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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wholuvsya <b>Western Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois</b>24th-Dec-2005 04:48 am (UTC)
DuPage OB-GYN, in particular Dr. Michael Larry

1. why you recommend this particular health care professional He is incredibly kind, listens to you when you need him to, answers questions professionally and on a "regular" level. When my sons' birth defect was diagnosed, he called me at home a few times to make sure I was doing alright emotionally
2. how s/he can be contacted (phone/email/website, etc.)
302 Randall Road, Suite 30, Geneva
(630) 208-0784
2001 W. Weisbrook Road, Wheaton
(630) 653-4240
or you can go to www.delnor.com, click on "physician finder" type in "Larry" and it pulls up his whole bio...

3. the gender of the practitioner (some people are uncomfortable being examined by those of particular genders) Male, but there are wonderful female doctors in the practice, too

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly: Not sure

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like: calm, friendly, informative. The nurses are great..they seem to remember you from each visit and make you feel at ease...also they let you weigh yourself, as opposed to jumping on the scale with them right there...

6. anything else that might be informative/useful (the more information, the more better!) The practice is full of great doctors who have had alot of experience in all areas of obstetrics and gynecology. There are young doctors and older doctors...They always make you feel at ease, their waiting rooms are child friendly, and they accept most insurances!
fixedzero Toronto, Ontario27th-Dec-2005 12:41 am (UTC)
Dr. Louis Lee in Etobicoke
GP and OB-GYN

1. why you recommend this particular health care professional
He's been my family doctor for a long time, and by far the most interesting and fantastic doctor that I've ever been to. Everyone thinks it's so weird that I have a male gyno, but he's a little old Chinese man and I know that he's seen worse than what I have to offer, haha.

He and his receptionist are also excellent at keeping everyone up to date and checking up on things, making sure that all our prescriptions are working and filled, and always willing to answer questions about anything.

. how s/he can be contacted (phone/email/website, etc.)
Dr. Louis Lee
416-249-7121
1436 Royal York Road,
Etobicoke, ON M9P 3A9

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

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly
I'd say "definitely!" - He's fantastic, very open minded, very laid back. Also very educated about politics and current events, so feel free to strike up a conversation!

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like
The office itself is a family type of environment, as he's a GP and his waiting room is shared by another GP that sees children, although not super-young children. As it's in Etobicoke, it's also a very multi-cultural area.

6. anything else that might be informative/useful (the more information, the more better!)
I couldn't ask for a better doctor, really. He's helpful and open and very willing to answer any questions about anything at all. Highly recommended.
tigershanshan Charleston, SC3rd-Mar-2006 12:18 am (UTC)
Dr. James Martin, Low Country Women's Specialists 843-797-3664
I have been seeing Dr.Martin for almost 2 years. He is very kind and gentle, I had a bad pap smear and he was aggressive about what he thought would be best (but obviously left it up to me). I believe he has 15-20+ years experience. He is really helpful; usually when I go for my check ups I am so scared, but he is nice, thorough and helps me to not freak out.
The office is very clean, and everytime I've called his nurses for a question they call me back that day!
I had a bad experience with a Physician's Assistant (a woman) who was mean, told me I had HPV and to visit a website to find out about my STD, and I asked her about being depressed and she told me about God, and going to Church. THAT'S when I switched to a real doctor.
jennifer0246 NYC area9th-Apr-2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Recommended by a member: http://www.mic4care.org/mic/index.cfm
jennifer0246 Western Massachusetts, USA9th-Apr-2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
1. I recommend TapestryHealth - it's this area's alternative to Planned Parenthood. Tapestry is a non-profit agency dedicated reproductive health care on a sliding fee scale. Tapestry also takes insurance, including MassHealth. Tapestry does routine well-woman care, as well as birth control, pregnancy testing and options counseling (we do not perform terminations, but do provide referrals), and STI testing and treatment, including rapid HIV testing.
2. http://www.tapestryhealth.org to look up the phone number of any of the dozen health sites throughout Western MA.
3. I believe all clinicians are female.
4. All clinics are GLBT friendly, though some staff members are less-informed than others - this just translates to, you might get 'huh' looks and have to provide more information. You won't be judged.
5. They're clinics. I've been in 3 of the sites, and all vary. Some are small, some are bigger. All are clean and welcoming.
6. I work in the Berkshire County clinics - if you're coming in, feel free to request me, or mention VP.
motherphoenix Grand Rapids, MI9th-Apr-2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
Dr. John P Lagrand OB/GYN(shares office with wife, Dr Patricia LaGrand, MD)

