Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa CA - Help!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by LdyM, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. LdyM

    LdyM New Member

    Hello all,

    Does anyone know of a PCP at the Santa Rosa, Calif. Kaiser that is knowledgeable about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? I'm batting zero!!

    Or for that matter, ANY doctor there that you could recommend? Gyn, Opti, etc. Thank you..

    **LdyM

    [This Message was Edited on 03/18/2011]
  2. donnaba

    donnaba New Member

    Gordon medical in santa rosa has several mds who can treat cfs, but they don't accept insurance.
  3. redhummingbird

    redhummingbird New Member


    Kaiser Santa Rosa is horrible about acknowledging these illnesses. You should expect a referral to their psychiatry dept. They all believe it is a psychosomatic illness to be treated with anti depressants.

    I would recommend Gordon Medical if you are able to pay out of pocket.

    I used to work at this Kaiser so I know how they think. It's not good.

    Best of luck to you...
  4. LdyM

    LdyM New Member

    How discouraging. I do thank you for the information though.

    GMA is now out of the question financially, although I have seen the excellent Jane Kennedy previously.

    Can you point me toward anyone in general (disregarding CFIDS/Lyme) that is good? I'm in the market for a PCP, a GYN, an Opthamologist, and a Neurologist.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated red...

    **LdyM
  5. JayJayO

    JayJayO New Member

    Well I've been batting zero down here in Southern California for about a year. No PCPs and not even various specialists, so far.

    Even called Member Services for help...nada. Asked every doctor I've been passed off and around to if he/she was familiar or had had any experience treating anyone with it...no. Okay, then, had they heard of someone else, of even heard OF someone else who MAY or even someone who might possible be just interested even without any previous experience... no. Asked some others who I thought might be downstream recipients or somehow come across one or more CFS patients (mental health psychologists, dietician, physical therapist) and get wind of someone that way... no. There seems to be be no method Kaiser has for them to figure anything like that out. If it's not a recognized specialty--like being a Board Certified XYZ, then there's no way for them to know.

    Maybe Kaiser as a whole just doesn't believe it exists at all. And there may be some of their member who have it but can't get it recognized as such. I wonder if they just label CFS patients as hypochondriacs or something else. Just statistically, there should be SOME kaiser members who have it so SOMEBODY should have had some experiences treating a CFS patient!

    Please let me know if by some miracle you find one!!! And especially if they know of another one anywhere in SoCal Kaiser!

    Oh, but also check the message board Archives. I searched the Archives and t seemed like a few years ago maybe someone had some good luck with a Kaiser doctor in the Walnut Creek area?

    GOOD LUCK!!

    JJ
  6. LdyM

    LdyM New Member

    I may have some good news for you JJ. I had a Kaiser doctor who believes CFS exists when I lived in Los Angeles! I lived in Los Feliz from 1998 until 2007 and my Kaiser was the one there on Sunset Blvd.

    I DID find a PCP at that Kaiser who acknowledged CFS and somewhat understood it! He is Jimmy Hara, MD. He recognized the seriousness of CFIDS enough to sign off my jury duty summons, etc.

    Can you go to that LA Kaiser from Pasadena? He would be a start anyway.

    Still struggling in Santa Rosa. **LdyM
  7. inprog

    inprog Member

    I know its a drive but at least you might have a better chance at the SF Kaiser. I used to live in the city and used that hospital before CFS though but found the best specialists there including a dermatologist and cardiologist. Sometimes one can find the best doctors by seeing other doctors there. Found the cardiologist from the eye doctor there. Found the Derm doc from the Cardiologist. Doctors have friends who know of people with CFS. They also know who is open and not open to stuff. Just a thought. Even the Obgyn is worth asking. Never know.
  8. LdyM

    LdyM New Member

    I wish!!
    I regret that neither I or my vehicle would make it to San Francisco. I do appreciate the idea however. And I will begin asking doctors for suggestions for other doctors. Thank you inprog.

    **LdyM
  9. destinygsmom

    destinygsmom New Member

    I have CFS/FM, read my post to find out more; post me back, love to chat.
  10. LdyM

    LdyM New Member

    Bump to JayJayO
  11. igotfm

    igotfm New Member

    Hello

    I saw a great Dr @Kaiser Santa Rosa by the name of Steven H Olson he was great very kind and new his stuff, It was about a year ago . He was so nice and kind and very helpful. I now have a new INSUR, So I no longer go to Kaiser but check him out he was great. Good Luck ,
    Kathy
  12. LdyM

    LdyM New Member

    Thank you SO much Kathy!

    Can you perhaps recommend a GYN or Opthamologist or Neurologist at Santa Rosa Kaiser? I am looking for them also.

    **LdyM
  13. lartistatigre

    lartistatigre New Member

    People fly in to see him. I did from Italy with no idea that CFS was what i had. Here he is in Denver:
    Theodore A. Henderson, MD, PhD is a principle with The Synaptic Space a Denver-based consulting firm on the medical and scientific aspects of functional neuroimaging. With expertise in SPECT imaging, The Synaptic Space is providing CereScan with top local experts in the field. Dr. Theodore Henderson is their lead consultant. His early research was on the development and organization of functional areas of the brain. He has trained in both Radiology and Psychiatry and completed a fellowship in Child Psychiatry. Dr. Henderson is committed to educating the public and the field of psychiatry about the present and future potential of neuroimaging in psychiatry. Dr. Henderson serves on the Brain Imaging Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and is one of only a few psychiatrists to hold this position. He is published both in neurobiology and psychiatry and has electronic publications in neuroimaging.

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/theodore-henderson-md-phd/18/13/982

    Go to him directly with out cerescan. He is expensive but worth it! Goodluck!
  14. lartistatigre

    lartistatigre New Member

    People fly in to see him. I did from Italy with no idea that CFS was what i had. Here he is in Denver:
    Theodore A. Henderson, MD, PhD is a principle with The Synaptic Space a Denver-based consulting firm on the medical and scientific aspects of functional neuroimaging. With expertise in SPECT imaging, The Synaptic Space is providing CereScan with top local experts in the field. Dr. Theodore Henderson is their lead consultant. His early research was on the development and organization of functional areas of the brain. He has trained in both Radiology and Psychiatry and completed a fellowship in Child Psychiatry. Dr. Henderson is committed to educating the public and the field of psychiatry about the present and future potential of neuroimaging in psychiatry. Dr. Henderson serves on the Brain Imaging Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and is one of only a few psychiatrists to hold this position. He is published both in neurobiology and psychiatry and has electronic publications in neuroimaging.

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/theodore-henderson-md-phd/18/13/982

    Go to him directly with out cerescan. He is expensive but worth it! Goodluck!