Debra Levinsky, ObGyn (Lafayette & Berkeley, CA)
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Re: East Bay Obstetricians
Debra Levinsky has years of experience, but her bedside manner was not
agreeable to me, the way she talks to nurses and other hospital staff leaves
a lot to be desired, and most of all will do things without
telling you first.
Re: Need Orinda Lafayette OB GYN
Debra Levinsky is in Lafayette on Moraga Road. I've been
with her for almost 20 years and she cared for me during
my pregnancy, amongst many other things. I've always found
her very easy to talk to, very caring, knowledgeable and
responsive. I highly recommend her. (925) 283-5800
Re: OB for twins with small call group?
My ob/gyn, Debra Levinsky has a small call group for around
here - 6 doctors. When I was pregnant she was on-call two
weekdays every week and then they rotated the weekends. I
don't know about her twin experience but overall she is very
experienced. The doctors I know she shares call with are
Streitfeld, Nishimine, and Lizano.
Re: OB Gyn for cervical dysplasia
Try Deborah Levinsky. She has offices in Berkeley and Lafayette. I
had an abnormal pap smear about 8 years ago and she was my doc. It was
adenocarcinoma and the end result was a vaginal partial hysterectomy.
She can be brusque and is no-nonsense but gets the job done.
Re: OB for Laporoscopic Hysterectomy
Try Dr. Deborah Levinsky. I know she has much experience with
laprascopic oophorectomies (sp?). You can see her reviews in the
archives. I like her direct yet caring style. Very practical.
Her main office is in Walnut Creek. She is also in Berkeley once a
week. She does her procedures at Alta Bates. And by the way, her
office staff Becky and Irma are great.
Re: Berkeley Oakland Walnut Creek OB GYN
Dr. Levinsky (Walnut Creek and Berkeley on Monday afternoons) seems like
a good doc. to me. She took a good amount of time to sit down and work
through options with my partner and me recently. It was about a one
month wait to get an initial appointment, but her staff have generally
been fine to work with and I do like her style. Perhaps to avoid wait
times with most doctors, schedlue early-in-the-day appointments (of
course, this does not work in a n office where a doc. show up late for
work!) I did wait about 20 minutes for my appointment, but that may have
been because i was doing initial paperwork. All in all, her practice
seems quite workable to me. I have also heard that women like Huibinhua,
Re: Looking for a great East Bay OB GYN
I love Dr. Debra Levinsky. She has offices in Lafayette and Berkeley. I am currently
seeing her for my second pregnancy and she saw me through my first as well. In fact, she
was the one to deliver my daughter, and I don't know that any of my friends actually had
their docs do the deliveries for their babes. She has been around the block a few times,
so I am always confident in what she has to say. My first pregnancy was troubled and she
was fabulous at giving me the facts in a realistic and compassionate way. And hs eis
private practice, so you see her each time, not whichever doc is available. It is nice
when the person delivering your child knows who you are and knows your name.
Dr. Levinsky is my doctor (I'm in my 3rd trimester), but I have been thinking about switching,
but would like to talk to some people who recently delivered with her (say in the last two
years). Do you have any recent experience with her as your OB? What were your impressions
about her during labor and delivery; did you have a good experience? Would you be willing to
talk to me about your experience by phone? Thanks.
I delivered my second child with Dr Levinsky in December. I was
really impressed with her care. I started seeing Dr. Levinsky in
the middle of this pregnancy because I moved here from the East
Coast. My daughter was born two years ago so I can compare the
two different practices for you if you're interested. Email me if
you'd like more info. Kelly
Dr. Levinsky is my OBGYN as well and I have been pleased with her. I delivered with
her in late 2004, so a bit beyond the 2 year mark you are looking for, but would be
happy to talk with you. You didn't include a number and I don't feel comfortable
posting mine here, but you may email to give me your number. Nicola
Dr. Levinsky has been my OB through 2 pregnancies, and delivered my most recent child
in September 2005 (I got her on-call partner for the first child). She was fine, but
whether or not you like her depends on your personal style. What everyone says about
her is true -- she's very direct and practical (I think it's an East Coast thing).
