Seeking a Pediatrician in the East Bay

Parent Q&A

Pediatrician Referral May 23, 2019 (6 responses below)
Pediatrician/Ob - expecting first baby Apr 26, 2019 (3 responses below)
Seeking Pediatrician and Kid-friendly dentist in Berkeley Apr 1, 2019 (6 responses below)
Looking for Japanese speaking pediatrician Mar 16, 2019 (2 responses below)
Seeking a Pediatrician - UnitedHealthcare - Berk/Oak Sep 20, 2018 (5 responses below)
Seeking a female pediatrician Jul 23, 2018 (27 responses below)
Seeking excellent female pediatrician in Berkeley/Oakland Apr 3, 2018 (10 responses below)
Moving to Berkeley 7 mos pregnant - seeking OB/GYN & Pediatrician Mar 20, 2018 (15 responses below)
Pediatrician close to Rockridge Dec 8, 2017 (3 responses below)
Health examination for school entry in 5th grade Sep 18, 2017 (2 responses below)
Recommendation for Pediatric Group Oakland/San Leandro Sep 2, 2017 (1 responses below)
Pediatricians in Sutter East Bay network? Jul 24, 2017 (5 responses below)
Seeking Berkeley Pediatrician Recommendations Mar 7, 2017 (12 responses below)
Pediatrician in Berkeley Jan 18, 2017 (10 responses below)
Seeking Pediatrician Recommendations (Oakland) Dec 8, 2016 (3 responses below)
Seeking pediatrician recommendations in Walnut Creek Nov 11, 2016 (2 responses below)
Pediatrician in North Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito area Nov 4, 2016 (2 responses below)
New Pediatrician in the East Bay Aug 1, 2016 (4 responses below)
  • Pediatrician Referral

    (6 replies)

    Hello BPN! 

    I am new to the Piedmont area and am seeking a referral for a great pediatrician for my toddler, preferably a female doctor. Please let me know if you have any referrals to a good pediatric dentist as well. I'm willing to travel outside of my neighborhood, but closer is always preferable. 

    Thanks!

    RE: Pediatrician Referral ()

    Berkeley Pediatrics is an amazing practice. Annemary Franks is my son's doc and I cannot recommend her enough. The entire practice is amazing. 

    RE: Pediatrician Referral ()

    We LOVE Dr. Katya Gerwein at Stanford Children's (Bayside Medical Group) in Berkeley. She is very supportive, factual and talks directly to the child. She has been so helpful after having a chain of terrible experiences at different Berkeley practice. We will be moving in a couple of months and she is one of our health care providers that I will truly miss :( 

    RE: Pediatrician Referral ()

    East Bay Pediatrics! We love all the doctors there. They have offices in both Berkeley and Orinda. 

  • Pediatrician/Ob - expecting first baby

    (3 replies)

    Hi everyone,

    My husband and I just moved to Marina bay from SF, and expecting our first baby in June. Does anyone have a recommendation for a pediatrician in the area, in the Sutter Health network? Also interested if anyone has an Ob/Gyn they like?

    Thanks in advance!

    Shehla

    BPMG Berkeley Pediatric Medical Group next the corner of Virginia and Shattuck in Berkeley.  They have a website.  We like Dr. Franks and Dr. Kalar but almost any of the docs are fine zi would guess.

    Thanks for the info! We ended up selecting Dr. Petra Landman at the Milvia practice for now, recommended by someone in yoga. I will keep the names below in mind too - just in case. 

    I very much enjoyed my OB on kid #2, Dr. Attia Kadri. She was particularly good in two respects: in handling follow up testing, when one prenatal test indicated serious issues, and in communicating efficiently with me when I needed to travel abroad for work. She is part of a large practice, so I ended up meeting many of the female OBs in the Sutter team, and was generally pleased. I love our pediatrician, Dr. Grace So from Berkeley Pediatrics, but do not believe she is taking new patients.