Why: Professional, organized office and staff
friendly and knowledgeable, good bedside manner
good referral process

can be contacted by phone: 616-971-0060

Husband and wife team, wife does most of the annual/PAP related exams as he is not always available due to being on call and his bone density clinic

I am poly, and while the issue was not addressed directly, doc knows that I am married with a child and did not question me at all when I asked to be tested for STDs...just asked me which tests I wanted and completed them without question.

Atmosphere is excellent...receptionist very knowledgeable and friendly. Wait is never too long.

I have been using this doctor for 5 years now and there was a point where I almost left due to the office environment. About 2 years ago Dr. Lagrand moved into his own practice and it has been worlds better since then. Dr. Lagrand performed my c section and also diagnosed my PCOS.
I appreciate his wife's friendliness and her willingness to address any concerns I have at my regular exams. She goes out of her way to make me feel comfortable.
storychick Eastside Seattle, WA Midwives (prenatal/birth only)9th-Apr-2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
Both groups of midwives at Puget Sound Birth Center, on Totem Lake Blvd in Kirkland, are fantastic. I particularly love Valerie Sasson. :) I had a great homebirth with her (they also do birth center birth).
terka <b>Edmonton, Alberta9th-Apr-2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
Dr. Koliaska - GP

1. why you recommend this particular health care professional:
she is one of the best doctors i have ever met. she doesn't rush you and she is kind and gentle. she was the one that did my first pelvic exam and i was completely terrified. she didn't rush me and was very nice and spent a long time just talking with me.

2. how s/he can be contacted:
belmead medical centre
18220 89 Ave
780-481-8812

3. the gender of the practitioner:
female.

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly: definitely, as i am gay myself and she is super kind to my partner and i.

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like:
the actual clinic isn't the best thing in the world. it's a walk in as well as appt. but she makes up for it 100%.

6. anything else that might be informative/useful (the more information, the more better!) :
she likes to meet the person before actually seeing them for an appt so you might have to call ahead of time.
angel_eyes224 Knoxville, TN, USA9th-Apr-2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
Ft. Sanders Regional OB/GYN group. Doctors-Roy Broady(M), Ellen Moffat(F), Molly Peeler(F), Donna Shine(F), Dr. Smith(M) Midwives-Shannon Nirone(F) and Sandy Eastham(F)
1. I used them for my pregnancy because they were on my medicaid list and I plan to keep them.
2. Not sure of the phone number. This is a link to their women's services page which has links to the doctors as well as all kinds of info about their L&D. The physicians link has all the doctors who deliver at the hospital. Not all of these are in the practice.http://www.fsregional.com/fsrmc-women.cfm There is also a section titled contact us.
3. There are both male and female
4. I am not sure of they are LGBT.
5. VERY relaxed atmosphere. The waiting are looks like a bedroom minus beds IMO. The nurses are really nice too except Dr. Broady's nurse.
6. These are the docs I have seen there and my thoughts on them
Dr. Smith-I only saw him once but he was really nice and friendly. Good bedside manner.
Dr. Moffat-Again I only saw her once but she too was nice and had a good bedside manner.
Dr. Broady-I saw him the most besides the MW, probably around 8 times. I do not like him. He talked to my husband rather than me even though he was talking about my body. That really rubbed me the wrong way. Also, I felt he talked down to me even though I made it clear to him that I knew what he was talking about and I was very well researched. IMO he has a terrible bedside manner. His nurse is kind of the same way. Oh and every time he did a pap on me, him and his nurse would talk about food which just weirded me out. Also, when he did paps, he never put KY on the speculum. He just shoved it in there. But he did put KY on his fingers when he was feeling my uterus.
Sandi(CNM)-She is super sweet and did things the way I wanted them done as far as not inducing and letting me labor the way I wanted to.
Shannon(CNM)-I only saw her a couple times in the office and she came to discharge me from the hospital. She is also very nice and supportive.

