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TulsaKids 2017 Family Favorites

Thank you for voting for your 2017 family favorites! Here are the results.



Every year TulsaKids media invites readers to share their family’s favorites in a wide range of categories from ice cream to place to have a baby. After collecting votes via our website, the ballots have been tabulated, and the results are in. Congratulations to all of our 2017 winners and finalists!

Favorite Cultural Spot/Museum

Winner: Philbrook Museum of Art

Want to get inspired and learn about history through art? For the past 75-plus years, Philbrook has showcased a wide variety of exhibits, including its most current show Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Collection that can be viewed until September 3. Art camps, classes and tours are also offered for children and adults for those interested in developing their artistic knowledge and abilities. Adults enjoy Third Thursdays with special creative programing on a wide range of topics. And Philbrook loves families. Kids can join the MyMuseum club and get a free art toolkit to fill with a new art supply each month. If you visit on Philbrook’s Second Saturday, admission is free for everyone, and the staff will have some special activities.

Finalists: Gilcrease Museum of Art; Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab


Favorite Children’s Theater/Performances for Children

Winner: Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust

TulsaKids’ readers voted the Performing Arts Center Trust as this year’s Children’s Theater/Performances for Children winner. The non-profit organization’s Young at Art series presents one-hour shows to school children, and the Imagination Series gives parents an opportunity to share live, professional theater with their children at shows designed especially for young children. The Tulsa PAC Trust is introducing a new generation to the excitement of live performances.

Finalists: Tulsa Spotlight Children’s Theatre; Encore! Tulsa


Favorite Local Park

Winner: Woodward Park

Woodward Park offers space to roam and flowers galore, perfect for family photos, picnics, get-togethers with friends and walks with the family pooch. Carved out in the heart of midtown, this expansive park provides the perfect excuse to get away from the hustle and bustle and get outside! Several events are offered to get your little one outdoors, too, such as Story Time in the Garden and Little Green Thumbs located in the Linnaeus Garden on the south side of the park.

Finalists: Hunter Park; LaFortune Park


Favorite State Park

Winner: Greenleaf State Park

Before that real Oklahoma summer heat kicks in, stop by the State Park winner Greenleaf State Park in Braggs, OK. The state park includes Greenleaf Lake and 565 acres to hike, camp and enjoy as you see fit. Whether you’ve got an itch to fish or a weekend getaway in one of the 16 cabins available to rent, there are countless options for family fun. Programs offered by park naturalists include astronomy, campfire, hiking, storytelling and arts and crafts. If the lake water isn’t your thing, hop in the park swimming pool or enjoy some mini-golf. It doesn’t matter how outdoorsy your family may be (or not), there’s plenty to do at Greenleaf State Park!

Finalists: Sequoyah State Park; Keystone State Park


Favorite In-State Family Vacation Destination

Winner: Oklahoma City

Need a family vacation but can’t go far? Head down the Turnpike to Oklahoma City to get some R&R. For the curious-minded the Science Museum Oklahoma and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum are a must. Feeding a giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo will make any kid’s day and exploring the exotic Myriad Botanical Gardens will ignite wonder and serenity in both the young and old. Oklahoma City’s Bricktown offers family friendly restaurants that will satisfy even the hungriest of your crew. The Art Museum and The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum are important stops for older children. Be sure to take time to visit the other districts throughout the city; there’s something new around every corner.

Finalists: Grand Lake; Frontier City


Favorite Out-of-State Vacation Destination

Winner: Branson

If you’re in need of an adventure outside the Sooner State, our readers suggested Branson, MO for this year’s Out-of-State Vacation destination. The dozens of rides and attractions at Silver Dollar City guarantee fun for all ages, but if you’re looking to cool off check out White Water Waterpark, Table Rock Lake or Lake Taneycomo. Want a break from the heat and have some indoor fun? Take a trip to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium and the World’s Largest Toy Museum or see a show at one of Branson’s many musical theaters.

Finalists: Florida; Disneyworld


Favorite Tulsa Sports Team

Winner: Tulsa Drillers

For the past 40 years the Drillers have entertained generations. A game at ONEOK Stadium is a treat for every age. Families can sit on the grass near the play area, get the kids a wristband to enjoy bounce houses at Hornsby’s Hangout and enjoy any number of specials when the Drillers are playing the home field. A baseball game is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon or evening. Enjoy the view of downtown Tulsa and a spectacular firework show every Friday night after the game.

