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I am looking for a gay-friendly internist at Kaiser Richmond or Oakland. I am a
middle-aged gay man and a dad, looking for someone thorough, approachable and
Dr. Kiang at Kaiser Oakland is very LGBT welcoming. She also is the
best primary care doctor I have ever had. Ever. She has been an
incredible advocate for me getting the right care quickly. She is also
highly regarded by her colleagues. She happens to have a few openings
in her panel now since she just stepped out of some admin
responsibilities. Kaiser Member Services in Oakland and San Francisco
also has a list of doctors who are LGBT friendly but I don't know any
of them personally.
Carl Violano is an LGBT-friendly internist at Kaiser Oakland. You can
go on Kaiser's website and read his blurb. If he isn't accepting new
patients you can read through the profiles of the docs and it's usually
pretty clear who is LGBT- friendly from those.
I can highly recommend Dr. Stephanie Scott at Kaiser Oakland, although
I have no idea if she is taking new patients (I sadly haven't figured
out how to check without telling Kaiser I want to change doctors, which
I don't). On the gay-friendly front, she is a lesbian mom of 3. On the
doctor front, she is just really sensible, and has been particularly
great for issues like my chronically strained ankle (referral to a PT),
and even with advice for some things I couldn't get covered by Kaiser
(suggested myofacial therapy for my back pain, which has been
enormously helpful and provided a lot of self-help skills, even though
it wasn't covered). If she has an opening, snag it!
Editor Note: these reviews also appear on the page for
Kaiser Oakland Primary Care
My partner and I are expecting a daughter (via surrogacy)
this summer (YEAH!) and so we are looking for a
pediatrician in/near Berkeley who is gay-friendly and who
is OK with the whole surrogacy thing. My guess is that
most pediatricians in Berkeley would fit the bill - but
just wondering if anyone (esp. other gay dads) could;
recommend a pediatrician. We are first-time parents and
we know that finding a good pediatrician is critical.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Kiwi Pediatrics is a great practice. I think one of their
docs imight be queer and they've always been fantastic with
us (two moms). They are incredibly responsive (we have a
kid with very complicated medical issues) and front office
staff is very, very friendly with us. We have Dr. Winokur
but have also worked a lot with Dr. Salzberg. Love them
One possibility is Annemary Franks at Berkeley Pediatrics. Also, join the
Family Coalition and get on the email digest. You can also check out their guide
You should definitely check out
Berkeley Pediatrics. They
are a terrific practice in general, and seem not concerned
one tiny bit about all kinds of family variations. All the
doctors there seem great.
=== East Bay Parent
I would recommend our pediatrician, Annemary Franks. She is
just fantastic in all kinds of situations that we've faced.
We are a 2-mom family and she couldn't be more supportive.
I would assume she'd be cool with gay dads and surrogacy,
but you can talk to her about that to check. (If the
receptionist says she's not accepting new patients, ask to
talk to her, and maybe she'll slide you in.) She's at
Berkeley Pediatrics (a wonderful practice reviewed on BPN a
lot) at 848-2566.
Also, I would suggest you join Our Family Coalition
(ourfamily.org) for LGBTQ-parented families. They have a
listserve where you could also pose this question or future
ones and get lots of feedback.
Good luck and congratulations.
I am new to Kaiser Oakland and am looking for a primary care doc who is comfortable
discussing lesbian and/or woman specific health concerns. Sadly, when I called the
new patient outreach office and voiced my request, I was met with an uncomfortable
silence on the end then was given a referral to what they felt was their most
'liberal' doctor (??!!). I can't believe that in this area that Kaiser's new
''Thrive'' campaign doesn't include outreach to diverse groups. I sure would
appreciate Berkeley Parents Network input.
Frustrated & Sad
Do not despair! Kaiser's LGBT employee organization, KP Pride, has
compiled a list of
Nothern California providers that have offered to be available for
referrals such as
yours. I apologize for not knowing how to access the list, although
would be a good place to start. If you have trouble finding someone who
the list, please e-mail me and I will help you.
I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Lishiana Shaffer if you need a good OBGYN!
women for 10 years before marrying my wonderful husband a year ago and
birth a couple months ago. She is very queer-positive, and
supportive/open to all
kinds of questions about women's health. Good luck navigating Oakland
are some gems, but I sympathize with your frustrations!
We are looking for a pediatrician who is queer family savvy/
friendly. The pediatricians who take our insurance (Blue Cross
PPO) AND are taking new clients are: Janet Perlman, Jane
Hunter, Li-Hsia Wang, Elizabeth Salsburg, and Robin Winakur.
Does anyone have any experience/ knowledge of any of these in
relation to working with queer families? Thanks.
Annemary Franks Berkeley Pediatric Medical Group
Katya Gerwein Bayside Pediatrics
Jane Hunter Pediatric Medical Group
Janet Perlman Bayside Pediatrics
Elizabeth Salzburg (2) Kiwi Pediatrics
I'm looking for a new primary care provider (I have Blue Shield through
Alta Bates, where I work as a nurse), and I've looked through the
archives here, but the most recent posting is from 2002. I'm looking for a
female physician, lesbian friendly, who is up to date. I have chronic
sleep problems of many years, and I think anxiety, neither of which has
never been addressed or treated. I want someone who can help me
with these. I'd be willing to drive to SF if necessary, doesn't have to be in
the East Bay. Any suggestions? Thanks!
I'm looking for a lesbian-friendly primary care
physician in the East Bay. The doctor doesn't need to
be gay, just comfortable and hopefully experienced
working with lesbian families. I am considering Dr.
Andy Ross of the Alta Bates Medical Group. If anyone
has worked with Dr. Ross or another physician they can
recommend, I would be most appreciative.
Roxanne Fiscella Berkeley
Patricia Robertson UCSF
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