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Dr. Matthew P. Harbaugh

12 May

Provider name: Dr. Matthew P. Harbaugh
Practice name: Penn Plum Family Medicine
Address: UPMC St. Margarets 100 Delafield Rd #108, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone: (412) 795-7366
Website: http://findadoc.upmc.com/PhysicianBioQuery.aspx?EPCDID=157863

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

Primary Care Practitioner

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

 Yes

When was your last visit with the provider          

0-5 months ago

Why did/do you see this provider?         

Migraines, General Checkup, Cold Sore Treatment

What was/is your experience making an appointment with this provider?           

I was suffering very vague and confusing symptoms. Dr. Harbaugh was extremely considerate and thorough in evaluating and determining the cause of them. Also very receptive and patient with any minor concerns I’ve had.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

 They accepted my UPMC insurance.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

Very supportive and respectful in demeanor. I feel completely comfortable talking about any medical issue with this provider.

 Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff (if applicable).            

 No complaints

What identities do you have?    

 White, Straight, 32, Female, Able-bodied

Tell us if the provider or practice is especially good with a certain community, has special skills or services.           

 Mentioned that he has treated new immigrants before

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?               

 He is young, white and male.

What did you observe or experience about the accessibility of the practice?       

 Parking is $5 I believe

 

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Dr. Mary Pat Friedlander

12 May

Provider name: Mary Pat Friedlander
Practice name: Lawrenceville Family Health
Address: Butler St. at 40th St., Pittsburgh PA 15201

Phone: 412-622-7343
Website: http://findadoc.upmc.com/PhysicianBioQuery.aspx?EPCDID=4537

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

Primary Care, Gynecology

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Yes. She doesn’t know much about alternative health, but Dr. Friedlander is very respectful, is a very good communicator, is a great listener. She trusts me and helps me with what I say I need without getting into any power struggles. She treats me like I’m the expert about my own body and yet shares helpful information and insights.

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?

She’s white, middle aged, seems straight but seems very open and respectful. Don’t know how far her knowledge of eg LGBTQ or Black communities extends.

Why did you see this provider?

Check up, get answers to some questions.

What was your experience making an appointment with this provider?

Easy to make an appointment.

Was the provider affordable?

It’s a UPMC community health center so they take all forms of UPMC insurance and medical assistance. I think they still have a social worker that can get people signed up for reduced care but I’m not positive of that.

Please describe your experience with the provider:

Easy to get prescriptions and referrals, answers all questions thoroughly and without rushing, she’s also great at gyne exams (she teaches interns how to do them respectfully and properly). I always feel good when I leave visits with her.

Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff:

Nurses respond really well and promptly to calls to the nurse’s line. They really help communication with the doctors.

What identities do you have?

White, 50s, female, queerish, don’t have physical disability, lower income, body not particularly big or small.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:

Clinic seems very physically accessible. On bus line, free parking. Didn’t see any Braille, didn’t see signs for interpreters, didn’t notice materials in other languages but they may be around. I THINK they have the bathrooms as one room with both gender signs on it.

When was your last visit with this provider?

0-5 months ago

 

 

Metro Family Practice/Dr. Katherine Homrok

12 Dec

Katherine A. Homrok, M.D.       

Metro Community Health Center           

 1789 S Braddock Ave #410

 Pittsburgh, PA 15218

mchcpgh.org

412-247-2310

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

Family medicine, geriatric medicine.

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

Yes. My experience with this provider is limited, though.

When did you last see this provider?

0-5 months ago.

Why did you see this provider?

I have seen this provider for two annual wellness check-ups. I also saw them when I was having heart palpitations and needed an EKG test (a test that checks for electrical problems with the heart).

What was/is your experience making an appointment with this provider?           

  1. Phone – Most times I’ve had to leave a message but I get a prompt call-back. I was especially grateful for how quickly Metro called me back when I was having an issue and they recommended that I be seen right away.
  2. Patient Portal – Metro has a way to schedule online. I tried to make an appointment online once and it was either confusing or the system wasn’t working well. I ended up scheduling for the wrong time and needed to call to change it. I think it would be useful if it worked better.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

Both Highmark and UPMC PPO have paid for my care at Metro. They serve folks who are uninsured and underinsured.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

In my experience this doctor takes a holistic, collaborative and conversational approach to care. During every visit I have had with her, she has faced me, made eye contact with me, and carried on a real conversation rather than firing questions at me from a computer. One time when I had a question she drew me a diagram on a piece of paper to show me what she was talking about. It helped me understand her answer so much better. It was a small thing, but it meant a lot for her to take the explanation slowly and help me visualize it. I have felt very comfortable and respected with this provider, and I have never felt rushed or like there was a time limit on my visit (I’m sure there was, but it was never made apparent to me).

Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff, if applicable.

I’ve found nurses and receptionists to be very friendly and helpful. I’ve discussed medical issues with nurses over the phone a few times and got the information and advice I needed. I didn’t feel rushed.

What identities do you have?    

