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), 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, Meningitis, Menopause, Menstruation problems, 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 (143 Ratings, 66 Comments)

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09/08/2017
[...] Dr. Esselink is tops; she even comes in w/her own little notebook of points!
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09/04/2017
Went in for new aches and pains. Nothing emergent. ran lots of tests. Felt totally supported by Dr. Esselink. Also followed up on family cancer issues and upcoming routine colonoscopy. Basically, covered 3 topics in one visit. Would love to recommend her, however, I would hate to see her spread thin!
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08/31/2017
Dr Esselink is a wonderful caring Dr., the best! She is always very tentative to whatever my needs may be and whenever I have a problem with any referral, she stays on top of it until the situation is resolved; excellent patient service!
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08/31/2017
This provider is among the best communicators and most knowledgeable doctors I have EVER dealt with! She is insightful and accurate in her evaluations - in addition to being incredibly personable. I look forward to working with her to obtain better health!
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08/23/2017
Dr Esselink gives you her full attention and expertise. She works very hard for my behalf, and her other patients. This kind of quality is reassuring, trustworthy.
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07/26/2017
Dr. Esselink is an excellent, thoughtful doctor. Very kind yet serious.
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07/22/2017
She is a wonderful doctor. Understanding, a great explainer and easily relates to me, the patient.
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07/20/2017
Dr. Esselink listens and also recommend medicine. She is very friendly and happy every time I see her.
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07/06/2017
I met great family physician.
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07/03/2017
Dr. was very respectful and answered all my questions in terms I could understand. Made sure she had spent enough time with me. I liked her very much.
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06/29/2017
Dr. Esselink is wonderful - she asked about my family, life & work. My annual was very thorough covering physical, mental & emotional health.
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06/29/2017
Because I am a well informed consumer of medical services, I can say categorically that Dr. Esselink is a great partner in my care team.
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06/19/2017
Dr Esselink is an excellent physician. She takes time to carefully understand the patient's needs; offers alternative courses of treatment, if available; then develops a workable plan of treatment. Her open & friendly manner always conveys the care she provides patients.
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05/29/2017
Dr. Esselink is an excellent doctor. Very patient and caring.
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05/25/2017
I really really like my provider, Barbara Esselink. She is always attentive to me, listens to what I have to say, and I feel like she cares about my well-being. I have suggested to me daughter to be a patient as well, she met Dr. Esselink, and liked her very much.
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05/22/2017
Dr. Esselink is an excellent listener and communicator.
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05/18/2017
she's is the best doctor I've ever had
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05/17/2017
Dr. Esselink is very respectful of me and my medical concerns. In a city that is known for racial insensitivity and having had past problems with a racist provider of Providence, it is nice to finally have a competent doctor who actually care about my health and is not trying to do more harm than good.
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05/17/2017
I had providers in the past who did not listen well, or who did not seem that great. I have not had a Providers as excellent as Dr Esselink for years (Dr. [...]). Like her Dr. Esselink seems to genuinely care and listens well.
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05/10/2017
Barbara is professional, personable and skillful......so happy to have found her !!!!!! My last Provider [...] was also excellent...Providence needs to do whatever is needed for these Grt Providers to stay...Give them sufficient space and time to see their Pts so that they can do the job and feel good about it.
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05/10/2017
I can depend on her for any issue I have.
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05/10/2017
Dr. Barbara Esselink is the most caring caregiver I have come across. She is quick to respond and comes up with helpful solutions.
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05/01/2017
Dr. Barbara Esselink is extremely knowledgeable, caring, listens and can recall previous health related conversations.
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04/24/2017
This is the most sensitive, experienced doctor I have experienced in a long time. She has actually done labs and x-ray to figure out what is wrong with me.
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04/19/2017
As problems w/my case arise Dr. Esselink always helps resolve the problems. This includes help w/other departments of providers open providers, and drug schedule rashes. This is in addition to my health care.
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04/10/2017
She was very cheerful and friendly.
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04/10/2017
I have the best doctor ever.
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03/30/2017
Dr Esselink is very tentative to my needs, in many ways; spent much time with me and answered all my concerns and questions; she is an excellent physician, very courteous, kind and respectful
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03/30/2017
When [...] retired I didn't think I'd find anyone that cared as much about their patient but I did with Dr. Esselink, she is amazing, caring, compassionate and of course VERY knowledgeable. She always follows up with me promptly! She really listens! She is never allowed to retire I hope she knows that! :)
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03/29/2017
She's the best. Smart. Easy to connect with. Explains things well. She doesn't get carried away with prescribing unnecessary drugs. Does remember all my problems without even checking the chart it seems although she has it right in front of her. [...]
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03/16/2017
*Dr. Esselink is an excellent provider.
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03/07/2017
She totally listens and WE make decisions together. She treats the WHOLE PERSON; mental, physical even spiritual if I need that.
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02/28/2017
Dr. Esselink is the best doctor I have ever had. Caring, easily understood.
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02/27/2017
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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02/22/2017
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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02/15/2017
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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02/09/2017
I am very pleased with her as a caregiver!
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02/08/2017
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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02/07/2017
hands down the best overall DR i have ever had care for me!!
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01/19/2017
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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01/06/2017
Best doctor and staff I have EVER had.
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01/04/2017
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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12/30/2016
I am very happy with Dr. Esselink.
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12/29/2016
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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12/26/2016
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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12/15/2016
Great doctor.
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12/14/2016
her assistant was terrific, caring and communicative
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12/07/2016
She is THE very best!!!
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12/07/2016
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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12/05/2016
Use My Chart exclusively to communicate with PCP - LOVE it always hear back w/i 12 hrs. usually much faster.
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12/02/2016
I love my doctor.
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11/28/2016
Dr. Esselink is the best.
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11/24/2016
I all ways have a good care when I go in
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11/13/2016
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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10/27/2016
Dr Esslink always listen's and comes prepared. COuld not ask for anyone better
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10/26/2016
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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09/30/2016
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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09/29/2016
It's always easy to get appointment and talk to the doctor if you have a question
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09/28/2016
Esslink is the best.
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09/26/2016
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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09/21/2016
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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09/16/2016
The lab lost my blood draw so I had to return for another draw. [...]
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09/13/2016
I have seen Dr. Esselink for several years and have always been happy with her.
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09/09/2016
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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09/01/2016
Dr. Esselink is so compassionate. She asked about my family 's health, not just my health. That meant a lot.
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09/01/2016
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.