Pediatrician in North Berkeley

Hi all,

We are moving the next month from London and will live in North Berkeley. We would like to have a pediatrician at the ready just in case it’s needed for my toddler son. Is there one you can recommend? Could you please help me understand the health system as well? We will have insurance. Thanks in advance!

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RE: Pediatrician in North Berkeley ()

Berkeley Pediatrics is fabulous.

Is your insurance through you or your partner’s employer? If so, I would set up a call with someone knowledgable in his HR to walk you through your specific plan and how to use it, especially if this is your first time dealing with US insurance.

US insurance is very nuanced, can get complicated, and varies greatly across types of plans so getting generic responses on here might not be helpful - they may actually do damage if it turns out the advice doesn’t work for your plan. 

RE: Pediatrician in North Berkeley ()

We go to Berkeley Pediatrics on Walnut St. and love Dr. Lang. We've seen a couple of other doctors there and really like them. It's a sweet, family-oriented practice in an old house in Berkeley. The only downside is sometimes they aren't running on time.

We have Aetna insurance. If you know what insurance you have, you just call either your insurer or Berkeley Pediatrics to see if they take that insurance. (That'll be true with any practice)

RE: Pediatrician in North Berkeley ()

We highly recommend Berkeley Pediatrics in North Berkeley. I have Cigna insurance through work and they accept it. All the doctors are great and they are open for a few hours on Saturday as well. They are connected to the UCSF Benioff Children’s hospital in Oakland, which has worked out great for us for tests etc. 

RE: Pediatrician in North Berkeley ()

Hi!
My baby goes to Kiwi Pediatric and I love them
You can find all the information on their website https://www.kiwipediatrics.com/

RE: Pediatrician in North Berkeley ()

I highly recommend Berkley Pediatric. They've been around for ages and really are wonderful. Our pediatrician is Kalar but she can be in high demand. We've seen several other doctors there though and all have been thoughtful, patient and helpful. It can be kind of a pain to get in with them at first, something about their phone system, I recall having a hard time getting anyone to pick up for new patients.... but it's very worth it to keep trying.

RE: Pediatrician in North Berkeley ()

Berkeley Pediatric in Berkeley has been great for us.  We have Dr. Katrina Michel, but have seen a few of the other doctors there as well.  We have been very happy with all the doctors so far.  

RE: Pediatrician in North Berkeley ()

I love Berkeley Pediatrics for my daughter. We see Dr. Michel, but I've heard nothing but good things about the entire practice. Do you know what kind of health insurance you're going to have? When you call them to set up an appointment, they will ask for your insurance info and let you know if they don't take it. This is a common practice, as they don't want their patients paying out of pocket.

Can you say more about the questions you have about the health system?