Finalists: Tulsa Roughnecks; Tulsa Oilers


Favorite Local Pizza

Winner: Hideaway

Pizza is undoubtedly an American staple so to find your fix, head to our Best Local Pizza winner Hideaway for a slice (or two). Visit any one of several locations for quick and friendly service, a laid back and homey environment and, of course, amazing pizza. Try one of Hideaway’s 20+ specialty pizzas such as the Xtreme, the Pollinator, the Boz and Paradise Pie if you’re feeling adventurous, but if you have something different in mind get creative and build your own!

Finalist: Andolini’s Pizzeria


Favorite Local Ice Cream

Winner: Braum’s

Needing a dessert or a quick summer snack? Whether it’s old-fashioned ice cream, sherbet, frozen yogurt or a delicious ice cream sandwich, Braum’s has something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. TulsaKids’ readers love Braum’s for end-of-school treats, after-game gatherings or a place to make any day special. With locations throughout Tulsa, you’re guaranteed to get fast and friendly service, and a treat to keep the kids happy.

Finalists: Andy’s Frozen Custard; STG Gelateria


Best Local Burger

Winner: Fat Guy’s

The fight for the Best Local Burger was tough but Fat Guy’s came out on top with its infamous cheese and butter-smothered burgers. If you’ve got a hankering for some meat on a bun you have to specify which route you’re going to take at Fat Guy’s. Feeling a fat burger, maybe a specialty? Maybe a jumbo burger? It’s all up to you, but be warned, the jumbo burgers are not for the faint of heart. Fat Guy’s also offers over a dozen toppings of your choice, so deck out your burger with whatever your heart desires.

Finalists: Ron’s Hamburgers & ChiliBrownie’s


Favorite Local Global Dining

Winner: India Palace

As Tulsa’s oldest Indian restaurant you can find friendly service and authentic Indian food at the South Lewis location, or you can have it delivered or ordered to go and enjoy it in the comfort of your home. We recommend the lunch buffet so you can get a taste of everything. Open seven days a week India Palace will give your family an authentic taste of India.

Finalists: Osaka; Yokozuna


Favorite Local Healthy Choice Dining

Winner: Zoe’s Kitchen

A relative newcomer on the healthy food scene in Tulsa, families voted Zoe’s Kitchen as their top choice when it comes to feeding the family healthy fare. The much-heralded Mediterranesan diet is front and center on Zoe’s menu, and for parents who have kids with allergies, they can find nutritional and allergen information on the menu.

Finalists: Panera Bread; Whole Foods


Favorite Party Entertainer

Winner: Tulsa Balloons

Scrambling for birthday party activities, reception decorations or a party entertainer? Look no further than our 2017 Entertainer winner Tulsa Balloons! “Dustin the Balloon Guy” and his wife “Angela The Balloon Twisting, Face Painting Lady” will create balloon animals and put on shows for your kids’ birthday parties. You can also hire their specialists to mingle with guests at events and create balloon animals and artwork that will bring out the little kid in anyone. Whatever your balloon needs, Tulsa Balloons will have you floating on air.

Finalists: Incredible Pizza; Little Gym


Favorite Party Location

Winner: Incredible Pizza

Don’t know where to plan your kid’s next birthday party? Well, look no further than Incredible Pizza’s only Tulsa location on 71st and Memorial. From their arcade to go-karts to mini golf, laser tag, bowling or their endless buffet, Incredible Pizza is the perfect place for you and your guests to have fun and play like the kids you all are at heart.

Finalists: Main Event; Skyzone


Favorite Place to get Cakes/Cupcakes

Winner: Merritt’s Bakery

Who doesn’t love cake? Especially if it comes from a local, family-owned bakery with Tulsa roots stretching back to the late 1970s. Owners Larry and Bobbie Merritt are more than just the founders of a highly successful company: they’re creative and always willing to try new things. In the past four decades, Merritt’s has grown from a 450-square-foot endeavor to a three-store enterprise. Whether you need a simple carrot cake, a character birthday cake that will be delicious and photo perfect, cupcakes for a crowd, or a show-stopping bridal cake, Merritt’s can bake it right.

Finalists: Reasor’s


Favorite Place to Buy Children’s Gifts

Winner: Target

If we had a dime every time someone ran in to Target for “just a couple of things” and left with a cartload of “didn’t-know-I-needed-thats,” we’d probably accidentally spend our small mountain of coins at Target. From toddlers to teens, Target has a gift they’ll like.

