Dr. Natalie Karishev, MD

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3021 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA, 94705

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Dr. Karishev was born in the Ukraine and was trained in Russia with a focus on primary care internal medicine. She worked as the district physician in Arkhangelsk, Russia for more than 12 years, with primary responsibility for the outpatient, inpatient, and public health needs of the community. Upon moving to the US in 1996, she first gained employment as a software engineer in different companies in Bay Area, but has since then returned to clinical medicine by passing all certification exams. Her volunteer work included research coordination in Stanford University Lymphedema clinic. She had her three year residency training at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine residency, Maine, and after successful graduation in 2009 came back to San Francisco. After the residency she worked at Novato Care Center as a family physician, and also in urgent care clinics of Marin County.

She is married, has two adult children, and takes care of her elderly father.

Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, reading.

Family medicine for her is the opportunity to encounter wide spectrum of health problems, to manage health conditions of several generations of patients, to be universal specialist, to provide of continuity of care. She enjoys listening the patients' stories. She helps patients to understand importance of prevention of diseases, and she strongly believes that team work of physician, patient, and family is the way of successful medicine.

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Pleasant. Addressed all of my concerns.

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Visit was primarily to determine if I would retain Dr. Karishev as an alternative to my current family practitioner, who is closing her practice. I was suitably impressed and will call on Dr. Karishev in the future.

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Maybe I was there on an off day this year, but I felt like I was having a hard time being heard at this appointment. I kept having to repeat myself but with little acknowledgement of what I was saying. I found this very surprising and unlike my previous experience. Additionally I noticed I was being told things about my health without any actual questions about me or my lifestyle being asked first. This was a strange visit.

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Dr. Karishev was very thorough and respectful. She took the time to address all of my concerns, and she helped me feel that I was in good hands.

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The appointment was a bit rushed at the end. I wanted to bring up another issue but I decided to put it off until the next appointment.

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I was very nervous for my first appointment. By the end, I felt comfortable and at ease. Dr. Karishev was nice and friendly. I felt like she listened and made sure all the bases were covered during my visit. She answered my questions and was through in her explanations. I felt very well cared for by her and I am happy that I found her.

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Dr. Karishev is very thorough. She listens, but doesn't waste time getting to the important issues. I respect her expertise.

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I am a 21 year female from New York, i moved here a year ago and had been through somewhere around 4 doctors in the bay area since, i like to be well informed and i am extremely involved in my health and what medications i am on.. I have ADD, severe anxiety and some other health issues.. I understand these issues and have spent years researching them so i need a doctor that will listen to me and trust my word, i have found it extremely hard to find a doctor that did not seem overwhelmed by me as a patient. I felt so comfortable with Dr. Karishev, there was not a moment that i felt judged and i did not find her to be the least bit uncomfortable with all that i had to say yet she also would correct me if i was wrong.. She js absolutely amazing and i am so happy i found her, she was so warm and so informative!

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Overall, the visit was pleasant though I had to wait about 20 minutes to be seen. I had a few things I wanted to talk about but there wasn't time for everything, which was somewhat disappointing. I will have to make another visit to discuss the rest of my concerns with Dr K.

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Dr. Karishev is kind, patient, and thorough. She makes me feel respected and well cared for.

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It was helpful.

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Dr. Karishev herself was great. She was very kind and patient, but also efficient. She made lots of jokes to put me at ease, but also conveyed all the information I needed to understand my health. She was willing to sit with me and answer any questions I had, and explain a lot of contingencies. But I also want to majorly shout out her PA, Sarah, who was incredibly warm and helpful. She put me at ease right away and even if I hadn't liked Dr. Karishev, I think I'd go back to this office just for Sarah!

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Dr. Karishev was very personable, attentive to details of my symptoms and persistent with followup questions for points of concern, not letting me gloss over anything. Her advice was clear and candid, with context and followup information.

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Very knowledgeable doctor and a very pleasant person.