  • hello!
    we're moving from San Francisco to North Berkeley this summer and are in need of a recco for a pediatrician and kid-friendly dentist in the North Berkeley/ Berkeley/Albany area. We have United Healthcare PPO and Delta Dental. 

    thanks in advance!

    Amy

    We use Solano Smile as our pediatric dentist. We like the practice.

    We use Dr. Karin Schiffman for our pediatrician and Dr. Vivian Lopez for our dentist. Love them both. They both have great rapport with the kids, and are easy to talk to and very knowledgable.

    We see Dr. Katsura at Aloha Pediatric Dentistry and absolutely love the practice. They have a North Berkeley as well as Telegraph location.

  • Looking for Japanese speaking pediatrician

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    Hi, we just moved from Japan with our little one who was born Dec 26 2018. We are looking for a pediatrician here around Berkeley, does anyone have any recommendations for a Japanese-speaking pediatrician ? I thought I would ask, as that is the native tongue, and we are still learning English. Many thanks!

    Hi Welcome to the US and Berkeley! Although I don't have any information about Japanese speaking pediatrician, I am an Japanese, and have been here about 20 years. My kids are 6 and 2. I don't know any Japanese community around here, but we can hang out!

    Congratulations on your new baby!  Dr. Yasuko Fukuda in San Francisco is fluent in Japanese.  Dr. Mika Hiramatsu in Hayward speaks some Japanese but is not fluent.  There's one more East Bay Japanese native pediatrician, Dr. Rei Masui, but I'm not sure where she is practicing now.  Good luck!

  • Just got a new job and insurance - woohoo!

    I have UnitedHealthcare. Does anyone have a pediatrician recommendation? For a 3 year old girl no major health issues.  We live in South Berkeley, so Berkeley or Oakland.

    thanks!

    Sara

    BPMG Berkeley Pediatrics Medical Group, the one at 1650 Walnut in Berkeley is great.  I believe they take United Healthcare.

    Not sure about the insurance but they take mediCal so seems likely to me

    My almost 3yo and I really like Paula Brinkley and her office group, in Berkeley 

    Paula Brinkley, MD - Stanford Children's Health
    2915 Telegraph Ave #200, Berkeley, CA 94705
    (510) 843-4544
    https://goo.gl/maps/Y8jwx1Ap9f92

    We also have UnitedHealthcare and live in Berkeley. We took our 3.5 year old to East Bay Pediatrics to see dr Courtney Pickering who was really sweet, understanding and caring. My daughter really liked her and so did we. 

  • Seeking a female pediatrician

    (27 replies)

    Hello,

    We are looking for a a female pediatrician for our daughter, who will be born in October. We live in Oakland, but are willing to travel east of the tunnel or further north for a caring and reasonable doctor. Any recommendations/anecdotes are helpful.

    Thank you!

    RE: Seeking a female pediatrician ()

    Annemary Franks is amazing! She was a great doctor from birth to recently for our 22-year-old daughter. We loved the home visit a couple of days after she was born. 

    RE: Seeking a female pediatrician ()

    Dr. Patricia Chiang at Primary Pediatrics

    RE: Seeking a female pediatrician ()

    We love Lisa Swearingen at Alta Bates in Berkeley. She has been our daughter’s pediatrician since birth. As first-time parents, it was important for us to find someone who was not only highly competent, but also caring and a good listener. Dr. Swearingen met all of our criteria and more.

    Her bio page: https://www.sutterhealth.org/find-doctor/dr-lisa-swearingen

  • Hello, I am seeking an excellent female pediatrician for my newborn in Berkeley or Oakland who takes Blue Shield PPO.

    You should always call to make sure your specific plan is accepted, but we see Juliana Damon at East Bay Pediatrics  (offices in Berkeley and Orinda) and she is FABULOUS.

    We have Blue Shield PPO and use Dr. Lisa Kalar at Berkeley Pediatrics. We absolutely love her and would highly recommend her, as well as the practice. 