Finalists: Toys R Us; Kiddlestix


Favorite Place for Children’s Clothing

Winner: Kathleen’s Kids

Kathleen’s Kids: “Where the clothes are as cute as the kids who wear them!” That’s a big claim to make, but Kathleen’s Kids can back it up with their impressive range of top-quality kids’ clothes. With both international brands such Tsukihoshi shoes and American-made lines like Locally Grown Clothing Company—plus the ability to custom- create hair bows to match any outfit—Kathleen’s Kids is understandably Tulsa families’ favorite place to purchase children’s clothing. 

Finalists: The Children’s Place; Once Upon a Child


Favorite Moms’ Boutique

Winner: Amaranth Collection and Boutique

On the corner of 81st and Sheridan is Tulsa’s one and only Amaranth Collection and Boutique where moms can find cute, stylish and comfortable clothes for a reasonable price! Employees offer easy and friendly service – and will even provide style tips if you’re seeking fashion advice. It’s important to them to make the shopping experience relaxing and at each customer’s own pace. From tops to dresses to jewelry and more, Amaranth is as unique as its customers.

Finalists: J. Spencer Jewelry & Gifts; Rustic Cuff


Favorite Consignment Sale

Winner: Just Between Friends

JBF is the frugal parent’s paradise. With its well-organized displays and multiple events throughout the year, Just Between Friends is a no-brainer. First-time moms can take advantage of their “First Time Moms” presale days, and experienced moms with a house full of abandoned toys and outgrown kids’ clothes can earn some extra cash by becoming consignors. Whether you’re a seller, or a shopper, or both, JBF is easy to love.

Finalists: Rhea Lana; Once Upon a Child


Favorite Grocery Store/Market

Winner: Reasor’s

Reasor’s, established in 1963, has been selling Tulsans the groceries for more than 50 years. And, with more than 15 locations in the Tulsa area, it’s almost a guarantee that there’s a Reasor’s near you. Whether you’ve run out of milk or need to order a cake for a special occasion or need a full, prepared holiday meal, Reasor’s can help. You can even get helpful nutrition advice and order groceries to pick up. Plus, Reason’s rewards program can save you some significant cash when filling up at QuikTrip. Do you need any more reasons to make Reasor’s your family’s favorite grocery store?

Finalists: Sprouts; Whole Foods


Favorite Pre-and Post-partum Classes

Winner: Saint Francis Hospital

Saint Francis Hospital’s “Expectant Family Program” is a comprehensive program designed to help expectant and new moms and their families prepare for the new arrival. Classes offered teach everything from childbirth to breastfeeding to family involvement—making sure siblings and grandparents are as ready to meet the baby as the parents are. 

Finalists: St. John; Hillcrest South


Favorite Place to Have a Baby

Winner: Saint Francis Hospital

Now that you’ve taken your outstanding birthing class at Saint Francis, it’s time to put that knowledge to use! No one ever said labor was fun, but the supportive staff at Saint Francis Hospital will make sure Mom and baby are as comfortable as possible throughout the birthing process. And, if anything should go wrong, parents have the comfort of knowing that the state-of-the-art Henry Zarrow Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is just seconds away.

Finalists: St. John, Hillcrest South


Favorite Baby Gifts

Winner: Babies R Us

Shop-local-loyal Tulsans may feel a bit disappointed that Babies R Us topped the list of places to buy baby gifts in Tulsa. But if you explore their website, you’ll find that Babies R Us is more than just a big box of car seats and wipe warmers. They also offer registry appointments, preparing-for-baby classes, and a wide range of resources helping new parents navigate diapering, baby proofing, and more.

Finalists: Peek A Boo Baby; Buy Buy Baby


Favorite Newborn/Maternity Photographer

Winner: Meagan Ready Photography

Head to Meaganready.com for the most adorable slideshow of sleeping infants ever—as well as some stunning maternity photos. Although Meagan has only been photographing newborns for five years, her work and portfolio are impressive. Meagan Ready Photography studio is also stocked with an array of charming newborn outfits, props and accessories that are constantly updated according to current trends and fashions. All you need to bring is the baby—how great is that?

