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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




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

17 Aug

Provider name

Practice name
Metro Family Practice

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



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

Would you recommend the provider to others?

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?

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