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2008 note: it appears that Constance Gaulter is now
practicing in Grass Valley, CA.
Has anyone had any experience with family practitioner Dr.
Constance Gaulter, in Berkeley? Thanks!
Dr. Gaulter is my and my wife's doctor. I don't see her all
that much, but I think she is quite good. Unfortunately she is
hard to reach. It took over a month to schedule a full
physical. On another occasion I was trying to get a
prescription in a hurry (within 1/2 day, just before a trip)
and I had to give up because it was taking them too long to
return my calls. Please contact me if you would like more
My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Gautler's for about
nine months now. I have been really impressed with her. She's
proactive, direct, pleasant, pragmatic and efficient. She
always seems very busy but also very practiced at excluding the
distractions and focusing in on the person in front of her. I
feel so comfortable with her that I am tempted to move my child
to her care as well.
So I recommend Dr. Gautler very highly, but here's the rub: her
Berkeley front office is poorly run. I don't mind the waiting
and the inefficient processing so much, but I have been very
disappointed by the advice nurse. My husband and I have dealt
with the nurse on two separate occasions, and both encounters
were dismal. My husband finally had to just go to the office to
get care. I had to make three phone calls and wait a week to
get action on a referral. I have not tried the Lafayette
office. Perhaps that's better. I also have not seen any of the
other physicians in the practice. Good luck,
I recommend Constance Gaulter without any reservation. She has
been my primary care physician for over a year now and I have
always found her to be propmt and professional. Her office is
very busy so sometimes the receptionists, assistants can make
you feel rushed. Dr. Gaulter was very through with my physical
and she even spent a lot of time during my breast exam (even
though she is not my OBGYN) because she told me that she likes
to be very through. She seems to put a great deal into her
practice. I understand that she had worked in the Peace Core and
overseas as a doctor.
I switched to Dr. Gaulter recently and have found her to be warm,
responsive, and a much better listener than my previous doctor.
Dr. Gaulter has been my family practitioner for two years,
caring for both me and my daughter, now 21 months old. Lucy and
I both like her enormously. Her manner is quiet, confident, and
above all (rare in doctors) ATTENTIVE - she listens before she
speaks, and her recommendations have been commonsensical and
straightforward. She tends to avoid medication - and worry -
whenever possible, while always being conscientous and thorough
in her examinations and follow-ups. I recommend her highly,
but I must say a word about the family practice group where I
have been seeing her. (She has a private practice as well) Alta
Bates Medical Associates are a fine group of doctors, but in my
experience their administration leaves something to be desired.
Broken equipment doesn't get fixed quickly enough; their system
for phone consultation is convoluted and frustrating; the staff
have given me misinformation on insurance matters, and senior
people, who might be able to clear up administrative snafus,
have failed to return calls. I think Dr. G is worth it, but you
may not. Good luck.
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