Finalists: Ann Bennett Photography; Taryn Starkey Photography


Favorite Preschool/Early Learning Center

Winner: Miss Helen’s Private School

“Learning and laughter go hand in hand, and always have.” This quote, by Diana Loomans and Karen Kolburg, can be found on Miss Helen’s Private School’s website, and is a perfect summation of their teaching philosophy. While Miss Helen’s School’s early learning program, which serves children of ages 3-5, focuses on developing verbal skills, handwriting skills, math skills and more, this is all accomplished in an engaging environment alongside music and dance lessons.

Finalists: Riverfield Country Day School; Victory Christian School; Summit Christian Academy


Favorite Private Elementary School   

Winner: Miss Helen’s Private School

Miss Helen’s Private School is unique for many reasons: not only does it offer year-round education as well as extended days of 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (perfect for the working parent!), the school is also unwaveringly focused on meeting each student’s individual needs in order to help them reach their full potential, both academically and socially.

Finalists: Monte Cassino; Holland Hall


Favorite Private Middle School

Winner: Holland Hall Preparatory School

Middle school can be rough, but Holland Hall middle schoolers are blessed with an academically rigorous, community-oriented school experience. Holland Hall prides itself on training its students to stand out intellectually, but also to have a strong moral compass, a secure self sense of self, and a motivation to better their community, whether that be Holland Hall, Tulsa, or wherever life takes them.

Finalists: Monte Cassino; Lincoln Christian School


Favorite Private High School

Winner: Holland Hall Preparatory School

2016 was clearly a good year for Holland Hall families, as proven by their enthusiasm in voting the college preparatory school Tulsa’s Family Favorite private high school. But 2017 may be even better, as Holland Hall recently broke ground on a $20-million commons area, intended to improve the already supportive community of students, parents and faculty.

Finalists: Bishop Kelley; Cascia Hall Preparatory School


Favorite Summer Camp (In-State)

Winner: Dry Gulch, U.S.A.

If spending a week in an Old West town sounds like a childhood dream come true, then check out Dry Gulch. Beyond the old-timey flavor of its amenities—including an authentic steam engine, Dry Gulch is also home to a go-kart track, ropes course, arcade and a high-speed water slide zooming into beautiful Lake Hudson. At Dry Gulch, your child will also participate in chapel services and small groups, filled with practical teaching designed to “reach the hearts of kids.”

Finalists: Falls Creek; YMCA camps


Favorite Summer Camp (Out-of-State)

Winner: Kanakuk

Faith and adventure are the words that best describe Kanakuk. Kanakuk’s sports-focused, faith-minded “kamps” are grounded in a mission to help their campers learn to put God first, others second, and themselves third. But if that sounds pretty cerebral, keep in mind that Kanakuk offers an impressive range of athletic activities, from archery, to football, to mountain biking, to spelunking. If you’re feeling blue because your kids get to experience all this without you, then you may be excited to learn that Kanakuk also hosts a family camp, K-Kauai, in Branson, Missouri.

Finalists: Pine Cove; Camp Barnabas


Favorite Athletic Program/League

Winner: SoccerCity

Whether your kid aspires to be the next David Beckham, or just enjoys the sport, SoccerCity is the perfect resource. SoccerCity’s Li’l Kicker’s program accepts children as young as 18 months, teaching them the basics of coordination and building their confidence both on and off the field. SoccerCity also has programs for kids and adults of all ages, concessions for soccer spectators, summer camps, and party packages. You’ll feel like you’ve scored the winning goal when you become a part of SoccerCity.

Finalists: Metro Tulsa Soccer Clubs United; Upward Sports


Favorite Music Theater

Winner: Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Two words: Hamilton 2019. Or is that one word and one number? Either way, as the venue promising performances of America’s favorite musical (coordinated by Celebrity Attractions), it’s no wonder the PAC is Tulsa’s favorite place for musical theater. Last month’s lineup included the hilariously dark “Little Shop of Horrors” as well as a quirky ode to imagination and empowerment in “Matilda the Musical.” So if you’re waiting impatiently for “Hamilton,” remember that the PAC has a full schedule of great musical theater to enjoy in the meantime.

Finalists: Theatre Arts; Encore! Tulsa


Favorite Cheer/Gymnastics

Winner: The Little Gym

Does your child enjoy terrorizing you by climbing onto countertops, couches or out of the crib? Does his or her high energy level sometimes leave you feeling like you could use a good cheer of encouragement yourself? Then think about taking your little acrobat artist to The Little Gym, which offers developmentally appropriate, fun and energy-harnessing gymnastics classes for toddlers to 12-year-olds.

