Seeking a Black Pediatrician

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  • Seeking WOC Pediatrician in East Bay

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    We are seeking to switch our Pediatrician from SF practice to the East Bay and would love to find our daughter a woman of color pediatrician, if possible. Do you have any recommendations for great pediatrics offices or specific pediatricians? Our daughter is currently 6 months old and we'd love to keep our pediatrician until she is off to college. Thank you!

    Berkeley Pediatrics and East Bay Pediatrics are both fantastic practices with WOC docs and nurses on staff. We also wanted to keep our pediatrician until our kid went off to college, but sadly we found great pediatricians at both locations who had to move on (moving for spouse job, etc). But we've loved all the staff we've encountered at both and feel comfortable recommending both.

    Our son, now 14, has been with the East Bay Pediatrics practice. All of the doctors are kind, knowledgeable, and good with children. They have an office in Berkeley and Orinda.

    Seconding East Bay Pediatrics, which has multiple WOC doctors. Neither was taking new patients when we were seeking a pediatrician for our son (so this may be an issue for you as well), so we went with another doctor in the practice (whom we also love). But we've had some experience with Dr. Miller, who was on call when our son was born and saw him in the hospital, and then saw him again for a sick appointment when our regular doctor was out of the office. So, limited experience, but she was great, and the whole practice so far has been pleasant and easy to work with! 

    We see Dr. Erica Glenn at Primary Pediatrics Medical Group in Castro Valley. We have been happy with her care of our two children. The office has been handling Covid safety well. 

    My Latina daughter (now 24) was a patient of East Bay Pediatrics from toddlerhood.  As she became a teen, she saw Dr. Jennifer Miller (African American), and liked her very much.  I just looked at the website and not only is Dr. Miller still there, but also the are several other WOC physicians on staff.

    I highly recommend Jennifer Miller at East Bay Pediatrics.  She's a wonderful pediatrician; thorough and patient with our very shy children (3 & 5) and a WOC.

  • Hello--We are having to switch health insurance and are looking for recommendations for an African American or other person of color (preferably female) pediatrician in Oakland or Berkeley. We of course want someone who is great with children and who is a good communicator and also preferably open to more holistic ways of looking at healthcare. Anyone have this magical doctor in their kids' life? Please send recommendations!

    [Moderator Note] Here are some past reviews: ]

    We have only seen her once since we recently moved here.  But we had a good experience our first time with Dr. Tracy Evans-Ramsey at East Bay Pediatrics.

    I have been taking my son to Dr. Tracey Evans-Ramsey (Easy Bay Pediatrics) for the last 13 years.  I have been very please with her.  She has an office in Berkeley and Orinda.

    My daughter has been seeing Dr. Andria Johnson at John Muir (3100 san pablo) in Berkeley since she was born (5 years old now) and we love her! She’s also a family doctor so my wife and I see her as well.

    This is probably a bit far for you, but we really like our son's pediatrician in Fremont. Dr. Jamilah Friday. She's African American, we're not. We used to live in Oakland, and then Hayward, and now we live in Berkeley, but we still go to her almost 4 years later because she's just very good at explaining things, taking her time, giving good advice (especially for us new first time parents).

    The nurses are also really good. They're lightening fast with the shots, my son doesn't even have time to cry.  Haha.

    Besides the distance, the other drawback is that it's almost impossible to call the office and talk to her right away. There is a "care team" of nurses and assistants who take your message and then she'll call at the end of day. She does respond to emails, though.

    This is a cut and paste from a post I made here last year...Dr. Tracy Evans-Ramsey practices at East Bay Pediatrics in Berkeley / Orinda

    I recently took my younger son to drop-in there for a sports injury, and we were attended by Dr. Tracy Evans-Ramsey (Dr. Tracy).  I was quite frankly blown-away by her manner and professionalism with both me and my child.  Though we have not worked with her regularly, I strongly urge you to check her out.

    East Bay Pediatrics has two African-American doctors in their practice. Both are great. We love the whole practice. 

    We've been seeing Dr. Tracey Evans-Ramsay at East Bay Pediatrics since our child was an infant and have always been pleased with the care she's provided (actually we've had good experiences with all the doctors and staff at EB Pediatrics). She's a clear communicator and I feel we can ask her anything. She's not overly quick to prescribe medications, and she's not a zealot about the vaccination timeline (we skipped a couple early on to do later and that was fine), but I'm not sure her stance on alternative healthcare or anything like that.  She operates out of both the Berkeley and the Orinda offices, which is nice because we prefer the Orinda location (generally faster to get to than the Berkeley office from our Oakland home). 

    Dr Ifeoma Ikenze, M.D., DiHom in Marin county.