    We love Karin Schiffman. She's in solo practice. Her office is vey well run. I've never had issues with billing or had to wait more than a few minutes for an appointment. She gives you her cell phone for after hours. She responds to email quickly. She's very evidence based in her practice and takes her time with you. For a newborn your appointments could be 30 minutes or longer if you have questions. I love the solo practice aspect, but it does mean that if you have an emergency after hours you would need to use Urgent Care. I have three kids and we've only had to do that twice. 

  • Hey everyone, I am completely new here. My husband and I will be moving to Berkeley from Austin, Texas while I am 7.5 months pregnant (baby is due mid August). My top priority right now is to find a good OB/practice that can deliver my baby, and also find a pediatrician. I have good insurance that covers a number of practices, so if anyone can recommend their OB and pediatrician, that would be really helpful! Thank you so much!

    We're with Kaiser, and I love my OB (Dr. Sarah Wilson), and we had a great experience having our baby at Kaiser Oakland. 

    Congratulations! I heartily recommend the very experienced and compassionate Kurt Wharton, M.D., and the great doctors at East Bay Pediatrics.

    Dr Duffy is my ob, she's great. A saw a couple other people from her office (the ones who happened to be on call during my labor and delivery) and they were great as well. Dr. Emmanuel was there for the actual delivery, and I liked her a lot. 

  • Pediatrician close to Rockridge

    (3 replies)

    Hello,

    My wife and I are expecting our first kids (twins) in the next few months and were wondering if anyone had a pediatrician they recommend? We live in rockridge so ideally one close to that neighborhood.

    thanks!

    [moderator note] there are hundreds of parent reviews of local pediatric practices on the BPN website here: https://www.berkeleyparentsnetwork.org/advice/pediatrics

    We love Dr. Katya Gerwein at Bayside Medical, but we've also been very happy with Drs. Linn, Boal, Brinkley, and Perlman whenever we haven't been able to get in to see Dr. Gerwein. Their practice used to be a bit frustrating, but they've actually really impressed us lately with communications and ease of reaching them. http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/location/bayside-medical-group-berkeley

    Assuming you don't have Kaiser, we love Karin Schiffman. She is in private practice. Very evidence based practice. Never had to wait more than a few minutes for an appointment. Appointments don't feel rushed (she'll often spend 30 mins with you). Gives you her cell phone number for after hours calls. Since she is in solo practice we have had to use Urgent Care a few times on the weekend, but we are okay with that. 

    Lisa Kalar at Berkeley Pediatrics is fantastic. We’ve been nothing but thrilled with her care, and the practice is pretty good in general too. 

  • My daughter is starting 5th grade in a Berkeley public school, and she needs to have a report of health examination here. We have just arrived from France and hence have a french health insurance policy (not sure whether they will reimburse for a health examination here, as this is not an emergency situation). The school gave the number of City of Berkeley Public Health services but no-one is on the phone to answer so I could get an appointment with a physician..Do you recommend physicians that would do this examination for my daughter at a reasonable price?

    Thank you

    Try Life Long Médical.  I think they take most insurance , and are in the business of serving people who don’t have insurance.  Plus their doctors are amazing. 

    You can simply ask any physician's office for the private pay fee for the exam. There may also be a fee for completing the school forms. In our clinic (not the specialty you need) we have a private pay fee schedule and offer a cash discount. Lifelong clinics are accustomed to working with folks in different financial situations and, although they keep very busy and it'll be a challenge to get an appointment, they are good folks and your daughter will get good care. Keep this situation in mind, though, if you don't have insurance coverage for routine care while your daughter is in school here, you should have a plan for things like seeing a doctor for flu, vaccines, etc.
     

  • I'm looking for a great doctor in either Oakland or San Leandro for my 2 year old and 4 year old. Thank you in advance!

    There's a great pediatrician in San Leandro. He has consulted with us about our kids' illnesses several times over the years. He's kind of a hippie, in that soft-voiced, chill, and kind way. He adores kids, and gets their trust quickly. His practice is well-established, his staff is sweet and kind, too. His name is Arnold Blustein, you can see his pic on yelp. 510-352-2425

  • We recently moved to Richmond from out of state and need a pediatrician for our 12-month old son. We have HealthNet Blue and Gold insurance in case anyone has a similar policy and could recommend pediatricians in Richmond, El Cerrito or north Berkeley. Thanks very much!