Finalists: SSB Kids!; South County Gymnastics 


Favorite Martial Arts

Winner: Apollo’s Martial Arts

Focus. Confidence. Respect. Strength. Leadership. These are just some of the qualities your child can develop by joining Apollo’s Martial Arts—in addition to, of course, self-defense skills. Started in 1982 by Dale “Apollo” Cook, Apollo’s Martial Arts now has three locations—in Tulsa, Bixby and Owasso, and classes for children and adults, including Karate Kids, Women’s Kickboxing and Machado Jiu Jitsu.

Finalists: Golden Dragon Taekwondo; Martial Arts Advantage


Favorite Soccer

Winner: SoccerCity

Looks like another score for SoccerCity! Previously recognized as Tulsa’s Family Favorite athletic program/league, it is no surprise that SoccerCity is also Tulsa’s go-to soccer experience for all ages. If you’re still not convinced, visit www.soccercity.com and take a virtual tour of their impressive facilities; indoor fields are covered with Sportsturf infill grass, meaning that players don’t have to sacrifice cushioned comfort for the privilege of avoiding harsh weather. So give it a go, and make joining SoccerCity your next personal goal.

Finalists: Metro Tulsa Soccer Clubs United; Tulsa Soccer Club (TSC) Hurricane


Favorite Music Classes/Lessons

Winner: Music Together

Mozart was composing music by the age of five, and played for the royal court at the age of six. While Mozart was clearly a musical genius, the philosophy behind Music Together is that all children are born with an innate musical ability—it just needs to be encouraged in the right way! Music Together works with students and their caretakers from birth to age seven, allowing kids to “develop their inner music-maker as early as possible.” 

Finalists: Saied Music Company; Abbey Road Academy


Favorite Drawing/Painting Classes

Winner: Pinot’s Palette

Pinot’s Palette has updated the old adage of “Eat, Drink and Be Merry.” Their concept of “Paint. Drink. And Have Fun.” has grown from a novel idea in 2009 to an international franchise, with three locations in the Tulsa area. The skilled teachers at Pinot’s Palette can help even the most skeptical new artist paint anything from a Van Gogh-inspired Hogwarts castle to an Oklahoma sunset.

Finalists: Purple Glaze Studio; Philbrook Museum of Art


Favorite Special Interest Activity

Winner: The Little Gym

The Little Gym of SE Tulsa (you may recognize them from their previous entry as Tulsa’s Family Favorite for cheer and gymnastics) is part of an international network founded on the belief that physical, mental and social development go hand-in-hand. Through their dance classes, music education classes, Super Quest Camps and more, children not only learn coordination, balance, etc., but also how to make good decisions, listen, and cooperate with others.

Finalists: Miller Swim School; Miss Shelly’s School of Dance


Favorite Tutoring

Winner: Kumon Math and Reading

Kumon is well known for its worksheet method fostering independent learning, but what people may not know is the company’s origin story. In 1954, when Takeshi Kumon’s mother noticed that his math scores were suffering, his father, Toru Kumon, a high school math teacher, began making worksheets so his son could focus on improving his calculation skills while simultaneously gaining confidence in his ability guide his own studies. Since then, Kumon has launched math and reading programs across the globe, in schools and universities and private centers, for children of all ages.

Finalists: Mathnasium; Sylvan


Favorite Health Club

Winner: Life Time Fitness

Life Time Fitness is a luxury workout facility, but it is so much more than that. Life Time is also home to LifeCafe, which boasts a variety of healthy smoothie and food options (I’ll have the Mocha Madness Shake, please!), LifeSpa, which provides traditional spa services such as massage, manicures and pedicures, etc., and MediSpa, which offers multiple skin care treatments. But that’s not all! Life Time also hosts incredible summer camps, with weekly themes such as “Medieval Mischief,” complete with marshmallow castles, and “Crazy Crime Lab,” where children can hone their sleuthing skills. So whether you want to sweat, rejuvenate, grab a salad or help your kids make summer memories, Life Time is the fitness facility for TulsaKids parents (and their kids!).

Finalists: YMCA; Sky Fitness & Wellbeing


Favorite Salon

Winner: Ihloff Salon and Day Spa

Ihloff Salon and Day Spa is no stranger to being recognized as Tulsa’s favorite salon and/or spa, but Ihloff doesn’t take these honors for granted. Rather, Ihloff has a list of community involvement that is just as impressive as its salon and spa offerings. From its work with TYPROS, the Tulsa Girls Art School, the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and much more, Ihloff shows a deep commitment to the Tulsa community. And, of course, they do offer outstanding salon and spa services.

