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

Care Locations

1003 Providence Drive
Suite 110 and 210
Newberg, OR 97132
Hospital Privileges

Specialties

Board Certifications
  • Internal Medicine

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.

4.7 out of 5 (100 Ratings, 25 Comments)

100

06/10/2015
Care from doctor was excellent. However, the check-in with clerk was poor as she didn't let doctor know I was in the office. The doctor had to come out to see if I was present. I therefore felt a little rushed.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

06/08/2015
I really like how she explains things and talks to me but there is a lag in response time when I have questions not addressed in an appointment.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

05/25/2015
My provider is very knowledgeable and easy to communicate with.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

05/19/2015
I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Rahkola as my care provider.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

04/08/2015
I had a cortisone shot to my [...], and Dr. Rahkola took extra steps to assure it was pain free.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

03/10/2015
She is terrific in people skills, communication and compassion!! Give her a raise!!
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

03/09/2015
I think she's overbooked or has employer requirements to see so many patients that it's difficult to get in to see her without a long lead time.
Providence Health & Services Patient
80

03/04/2015
My provider and I discussed several communication issues that I experienced before this visit. We were able to do this in a direct and professional manner, which I appreciated.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

03/02/2015
all experiences have been very positive and I appreciate Dr Rahkola very much. She is interested in all aspects of my health (physical and spiritual)
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/08/2015
I needed a referral to my eye care physician, and I've already received this referral. She is great at referring me for this doctor as well as a skin doctor.
Providence Health & Services Patient
80

02/03/2015
Hard to get in right away she is so busy.
Providence Health & Services Patient
80

02/01/2015
this physician is a great deal better than the previous one & I trust her to do what is needed within the systems restrictions
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

01/14/2015
Dr. Rahkola is very caring, a good listener, and an excellent physician.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

01/02/2015
when I was unable to see my provider for a follow-up visit within a timeframe she suggested I had to make an appointment with another provider as she was booked out. my pcp found out & was able to work me in as continuity of care was important for my visit. very much appreciated by me!!
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

12/28/2014
the doctor took time needed complete needed care.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

11/25/2014
Always caring and concerned. Always has time to listen to and discuss my concerns.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

11/23/2014
Sarah is a kind and caring, yet "no-nonsense" doctor. I'm always a little pensive when coming to see her because I don't 'mind' very well, and she calls me on it. She is just what I need.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

11/17/2014
I am so grateful for Dr. Rahkola. She's amazing.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

11/14/2014
I have never had a PCP like Dr. Rahkola. The first time I met with her, I went away thinking "what just happened?" It was the best office visit I've ever had. I referred her to a friend who also had the same impression. Don't let her go.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/20/2014
answered my questions, set me at ease. I feel confident in her ability to handle my care
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/13/2014
Very good
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

09/17/2014
My provider is EXCELLENT. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Rahkola...getting in to actually see HER though is entirely a differnt matter. I was very ill this year, and only ever got to see her once out of 5 dr visits.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

09/17/2014
the only situation that I find disturbing is that often I can't see my provider and have to see another doctor.. I don't mind doing such but I don't feel as comfortable with them as I do my provider.. My Provider is a very busy doctor and I can understand this situation but I don't particularly care for it..
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

09/17/2014
Very good listener. I feel like she sees me as a person, not a chart.
Providence Health & Services Patient
80

09/11/2014
I feel that I would like to see my Doctor more often than a replacement. I see more replacements that it is hard to know the names and education of the replacements.
Providence Health & Services Patient