Pediatric Meltdown with Dr Lia Gaggino

Meet Dr. Lia Gaggino

I am a primary care pediatrician and crusader for children’s mental health committed to elevating children’s emotional well-being as a cornerstone and integral part of pediatric practice. We are privileged to be part of the “magic in the exam room” – to see the smile of a child, to be a confidant for an adolescent.  Our families rely on us to be the go-to professionals when it comes to concerns about their children and adolescents, and we need to be experts in behavioral and mental health.

I created the Pediatric Meltdown podcast to inform pediatric clinicians about all things mental and emotional health for children, adolescents, and yes, ourselves.  Whether it is about sleep, the science of genetics and psychotropic medications, or youth suicide prevention, you can find a resource here.

For more information about my professional life, you can review my curriculum vitae by clicking here.


Gaggino Family Photo

On a personal note, my husband Rodger and I have resided in Kalamazoo where I trained as a medical student and resident, and was fortunate to practice for my entire career at Bronson Hospital for over 30+ years.  We own the Heritage Architectural Salvage and Supply Co. because we believe in preserving the past and lovingly care for our 100-year-old home.  We have raised two lovely and talented daughters, and we are proud of the work they do as young professional women making their own contributions to the world for the well-being of women and children.  

Recent Pediatric Meldown Episodes


Dr. Lia Gaggino has worked as a pediatrician for over 30 years on the west side of Michigan. During her career as a primary care physician, she has been privileged to care for children and adolescents, and know that their success is closely tied to mental wellness.

Recent Episodes

  • All Post
  • ADHD
  • Advocacy
  • Aggression and Disruptive Behaviors
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Building Better Workflows
  • Depression
  • Genetics
  • healthcare disparities and inequalities
  • Medications
  • Mental Health
  • OCD
  • Other
  • Pain
  • Parent/child
  • Physician Well-Being
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sleep
  • Social Media
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Trauma

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