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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starshinedown Marietta/Smyrna, Geogia, USA21st-Jan-2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
1. why you recommend this particular health care professional
She's no-nonsense, easy to talk to, and gentle. She's not the first GYN I've had (my first one I loved, but she retired for health reasons) so I can't vouch for her with first-timers/virgins, but I love her. I like the fact that she isn't chatty - she tells me what she's about to do, what I can expect, does the exam, takes questions, and I'm done. Quick and simple. It's taken me awhile to ask questions, but she's always been warm and willing to talk to me, and make special appointments when I don't need an exam, but have questions about BC. She almost always has a nurse with her in the exam room, which I like - I find it comforting. I think this practice caters to minorites, as I'm usually the only caucasion in the building, but I love the variety in the staff & waiting room. Early morning appointments are best, as far as wait times go. But even busy there isn't too much of a wait.

2. how s/he can be contacted (phone/email/website, etc.)
Cumberland Obstetrics Gynecology
Dr. Valisa Andrews
Phone: 770-541-2122
Fax: 770-541-2229

they are near Windy Hill & Cobb Pkwy. in Marietta.

a co-workers recommends Dr. Babino (sp?) from the same practice. I haven't used her, though.

3. the gender of the practitioner (some people are uncomfortable being examined by those of particular genders) female. I think all the doctors at this practice are female

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly I have no idea...no experience with that

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like laid back. The staff are warm and effcient. I'm not a chatty person, do I don't often have random conversations with them, but they seem very conversational with the other, more verbose patients. There used to be a pediatrician's office next door, so there were often mom& children running around. Now that the other practice has moved I think that will calm down some. There's a lot of African and/or African-American art on the walls.
_deathcabcutie East Longmeadow, MA, USA21st-Jan-2005 05:52 pm (UTC)

1. why you recommend this particular health care professional: My gyno is Cindy Kennedy of the Baystate Ob/Gyn Group; learn more about her here: http://www.bogg.com/biosnps.htm#kennedy

2. how s/he can be contacted (phone/email/website, etc.): at the website here: http://www.bogg.com/contactinformation.htm Cindy is at the East Longmeadow office.

3. the gender of the practitioner (some people are uncomfortable being examined by those of particular genders): Female

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly: i'm not totally sure, but probably!

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like: very easygoing and comfortable, as well as family-friendly. I went there at age 15 to get BC to treat my dysmennorhea, and i was so scared to have my first exam - almost in tears! but cindy was so great, and i felt so silly for being scared.

6. anything else that might be informative/useful (the more information, the more better!): Cindy is great, for ALL ages. Im 18 and i have been going to her since i was 15, and my mother is 46 and has been going to her for a number of years. She cracks jokes and is very free-spirited, but serious about what she does. I cannot recommend her enough!
childishdreams El Cajon, California, USA (San Diego County)22nd-Jan-2005 05:57 am (UTC)
Katherine Sheehan at the El Cajon Planned Parenthood is great! The clinic can be reached at (619) 442-9444. The clinic is extremely liberal with some of the staff wearing pro-choice t-shirts and hand-outs regarding politics and our reproductive rights. They are extremely friendly and courteous and will take the time out to explain anything and everything. They seem to be very okay with people that aren't in mainstream relationship, like I said the clinic seems extremely liberal. I would recommend this clinic for anyone living in San Diego County (I haven't visited the other clinics, so I know nothing about them). They don't do surgical abortions there though, but they do do medical abortions. They also have pre-natal appointments and have every form of birth control under the sun. They seem very open about young women coming in for tubal ligations also. I'm actually going back in 2 months to start the process of getting my tubal ligation. Definitely a place I would like to go back, because I never felt uncomfortable or scared while there.
childishdreams Re: El Cajon, California, USA (San Diego County)22nd-Jan-2005 06:00 am (UTC)
I forgot the address in the original comment (I really wish I could edit comments):

330 S. Magnolia Ave. (it's the downstairs suite)
El Cajon, CA

The main cross streets are Lexington Ave. and Magnolia Ave.
mammothali Park Ridge, IL (northwest suburb of Chicago)9th-Feb-2005 05:59 am (UTC)
Dr. Matthew Nash is a wonderful doctor who really cares about his patients. His nurse is a darling woman who sews covers for those cold metal stirrups in bright and fun patterns :)

He is very careful to keep me informed about birth control, and lets me make my own decisions after he explains to me the risks and benefits of each. After finding a lump in my breast, he called me himself (i.e. he didn't have the receptionist do it) to ask me how I was and remind me to come back in after my period to get it re-checked.

