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
Languages
  • English

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, 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, 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
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4.9 out of 5 (160 Ratings, 61 Comments)

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02/27/2017
Dr. Esselink is the best doctor I have ever had. Caring, easily understood.
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02/26/2017
Dr Esselink is very interested in what i have to say. She spent a very reasonable amount of time with me and was helpful for my needs. Thank you
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02/21/2017
Dr. Esselink is awesome, warm, caring and interested in my being there to see her. She knows my name, had questions to ask me from when I had been in before with problems, she remembered!
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02/14/2017
I just escaped from another provider. This doctor was sensitive, knowledgeable and refreshing. It was a wonderful and thorough visit. I heard the first signs of encouragement that I've heard in months!!
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02/08/2017
I am very pleased with her as a caregiver!
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02/07/2017
Barbara esselink is a very caring and professional Dr she took an interest in my needs and make sure that I was well cared for she is a doctor that you can trust and that you will appreciate having care for you
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02/06/2017
hands down the best overall DR i have ever had care for me!!
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01/18/2017
Very friendly and knowledgeable. My lst doctor did not listen well, but I could not be happier with Dr Esselink. She listens to what I have to say.
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01/05/2017
Best doctor and staff I have EVER had.
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01/03/2017
dr. Esselink is an excellent Doctor. my only reservation about recommending her is that it is difficult to get an appointment. in terms of quality, I would recommend her without reservation
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12/29/2016
I am very happy with Dr. Esselink.
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12/28/2016
Dr Esselink is an exceptional Dr. She provides outstanding service and answers all of my questions.I have a serious amount of health issues
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12/25/2016
Dr Esselink listens. Really listens. Every suggestion she has had is helpful, appropriate, focused and kind. I don't see her a lot but she is always prepared for my visit. I feel comfortable with her and comforted by her presence.
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12/14/2016
Great doctor.
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12/13/2016
her assistant was terrific, caring and communicative
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12/06/2016
She is THE very best!!!
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12/06/2016
My provider is more than excellent!!!! But your LABORATORY makes mistakes....sometimes in directions given to me as a patient, sometimes in doing the wrong test; also sending me to another facility to pick up lab kits for my use which turn out to be a kit already given to me but not the one for a second test.
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12/04/2016
Use My Chart exclusively to communicate with PCP - LOVE it always hear back w/i 12 hrs. usually much faster.
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12/01/2016
I love my doctor.
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11/27/2016
Dr. Esselink is the best.
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11/23/2016
I all ways have a good care when I go in
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11/12/2016
Dr. Esselink is an amazing doctor that always makes me feel comfortable and confident in my care. I love how she has a small notebook with personal notes so that she can better understand the needs of her patients. I really feel that she cares about my wellbeing which is important to me, and she is great at her job. I'm glad to have found such an awesome doctor. she is also the doctor that my parents see, and I trust her to take care of them as well.
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10/26/2016
Dr Esslink always listen's and comes prepared. COuld not ask for anyone better
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10/25/2016
When I made the appointment online I listed it was for an annual physical. Previous to my arrival it had been changed to wellness visit and the paperwork I was given to complete was headed wellness visit. It is my understanding the 2 have different expectations. is my understanding the 2 visits have different expectations
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09/29/2016
I was impressed with the notes Dr. Esselink comes to the exam with, which tells me she has reviewed my file before seeing me. She is very thorough. She is easy to talk to and is always encouraging. I don't feel rushed through my appt. She responds quickly to email messages.
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09/28/2016
It's always easy to get appointment and talk to the doctor if you have a question
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09/27/2016
Esslink is the best.
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09/25/2016
The only issue I have with my provider, is the length of time it takes to get an appointment to see her.
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09/20/2016
This was my first visit with Dr. Barbara Esselink. I was so impressed with her. I have never had a primary care physician spend so much time with me, really listen, and be so thorough as Dr. Barbara Esselink. I left the appointment feeling very happy that I have the privilege of being treated by such an excellent doctor.
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09/15/2016
The lab lost my blood draw so I had to return for another draw. [...]
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09/12/2016
I have seen Dr. Esselink for several years and have always been happy with her.
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09/08/2016
my care provider :what a wonderful caring person she is [...] it's like she gets me I feel I can tell her anything & that is hard for me to talk to she helps me understand stuff & I thank her so very mush but I don't know if I would send her more patients that would mean less time for me lol no I would in a hot minuet she's the best thank u & please don't go away ever thank you
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08/31/2016
Dr. Esselink is so compassionate. She asked about my family 's health, not just my health. That meant a lot.
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08/31/2016
it took me calling two separate times to finally get my referral to an outside specialist sent. originally there was a problem with an incorrect fax number, but then, it still took them three more attempts to get it sent. the people who helped me (medical assistants ?) were very helpful and persistent in solving this issue though.
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08/29/2016
Kind, compassionate and understanding of my life circumstances I appreciate the care provided by Dr. Esselink.
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08/25/2016
Dr. Esselink has always been very attentive to my needs. She is a fantastic doctor with the best "bedside manner".
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08/24/2016
Dr. Esselink has always been a wonderful listener and explains things well. She is the best doctor I have ever had.
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08/16/2016
My Dr. is the best....
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08/09/2016
Dr. Esselink is one of a kind. If you call on her day "OFF" she still calls or has someone address your immediate needs. When she knows you are coming in SHE makes a list of questions, & concerns for you! I had a blood test indicating I have an infection. Dr. E. called to alert me my white count is very low. That day I saw a dentist for an unexpected abscess tooth.
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08/09/2016
She is simply outstanding!
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07/17/2016
Doctor Esselink is wonderful. She listened , responded, discussed things with me that no previous doctor has taken the time to listen to. She has a wonderful, pleasant personality.
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07/09/2016
You have a male lab technician that needs a course in gentle treatment of patiences and a lesson in how not to try and be the "collegiate" kid on the block. His technique left me with a nickle sized blood spot on the gauze and a black & blue mark that lasted a week. All in all, next time I'll wait for the lady tech, she is very, very good.
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06/28/2016
I like Doctor Eselinc.She helped me,and she listened to my concerns.
 

