Our Pediatric Staff

At Willow Bend Pediatrics, our team consists of experienced, compassionate pediatricians and friendly, nurturing staff members who take pride in giving our young patients the personalized pediatric care that they deserve.

All of our pediatricians are highly educated professionals who have undergone rigorous academic and clinical training in pediatrics. We maintain a high level of expertise through continuing education in order to provide the most up-to-date care for the young patients we are privileged to serve.

Willow Bend Pediatrics believes in a team approach to your child's health and well-being, so all of our doctors collaborate with parents to provide the highest level of care. We appreciate the opportunity to care for your child and pride ourselves on making pediatric care a pleasant experience for all of our patients.

Michael J. Frank, MD - Pediatrician in Plano, TX

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Dr. Frank grew up in a large family, the oldest of nine children. He was Jesuit trained throughout his higher education in Buffalo, New York and subsequently obtained his doctorate degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. His residency training was obtained at Children's Hospital of Buffalo and thereafter he moved to Grosse Pointe, Michigan where he began his Pediatric career.

In 1995, Dr. Frank moved to Texas and established Willow Bend Pediatrics as a solo practitioner. He was a past Pediatric Department Chairman for Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. His areas of special interest focus on the newborn child and toddler issues, but he has many years of experience caring for children from infancy through the college years.

During his time off Dr. Frank enjoys skiing and golfing with his wife and 2 boys, and taking his Jack Russell, Molly for a walk each evening. Dr. Frank feels it is important for a physician to be a good role model to his patients, to demonstrate the importance of staying physically fit and active.

Kim Mehendale, MD - Pediatrician in Plano, TX

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Dr. Mehendale grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine degree from LSU in New Orleans. She then completed her residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in association with Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas before joining Willow Bend Pediatrics in 2001. Her special interests include pediatric dermatology. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband, Neelesh, and their daughter, Leena, and son, Raja.

Susan J. Sickler, MD - Pediatrician in Plano, TX

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Dr. Sickler was born in North Dakota and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Dakota. She then attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and subsequently completed her pediatric residency in Houston at Texas Children's Hospital with the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Sickler joined Willow Bend Pediatrics in 2002. Her professional interests include infectious diseases and caring for international adoptees. She and her husband, Jason, reside in Plano with their daughter Megan and their twin son and daughter, Matthew and Amy.

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Shobha Michaels, MD - Pediatrician in Plano, TX

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Dr. Michaels earned her Doctorate of Medicine degree at Christian Medical College in Vellore India. She completed her pediatric residency at Thomas Jefferson University and its associated Alfred I. DuPont Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr.Michaels has been in pediatric practice since 1995, first in South Carolina and most recently in New York. While in New York, she was affiliated with the New York University Hospital as an Attending Assistant Professor and Clinical Instructor. Her areas of interest include endocrinology and pulmonology. She started her practice with Willow Bend Pediatrics in September 2006. Dr.Michaels lives in Plano with her husband, Max, and their daughters, Tess and Lisa. 

Janet S. Le, MD - Pediatrician in Plano, TX

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Dr. Le grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and relocated to Plano where she attended high school. Thereafter, she received her undergraduate degree at Baylor University. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Texas. She then completed her Pediatric Residency at Baylor College of Medicine in affiliation with Texas Children's Hospital prior to returning home to join Willow Bend Pediatrics in 2009. She is passionate about newborn care, especially with guiding first-time parents, breastfeeding assistance, and pediatric sports medicine including concussion management. She resides in Frisco with her husband, Van and their daughters Madelyn and Brielle.


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