Tag Archives: OB/GYN

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

 

 

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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.

Linda Millbauer/Magee Womancare Associates

5 Sep

Linda Millbauer               

Magee Womancare Associates

Corporate One Office Park

4075 Monroeville Blvd.

Bldg. 2, Suite 330

412-372-6262

It’s associated with UPMC.

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

OB/GYN

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Absolutely. She is incredibly professional and non-judgmental. She makes sure to take her time to explain things and often goes out of her way to make sure things are affordable and necessary. I’ve always walked out of her office feeling calm, prepared and taken care of.

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

Middle aged, white woman. Religion never mentioned.

Why did you see this provider?

Annual checkup and pap smear.

Was the provider affordable?

Yes.

What was your experience making an appointment with this provider?

Calls are returned promptly and visits can be scheduled within a few days.

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

Lovely and helpful.

What identities do you have?

Myself  I’m a late twenties, queer, poly white woman of an athletic build who has been diagnosed with herpes.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:

Definitely accessible for wheelchairs. Bathrooms are gender neutral.

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

LGBTQ friendly.

When was your last visit with this provider?

0-5 months ago

Dr. Kathleen Carroll, M.D./Western PA Women’s Care

14 Jan

Dr. Kathleen Carroll, M.D.           

Western PA Women’s Care        

Magee-Women’s Hospital Office

(412) 641-6223

300 Halket Street

Suite 5730

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

There are also offices in Wexford and Pleasant Hills.

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

OB/GYN

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Yes, I would absolutely recommend Dr. Carroll, as well as the other staff at the Magee office.

When was your last visit with this provider?

0-5 months ago.

Why did you see this provider?

I wanted a consistent provider to figure out why I was having issues with my BC pills.

What was your experience making an appointment with this provider?

All interactions have been timely and easy.

Was the provider affordable?

I have UPMC insurance and almost everything has been covered. I paid a copay when I went in for STD testing outside of my annual checkup.

Please describe your experience with the provider:

I have been going there for a little over a year and I have always felt respected from the moment I enter the waiting area to the checkout process. Dr. Carroll worked with me to find birth control that worked for me (as I had to try several different medicines and finally decided on the IUD). When my schedule and hers did not match, for the IUD insertion and for STD testing, I saw other doctors. I did not feel judged for my choices. All of the staff I have interacted with have been very courteous and professional. I have had many partners while going to this office and no one has made me feel negative about that. Communication has always been easy. They return voice mails promptly the next day when leaving them outside of office hours.

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

They have always been supportive and pleasant. When updating my health info from the last visit, the nurse congratulated me on quitting smoking and shared her personal anecdote. It made me feel pleased and appreciated.

What identities do you have?

I am a cis straight female, white, 29, and a little overweight. I am able-bodied and lower middle class.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:

Everything appeared to be accessible in the building. The door the office did not have an automated system and might be a little heavy to open. While gender-neutral, the bathrooms do not have much for support for using the toilet. I did not notice if there was braille, but I would assume the hospital has it. In Oakland, Magee is very close to transit and has parking, I believe at $6/hour. There is also neighborhood parking, but it is permit parking with a time limit..

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Dana Bloomburg, MSN, CRNP/Midwife Center for Birth and Health

14 Jan

Dana Bloomburg, MSN, CRNP   

Midwife Center for Birth and Health       

2825 Penn Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

(412) 321-6880

http://www.midwifecenter.org

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

OB/GYN

Would you recommend the provider to others?

When was your last visit with this provider?

6-12 months ago.

Why did you see this provider?

Annual pap smear.

What was your experience making an appointment with this provider?

I’ve been able to schedule appointments easily. They changed much of their correspondence to digital. Which means I have a private file that I can access anytime. It’s awesome. Appointment scheduled within a two week window.

Was the provider affordable?

Very affordable. I’ve gone when I wasn’t insured. They took me through the process of applying for affordable access to gynecological exams. Which made the appointment free. They take my current insurance, United Healthcare. My visits are covered through my current insurance.

Please describe your experience with the provider:

Dana has been my primary care physician for nearly five years. She has always provided me with kind, professional, and transparent service. She is thorough and encourages me to take steps to further ensure my overall health (diet, exercise, further test, etc) without making me feel uncomfortable or judged.

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

I generally feel respected, cared for, and relaxed when I am at the midwife center. The staff is not alienating to me.

What identities do you have?

I am a 33 year old black woman. The midwife center seems to be primarily staffed by white women. I’ve seen the rotating black female.

 

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:

Magee Women’s Outpatient Clinic

15 Aug

Magee Women’s Hospital
300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
1-866-MyMagee

What type of medicine does the provider practice?
OB/GYN

Would you recommend this provider to others?
Yes

Was the provider affordable?
They helped me sign up for the SelectPlan for women and accepted it, plus they helped me to get as many benefits from it as I could. When I started to have insurance again, they accepted my Blue Cross / Blue Shield PPO with no issues.

 Please describe your experience with the provider:
Although there is a rotating staff and I saw a different person each time, it was a much more comfortable and relaxed environment than I had experienced with private OB/GYN practitioners. I felt open to discuss any questions and concerns I had, and was always answered openly, honestly, and in detail.

Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff:
Receptionists were kind and helpful for scheduling.

Please describle the accessibility of the practice for you:
On public transit lines

Dr Marni Greenwald

18 May

Dr. Marni Greenwald
Student Health Services at University of Pittsburgh
3708 Forbes Avenue (Medical Arts Building) Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-383-1800
http://www.studhlth.pitt.edu/

What type of medicine does provider practice?
General/Gynecological

Would you recommend this provider to others?
Yes

Why did you see this provider?
Gynecological

Was the provider affordable?
this is a service i pay for with my tuition so it is very affordable for students regardless of insurance (around $65 a semester for as many visits as you want i believe), but not available for people who are not students at Pitt.

Please describe your experience with the provider:
Dr. Greenwald was very knowledgeable about what was going on with me and also very reassuring. she was comforting and listened to what i needed to share. she was gave me her business card and told me i could contact her anytime if i had any more needs – something that i haven’t had happen before at the student health clinic (though everyone has always been very sweet and helpful). this was very good for me since i tend to worry…

Please describe your experience with the support staff:
the nurse who checked me in was also kind. there was no receptionist interaction since i used a card to swipe myself in.

Please describe how accessible the practice was for you:
for me, it was great. on public transit lines and there is bike parking. the restrooms in the hall are gendered and i think the ones inside the clinic are, too. bummer. plus, i’m not sure how accessible it is for people in wheelchairs. i think there is enough space to move around but i feel pretty confident the tables are not easily or at all accessed by people with more severe impairments.

Is this provider especially good with certain populations?
students?

Additional Information:
overall, it was a very pleasant, reassuring experience.