Other things. They accept medicaid. But they don't treat you any differently because you are on it. They are supportive of breast feeding. All the nurses and desk workers are really nice. The nurse line is prompt about getting back to you. I never spent more than an hour in the office form the time I walked in to the time I was getting in my car. But there is no free parking since it is connected to the hospital. However, I never paid more than $1.50 while at an appointment. I love this practice (except Dr. Broday and his nurse).
stenodork Downtown Orlando9th-Apr-2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love Dr. Kathy Jones (urogynocologist) and Katherine Puig, RN, ARNP at the Women's Pelvic Surgery Center of Orlando.

I originally came when I had been to a gynecologist/obstetrician and a urologist and I was satisfied with neither in treating what I didn't then know was VVS and a separate condition resulting from repeated UTIs.
The gyno told me I had vulvar vestibulitis after first telling me it was a yeast infection and treating me twice with Diflucan without actually testing for a yeast infection; but he also told me he didn't know how to treat vulvar vestibulitis, nor did he know anyone who would.
The urologist I went to twice told me that I would just have constant pain on urination for a long time and that it was a common problem. So he gave me a three-month supply of those pain pills they give you when you have a UTI. Then when those didn't do anything but turn my pee blue (which was awesome, but they didn't do much else), he put a camera in my urethra to check it out and make sure it wasn't something serious (he never really explained what he meant) He just gave me different pain pills.
After those two horrible experiences, I talked to a friend at school whose mother is a nurse. She recommended Dr. Kathy Jones.

1. EVERYONE in the office is very nice. And Dr. Jones was able to rid me of vulvar vestibulitis and the bladder problem very quickly and easily, and it was obvious to me that she knew what she was doing. She likes to work in her speciality, so for anything normal like BV and yearlies, I use Katherine Puig who is helpful.

2. The office phone number is (407) 228-8066
and the office address is
2501 N. Orange Avenue, Suite 542
Orlando, FL, 32804
and the website at www.yourpelvichealth.com

3. they are both female.

4. I have no idea how they feel about LGBT, poly, or kinky

5. It's very friendly. Everyone uses your name. They play jazz music quietly in the waiting room.

6. Dr. Jones specializes in pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, painful bladder syndrome, urinary frequency and advance pelvic organ prolapse. She helped me with vulvar vestibulitis.
brandipoo Williams, Columbia, SC, USA10th-Apr-2006 12:31 am (UTC)
James Williams
South Carolina Oncology Associates

1. He's totally professional and very down to earth (youngish). He's really informative and just a great guy!
2. http://www.sconcology.net/physicians/williams_j.asp
3. male
4. unknown :(
5. They just switched offices to a big foofoo place, its full of people. However Dr. Williams's staff is super nice
6. he performed my laser ablation and was very very reassuring. All around good guy.
_last_serenade_ Indianapolis (Avon), IN USA25th-Apr-2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
Kelly Kasper, MD
Clarian West Women's Pavillion (Clarian Health Partners: Methodist/Indiana University/Riley)

1. why you recommend this particular health care professional
she is incredibly open minded, kind and knowlegeable. after being turned down by 3 doctors in the indianapolis area for an IUD, Dr Kasper was willing to listen to me, realize that i had done my research and accept that i knew what i wanted. she's very professional and in her early 30s (pretty darn cute too! ^_^).

