Mohammand Shbeeb, Rheumatologist
Since the first day I walked in crying because of the pain, Dr.
Shbeeb has been considerate. If I have concerns prior to my
appointment, I e-mail him and he keeps a copy to answer while I
am there. My arthritis is genetic, and he has been very open
about that. Other Dr.'s have told me there is nothing they could
do for me and that my weight was the problem. He on the other
hand said I have Psoriatic Arthritis which has nothing to do
with my weight. The weight can aggrevate it, but it is not the
cause. He is understanding, gentle, and a complete sweetheart.
The waiting room has size friendly chairs. And best of all, he
does not make me weigh everytime I go! -- Danigran@aol.com
Dr. Siler, Gynecologist
I have only had one visit with her, but knowing how this type of
Dr. can be (I've been to over 30 Gyno's in my life), I
reccommend her. She did not batter me about my weight. She
mentioned it because of some questions I had. After the visit
she called me in her office and had a one on one chat for about
45 minutes. I felt very comfortable. The staff is very friendly.
Gerald Barber, General Practice Physician
Our Lady of the Lake Medical Plaza
7777 Hennessy Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70808 (504)767-7670
(Note: As of 4/98, Dr. Barber is not taking new patients. I had a
good experience at this office with Dr. Daigle, so he might be a
suitable replacement.) Dr. Barber is fat-friendly and very
conscious of cost containment. There is variable size seating in
the waiting area, and armless chairs are available. Dr. Barber's
exam room has a sturdy table, but beware the one in Dr. Dinh's
exam room. I've lifted the back end of it off the floor twice.
They have the correct size BP cuff, and will use it without
being asked to. -- Elizabeth Fisher (ElizBBW@aol.com)
Barbara Deming, GYN
Woman's Hospital Physician's Plaza, Suite 220
9000 Airline Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70815 (504)928-1824
*** FIRST OPINION ***
Dr. Deming delivered a baby for a 385 lb. friend, without making
an issue of her weight. A fat friend and I went for our first
appointments back to back (in case we needed to advocate for one
another), and both our appointments went very well. Dr. Deming
makes a practice of interviewing patients before examining them
the first time. She has gowns that fit us (we're both around 450
lbs.), and the table was sturdy and didn't come up off the floor
when either of us got on. She didn't even remark about having
both of us in the examination room at the same time. Her exam
was thorough, and she's using the new thin prep pap smear tests.
We both had good experiences with the rest of the staff too.
Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Armless chairs and sofas in the
waiting rooms. We weren't asked to weigh, and they automatically
used the correct BP cuff. -- Elizabeth Fisher (ElizBBW@aol.com)
*** DISSENTING VIEW ***
Another woman had a negative experience with this doctor.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org and mention
Barbara Deming in Louisiana.
*** SECOND OPINION ***
A woman asked to see the dissenting view, and I asked her to
report on her experience with Dr. Deming. She said:
I am not someone to judge on whether or not Dr. Deming is
big-friendly. I am 5'5" and 130 pounds. The nurse was big
and very friendly, she made me feel comfortable. I saw Dr.
Deming for the first time this morning. There were arm
chairs as well as couches (big friendly). Dr. Deming seemed
to be very helpful and made me feel comfortable. She left the
room giving me time to undress in private and the room had a
coat rack for me to hang my clothes on. She had a nurse come
in with her for the exam (I felt safe and comfortable). Dr.
Deming talked to me (silence makes me nervous). The gadget
she used to view inside me didn't hurt so much -- unlike my
past doctor. The part where she manually examined me was a
bit uncomfortable like I'm sure all examinations would be.
Overall, I'd say Dr. Deming was a great doctor and I plan on
returning to see her again.
Leo Farmer, General Surgeon
Our Lady of the Lake Medical Plaza Suite 210
7777 Hennessy Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70808 (504)766-2231
Dr. Farmer, who had never even met me before, did an emergency
gall bladder removal and was able to do it laparoscopically.
This meant that I out of the hospital in less than 24 hours, and
back at school in two days. Had it been done the "old" way, I
would have had a huge scar and a six-week recovery period. I'm
36, 5'6" and 450+. He has an excellent bedside manner and is a
terrific surgeon. -- Elizabeth Fisher (ElizBBW@aol.com)
Prem Menon, Allergy Specialist
Baton Rouge, LA
His examination rooms are fat friendly, complete with a small
stool to help patients up onto the examination table. His staff
is competent; they had a large size BP cuff and used it without
having to be asked. I was asked my weight, but they say it's
necessary for the medication dosage. The waiting area isn't
completely size friendly, but the chairs are adequate, although
not incredibly comfortable, for my 72" hips. Two armless chairs
are available, but it's a busy office. Dr. Menon never
mentioned my weight. -- Elizabeth Fisher (ElizBBW@aol.com)
Jane Peek, MD
Women's Healthcare Specialty
9000 Airline Hwy Ste 620
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Phone: (225) 927-5480
Dr. Peek was actually my mom's gyne, she delivered me! She has
never made an issue out of my weight, and listened carefully to
me when I began seeing her just after puberty, diagnosing me
with PCOS. She's friendly and genuinely concerned about her
patients' health. I recommend her to any woman seeking
professional compassionate care.
Michael Schexnayder, OB/GYN
9000 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Here is a needle in a haystack....a fat friendly gynecologist!
He was the first doctor I had to run a thyroid test....He
personally called me on the phone the night he got the results
and talked to me for about a half hour discussing the results
and just plain talking to me about a course of action. His exam
table is very heavy. He told me "don't worry it won't come up."
