7:17 pm - 01/20/2005

Gynecologist Recommendations by Region.

I thought it might be useful to have an archived post containing members' recommendations on gynecologists. If you have had really positive experiences with your gynecologist and would like to recommend her/him, please leave a comment to this post. You can look it up later in the Archives under "Gynecologist(s)".*  (If no suggestions here work for you, and/or if you're in the US and looking for low cost care, you might also try this directory of free clinics.)

In your comment, please put the region (city, state, country) in the subject header for easy browsing. Feel free to include any other information in your comment, such as:

1. why you recommend this particular health care professional
2. how s/he can be contacted (phone/email/website, etc.)
3. the gender of the practitioner (some people are uncomfortable being examined by those of particular genders)
4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly
5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like
6. anything else that might be informative/useful (the more information, the more better!)

*NOTE: Having this post archived on our website does not constitute VP's official endorsement of any/all of the gynecologists listed. As with everything else VP-related, please use this resource responsibly and with your own discretion!
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blushingflower Syracuse-Utica (CNY) New York, USA21st-Jan-2005 12:41 am (UTC)
Dr. Lisa Freedman's office in Syracuse is really good. I had my first ever exam there, and the nurse showed me all the instruments before I removed a single piece of clothing, and the Doctor was really nice, as is her NP. And her nurses if you call with a question.
Plus, there are lots of really cute baby pictures all over the walls, which gives me faith in her as an OB/GYN.
onthepage Re: Syracuse-Utica (CNY) New York, USA21st-Jan-2005 01:11 am (UTC)
Ooh, I go to school in Syracuse now. I'm going to bookmark her info incase I need to see a gyno during the semester. Thanks!
sameoldlife1 Poughkeepsie, New York21st-Jan-2005 12:43 am (UTC)
I would highly recommend anyone at Riverside Women's Clinic in Poughkeepsie. Also, I recenlty had an excellent experience with the nurse practitioner at the Planned Parenthood in Red Hook, NY.
pudgybudgie Memphis, Tn21st-Jan-2005 12:46 am (UTC)
Dr Carol Lynn, at the Ruch Clinic
(Chauhan and Kennedy at the same practice are good, too).
NEVER EVER GET A GYNO EXAM FROM:
Tara Hamada...hurts like a sonofabitch.
technotaco Re: Memphis, Tn9th-Mar-2006 12:57 am (UTC)
I went to Dr. Williams at Methodist east/Lebonheur today and she was FAB!
yafah Rutgers University, NJ (Piscataway)21st-Jan-2005 12:50 am (UTC)
Bernice Dillard is at the Busch/Livingston Health Center. She was fantastic. I told her it was my first time and before we went into the exam room she sat me down, explained all the equipment on a plastic model and exactly what would happen. Then she re-explained it as she was doing it, was very gentle and slow, and made sure I was relaxed before she did anything.
skylark777 Re: Rutgers University, NJ (Piscataway)21st-Jan-2005 02:11 am (UTC)
Hey, I got to Rutgers NB too! I was going to set a gyno appointment with a doc at the Busch-Liv Health center but heard that Hurtado was better. Anyway, I'll check out Dr. Dillard.
geminigirl Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, USA21st-Jan-2005 12:52 am (UTC)
http://www.suffolkobgyn.com/home

I saw Dr. Bliss at Suffolk Ob/Gyn for several years, and thought she was wonderful. She does a lot with complementary and alternative medicine, and herbal medicine in gynecology. She was gentle and kind, and it was the most positive gynecology experience I could imagine. They seemed to be LGB friendly-I can't speak to them being transfriendly, because I don't remember how their paperwork was.

They have offices in Port Jeff, Smithtown, Wading River and Patchogue, so they're quite accessible for Suffolk County residents. Dr. Bliss is at Port Jeff, Smithtown and Wading River. Use the website to find the office you want to go to.
scarsnsouvenirs LaGrange, Georgia, USA21st-Jan-2005 12:57 am (UTC)
Dr. Ellen Phillips is actually my favorite doctor ever, in spite of her profession. She is so kind, sincere, and genuine, she sets your mind immediately at ease. She's great at sensing fear, and she assures you it'll be as quick and painless as possible. She talks about what the exam will be like and shows you the tools before anything happens. The exam itself is fast and gentle, and she keeps your mind off of things by asking about things like your belly ring, because she might want to get one herself (!). A nurse is always in the room, too. She is concerned that you get the best care possible, and she carefully reviews the options of treatment. She is soft-spoken and professional, and I cannot say enough good things about her.
mangofandango Southern Rhode Island (South County esp.)21st-Jan-2005 12:58 am (UTC)
Dr. Carolyn Howard

She was very attentive and really listened, was very gentle, and welcomed my spouse to stay with me during my IUD insertion and explained everything to both of us. She has reservations about inserting the IUD but was very willing to have a conversation about it, and was supportive in the end. She was absolutely great about everything, really. So I recommend her for anything OB/GYN related, and I can also tell you that she will insert any IUD for a young nulliparous woman as long as you're convincing. :)
so_cruel New Lenox (south suburb of Chicago), IL, USA21st-Jan-2005 12:59 am (UTC)
I highly recommend Dr. Joelle Wennlund. Her office is in New Lenox, IL (which is about an hour south of Chicago).

When she first walks in the room you might be like me and think "wait, she's going to be down there?!" only because she's incredibly beautiful. In any case, she's very understanding and gentle. She made my first visit to the gyno an absolute piece of cake. Wonderful woman!

