I saw Dr Hillary Lowenstein, largely due to this recommendation on Ample (thanks!). The experience was initially a little mixed but later turned good.
So the medical assistant asked me height and weight, I said "I'd rather not share that." She seemed caught off guard, recovered and said "well can I weigh you and not tell you?" I said "No thanks." She let it go. Dr Lowenstein did mention the impact of weight on sleep apnea a couple times, and the booklet she used had a whole page on weight loss and exercise. A nearly the end of the appointment she asks me for my weight. I again declined. She asked if my PCP knew my weight and I said yes.
But here is where it changed for the better. I asked her if she had heard of Health at Every Size, and she admitted she hadn't. But when I started to explain about it she really lit up. And up until this moment she was really dry and technical, but suddenly she was engaged and interested and had thoughtful things to say. I told her about fat liberation community and how we had to consult each other to even find providers we could feel safe going to for healthcare, how we might avoid healthcare, how diets don't work, how toxic shaming is. She was nodding and smiling and said she wanted to do better and know more. Then we started talking politics too (day after midterm election).
So not savvy, but really open. And I assume that I can expect good care from her that is not shaming. I bet her staff will keep asking me about my weight, which is what they are instructed to do.
Oh, the waiting room chairs easily fit my size 20 body and would probably be ok for folks a little bigger, but I only saw this one sad armless chair available. Plus there was something about botox that I scowled at in confusion.
Reviewed by Alissa SoboMon Oct 29 2018
I see Dr. Hillary Lowenstein. Early on, I mentioned to her that I believe in Health at Every Size and my GP, a HAES practitioner, and I have treatment plans surrounding this. She basically just kinda said "oh ok! sounds good" and hasn't bothered me about weight loss yet. I have sleep apnea, which is one of the dreaded fat people's diseases, and she has been very respectful of me as a human in spite of my small-fat size. We do talk a lot about all of the "healthy activities" I do that are also known to improve sleep generally, but I've always felt this was done with respect for my body. I always feel like Dr. Lowenstein listens really well to everything I say. she takes time with me. She makes sure all of my questions are answered. And she has this interesting, slightly dry and technical, yet kind, bedside manner that actually works really well for me. While I can't be sure that she won't ever harass someone because of their size, I do think that, in lieu of a better recommendation, she might be a good choice. The office waiting room does have some weird things up about cosmetic improvements, but I don't recall any being weight loss related.