Tag Archives: gynecology

Dr. Robin Maier UPMC Squirrel Hill

18 Jul

Squirrel Hill Family Practice – UPMC
5608 Wilkins Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(Squirrel Hill) Office
Phone: (412) 422-8762

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

Family Medicine with subspecialty of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Would you recommend this provider to others?     

Yes. She was knowledgeable and asked good questions. She brought up issues of insurance and cost and was concerned about not ordering tests that were borderline necessary if I would have to pay for them. She was respectful of my (trans) gender. She went above and beyond to share useful information that I wouldn’t have known to ask for. I also found her to be friendly and funny.

When was your last visit with the provider          

0-5 months ago

Why did/do you see this provider?         

Ongoing gynecological care after previous cervical issues.

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

I believe I had to wait around 6 weeks.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

I have UPMC insurance, which they take. I don’t know what other options are available.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

See above under #5. I felt respected and comfortable. The visit was perhaps slightly rushed, but I believe that if I had asked her to slow down and spend more time with me she would have.

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

I found all of the support staff to be friendly and nonjudgemental. While I have had only one visit with Dr. Maier, I have been attending the practice for a year and the support staff have remembered me and been welcoming.

What identities do you have?    

I am a middle-aged white queer able-bodied trans person.

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

The provider appeared to be a middle-aged straight white female. I was drawn to seeing her because she studied English before becoming a doctor and I believe that I was correct in guessing that she might be a more open-minded, less numbers-at-the-expense-of-people-type provider.
http://bioethics.pitt.edu/people/robin-maier-ma-md

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

The building is right on the 67 & 69 bus lines. I believe the building is ADA compliant. The bathrooms are gendered, but single occupant. I noticed signage about Chinese translation being available. There is a free designated patient parking right next to the building. Most of the times I have been there spaces have been available. There is also street parking around the corner.

 

 

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Dr. April Dunmyer

15 Jun

Provider name: Dr. April Dunmyer
Practice name: Womancare Associates
Address, Pittsburgh, PA zip: 121 Freeport Rd., Suite 120, Blawnox, PA 15238
Phone: (888) 231-4050

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

OB/GYN

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

 Yes, Dr. Dunmyer has always been accommodating, kind, and communicative.

When was your last visit with the provider          

 0-5 months ago

Why did/do you see this provider?         

Annual

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

They had availability when I needed it.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

I have UPMC insurance

 

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

 Health issues where thoroughly explored and possible care solutions provided… as well as possibilities for follow-up if needed.

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

 Support staff was kind and helpful

What identities do you have?    

 white, able-bodied female, age 41, slim build 

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

 Female-identified, mother

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

 Ramps are present for entry. Easy access from Rt 28N (right off Blawnox exit).

 

Noedahn Copley-Woods, MD

7 Jun

*This review was given verbally during an event, thus its brevity.

Noedahn Copley-Woods, MD
Magee-Womens Hospital
300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

copleywoodsn@mail.magee.edu
412-641-4222

Gynecologist. Respectful, good with pronoun usage, was able to address a trans-specific health problem, works well with trans men and older women.

Dr. April Dunmeyer/UPMC Reproductive Services

17 Feb

Dr. April Dunmeyer

UPMC Reproductive Services

Offices in Blawnox and Monroeville

412-802-3100

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

OB/GYN

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

Yes, she is thorough and spent needed time.

When was your last visit with the provider          

0-5 months ago

Why did/do you see this provider?         

HPV

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

Easy and quickly.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

Highmark was first accepted and being phased out. My insurance switched to UPMC and more has been covered.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

I felt like she was easy to talk to and gave honest answers to my concerns.

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

 Everyone was nice.

What identities do you have?    

White, woman, 40 yrs old, queer/bi, able-bodied, working class           

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

 Provider is a young woman

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

 Accessible. With ramps and elevators, though there is some climb from the parking area to the door.

Additional Information:

 I had out-patient surgery with Dr. Dunmeyer and it went smoothly. So far, so good.

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:

 

Dr. Draion Burch

8 Jul

** UPDATE: Dr. Burch has moved away from Pittsburgh **

Dr Draion Burch               

Magee Womens Hospital

300 Halket Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

(412) 361-3132

Dr Burch has a lot of places he practices other than Magee. Magee is in Oakland but he’s also in East End and other locations.

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

OB/GYN and DO.

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Yes.

Why did you see this provider?

Trans care, chronic pelvic pain, hysterectomy consult, general preventative care.

Was the provider affordable?

I have had both Health America insurance and Medicaid and he accepted both. I’m not sure about uninsured.

Please describe your experience with the provider:

Dr Burch has helped me through really tough stuff with awful insurance companies. He advocates for you in appeals and does peer to peer stuff with insurance doctors author question. He is an extremely out gay man of color and he really cares about women and trans people. He’s easy to talk to and isan advocate for trans people and women so you can let him know your needs if he’s not meeting them.

He is very busy running everything from suboxone clinics to delivering babies at Allegheny county jail and advocating for trans women downtown. Thus he can be hard to get a hold of. But if you stay on him he will do whatever he can to make sure got get what you need.

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

His staff was really well educated and kind. I didn’t have to give them a 101.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:

Magees hospital is physically accessible and they have valet. East end less so but they have an elevator.

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

Trans, working class and poor, women, people of color, recovering addicts, sex workers, disadvantaged folks, he respects and serves all passionately.  He’s a character. And he cares and is humble.

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