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Re: African American female pediatrician?
I know you did not list Alameda but Dr Bennet is amazing -
meticulous, smart, funny and an excellent diagnostician. She
caught whopping cough in my vaccinated child - early enough
that we got treatment that shortened its duration. She also
made a home visit once on a weekend. Can't say enough great
things about her. Great practice in general - Dr Harris and
Parker are very good. And yes, she is definitely African
American. Good luck
Re: Pediatrician for complicated medical problems
Not sure if you want to come to Alameda but Dr Penny Harris is truly amazing.
Incredible referrals (both our side of the bay and Stanford/UCSF). She is
willing to order tests that may be outside the norm, discuss results with you,
and followup with outside referrals/testing. She is thorough, remembers her
patients, and an excellent clinician. I also highly reccomend Dr Parker and Dr
Bennet in the practice. Alameda Pediatrics, 523-3417.
Re: Pediatricians ok with delayed vaccinations
Dr. Ann Parker in Alameda at Alameda Pediatrics is flexible about vaccinations.
She has had many parents over the years with different views on vaccination.
She is a great pediatricion, also.
Re: Seeking African-American prediatrician
Dr Bennet at alameda pediatrics is amazing. Great with kids, sympathetic
with parents, great clinical skills. And yes, African American. My kids
both love her.
We love our pediatrician Dr. Bennett at Alameda Pediatrics. She's
young, African American, female, but most importantly she's super
smart and great with kids. Michelle
I would like read some recommendations for a pediatrician in
Alameda. I prefer women doctors, but i will take any
recommendation for a competent, confident pediatrician who
practices in Alameda.
We love Dr. Anne Parker. She has a great way with kids and teens and
she is flexible about treatments for different issues.
Dr. Anne Parker is the pediatrician for our 20-month old. We love
her. She is great with babies and kids, and truly loves her work.
She is wise and reassuring. We always feel so confident after a
check-up. She has answered our questions over the phone numerous
times, and never makes us feel like we are stupid or wasting her
Editor Note: reviews were also received for Primary Pediatric Medical Group
Re: Do you love your Pediatrician?
I love our doctor at Alameda Pediatrics. Dr. Anne Parker. She has
triplets. I have 4 yr old twins and a 2 1/2 yr old. I had to leave
our previous dr b/c the front desk was rigid/mean about me bringing
in our triple stroller with all three kids when one was sick. I have
found the front desk at Alameda Pediatrics to go above and beyond to
make me feel comfortable and help me when I am there with 1,2 or 3
sick kids. Dr. Parker understands everything about having muliples.
Honestly, we could not be happier.
Re: Oakland or Alameda pediatrician
We love Dr. B. Ann Parker in Alameda. She is in the phone book. I don't know if she is in your insurance
Re: Alameda pediatrician
I highly recommend Karin Schiffman at Alameda Pediatrics. We've
loved her since she first came to the hospital to see our guy
as a newborn. She's got the best bedside manner you could hope
for, is great with the kids, and is extremely responsive to
parents' concerns. Can't say enough good things about her.
Re: Alameda pediatrician
We really like Dr. Barbara Ann Parker, Dr. Shiftman, Dr. Butts, and Dr.
Leiwack. They are all in one group, I think called Alameda Pediatrics
(but there are several similarly named groups in Alameda, so ask for a
Dr. by name). Their office staff and nurses are all really nice and well
Re: Alameda pediatrician
I would like to wholeheartedly recommend two pediatricians at
Alameda Pediatrics (both have seen out 2.5 y.o). Dr. Parker
and Dr. Schiffman. Dr. Parker is our primary ped. She has a
daughter and triplet boys, so has been through it all. She is
very upfront and open to discussion. She's not very touchy-
feely (but we're not either so this is the kind of doctor we
prefer). She mostly takes a wait and see approach and has been
very open to our suggestions of alternative treatments,
delaying shots, etc. Dr. Parker works Mon, Wed and 1/2 of Fri.
Whenever our son is sick and needs attention on Tue and Thurs,
we are able to see Dr. Schiffman. She has a wonderful bedside
manner and always makes our son comfortable. She never seems
distracted and listens intently to our concerns.
The office itself has gone through a staff change about 6
months ago. The nurses and front staff are much improved. We've never had a problem getting our son seen same day if
needed. Also, we don't tend to wait to see the doctor at all,
but that may be because we try to schedule early morning
appts. We also like the fact that most of the doctors in this
office work part-time. They really emphasize the work/family
I can answer any specific questions you might have. Feel free
We use Alameda Pediatrics on Park Street. Our daughter is 8
months old and her primary pediatrician is Dr. Robert Butts. He
is so great. When I was pregnant, I scheduled an appointment to
meet with him (through a recommendation from a co-worker). I
found him to be funny and he had a pleasant demeanor. (We had
also tried to interview a doctor at Bayside Medical group on
Central Ave., but were not very impressed. We did not even get
to the interview process because the doctor was overbooked and
the staff ket telling us it would be ''another 20 minutes'' before
the doctor could meet with us.) When Dr. Butts is not
available, we have seen other pediatricians in his group. Dr.
Schiffman and Dr. Parker are also great. Dr. Parker is a skin
specialist which came in handy when our daughter had a flare up
of eczema. I think her hours there are more limited. Their
staff are pleasant and I have always been able to get my
daughter in for a same day appointment if there was a problem. They are also very good about calling back after hours. My
husband and I are so glad we found this group. They spend time
with you and we never felt rushed out the door for the next
patient. Good luck in your search.