Finalists: Spa Lux; Berkshire Salon and Day Spa


Favorite Car Dealership

Winner: Jim Norton Toyota

Whether you’re looking for a new family vehicle, a pre-owned car, or just need some work done on your current Toyota, Jim Norton Toyota can help. And, as their website says, “It’s not all about selling cars here…it’s about being a valuable member of the community.” Jim Norton Toyota is remarkable for its knowledgeable and trustworthy staff, and has won multiple awards that prove their excellence. Furthermore, they are part of the national “Hiring Our Heroes” campaign that prioritizes hiring veterans, military spouses and service members. Toyota itself is known for its reliability, and, as you’ve seen, so is Jim Norton—it’s a win-win.

Finalists: Jim Glover; Jackie Cooper


Favorite Babysitting

Winner: Seeking Sitters

As someone who has experience with Seeking Sitters, I wholeheartedly agree with this Family Favorites choice. Seeking Sitters allows caretakers to choose a payment plan that fits their needs, and their sitters are screened, professional, trustworthy and kind. Plus, each sitter has a profile so parents can see how many jobs they’ve worked with Seeking Sitters and read reviews from past jobs. Seeking Sitters’ online scheduling system is easy to use, and their payment system is secure and simple. So next time you are seeking a sitter, seek out Seeking Sitters.

Finalists: Care.com; E-Nanny


Favorite Date Night Restaurant

Winner: Charleston’s

From salads, to burgers to prime rib, Charleston’s has something for everyone—and at modest prices, too. And, since it’s date night, enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine. With three locations in the Tulsa area—Brookside, Broken Arrow and South Yale Ave., there’s no reason not to reserve a table at Charleston’s for your next date night.

Finalists: The Melting Pot; Mahogany Prime Steakhouse


Favorite Bank or Credit Union

Winner: Tulsa Teachers Credit Union (TTCU) 

TTCU has a fascinating history as well as a loyal clientele. The credit union was founded in 1934 by teachers at Tulsa’s Central High School to help teachers financially through the Great Depression, a time when they were expected to maintain certain sartorial standards on a budget of often just $100 per month. Today, TTCU remains committed to its mission of helping people by returning all of its profits to the credit union itself, which is owned and controlled by its members.

Finalists: Arvest Bank; Bank of Oklahoma


Favorite Cleaning Service

Winner: Merry Maids

“Relax. It’s done.” Merry Maids’ motto is short but gives you all the information you need: whether you require a weekly cleaning service or your home needs an extra sparkle before a party, Merry Maids will handle it. Furthermore, their pricing is tailored to your specific home and needs, so they will visit and provide a free estimate before you commit to anything. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by an ongoing pile of dishes or the daily supply of cereal crumbs dotting your carpet, call Merry Maids.

Finalists: Yale Cleaners; Molly Maid


Favorite Real Estate Company

Winner: McGraw REALTORS ®

Appraisal. Borrower. Closing Costs. Down Payment. If this list makes you cringe, be grateful that you’ve got a great local realtor in McGraw REALTORS®. McGraw has been taking care of Tulsa’s real estate needs for over 70 years and is the largest independent real estate company in northeastern Oklahoma. But the fact that they have over 500 associates does not mean that their service is any less personal or competent.

Finalists: Keller Williams; Chinowth & Cohen


Favorite Realtor

Winner: Jennifer Paine (McGraw)

Jennifer Paine is not just a stellar realtor, she is a mother of four and actively involved in supporting Building All Children, a child development program, and The Little Light House. So not only does she work to ensure that her clients find a comfortable home, she is helping ensure that Tulsa remains a great city to live in.

Finalists: Teri Sherwood (Coldwell Banker); Sally Perez (EXIT Realty)


Favorite Pediatrician

Winner: Birth & Beyond Pediatrics

 From their colorful website to their welcoming office with themed exam rooms, Drs. Alka Sood and Sanjiv Sood prove that Birth & Beyond Pediatrics truly is a family practice, for families. While children might look forward to spending time in the “Superhero Hangout” room or “The Frog Pad,” parents will appreciate that the Soods do everything they can to make doctor visits professional, caring and hassle-free, including on-site labs and x-rays.