He always lets me answer all my questions, and never makes me feel rushed.

He works with the Partners in OB/GYN at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. www.pobgyn.yourmed.com
mammothali Re: Park Ridge, IL (northwest suburb of Chicago)9th-Feb-2005 06:00 am (UTC)
oops, that's www.pobgyn.yourmd.com
emmieslost Des Moines IA9th-Feb-2005 07:24 pm (UTC)


Dr. Young is AWESOME! I found him thru a friend after bleeding for almost five months and seeing six other dr.s who told me to shut up and come back when i was fifty (i was 23) and they'd take me seriously then. several even SWORE i didn't have a cyst.

well i did, it was large, he told me why i was bleeding and stopped the bleeding, removed the cyst and diagnosed endometriosis. he was awesome, his staff is great! unfortunately i can't see him anymore due to new insurance but i have a few other friends with endo that see him and he's even been known to call patients on weekends (sundays!) and during vacation to see how you're doing after surgery.
ihatepavel Eugene, OR, US23rd-Feb-2005 10:02 am (UTC)
For a great experience with a female ob/gyn who is friendly, knowledgable, puts you at ease and is not bashful about discussing sex, I recommend Cristin Babcock at the Women's Care clinic in Eugene, OR. You can contact her office at:

598 E 13th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401-4267
Phone: (541)342-8550

She was great with my issues regarding sex practices (I was having reactions to certain lubricants) and birth control (I am on Ortho Evra). She has been publicized in several news articles (you can google her) regarding increasing availability to hormonal birth control. I had an issue with my insurance company refusing to authorize payment on that particular visit and her office staff put me at ease and worked with me to get everything straightened out. The waiting room is very cozy and has a fireplace so if you wait it will be a pleasant one.

Dr. Babcock is the second gyn I've seen in Eugene, and I couldn't recommend her more.

Regarding whether or not she is LGBT- or queer-friendly, I am not sure as that did not come up. But she seems as permissive as could be, so I don't see her having a problem with it.
diziara Pleasanton, CA (East Bay/ San Fransisco Bay Area)4th-Mar-2005 08:09 am (UTC)
Peggy Hsu

I've only gone to her once, but she was very nice and friendly. It was my first time, and she made sure I understood what was going on, what to expect and that if I was uncomfortable that I could just ask her to stop. I wasn't expecting high quality, since my coverage is through Kaiser, but she surprised me.

She's located at Kaiser's Pleasanton location. Information can be found at http://www.kaiserpermanente.org/ however, which Peggy Hsu was very helpful, and even happily set me up with a NuvaRing prescription, without making me try other types of birth control first, which I've been lead to understand is an unusual thing. I did have to explain to her why I wanted NuvaRing instead of trying something else first, since Kaiser usually wants all other options exhausted first due to NuvaRing's cost. I am not happy with Kaiser in general, and specifically not happy with their pharmacy's policies (they wouldn't take the NuvaRing coupon for a free ring to try, more information on that incident here). However, if one is stuck with Kaiser coverage, might as well get the best doctors possible while you're there.

I am unsure if the clinic/office is LGBT, poly and/or kink friendly, and I didn't ask Dr. Hsu what her thoughts on such things were as they didn't directly effect my visit, and I was nervous enough due to it being my first visit. Everyone I had contact with was pretty nice though, so I would be surprised if anyone would have problems outside of the typical Kaiser bureaucratic bull.
mamallama Charleston, WV8th-Mar-2005 12:00 am (UTC)
Dr. Greg Haywood

1. why you recommend this particular health care professional -- I actually started going to this doctor when I had to see him in an emergency situation (my regular doc was out of town) and he found something worrisome in my file. I had already left the office, so he called me (in person... didn't have a nurse do it) and told me I should check it out. I ended up switching doctors, and still see him. He always makes time to answer my questions, and he gives me info to work with so I can make up my own mind.

2. how s/he can be contacted (phone/email/website, etc.) --
West Virginia Physicians for Women Limited
830 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 402
Charleston, WV 25302

3. the gender of the practitioner (some people are uncomfortable being examined by those of particular genders) -- It's a guy. Not my preference, either but he really is better than my previous (female) OB/GYN.