If you don't need a lot of hand-
holding and just want facts, she's great. (And I found she was a lot warmer during
delivery and post-partum hospital visits than she was at checkups.) If you need
things a little more warm and fuzzy, you might want to switch, but medically I think
she's sound, and I didn't have any issues with the way she handled things. She does
have a reputation for wanting to keep things moving along, and we did pre-schedule an
induction for near my due date just in case, although I ended up not needing it and I
didn't feel pressured to do it. One thing to consider is, in my case at least, she
really was only there for the very end -- it was the L&D nurse (who was a superstar,
btw) who was recommending labor positions, monitoring, answering questions, etc. It
hardly mattered who the doctor was. If you have questions or directions about how
you want to handle specific things, talk to her about it and see if you like her
answers -- part of being direct is that she doesn't seem to mind if you're direct,
too. You can email me if you'd like to talk further.
Dr. Levinsky delivered both of my children ages 3.5 and 8 months. I found her to be
quick and to the point, a very east coast attitude. I too wondered if I had the
right doctor with my first pregnancy until I ran into some very serious
complications. The way she attacked my situation with her no nonsense, direct
approach, saved my and my baby's life. She is not a chatty doctor, but someone who
has 20 or so years of experiance, and really took all the extra steps when they were
necessary. BTW, with the second pregnancy, her to the point appointments were a
blessing with my toddler running around.
OB Dr. Debra Levinsky:
Has she been your doctor in the last two years? What are your
thoughts about her during the pre-natal stage and during
delivery? Thanks, Andrea
Dr. Levinsky delivered my baby this year. I had no complaints
about the prenatal care until the very end (except that I chose
her thinking that she was a Berkeley OB, and her hours in
Berkeley are VERY limited--no Berkeley hours at all on weeks with
I went past my due date, and she wanted to schedule an induction
using my last menstrual period instead of the date I'd be telling
her for the whole pregnancy that I'd ovulated, a week later
(which had been confirmed by ultrasound). I felt like ''If you
didn't believe me when I told you my ovulation date, why do you
take my word about my last mentrual period date?''. But I've
heard people make the same complaint about many other OBs.
Then I went for the Amniotic Fluid Index test, and had to be
induced because my fluid was dangerously low. I was horrified to
hear later that that test is sensitive to how much water you
drink before it--I would have drunk a lot of water beforehand if
I'd known, and it seemed like something the doctor should have
told me. Again--I've heard this complaint about many other OBs
also, and it sounds like I was in the minority in being overdue
but not uncomfortable, not wanting a reason to be induced, etc.
As far as I know, she did a good job with the actual delivery and
sewing me up afterwards (I tore).
However, as she left the delivery room, she said ''I'll see you
tomorrow,'' and then she didn't come the next day. Or the next.
I assumed that I was supposed to leave the hospital after a 2 day
stay, so after 2 days I asked my nurse what had to happen for me
to go home, and found out that they were waiting for Dr. Levinsky
to discharge me. The nurses seemed startled when I said I hadn't
seen her since delivery. They paged one of the doctors who
shares call with her, and he came over to the hospital to
discharge me. He looked over my medical records, and said she'd
recorded that the delivery had involved forceps--and it hadn't
intending to choose another OB next time
Dr Levinsky was covering for my OB and ended up performing my C
section after a 2 day long induction. While her lack of a warm
bedside manner is not what I had hoped for as part of my
childbirth and postpartum experience, she made the right
decision in quickly delivering my twins via C section before
complications turned dire, and I felt I was in competent hands
Dr. Levinsky has been my OB/GYN for 12 years now. She has seen
both of my children (youngest is 5) into the world. I
personally like her a lot and wouldn't think of changing. But I
can guess she is not everyone's cup of tea. She is straight
forward, very direct and doesn't beat around the bush. I am the
same way, ask many questions and have my own mind about what I
want to do or see happen. We get along great and I always get
the information I need to make a good decision with her. If you
are a more timid patient that requires more gentle nurturing,
then she may not be the best fit. Although I at no time have
ever felt that she had anything but the health of me and my
baby as her first priority.
Best of luck!
