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We're looking for pediatricians in the Albany/Berkeley area. Blue
Shield recommended Dr. Grace Martin and Dr. Juliet Greenberg.
Does anyone know anything about these doctors?
We have seen Dr. Granberg for many years and been happy with her
services. Although insanely healthy, we feel she really takes the time on
physicals to examine the childen thoroughly and answer parents'
questions. She did refer us to specialists and follow up on our one real
medical issue. Caveats: this is a basic, no frills office, but the wait time is
minimal and she will see you when you need her.
long time clients
I am looking for a pediatrician for my imminent baby, and really liked Pat
Granberg MD but am a little concerned re: her being in very solo practice (not
even a medical assistant or nurse/NP at this point). There are a few old
postings on the website but none that apply to her current practice
situation (4.5 days/week but no support staff except for her receptionist).
Does anyone have any recent experience with her, positive or negative,
particularly as regards availability for quick advice and also care of sick
We've been taking our 3.5 year-old daughter to Pat Granberg
since she was a newborn and have been very happy with the care
we've received. Dr. Granberg has always been very responsive to
our concerns and, even though in solo practice, she's never
acted rushed during our appointments. When I call with
questions, I usually have gotten a call back from her within 2
Her views seem to be very moderate in terms of medical
intervention and alternative medicine. We did all vaccinations
but waited until our daughter was a bit older for some of the
shots and Dr. Granberg did not have any objections to our
decision. When I've had questions about some of the softer
issues of parenting (when should we be potty train?, etc.) she
will ask me ''What do you think is best ?'' - pretty much telling
me to follow my instincts. She doesn't overdo it on parenting
advice which I like. We will be having another baby soon and
will stay with Dr. Granberg. That all said, we've been blessed
with a healthy child and have only seen Dr. Granberg once on an
emergency basis (and our daughter was seen promptly). She also
made a follow-up call the next day to our home to see how things
Downsides are that dealing with her receptionist
can be trying. Her offices could also use a bit of an
update. They put sick children in the waiting room and well
children in exam rooms which seems counter-intuitive to me but
that's how they do it. I wasn't aware that she no longer had a
nurse practitioner - she used to have a wonderful woman,
Yolanda. Good luck with your decision.
My son has seen Dr. Granberg since his birth alomst twelve years
ago, and we are very pleased with her. She has a great bedside
manner, both with babies and kids. She gets to know all of her
patients and their parents. She takes her time and really listens.
She's very knowledgable, and has gone out of her way to research
some more complicated issues that have arisen with my son. The
office mostly runs on time. The exceptions are when she has been
delayed at the hospital.
As for immediate access to advice, I think everyone in the Alta
Bates Medical group can call the advice nurse hot line at any
time of the day or night.
We have recently moved to the Rockridge and are 3.5 months
pregnant with our first child. As we prepare for the next step -
- finding a pediatrician - our fabulous OB has recommended three
pediatricians who are covered by our insurance plan.
I am interested in having a pediatrician who is
smart, on top of the field, caring, has the ability and patience
to listen, is open to alternative therapies where helpful for
healing. Thanks so much for your thoughts!!
We have been with Patricia (Juliet) Granberg since our 2.5 year
old was a newborn and have really liked her. One of the biggest
selling points was that she is a lone practitioner. Whenever
we've had concerns or problems, she is the one to call us (and
right away) - not the person ''on call'' who has never even seen
or met our daughter. She has never acted rushed or uninterested
during our visits and has been kind and attentive. When our
daughter was born she came by the hospital twice to see how
everything was going. That made a big difference for my husband
and I (being nervous new parents). We have been really
impressed with her. I could not really tell you much about her
alternative medicine approach but she has been receptive to any
ideas that we have had about raising our daughter.
Downsides are that her offices are kind of campy (or, a little
run down) though she does have well baby and sick baby
entrances. Sometimes (though not often) she is backlogged and
you will have to wait. This hasn't been a problem because she's
never acted rushed when it came to our turn. Her nurse,
Yolanda, is great and upbeat but her reception staff is a bit
spacey at times. We consider this a small price to pay for a
great doctor. Congratulations on your coming arrival and good
luck choosing your doctor !
