaton
ESD Pediatric group
Hyde Park Office
4000 Smith Road, Suite 175
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Fax 513-533-6105
Email hydepark@esdpeds.com
Website: www.esdpeds.com

Dr. Mickey Denen
6611 Clyo Rd
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Suite A
Dayton, OH 45459

Dr. Dhanu Sant
Whole Kids Pediatrics
1335 Dublin Road, Suite 114E
Columbus, OH 43215

Dr. Robert C. Forsythe, M.D.
Riverside Pediatric Associates
4885 Olentangy River Rd. Suite #2-10
Columbus, OH 43214

Dr. Charles Kratz, MD
Family Practicioner
Oakhill Medical Associates
4879 US Highway 68 S
West Liberty, OH 43357-9525

Dr. Julie Hertzer, MD
Advanced Pediatrics
3733 Park East Drive Suite 102
Beachwood, OH 44122-4334
fax: 216-591-1544

Dr. John Delliquadri, DO
Family Practice
Delliquadri and Delliquadri
Dos 116 E Liberty St
Girard, OH 44420

Dr. Kevin Dickerson
4885 Olentangy River Rd Suite #2-10
Columbus, OH

Dr. Edward J. Lane
Family Practice
7901 Diley Rd #200
Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Dr. Patrick Johnston
5063 Dresden Court
Zanesville, OH

Dr. Lawrence Heiny, M.D.
453 Waterbury Ct.
Columbus, OH 43230

Dr. Thomas Bartman, MD, PhD 
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
PH: 614-722-4559
FX: 614-722-4541

To have your physician or health care provider added to this list if s/he is intact knowledgable and does *not* attempt to retract or encourage parents to retract their baby boys and children, email DrMomma.org@gmail.com or leave a comment at the end of this page. Feedback and reviews of physicians in-state are also welcome in the comments section. View a full description of physicians across the nation here: Foreskin Friendly Physicians.


  1. Dr Shelly Mills out of Defiance, Ohio is NOT foreskin knowledgeable. I have taken my then 7 month old to her in the past couple of months and she retracted my son, even after I told her we left our previous pediatrician due to forced retraction and that I do not want him retracted. She even suggested that I get him circumcised, but that they don't do that until they are after a year old if we miss the opportunity when they are newborn. She seemed quite puzzled when I very adamantly said I will NOT mutilate my son. I have sent reading material to her and will give her one more and one last chance to educate herself.

    1. Thank you for your feedback on this physician. We have removed Mills from the list.

  2. I have an excellent pediatrician to add. He actually gave ME a lecture on not retracting the foreskin. When I asked him if my son would resent me someday for NOT having him cut, this doctor explained that the US was pretty much the only developed nation who practiced RIC. He affirmed that there was NO reason whatsoever to circumcise a baby. (He even added, "Listen, I'm even Jewish, and I'm telling you there is absolutely no reason for circumcision). He is also supportive of parents who choose not to vax.

    Dr. Lawrence Heiny, M.D.
    453 Waterbury Ct.
    Columbus, OH 43230

  3. We take our five month old son to John Delliquadri in Girard and have never had a problem with him. He has never once taken my sons diaper off either.

  4. Dr. Dickerson in Columbus knows that retraction often doesn't happen until puberty and knows not to force or advise retraction. He also gives a very positive response to parents who decide not to circumcise. The practice will do circumcisions, though.

  5. Dr. Hertzer at Advanced Pediatrics (Beachwood) is intact-friendly. She was in disbelief that any doctor would retract a child when we discussed it. They also do delayed or selective vaccinations.

  6. I chose Dr. Forsythe in Columbus on recommendation from another friend with several intact boys. She said he was the one who told her to never retract and just let it happen in it's own time. When I interviewed him over the phone to ask if those in his practice knew proper intact care, he seemed to be trying to argue against circumcision even though I told him we were already decided against it. He has never even touched my son's foreskin during exams.

    1. Do you still go to him? I am due in October and am still trying to decide on the right pediatrician.

  7. Dr. Sant in Columbus is a great doctor. I am a first time mom and she has been wonderful in helping to educate us and giving us resources to look at while at home. She 100‰ supports intact boys and knows all about proper techniques. She is also non vax friendly! She does not practice wholistic medicine....but is as close as it comes while not practicing. Oh and she also supports home births and works with many midwives in the area! :-) i would recommend her to anyone in the area!!!

  8. Dr. Kratz in West Liberty is foreskin friendly. We also do delay/selective vax and not only does he support it, he does the same for his kids. Love him!

  9. Thomas Bartman, MD, PhDSeptember 13, 2013 1:11 PM

    As a pediatrician, I am dedicated to providing the best possible care for all of my patients, and I do so without regard to race, financial status, or gender. Thus, I am concerned about the apparent disparity in the opinions of the AAP regarding the circumcision of males and females.

    In July 1998, the AAP Committee on Bioethics issued a statement condemning the mutilation of female genitalia.1 Although female genital mutilation (FGM) exists in many horrendous variations, that statement clearly included within its definition of FGM "excision of the skin surrounding the clitoris" [paragraph 6].

    In that report the Committee also clearly stated that pediatricians should
    "decline performing all medically unnecessary procedures to alter female
    genitalia" [paragraph 4]. Furthermore, under the heading "Cultural and Ethical Issues" the Committee stated that the parents' cultural, societal, and religious beliefs do not give them the right to consent to a medically unnecessary procedure for their child.

