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East Bay Family Practice
Reviewed on this page: Janet Arnesty, Audrey D'Andrea, Steve Bryzman, Danielle Rosenman, Daniel Santiago, Edie Silber, Deanna Ward, Polly Young
Re: Pediatrician with Hills Physicians & great office?
I recommend Dianna Ward at East Bay Family Practice around the corner on Telegraph. She's Med- Peds, which is a residency that is more typical on the east coast. I think she's just Wonderful! Anon
Re: Good female prim. care doc in Alta Bates or Hill?
Try East Bay Family Practice in Oakland. They have several physicians on staff as well as PAs and NPs. My doctor is Audrey d'Andrea and she is very good. I have been going there about 10 year and have always been very happy with whomever I have seen. Anon
Re: Family practive for mom and kids, 10 and 17
I love Deanna Ward at East Bay Family Practice. She is actually not a family practice doctor, but a Med-Peds doctor, which means she specialized in both Internal Medicine AND Pediatrics. Its more of a common specialty combination on the east coast. She is great, smart, easy to talk to. I can see a young girl loving her. There are other good doctors in the practice too, not sure if there is a man or not. But Deanna would be great for both you and your daughter. anon
Hello, We are expecting our first baby this December, and have Health Net insurance - I'm with Hill Physician Medical Group (so that I could work with a midwife), my hubby is with Alta Bates Medical Group. Looking for great pediatrician recommendations in either group...we prefer someone open to a holistic approach. Thanks! S.
Re: Healthnet Physicians- Reviews pls.
Dr. Audrey d'Andrea has been my primary care physician for quite a few years (10?). She is great. At my annual physical, she spends ONE HOUR checking me out - physically, emotionally, etc. The office is good too. For urgent but not emergency care it is almost always possible to get a same day appointment with someone. Often that is a PA or a nurse practioner, but that is usually sufficient. Happy patient
Hi, I'm at the beginning of my second pregnancy and just started seeing Dr. Arnesty. I had a midwife last time and had a natural birth. Dr. Arnesty describes her approach as 'midwife style.' I'm wondering to what degree she is supportive of natural birth. If you have experience with her, were you able to have an intervention-free birth? thanks, weighing my options
She does attend almost all of her patients' births herself, unlike many group practitioners, and while I do not know her ''statistics'' I certainly have the impression that a natural birth is at least the default goal for most of her patients.
Both of my births ended up being C-sections, unfortunately, due to breech position and various accompanying complications. However, during my second pregnancy, Janet was entirely supportive of my desire for a VBAC and, later, she helped me put off the perinatologist who wanted to do an immediate section and find a different one who was willing to try everything we possibly could to turn the baby and avoid a section.
I initially chose to go with her mostly for financial reasons -- my insurance did not offer as much coverage for midwife care -- and while in a perfect world I might have preferred a midwife, I've been satisfied with Janet's approach. anon
Re: Primary Care and Family Practices
I can't speak to DeAndrea or Young but Janet Arnesty that is also in the East Bay Family Practice is great. I've worked with her as a doula and find her very respectfull of her clients wishes. She explains things well and is as non-interventionist as she can be without being unsafe. I ended up giving birth at home but would definetely consider this practice if I were to have a hospital birth. Good luck and congratulations! Stacia
To the ''scared first timer'' who is a patient at EBFP, allow me to recommend Dr. Janet Arnesty. She treated me through my pregnancy, which was easy, and handled my son's birth, which was not! I found her to be extremely understanding, supportive of alternative practices, and, when things went wrong, very strong and competent. The best thing was that she stayed with me through a very long night - long after she was ''officially'' on-call. I felt almost like I had a midwife. When I needed an emergency c-section she was very comforting as the surgeon did her work. My son was born and had to be resusitated and her competent handling of the situation was both comforting and reassuring. She is now my son's pediatrician and he loves her! I did see both Dr. Young and Dr. D'Andrea during my pregnancy and liked them very much also. Hope this helps! Anonymous
Re: Female Primary Care Physican Needed
You would probably be happy at East Bay Family Practice. Most, though not all, of the practitioners there are female, and the doctors do a good job, in my experience, of seeing their ''own'' patients rather than passing them around the group a lot. I have seen primarily Edie Silber, MNP and Janet D'Arnesty, MD. Both are friendly but pretty straightforward and businesslike (which can bother patients who'd prefer a more touchy-feely bedside manner, but I don't get the sense that describes you) and, while not exactly proponents of holistic medicine, are also not at all patronizing toward lay persons who ask questions about less-interventionist alternatives when appropriate. I can't comment on the cancer issues, but most of the practitioners at East Bay Family Practice have been there a long time and are certainly what I would consider ''experienced'' in general. It's a large practice and often busy; I've never needed a same- day appointment so I can't comment on how easy they are to get. But the staff is certainly friendly and organized; we've never had any hassles with charts, bills, or that sort of thing. They're located on Telegraph in Oakland near Summit Hospital, which is the biggest downside for me since moving to Albany, but it's reasonably close for you in Rockridge.