Finalists: Dr. Patrick Daley; South Tulsa Pediatrics


Favorite OB/GYN

Winner: Dr. Cole Nilson

The team at Tulsa Women’s Health Care believes that “each and every woman, her pregnancy, and her condition is unique and therefore demands individual and specific attention.” This kind of personalized attention and care is what got Dr. Cole Nilson voted Tulsa’s favorite OB/GYN in 2017.  We know pregnancy can be overwhelming at times, but the high-quality care by Dr. Nilson or his partners at Tulsa Women’s Health Care put expecting moms’ minds at ease.

Finalists: Dr. Corey Babb; Dr. Yen Tran


Favorite Dentist

Winner: On the Cusp

As if the punny name weren’t a clue, On the Cusp Pediatric Dentistry is truly a fun, friendly place to take care of your children’s dental health. But Drs. Ryan Roberts, Ashley Orynich, and Chelsea Taliaferro and their staff are also serious about preventing cavities, oral disease, and helping your children maintain the best possible oral hygiene as they grow up.

Finalists: SuperSmiles; Dr. James Owens


Favoriate Orthodontist

Winner: Dr. Clinton W. Emerson

Brace yourself! Or rather, let Dr. Clinton W. Emerson with Emerson Orthodontics do it for you. Braces and orthodontic work don’t have to be met with trepidation when you’ve got Dr. Emerson and his wonderful associates to guide you through the process. TulsaKids’ readers voted for their caring and experienced approach.

Finalists: Cooper Chockley Orthodontics; Carter Family Orthodontics


Favorite Eye Doctor

Winner: Dr. Robert H. Zoellner

Not only is this Dr. Robert H. Zoellner’s fourth time to be voted a TulsaKids Family Favorite, he and his clinic have also won on similar ballots for Oklahoma Magazine, the Tulsa World, and TulsaPeople! So you can clearly see that Dr. Robert H. Zoellner & Associates is the practice to call if you need help seeing clearly.

Finalists: Dr. Stephen Groves; BA Eye Site


Favorite Allergist

Winner: Dr. James T. Love

No one loves allergies, but Tulsa families love Dr. Love at the Allergy Clinic of Tulsa! Dr. Love specializes in Allergy/Clinical Immunology and Pediatrics and has been serving Tulsa-area families at the Allergy Clinic of Tulsa since 1996. And, as if being a doctor isn’t already a full-time job, Dr. Love is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-Tulsa. 

Finalists: Dr. Lynn Wiens; Eastern Oklahoma ENT


Favorite Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist (ENT)

Winner: Dr. Atul Vaidya and Eastern Oklahoma ENT

Dr. Atul Vaidya is a native Oklahoman who has worked with Eastern OK ENT since 2003. TulsaKids readers voted Eastern OK ENT, the practice, and Dr. Vaidya as favorites. We call that a win-win for Eastern OK ENT. If you suffer from anything from a stuffy nose to hearing loss to laryngeal throat cancer, Eastern Oklahoma ENT can help.

Finalist: Dr. William Hawkins


Favorite Therapist

Winner: Anchored in Hope

Anchored in Hope offers counseling services to help families through times that may seem hopeless. Their areas of focus include infant and toddler mental health, communication skills, infertility counseling, and much, much more. In addition to counseling, they also offer therapeutic yoga and have a beautiful therapy dog “in training” named Nadia.

Finalists: Tulsa Sunshine Center; Dr. Paul Schwartz


Favorite Orthopedist

Winner: Dr. Ryan Gursky

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Kids (and parents) suffer any number of injuries and joint problems. And, no bones about it, Dr. Ryan Gursky is Tulsa’s favorite orthopedist! If your bones or joints ever cause you as much pain as that pun no doubt did, give the Warren Clinic Orthopedic Surgery office a call, and ask for Dr. Gursky.

Finalists: Dr. Wendy Emerson; Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates


Favorite Hospital

Winner: Saint Francis Hospital

It’s no surprise that Tulsa’s only not-for-profit health system, Saint Francis Hospital, is (once again) a Family Favorite: not only can Saint Francis Hospital boast of having the region’s only children’s hospital and Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, as well as supporting health and wellness for all ages, they are active in the Tulsa community, sponsoring beloved events such as the Tulsa Tough and giving millions of dollars back to the community.

Finalists: St. John; Hillcrest