    Therefore, I was dismayed to read that in March 1999 the AAP Task Force on Circumcision failed to afford the same protection to our male patients.2 This report stated that male circumcision "is not essential to the child's well-being". In other words, it is not medically necessary. However, the Task Force stated that "it is legitimate for parents to take into account cultural, religious, and ethnic traditions ... when making this decision." This is something with which I strongly disagree. Just as no surgeon would perform a medically unnecessary appendectomy just because the parents desire one for their child, so should we, as the protectors of children, refuse to perform unnecessary mutilating procedures on our patients simply because of their parents' desires. Remember, we are not "religious" or "cultural" or "ethnic" practitioners. We are physicians who should practice medicine, not rituals.

    Therefore, I hope that my fellow pediatricians will join me in declining to perform medically unnecessary procedures to alter either male or female genitalia, and I ask the AAP to reconvene the Committee on Bioethics to review the policy statement of the Task Force on Circumcision.

    Thomas Bartman, MD, PhD
    700 Children's Drive
    Columbus, OH 43205
    PH: (614) 722-4559
    FX: (614) 722-4541

  10. Dr. Erin Fain at Mansfield Pediatrics in Mansfield, OH is foreskin friendly. I can't vouch for the rest of the office staff though. During my son's first visit, a PA tried to retract his foreskin. I stopped her and told Dr. Fain, who then spoke to the PA about the dangers of forced foreskin retraction. I haven't had another issue there since then (over a year ago).

    Anyway, I don't see any doctors from Mansfield listed, so I thought I would tell you about Dr. Fain. I would just be sure to talk to her about your son's intact status at the first visit and make sure you diligently watch any other staff members.

    Dr. Erin Fain
    Mansfield Pediatrics
    770 Balgreen Dr
    Mansfield, OH 44906
    (419) 522-3341

  11. We take our son to Dr. Hani Haidar in Toledo, OH at Franklin Park Pediatrics. He is intact knowledgeable (I believe he is intact himself) and though we've never had a conversation about my son being intact, when I switched from a DO to Haidar, he asked why (by then my son was 9 months old) and I told him the DO wasnt intact knowledgeable (tried to retract him) and kicked us out bc we didnt want to vaccinate. he said "oh no, thats not good-you never retract when intact!" and is also supportive if you dont vax, vax on a different schedule, whatever you want. I love him! Im so glad we found him and I recommed him often. :)

    Hani Haidar, MD
    2000 Regency Ct #103, Toledo, OH 43623

    1. We have been taking our children to him for a couple of years now. They just recently changed their policies and are now forcing vaccinations. We just tried to make an appointment for our newborn and were rudely informed that they wouldn't even put us on the schedule unless we agreed to vaccinate. Looking for a new dr now.

  12. Dr Janelle Pool with Primed Physicians in Springboro OH is intact friendly. She never once tried to retract my son and was very knowledgeable in intact care!

    Dr. Janelle Pool MD
    243 W. Central Ave
    Springboro, Ohio 45066

    Phone: 937-748-4814

  13. In the Lima area, avoid Dr. Bonnie McNamara. She is very pro-circumcision.
    In the Dayton area, avoid Dr. Pam Daufel. She is the same way.

    1. Dr. Tracy Sharp (DO) has been very knowledgeable and has taken great care of our intact son.
      Family Practice Physicians
      2875 W Elm St, Lima, OH 45805

  14. I am looking for a pediatrician in the Medina, OH area that is intact knowledgeable. Can anyone recommend someone in that area?

  15. Be careful at Hilcrest Pediatric ER, Mayfield, OH... I had to take my 11 week old there for high fever and I told the nurse before she cathed him that he was intact and that she needed to be gentle with him. She forceably pushed back his foreskin all the way to expose the entire head of his penis! I freaked out, but because I am new to this baby boy business, I fell for her line that it was medically necessary and that she didn't force it. I told her everything I've read and been told went against that...only to have the DR (Carolyn Penrod) come into the room to reassure me that everything was ok, and what she did was normal. I feel awful for my son... We are also changing pediatricians because mine didn't think there was anything wrong with it and is constantly instructing me to pull back and clean, even after I told him I didn't agree and why, I am still left being treated like a "dumb" mom. Thank you for your information, I have made an appointment with a DR listed here in attempts to have a DR treat my son's penis the way I believe it should be.

  16. I am a pediatrician in West Jefferson, Ohio that is foreskin friendly and knowledgeable. I have two beautifully intact boys myself and hope to educate others on the dangers of routine circumcisions. I'm also very open to alternative vaccine schedules and those that choose not to vaccinate their children. I personally have chosen to vaccinate my children, but do choose an alternative schedule for them as well. I feel the relationship between patient families and the doctor is a partnership and look forward to welcoming those new families into my practice that share similar views! Additionally I'm a Christian doctor that hopes to serve all of those that walk through my door and spread the light of Jesus into their lives. Please check out my website or facebook page for further information!

    Sunshine Pediatrics, LLC
    487 West Main Street
    West Jefferson, OH 43162
    Facebook: Sunshine Pediatrics

    Have a blessed day!

  17. Dr Helmut jungshaffer
    319 W Lorain St, Oberlin, OH 44074
    (440) 775-1881

    He will poke around looking for hernias and checked my son's testicles but never even touched my son's penis.

  18. Looking for An intact friendly female Dr. In Toledo, ous left the area and my kids are all much more receptive to female Drs. For what ever reason?

  19. Dr. Alexandre Rotta, MD
    Department of Pediatrics-Pediatric Critical Care
    UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
    11100 Euclid Ave
    Cleveland, OH 44106

    He Should be on this list. He is a VERY prominent and outspoken Pro-Intact Ped.



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