White, cis-female using she/her pronouns, heterosexual, early 30s.

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?               

They serve folks who are un-insured or under-insured. Metro’s website states they provide expertise in LGBT comprehensive care, HIV care, behavioral health, holistic and integrated care, geriatrics, women’s health, maternity care. This doctor is white and female, the practice is a non-profit, and according to the website some of the doctors are affiliated with Forbes Regional Hospital and UPMC Shadyside.

What did you observe or experience about the accessibility of the practice?       

Parking is free and the building is accessible by public transit. The office is a few floors up and there is an elevator.

Metro Family Practice/Dr. Katherine Homrok

12 Dec

Dr. Katherine Homrok

Metro Family Practice

Braddock Ave.

Next to Edgewood Town Center

412-247-2310

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

Family Practice.

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

 Yes.

When was your last visit with the provider          

0-5 months ago.

Why did/do you see this provider?         

 Primary care.

What was/is your experience making an appointment with this provider?           

It may take a few days to get an appointment after the initial one (which may take longer).

Was/is the provider affordable?              

They accepted my insurances – I had Highmark before… UPMC now.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

I feel listened to at appointments.  I appreciate that Dr. Homrok has sent me to other good doctors if she does not know the answers.

I felt like my questions and concerns were listened to and addressed as thoroughly as possible.

 Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff (if applicable).            

The method of entry and support is sometimes confusing (color teams for doctors, but not always used). The staff is no different that other support staff I have encountered.  Good days and bad days depending on how busy it is.  (I used to work in a medical office, so I am not too hard on staff for bad days – the job is tough).

What identities do you have?    

White, 40-year old, employed, queer woman.

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?               

LGBTQ-friendly is all I have seen/heard.

What did you observe or experience about the accessibility of the practice?       

It is close to the busway. Wheelchair accessible. Plenty of free parking. Gender-neutral bathroom.

UPMC Shadyside Family Health Ctr./Dr. Dennis Stull

12 Dec

Stull, Jarvis, and Spinola Internal Medicine Associates – UPMC

Dr. Dennis Stull
Shadyside Family Health Center

5215 Centre Ave.

Suite 100

Pittsburgh, PA 15232

(412) 623-6200

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

Primary care – internal medicine.

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

 Yes. Dr. Stull has been my Primary Care Physician for 6 years and overall I have had a good experience.

When was your last visit with the provider          

0-5 months ago.

Why did/do you see this provider?         

Primary care.

What was/is your experience making an appointment with this provider?           

 It did not take long to schedule an appointment. Scheduling was easy.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

 I am on medicaid and they accepted my insurance.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

He is very friendly and respectful. He has primarily helped me with mental health treatment, specifically helping me find an anti-depressant that has worked well for me. For other issues however, I have found that he is quick to offer drugs as a solution to most problems, when they could probably be solved with changes in diet or other more holistic solutions. He could definitely be more aware of LGBTQ issues and has made assumptions about my sexuality that are annoying. 

 Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff (if applicable).            

The support staff has been great. 

What identities do you have?    

 White, queer, cis-gendered man, upper middle class background, struggle with mental health issues.

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?               

 Dr. Stull is a white man.

Squirrel Hill Health Center

5 Dec

Squirrel Hill Health Center

Gilboa

4516 Browns Hill Rd

Pittsburgh, PA 15217

http://www.squirrelhillhealthcenter.org

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

Obgyn, family medicine, dentist, therapy, midwifes, psychiatry

Would you recommend the provider to others?

I have and will for years.

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?

I read most as white except front desk woman who was Black and second physician I saw who was Asian. About even number of men and women. Variety of age ranges. That was the most I could gather.

Why did you see this provider?

Everything.

What was your experience making an appointment with this provider?

It varies, if you are open to any doctor it shouldn’t take long at all.

Was the provider affordable?

Sliding scale!!

Please describe your experience with the provider:

Amazing! I feel so cared for always

Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff:

They work with immigrants, children, and have a deep understand for the intersection of race gender and language. They have a very diverse office.

What identities do you have?

Black, Latina, queer, 31.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:

Accessible.

Especially good with certain a certain community, special skills, or services?

Immigrants and children.

When was your last visit with this provider?

0-5 months ago

Additional Information:

 

Mary Pat Friedlander, UPMC Lawrenceville Family Health Ctr

31 Oct

Mary Pat Friedlander

Lawrenceville Family Health

Butler St. at 40th St.

Pittsburgh PA 15201

412-622-7343

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

Primary Care, Gynecology

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Yes. She doesn’t know much about alternative health, but Dr. Friedlander is very respectful, is a very good communicator, is a great listener. She trusts me and helps me with what I say I need without getting into any power struggles. She treats me like I’m the expert about my own body and yet shares helpful information and insights.

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?

She’s white, middle aged, seems straight but seems very open and respectful. Don’t know how far her knowledge of eg LGBTQ or Black communities extends.

Why did you see this provider?

Check up, get answers to some questions.

What was your experience making an appointment with this provider?