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly -- I don't know, but he seems to be really open-minded to me. I've asked him some pretty weird questions, and he has never made me feel like anything I do or ask about is wrong.

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like -- It's a really nice group practice. They do all the lab work, ultrasounds, etc... right there in the office so you don't have to go to a separate lab to have it done. They are efficient, without being rushed.

6. anything else that might be informative/useful (the more information, the more better!) -- He delivered my daughter and will deliver my upcoming baby in August. Not only was he super-helpful during my labor and birth (offering up suggestions for my comfort and to help my husband enjoy taking part in the experience) but he made himself available to me and the rest of my family when we had questions after the birth.
lonestaryella03 Recomendation...3rd-Apr-2005 06:01 am (UTC)
Dr. Eric Peterson...Sugar Land, Tx...Kelsey Seybold clinics...http://www.Kelseyseybold.com
johannah_rose Fairfax, VA, USA6th-Apr-2005 02:00 am (UTC)
Dr. Kacedan in Fairfax Virginia was very reassuring to me when I was diagnosed with Mild Dysplasia two years ago. I had already been to two doctors about treatment options when I saw him (I saw a third because the two before him disagreed with one another). He didn't make me feel like I was anything but normal for having this problem. Moreover, he made time to see me at a moment's notice because he knew how upset I was.

He can be contacted at 703-691-1188.
Dr. Kacedan is male.
I would very much expect him to be LGBT friendly, but I never asked him.
The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.
druiaen Chevy Chase, MD (Metro DC Area)6th-Apr-2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
Dr. Michael Udwin, Georgetown University Hospital (used to have another office, too, but they just closed that location).

I found this doctor because a lot of women in my small office also see him. And I know why - he's very gentle, friendly, concerned and compassionate. I'm one of those women who never thought I'd go to a male GYN, but now I wouldn't trade him for the world. There are several female practitioners in the office as well, and all of the (excellent) NPs are also female. Everyone in the office is very professional, knowledgable and friendly. It's a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Dr. Udwin shows genuine concern for my wellbeing and always takes the time to sit down and have a heart-to-heart chat after a visit. Always leaves me feeling very relaxed and more than just a vagina - you're a person in this office. :-)
punk_is_so_dead Westborough, MA13th-Apr-2005 01:16 am (UTC)
Dr. McNicholas - very compassionate.
thehumanthings Re: Westborough, MA21st-Jun-2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
thanks can we have more than this, like an address perhap, please
viellen Somerville, MA, USA14th-Jul-2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
I recommend everyone in the Davis Sq. Harvard Vanguard OBGYN Practice (especially Dr. Koontz and Dr. Fine).
1. I've gotten great care there, and the staff is very open-minded and easy to talk to. I've also found them to be knowledgeable, patient, and caring--plus they can always get you seen in an emergency and you never have a wait when you get there!
2. You can contact them by phone at 617-629-6330 or on the web by <a=href:"http://www.harvardvanguard.org/scripts/depts3.asp?whichdept=obstetrics/gynecology&whichsite=somerville">clicking here</a>.
3. Every doctor at the practice is female.
4. They are LGBT friendly, and IUD friendly :)
5. It's clean and welcoming, and the staff is very accommodating.
6. They're T-accessible, for those in Boston :)
she_obliterated Pittsburgh, PA, USA15th-Jul-2005 12:34 am (UTC)
Dr. Glenn Updike. Magee Women's Hospital.

1. why you recommend this particular health care professional
He knows his shit, he's very professional, always willing to take a phone call from a patient. He's also hot, which is kind of disturbing to me, but it is was it is. I've sent friends to him and they've all come back with rave reviews.

3. the gender of the practitioner (some people are uncomfortable being examined by those of particular genders)
Male, in case you could not tell from above.

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly
It's the office of OBGYN in a women's hospital, so I don't know about the rest of them, but he's very friendly about all that stuff. I could tell him anything and he wouldn't miss a beat.

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like
The office is the general doctor's office, hospital. Very busy. Can be hard to get an appointment, but will open up for an emergency. If you're just going for your exam, call a month in advance. I've found that it's completely worth it to wait for him.

