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Biography

Biography

Haruko Taro Yawata, D.O., grew up in Southern California. Her medical education took her to Missouri and then back to California, and she has been practicing in the area since 1999.

Dr. Yawata's patients view her as an approachable and friendly physician, and a good listener. She believes her role as a physician is not only to treat the illness, but also to provide her patients with tools to prevent disease and to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

When not at work, Dr. Yawata enjoys a variety of activities, including reading, traveling, going to the movies and spending time with her two children.

Medical School
  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
Internship
  • Downey Regional Medical Center, Downy CA
Residency
  • Downey Regional Medical Center, Downy CA
Languages
  • English

Locations

Madrona Primary Care
21311 Madrona Avenue
Suite 100-A
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 792-4400
(310) 542-5805

Specialties

Specialties
  • Family Medicine (Board Certified)
Clinical Interests
  • Primary Care Physician

Insurance

Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna HMO Plan
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Aetna Senior HMO Plan
  • Anthem Blue Cross Calif. Care HMO
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO/POS/EPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Senior Plan HMO
  • Beech Street Corporation
  • Blue Shield 65 Plus Senior Plan HMO
  • Blue Shield HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield PPO/POS/EPO
  • Care 1st HMO Blue Cross
  • Cigna HMO Plan
  • Cigna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Covered CA Anthem BC HMO
  • Covered CA Anthem BC PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Blue Shield HMO
  • Covered CA Blue Shield PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Health Net PPO
  • Covered CA LA Care HMO
  • Health Net HMO
  • Health Net PPO/EPO/POS
  • Health Net Seniority Plus HMO
  • Humana HMO
  • Medicare
  • Molina Medicare Advantage (HMO)
  • MultiPlan LTD PPO
  • Providence Medical Associates
  • TriCare/TriWest PPO
  • United Healthcare HMO Plan
  • United Healthcare PPO/POS/EPO
Insurance Medical Groups
  • HealthCare Partners Medical Group

Medical Groups

Affiliated Medical Groups
  • Providence Medical Associates

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (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. However, language that may contain profanity, slander, libel or private health information is removed. Comments reflect the views and opinions of patients. Comments are not endorsed by, nor do they necessarily reflect the views of, Providence.

4.7 out of 5 (300 Ratings, 94 Comments)

100

02/27/2017
Really tries to get to the heart of the problem by asking questions, listening and asking more questions if needed. Not afraid to run tests to get more info and if needed refer me to a specialist. Appreciate that she reviews my medical history before our appt and asks about previous conditions.
100

02/23/2017
while my health care provider is great, the referral process is unsatisfactory!
100

02/21/2017
It was my first visit with Dr. Yawata. She was excellent! She let me know my test reports very quickly. I am very happy to have her as my primary care doctor.
50

02/20/2017
not very friendly and I will not return to see her.
100

02/15/2017
Always listens to me and explain things so I can understand.
100

02/06/2017
Excellent
100

02/06/2017
It is a superb medical practice. Very professional, helpful and friendly.
100

02/06/2017
Dr. Yawata and clinic staff explain issues to me clearly and in easy-to-understand English which is very helpful to me since English is my second language.
100

02/06/2017
Dr. Yawata seems prepared when I see her, and interested in what is going on in my life. She's professional and pleasant in her demeanor.
100

01/29/2017
Dr. Yawata is professional, caring and knowledgable. She is attentive to all phases of my health and care. I am grateful to have her as my primary care physician.
100

01/27/2017
I can relate to this doctor, I don't feel intimidated
70

01/23/2017
wish the people doing my vitals are a bit serious about their job. I do t want them to be asking me oh what was your weight outside I forgot kinda things. at times I doubt if these staff even know what they are doing. they are always in rush and being a patient I would like to be given some care.
50

01/19/2017
I feel as this was my first visit to this provider, there could have been a more fluid dialogue. The doctor cut me off in mid sentence and seemed to appear not to be very interested in me as an individual.
90

01/17/2017
my experiences with Dr Yawata have been very good. She tries to accomodate my requests at all times.
100

01/16/2017
waiting for a referral is too long when in pain!
100

01/03/2017
my mother father and daughter see Dr. Yawata, she is the best. So, I have already trusted her with my most valuable assets, my family. She is wonderful.
100