Looking for feedback about Alameda Pediatrics and/or
specifically Dr. Penny Harris or Dr. Anne Parker. Any
information would be appreciated!
Re: Anne Parker. My kids don't go to her because of geography,
mostly, but I would have no hesitation in recommending her. In
the interests of full disclosure, I have known her on a social
level for a number of years. She is smart and thoughtful and
will listen, but also has her own opinions. You might ask for
an introductory appt to see if she fits what you are looking
for. One caveat: she works a part-time schedule so you would
want to be comfortable with other drs. in the practice, too.
This is a positive recommendation for Dr. Parker.
My son has been seeing Dr. Parker at Alameda Pediatrics for
just about a year now (he is 16 months old). When we moved to
the Bay Area, we just asked a few friends for recommendations.
We proceeded with 'meet the doctor' interviews. Dr. Parker
stood out from all the rest. She has qualities that I feel are
important: good listening skills, does not make us feel
hurried during appointments, excellent follow-up through phone
calls home, and kind of a direct approach to communication and
our sons medical care. She has four children, a daughter and
triplet boys, so you can count on her having experienced most
things herself. She is not as 'touchy feely' as some may want
in a pediatrician (I don't). And she may run late for
appointments. We knew this upfront though because she will
always give you (and everyone else) as much time as you need.
We've also seen Dr. Lewak and Dr. Schiffman. They are
different in they're approaches, but equally as wonderful.
The front office staff is generally very pleasant and the
nurses have all been gentle and attentive with my son. The
lunch/after hours phone service has always come through for
us. There is not a separate sick waiting room, but if you are
concerned about this they will let you wait in one of the exam
rooms, if there's space.
If you have any other specific questions, please email me.
My daugter sees Dr. Anne Parker, and we like her a lot. She
is very reassuring, helpful and down to earth. She has a
daugter and triplet boys, so she's an experienced parent as
well as a doctor. I'm sure she'd be happy to meet with you
before you make your decision, so you could interview her
and see if its a good fit.Thats what we did.
Looking for feedback (good or bad) about Alameda Pediatric
Associates and/or specifically Dr. Anne Parker or Dr. Penny
Hi - We were with Alameda Peds until this July when they dropped
our insurance (United Healthcare). Dr. Anne Parker is FANTASTIC!
She was never rushed when we were there and always addressed our
concerns being new parents. She even called to follow up when
our son had his first fever to see how he was doing.
We are members of Alameda Pediatrics. We are quite thrilled
there. My son, who has had some issues with asthma, is now
terrified of the doctor. We used to have Dr. Mark Bartlett,
but he moved away (we are so sad about that). Now we have Dr.
Butts, who is absolutely incredible with kids, and Dr. Karin
Shiffman, who is SOOOOO warm, caring and gentle that I want her
for MY doctor! With regard to Dr. Harris- we've seen her a few
times when one of our other doctors weren't available, and
while I find that she is an excellent doctor, her bedside
manner is not the ''warm, cushy'' kind of doctor that I look
for. Because my son is my first and, so far, only child, I
want a pediatrician who can sort of ''hold my hand''-for lack of
a better phrase-through issues involving my son that I don't
understand. I found Dr. Harris, in every instance that we've
used her, to be very knowledgeable, but also not so warm and
friendly with my child, and pretty direct and to-the-point with
me. However, if that's the kind of thing that is ok with you,
then she's great. Someone I work with uses her and is quite
pleased with her. Also, the office staff there is VERY nice
and incredibly helpful. Nurse Judy is the BEST I have ever run
across, and I have met several! You will not be disappointed
choosing them as your pediatricians. Please feel free to
contact me if you have any more questions that I can answer for
My kids have been very happy with Alameda Pediatrics. We have
seen several of the doctors in the practice and have been happy
with each of them. You asked specifically about drs Parker and
Harris, we only have experience with Parker, most recently this
past week for my 8month old with pneumonia. We took him in on
a Saturday after seeing him struggle to breath and look very
ill, she helped us avoid a trip to Children's Hospital with her
quick assessment and treatment of his illness, she called us at
home for the next two days just to check in and had us back in
the office on Monday. I was so pleased with her manner and
handling of our son, she was careful to let us know how serious
the situation was without frightening us even more. The other
doctors we've seen are Dr. Butts and Dr. Schiffman, both
wonderful. I can't say enough good things about this practice,
we live in Oakland and make the trip out to Alameda because we
are so satisfied.
Dr. Harris is my son's doctor and we love her. She is very
responsive and if she does not know an answer, she will look it
up. As new parents, we were naturally nervous any time our son
was sick. Dr. Harris spent a good deal of time talking with us
and showing us how to make our son feel better. Dr. Harris is
our partner when dealing with our son's health. She listens to
our concerns and does not hesitate to refer us to a specialist
We also like Karen Shiftman and Dr. Butts in that practice. We
have not seen any of the other doctors. But I can tell you that
we know of four other families who call Dr. Harris their doctor
and all are very pleased.
Please don't hesitate to e-mail me with additional questions.
We absolutely loved Penny Harris! We just left the practice due
to a move to the East Bay and having to change pediatricians was
one of the more disappointing attachments to lose. Penny always
took the time to meet with us and answer all of our questions.
We never felt rushed. She diagnosed a medical problem with our
son that one of the other doctors ''glossed over''.
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