OB/GYNs at Kaiser Richmond
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I am relatively new to kaiser and would like recommendations for a good OBGYN at Richmond Kaiser.
The ones listed as accepting new patients right now include:
Dr. Betty Lin
Dr. Tracy Flanagan,
Dr. Nora Salvador,
Dr. Rachel Hartshorn,
Dr. Carla Wicks,
Deborah Nicholas, NP.
If there is anyone else not on this list at the Richmond location that you would recommend, I would love to know about them as well.
I love Dr Rachel Hartshorn. Personable, friendly actually listens
to me and remembers next time. I've been with her for over 3yrs
I can also recommend Dr Rachel Hartshorn. I've seen her for
around 5 years now. She's really present, thoughtful and
I'm looking for a great
gynecologist (they don't need to practice obstetrics -- and
in fact I find that great obstetricians often make mediocre
gyn docs, and vice versa), preferably one with a good
knowledge base around breast/ovarian cancer. I'm in
Berkeley, and would prefer Oakland or Richmond, but might be
willing to travel farther afield. Thanks!
Dr Rachel Hartshorn at Richmond Kaiser is fantastic. very personable, listens to
my questions and gives thoughtful answers. highly recommend her
i am switching from oakland to richmond, kaiser & wondering
if anyone has reviews of dr. rachel hartshorn.
I love Dr Hartshorn. She is smart witty and personable. A great dr with an
fabulous personality, she even showed me pics of her dog (cos he looks just like
I saw Dr. Hartshorn for the first time this summer. I really
thought she was intelligent, friendly, and polite. I had an
issue where I needed an ultrasound and biopsy. She explained
everything clearly without being patronizing. She responded
to my emails and reported back to me about my lab results
immediately. I will definitely keep her as my GYN.
Re: Kaiser & Childbirth--Oakland or Richmond
My doctor is at Richmond Kaiser. Her names is Amanda Calhoun. I love her! She
helped me through a miscarriage and also delivered my first child in October! I
would recommend going to Richmond for your appointments. They are more thorough
than Oakland, and seem to be more personable. I had a bad experience with a
nurse practitioner at Oakland. She basically put my life at risk.
Richmond Kaiser is actually voted something like number 4 of the Kaiser in
Northern California. Unfortunately they do not deliver babies. You have to go
to Oakland. I had a good experience their. My labor and delivery was pretty
much text book. The only complaint was they do not have tubs to be in just
When I asked my doctor if she recommended Oakland or Walnut creek for labor,
she said, Oakland was really good at being attentive for the labor and delivery
but lacked in recovery. Walnut Creek was more attentive at recovery but lacked
somewhat in delivery, so if you know you are having a c section go with Walnut
I wished to ask for recommendation for good surgeon Gyn in
Kaiser / Richmond Facility prefering a female if possible.
Also, a primary care there as I am changing insurance.
I would highly recommend nurse practioner Pamela Mullins for your Richmond Kaiser
OB/GYN needs. She is very patient, compassionate and wonderful.
Re: Breastfeeding Friendly Kaiser ObGyn (July 2003)
I'd check out Kaiser Hayward. They are one of the 34 hospitals in
the United States, and the only one in the Bay Area, to get Unicef's
designation as Baby Friendly for breastfeeding. Check out information
I have read the archived postings about Kaiser Richmond OB's,
but did not see the info I am looking for. For my last pregnancy
I used Kaiser Oakland for my prenatal care and, since I was
considered high risk, was under the care of Dr. Walton, although
I mostly saw one of the residents. Now I live closer to the
Richmond facility and I would like recommendations for OBs
there. I called to find out who handles their high-risk cases
and was told that they all do, but most are handled by Dr. Tracy
Seo and Dr. Nora Salvador. Neither of them have appointments
available soon so my first visit will be with Dr. Flanagan. I
would like to know other peoples' experiences with these
doctors, pro and con, and any other OBs at Richmond,
particularly for a high risk pregnancy. Also, if anyone can
compare the Oakland vs. Richmond facilities for prenatal care
and high risk pregnancies, I'd love to hear about that, since I
could go to Oakland it's just not as convenient. Thank you!
Getting ready for baby #2
I am going to Kaisers in Richmond, and my ob/gyn is Dr. Seo.
She is very nice, but young. She might not have the experience
you need for your pregnancy. I guess it depends how you feel
about it. I am considered high-risk because of my age, and I
feel comfortable with Dr. Seo. In general my experience with
Kaisers in Richmond is good; however, I didn't like Dr. Chang.
He has lots of experience, but I felt very, very uncomfortable
with him. Also, if you go to Richmond you won't deliver your
child there. I believe your choices are Alta Bates and
Oakland. Alta Bates is great, and I am very happy to deliver
my baby there. I hope this helps, if you have more questions
you can send me an email.
Also recommended: Walnut Creek ObGyns
Anyone have any recommendations for a Kaiser Richmond OBGYN'
I'm looking for someone with a more natural approach that is
supportive of homebirth(or at least not horrified by it:)
I am about to start prenatal care and since I am now on my
husband's insurance I have to switch to Kaiser. I have been
taking my 1-year-old to Kaiser Richmond and am very happy with
the Pediatric Dept, but I don't know much about the Ob/Gyn
Dept. If anyone can give me a recommendation for a Ob/Gyn at
Kaiser-Richmond and also any information about the prenatal care
there I would really appreciate it. Thank you!