    Dr Erika Glenn, Primary Pediatrics, Castro Valley

    I don't know what "holistic" means -- if it's anti-vax, she may not be on board. She's been very responsive, thoughtful, and accessible. We have to see her every 3 months and it never feels rushed. Castro Valley office is a 20 minute drive from Kaiser in Oakland. Ultimately, I decided it was worth it (and still believe so) and there was going to be some time to any office and with Castro Valley, right off the highway, there's no looking for parking. I do try to schedule appointments that don't put us on the 580 out of Oakland during rush hour. 

    Primary Pediatrics feels like it's getting more corporate. I guess most of them are.

    We love Jennifer Miller at East bay pediatrics and have also seen tracy Evans-Ramsey and loved her as well. The whole practice is great and those two docs are African American (I assume)

    We see Dr Gary Bean on Park Blvd in Oakland.  He is great (he's also a jazz musician!) as well as the nurse practitioners who work with him.  The office is super ugly and a bit of a turn off, there is a TV in every room, but all the staff are great.  They are fairly conventional but in a very relaxed way.  Last time my 2 year old had a deep lung cold, they said I could give her antibiotics.  I asked them to explain to me what would be a good indicator that they were important and they explained symptoms and signs to look for.  They said they would write the prescription and then I could decide if she needed them.  I like how they are not reactive and instead very educational.   

Archived Q&A and Reviews

African American female pediatrician?

May 2013

We are looking for an African American female pediatrician, ideally in Berkeley, N. Berkeley, Albany or El Cerrito. We'd appreciate any recommendations! Mary

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

We just went to East Bay Pediatrics for an annual well-child check-up with Dr. Miles Abbot; he had his partner, Dr. Tracy Evans-Ramsey come in for a 2nd opinion on something, and she was GREAT with both my son and me. I'd highly recommend her. I know they have another pediatrician there who is also African American and female, although I've never met her, Dr. Jennifer Miller - her bio says she specializes in adolescent health. Best of luck, Ellen

Seeking an African American Female pediatrician

Feb 2013

I would like to select a female African American pediatrician for our family. Can anybody provide a recommendation for us in the Berkeley area? Berkeley parent

Dr. Jen Miller at East Bay Pediatrics . You will be very happy. happy patient

Hi! We see Dr Jennifer Miller at East Bay Pediatrics and love her! She was recommended to us by a friend who loves her and then we recommended her to our neighbors who are also very happy with her. She's very warm and friendly. They have offices in Berkeley (Regent St) and Orinda.

Dr. Tracy Evans-Ramsey of East Bay Pediatrics group is a female african-American dr. She is not our pediatrician but we have seen her while our dr was on vacation. She is very good!! Their Berkeley office is on Regent St behind Alta Bates. Phone # 925-254-9203. Lan Drs. miller and Ramsey are also super qualified, nice, responsive. It's a great practice to which we moved from another when our kids were 4 and 7. There's collegiality amongst the doctors, they work together and regularly consult regarding trickier situations. Two offices- one in Orinda, one across from Alta Bates. Chris

My name is Jennifer Miller and I am an African-American female pediatrician at East Bay Pediatrics in Berkeley, Ca. Myself, and my colleague Dr. Tracy Evans-Ramsey are 2 black female pediatricians in the practice. We have an office in Berkeley behind Alta Bates Medical Center and another office in Orinda through the tunnel. We are both accepting patients. Check us out at Thanks! Jennifer Miller

Jan 2011

Hi, Looking for hearty recommendations for either or all of the following, preferably in Oakland/Alameda/San Leandro area:
- African-American FEMALE pediatrician for my 2yo. Seeking someone who is a traditional western physician but is open to alternative medicine and is totally cool with the family bed. Looking for a lifetime relationship with a loving person who can be a positive African-American female role model for my biracial daughter
- African-American Male or Female pediatric/adult dentist
- African-American FEMALE general practitioner Kim

[Editor note] see this page for African-American dentists and doctors.

I've seen Dr. Andria Johnson at North Oakland Family Practice, and I've had positive experiences with her. My family (including two young children) are regular patients of Dr. Yep at the same practice.

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. Good luck

I've seen Dr. Andria Johnson at North Oakland Family Practice , and I've had positive experiences with her. My family (including two young children) are regular patients of Dr. Yep at the same practice.

For a female pediatrician, we recommend Dr. Jennifer Miller at East Bay Pediatrics .

Dr. Tracey Evans-Ramsey at East Bay Pediatrics (Berkeley and Orinda) has been our daughters' pediatrician for the past eight years and we think she's fabulous. Bright, great bedside manner, and yes, African American. Dr. Tracey fan

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

April 2009

Jennifer Miller, M.D. at East Bay Pediatrics is African-American and joined that practice in 2007 .

Feb 2006

Greetings, does anyone know of a black pediatrician in the east bay? if so, please email me. thanks in advance, erika erika

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