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, Cellulitis, 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, Hyperhidrosis, Hypothyroidism, Impotence, Influenza (Seasonal flu), Ingrown toenail, Insect bite, Insomnia, Keloids, Knee injuries, Limb swelling, Localized swelling, Meningitis, Menopause, Menstruation problems, Metrorrhagia, Nausea and Vomiting, Age 12 and Older, Osteoarthritis, Otitis externa, Otitis media, Pain in limb, Peptic ulcer disease without obstruction, Peripheral vascular disease, Pigmented lesions, Pneumonia, Pregnancy, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Rash, Age 12 and Older, Rhinitis, allergic, Rosacea, Rotator cuff tear, Sebaceous cyst, Shortness of breath, Sinusitis, Skin disease, 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 (94 Ratings, 38 Comments)

 

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
100

05/06/2015
I have used email to contact my doctor several times. this service from mychart is very helpful. [...]
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

05/06/2015
Excellent discussions and interaction. Never felt rushed. [...]
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

05/05/2015
I have and will recommend her to others.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

04/07/2015
she was very easy to talk to and understanding
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

04/03/2015
Dr. Esselink knows how to 'LISTEN' toSmy needs, input &swishes. she respects that I wish to integrate [...] my care.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

03/22/2015
I use the email system in MyChart and really enjoy the ability to ask non urgent questions and get feedback and instructions
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

03/04/2015
My provider shows care and respect for what my particular needs are and that she wants to make sure what I'm asking or needing is met. She is wonderful and caring person.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/26/2015
I loved that she sat with me and listened to all my concerns without any rush. She also did a great job getting a bearing on my medical history without having my charts yet. It was helpful for her to understand what could be going on with the concern I raised
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/11/2015
Always very helpful and good at clarifying questions. Reassuring.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/10/2015
THERE IS NOTHING I CAN NOT TALK TO DR ESSELINK ABOUT. I FEEL SHE REALLY IS INTERESTED IN ME AND LISTENS TO ME. I AM A PERSON TO HER NOT A CHART #!
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

01/28/2015
Barb stops what she is doing and pays attention to anything I tell her that she senses is part of a bigger subject that I am wanting to tell her about. I trust her to understand my needs and to follow up on anything she thinks needs more study. I pay attention when she tells me something I should be doing.
Providence Health & Services Patient
 

12/28/2014
She listened very well and she was sensitive and knowledgeable about mental health and needs.
Providence Health & Services Patient
 

12/03/2014
Dr. E was friendly and thorough during this appt. She asked good questions and checked out information on file in the computer.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

11/30/2014
Dr. Esselink listens, provides excellent care, provides excellent advice, and doesn't make me feel that I need to hurry, and only have fifteen minutes for my appointment.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

11/30/2014
Dr Esselink is always very nice, answers all my questions and spends plenty of time with me. I have never felt that she was rushing to get through with me.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

11/30/2014
Sometimes the line is very long when I have to come in to pick up a prescription.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

11/25/2014
dr. esselink is the best! so caring, non-judgmental and trustworthy!
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

11/19/2014
She listens, then thoughtfully provides a solution that is logical and suits my needs. She cares about me. She is there for me although I don't need health care often. I like it that she does not just push pills but recommends life style changes or simple changes to diet that may help with a question I may have.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

11/11/2014
You really take good care of your patients.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/29/2014
Esslink is the best doctor I have had. She spends the time you need with her and is very detailed and helpful. I love her!
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/26/2014
Dr. Esselink is excellent! She listens carefully and answers all my questions. She is open to ideas and discusses possibilities with me.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/21/2014
Dr. Esselink is very knowledgeable, empathetic, patient, kind and caring. Her general manner and follow-up is excellent.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/15/2014
Dr. Esselink is wonderful. She is very attentive and caring.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/01/2014
Dr. Esselink is the most 'in touch' provider I have had. She seems to remember everything we ever talked about and takes in a person's whole health condition. She makes referrals when she thinks it necessary, is very considerate. She never talks 'over my head' and we communicate very well. She doesn't alarm me unnecessarily but is serious in her consideration of what is going on whether it be a new problem or readdressing one that continues. You are lucky to have her.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

09/28/2014
At our first visit in July, she carefully read what I wrote, thanked me for the info I brought and said she would looked into my past records so she would have more info on my complicated health situation. No doctor, even ones I thought excellent have ever gone to my full records to understand my health and its history. This doctor is also very pleasant and that made it easier for me to explain why I was switching doctors. She fully explained some pain medicine guidelines something else other doctors have not done. Next we immediately started planning, another big plus. I went off for X-rays and was surprised to get information via email from her by the evening of the visit. It and the following ones have been great. I am finally making progress.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

09/22/2014
She is all the things I appreciate in a primary care doctor including having an extraordinary ability to diagnosis what are to me vague conditions. I am amazed at how much she remembers about me (Probably due to checking my chart before seeing me.) She has always respected my wishes, something that I find some providers don't do and understands the reasons for my decisions. We have great rapport and that makes getting the right information and the correct diagnosis much easier.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

09/05/2014
Dr. Esselink is sensitive, professional, kind and supportive
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

09/03/2014
my Doctor is the best
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/26/2014
Dr. Esselink is one of the most attentive doctors I've ever had! She has her "homework" done when she enters the treatment room...never having to "scramble" to figure out why the patient was there. She asks questions about previous visits/issues. Truly very compassionate, and caring.
Providence Health & Services Patient
80

08/13/2014
I like Barbara Esselink. I'm happy that she knows Dr. [...], my former doctor. Because I am in the middle of solving a medical mystery [...]
Providence Health & Services Patient