06/15/2016
She listened, had x-rays taken, got a referral from my insurance co. and I have an appointment set up with the All experiences have been very positive and I am very satisfied with my care from Dr. Barbara Esselink..
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06/15/2016
Dr. Esslelink is one of the best Doctors I have ever had. She, listens, explains, and makes you feel importand
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06/14/2016
She is a very caring and loving doctor you could not ask for anyone better.
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06/12/2016
Dr. Esselink is extremely thorough, patient, and knowledgeable. She spent a considerable amount of time getting to know me as a new patient, answered my questions thoroughly, was thoughtful, and spent time learning about my medical history and current lifestyle related to my health. Excellent rapport.
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05/24/2016
I feel I have the best provider - she is wonderful. I think the reason I waited longer than 15 minutes to see the provider is because I was there at 9:00 am instead of the required 15 minutes before.
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05/22/2016
I love my provider! Although I have moved out of the area I drive 45 minutes each way to see her as she truly knows me, my history and works in collaboration to address my needs.
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05/17/2016
Very caring. Listens well. Knows my medical history so she can provide the best care.
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05/03/2016
Having an ongoing relationship with Dr. Esselink has been very important to my health program. She always responds to my emails promptly and listens attentively during exams.
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05/03/2016
I received my test results via Mychart the same day along with a note from Dr. I had a couple questions and she emailed back very quickly. She is very friendly, addressed all my concerns, and I feel very fortunate to have found her as my new provider.
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04/05/2016
when I moved to Oregon I went through 4 doctors before I came across Dr. Esselink. I am incredibly happy with her. She is so attentive and I truly feel that she cares about me as a person and about my overall health. I have refered all of my co workers to her!
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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.
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03/14/2016
Dr. Esselink and staff are SO skilled, my daughter [...] and her husband are also seeing her as their PCD.
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03/14/2016
She is the best Providence doctor I have had.
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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.
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02/17/2016
Dr. Esselink is an excellent doctor and a lovely individual. I consider myself fortunate to have found her.
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02/13/2016
Dr Esselink is a great doctor. [...]
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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.
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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. [...]