Re: Doctor for Endometriosis
I was in excruciating pain until my first endo surgery...it went
away for awhile and then came back. Dr. Debra Levinsky did
my second endometriosis surgery after I tried and failed for
a year to get pregnant. After surgery #2 the pain also went
away and I was able to get pregnant right away. Although I
felt that sometimes Debra was a bit brusque, I ended up
really liking her and I think she did a great job with my
surgery. She did not waste time trying other treatments, and
also, she didn't force me to try any hormone treatments I
didn't want. My first surgeon wanted to send me into a false
menopause right away (I was only 28) and told me it was a
waste of time to do the surgery because I wasn't planning
on getting pregnant (as if the pain were not enough to justify
the procedure). So, all in all, my experience with Levinsky
was much more positive. Also, I think that if you think you
have endo, you probably do. When I would describe my
symptoms to my friends with ''normal'' cycles, they were
shocked. I eventually diagnosed myself and was right about
what I had. I only wish I had had it treated 12 years
earlier...perhaps I could have avoided a lot of pain and
re: dr. debra levinsky I have been going to debra levinsky for over 20 years now. I changed my health care plan so that I could continue going to her when the boundaries of the plan changed. I have had three surgeries with her in attendance, and she delivered my daughter as well. I don't need someone to ''give me warm fuzzies'' and prefer to be spoken to as a participating member of the medical experience. I have found her care to be excellent, and I have complete faith in her medical abilities as well as her ability to communicate what is going on and what possibly could be the side effect/problems encountered. I only hope that she continues practicing forever, as I cannot imagine having to find a replacement who would ever measure up. Susan
Has anyone of you recently experienced prenatal care and baby
delivery with Dr Levinsky (office in Lafayette and Berkeley and
delivery at Alta Bates). What is your experience ? I have seen a
few shared experience on the UCB Newsletter about her but would
like to hear people taht had experience with her in the recent
past (less than 2 years).
I saw Dr. Levinsky a couple of years ago during my second
pregnancy. She's pretty short and to the point, some may
view that as being a bit abrupt. I like her immensly, though,
as I enjoy her sense of humor. She was somewhat
conservative with me, wanting me to quit work early.
She definitely sprang to action when I had a an ultrasound
with results that didn't make sense. She met us at Alta
Bates at 8:00am for another ultrasound (thought that the
baby may have been small for dates) and not only was it her
day off, she postponed her breakfast date.
Since this was my second baby, I didn't have the need for a
lot of handholding which she didn't really provide. But I felt I
got excellent care. Her nurse practitioner, Kim, is lovely.
She's warm and reassuring.
Hope this helps.
I gave birth to a son on November 14, 2001 and Dr. Levinsky was
my OB/GYN. I found the prenatal care to be wonderful. I would
come prepared with questions (when I had them) to my
appointments and she (or her PA Kim Bayliss) would spend as
much time as I needed to answer them. She may seem a little
brusque, but I feel that is due to her being a New Yorker (I
can say that because I'm one too!); I found her to be very
pleasant as well as Kim. My appointments were prompt, so I
didn't have to wait long in the lobby or exam room, except for
one time when Dr. Levinsky got caught at the hospital
delivering a baby (imagine that!). I would recommend her.
Unfortunately, I cannot give any comments in regard to her
bedside manner at my delivery as she had hip surgery several
weeks before my due date, so she couldn't be at the hospital
when my son was born. I was disappointed with that, but she
had to have the surgery then or else risk being crippled. Once
I got used to it, I was okay with the situation, and I had a
wonderful experience at Alta Bates and with the doc on call
when I gave birth.
Dr. Levinsky delivered both my daughters - ages 2.5 years and 8
months. I recommend her highly! What she may lack in bedside
manner she more than makes up with knowledge and experience. She
doesn't take things too seriously and really helps put things
into perspective. She is a fantastic choice!