    We've been going to Berkeley Pediatrics on Walnut St for 18 years and have Health Net Blue and Gold. My daughter will be sad when she ages out of pediatrics. They have been great. As she got older, it has been important to have a doctor of the same gender, so keep that in mind for later.

    We go to Berkeley Pediatrics and have Dr. Katrina Michel as our pediatrician.  I'm not sure if they accept your insurance, but they are a great clinic.  I've seen/spoke to a few of the doctors there (when my doctor wasn't available) and they have all been very courteous and informative.  I've only had positive experiences with them and would highly recommend their clinic. 

    I like Berkeley Pediatrics. I went there as a child and now my daughter goes there. Nothing but good experiences

  • Pediatricians in Sutter East Bay network?

    (5 replies)

    Hi, we are due with our first child in the next two months, so are the hunt for a pediatrician.  We currently use Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation for our OBGYN, so figured maybe it is best to stay within the network. Thus, I would love any recommendations.  Also, it looks like there are some threads about Berkeley Pediatrics, so curious if there is much of a difference between the two practices.

    Thanks for the help,

    Andrea

    We really like our doctor Karin Schiffman. She is in solo practice. Very evidence based advice. I've never had to wait to an appointment. You can call her at night and weekends with issues. 

    I just had my first in June and we went with Dr Swearingen. She has been great at answering emails (or her team) and takes time to explain everything and answer all our (ok my) first time parent crazy questions. Since it is a big practice we have seen a couple other peds but we like her the best so far. 

    We've been using Karin Schiffman for our almost 1-year-old daughter from the very beginning. She's very caring and takes the time to follow up by phone on more serious issues. Compared to Sutter, having a one-person practice is so rare and special these days. 

  • Hi, 
    My family is moving to Berkeley (Elmwood) next week and would love recommendations for pediatricians. We're currently at UCSF in SF. They're affiliated with Berkeley Pediatrics, so if you have anything good or bad to say about them, please let me know. 

    We have twin 1yo's and a 4 yo. We're a 2-mom family, so LGBTQ family-friendly is essential. 

    Thanks!
    Shannon

    We have been with Berkeley Pediatrics for 17 years. If you stay that long, your children will eventually want a doctor of their same gender. Maybe start off by meeting with Dr. Franks, who is helpful as she is also an experienced mom, but all the doctors there are completely friendly and competent.

    We love Dr. Michel at Berkeley Pediatrics! Really kind and thorough - and is always happy to answer any questions. Also if your kid is sick, I find that I can almost always get an appointment on the same day if you call in the morning when they open. 

    I have a newborn and just started at Berkeley Pediatrics with Dr. Learned who is rather young/new to the practice. I chose Berkeley Pediatrics because I like their approach, and like that they emphasize having your primary doctor see you as often as possible. So far we really like Dr. Learned (have had 2 visits). I would imagine you would find them completely welcoming to LGBT families but I can't speak to that directly. I also interviewed Sutter East Bay Pediatrics and liked them as well, but the doctor I met with splits her time between their Berkeley and Orinda offices, so I felt it might be harder to see one practitioner consistently. 

  • Pediatrician in Berkeley

    (10 replies)

    Hello- I would like to hear your favorite pediatricians! I have 4 year old and 6 month old boys and they are pretty healthy. I have Aetna and prefer in Berkeley area. Thank you!

    RE: Pediatrician in Berkeley ()

    We take our daughter to Berkeley Pediatrics. It's a really great practice with lots of capable Drs.

    RE: Pediatrician in Berkeley ()

    I recommend whomever is taking new patients at Berkeley Pediatrics on Walnut and Virginia. Our family have been patients there since birth, almost 17 years!

