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I've been going to this practice since I was about 16 years old (it was recommended by my doctor at the time, i'm 32 now). I never had any problems and for a regular gyno check up it suited my needs. They seemed friendly and easy to get to. Then when I turned 30 as if clockwork my period went from 5 days to 3. Concerned about this I went to Dr Molly Clark (who i've been seeing all these years), and asked her what this could possibly be. Her response to me was, "oh you should consider yourself lucky, many women would love to have a shorter period"... ok that may be so, but don't you think that something may be wrong or off that would all of the sudden after 18 years of menstruating my cycle is to change so drastically? She gave me no help what so ever. Then a friend of mine recommended Dr Margulies whom she's been seeing and really loved. So i switched to her. Dr Margulies seemed very impersonal (though nice). I've only seen her 2 times since the switch, but now i'm 10 weeks pregnant with my first child and I'm seriously re-evaluating staying with this practice. I have yet to see a doctor or have anyone examine me. They did take my blood to run the usual tests, but that's it. I have an ultrasound schedules for week 13 of my pregnancy, which will be the first time a doctor or anyone in the medical profession would look at my and the progress of my pregnancy. When I call with a concern i get a nurse practitioner. The doctors are too busy to actually speak to you directly. And even though my pregnancy is not considered high risk (as far as i know cause no doctor has seen me yet), I think it would be nice have have a little bit of personal care from your ob. To add to the mix i got a letter from About women by women stating that they've joined yet ANOTHER practice so they could have a better work life balance. Another practice = more doctors you don't know treating you.
Dr. Margulies is a great gynocologist.
I've been with her since she had her Lexington office.
I live out of state, but continue having her as my doctor.
I have never had a problem.
Pros: Easy to talk to.
I was having a great deal of pain and bleeding and I could not get the practice I had selected (ACROSS THE STREET FROM EMERSON HOSPITAL) to see me. Bleeding for 11 days and bent over in pain, and they refused to see me. AWBW had me in the next day and diagnosed my ectopic pregnancy and internal bleeding. Molly did a wonderful job with my surgery. I returned for the birth of my son, and recommended my sister to the practice, and who has had both her children with them. I will say that this practice (I go to Wellesley) has gotten very busy and they are clearly working on managing their growth, but this is still the best bunch of OBs I know about.
I have been using this practice a few years for regular exams. Since my marriage this past summer, my husband and I have been trying to conceive. A month before our marriage, I went in compaining about a pain and was told it was just a cyst and it will go away... The pain continued and felt pretty extreme at times. Then in September, I visited again because the pain would not go away; I had a ultra sound and it revealed a small cyst on each ovary and a 3.5cm fibroid. I was told not to worry about anything and the pain will go away. They knew my husband and I were very eager to have children and knew my age, 34, was a factor. Iwas told to come back after 6 month if we didn't conceive. Well, I came back for that reason and also because the extreme pain that was still occuring. Their suggestion was to obtain and HSG, bld test and then my husband would need to submit a seaman sample. Once that was done, then I would go on fertility drgs... Well, I explained because of our religious beliefs, it was a grave matter if he was to masterbate to obtain seaman and Dr. Marguiles responsed with a rude tone in her voice saying "show me where that is against the teaching of the Catholic faith." Then I also made note that certain fertility drgs are also against the Church's teaching and received another rude response. I was told they have many Catholics who come to their practice and they have no issues with the procedures. When I had called the nurse concerning the pain again, I was told I just must be one of those women who are sensitive to cysts. She and I also talked again about fertility and the nurse gave me a hard time too about my beliefs and my husband sinning... I had also been charting my cycle and when I brought it in for the doctor to review, she had no interest in looking at it. In the meantime, my bld test came back and I was told it was fine... Pain was still occuring and I went for another visit; The doctor did not do an exam but just talked to me. Then I received the bill and it said a pelvic exam was done. At this time I was crushed because I felt like I was being persecuted for my faith. When I went to another doctor, who was Catholic, he looked at my bld test and made note it was not and that I had a higher LH # than the FSH, which creates and issue with the brain communicating with the ovary; a contributing factor to infertility. Then I also found out from the new doctor, the pain I have been having is due to endometriosis, another thing that contributes to infertility, and he was baffled after reading the reports from About Women by Women. In their reports, it notes the constant complaint of pain but no treament. Then they were kind of enough to note that my husband is a "staunch Catholic" and refuses the analysis. A staunch Catholic, how about just Catholic. I believe this practice it for the women who want to use drgs for everything. The drgs end up hurting your body in the long run. I was abloe to find a doctor who is Catholic and whp practices the NaPro Technology, which is completely approved by the Church. This is a natural way of increases fertility and treating sub-feritility and infertility. The system has a higher success rate that the IVF and fertility drgs.
I thought why would an OB/GYN want to get into doing cosmetic procedures, Dr Margulies does botox and laser is offered in the office. so when I had my appt I asked, her response was that most women feel comfortable with their ob.gyn, and botox is used for other things beside cosmetic like excessive sweating, she loves taking care of women and wants them to feel good, and many do this by looking good.