6. anything else that might be informative/useful (the more information, the more better!)
If you do not have insurance, be prepared to be squeezed dry. Magee is not a cheap hospital and trying to get charity care out of them is like trying to get blood from a stone. If you do have insurance, it's very reasonable.
brainery Brighton, Massachusetts15th-Jul-2005 12:57 am (UTC)
Emilie Hitron is a very good doctor, originally recommended to me by my aunt, who knows her. Dr. Hitron made me feel very comfortable and was willing to discuss all my questions. She was also very respectful of my own wishes -- although she was encouraging me to try using birth control pills, I told her that I didn't want to; and, beyond offering her own reasons why it might be a good idea, she didn't push it.

I'm not positive that this contact information is correct, because I've moved away from home (where I would've been able to look it up), but this is what I found online:
697 Cambridge St.
Brighton, MA 20135
(617) 782-5700

She is female.
_jejune Walpole, MA, USA15th-Jul-2005 04:10 am (UTC)
1) Dr. Christina Diaz's office is amazing. I didn't have to wait long in the waiting room, all the NPs I interacted with were all very kind and helpful, they have a nurse there that always gets back to me when I call in with questions, and the whole staff is generally really nice. Dr. Diaz herself is really sweet but seems a bit on the busy side.

2) (508) 866-4007

3) Female. I'm pretty sure all the doctors/nurses/midwifes are female.

4) She didn't even mention my nipple piercing or horizontal hood when I went in. One of the nurse practitioners and I had a conversation about my medusa (facial piercing) and showed me her navel piercing, so they're at least piercing friendly, if nothing else.

5) I felt really at-ease. The gowns and over-leg blankets were cloth (not paper!), the bathroom was really clean and not just freaky stark-white like my old doctor's. The exam room was a little small and a bit on the freaky clinical white side, but I wasn't waiting long enough to be weirded out.

6) As for location, the place is right on Route 1A and pretty convenient to get to if you know the area. Also, she recommended my plastic surgeon for my breast reduction (which hasn't happened yet, but I do love the PS she recommended so far).
lizzvoltage Re: Walpole, MA, USA4th-Jan-2006 01:18 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say thanks for posting this, I'm going to make an appointment :)
asrai1982 Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA6th-Aug-2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
For Mississippi, Dr. Cromartie at The Women's Clinic of Hattiesburg is as good as it gets. He is very nice and didn't blink an eye when I told him that he didn't have to worry about me getting semen on my cervix because I had a girlfriend. He also allowed me to make my own decisions regarding my health care and was very respectful of my opinions and ideas. He's not perfect but he's pretty great. It's as good as I've seen in Mississippi, guys.
frolicnaked Yuma, AZ, USA11th-Aug-2005 03:54 am (UTC)
The Sunset Women's Medical Group in general and Delia C. Montopoli in particular.

1. why you recommend: She's good. During my annual exam and pap smear, she caught my heart murmur (it's harmless, and I already knew of it) and asked me about it. My exam didn't hurt a bit. Plus, when I asked her about birth control options, she laid them all out for me, from tubal ligation down to nothing, gave me her medical opinion of each, but ultimately said, "It's your decision."

2. how s/he can be contacted: By phone at (928) 726-5950

3. the gender of the practitioner: Delia is female, but there are male doctors who practice at the clinic.

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly: Couldn't tell.

5. atmosphere of the clinic/office: Seems like it's at least as much obstetrics as it is gynecology, if not more. As someone who's trying not to be pregnant, sitting in the waiting room was kind of daunting. But maybe I'm just too sensitive about these things.

miz_kitty Spokane WA28th-Sep-2005 06:14 am (UTC)
Dr. Kurt Fine

1. Dr. Fine is the best gynocologist I've ever been to. I had horrible experiences at PP before, and I finally decided to switch. On my first visit, we sat down for 60 minutes and talked about my healt concerns (I have herpes), my history (my mother died of breast cancer). He was very patient and answered everything.

2. 5629 N Lidgerwood St
Spokane, WA 99208 - 1224
(509) 484-1236

3. Male

4. No idea, but he has been so open about everything else...nothing seems to phase him.

5. Lots of moms and babies. His nurse is amazing and kind and helpful. They return phone calls promtly, and Dr. Fine genuinely listens to your concerns.

6. My friend had an undiagnosed "female issues" and was new to the area. I refered her to Dr. Fine. She said he was the first doc that actually listened and found out what was actually wrong with her.

My partner was terrified of just using one form of bc (the pill) and we went to talk to Dr. Fine, who reassured him of the safety. He was very understanding. He could have acted like it was juvenille, but he validated our concerns.