    RE: Pediatrician in Berkeley ()

    We love our pediatrician Karin Schiffman. She is in a solo practice, which we really like. I never feel rushed in my appointments, there is never a long wait, she responds quickly to emails via their online system and phone calls, the front staff is great and I've never had issues with billing. 

  • Hi - we are expecting our first child in January.

    We are hoping to find a pediatrician/pediatric group in the Glenview/Lakeshore/Piedmont/Pill Hill area who is an MD, but open-minded to alternative medicine, as well as less aggressive vaccination schedules.

    We have a PPO, so rec's for Kaiser docs wouldn't be helpful to us. ;)

    Thanks in advance!

    Did you check BPN's list of pediatricians and pediatric practices in Oakland? https://www.berkeleyparentsnetwork.org/advice/oakland-pediatricians   Lots o' pediatrician reviews there.

    We interviewed Dr. Maidenberg of Sage Pediatrics (http://www.sagepediatrics.com/) and really liked a lot about her practice but it was a little outside our means so went a more traditional path with Alameda Pediatrics (https://stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-clinics/alameda-pediatric-associa...) and love them. 

    The docs at East Bay Pediatrics are wonderful. Also wonderful? Vaccines!! Including the 2 month DTaP shot that helped my son survive "P" of DTaP (pertussis) when he was 3 months old. A "less aggressive" vaccination schedule would have left him completely vulnerable. Just something to think about as you make your vaccination decisions.

  • Hi all,

    We are new to Walnut Creek and expecting our first baby in January 2017.  Please let me know if you have recommendations for a good pediatrician in Walnut Creek.  Thanks!

    Hi!  Highly recommend Bayside Medical Pediactrics on Ygnacio Valley Road.  We have Dr Harry Huang for our sons care and Dr Debra Weiss for our daughters care.  We have used many of the doctors in this office (last minute illness appointments) and everyone is professional and kind and very willing to help.  They also offer a 24hr advice nurse which is very helpful in the middle of the night.  Congrats on your new baby and welcome to Walnut Creek!!

    Hi, we'be been seeing Dr. Charles Hanson in Walnut Creek for 15 years. He's one of the best doctors out there. 

  • Hello,

    I'm seeking recommendations for a new pediatrician in the North Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito Plaza area. My family has been with Bayside Medical Group for 10 years.  I have been very happy with their pediatric services, but I'm looking for something closer to home.

    Thank you for any recommendations.

    Our daughters have been patients at Kiwi Pediatrics for 8 years. We have been very happy with the care that they have received. The staff is always friendly and the doctors are very knowledgeable. They take a lot of time to answer questions and engage with our kids.  I have never felt rushed there.  The facilities are not fancy but do not let that deter you!  I highly recommend.

    Berkeley Pediatrics. All of the doctors are wonderful. We've liked Dr. SO and Dr. Lang in particular. They are bright, friendly, and genuinely care about our child and our family. Weekend help and after hours calls have been readily available to us. I can't recommend Berkeley Peds with more love or confidence. 

  • New Pediatrician in the East Bay

    (4 replies)

    Hello, We just moved to Albany and need to find a pediatrician ASAP for our 4 kids (7, 5, 3, 4 months). The youngest needs shots in a week for her 4 month appointment and I don't want to mess with her shot schedule. Any recommendations for a good family pediatrician in Albany/ Berkeley/ El Cerrito? Thanks in advance!

    We love Karin Shiffman. She has a solo practice, located near Alta Bates. 

    We love love love our pediatrician -- Dr. Karin Schiffman. She's in private practice in South Berkeley and I believe she's accepting new patients.

    We have been seeing Dr. Petra Landman since 2004. My kids, now 15 and 17, still go to her and Dr. Landman has been perfect at adjusting and meeting them "where they are" developmentally since they started at 3 and 5. Both kids, boy and a girl, are comfortable. She gives us all the information we need and in a clear fashion. Her office, with Sutter East Bay is on Milvia, just south of Dwight. She asks about diet and health habits, school, developmentally appropriate questions about friends, school, and now - drugs and sexuality. We have a good experiece throughout their childhood.