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Charles Esposito, LPC

12 May

Provider name: Charles Esposito, LPC
Practice name: Wisdom Within Counseling LLC
Address: 401 Shady Ave Ste C107 Pittsburgh, PA, 15206
Phone: (412) 357-4197
Website:
https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/name/Wisdom+Within+Counseling,+LLC_Pittsburgh_Pennsylvania_184997

What type of services does the provider practice?        

 Mental Health

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

 Yes. Good communicator (scheduling and payments), nice office space, comfortable sharing about his own experience but doesn’t dominate the conversation, good at connecting things mentioned in previous visits to current visit, calm presence, has a lot of varied experience and technique to draw from, good at suggesting things withing being imposing, affirming of queer/trans experience, willing to get philosophical – develops interesting conversation.

When was your last visit with the provider          

 0-5 months ago

Why did/do you see this provider?         

 Feeling depressed and anxious. Looking for a provider who I could see during a very stressful time and also for maintenance.

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

 Contacted through Psychology Today. Then connected over the phone to set up an initial appointment. I get email reminders about my appointments and sometimes communicate via text message.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

 I have UPMC insurance. We worked out a payment fee for each visit. The fee has only changed by $2 since starting (over 10 or so sessions). Someone else handles billing, so a couple times I got a bill for a slightly different amount, but that didn’t affect how much I paid. He’s okay with me paying in cash or check. Would be easier to pay with a card.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

 I like seeing a counselor who identifies as gay. I like that he is ready to draw from a range of experiences, because my needs feel different during every session. I like that he takes good notes and follows back up on previous things said. I feel like he is paying attention. I enjoy being in the office space – decorations are thoughtful and there is natural light. He always offers me a glass of water. I stated that i ramble a lot and sometimes need to be redirected and he took that feedback and does in fact help me stay on track and not just gloss over feelings. He has validated my feelings about difficult family relationships in a way I haven’t really allowed myself to see before.

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

 There are some other providers that meet in the same office. I haven’t interacted with them much at all.

What identities do you have?    

 30, queer, trans, man, white, insured

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

 He is fluent in Spanish (and Italian I think), sees a lot of patients of different faiths, LGBTQ-friendly

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

 He is white, gay, grew up catholic, an artist, taught Spanish and Italian

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

 The office is on the first floor of an accessible office building. There is an accessible gender neutral restroom on the same floor but not in the office itself. The office restroom is single-occupancy and not gendered.

Additional Information:

 

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Leah Helou//UPMC Mercy Voice Center

5 Apr

Leah Helou
UPMC Mercy Voice Center
UPMC Mercy Hospital Building D, Suite 2100
1400 Locust Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-232-3687
Fax: 412-232-8488

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

Voice and Respiratory Therapy 

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?         

Voice and breathing issues stemming from nerve paralysis after thyroidectomy, but also other voice issues 

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

I see two other doctors at this place so I usually make the appointments with the front desk or online at the myupmc.com portal

Was/is the provider affordable?              

UPMC type of Medicaid covers unlimited sessions, not sure about other insurances, I assume OOP is expensive but UPMC does have financial aid

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

Leah is very pleasant and knowledgeable. Vocal and respiratory coaching is really intimate and she is good at helping me feel at ease. She also is the founder of the UPMC transgender voice training program so- even though I was not seeking transgender vocal coaching- it was nice to have a provider I was more likely to be safe with as a trans person. She is good at tailoring things to work for you and good at understanding relationships between (what some cultures separate into) mind and body.  

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

Front desk at this place is always really nice and helpful towards me.

What identities do you have?    

Transgender, transmasculine, queer, white, (somewhat invisibly) disabled, medium to chubby in size, goth/punk looking, mid 30s, poverty line disability income

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

trans and queer people

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

I think she is a white cisgender woman but I don’t know anything else about her. She seems to have lefty politics based on who she’s into creating spaces for.

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

Mercy hospital has a garage that is free for the first 2 hours and paid after that. There are usually handicapped spots open on at least one of the levels (usually more). There is a walkway to the hospital on level D of the garage that I prefer because it is close to elevators. It has automated doors. The Voice center is right across from the purple elevator once you take it up to the 2nd floor. Many doors are automated but the door to the voice center itself is not I do not think. There are two single stall gender neutral restrooms in the waiting room. There is braille on some signage in the hospital. Mercy is about a block up from forbes and 5th where many buses run. There are always wheelchairs near the walkway from the garage and I assume it is ok to grab one and use one when needed. There is also a staff person at a desk when you first come in from the walkway if you have questions.

 

Dr. Paige Forrest/Forrest Psychiatry

20 Feb

Dr. Paige Forrest
Forrest Psychiatry
1102 S. Braddock Ave 
Pittsburgh, PA 15218 
Office: (412) 404-3081

http://forrestpsychiatry.com

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

Psychiatry 

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

 Yes!

When was your last visit with the provider          

 0 – 5 months

Why did/do you see this provider?         

 Multiple episodes of depression

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

So easy! She’s very quick to respond and likes to correspond through email. This is convenient for people who hate phone tag. She does everything in her office herself, so you always make appointments directly with her. Once you’re a patient, she has an online portal that shows all her available appointments. You can make requests there and usually get a confirmation in less than 24 hrs.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

Dr. Forrest accepts most major insurance that I know of.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

She is very warm and easy to talk to. She has great insight, and from my experience with psychiatrists, is very dynamic and integrative in her practice. She seems to really think outside of norms and is very progressive with her treatment. She’s also willing to let you try whatever treatment options you want, within reason, and is very available if you have any questions or need help. She actually wants to get to know you and what you’re experiencing. Though she is not practicing as a therapist, her visits always feel very refreshing and helpful. Also, she herself is LGBTQ and is very open about this.

