Hi all,

I am really bummed because my coverage is changing from blue cross to Kaiser (through work) and now I have to switch endos. I have been through a couple of endos in my life and I had finally found one I LOVE and now I have to switch.

Can anybody recommend a endo at Kaiser Walnut Creek or Vallejo? I am looking for one with a positive attitude that understands are BG's can be roller coasters at times and is just understanding of the difficulties we face.

Thanks :)

Amanda

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I don't have any referrals to share but will be watching to see if anyone else has one! I am new to Kaiser too, in Petaluma, and so far am not impressed with their approach to the D. On my first visit I was told by my new GP (the only one they had who is still accepting new patients) that not only will it be next to impossible for me to lose weight, ever, but that I should not expect to be able to lower my A1C either -- these things only deteriorate over time, but luckily there are many medications to try ...

Blah. My last doctor was so supportive of the dietary and exercise changes I was trying to make earlier on in my diagnosis. This one seems to believe that there's no point in doing any of that -- just sign up for more pills and/or injectables.

Anyway. Best wishes to you and I hope you find what you need!
I see Pamela Kershner at Kaiser Walnut Creek--she's been my endo for about 11 years now. I can highly recommend her. She is very compassionate.
I'm so sorry Amanda that you had to switch. Kaiser is great for some things, but I haven't found them helpful when it comes to my diabetes. I have had bad luck with the endos at Kaiser...they don't want to think outside of the box, and basically refused to listen to me...a lay person...about my difficulties with my diabetes. Basically, Kaiser has made me feel like a failure. So, I am paying lots of money out of pocket to see an Endo in Palo Alto who is listening to me and trying new things to help me get in control. I'd also like to know a name of a good Endo at Kaiser! Best wishes Amanda!

Paula
I highly recommend:
Endo: Craig Sadur, Kaiser WC and Pleasanton
CDE: Sharon Palmer, Kaiser WC and Pleasanton
Thanks everyone. I have been trying to call the endo center in Walnut Creek for 2 days now and I have left a message but they don't seem to call back. A little frustrating.
Sue Stephens is the Endo at Kaiser Vallejo......she helped keep me in line for almost 10 years, then I had to change insurance....just about killed me....now I am back, and after 3 years of no appointments, she remembered me and my kids. Her team seems really on the ball, too. I can't say enough good about her.
You may find more success with talking to Sharon Palmer, the WC/Pleasanton CDE at Kaiser. Another great endo is over at Fremont, Dr. Hom.

Above all with any endo, as a patient you need to lead the visit and ask questions and communicate that you are OK why what they are saying and if they are not leading you to help to better manage D then tell them. Don't beat around the bush or think that they will manage your D for you. The endo is an advisor, not the leader of the management of your D.

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