Biography & Education


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

University of Wisconsin
  • English

Care Locations

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


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


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 (83 Ratings, 18 Comments)


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.

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.

Very caring. Listens well. Knows my medical history so she can provide the best care.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Dr. Esselink and staff are SO skilled, my daughter [...] and her husband are also seeing her as their PCD.

She is the best Providence doctor I have had.

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.

Dr. Esselink is an excellent doctor and a lovely individual. I consider myself fortunate to have found her.

Dr Esselink is a great doctor. [...]

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.

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. [...]

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

[...] I couldn't be more happy.

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.

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