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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wish_you_would Torrance, CA, USA10th-Mar-2007 06:21 am (UTC)
Women's Healthcare OB/GYN
I saw the nurse practitioner Beatris Martinez and she was WONDERFUL (she's also the one who approved me and is putting in my Paragard IUD)

1. I love her, I can not stress this enough. She was SO helpful and took as much time as she needed to me. She did an extremely thorough exam including a good 7 minute breast exam and explained to me exactly what I need to look out for (I'm a 36DD with very fiberous breasts).
2. 4201 Torrance Blvd, Suite 600, Torrance, CA, 90503
tel: 310-540-5503
3. She is the nurse practiotioner but I believe the rest of the doctors there are male. The ones I passed in the hall acted very nice to me and seemed to be genuine...
4. I have no clue, she seemed very open though (she approved me for an IUD and I'm 19 and NP)
5. The atmosphere was nice, a bit busy but that could have been the day I went. There were ALOT of pregnant women there. ALOT.
6. The ladies on the phone seem a bit frazzled but really worked with me and my insurance company. I think this office is so busy because they're really good. If I weren't moving soon I would go back for my annual exam next year!
daddysambiguity trans (and fat?) friendly in Austin, Texas11th-Mar-2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Connie Ryan is a nurse practioner who, I heard, owns Central Family Practice in central Austin.

I have found the environment is pretty welcoming and GLBT friendly. I am trans and felt comfortable with her. She also took special care to make sure I felt at ease for exams, knowing I am FTM, etc.

I also feel it's pretty fat-positive in that most of the staff are larger women, inlcuding Connie Ryan herself.

They are into alternative medicines (herbal, etc.), but do not limit themselves to that as I've never been interested in those kinds of things and have never had a problem seeing them.

I recommend them, especially if you are someone who often feels uneasy in most doctor's offices (trans, plus-sized, queer, etc.)

beganwithayes Re: trans (and fat?) friendly in Austin, Texas26th-Feb-2008 06:53 am (UTC)
is that you in your icon? SO CUTE.
my_kateling Arcata, Humboldt County, CA, U.S.24th-Mar-2007 12:21 am (UTC)
I recommend the Northcountry Clinic, part of the Open Door Community Health Centers, especially Maria Spetzler, who's a Family Practice PA-C.

1. Kind, funny, down-to-earth, calming - and that goes for all of the staff I've encountered there.

2. Phone: (707)822-2481
Address: 785 Eighteenth Street in Arcata, CA 95521

3. Maria is female, as are most of the staff. I've seen three different males at Northcountry Clinic who work for other branches of Open Door Community Health. There are more males at the other branches.

4. LGBT friendly. I'm pretty sure they're poly friendly (I think a doc I've had in the past is poly, actrually,) though they do have a bend toward assuming monogamous relaionships. Not sure about kink, but most of the older docs have piercings, so at least they can think outside the box a bit. My dermatologist had two nose studs and a HUGE sparkly Monroe and she must have been at least 50 years old. They're a pretty diverse bunch.

5. It's a strange atmosphere, actually. Lots of elderly and/or poor people. Single mothers who have dreds and three kids, single mothers who have meth habits, married 58 year old grandmothers, it runs the gamut. The staff is really easygoing and friendly, though, and used to dealing with people who have lots of really serious problems in their personal lives. If you've got a good attitude, sometimes it's like a breath of fresh air in their day. And they're PROS at calming people down. I was totally bugging about a mole I had to get removed (the procedure made me crazy freaked out, even though it's nothing) and the nurse held my hand and had me breathe and basically put her other commitments on hold so I could have a few minutes of support. Just great.

6. They're fast, really fast, in the waiting room. Their lab is super speedy and I've hardly had to wait more than twenty minutes ever. They're very realistic about what they can and can't do and what you should and shouldn't worry about. No promises are made that they can't follow up on and their sense of humor about things is great.

Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!
h0rsegurrrl Atlanta, Georgia, USA3rd-Apr-2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Dr. Katia Castillo
Castillo-Walters OB/GYN
4488 North Shallowford Road North West
Atlanta, Georgia

Also has an office location in Duluth on Pleasant Hill Road.

1. why you recommend this particular health care professional Dr. Castillo is very sweet and gentle. She performs annual exams quickly and efficiently, but certainly allows time for any questions the patient may have.

2. how s/he can be contacted
Shallowford Road office: 770-730-0451
Pleasant Hill Road office: 678-474-0203

3. the gender of the practitioner Dr. Castillo and all her associates and office staff are female.

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly I don't know for a fact if she is as the topic has never come up, but she is open and accepting of teen sex and emphasizes safe sex over abstinence, so it can be inferred that she is also accepting of other alternative lifestyles. She also let me choose an IUD at age 18, nulliparous, and unmarried with no debate, so she is very open-minded.

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like Her offices have small waiting rooms and generally have a decent wait, but it's worth it for a good doctor. As she is also an OB, her office does include a fair number of baby photos, but she does not in any way praise motherhood over childlessness/childfreedom.