2. how s/he can be contacted (phone/email/website, etc.)
317) 217-2400
http://www.clarian.org/portal/ClarianWest/ourServicesWest?clarianContentID=/ClarianWest/services/women/women.xml
http://www.clarian.org/portal/patients/findadoctor?paf_gear_id=300006&paf_dm=full&paf_gm=content&task_name=displayBio&contactId=182810

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
based on conversations i've had with her about how women should not be afraid of their sexuality and general feminism, i have every reason to believe she would be, but it was not discussed in detail. she was aware of my bisexuality and apparently took no issue with it.

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like
the office includes a fertility specialist, so the waiting room/payment area has lots of pictures of babies/children. that being said, dr kasper is incredibly supportive of a CF lifestyle based on my discussions with her. the office is very clean and well kept, the staff is friendly.

6. anything else that might be informative/useful (the more information, the more better!)
dr kasper's husband, dr gregory raff, is also in the same network and was the only ob/gyb in indianapolis who agreed to do an essure procedure for me (i decided to go with an IUD instead). he is also incredibly open minded and an accomplished ob/gyn associated with indiana university. if anyone is looking for sterilization procedures, i would recommend calling him...his staff is absolutely wonderful!
rara8777 Re: Indianapolis (Avon), IN USA22nd-Feb-2008 05:23 am (UTC)
I went and saw Dr. Kasper off of your recommendation and she was very nice. I had a third year med student to my exam and she was friendly and did a great job.

Thanks. :]
sandi1743 Washington, DC (McLean, VA actually)25th-Apr-2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
1. why you recommend this particular health care professional
Dr.Michael A. Ross MD, FACOG
6861 Elm St #4d
McLean, VA 22101-3876
(703) 442-0811

Knows his stuff, always a source of info, willing to take th etime to get to you know and your case, not judegmental - but can be a big ruff around the edges - but would not question his devotion to pts. Also, will accept (almost) any insurance and is willing to work ot get things covered when they are not normally. When you need to get in right away, they get you in. ususally i can call for my ana. exam and get in within 2 weeks at the most!
2. how s/he can be contacted (phone/email/website, etc.)
Phone is best - once a pt, you can get his e-mail address.

3. the gender of the practitioner (some people are uncomfortable being examined by those of particular genders)
male, female nurse present when exam is done.

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly
In his years at this point he has heard and seen it all - pretty hard to shock and is always willing to listen.

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like
laid back. shares the office with a derm doctor, but not on the same days.
Usualkly it is just me the the nurse in the office + one other pt that is a head of me already in the exam room...never heard of having huge lines or amounts of people around from anyone that has been there.
6. anything else that might be informative/useful (the more information, the more better!)
Nice, Mid 50's (i am guessing), jewish, a bit fatherly, over all nice.
babycrank Northwest Ohio, USA26th-Apr-2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
Two reccommendations:

1. Dr. Christina Mitchem-Walter MD (located in Swanton, OH)
- She is one of the most kind people I have ever met, truely cares about her patients. She is an MD, but will also do paps, birth control, etc... What can I say? She is fabulous.
- She is located on Turtle Creek. The number to the office is 419-825-5151.
-Female
-Small doctors office, everyone there is friendly and I've never had a problem getting in. If you really need it, she can usually squeeze you in within the next day. :)

2. Dr. Cynthia Okin OBGYN (Maumee, OH)
-Dr. Okin was my refferal doctor off of an abnormal pap. She is very matter-of-fact, very smart. Explains everything she will do before doing it. Kind of impersonal, but gets you in and out quickly without being a bitch haha.
- Located in the Promedica Complex, behind Max and Erma's in Maumee. The number to her office is 419-891-6274. She is part of Maumee OBGYN which I think is composed of about 8 doctors.
-Female.
-Large complex, sometimes hard to make an appt, but I would say she is worth it.
kookie_too Austin Texas, USA (University of Texas)4th-May-2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
Dr Barbara Blizzard at the University of Texas Health Services (sadly, I don't know if these services are available to non-students...I wish they were!)

