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pellegrino

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I'm fairly new to the Portland area. I actually grew up in the suburbs and am now living in Wilsonville. I was diagnosed with celiac two years ago while living in Chicago. I saw some great doctors at Northwestern's Center for Integrative Medicine and the University of Chicago's Celiac Disease Center within the first few months I was diagnosed (had the blood test, endoscopy, a bone density scan, CT scan, food intolerance testing, etc.), but haven't been checked since. I have health insurance once again (through Aetna now) and am looking for docs in the area.

I've found a lot of great information through these forums and looked through some previous posts on the topic, but wanted to start an updated one. As far as gastroenterologists go, Dr. Alan Kaynard at The Oregon Clinic seems to come up a lot, maybe he's the best? Not sure if he's accepting new patients though, I'd have to call. I don't mind a drive to see a good gastroenterologist, but I'd like to find an internist who is familiar with celiac closer to Wilsonville, as this is the doctor I'd like to see when I'm sick, when I probably won't feel like driving 30-40 minutes downtown. I loved the folks at the Center for Integrative Medicine in Chicago, and when I saw most of the doctors and nurse practitioners there (excluding the naturopaths) the visits were covered by the insurance I had at the time. I'm wondering if there's a similar place here.

I saw mention of a Dr. Ben Pataroque in Tualatin as an internist. I would definitely love an internist who also has a naturopathic focus (like the folks I saw at the Center for Integrative Medicine), who would also be covered by my insurance. I've seen mention of Dr. Char Glenn at Nob Hill Internal Medicine Clinic, though I think that may be a bit too far for me. I checked her website out too, it doesn't look very professional, though that doesn't mean she isn't.

I've also seen mention of naturopath Noel Peterson at the Center for Traditional Medicine in Lake Oswego, who also sounds pretty great. But my insurance doesn't cover much in the way of naturopathic doctors, so I don't think I'll try to find one, because I just can't afford it. I'd also like to be tested for food allergies (and intolerances again). This was last done by the naturopath I saw in Chicago, but I'd love it if I could find an internist here who could order these tests, so my insurance would cover the visits and tests.

Any other recommendations? Which doctors are you currently seeing? Do you like them? Who have you seen that you haven't liked, and why? Thanks in advance for any help!

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Hello,

I am trying to find a celiac disease knowledgeable general doctor at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago. My daughter is a student in Chicago, that is celiac disease and now Dairy free as well. She needs a good internist that can keep up with her changes. Her Gastro doctor seems to only do biopsies and hospital procedures, not much in the followup. She has to use public transportation, which makes Univ. of Chicago Celiac Center a poor option.

Any help?

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I've seen mention of Dr. Char Glenn at Nob Hill Internal Medicine Clinic, though I think that may be a bit too far for me. I checked her website out too, it doesn't look very professional, though that doesn't mean she isn't.

I see Dr. Glenn. I adore her. She spends a lot of time with her patients, is very supportive and caring. I agree, the website isn't great-I don't think they keep up with it. I would say, if you are able to get an appointment with her, give her a try. She is very difficult to see though, and last I heard, she wasn't taking new patients. Also, if you're an 'in and out' kind of patient, she's not for you, and she'll tell you that on your first visit. She spends so much time with her patients that if you have an afternoon appt, you'll most likely have to wait, she's routinely late, but worth every minute. I've seen her partner once when she was out of town and I really liked him as well. The office is really easy to get to. I-5n to I-405n. At Good Samaritan hospital in the Alphabet district. Fun to plan your appointment around some shopping on 23rd ;)

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