But I still worried so he held it down in the back so I could
get up on it. He helped me get from lying down to sitting up and
then off the table before walking out. He is just a wonderful
wonderful man. He has a great bedside manner and is very
sensitive to the needs of women of size. His exam rooms and his
waiting room has fat friendly seating....no arms.
Cohn Chiropractic Clinic
3804 Johnston Street,
Lafayette, Louisiana, 70506
Description: The staff simply asked me for my "approximate
weight" instead of getting on a scale, and it didn't come up at
all with the doctor himself. He made a recommendation of light
exercise, not for weight loss, but for increasing the range of
motion and flexibility. --Becky Hinson (email@example.com)
Daniel G Dupree, MD, dermatology
1101 S College Rd Lafayette, LA 70503
Dr Dupree has been one of those guys that either you love him or
you hate him, and I'm on the love him side. I've got a
particularly bad case of psoriasis AND eczema. It works out that
he gets to use me as a "teaching tool" so to speak. I don't mind
because I get why he does it. He recommended sunbathing last
year for me, and when I made a disparaging comment about my
looks in a bathing suit, he said "Forget that. You go out there
and find the smallest bathing suit you can for maximum exposure,
and ignore whatever anyone else says. Doctor's orders."
Constance A. Konikoff, Board Certified Social Worker (psychotherapy)
The Dauphine Building, Suite 204
850 Kaliste Saloom Rd.
Lafayette, La. 70508
Phone: 318-237-7643, ext. 2
Individual, couple's, group and family therapy for adults and
adolescents with anxiety, depression, sexuality,
eating/exercise, or other issues. Special interests: exercise
resistance, emotional eating, eating disorders, size acceptance.
For clients who wish to lose weight, we teach a non-diet
approach addressing weightist attitudes so that any weight loss
can be natural and a match with genetic destiny rather than
cultural-emotional pressure to be thinner. There is a non-diet
Registered Dietician in the office. Both the therapist and the
dietician value and utilize non-diet principles including size
acceptance in their own lives. -- Socwker1@aol.com
Patrick A Laperouse, M.D.
Acadiana Gastroenterology Associates, LLC
439 Heymann Boulevard
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503
Very focused on the symptoms of my gall bladder discomfort,
instead of blaming them on my weight. Same with the fatty liver
disease -- he discussed diet and what I should be removing or
adding to my diet instead of cutting back on food to lower my
weight. Weight did come up in regards to gall bladder surgery,
but it wasn't a requirement to do so as other doctors have
insisted. -- Rebecca Hinson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Colon, MD (OBGYN)
Metairie, LA (New Orleans Metro Area)
Dr. Colon and her staff are very size friendly. I had an issue
with an emotionally abusive partner who made me feel as if I
could not have a healthy pregnancy due to my size. Dr. Colon and
her nurse made sure that I knew that my size had nothing to do
with my ability to have a healthy and joyful pregnancy. I was
never chastised about my weight, actually, it never even came
up! Her ultrasound tech was extremely pleasant and never had
trouble obtaining images of my baby. I still consider the nurse
and staff as friends.
601 Frenchmen Street
New Orleans, LA 7016
Dr. Combs is very understanding about large-sized patients.
First of all, his office staff is composed of two wonderful big
women. On my last visit I asked Dr. Combs about prescribing a
diet drug and he explained why he is opposed...often times the
drugs are effective for a short period and patients tend to gain
the weight back. He also appreciates the difficulty of certain
exercise for large people and he never suggests weight loss
DIETS to people who don't ask. The nurse asks if I want to be
weighed and if another patient is standing close to the scale,
she doesn't even ask me. I appreciate Dr. Combs and his office
staff for making me comfortable and for being patient with me.
They are all really nice people. -- Barbara Mattheews
Midwife-Alternative healer-(herbs, massage, healing touch)
926 Piety St. New Orleans,La.
Gabrielle Pridjian, MD (Perinatologist)
Tulane Medical Center-Lakeside Campus
Metairie, LA (New Orleans Metro Area)
Dr. Pridjian turned a horrible experience into a wonderful one.
I had previously gone to another perinatologist in the same
office for high blood pressure during my pregnancy. The previous
doctor made me feel as if I was too fat for her to see anything
on the ultrasound and was clearly very sizist. I left that
appointment in tears on what was supposed to be a joyous day
finding out the sex of the baby. I called the office,
complained, and demanded to be seen by the other perinatologist.
My first visit with her was wonderful. She was pleasant and
reassuring. She did not mention my weight and never had trouble
seeing ultrasound images. I highly recommend her if you need a
perinatologist in this area.
Linda Lynn Strickland, BA, CHt, RM, NCBTMB, LMT
AVIVA Massage & Bodywork Spa, a service of HeartLight Enterprises, LLC
601 Lafitte St., Mandeville, LA 70448, 985-727-9665
Professional consulting, hypnotherapy, guided imagery,
meditation, licensed (#1479) massage/bodywork therapist,
including subtle energy work (Reiki, etc.). I am in the Greater
New Orleans area; Northshore to be exact. The atmosphere is fat
friendly because I am fat, as well as the male therapist who
works in the offices. My massage table is 33" wide plus I have
side extensions. My focus is the person as a whole.
Elizabeth Tennaglia, General Practice
Dr. Tennaglia is completely open and gets to the point. She does
not constantly mention my weight, nor does she attibute all of
my problems to my weight. They always have a bigger blood
pressure cuff and the staff is extremely friendly with me. They
moved into the Louisiana Athletic Club. I thought it would be
horrible, but I joined the club to exercise in the pool and hot
tub. The combination of my Dr.'s office and the gym together is
a huge plus. -- Danigran@aol.com
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