Dr. Tanya Pasternack
-Dr. Tanya Pasternack
-Dr. Tanya Pasternack
Growing up in the Bay Area with one sister, my parents instilled in me the values of women’s empowerment. I was also good at science in school, and I enjoyed working one-on-one with people. When I went into medicine, I thought I’d do women’s health. Caring for women with reproductive health concerns, offering them a safe place to share information when they are vulnerable, I feel is a privilege.
There was a gap between when I left the bay area and when I became a doctor. I lived in Honduras with the Peace Corps, I lived in Washington DC, then went to school in Israel for a program that focuses on international health. And I’m a Spanish speaker, so I also see patients who primarily speak Spanish.
I’m also a physician with Planned Parenthood. They are doing a lot of health care work for today’s women. They can pull up their lab results on their phone, schedule an appointment online, they can even order birth control and get tested for urinary tract infections. It’s great for remote Alaska.
We’re big on patient continuity. So, for our prenatal visits, the patient will expect and see me for all of her visits. Most of the other groups in town have a group practice model, where a patient will come in and be seen by any one of the providers. She gets the benefit of meeting everyone, but not forming one close relationship with one provider.
I had a patient the other day who had her three pregnancies with a different clinic. I asked, “Why did you switch to us?” She replied, “Because I wanted to have one doctor, I wanted to know who my doctor is. I didn’t like showing up and not knowing who my doctor would be.”
Being a younger provider, I really enjoy working with adolescent women 14, 15, 16 years old. Young women with a variety of medical needs, who are having a problem with a tampon, or need to be on birth control, or have heavy periods affecting their sports. Adolescent gynecology is sort of considered a subspecialty – it’s a population that I enjoy working with.
Dr. Pasternack is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She pursued her medical studies with a focus on international health at Ben Gurion University’s collaborative program with Columbia University. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque before coming to Alaska.
I appreciated Dr. Pasternack listening to my concerns about my procedure and offering different options for what I could do. It happens too often that doctors make patients feel trapped into one decision, this was not the case with Dr. Pasternack. I really felt in control over the situation and was able to use her as an educated resource to help me make the best decision possible.Denali OB-GYN Patient