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She was wonderful! I liked that the office is set up in a residential neighborhood in what looks like an old house that they converted to a doctor office. It made the visit feel comfortable like I was in a home, not a sterile white lab. Everything was clean and cozy, and Dr. Karishev herself is a warm person. She was very honest when speaking with me, and it reminded me of the way a caring mother would speak. I liked her right away, and was comfortable asking her questions knowing I would get a good, direct answer.

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This visit was comical. I'm 45 years old. The Doctor told me that I had shrunk 2.5 inches and that I'm obese (even though I wear a loose six 6). She was incorrectly coverting the metric system! She ordered tests but I never heard back from anyone....It was so terrible I posted it on face book as a joke.

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Dr Karishev is responsive to questions and easy to work with.

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Thorough, informed, well-reasoned, professional, charming, and funny. I found my new doctor.

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Dr. Karishev has been attentive and caring to my elderly parents during their initial visit with the Dr. She appears to have a plan on how to move forward and we left satisfied that they are in good hands.

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Dr. Karishev really listens and takes time with you. Plus she laughs at your jokes. :-)

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She seems compassionate, smart and thorough

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Dr. Karishev was professional, thorough, and kind. She took the time to listen to all my concerns and answered all my questions. The office staff were also extremely friendly and helpful.

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Pleasant.

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Dr. Karishev was incredibly smart and also kind. Great doctor.

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She was dismissive and disrespectful. The awkward end to a frustrating consultation: she did not think to leave to let me get dressed. I will not be back.

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Efficient and kind.

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She goes the extra mile to make sure you're healthy.

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She was very nice. And I got all I wanted.

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Despite being rushed (not a huge deal, I come from a Kaiser background so I'm used to feeling rushed in a Dr. visit) she was very thorough and blunt without being condescending. She also offered to refer me to a specialist if I wanted to spend the money and time, but advised me to the best of her knowledge. I LOVE it when a Dr. tells you with confidence what they know and what they dont. I have had so many bad experiences with Dr.s who insist they know all there is to know about what is or is not wrong, only to find out later they had missed the mark completely. Dr. Karishev is thorough, well informed, and honest. I'm keeping her as my GP unless my coverage changes.

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I am impressed with Dr. Karishev. I have been looking for a primary care physician since my doctor of many years retired in December. I was getting somewhat discouraged as I talked to several and had not found someone I felt confident about. Dr. Karishev is smart, caring, efficient, knowledgeable and a careful, non-judgmental listener. I am a happy woman.

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I felt like she saw me as a number rather than a person. I felt like she was pushing a certain lifestyle on me that I'm not comfortable with.

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My only negative comment would be that she doesn't really listen when I speak. The overall concept I am trying to communicate is addressed, but she interrupts me as I am trying to explain details and assumes she knows what I am asking when she neglects the point I am trying to make. It was frustrating to make it a conversation.

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Dr Karishev was very nice and she patiently listened while I explained several issues that I was experiencing. She seemed to have a great sense of humour and was very kind. I only had to wait a couple of minutes to see her, and her support staff were friendly and helpful.

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Dr. Karishev left me multiple voice mail messages alerting me to alarming test results that did not end up being true. This was an extremely scarring experience I would not recommend going back to this doctor.

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I was very impressed with Dr. Karishev. She was thorough and answered all my questions and gave me appropriate referrals as needed.

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Dr. Karishev took the time to listen and was patient with my questions. She supplied me with information and allowed me time to make decisions which made me feel I actually get to participate in my health. Just as importantly, her support staff was just as friendly, professional and efficient.

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Very thorough and attentive physician. She is also at ease with technology. Everything is going straight to computer, and you get a written treatment plan print out at the end of the visit. The prescriptions are done electronically to your preferred pharmacy, so you just pick up on the way home.

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good, attentive, wize doctor

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I thought she was great. I had an annual check up and I thought she took the time to speak with me about my general health history and other minor ailments.

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