Sutter Health Primary Care


2500 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

Also at this address: Sutter Health Ob/GynsSutter Health Pediatrics

  • Primary Care Physicians (Nov 2020): Samantha Malm, Shannon McCune, Samara Nebenzahl, Shaili Parmar, Grant W. Wang

Parent Q&A

  • New to town and need a doctor

    (1 reply)

    I'm new to the Bay Area and I have wacky insurance, so I am looking for a new doctor.  It looks like Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation in Oakland at 350 30th St Ste 100 will accept my plan, and the doctors there are Shirley Tucker Harris and Alan Cohen, and the NP is Wilson Mak.  Does anyone have experience with this practice?  I'd love any input. Thanks in advance.

    I have had a very good experience with this practice and with Wilson Mak in particular--efficient but still very personable, responsive to online messages, thorough and smart. Lab on-site and good online medical record system.

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Sutter East Bay on San Pablo Ave in Albany has many great doctors including several who fit that description and I would highly recommend.  One new doc I saw meets your demographic checklist and he was so patient and thorough and attentive, and I also like a few women docs and NPs I've seen there (they span many demographics so you can request your preference or take whoever is available first). I believe they're walking distance from El Cerrito Plaza BART stop. 

I have SEBMF (don't love Sutter, but love my primary doc). When I needed a specialist (endocrinologist) I could easily get an appointment at Eden in Castro Valley (I live near Alta Bates), I could not get in to see the group of endocrinologists in Oakland for several months. So that was annoying but it turns out that Eden is a slightly longer drive, but parking is free and easy. So I'm happy. I've been referred to other specialists as well, and it's been relatively painless, even if they aren't Sutter docs (I guess they contract with Sutter). I can't compare to UCSF. Would you have to go over the bridge to be seen for everything? That would be a dealbreaker for me.

Look into Sutter on Milvia in Berkeley. I've never experienced any wait time (over maybe 3 minutes) on the phone for scheduling, and when I've needed urgent nurse or on-call doctor support they do a call back thing generally within 30 minutes. They have great email support for non-urgent things too. I use them for my own OB/GYN & primary care as well as my kids pediatric care.

I've been thinking about that too, as my daughter is getting close to aging out of pediatrics; I had an appointment for myself last week with Dr. Samara Nebenzahl at Sutter on Milvia and thought she would be really good.

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Jan 2012

Re: Pediatrican or Family Doctor open to Alt Healing
Dr. Shannon McCune is a wonderful family doctor on Telegraph Ave. in south Berkeley. She is very open to alternative medicine treatment and refers patients often. She is a very open and sympathetic person. I think you would like her. She also has very good reviews on that you might want to look at. She can be reached at (510) 204-8110. I understand the frustration of finding such doctors. I am an ''alternative health practitioner'' and have the same issue with finding traditional doctors that are open minded. Best of luck to you! Leah