I am a current patient of Dr. Levinsky's and am very happy with
her (and am due with my first child in a month). I too read the
comments on the recommendations page and have a couple of
reactions. One is that I noticed that OB/GYN's who are
described as giving you as much attention as you need also tend
to be described as having longer waits in their office whereas
OB/GYN's who are described as having a somewhat abrupt style in
the exam room are described as also almost always on time. I
think the combinations are obvious and it depends on what you
want. Dr. Levinsky fits more in the second group (I've never had
to wait long in her office)but I don't tend to think of her as
abrupt, just efficient. I bring a list of questions and she
always answers them all. If you are looking for a doctor to ask
all the right questions to draw out your fears, it probably
isn't her (and maybe not any of them at this point, given how
busy they are) but if you come in prepared to ask questions she
is great. It may or may not make a difference, but I've heard
she's from th East coast and so am I, so it could also be that I
am familiar with and comfortable with a more abrupt style and a
sarcastic sense of humor. I can't really answer how she handles
actual births because I haven't had mine yet, but I'm pleased
with her and aside from any bedside manner issues I think she is
a GREAT physician. A friend of a friend is a patient of hers
and had a very complicated birth and apparently thought she was
terrific in the way she handled it.
a pleased patient
Dr. Levinsky cared for me during both my pregnancies and
delivered one of my children and I feel she is very competant
and experienced and inspires confidence. She is pretty non-
interventionalist- both my deliveries were induced for post-
dates and she insisted we wait at least 10 days, but monitored
every other day in the meantime. She sees you herself for almost
all prenatal visits, makes every attempt to attend her own
deliveries and take her own evening call as well, and shares
emergency coverage with Dr. Niishimi. He delivered my first
child after I had to be induced emergently for fetal distress,
but she was in contact by phone, too. Neither, however, is not
the touchy-feely type. She doesn't make you feel she has all the
time in the world to discuss fatigue, morning sickness and
hemorrhoids, etc., but my offhand comment about less fetal
activity was quickly picked up on and action was taken. Dr.
Niishimi paced back and forth in my labor room for 2 hours,
closely monitoring the situation, but said 2 sentences to me the
whole time. He did exactly the right thing medically in a touchy
situation- safely delivered and no C section- so his bedside
manner matters little.
Regarding Dr. Levinsky:
She was my ob for my prenatal care for my 1 year old son
(unfortunately, she wasn't available when I delivered so I got
someone else). I would highly recommend her.
Mostly, I think she's medically very knowledgable, and she is
very calm and not prone to hysteria. She runs her office on a
tight ship, which I like, because I never waited for an late
appointment -- but at the same time she sould sit down and
answer all my questions when I had them.
I will say this: Late in my pregnancy, I heard a rumor she had
a high c-section rate. When in labor, I asked the nurse about
this and she said that actually she has a low c-section rate and
that she was known to be medically extremely competent. She's a
true new yorker and not prone to be overly gushy (though she did
gush a lot over the baby when she met him!).
I've used Debra Levinsky for a couple of years and highly recommend her.
I had my two boys with Margaret Cuthbert -who was the BEST OB ever- and
Levinsky shared after-hour duties with Cuthbert, inheriting most of her
patients (and excellent front desk staff) after Cuthbert retired (at
44 to write mystery novels!!). Levinsky actually delivered both of my
Now that Levinsky is my OB/GYN she's taken me through routine exams
AND major reproductive surgery. While I can't speak to her prenatal
care (other than her excellent delivery skills!) I can say that as a
surgery patient with choices to make she was very supportive and gave
me the information and time I needed to make a decision. - I always
felt cared for, valued, and treated as a mature ADULT able to make
my own decisions. I would imagine she has the same consideration and
support in her prenatal care.
In terms of office waits, I've never waited in her office more than
5-10 minutes. Levinsky has offices in Berkeley (right across from
Alta Bates) and Lafayette. Her main phone # is 925-283-5800. Karen
I have been going to Debra Levinsky (Berkeley/Lafayette) with my
second pregnancy and so far have been satisfied with the care- she is a
solo practitioner and tends to deliver most of the babies as well. She is
a little more "interventionist" than Dr. Royce was (for example, she
basically expects an 18 week ultrasound, which Dr. Royce had left entirely
up to me), but not to a problematic level. I'm not due until January
30th, so I'll probably have more information in a few months, but so far I
would recommend her as an obstetrician, especially as compared to some of
the others I visited during my first pregnancy!
Re: GYN surgery
My Mom had surgery with Dr Levinsky and I saw her during my pregnancy
but she didn;t deliver me. My Mom had her bladder repaired. After
three babies, she could not control bladder function well. Dr.
Levinsky was great and is looking into many other options as the
surgery did not totally fix the problem (although it is much
improved). My Mom stays with her and is happy.
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