Colette Kauffmann, RN FNP saw me through my pregnancy, and was
just fine. She answered all questions, was quite reassuring,
without being scary. I had some bleeding (which scared the ****
out of me), and she was very calming. I think I did see someone
else there once (Colette was on vacation), but I don't remember
her name. My impression is that most of the people there are at
Kaiser because they want to focus on the patients, rather than
fighting with the misc. insurance companies, prior treatment
authorizations, etc. Isaac was born at Alta Bates, and I thought
they were terrific. I would recommend that while you are still
in the hospital, you grab one of the lactation consultants.
Start demanding a visit while you are still in labor. I had some
problems, and my milk never did come in, even with working on it
for months with nursing and pumping.
Naomi Torgersen at Richmond's Kaiser OB/Gyn is great! She wasn't my first
choice, but glad that I ended up with her. She's warm,
sympathetic, and easy to talk to. She gives it to you
direct and gives you room to make your own decisions.
Sadly I didn't go far enough (miscarrage) to make good
use of the prenatal care services, but received an
information packet that I felt gave me a good start
I highly recommend Dr. Danica Bloomquist. She was my OB at
Oakland Kaiser but she works at Kaiser-Richmond as well. She
was perceptive, patient, friendly, and straight-forward. Most
refreshinly, she strongly advocated for natural childbirth.
Although at 32 weeks, I decided to have a homebirth, I would
have loved to have her deliver my baby.
I went to Kaiser (Richmond) for all my pre-natal treatments while
I was pregnant. My only problem was that I hardly ever saw the
same doctor. My nurse practitioner is Pamela Mullins who I have
seen since I was a teenager. I assumed that she would be the only
doctor I would see since she knew my medical history. Wrong! I
only saw her 3 or 4 times during my pregnancy. I can say that I
saw every physician in that department. I was working at the time
and I had to make my appoinments at various times and she was
only available on certain days and times. I felt that I did not
really have the kind of bond that a doctor and patient should
have during a pregnancy. I would definitly suggest telling the
receptionist that you want appointments only with whichever
doctor you have been seeing or are scheduled to start seeing. I
also suggest going to Kaiser in Vallejo, or Kaiser in Walnut
Creek to deliver. Good Luck!
I have seen Dr. Flannagan at Kaiser Richmond and liked her
fine. She seems friendly and she has taken the time to answer
my questions. I did have a really bad experienc She rushed out of
the room as I was asking questions, and when I had to see her again
at an emergency appoitment after my baby was born, she misdiagnosed me
and I ended up having to go back to Urgent Care. I was relieved
to get back to Dr. Flannagan again.
As for the prenatal care, I was not very impressed. You must
attend at least one class before you can see a Dr, and it was
inconvenient and not very helpful in my opinion. I understand
why they do this (saves time answering some basic questions) but
it was a bit of a drag. They also told me I could not see my OB
for prenatal care, but had to see a nurse practitioner. I did
not like this, because I had established a relationship with my
OB and was not thrilled to switch. And you may not know this,
but to my understanding all Kaiser babies are delivered by
residents, not your Dr anyway. I switched insurance halfway
through my pregnancy, so I don't know about the whole range of
care they provide, but I have been happier with Kaiser for other
things, such as post-natal (wonderful) and pediatrics (even
BTW, we love our pediatrician at Richmond- his name is Dr.
Schaff and he is so great, I wish he was my Dr too! If you can
get him after your baby is born for pediatrics I'd recommend
it. Good luck, and feel free to email with any questions.
Congradulations! I was very concerned too when I read people's
comments on the UCB parents website when I was pregnant. Now my baby is
9 months old and I think I should post and tell people about my experience
at Kaiser and at Alta Bates.
The prenatal care at Kaiser (Richmond) was good. My nurse
practitioner was very caring and she pays attention to a lot of things.
She once made another appointment with a dermotologist so that I can just
go upstairs and have my skin rash treated right there in one visit.
However my complaints are: (1) not enough information for classes - I
had to call and ask (a few times) to enroll in the childbirth class. For
other classes (breast feeding, baby care) they don't offer in Richmond, I
had to call the Oakland medical center for it and they didn't give that
information to me in the prenatal visit. (2) sometimes it is hard to get
an appointment- that's the major reason why I didn't ask to see a MD but
sometimes it was difficult to schedule the appointment even with my
Kaiser send Richmond and Oakland patients to Alta Bates in Berkeley
for delivery. Our experience with Alta Bates was actually pretty good.
In the delivery room the nurse was very helpful and supportive. I was
fortunate to have a quick delivery and so that's all I can remember. We got
a private room. In the recovery section the nurses are responsive and helpful
too. I remember they would come in 5-10 minutes when I called. They didn't
offer any formula or bottle at all when my baby cried and my real milk
hadn't come. Now I understand that not all hostipals would do the same for
breast feeding babies.
I still don't know if my positive experience was because of overall
improvement of Alta Bates or just because my baby was born in a "good"
time when there is not too many new mothers and babies. So I think it is a
good idea to see if other members of this list have any recent experience
with them. (and update the web page if necessary).
Wishing all the best for you and your baby.
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