6. anything else that might be informative/useful Dr. Castillo and her associates and office staff are fluent in both English and Spanish, and their automated telephone service includes both English and Spanish options.
onewithbriteyes Cincinnati, Ohio, USA4th-Apr-2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Dr. Katherine Hewitt
71 East Hollister Street
Cincinnati, Ohio (OH)
(513) 723-0909

1. Why you recommend this particular health care professional: Dr. Hewitt is extremely knowledgable and kind. I first saw her for treatment for high-risk HPV and she was very understanding and supportive, she answered all of my questions and was very patient.

2. How s/he can be contacted: (513) 723-0909

3. The gender of the practitioner: Dr. Hewitt is female, as are all of the other doctors in the office, and every nurse I've seen in there.

4. Whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-,poly-, and/or kink-friendly: I can't say for sure, but I have queer (lesbian, cisgendered) friends who have been to the office (although not to her, specifically) and had very positive experiences.

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like: The office is great. The waiting area is full of soft comfy couches and chairs, and there's usually some nice music playing. My favorite feature is that in all of the exam rooms, there are cartoons and art on the ceiling above the exam beds. It's GREAT to have something to focus on visually while you're being poked at.

6. Anything else that might be informative/useful: I'm pretty sure they accept just about every kind of insurance imaginable. I mean, it's possible that you have something they don't accept, but when I spoke to them about insurance I was given the impression that it would be difficult to come in with something they didn't accept.
ladygaia87 Spartanburg, SC, USA13th-Apr-2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Spartanburg OB/GYN: Dr's Bang Giep, Nguyen Giep, Ann Kelly, Peter Sereque, Nancy Hendrix, Hoang Giep, and Dawn Bingham.

1.The doctors and nurses are all pretty friendly there, there are a couple nurses that aren't, but all in all the place is amazing.
2.You can contact them via phone at 864-560-7002
3.They have both males and females in the practice, I've seen all of them except for Nguyen Giep, Kelly, and Hendrix. I'd recommend all the ones I've seen.

They tend to listen to patient's concerns and try to help them with their concerns, and try to be there for their patients the best they can.
beagle1 Tupelo, MS --USA24th-Apr-2007 06:14 am (UTC)
Melissa Barnett CRNP

1. Very down to earth and friendly. Puts you at ease, does not sneak up on you will tell you everything she is doing while she is doing it. Open to any and every question. Reminded me of having a conversation with a close girlfriend rather than a doctor.

2. The Woman's Clinic Of Tupelo PA
1512 Medical Park Cir
Tupelo, MS 38801

3. Female

4. I can not say for sure but from opinion I would say they are ok with anyone....they were too nice not to be.

5. Clean and neat. Nice flat screen tv in the waiting room, assortment of chairs to make any butt happy. Friendly and caring staff. Patient rooms are clean and comfortable, changing screens in each room, sink and full arsenal of all needed items are in the room, no need for the DR to go in and out of the room multiple times.

6. I got my appointment with in 3 weeks of calling. Also received in the mail a full booklet with information about the office and all doctors before my appointment with a reminder card for my appointment. All in all I would say this was a very positive annual visit experience and I will be recommending Melissa Barnett and the whole office to friends.

ms_octopus_lady San Francisco, CA, USA27th-Apr-2007 05:58 am (UTC)
Dr. Terrence Jones, at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco

1) why you recommend this particular health care professional

He listened to everything I had to say, and was very gentle and understanding. He prattled on a little bit, but the second I would open my mouth he would stop immediately and ask, "Do you have a question?" He's not my regular gynecologist, but I'm considering switching to him.

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

You have to have to be a member of Kaiser and to make an appointment you can call 415-833-2200. You have to make the appointment pretty early in advance, unfortunately, around a month, month and a half.

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

He's male.

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

I'm not terribly certain, but it is San Francisco, and we're a pretty liberal and open minded city.

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

It's busy, to be honest. You get shoved and rushed and pushed around a lot. But as soon as Dr. Jones steps in, everything slows down. He tries really hard to make you feel comfortable.
littlebluegrrl Poplar Bluff, MO and surrounding area.8th-Jun-2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Dr. Carl Patty is amazing. I've gone to several different gynecologists, but ended up sticking with him. I've been seeing him now for about nine years! He's polite, gentle, and very considerate of women and their feelings about things.

He can be reached at:

Northwest Medical Center
2210 Barron Rd
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

I don't know his particular views on some of the issues mentioned. I know he seems very accepting and non-judgemental, and I was very comfortable seeing him post-abortion.
He is in a facility with two other doctors...his brother, John Patty (who is also a GREAT doctor), and another OB/GYN that I'm not familiar with. The staff is very friendly, from the receptionists to the nurses, and everyone is very well-educated, yet down-to-earth.
Overall, I wouldn't change a thing!
chinupcheerup Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA26th-Jun-2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Dr. Scott Hungate is a practitioner in the Womens Clinic at Virginia Tech, as well as a general practitioner in the clinic. Clinic services are only available to students, but I figured that there might be another Hokie around here somewhere :)

1. why you recommend this particular health care professional
He was very gentle with me, and took the time to explain what he was doing. The first time I saw him I was still a virgin and therefore it hurt like the dickens when he examined me, but he was understanding the whole way.