She was absolutely great, I just got back from my first yearly exam ever. She came in smiling and talking a mile-a-minute. she really made me feel like we were old friends. but when it got down to business she explained everything every step of the way and even pointed to a diagram to show where she was checking. The exam was quick and painless. After the exam before she let me check out, she showed me how one of the other doctors had gotten 10 dozen roses for her anniversary. It was just like I was a part of the Women's Health community. It was really great.

The nurse was also great and showed me all of the instruments that would be used before I even got undressed.

If you're a student, any information can be found on the UT website.
xdreamsofdramax Syracuse, NY, USA12th-Jun-2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
I highly reccomend Associates for Women's Health in Syracuse area. They have 4 offices, one in Fayetville, one in North Syracuse, one one in Liverpool, and one on James Street in Syracuse. I have only been to the office in North Syracuse, so that is the only one I can attest for, but I would assume the others are probably good as well.

At the North Syracuse office, the have 2 doctors, Dr. Brown and Dr. Kavety. One is male and one is female. Both are very good from what I hear. My mother has seen both of them and loved them both.

They also have a female physician's assistant and a female midwife. The midwife is Heather Shannon, and she is who I see. She has always been incredibly gentle and kind with me. She will talk with me about anything I have questions about and I'm very comfortable with her. She also is very good at helping teens whose mothers want to be all too involved in their GYN visits. My mom always goes in with me, and she will let her stay for parts that I'm comfortable with her staying for, but she will flat out tell her to leave for some parts like when we are talking.

The office is VERY good about setting you up with who you are comfortable with for appointments as well, so if you are more comfortable seeing a male they will set you up with Dr. Brown, and if you are more comfortable with a female, they will set your appointment with one of the females. They will also set up appointments for you to just talk with the doctors if you are having a problem, and if you only take a few minutes of their time, sometimes they won't even charge you for anything or bill your insurance for anything, which is really nice. They're good about setting up appointments relatively quickly any time you need it, and the nurses are very willing to speak with you on the phone about any questions or concerns you have. If you need the doctors for a question, they will call you back as soon as they have a chance too.

http://www.afwomensmed.com/index.htm

The phone numbers and addresses of all of the offices can be found on the site.
invisibelle Denton, TX (University of North Texas)13th-Jun-2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
Dr. Laura S. Finger "Caring for Women" clinic
4308 Mesa Dr # B, 76207
(940) 566-4776 (Near I-35 and University Dr. -- but also sees patients at Denton Regional Medical Center if that is more convenient)

1. I recommend Dr. Finger particularly for students. For whatever reason, in that college town area, I had a hard time finding a doctor who wasn't solely catering to pregnant soccer moms. I didn't feel comfortable in offices where everyone else in the waiting room was an expectant mother over the age of 30. Dr. Finger is young herself, and the clinic location made me feel much more at ease.

2. contact: see above

3. female doctor (there is one male and 2-3 other female doctors at the same clinic as well)

4. I can't vouch for how kink-friendly she is, but she has been surprisingly understanding of my student lifestyle, was not ultra conservative.

5. This clinic is quiet and out of the way, in one of those one-story medical park type areas (they share a building with a rheumatologist). It was MUCH more comfortable for me than the hospital setting of Denton Regional Medical Center, more like a regular doctor's office. The clinic is not too small or too large, and the nurses are very friendly and sweet.
__recidivist Boston, Massachusets, USA22nd-Jun-2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
I really, really reccomend the Fenway Community Health Clinic. Easy T access (Green E line, Symphony, across from Berklee), and they do a lot of work with GLBT people and many of their providers are GLBT.

