Dr. Sears, or Dr. Bill as his “little patients” call him, is the father of eight children as well as the author of over 30 books on childcare. Dr. Bill is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Bill received his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital in Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto — the largest children’s hospital in the world, where he served as associate ward chief of the newborn nursery and associate professor of pediatrics. Dr. Sears is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a fellow of the Royal College of Pediatricians (RCP). Dr. Bill is also a medical and parenting consultant for “BabyTalk” and “Parenting”magazines and the pediatrician on the website Parenting.com.
Martha is the mother of Dr. Bill’s eight children, a registered nurse, a former childbirth educator, a La Leche League leader, and a lactation consultant. Martha is the co-author of 25 parenting books and is a popular lecturer and media guest drawing on her 18 years of breastfeeding experience with her eight children (including Stephen with Down Syndrome and Lauren, her adopted daughter). Martha speaks frequently at national parenting conferences and is noted for her advice on how to handle the most common problems facing today’s mothers with their changing lifestyles. Martha is able to connect with both full-time, stay-at-home mothers and working mothers because she herself has experienced both styles of parenting. Martha takes great pride in referring to herself as a “professional mother” and one of her favorite quips when someone voices their concern about her having eight children in an already populated world is: “The world needs my children.”
James M. Sears, MD or “Dr. Jim,” as he is known in the office, is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice with his father and brother in Southern California. Dr. Jim has two children: a 16-year-old actress/ballerina/history buff, Lea, and 12-year-old Jedi Knight/bike stunt rider/Lego enthusiast, Jonathan.
Dr Jim is a co-host on the Dr. Phil hit spin-off series called, The Doctors, a nationally syndicated hour-long daily talk show that is informative and entertaining! Dr Jim is very excited to be hosting this show along with three other doctors.
Dr. Jim earned his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1996 and completed his pediatric residency at Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, Tod Children’s Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio in 1999. During his residency, he received the honor of “Emergency Medicine Resident of the Year.”
Dr Jim has been featured on Parenting.com’s “Ask the Experts,” and has written for “Parenting” and “BabyTalk” magazine. Dr Sears’ medical advice has been featured on “Dr. Phil” and the PBS parenting series, “Help Me Grow.” He is an active contributor to the content of AskDrSears.com, and is co-author of The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood (Little, Brown 2006), Father’s First Steps – Twenty-Five Things Every New Father Should Know, (Harvard Common Press 2006). The Premature Baby Book (Little, Brown 2004), The Baby Sleep Book (Little, Brown 2006) and the best selling The Baby Book – Updated and Revised Edition (Little, Brown 2013).
Dr. Jim frequently travels the country speaking about the importance of good family nutrition. In his entertaining lectures, he shares many of the nutritional changes that keep his family healthy and helped him lose more than 40 pounds! He is most passionate about the vital role that nutrition plays in a variety of medical and behavioral problems.
Dr. Jim’s personal passions include endurance cycling, triathlons, sailboat racing and musical theater with his daughter, Lea. His favorite role has been Harold Hill in “The Music Man.” Other recent favorite productions include “Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat” (French brother), “The Wizard of Oz” (Cowardly Lion), “Annie” (Rooster), “Fiddler on the Roof” (Lazar Wolf) “Oliver! (Mr. Bumble) and Big River (King). In his free time, Dr. Jim enjoys snow skiing, hiking, and mountain biking (especially during a beautiful sunrise!).
Robert W. Sears, MD, is a father of three, board-certified in pediatrics, and a co-author in the Sears Parenting Library. “Dr. Bob,” as he likes to be called by his little patients, earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1995. He did his pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital-Los Angeles, finishing in 1998. Dr. Bob is the proud father of three active boys, Andrew, age 15, Alex, age 12, and Joshua, age 6. He and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Dana Point, CA. In his spare time, Dr. Bob enjoys surfing the California waves, mountain biking, playing bass guitar with his teenage son, and trying to keep up with his three children.
Dr. Bob enjoys a very unique approach to pediatrics by providing a combination of alternative and traditional medical care. He has a passion for healthy natural living and incorporates this knowledge into a style of disease treatment and prevention that you won’t find in most doctors offices. By limiting antibiotic use, using science-based natural treatment approaches whenever possible, and focusing on good nutrition and immune system health, Dr. Bob takes preventative medicine to a whole new level. His commitment to breastfeeding success for all his patients also helps babies get a right start in life.
Dr. Bob has a particular passion for helping parents understand childhood vaccines and the options open to them in choosing the safest possible vaccine schedule for their child. As the solo author of The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, his in-depth knowledge of vaccines and the diseases they prevent has helped parents nationwide get a better understanding of this complex and confusing issue.
Having had the privilege to help raise three active boys, Dr. Bob has grown fond of the “parenting” side of pediatrics. He especially enjoys talking to parents in his practice about the joys, and trials, of watching their little babies and toddlers thrive through the first several years of life.
Dr. Bob is committed to enjoying a slow-paced, casual atmosphere in the office, providing long checkups, giving parents the flexibility to ask for house calls at home when needed and being one of the very few Orange County pediatricians to be available after hours, overnight, and on weekends for phone calls and home visits. Because he is not contracted with any insurance companies he is able to focus his attention 100 percent on just being a doctor without having to worry about the business side of running an insurance-based office. His patients take care of billing their own insurance themselves and find that once they learn the process it is very easy.
Dr. Bob has appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show to offer advice on child behavior and parenting issues. He has also appeared on the “Ellen DeGeneres” show, CNN’s “House Calls” with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the CBS “Early Show,” and PBS’s “A Place of Our Own.”
Dr. Bob is a frequent speaker at La Leche League conferences held in Colorado, Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, California/Nevada and the International LLL Conference 2007, as well as various parenting health expos. He has written for “Contemporary Pediatrics,” “Newsweek Japan,” and dozens of regional parenting magazines across the nation. Dr. Bob is co-author of The Baby Book, The Premature Baby Book, The Baby Sleep Book, and Father’s First Steps: 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know, and author of “The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for your Child” and an active contributor to the content of AskDrSears.com and several other parenting websites. He is also a regular contributor to “Working Mother” magazine.
Dr. Peter Sears received his M.D. in 2002 after graduating with honors from Ross University. He completed his residency program in family practice from The University of Tennessee in 2005. Dr. Peter Sears is board-certified by The American Academy of Family Practitioners. Dr. Peter then practiced for two years with his fellow Dr. Sears’ in Southern California at Sears Pediatrics and Family Medicine. Since 2008, Dr. Peter has practiced family medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. He sees all ages in his practice, from infants to geriatric patients. Dr. Sears’ primary passion in medicine is to promote well-being and health through the practice of preventive medicine at all ages along with using traditional and complementary treatments for curing of disease.
Dr. Peter is the co-author of two books. “Dr. Sears’ L.E.A.N Kids” along with Dr. William Sears and Sean Foy which promotes the L.E.A.N program (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition) to help kids and adolescents lead happier, healthier lives. He is also co-author of “The Portable Pediatrician” along with Dr. William, Dr. Bob, Dr. Jim and Martha Sears, which is a comprehensive work on potential childhood illnesses, treatments and prevention to be published in 2010.
Dr. Peter is also a regular contributor on the website, www.AskDrSears.com.