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

3. the gender of the practitioner
He is a man.

4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly
I do not know really, but I think after working in a clinic at a notorious party school that he has probably seen everything

5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like
The womens clinic is in a separate part of Schiffert than the regular clinic, so you have privacy while you wait.

6. anything else that might be informative/useful
I have't seen any of the other doctors in the Womens Clinic, but in the 2 times I have been in since my original appointment I have requested Dr. Hungate because he is personable and nice. When I saw him in the regular clinic he remembered me, and what type of HBC he had prescribed for me, without looking at my chart, which I thought was impressive considering the volume of people he sees.
adina77 NYC gyno28th-Jul-2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
1. why you recommend this particular health care professional: She listens, very helpful. Explains things, she takes time to look at your records and will answer your questions fully.
2. how s/he can be contacted:
Name: Dr. Lynn Macco
Location: 245 5th Avenue, 2nd floor (right near 23rd street)
Phone #: 646-935-2259
They do have a website as well. http://www.healthandhealingny.org/
3. the gender of the practitioner: Female
4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly: I have no idea! I never got the chance to ask.
5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like: homey. I feel very calm there and I hate going to Doctors. This office is better than my endocrinologist office
6. anything else that might be informative/useful: She is very friendly. She actually listens. Doesn't rush you out of the office. Gives you recommendations as well as birth controls. Even the room you are in feels a bit homey. I like the fact that the office has other types of doctors in there as well. The staff is quite nice and friendly.
silk_roses Re: NYC gyno3rd-Sep-2010 06:46 am (UTC)
Sadly, Dr. Macco has retired, but I've had great experiences with the Continuum Center, in general.
pretty492 Clovis/Fresno CA29th-Jul-2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
Dr. Michael Illingworth, the nurse practitioner and midwife in his office.

1. why you recommend this particular health care professional
I've been with Dr. Illingworth since I was nineteen(2001) and am consistenly made to feel comfortable seeing him, the female nurse practitioner or female midwife. All of his staff is very friendly, accomodating and knowledgeable.

2. how s/he can be contacted (phone/email/website, etc.)
He has an office at Clovis Community hospital, http://www.healthgrades.com/directory_search/physician/profiles/dr-md-reports/Dr-Michael-Illingworth-MD-175A63D1.cfm 681 Medical Center Dr W Ste 101, Clovis CA 93611, 559-323-9300.

3. the gender of the practitioner (some people are uncomfortable being examined by those of particular genders)
Dr. Illingworth is male, the nurse practitioner and mid-wife are female.
4. whether or not the person/clinic is LGBT-, poly- and/or kink-friendly
I'm not really sure, but they are all very friendly. I was given some pointers though on how to keep my shaved area free of ingrown hair, zits and other blemishes.
5. What the atmosphere of the clinic/office is like
It's an obgyn office he shares with another doctor, it is very welcoming and comfortable.
6. anything else that might be informative/useful (the more information, the more better!)
When I was nineteen my parents switched insurance companies and changed doctors. I went to see our new family practitioner about this problem my former doctor said was basically my imagination. The doctor let me know that my list of symptoms was waaay out of their league. They set me up with a gambit of tests to get done and an appointment with Dr Illingworth in three weeks when all of my tests would be completed and labs would be back. I was terrified and Dr. Illingworth answered all my questions and made me feel right at home. I was diagnosed with endo. I was very honest with me and said that becuase he is an OBGYN he has only a general overview on every single disease and not much specific detail regarding treatment. So he made me an appointment for two weeks later during which time we were both going to do our homework on the disease. When I came back we tossed around some ideas, he listened to my concerns and really made sure that the treatment plan we decided on was the right one for me.
Also there was a time that I discovered something strange and new while shaving. I called the office in a panic thinking I'd contracted some horrible std. They managed to squeeze me in the very next day. It turned out to just be a new freckle/mole but I really appreciated the speed with which the got me in.
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fierceflavors Re: Washington, DC Metro Area6th-Apr-2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your recommendation. I went to her and she couldn't of been nicer or more helpful.
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saltshakerheart 22nd-Oct-2007 12:29 am (UTC)
anyone have any recommendations for vancouver, bc?
misslynn Northwestern Chicago suburbs17th-Dec-2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
Dr. Susan Howey, MD (OB/GYN)
47 Acorn Lane, Lake in the Hills IL (847) 458-4100
Mercy Northwest Women's Group http://www.northwestwomensgroup.com/

I had a very positive experience with her and will continue going to her as long as I can. She sat and talked to me before my exam and loved that I knew all about my body and birth control options. She seemed to care as much about my overall health as my gynecological health. She is very willing to give IUDs to nulliparous women.

The office was smallish but a warm and friendly environment. I do not know about her LGBT/kink friendliness, but she did not seem to be phased by anything. Despite the abundance of baby photos everywhere, she had lots of information about birth control and even sterilization around but did not push me toward anything.

eta: the office staff was all female. also, her stirrups had fun patterned toe socks on them, which entertained me.

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