Re: Pediatricians who take Cigna
Hi there, I have been going to East Bay Family Practice (telegraph avenue, oakland - near summit hospital) for the past 5 years now; we are expecting our first baby and our doctor is Dr. D'Andrea. She's extremely patient and caring. My sister in law takes her two kids (1 year and 3 years old) to the same practice, but they see Dr. Santiago (who also delivered the 1 year old). She's extremely happy with him. They (the practice) all take CIGNA.
Re: Danielle Rosenman, M.D., of East Bay Family Practice. I want to say that my experience over 15 years with her has been good. I find her warm and caring, though maybe in an understated way, and never dismissive of my concerns or questions, though she is certainly straightforward when giving her opinion. And as one correspondent noted, she's definitely a sharp and competent doctor. There are other good doctors there, but she's my physician of choice. John
I have been a patient of theirs for 5+ years and, though I have never seen the person who is listed on my insurance card, I have seen almost everyone else and like them - though my favorite doctors there have rapidly disappeared over the years. My current doctor and daughter's pediatrician is Dr. Audrey DAndrea..she has always been polite and proficient ( though she does not pronounce my or my daughter's name correctly) and I have never had to wait for very long in the waiting room. So I am continuing to go to them for the postnatal followup though I had what I felt was very poor support from them during labor. Though I was induced and the timing was planned and my doctor promised to be there, she did not show up through the whole 36 hour labor, the c section or even the following day. Records were not filled out fully for the hospital (Alta Bates which I cannot speak highly enough of...) so the evening staff physician came on shift and shut off the pitosin (spelling?) after 24 hours of labor. I was yelling obscenities that I didn't even know I knew. In the middle of the night, after 24 hours labor, I had to wait while Dr. Santiago- on call -was rousted from bed in SF and drove to their office to get the needed records and drove to the hospital. The c section was performed by Alta Bates staff and Dr. Santiago and fortunately turned out well. So in short, I think EBFP is ok but not the kind of place you would want to go to if you want personal care. I will not have another child with them attending. They are just so busy, they don't seem to have the proper attention to detail - like the assistant who referred to my daughter as "he" - even after weighing her naked...not a confidence booster....