1. I really love Janice McGillveray. She has a undergraduate degree in psychology, which was really helpful to me, as I have a history of abuse that makes GYN visits very difficult. She is excellent, always asks permission, moves slowly, asks for imput. She's also great about emergency visits and just yesterday we spent about ten minutes on the phone as we tried to figure some stuff out.
2. See above.
3. Female.
4. Both Janice and the clinic are very LGBT-and kink-positive. I don't know about poly-positive, but I would be willing to bet that they are. They offer a sliding scale for services and do outreach work with sex workers. They offer GLBT-parenting groups, and I love them.
5. They are great. It's a clinic, so if I tell my therapist that something is up, she'll call Janice and we'll figure something out. As a lesbian, it is also really comforting to have a clinic that caters to gay clientle and doesn't assume that everyone is heterosexual, or even willing to label. Since it is in the city, their clients are obviously not exclusively GLBTQQI, so don't feel weird about going if that doesn't describe you.
6. I carry cards for the clinic in my wallet. I love them so much and reccomend them whenever any kind of health care comes up. They have extensive women and lesbian services.

I'm basically in love with this clinic. I really feel like they try very hard to help and accomodate clients. I have never had a better experience at the doctor's.
coinoprratedboi Re: Boston, Massachusets, USA23rd-Aug-2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
Fenway is really awesome, and everyone I've ever seen there has been lovely. The problem is that they're probably one of the best places in the city to go, and if you're a new patient, the waiting list can be MONTHS long. If you have some sort of emergency, they'll suggest you call a local hospital, like B&W or MassGeneral, unless you have a history with one of their docs.

If you can wait, though, they're totally worth it. They're really close to the Symphony/Hynes stops on the green line, if you're familiar with the Boston area. They take a bunch of different kinds of insurance, and if you're uninsured, they can work out a sliding scale with you.

Unrelated to vag health, they have a really incredible mental health department that includes fantastic transhealth services (that they integrate with their GPs for things like T and blood work). Like I said before, the waiting list for new patients is pretty extensive, but if you can wait to see a therapist for a little while, they're great.
jacquelinewas17 16th-Jul-2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Dr. Elizabeth Boyle
1033 Rt.46 East [first floor, which actually means the 2nd floor above the ground because the first floor is called the lobby]
Clifton, NJ


1. why you recommend this particular health care professional: She is extremely kind as a person, her tests are extremely thorough, she routinely checks for gonorrhea/chlamydia in all patients unless they refuse it, and tests for HPV in all patients over 30, and is about as nonjudgemental as anyone I'd ever met. She also does acupuncture and works with bioidentical hormones for hormone replacement therapy as opposed to synthetic hormones like prempro and premarin [the bioidenticals are safer, healthier, and cause fewer side effects and do not cause any type of cancer]. Also the staff is extremely warm and kind and informative, especially the front desk nurse/receptionist/office manager, Chris. I am a medical assistant there for the summer, but the other medical assistant, Millie, is exceptional and really knows her shit [and she is great at finding difficult blood vessels for bloodwork]. The overall atmosphere of the place is warm and kind and secure. I cannot say enough good about this medical office and I must say that Dr. Boyle would be my gynecologist if I were not so weirded out by my employer rummaging around my vag.

2. how s/he can be contacted (phone/email/website, etc.) (973)797-7979. Ask for Chris. Chris also speaks Polish and Millie also speaks Spanish

3. the gender of the practitioner: Female

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly: She is one of the least judgemental people that I have ever met, and if you do engage in risky behavior she will teach you how to be safer.

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like: The people are extremely kind, but the wait in line can be long so I recommend coming in early and having an hour or two extra afterwards because Dr. Boyle is extremely overscheduled because I guess all of her patients love her. There is plenty of reading material in the waiting room and the exam rooms are ALWAYS clean and ready for you when you come in. The staff, as I have said before, is extremely kind and warm and welcoming.

