gbchristie, what version of LR are you using? The healing brush is supposed to be greatly improved in LR 5.
The healing brush (it is no longer a circle but can be painted and has a very powerful algorithm driving it), the radial filter which was a glaring omission up to now, and smart previews as well as a multitude of nice enhancements make, in my opinion, LR5 the best $99 any keen photographer can spend. The latest improvements make PS less and less necessary for the "average" keen photographer, very high quality full edits can now be done 100% in LR5, as can top grade proofed and profiled printing, and it is a very competent DAM.
Sure Photo Mechanic might be a faster dedicated DAM, but how many of us need to ingest hundreds/thousands of files for fast edits that PM can't then do? Custom metadata and IPTC info etc, that can all be done just as effectively with an intelligent customised workflow in Lightroom. If you have any issue with LR you can guarantee there are serious pros that have designed better workflow options than you are using. There a lot of high volume pros now only using Lightroom and they are happy to share their workflow solutions, check out Creative Live or Pye over at the SLRLounge for several completely different high volume workflows. LR is not an RIP either but it makes superb prints. If you need that last 5 or so % of performance in any area you need to spend to get it, but as a rounded photography package Lightroom really is a very good complete solution, especially when you factor in the plug in options and capabilities for diverse interests.
Hate Adobe all you like, even if the majority of people here are not their key market and rarely pay them retail price for the software, but for keen amateurs/semi pros, hobbyists et al, Adobe have bent over backwards to facilitate you not giving them more money. Name me one other software company that spend their time and money developing a standard, then makes it open, then gives you a free convertor that they fully support with the very latest cameras, also for free, so you can use new camera files on their old software? Give me an example of Apple/Microsoft etc etc doing that.
Adobe bashing gets very boring, if you are not a retail CS5 or CS6 owner you haven't given Adobe a decent amount of money for what they currently sell, they have moved on so get over it. If you are not a retail CS5 or CS6 purchaser and you are here then you probably are the target market for Lightroom 5, at this point LR5 seems to be the best product in its class and price point.