- Rockridge Mom
I am looking for recent reviews about the pediatric
doctor Patricia Granberg. I have looked at the parents
website but all the information about docs seem on
average 2 years old....If anybody can say something,
share an opinion experience etc ...thanks!
My step-son (8) recently became a patient of Dr.
Grandberg and we have been very satisfied with the
experience. She seems to reserve morning hours for
emergency appointments, so it is fairly accessible to
have those urgent needs answered. She's a bit older
and seems to have a good rapport with the kids. Her
office was also helpful in negotiaing the red tape (I
hate HMOs)to get my son seen by an orthopedic
specialist when he broke his hand (the insurance group
wanted him to wait a week until he could be seen by
someone in the "group" to put it in a cast, but her
office helped escalate it so that he was able to get a
cast put on the next day).
My kids have been going to Dr. Granberg ever since they
were born. My oldest is now nine; my youngest 6. I really like
Dr. Granberg and the kids do too. She is warm, funny, and
knows her stuff. (She used to be the head the neonatal unit
at Alta Bates) The only thing you should consider is that
she is a sole practitioner, sort of the old school variety.
When your kid gets sick on the weekends, her service refers
you to the Children's Hospital advice line, where you first
talk with a nurse and then get a call from the doctor. When
Dr. Granberg goes on vacation she brings in a doctor to look
after her patients.
The plus side to all this is you don't feel like you are
going to a factory. Dr. Granberg always seems to have all
plenty of time to give your kids and I never feel rushed
out of an appointment
I used her for a short time - she has *very* limited office
hours and days, so I found it extremely difficult to get
care when my child fell ill. For example, if he got a
cold over the weekend, I often couldn't get an appointment
until Thursday or Friday! That was hopeless. Also, if
you work, it is almost impossible to get a "work-friendly"
appointment time like first or last thing in a day. I
recommend Primary Pediatrics on 30th street in Oakland. They have drop-in clinic every weekday AND Saturdays, and the doctors are usually very available. I liked Dr. Salvidar, she was great.
Annonymous Mom with 2 little ones.
Patricia Granberg was the pediatrician for our first-born,
a daughter. I think she is wonderful. There is something
very old-fashioned and comfortable about her practice,
and her staff really seemed to know us. Unfortunately,
at the time she was only in practice on a part-time basis.
At one point I had to get my daughter in for a same-day
visit for an ear infection, and ended up having to see
another doctor in Oakland vs. Berkeley. Logistically,
it was too problematic. I don't know if her situation
has changed and whether or not she has taken on a partner
since that time. We did end up moving to another practice,
but I was rather sorry we had to leave. I am supportive
of part-time work and wrote her a letter thanking her.
She is a very kind and concerned physician, and I'm glad
to hear that she is still practicing in the area.
We have seen her a half dozen times for a second opinion
or such. I primarly use alternative practitioners, such
as accupuncture or homeopathy. We transferred from a
arge medical practice to her primarily because she runs
a one woman office. Dr. Granberg seems to know traditional
medicine well, and my son (almost 4 yo) likes her well
enough. She accepts children in her practice who haven't
been fully vaccinated (unlike some practices) but she
heavily pushes the vaccines. She doesn't seem to have
much regard for alternative medicine, and at times I
feel she makes light of it. But she has a good set up
for sick kids vs. well baby visits, and is available
M - F, and returns call promptly.
RE: pediatricians for Healthy Families Program:
I have had some experience with all of them except Enz, and I reccommend
that you choose Granberg.
I had some negative
experiences with the others, but have really enjoyed watching Dr. Granberg
with my son. Marco
We have been going to see Dr. Granberg since shortly before our now 15 mo.
old daughter was born, and we like her very much. She has a very helpful
attitude; we always feel as if we have lots of time with her and she
encourages questions. Our daughter has been very healthy so far, so I don't
know what Dr. Granberg would be like in a crisis, but I assume she would
continue to be level-headed. We have disagreed with her on occasion (she
recommended ferber method to us, and we are family-bed style) but that hasn't
been a problem. Her approach to new vaccines and antibiotic-type things is
to be cautious, she doesn't seem to be a pill-pusher and she always discusses
each side of a question. I recommend her highly, with the caveat that we
haven't actually faced anything more serious than a brief bout with diarrhea.
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