Biography & Education

Biography

Barbara Esselink, M.D., believes that a healthy patient-physician relationship is key to achieving effective health care. “Trust between the patient and me is very important,” she says. “It’s important to really care for patients and realize that sometimes the caring relationship is as important as any medication.”

Taking a holistic approach to care, Dr. Esselink works with her patients to help find a balance between their physical needs and their social, economic, psychological and spiritual needs. She encourages her patients to live a healthy lifestyle and does all she can to support them.

After receiving her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Dr. Esselink completed her internship and residency at Providence Portland Medical Center.

Away from the office, Dr. Esselink enjoys hiking, camping and going to the symphony. She volunteers regularly, both in the community and overseas.

Areas of expertise

Internal medicine

Education
University of Wisconsin

Care Locations

1321 NE 99th Ave.
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97220
Fax 503-215-4255

Specialties

Board Certifications
  • Internal medicine
Conditions Treated
Abdominal Pain, Age 12 and Older, Abnormal pap, Abrasion, Acne, Alopecia areata, Anemia, Angina, Anxiety Disorders, Appendicitis, Arthralgia, Arthropathy, Asthma, Atrial fibrillation, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Back and neck pain, Bleeding, rectal, Blood in stool, melena, Breast lump, Bronchitis, Burns, Calluses and corns, Cerumen impaction, Cervical dysplasia, Cervicitis, Chickenpox, Chronic ischemic heart disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Congestive heart failure, Conjunctivitis, Constipation, Age 12 and Older, Contact dermatitis, Contusion, Cough, Croup, Cyst of ovary, follicular, Dehydration, Depression, Diarrhea, Diverticulosis of colon, Dizziness, Dysuria, Eczema, atopic dermatitis, Emphysema, Endometriosis, Epilepsy, Failure to thrive, Fatigue, Fever, Age 12 and Older, Fibroid uterus, Fibromyalgia, Gas/bloating, Gastritis, Gastroenteritis, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Genetic disorders, Glucose intolerance, Gout, Headaches, Heart murmur, Heartburn, Hematuria, Hemophilia, Hemorrhoids, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Hives and other allergic reactions, Hyperhidrosis, Hypothyroidism, Impotence, Influenza (Seasonal flu), Ingrown toenail, Insect bite, Insomnia, Keloids, Knee injuries, Limb swelling, Localized swelling, Meningitis, Menopause, Menstruation problems, Metrorrhagia, Moles, Nausea and Vomiting, Age 12 and Older, Osteoarthritis, Otitis externa, Otitis media, Pain in limb, Peptic ulcer disease without obstruction, Peripheral vascular disease, Pneumonia, Pregnancy, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Rhinitis, allergic, Rosacea, Rotator cuff tear, Sebaceous cyst, Shortness of breath, Sinusitis, Skin disease, Skin infections, Skin ulcers, Sprain/strain: ankle, Sprain/strain: neck, Sprain/strain: shoulder/arm, Strep throat, Sun damage, Sunburn, Synovitis/tenosynovitis, Thrombophlebitis, Tobacco abuse, Tonsillitis, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, Upper respiratory tract infection (URI), Urinary tract infection, Vaginitis/vulvitis, Venous insufficiency, Warts
Services Provided

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.9 out of 5 (76 Ratings, 21 Comments)

90

03/29/2016
Dr. Esselink is a great doctor for me. I have no complaints. I have been denied what I consider a necessary referral, and my provider team had to work very hard to get me the referral I just got. That is a complaint about my insurance carrier--and a special thank you to my provider team.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

03/14/2016
Dr. Esselink and staff are SO skilled, my daughter [...] and her husband are also seeing her as their PCD.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

03/14/2016
She is the best Providence doctor I have had.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/17/2016
Dr. Esselink has been a wonderful primary care physician for me, I am very satisfied. She is a good listener. She is supportive and knowledgeable.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/17/2016
Dr. Esselink is an excellent doctor and a lovely individual. I consider myself fortunate to have found her.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/13/2016
Dr Esselink is a great doctor. [...]
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/09/2016
I haven't had any bad experiences with Dr. Esselink. She is very kind and concerned about my health and always takes the time to answer all my questions and addresses all my health issues.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/02/2016
Dr. Esselink listens well, answers questions in a thoughtful way, is good at problem solving when I run into a medical road block, and is enjoyable personally. She is very conversant with my complex medical condition. [...]
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/04/2015
When I came in last time I had more issues to cover than I expected [...]. Dr. Esselink somehow manages to get threw complicated issues quickly but never being in a rush. I then as always felt that we came to mutually agreeable solutions, that she provided me with the information I needed, listened to my input, and in one case provided an innovative solution. Plus her upbeat spirit is a pleasure. I am and have been very happy with her care
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/21/2015
[...] I couldn't be more happy.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/02/2015
I really liked Dr. Esselink. This was my first visit with her (but my husband has been in her care), gave me referrals as needed, answered all questions, thorough exam.
Providence Health & Services Patient
 

08/01/2015
This was my first visit because I was looking for doctor a to replace my primary doctor at another clinic. I was impressed with my experience . I have chosen Dr. Esselink as my new primary doctor
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

07/06/2015
I had no idea that doctors like Dr. Esselink even existed. She is kind and empathetic and trustworthy. I only wish that I had switched to her a long time ago.
Providence Health & Services Patient
 

06/17/2015
I like that she's a good listener and treats conservatively. She knows I rarely need medical care but when I do it's because I've tried all my home remedies without success.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

06/10/2015
Dr. Esselink, is friendly, a great listener, and very good at answering questions and listening carefully to what you have to say. I am very happy with her care.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

06/07/2015
Dr. Esselink cares a great deal about her patient's overall health, their care, and their future well being. She is meticulous in the tests she orders. She orders tests before your visit so the results are ready for discussion. I keep in contact with her on "My Chart" which is very efficient and eliminates time spent on the phone.
Providence Health & Services Patient
20

06/07/2015
This care provider has been open to my comments and willing to talk about situations until I understand. She is always willing to talk to me about my concerns.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

05/28/2015
Dr Esselink has taken the time to explore my entire records to the best of my knowledge so when I come in she already knows the background or tests related to the issue at hand. Her intellectual speed is impressive. Overall she has listened very well to me and given my thoughts and insights into my considerable number of conditions respect and attention. She responds quickly to my emails if need be [...] which I think shows a great deal of concern for her clients. Although I did wait longer the last time I saw her that is quite rare. The last and recent time I came in we manged and/or investigated a number of conditions and I heard back about those in a day or so. Lastly she is enjoyable to work with.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

05/19/2015
I am very happy with my provider, she really seems to listen to me and address's my concerns. I never feel as though she is trying to get me out the door so she can get onto the next patient.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

05/14/2015
Her communication skills are kind and professional. Answers all my questions and concerns. Works well with my other specialist. I always leave feeling excellent overall about my wellness.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

05/09/2015
I appreciate how Dr. Esselink takes the time to discuss my health and provide me with guidance in making medical-related decisions and healthy lifestyle changes. I feel like Dr. Esselink really cares about my well being and takes the time to show this.
Providence Health & Services Patient