Pros: alot of services offered
This office is great, it is large and can seem busy, but the staff is caring and knowledgable. doctors and nurses you can trust. The office offers lots for women, botox and laser (good prices) and getting these things done by a MD or RN makes me feel much more comfortable. Always easily accessible to ask ?'s. I would recommend this office to anyone.
Pros: everyone is great
I am pregnant with my first baby and am 13 weeks along and I have yet to see a doctor. I found this office online and know a person who delivered with these doctors and I wanted an office that is in between metro west and Boston. So far I have had 3 appointments and all have been mis scheduled or screwed up in some way. The reception staff may just be the rudest people I have ever come in contact with. I walk in the door and they do not even look at you as you approach the desk..just look straight ahead and talk to you like you're not even there. As a newly pregnant, first time patient here, I felt really uncomfortable and not welcome at all. The ultrasound technician was nice, but very robotic and quick. I have an appointment tentatively scheduled for today but my doctor may not even be coming into the office. I can't rely on this office and will most likely change offices in the next few days. If you can avoid About Women By Women, all the better for you. The doctors may be nice (i have yet to find out) but the first impression, reception staff, are terrible and not worth any of the hassle they put you through.
Pros: none so far
Cons: office staff
i have been a patient of Dr. Vasilakis for 5+ years, i switched to this practice with her. She has been an amazing doctor and watched me closely when i has pre-eclamspia with my first pregnancy, and gestational diabetes with my 2nd. She also helped me every step of the way when i had problems getting pregnant with my 2nd. My husband and i couldn't be more satisfied with the care i recieved. i feel blessed that Dr. Vasilakis was there to deliever both of my children.
i have recommended AWBW to my friends and family, and will continue to do so... especially Dr. Vasilakis.
Pros: wonderful doctors and staff, easy to get there
I have had four children, all delivered by about women by women. One of my daughters was born still 6 years ago. EVERY person in the office was so amazing during my incredibly painful and difficult experience. The doctors that I have the most experience with are Molly, Sharon and Allison. I have nothing but the best to say about them. They are all extremely professional and compassionate doctors. I am a nurse myself and would HIGHLY recommend this practice to anyone. Liz Bobby, one of the nurse practitioners is the most caring, warm, intelligent person I have ever met. Maricia, the ultrasound tech always asks about my children every time she sees me and seems genuinely interested. I am sorry for those who have had a negative experience. Through the 9 years and many many visits I have had to this office, I have never had a bad experience.
I have been seeing Dr Vasilakas for 5 + years and she is great. I wouldnt believe all the reviews about her. I wouldnt go to anyone else. I was sad when I moved away thinking I would have to replace her and the personal treatment I receive from her. I have followed her to this practice from her previous office. You can even call the late night answering service to get a prescription refilled. So convenient!
Pros: easy to get to and late night answering service to re-fill prescriptions
I had plenty of time in the cluttered waiting room to feel victim to every sales pitch imaginable from breast pumps and diaper bags to cosmetic surgery. My first exam at this clinic with Dr Vasilakas took all of 5 minutes. My experience of most first visits is more like 30 minutes giving a personal and family history. She didn?t ask about either not even when I expressed concern. My pelvic exam and pap were so fast I didn't even realize she did them. She spoke to me as if I was dirty and diseased (I am neither, I assure you) standing against the far wall of the room. When I tried to ask questions or raise concerns she was put out as if I was wasting her time. I'm a 43 year old cancer survivor. I've seen MANY doctors. Dr Vasilakas is one of the worst. Avoid her if you can.
Pros: I've heard good things about some doctors in the practice.
Cons: Unfortunately I saw Dr Vasilakas. I have nothing good to say about her.
I have been going to this practice for 15 years, so speak from experience. They have seen me through endocrine problems and infertility to possible cancer, and I have been thankful for their knowledge and experience every step of the way. I would recommend them to anyone - and have, even to my sister! I will be the first to admit, this is not the place for a small, highly personalized relationship with your physician. They are a large and busy practice. This being said, they have knowledgable, experienced physicians, many services available in-house, cutting edge technologies, and are highly involved in women's health and the greater community. The quality of a top of the line Boston practice in a suburb(easy to get to right off Route 9 - I still go there even though I now live 50 miles away).
Pros: many services in one place, experienced physicians, up-to-date knowledge and services
Cons: very busy, not terribly personal
Just wanted to throw my two cents in. I think the doctors and staff are excellent. Never had a bad experience with them, and I've been going for teh past 6 years. Highly recommended
Steer clear of this practice, especially Dr Vasilakas! The nurse practioners, while nice, don't always know what they are doing when they treat/prescribe an rx to you. The ladies at the front desk are just plain RUDE, and the ultrasound technician is terrible (she won't allow you to talk during your u/s!) and is an alarmist.
Please take care of yourself and don't choose this practice - there are many other offices and doctors that will take great care of you!
Pros: Deliver at NWH
Cons: Drs, u/s tech, office staff
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