I have heard he isn't very supportive if you want to have a non-hospital birth...

Overall, he is great.
inthecorridors Four Women in Attleboro, MA29th-Sep-2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
1. If you're in the RI or southeast Mass area, and are ever in need of a place to go to get an abortion, I highly recommend Four Women in Attleboro. Everyone who works there was positive, polite, respectful, and helpful. They patiently answered all my questions, listened when I talked, and overall, I was pretty amazed at how much personal attention I got when they were obviously insanely busy for a small clinic. I wish I had caught the names of more than just Carol, who is the company president, was my counselor, and rocks hardcore. I wish I'd at least also caught the name of the doctor (male), who for once I didn't have to ask to explain everything he was doing to me, and the nurse who brought me like 6 refills of ginger ale in the recovery room because I was super thirsty without complaint.

2. www.fourwomen.com has their phone numbers and email.
3. Apparently a female nurse practitioner does all the gyn care, and all or all but one of the nurses and counselors were female, but most of the doctors who do the abortions are male. I'd have had to wait two weeks for the female one to come in. I wish I had caught the name of the name of the [male] doctor who did mine. He's the tall skinny young one who works at Mass General when not at the clinic, that's all I remember. It's probably on my paperwork but I forgot it in my friend's car. I'll update when I check.
4. I'm queer, kinky, and poly, but none of that came up. There's a rainbow flag sticker in the front window, so I'd think it's queer friendly.
5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like : surprisingly positive. There were no protesters that day. The security guy said they usually only show up on Saturdays, and stand in a circle outside the parking lot and pray. All the bathrooms were covered with messages of support from girls who had been there before, messages about whatever choice you make is the right choice. It was a nice touch. Oh, and anything you're awake for, you just pull your pants/skirt down some or undress from the waist down only, which made me a lot more comfortable.
6. They can't really say much over email because of privacy worries, but if it's really important and you can't call them for whatever reason, they'll try to get someone to call you back. The number comes up private on Call ID and they'll say it's your friend Emma.
artkween12 Re: Four Women in Attleboro, MA15th-Dec-2009 04:50 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this detailed review. I planned on calling them tomorrow, and was looking for some personal experiences so I'd know what to expect. I'm really nervous, this helped a bit. I cannot say thank you enough.
ravrhi Israel, Tel Aviv-Yafo31st-Oct-2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
Name: Ganit.
Location: Ramat Aviv, just down the way from Tel Aviv University.
Contact and hours: (972)3-643-1098.
Monday 930-13-30
Wednesday 16-20
Thursday 830-1230.

She is very good about emergancy appointments, however- I called this morning because I was worried my IUD was all screwy because I couldn't find the strings, and since they had just opened, I was told that I could come now, if I wanted. So I did, and they let me be the second patient of the day =p. Ganit herself is very brisk and businesslike, but not without warmth, and is the kinda of woman I could easily imagine kicking a soccer ball around or climbing a mountain in her spare time. Very very cool woman. I know she accepts insurance Macabee, but since she is private pratice, she may also accept others.
lennons_momma omaha, ne, usa29th-Nov-2005 01:25 am (UTC)
gah, my ob/gyn when i had my son, was amazing! i have continued seeing her. her name is doctor kristin hoffman, and she works at indian hills women's center on 8901 west dodge st. phone number is (402)345-1700. she is so wonderful, and her nurses are great too! she is totally glbt friendly (my son's father is a transsexual), and the whole staff there is great! they are very professional, and courteous. doctor hoffman has a wonderful bedside manor. she's very open and honest with her patients. she takes an active interest in their lives, and tells it like it is when there may be a problem. she does not beat around the bush or sugar coat anything. her nurse tonya is absolutely wonderful too (she is also gblt friendly). i would never go anywhere else :) hope this helps someone else!

janri Toledo, Ohio, USA3rd-Dec-2005 12:03 am (UTC)
Dr. Gary Swann
Obstetrics & Gynecology

959 Illinois Ave.
Suite E
Maumee, Ohio 43537

1. why you recommend: The office is very small and home-y the nurses right down to the receptionist make you feel comfortable and at home.

2. how s/he can be contacted: By phone at 419-893-5588 or by fax at 419-893-6800

3. the gender of the practitioner: Dr. Swann is a male

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly: Couldn't tell.

5. atmosphere of the clinic/office: Seems like it's at least as much obstetrics as it is gynecology.
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