Dr. Joseph Avni-Singer
Dr. Joseph Avni-Singer was nominated by the mother of one of his patients, Sharri Lungarini
What makes Dr. Avni-Singer Xtraordinary to you?
Dr. Avni-Singer is a Developmental-Behavioral pediatrician. He has known Wyatt since he was almost two-and-a-half years old. We met with him twice to share Wyatt’s history (at age 2-1/2 his medical file was about 2 inches thick) and then he met Wyatt. Wyatt was cooperating and it was safer to have him on the floor, Dr. Joe sat down on the floor as he played with Wyatt, asked us more questions, and examined Wyatt. It set the tone for the rest of our relationship.
He is the one who diagnosed Wyatt with Fragile X and had us do DNA tests. Since then he is Wyatt’s champion. We’ve had to fight for services medically, educationally, and for the home. He sends us research and he reads the research we send him as well. He knows Wyatt. Wyatt has multiple needs with autism, Fragile X, anxiety, being non-verbal, medically, behaviorally, and cognitively, but more than that he sees Wyatt’s personality, his problem-solving skills, how vocal he is and how sassy he is.
He sees the loving boy underneath the layers and advocates with us for whatever Wyatt needs. What will make Wyatt his best self. He is encouraging, enlightening, and compassionate. He’s seen him at his best, worst, and his sickest, and his support is priceless when you’re in the trenches. We are so blessed to have him as Wyatt’s doctor. I can’t imagine where Wyatt would be without him.