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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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Robert G. Kaniecki, MD

15 Jun

Provider name: Robert G. Kaniecki, MD
Practice name: The University of Pittsburgh Headache Center
Address, Pittsburgh, PA zip: The University of Pittsburgh Headache Center, University Center
120 Lytton Ave.,Suite 3, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office Phone: (412) 647-9494

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

 Neurologist specializing in migraine and other headaches

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?         

Chronic Migraines

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

 Called the office and they made one. Originally he was booked until November (8 month wait,) but there was an opening in May they were able to give me. This place is in very high demand so there is a ridiculous wait to get in there.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

 I have Medicare and Medicaid which they take. UPMC has financial aid for the uninsured. I guess the rest depends on your income and insurance because it’s a UPMC facility.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

 I was very pleased and impressed with this office. The waiting room has very little light and no TV blaring like so many awful rooms do. The low light may be a barrier for some with vision barriers but it is a great asset for most migraine sufferers. Dr Kaniecki himself called me and took me back and did my entire assessment and exam. This was my first appointment and he did everything (very unusual for a doctor to put in that much effort not have nurses do most of the work.)

He listened well and also redirected me when needed (I can go off topic because I have a thousand health problems.) He is very experienced and educated in his field and explained things to me in ways I understood. He spent a long time with me, gave me handouts, let me ask questions. He also was respectful to me in general and if he was thrown by me being a weird looking tattooed trans person wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt, he didn’t show it. My PCP referred me and he tends to do a decent job picking trans-friendly doctors most of the time. He was able to ease my mind about some neurological/cognitive/memory problems I have been having (reversible and due to medication.) Because of my intersecting health conditions and medications, my issue is not a simple fix and I do have to accept that there may not be a perfect solution. But, I have faith that if someone walked in and migraine was their only problem, he could probably greatly reduce or even eliminate them in that person. He was understanding about how I had to make tough choices about a medication that may help one condition but worsen migraine and vice versa.

When I left there was someone I am pretty sure was family (as in LGBTQ) who did my check out (I say that both because of how they looked and how they interacted with and “saw” me) so that was nice to see. And parking was free.

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

 The only staff I interacted while there were the front desk woman who was very nice and polite and the person who did my checkout at the end. Before the appointment I received a call asking if I got a new patient packet and if not, to come in early and a separate call the day of to ask me to confirm my appointment. That was odd because I had already confirmed it but it was no big deal. All of the staff I saw were white.

What identities do you have?    

 

White, transmasculine (on low dose T about 5 years, read as male a lot by general hetero public until I start talking or they stare at me long enough, read as female on the phone, cannot bind or have surgeries due to health conditions and also don’t really identify with being a man, so I have complicated relationships with trying to “pass,”) Queer, average to “overweight” size, semi invisibly disabled except for slight limp and sometimes wearing braces, younger than people expect for a disabled person (35 and look younger to some,) fair amount of tattoos, poverty level social security income but have a savings account with SSD back pay that gives me more financial freedom than many people at my income level have.

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

I don’t know about any of this but he DID seem to be serious about believing in fibromyalgia, sensitive nervous systems, and other things than many doctors- especially men- dismiss as hysteria. So, I would say he’s probably more friendly to populations with those kind of diagnoses. Dr Seltman (my PCP, trans specialized) referred me to him so he probably sees some regular queer and trans clients and might have more experience than average though I can’t say for sure.

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

Pretty sure judging by his office and photos, he is a white, cisgender, married (to a woman,) guy with children.

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

As I mentioned before, the waiting room was designed to be more headache friendly- low light, no noise, signs asking people not to use their cellphones (though two people still were.) The garage is right under the place which is very convenient not having to walk far from the car, but it was under construction and is a bit of a mess to get through. There is an elevator from the garage with automatic doors but once you get up to the office the door is not automatic. Parking is 100% validated/free when you leave the office with the ticket they give you. The waiting room is small but I think may be big enough to navigate with wheels if someone gets the door. The staff I made the appointment with did ask if I had any accessibility needs. There are two gendered restrooms down the hall. The men’s room has two stalls but I did not see a changing table. For bus riders, it is about a block away from 5th ave in Oakland where a bunch of buses let off. I forgot to look for braille on the placards. Signs are all in English that I saw.

 

 

 

Stacy Lane/Central Outreach Wellness Center

12 Dec

Dr. Stacy Lane
Central Outreach Wellness Center
127 Anderson St #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 515-0000
https://www.centraloutreach.com/

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

Trans and HIV care

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

I wouldn’t recommend Stacy Lane to anyone who is nonbinary or otherwise looking to transition in less traditional ways. I am aware that many of her patients love her, and that she has done a lot in Pittsburgh for trans women of color. That does not make her a good fit for everyone though, and I think people have the right to know that. I have never used her as a doctor due to comments she made in a newspaper interview around Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. “The Bruce to Caitlyn transition is a great benefit to the community. While it shows the visibility of someone people identify with through the (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”) show or Olympics, more than 99 percent of transgender people don’t have the resources he has. I love that she is a good-looking woman and even people who aren’t supportive of the transgender community can’t say she is bad looking. Although you don’t know what’s been photoshopped.” I find that to be super misogynistic, and I find the implications around standards of attractiveness to make the world actively less safe for nonbinary people and trans folks who don’t want to or can’t pass. http://triblive.com/aande/moreaande/8485780-74/jenner-caitlyn-bruce

When was your last visit with the provider          

Haven’t seen her because I find her public comments to be triggering.

 

What identities do you have?    

Nonbinary, transmasculine, white.

 

 

Dr. Lorelei Grunwaldt/Children’s Hospital

12 Dec

 

Dr. Lorelei Grunwaldt
Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
4401 Penn Ave.
3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 692-8650
http://www.chp.edu/find-a-doctor/service-providers/lorelei-grunwaldt-112743

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

Top surgeon. Pediatric plastic surgeon.

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

I’d absolutely recommend her to transmasculine people who are eligible for keyhole top surgery. She and her staff are very nice. Her scheduler even took care of getting insurance to preapprove and pay for my surgery! I saw Dr. Grunwaldt once before my surgery and she spent time answering my many questions and showed me results photos. Everyone at the hospital the day of my surgery was respectful to both my partner and I. My scarring isn’t visible, the contour of my chest is good, and everything healed smoothly. Because she’s local, I’ve been able to have multiple follow up appointments, which most folks who have top surgery can’t do because they need to travel for it. I’m in my mid thirties and was able to go to her, so don’t be discouraged that she operates out of Children’s and is generally pediatric.

When was your last visit with the provider          

0-5 months ago

Why did/do you see this provider?         

I saw her for top surgery (double mastectomy, keyhole method)

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

Her scheduler is super nice and responsive. You can get her direct line and email.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

She’s out of UPMC, so they take UPMC insurance.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

I was very comfortable, and felt respected and validated

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

They’re great too.

What identities do you have?    

White, transmasculine, nonbinary, queer, able bodied, thin

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

Trans friendly. Will do top surgery for minors, which not everyone will.

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

White, cis woman. I believe straight but am not sure.

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

At Children’s Hospital, so very accessible.

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Jesse Gordon/Metro Community Health

7 Jun

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

Jesse Gordon
Metro Community Health Center
1789 S Braddock Ave #410
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
https://metrocommunityhealthcenter.org/
412-247-2310

She addresses what you want her to, you’re in charge. Gave the person info about getting testosterone and gave them time to read it, think about it. Transparent.