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

 She runs her own practice, so she’s her own support.

What identities do you have?    

Young, white, female, queer, able-bodied, college educated, working cash poor  

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

Very LGBTQ friendly, and in my experience, would be accommodating of any needs 

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

White, female, LGBTQ

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

 It’s on the second floor of a building. As far as I know, it’s only accessible by stairs, but knowing her disposition, she may be willing/able to make accommodations.

 

UPMC Presbyterian Radiology

5 Dec

UPMC Presbyterian Radiology Department        

Multiple Providers

UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland.

Radiology department is near the main entrance and up an escalator/elevator.

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

Nuclear

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Yes, with a few comments- see below.

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?

Treatment and full body scans for radioiodine uptake for thyroid cancer.

What was your experience making an appointment with this provider?

My endocrinology nurse at Falk clinic got my availability and made the appointments for me since it was a 5 day ordeal and they do that for everyone.

Was the provider affordable?

UPMC so depends on your insurance unfortunately. (Note from PHB: you may be able to apply for UPMC financial assistance.)

Please describe your experience with the provider:

They were extremely thorough in explaining the procedures, precautions, and methodology and answered all my questions. It was nice to have things repeated because I have a bad memory.

There was some switching between providers of how they addressed my gender. I choose not to talk about being trans unless I have to because providers generally mess things up no matter what. So I was gendered male and (more often) female and no one checked in. This is 100% business as usual and not unique to this facility. Pretty much everywhere I go doesn’t notice all of the things in my chart. If misgendering is very stressful for someone, I can’t say good or bad how this facility would respond to corrections. If any of them disliked me for being queer looking, I didn’t notice.

My main gripe about this department was repeated statements of “”we don’t care about animals here. This is a human hospital.”” When I asked repeatedly how to protect the animals that live with me. Some folks did give me an answer but it was somewhat dusmissive even though they were wonderful and thorough with my personal needs. (Radioactive iodine requires isolation of all bodily fluids and contact within 6 feet for 5 days). I told them this in my review that I do not think it is too much to ask for a radiology department to read some of the veterinary literature out there about animals treated with radioactive iodine (which mammals are at least.) I read some and I’m sure they would be better equipped to understand it than I am. ”

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

The waiting room has a fish tank and a bunch of loud TVs but the woman who was at the front desk all days was awesome. The nurses, techs, physicians, residents, and physicist were all very kind to me and answered all of my questions.

What identities do you have?

Transmasculine but non-passing much of the time esp in medical situations, butch, queer, (mostly invisibly) disabled, poor, chubby (“obese” according to my bmi and medical charts), white person.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:

This hospital has valet parking otherwise parking in the garage involves a block or so walk with part of a hill. Parking is 5 dollars with validation. People who take a bus would have to walk up a steep hill from 5th ave or I think there is a shuttle in front of Falk clinic (on 5th across from a bus stop) that regularly drives people up the hill.

The inside of the hospital was fairly physically accessible. Most things were automated except I believe the bathroom doors had to be pulled/pushed open. The halls are wide but crowded. There are escalators and elevators.

There was a coffee/snack area right outside the radiology waiting room and bottled water available in the waiting room. Waiting room was loud with lots of TVs. Bathrooms were close to the waiting room and the scanner and radiation medication rooms. Hallway bathrooms were gendered and multi stall, inside the facility- all gender and single stall.

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

I think these folks are average and not specialized with any group. Proceed with caution.

When was your last visit with this provider?

0-5 months ago

Additional Information:

Full body scan requires laying still for 45+ minutes. Room is dark and has TV projecting a sky view on the ceiling.

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

Persad Center

15 Aug

What is the name of the provider you saw?
Ashley

What is the name of the practice?
Persad Center

Where is the provider located?
Persad

What type of medicine does the provider practice?
Therapist

Would you recommend this provider to others?
Yes

Why did you see this provider?
Anxiety

Was the provider affordable?
Yes, I’m uninsured and make <$20,000/yr, so services are comped by the county.

Please describe your experience with the provider named above:
She’s great, and has particular strength working with family issues.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:
The front door is accessible–I always take the stairs up to the second floor. So I’m not sure. It’s super-accessible by public transit, though–you can take the 88, 87, or even 86 to get there. Gender-neutral bathrooms.

Good with certain populations?
LGBTQ-friendly

Dr. Martin Seltman

15 Aug

Provider name

Dr. Martin Seltman

Practice name

Metro Family Practice

Practice location/contact info

1789 S. Braddock Ave. #410 Pittsburgh PA 15218 412-247-2310 http://www.metrofamilypractice.org/

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

Family Practice

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Yes

Why did you see this provider?

Provides hormones for trans-people

Was the provider affordable?

Yes. They have a sliding scale that is very affordable.

Please describe your experience with the provider named above:

Amazing doctor- very kind, respectful, and helpful.

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

Queer-friendly, and usually very helpful and polite.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:

A lot of buses run nearby, not sure about wheelchair accessibility. The hours can be a little hard to navigate.

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

LGBTQ-friendly, provides low cost care and hormones