Biography & Education

Biography

Sarah Rahkola, M.D., believes to achieve optimal health, it is important to address the needs of the whole person – physical, mental and spiritual.

In her practice, Dr. Rahkola emphasizes patient education and shared decision making. "I coach my patients to make sound decisions for their own health," she says.

Dr. Rahkola earned her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University. She completed her internship, residency and a chief-resident year at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She is an active member of the American College of Physicians and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Raised in Hillsboro, Ore., Dr. Rahkola is married with three children. Outside of the office, she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading and visiting the Oregon Coast.

Areas of expertise

Internal medicine

Education
Oregon Health & Science University
Languages
  • English

Care Locations

Hospital Privileges

Specialties

Board Certifications
  • Internal medicine

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
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4.7 out of 5 (135 Ratings, 41 Comments)

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02/19/2017
I am very happy to have Dr. Sarah Rahkola as my PCP. She is wonderful & is very caring & compassionate. I make the long drive to the Newberg office because I feel she's a very he fit for me & my complicated medical issues. I have 100% confidence in vision for moving forward with the medical challei I face. Can't say enough nice things about her! I'm grateful to have her as my PCP!
90

02/18/2017
Getting prescriptions filled in a timely manner has always been an issue. Moving my scripts to Walgreen's instead. It seems that either Walmart never gets the scripts, or the office never sends for refills when I request them. [...]
100

01/31/2017
I recently had my aorta valve replaced. Dr. Rahkola was excellent in sending me to providers who gave me the best of care.
100

01/30/2017
Dr. Rahkola always really listens.
70

01/18/2017
it's impossible to get in to see my PCP and often any other doctor in that group when I need someone. I end up having to go to urgent care which is not the way to make sure you have consistency. I make an appointment for every six months whether I need it or not just to be able to see her. I would rate her higher except for that. it's very frustrating and makes me feel like I'm getting third rate medical care.
100

01/15/2017
My Doctor is a good doctor [...]
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12/04/2016
I feel respected & cared for deeply by my provider.
90

11/16/2016
She is very compassionate and easy to talk to!!
100

11/15/2016
my care provider is the most amazing care provider I have ever had I don't just feel like part of a to-do list. She is amazing!!!
100

11/12/2016
Dr. Rakola was very thorough in her examination. She's very easy to work with. I would highly recommend her & her staff.
100

10/09/2016
Dr. Rahkola is the best physician I have ever had!
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09/18/2016
i appreciate Dr. Rahkola's knowledge and her network of specialty providers.
90

09/12/2016
Does not make me feel rushed.
100

08/31/2016
Dr. "R." knows the patient and the patients needs.
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08/16/2016
Dr. Rahkola has always taking any time I need to get through whatever my issue is/was. She refered me to my mental health person who is also extremely good. Dr. Sarah and Dr. [...] work great as a team and I feel they have my best interest at heart and give me information I need in a way I understand it and also know how much information I can handle at a time. Dr. Sarah is absolutely wonderful and makes sure I can get in to see her as necessary for MY health. Both these ladies are very professional, personable, and caring.
100

08/16/2016
My Doctors are very good.
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08/16/2016
Dr. Rahkola is an outstanding Doctor. she is always attentive and offers advice and alternatives.
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08/10/2016
I would love to recommend this care provider, but she's so booked I feel like I can't even get in to see her when I'd like to.
100

08/02/2016
These two doctors have always addressed my issues. I had a petrifying growth that Dr. R removed, when 2 other female doctors refused to even look at it.
70

07/26/2016
access has been terrible. basically it's impossible to see my doctor on an immediate health care need. I have to go to urgent care. urgent care doesn't send records so I have to get copies and get them to my doctor. it's very difficult to have coordinated care when 3/4 of the time I'm seen by various urgent care doctors and only every six months at a pre scheduled appt by my regular doctor. I like her and feel she is very competent and takes her time with me but cannot recommend the office to anyone because of the poor access. it helps to be able to email but that is only a partial solution.
100

07/19/2016
great doc and great person!
70

07/16/2016
I received a call from my PHY once she read the x-rays, she expressed the films looked good, however due to the pain associated with my hand/thumb, she would recommend a Orthopedic Phy to evaluate my concerns. [...].I have not heard a word [...]. There has been no correspondence in "my chart" as well....again I have to follow through
90

07/12/2016
She is too busy. [...]
100

06/30/2016
My care provider stays very current on standards of care and medical recommendations for routine screening procedures.I feel very confident in her skills and abilities.
100

06/21/2016
Very hard to get appointments within a reasonable timeframe - she is booked out for months.
80

05/27/2016
only bad thing is it is very hard to get to see her, usually have to see another probider
100

05/22/2016
I really appreciate all the help and understanding Sarah has shown me [...]
100

05/16/2016
It took 3 months to get an appt. for a routine visit. But Dr. Rahkola is awesome.
100

05/08/2016
I have referred (Dr. Rahkola) several friends. To this practice.
100

05/04/2016
My Primary Care doctor is above and beyond as far as I'm concerned.. She is there for me and I so appreciate her ability to care for my health.. She asks the right questions, give me the most accurate answer she can.. I say kudo's to her.. Very bright individual and I fully trust her in my care.
100

05/04/2016
Dr. Rahkola is always very prepared when I am being seen for medical examination. She is very good at recalling my specific concerns from prior visits, which creates a kind of continuity of care that I appreciate.
100

04/28/2016
Dr. Rahkola has shown care and concern for my health. She is an excellent doctor.
30

04/27/2016
Dr. Rahkola has provided the worst medical care I have ever received. She doesn't listen, doesn't explain treatment. [...] It took her 3 yrs. to resolve an issue another doctor handed in 1 day!!
100

04/26/2016
never a bad experience. shows care and respect. [...]
90

04/10/2016
Easy to talk to, pretty understanding about my issues.
100

04/06/2016
always good
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03/07/2016
She's wonderful. I loved her!
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02/25/2016
I really don't want to recommend that other people see her as it would make it harder for me to get appointments if she was too busy!!!!
90

02/09/2016
Always on top of my weiibeing & always asks how Everything is going & do I have any thing I want to bring up
100

01/25/2016
I've never had a Doctor that cared so much for me and my health. She is always so focused on me when I'm in her office.
 

01/24/2016
Can't get appointments with her in a timely manner