6. anything else that might be informative/useful: As I said, make sure to have some padding in your schedule because Dr. Boyle is overscheduled, but once you're in there ask as many questions as you want about as many things as you want, and they will all be answered [probably]. Dr. Boyle also does a lot of alternative medicine, she deals with Bioidential hormones as opposed to synthetic ones, and does acupuncture, and will discuss healing your body naturally if you want her to. She loves it. She is so passionate about her profession and about womens health in general, but unfortunately she doesn't do OB anymore because of New Jersey's malpractice crisis [she could not physically, financially, afford it. NJ's malpractice insurance for obstetricians often rises to several hundred thousand dollars a year, she is the fourth OB that I've met that's had to give up the profession for that reason].
jacquelinewas17 16th-Jul-2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
I meant (973)779-7979
genders Phoenix, AZ. USA24th-Jul-2006 01:34 am (UTC)
I'd like to recommend:

Gordon Davis, M.D.
300 W. Clarendon, Suite 100 (Just south of Indian School off 3rd Avenue.)
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 265-1112

1. why you recommend this particular health care professional

After a year of local unsuccessful treatment of a yeast infection, I was referred to Dr. Davis who cleared it up immediately. When I started to have symptoms some five months later, he correctly diagnosed the problem as cytolytic vaginitis, the treatment for which is the innocuous and inexpensive baking soda douche. He specializes in "vulval medicine", and I believe the practice is limited to care of the vagina.

2. how s/he can be contacted (phone/email/website, etc.)

See above.

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

Dr. Davis is a he, but his nurse practitioner Janet is equally knowledgeable and efficient. I personally think he has a better sense of humour, and have never found my vagina so amusing as since I have been in treatment there.

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly

No clue. But considering the intimate and personal discussions we've of necessity had, vis-a-vis such topics as Brazilian bikini waxing and the innoculatory effects of oral sex, I have found him to be totally non-judgmental and again, highly amusing.

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like

The atmosphere is pleasant; staff remembers your name after the first time they've seen you. On the first visit, you spend time with the doctor in his office, and on every visit you are taken off the table and into the lab to have a mutual discussion of what's under the microscope. Oh, and they've never even asked me for a copay, preferring to bill my insurance and then take it from there.

6. anything else that might be informative/useful (the more information, the more better!)

The office takes Medicare, even though they haven't got a chance of getting paid a full rate.

Warning: I repeat my comment about his sense of humor. On my first visit, he came into the examining room wiping his brow and saying, "Oh, you have yeast. I just came in from giving a woman an injection in the clitoris, so don't think you have problems." Normally, I would run screaming from such a comment, but his elegance and savoir-faire is not to be found elsewhere. I wish I could duplicate his delivery.

Lastly, this guy is good. When I was last there, people had come to the office from as far away as Florida; apparently vagina specialists are in pretty short supply, nationwide.
geminigirl Springfield Virginia and Orlando (Central) Florida GYN recommendations15th-Sep-2006 06:17 pm (UTC)

1. If you're a Kaiser patient, and need gyn care, I found that I got very good care from Rebecca Stone, an NP in the OB/GYN department at Kaiser's Springfield VA center. In fact, she was one of the only providers who I liked at Kaiser.

2. Advanced Women's Health Care-I've been seen at the Altamonte Springs location, (which is moving to Lake Mary soon) and they have locations throughout Central Florida. I've been seen by Paula, for routine well woman care, and for other problems. She did a great job with the routine stuff, and when she wasn't feeling certain about the test result (bloodwork that we both expected to indicate PCOS) from some other stuff, she referred me to Dr. John Parker, in the practice. Dr. Parker was willing to treat me based on symptoms (which can be an important part of a PCOS diagnosis), explained things, and allowed me to work on a treatment plan with him, didn't push too hard for certain things but left quite a bit of it in my hands. I feel like I'm an active partner in my care with them, and that's important, especially when managing a chronic illness. They're not perfect-for example, I wish that weight wasn't taken in an open area where other patients might be around, but they do take vitals after I see the health care provider, since my blood pressure spikes like crazy when I'm at the doctor's office, and they get a more accurate (though still high) reading at the end of the appointment. (And Dr. Parker was actually very nice about that; he said that if I monitor it regularly in a non-medical setting, and it's within a healthy range, that it's fine.) Their website is at www.advancedwomens.com-they can be contacted by phone (check and see which practice is close to you) or on the web, they do routine well woman care, regular and high risk obstetrics, and some infertility stuff as well. They take insurance, and they also participate in Medicaid.

