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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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.
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

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
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)

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

3. the gender of the practitioner:

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.
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