Easy to make an appointment.

Was the provider affordable?

It’s a UPMC community health center so they take all forms of UPMC insurance and medical assistance. I think they still have a social worker that can get people signed up for reduced care but I’m not positive of that.

Please describe your experience with the provider:

Easy to get prescriptions and referrals, answers all questions thoroughly and without rushing, she’s also great at gyne exams (she teaches interns how to do them respectfully and properly). I always feel good when I leave visits with her.

Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff:

Nurses respond really well and promptly to calls to the nurse’s line. They really help communication with the doctors.

What identities do you have?

White, 50s, female, queerish, don’t have physical disability, lower income, body not particularly big or small.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:

Clinic seems very physically accessible. On bus line, free parking. Didn’t see any Braille, didn’t see signs for interpreters, didn’t notice materials in other languages but they may be around. I THINK they have the bathrooms as one room with both gender signs on it.

Especially good with certain a certain community, special skills, or services?

When was your last visit with this provider?

0-5 months ago

Additional Information:

 

Frances Southwick/East End Community Health

5 Sep

Frances Southwick         

East End Community Health Center       

117 N Negley Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

(412) 404-4000

(in East Liberty/Garfield, right at the corner of Penn & Negley)

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

Family Practice (Osteopath).

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Yes. She is very thorough and gentle and open-minded

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?

She is a lesbian. And she’s also a writer. She wrote a book called “Prognosis: Poor,” a  memoir that addresses the medical training process in the U.S. (I haven’t read it!)

Why did you see this provider?

General health.

Was the provider affordable?

I have UPMC insurance, but I’m pretty sure they take everything. They are a community health center which means they focus on low-income folks.

What was your experience making an appointment with this provider?

The front desk staff are friendly and  appointments are usually available in the next week or two..

Please describe your experience with this provider:

I am a transman and she was very comfortable and knowledgeable about trans issues and didn’t make a big deal about it when that wasn’t why I was seeing her.

She was very helpful with finding me referrals to other providers who would be sensitive to gender stuff.

Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff:

They’ve always been great.

What identities do you have?

Gender queer, queer, white.

Especially good with certain a certain community, special skills, or services?

This particular dr is lgbtq friendly. I spotted at least one staff member who was family. Not sure about other drs or staff.

When was your last visit with this provider?

6-12 months ago

 

 

Dr. Bernacki/Bernacki Family Practice

5 Sep

Dr. Bernacki      

Bernacki Family Practice             

521 Greenfield Ave. PGH, PA 15207

(412)-422-6500

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

General Practitioner

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Yes! I went to see Dr. Bernacki for a general physical and he was so personable and helpful. He spend probably 45 minutes with me, gave me a check-up, answered all of my questions and gave me recommendations for diet and medicines.

Why did you see this provider?

General physical

Was the provider affordable?

Yes, they accepted my insurance and they were up front about my co-pay.

Please describe your experience with the provider. Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff.

Dr. Bernacki and the nurse practitioner, Abby, were both so friendly and I felt 100% comfortable. The prescription orders were prompt accurate. I did call them to schedule a follow up a few weeks later about a cyst, and they were able to see me the next day and alleviate my concerns.         This is the only part of the visit that isn’t five star caliber. Every time I’ve called the receptionist, she’s been a little brusk and seems sort of out of it. I would guess she’s probably just overworked though.

What identities do you have?

Myself  I’m female, mostly heterosexual.

When was your last visit with the provider?

0-5 months ago

Metro Family Practice

17 Aug

Provider name
Unknown

Practice name
Metro Family Practice

Address, Pittsburgh, PA zip
1789 S. Braddock Ave. #410
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Phone
412-247-2310

Website
metrofamilypractice.org

What type of medicine does the provider practice?
General practitioner, illness, dermatology, OB/GYN, health screenings

Would you recommend the provider to others?
Yes

Why did you see this provider?
I was looking into having mole removal

Was the provider affordable?
Yes, for me the provider was affordable. I do not have insurance and they did not ask me to pay for the first visit, where some moles were removed or an office fee.  On the second visit, i was also not charged for an office visit but was charged for the mole removal.

Please describe your experience with the provider:
What struck me about the Dr. was that he was made eye contact when i was talking and listened to my descriptions of my moles and concerns without seeming anxious to move on.  He also shared personal stories upon my asking him about his day and also was careful about my body and letting me know how he was going to navigate the gown and get access to my moles.  He shared information with me about moles and what may be problematic and what is not.

Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff:
I think Doctor’s offices are dismal places, that said, i was treated as a number in the waiting room.  Upon being weighed and led to my room, the non-warm manner but not cold manner of the nurse was familiar and normal to me. It was fine.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:
It was far for me to travel, especially in the winter and difficult to navigate by bus (2 busses to get there).  The layout was fine, the bathroom i used was a single stall. I don’t remember thinking about mobility impairments at the time, the halls may have been narrow.

Especially good with certain a certain community, special skills, or services?
N/A

Additional Information: