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Dr. Monica C. Martin, MD

Gynecologist, OB-GYN, Acupuncturist

New York, NY

About Dr. Monica C. Martin

(PLEASE SEND YOUR INSURANCE ID# when you book an appointment.) When Visiting Dr. Monica C. Martin’s midtown Manhattan gynecology practice are just as likely to see a set of acupuncture needles in the exam room as they are an ultrasound machine. Martin has been incorporating this traditional Chinese medical treatment since the late 1990s and says it’s been a godsend for patients suffering from painful conditions such as endometriosis. “Sometimes with traditional medicine there’s nothing more you can really do,” says Martin, a physician with more than 25 years of experience in gynecology and obstetrics. “There is a point where traditional medicine stops and acupuncture can begin to help.” In addition to mitigating pain, Martin uses acupuncture to foster relaxation, boost the immune system and reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Her patients, many who are of African-American or Caribbean heritage, are often skeptical of the idea of acupuncture at first. “I have to coax them,” Martin says. “I show them what the needle looks like, that it’s not the same as the needle that draws blood.” After a reassuring explanation and a trial with just a couple of needles, many are ready to embrace the treatment. Martin has sought out specialized training in Eastern medicine to ensure her patients are receiving expert care. She’s a certified acupuncturist in New York State and a member of the American College of Acupuncture for Physicians and Dentists. She bolstered these credentials by gaining hands-on experience working in a medical clinic in Central China. Those in Martin’s care also have the opportunity to explore the healing power of Chinese herbs, teas and vitamins, which are also available in her office. Combining Eastern and Western medicine supports Martin’s efforts to treat the entire patient, not just her reproductive health issues. It’s a philosophy she wishes more physicians would embrace. She says many specialists don’t think about how their treatments may impact other aspects of a patient’s health. For example, when a doctor prescribes antibiotics to treat a sore throat, a female patient can become more susceptible to a yeast infection. “We need to be more cognizant of the fact that it’s the whole body we’re dealing with,” says Martin. Martin’s passion for medicine was sparked as a young girl growing up in Jamaica. She often accompanied her mother, Mary Martin, to the doctor. At the age of nine, she witnessed her mother’s experience with surgery and recovery. Concerned about her mother’s wellbeing, Martin vowed to become a doctor to take care of her mother and to help others. After graduating from high school, Martin enrolled in medical school at the University of the West Indies. A trip to Delaware with a family friend opened her eyes to career possibilities in the United States. She transferred to Howard University, in Washington, D.C., to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry before going on to complete a medical degree at Brooklyn’s SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. Following a four-year residency with Columbia University and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, Martin spent about a year in the OB/GYN service at Harlem Hospital before opening her own office in Hempstead, New York. Since then Martin expanded her practice to include offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She made a name for herself as an expert in managing high-risk pregnancies and shared her medical knowledge on her own radio show on WLIB. In recent years, she’s scaled back her practice to focus solely on gynecology and maintains just the Manhattan office—a transition prompted by the need for more time to care for her ailing mother. Martin doesn’t regret the decision to ramp down. She says she wouldn’t be the doctor she is today without the encouragement of her mother, who passed away in 2013. The elder Martin instilled in her daughter the importance of never giving up, advice Martin has drawn upon throughout her medical career, especially as a physician who began incorporating Eastern medicine into her work before it was fully embraced by mainstream. “My mother used to tell me ‘You must do what you feel in your heart is the right thing to do'"

In-network insurances

  • Aetna
  • Caterpillar
  • Empire Plan

Specialties

  • OB-GYN
  • Acupuncturist
  • Gynecologist

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Education and training

  • Medical School - State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Doctor of Medicine
  • Columbia University, Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • German

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1427237478

Dr. Monica C. Martin's office location

Monica C. Martin, M.D.

630 3rd Ave, Suite 601

New York, NY 10017

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The entire process including the entire conversation was helpful and therapeutic.
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Dr Martin was very Informative and Professional.
Less than 3 months ago
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I can’t even put into text how incredible this experience was. I hadn’t been to the gynecologist in 3yrs bc my last experience SUCKED but I found Dr. Martin on here and she seemed like a good fit. Arriving at heroffice there was no wait and I was seen immediately. Everything was clean and nice and her personal office was beautiful and spacious. She has photos of her family all around, it just had such a homey vibe. She is so unbelievably kind and gentle and treats you like a person not just a patient. We chatted about so many things, she took her time, answered any questions I had, somehow even managed to make the Pap smear part of the exam pleasant. I have to go back in 2wks for a follow up and I’m no where near dreading it like I normally would because she was really that amazing. I can’t explain how happy I am to have found her, she’s absolutely perfect. I’ve been telling my friends about her since I left her office! Would definitely recommend to any and everyone.
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Can’t say enough good things about my visit with Dr. Martin. She was so kind and helpful and spent so much time with me.
Less than 3 months ago
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Dr. Monica Martin is an exceptional gynecologist. She is very thorough and intensive, making sure she goes beyond the surface to resolve the problem. I remembered having severe pelvic and menstrual pains in 2016 and she saved my life. I havenot met another OBGYN like her and I will return back to her once again.
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Dr. Martin is a warm, friendly, professional with wide-ranging interests and an old school style, an acupuncture license, and an office full of plants and family photographs. She took her time to take the history of my presenting problem anddid her own phlebotomy like an old time doctor who makes house calls. After too many experiences with sterile, impersonal medical care from providers who did not care about me or take the time to listen, it was truly a pleasure to have an appointment with Dr. Martin.
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Great compassionate doctor Went for a gynecological annual check up - she made me feel comfortable and safe
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I’m so glad I found her. She’s absolutely the best doctor I’ve ever had. She’s very motherly and gives great advice woman to woman.
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Dr. Martin is so wonderful. She made me feel so comfortable and relaxed during my appointment! She was very thorough and made sure she explained everything she was doing. 10/10 would recommend!
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Martin truly believes in holistic health care. She spent extra time talking to me about my concerns and explained ways in which I can improve my wellbeing. It was a pleasure to visit her office and I'd recommend her toall of my friends. She's also very warm and considerate--a true professional!
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Monica is absolutely amazing. She is very friendly and understanding of any problems you might be having. I was so happy that she was able to see me so last minute and made me feel so comfortable in her office. I highly recommend her and will be seeing her again!
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I had a great visit with Dr. Martin. I was seen promptly after walking in. She had excellent bedside manner and took the time to talk to me about my issues. I would definitely recommend to a friend!
More than 1 year ago
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I really wanted to like Dr. Martin, but one thing after another went wrong in her office. She showed up *literally* two hours late for my appointment, after her staff saying she was just a few minutes away every twenty minutes.When I finally got in to see her, one of her staff came into the examination room without knocking -- while my gown was COMPLETELY open. They HAD A CONVERSATION while I was sitting there with my chest entirely exposed. Dr. Martin was very kind and knowledgable, but the complete lack of professional standards was beyond appalling. I would never ever go back (even though she only gave me a 6 month supply of birth control so I would *have* to go back -- needless to say, I found another doctor) and would strongly caution anyone else against doing so.
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Sweet lady but not a good doctor I'm sorry. She told me to come back to do a pap, then upon my return she told me she accidentally submitted it already. She kept opening the door with my vagina still ondisplay. And now that I'm looking at my insurance bill, she did my STD test without testing for HIV or herpes.
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Waited for over an hour. Had to call muiltiple times to find out test results. Would not recommend.
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Dr. felt the need to discuss my personal business loud enough that with a closed door I could hear her and so did the other patients and staff. Very unprofessional
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Dr. Martin is one of the most genuine and caring doctors I have ever met. I highly recommend her.
More than 1 year ago
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I wish I could write a nicer review here because when I actually did manage to see Dr. Martin, she was very nice. However, in three separate appointments, I had to wait for more than an hour to see her. Herstaff is extremely unprofessional and the office staff are simply rude. Additionally, Dr. Martin kept forgetting who I was and what treatments she'd already given me. She would often recommend something we'd already tried and then have to check my chart to remember that. I eventually ended up having to switch doctors at which point her staff became quite difficult in regards to getting me a release form.
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I waited about three hours to see the doctor. It was my first time at a gyno and she made me feel comfortable. I explained my concerns and she was very assuring that it was nothing out of the ordinary. howeverat the end of the visit i was told that my insurance was not accepted. i was confused being that i only look for doctors within my network on zocdoc, and she was one of the options. overall not a bad visit, the only downsides were the horrible wait time and the curveball about the insurance which threw me off.
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Dr. Martin is extremely nice person, very kind and professional.
More than 1 year ago
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She is the sweetest doctor you will ever meet. Patient, kind, funny and knowledgeable. Makes you feel super comfortable which is always great when you go to an OB/GYN. Definitely, someone, I would recommend.
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Dr Martin was amazing She even called me the next day to check on me! Unheard of! Thank you so much for your genuine care and support
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I had a very traumatic experience the last time I went to a gynecologist and so I've been avoiding going for three years. In the middle of my exam with Dr.Martin I began to have a panic attack from the traumaof three years ago. Dr. Martin saw this, stopped the exam, calmly told me to breathe and reassured me that I'll be okay. She waited until my breathing normalized and helped comfort me in a way that I never expected from a doctor. She is an angel on earth, well worth any wait. She treats you as a human, not a number or just another appointment. Dr. Martin truly cares for her patients, as evident from the smile on everyones face when leaving her office. Who knew such an uncomfortable visit to the doctor could leave me feeling so beyond grateful! Thank you, Dr. Martin!
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Dr Martin is an amazing OB and I can't express how much I appreciate her. She is caring, sweet and made me very comfortable with exams. She doesn't deliver babies anymore but I am going to France in January to havethe baby there so I don't mind. Highly recommend !
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I've seen her 3 times. She is awesome, compassionate.
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My visit was very good. Dr. Martin was very informative and thorough. She answered all of my questions and concerns.
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Dr. Martin is very thorough and knowledgeable. She takes the time to get to know you. She is sensitive to her patients needs.
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Dr Martin was kind and compassionate She had a gentle and respectful manner and she attended to my complicated history with patience and empathy She was positive and supportive and even though I was in great pain I felt optimistic afterseeing her This was my first visit and I will definitely go back and consider Dr Martin as my gynecologist I recommend her with the highest praise
More than 1 year ago
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The wait was a little long, but it was worth it! Dr. Martin is a very caring and concerned doctor. She took time to explain in detail exam results and really set my mind at ease. I would really recommend her.
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Dr. Martin was very kind, informative and relaxed in her treatment. In terms of front desk staff, her nurse was kind, but didn't dominate her job very well and the other receptionist was rather rude when I arrived. The office isnot very modern and is a bit cluttered, but Dr. Martin seemed quite competent nonetheless.
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She is very polite and truly caring. She definitely went above and beyond on what I would expect in terms of doctors going out of their way to make it easier for their patients - following up with labs, and hospitalspersonally to ensure that I have results as soon as possible in a stressful time, and truly taking the time to see and talk me through a tough time. Only downside was that she doesn't do deliveries etc anymore so you have to go to another doctor later.
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Super nice, loved her. Very understanding and pleasure to have as a doctor.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Martin is the kind of doctor people dream of. She takes her time with you and explains every thing. She actually has conversations with you about your overall health and is clear and honest. She is so knowledgeable and willingto take all the time you need to listen to you and then give you her advice. The office is very simple but that is perfectly okay because the service and care she delivers is outstanding. I have definitely found a gynecologist for life, or at least until she retires :). I plan on making an appointment for an acupuncture session with her.
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Dr. Monica Martin is the GYN everyone has been waiting for. Personable, Attentive and knows her stuff. She is definitely worth waiting for.
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Dr. Martin is a true professional! I would give her 10 stars if that was an option. She not only answered all my questions and concerns, but also did so without the least bit of hesitation or agitation. I DEFINITELY would RECOMMEND.
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I enjoyed Dr. Martin and think she's skilled and personable, but I waited so long to be seen it was almost comical. I would make an appointment if you have time to spare and aren't trying to rush anywhere. Still, overall positive experience.
More than 1 year ago
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This was the strangest experience ever. First of all, I waited for almost one hour before she even arrived. So I sat in a beautiful waiting room. Secondly, once I get into the her office, I notice the desk has nothingon it, not a computer, a pencil holder--absolutely nothing and the walls were bear. If her name were not on the wall outside the office, I would not have believed the office was hers. Thirdly, after filling out forms, submitting my Aetna ID and driver's license, giving urine to the office assistant, waiting for almost 2 hours the doctor informs me that she doesn't take Aetna. She's out of the network. Why didn't her assistant tell me that 2 hours prior?
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Great doctor but the wait is hateful.
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She is a great doctor! Loved how she treated me! Very friendly and polite! I recommend her any time, any day!
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Dr. Martin was absolutely amazing. She had great bedside manners. She explained everything to me before she did it. She even made me laugh a few times during the procedure, which is absolutely awesome. We chatted about life and she mademe feel completely comfortable around her. I was particularly impressed with her skills and acupuncture even though the sea. It's great to know that an MD has both Eastern and Western medicine skills.I can't even imagine seeing anybody else. I'm so glad I found her.
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I have recommended Dr. Martin to several friends already. That's how much I like her professional and bedside manner.
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She's so pleasant! I really like her and she made me feel very comfortable. There was an issue with her secretary and she handled it very well and all by herself. She's definitely my new gyn.
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Dr. Martin was very friendly! She was very accepting of my sexual orientation (bisexual). All of her staff were pleasant and helpful. She was able and more than willing to answer all of my questions. She provided a very thorough examinationwhich made me feel confident that my health was in good hands. The wait time was long but well worth it for this doctor so schedule your appointment on a day you don't have any other obligations.
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Although the wait time may be long, Dr. Martin makes it up by being one of the most sincere doctors out there. She not only takes the time to listen to your health concerns, but she actually cares and shows it.Plus, she has the additional knowledge of acupuncture, which sets her apart from other doctors. I wish that there were more doctors just like her!
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Great! Super nice and helpful
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Martin is amazing!
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She's very thorough and caring. Although she's not within my network I feel the level of care and concern she exhibits is well worth it. ????
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Dr. Martin takes the time to make sure you get the proper care. She is a wonderful doctor and I highly recommend her. She and her staff are extremely accommodating and knowledgeable and they made me feel safe and well taken care of during my visits.
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Dr. Martin was the best doctor I've ever met. She's not intimidating and she answered all my questions clearly. She made me feel that I was not just another patient, but a human being who needed help.
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Dr. Martin is great! She is professional, funny, and she has a lot of information to share. Awesome!
More than 1 year ago
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