I have no idea how kink or queer friendly they are. There was nothing to indicate that they might be, based on the paperwork I've filled out, and no one's taken a sexual history.

I haven't seen other members of the practice, with the exception of the ultrasound tech, who I had a fascinating conversation with about where to deliver a baby, so I can't suggest anyone else in the practice, but I do like that most of the providers (NPs, nurses, midwife, PAs) are women-only the MDs are men.
paleojen Pullman, Washington, USA23rd-Sep-2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
The Pullman Planned Parenthood is awesome. They're pro-IUD, even for nulliparous women. I've only had good experiences with these people.
To contact them, look on the Inland Northwest Planned Parenthood website, http://www.ppinw.org/.
rasa Providence, RI/Attleboro, MA23rd-Sep-2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
Dr. Cheryl Brodsky
OB GYN Associates

One Randall Square
Providence, RI 02904
(401) 331-6980

http://www.obgynassociates.org/site/html/index.html

I've been going to Dr. Brodsky for over 10 years. A friend recommended her to my mom, and I switched to her as well when I was about 19 years old. I'm now 30.

I can't say enough positive things about Dr. Brodsky. I've had abnormal paps for about 7 years now and have been through the gamut of colposcopy/biopsies/cryosurgery/LEEP. Dr. Brodsky always takes the time to explain, in layman terms, exactly what my pap results mean, how they're improving/regressing, and what treatment she thinks best. One of the best things about her is her demeanor--she really takes the time to make sure that you're comfortable, and during an exam will clearly explain what she's doing and why. She's up front and honest about how much discomfort to expect, and what to look for following treatment. ("It's going to look like you're leaking coffee grounds, but it's okay, that's normal!" she told me after LEEP). She's very calm. Some doctors have a very brusque attitude, and make even a common cold sound fatal, but Dr. Brodsky is not at all an alarmist. I have panic disorder, and she's the perfect doctor for a nervous, anxious nutcase like me. ;)

The nurses on staff are wonderful as well. The office (I've only been to her North Attleboro office) is fairly busy, but private, and does OB as well as GYN. Dr. Brodsky started off as an OBGYN, but left obstetrics for a while, because she had a young son of her own. She recently went back to it because she missed delivering babies. So she's a good fit if you're planning on having a family, as you won't need to find a OB specifically.

She appears LGBT/queerfriendly, as she never assumes that I'm having sex with a man, always uses neutral language.

During a pregnancy scare (this was pre-EC days), she made it clear that if I were pregnant, that she was more than willing to discuss what options were available to me to terminate, if that was what I wished.

Also, she is very in favor of IUD's, even for younger women who have not yet had children. She strongly believes that IUD's are very underused in the US. When we were discussing non-hormonal birth control options, she was the one that suggested an IUD to me. She also understands that not every woman wants to have children.

Before my abnormal paps, I would see the nurse/midwife for my annuals, and I saw a few of them there. Unfortunately I don't recall their names, but all were equally wonderful.

Being that this is RI, the Providence office is easily accessible from most anywhere in the state. She also practices out of the North Attleboro, MA office, which is also very convenient.


square_pancake Greenwood Village/Denver Colorado2nd-Oct-2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
My gyno, Timothy Judd is fantastic. Although I was nervous about having a male gyno, he is very sensitive and willing to listen to concerns. Even better, when I wanted a Mirena IUD, he was entirely in favor of it. I know a lot of women have trouble getting a gyno who will put one in for them if they haven't had children, but at 20, childless, he was great. He is also willing to see patients on much shorter notice now that he has his own practice.

He can be reached at:

Timothy Judd, DO
6081 S. Quebec Ste #100
Centennial, CO 80111
303-770-6500 Fax:: 303-770-2211
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