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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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.

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