Re: RN for Ob/Gyn
My guess is you don't actually want an ob/gyn office but a family practice or women's clinic, where the primary care is typically done by RNs and/or MNPs. I'm at East Bay Family Practice (on Telegraph near Summit Hosp.) and until my pregnancy my appts were with Edie Silber, the MNP there. I recommend her if you're interested in a fairly businesslike approach and don't mind a large practice; she's competent and caring, if somewhat ''corporate.'' She was my primary care provider and she, or other doctors there (most of whom are female), did see me occasionally for minor problems unrelated to the annual pap. I've also been to the Women's Health Clinic (or some such name) on Ellsworth in South Berkeley and had satisfactory experiences. It's smaller and has a more hippie-ish environment, if you know what I mean. It's been a long time and I don't recall the individual names of anyone there, but all the staff is female. Holly April 2002
I was perusing the UCB Parents Web site, since I am shopping around for a Family Practicioner. I noticed that many of the comments for East Bay Family Practice vary wildly, and that some of those comments date back to 1998 or so. Does anyone have any current pros/cons of this practice? Thanks in advance
My husband and I had perfectly good though somewhat impersonal care at EBFP until our daughter was born. She had some problems in her first month or two and we were in the office frequently to check on her progress. That was a turning point: the staff all got to know us and showed lots of concern about the baby. Now when I take her in they make her feel special and marvel at how she's grown. And when I go on my own, I'm greeted in a friendly way. That makes me feel comfortable with things like pushing for a better appointment time or asking followup questions about confusing insurance matters, so I think I get better treatment because of it.
As with probably most doctors' offices in this era of managed care, there are time pressures. I sometimes wish my visits with Polly were a little longer, but if she's heading for the door and I tell her I have more questions she always stays. In addition, getting through on the phone can be a bit of a hassle, as I often have to wait on hold for a while. But I suspect these are common complaints everywhere these days.
As for the query about a lesbian-friendly practice, I don't have direct personal experience, but EBFP doctors seem to be openminded and have a generally feminist outlook and I suspect they would be fine.
I also really like East Bay Family Practice, and have been going there for 17 years for my personal care. My only bug with them is that they are chronically running late. However, if you make sure to get early morning appointments (ca. 9 am) you won't have to wait. Kathy
Re: Internist I highly recommend East Bay Family Practice on Telegraph in Oakland (near Summit). Great practice. I've seen Janet Arnesty and Audrey Heffel there.
I go to Dr. Audrey Heffel, who is a member of the East Bay Family Practice in Berkeley. She is a family practicioner and is the careprovider for my husband, me, and my unborn child. She is really warm, thoughtful, and caring. She followed through within hours when we had a question regarding a genetic disease being passed on to our baby, and she has always been helpful. Also, I have heard wonderful things about Janet Arnesty, who is in the same office. East Bay Family Practice is asssociated with Hills Physicians Medical Group and Alta Bates Medical Group.
Dr. Janet Arnesty at East Bay Family Practice (540-8200) delivered our daughter this year and I was very pleased with her warm manner and medical ability. She took a low- intervention approach to pregnancy and childbirth which is what we wanted. She and Dr. Audrey Heffel in the same practice are family practice doctors rather than ob-gyn's, but do deliver babies. (They and the other doctors in the practice all do regular gyne work as well).
I just want to reiterate the recommendation of Dr. Janet Arnesty of East Bay Family Practice as a wonderful family doctor and ob/gyn. She uses low-intervention with delivery, has a very warm manner ....especially bedside, and is GREAT with kids. Not only will she be delivering our 2nd child, but she our pediatrician as well. The practice, in general, is wonderful.
We've been reasonably happy with East Bay Family Practice, but they've just moved to Oakland by Pill Hill, and thought we should investigate practices closer to home. We like the idea of a group practice so that there's coverage when your family practitioner isn't available. We also like their Saturday hours, the fact that they cover family planning, well baby visits, and the whole range from pregnancy to geriatrics. We've been reasonably happy with Audrey Heffel (within the limitations of allopathic medicine), and she's been great with our son Chris and my mother who has had a triple bypass and the whole gamut of complications post-op, including infections and a pacemaker. The reason I've given this much detail is to solicit references from you for a reasonably comparable, but more closely located to us (North Berkeley near Kensington) family practice, with competent and reasonably open-minded family practitioners (Nurse practioners ok, too). (I will use a midwife when I get pregnant with our second child, but would go to the family practice for well-baby care).
I have been going to East Bay Family Practice for years. They are very good. All the doctors are women (I believe there are currently 5 in the practice). One of the physician's assistants and one of the nurses are male. They just moved from Berkeley to Oakland and are now located at 3100 Telegraph. Their phone is 645-9900. They are members of the Alta Bates Medical Group.
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