Office phone: (815) 463-9040
kathleeniefont Mt. Pleasant, MI [Planned Parenthood]21st-Jan-2005 01:16 am (UTC)
PP *just* opened in Mt Pleasant, and while they are small-staffed right now, the people who work there are absolutly amazing. the main doctor there [i believe her name is dr. d. verberg...that was the name on my prescription] is an elderly woman who reminds me of sue johnson from sunday night sex show. probably the only doctor i've ever had that has made me feel absolutly comfortable and unembaressed. she was also quick and friendly.

the phone number there is [989] 773-5602.
charlie_ihsan Re: Mt. Pleasant, MI [Planned Parenthood]31st-Dec-2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Since this is a reference sheet, then I don't think it's too inappropriate to respond to a three (almost four) year old post. :)
This Planned Parenthood is closed now, as of last year. The closest ones from there are Saginaw, Mi and Big Rapids, Mi.
fshk New York City21st-Jan-2005 02:24 am (UTC)
Marianne Styler
W 81st St. near the Natural History Museum
(212) 874-5200

She's very no-nonsense but also good at making you feel comfortable. I don't know if she's specifically LGBT, but she strikes me as someone who is hard to phase, and she doesn't ask a lot of probing personal questions. I have a friend who sees her, too, and who loves her. Just be prepared to wait in the waiting room for a while.
nobodygrl Re: New York City6th-Apr-2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
how is her bedside manner? is she sensitive to people who have "white coat syndrome" a.k.a freaked out by doctors?
rubyfusion 21st-Jan-2005 02:28 am (UTC)
Santa Cruz, California

Dr. Nancy Thorner and Nurse Practitioner Elise Storz. All-woman office. They give you a hospital gown instead of the paper shirt and napkin deal; the stirrups are padded and go under your knees, not your feet; if it's cold, they bring you a blanket; if you tell them you think you have a particular infection, however plausible or ridiculous, they will investigate it for you; if you want a certain kind of BC pill, it's yours and often it's in the form of a handful of free samples. Best of all, they not only take notes on your physical health, they take notes on your conversation so the next time you come in, they ask how the new job is going or what grad schools you got into. They are the most awesome gynecologist office in the history of ever.
_epiphany_girl_ 21st-Jan-2005 05:23 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh! I go to them too! And I recommended them, below. :)
sulingsi Middletown, CT area and Hershey, PA area21st-Jan-2005 02:35 am (UTC)
in Middletown:
Dr. Julie Flagg is my mentor. I think she's the greatest. She has a million patients and is incredibly busy but somehow manages to make people feel like they are the only one that matters. The practice is Crescent St. OB/GYN on Crescent St. in Middletown. There are several other women docs there who seem nice, but none impressed me as much as Dr. Flagg. All women office, in a Victorian house that is very cozy. Dr. Flagg lives on the 3rd floor. :-)

in Hershey:
There is a wonderful doctor named Dr. Shou Ling Leong who works at the Penn State Hershey medical office on Fishburn Rd. in Hershey. She is very nice and sweet, I would love to have her as my doctor but I don't think she does Student Health. The office itself is nothing to write home about, it's a big, busy family practice. But Dr. Leong is definitely a great doctor for GYN stuff or for FP. I don't think she's technically a gyno but she does paps and so forth, like a lot of FPs.
giraffemoo shelton, washintgon, united states21st-Jan-2005 02:46 am (UTC)
1- its planned parenthood...so if money is a problem then its free
2- phone number--(360)426-2933
3- i've seen 2 practitioners there, both female
4- they were both very kind. very nice and willing to help with any kind of weird problem you have. and i've come in with some weird problems in the past year! oh i just re-read the question...well i haven't come to them with any kinky things, but they are most likley kink-friendly. they gave me a different birth control pill to make me horny again, so they do care about your sexual enjoyment and not just your health.
5- its comfortable. theres usually not a whole lot of people there and you don't have to wait a whole long time. the wait to get into a private room....longest for me was 10 minutes. and then the wait to see someone while you're waiting in your room is about the same, but less. theres lots of magazines in the waiting room.
6- in washington state theres a special kind of insurance where if you have a low income then you can get your birth control for free. with this planned parenthood clinic, they ask for a donation of whatever you can afford (we gave them all we really could afford...$10), and they don't ask for a penny any other time. you can donate if you want, but they don't ask for it. theres not even a guilty donation pot in the waiting room or anything. the only thing i don't like is that when you call the number you get a machine. but one of the options on the machine is to talk to an actual person..and you don't have to listen to the machine for too long, so its ok. i wish i knew the day they had their walk-in clinic...but if you call they will tell you. what it is, is that you don't have to make an appointment you just walk in. but it takes a little longer, of course. and also in the waiting room theres an optional sexual learning thing...a lady who sits there and does sexual trivia like "whats the most rampant std in shelton?" (its herpes). she gives out fun condoms like flavoreds and ribbeds etc. but if you just want an appointment then you don't have to sit through the trivia session if you don't want to. all in all, its a great clinic. i think it might be the only gyno in shelton...there should be some in olympia, but i don't know if there is any others in shelton.
whoa_breathe Seattle, Washington, USA21st-Jan-2005 02:56 am (UTC)
Seattle, Washington (Northgate area--right across from the mall)


1) I recommend this Dr. because she is very professional, kind & gentle and she is very easy to talk to---also knows exactly what she's talking about.

2) Dr Lisa Conaghan, Meridian Women's Health: Web: http://www.meridianwh.yourmd.com/ Phone: 206-368-6644

3) Female

4) I really don't know for sure if the clinic is LGBT and/or kink-friendly. Everyone there is very professional and laid back though, so I wouldn't assume there would be a problem...but like I said don't know for sure.

5) Atmosphere is very professional and also very friendly. I have never once felt judged.
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