12/29/2016
Physician and assistance were very good listening to my personal issues.
100

12/28/2016
She listens very well.
90

12/26/2016
I've been complaining about dry mouth for months, no it has affected my teeth, I'm devastated, I was told it was from the [...] 1mg
80

12/25/2016
Doctor and her nurse were very nice and provided answers to alll of my questions. However, the first receptionist that I talk to was not very nice. I'm not a native English speaker so I could understand her fast English so I asked her to repeat again. But she repeated with the same speed and seemed not nice... I didn't under her anyway. So I just guessed what she said.
 

12/25/2016
This was my first time with this doctor... she did not introduce herself to me and just went right into reading the computer screen... thought she spoke rather loud... it's too soon to make any comments about her knowledge and performance. Haven't worked with her enough to learn what she really knows. I previously went to [...] for 30+ years but due to ACA had to change doctors and I am trying to find one who is as thorough as my previous doctor at [...]. My [...] doctor made certain I had up to date blood tests, and all other routine exams - I had to request this from this doctor. But it could be since I am new and they are trying to establish a new patient review - they are starting at the beginning. Not certain.
100

12/19/2016
I am very pleased with the health care services .
80

12/01/2016
I have to wait almost month ahead every time make to appointment. I wish I don't have to wait so long my appointment.
100

11/28/2016
Dr. Yawata is caring and listens to my health issues and tries to find answers. When she can't, she refers me to a specialist, and my problems are dealt with. Even the specialists she refers me to are like her....caring and listens to my needs.
100

11/21/2016
Dr. Yawata is a caring doctor. She always listens and understands me. She is the best!
80

11/20/2016
I went to her regarding the dizziness, and anxiety and she had nothing to offer me to help me out. However, now that I have moved, that has only happened once. However, I am still having the daily freezing up of my nose, sinus problems, headaches. Every single day still.
100

11/20/2016
Regarding the test results from Lab, I always make appointment within 30 days to see doctor for results; however, if lab work shows remarkable improvements, they call with great cheers for me.
90

11/13/2016
Dr. Yawata provides excellent care. She seems to be genuinely concerned about her patients' health.
80

10/31/2016
As usual she displayed a sincere interest in my overall health.
100

10/30/2016
Dr. Yawata is a fine dr. & a wonderful person.
90

10/28/2016
[...] Dr. Yawata and [...] were knowledgeable and courteous.
10

10/25/2016
terrible. asked for a nutrtionist to help with weight loss was told she really didn't have any recommendations only to go to hospital and use theirs. Also she recommended Nutrisystem or liquid diet. Fake food and eating only liquids does noes not appear to be a healthy approach to weight loss. Yet it was thrown on the table as a last resort by the dr. I feel like the visit was useless. Also, I have tried several times to as her when I was sick and really needed a dr. appointments are always 3 days to a week out. Trting to make an appointment for an illness is nearly impossible. Doctora should be available to their patients when they are sick. this is not the case at this office. Needless to say, I will be looking for a new doctor.
100

10/24/2016
Dr. Yawata is a very personable and friendly care provider. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a primary care doctor.
100

10/24/2016
I'm a relatively new patient and we are still in the process of learning about each other. I have found Dr. Yawata have the qualities that I looked for when choosing a new doctor.
100

10/18/2016
dr Yawata is so good. she listens and spends quality time with any concerns I have. she makes me feel like I am important. I'm super happy being in her care.
100

10/18/2016
I had Dr Yawata as my pcp years ago but had switched jobs and they had a different insurance. for a few years I was unhappy with my quality of care until I was able to return to Dr Yawata. she is so great at learning about the patient needs and does not rush me out or speak fast like other doctors.
100

10/11/2016
My visit was for a pre-op check up. Dr. Yawata was completely up-to-date with my health status and conducted the examination promptly and thoroughly. She also responded with other health concerns that I raised.
100

10/10/2016
I am very satisfied with my provider. She listens and explains.
100

10/09/2016
Excellent!
20

10/04/2016
A primary care provider should be accessible to patient's post-hospitalization for symptom managent, referrals and to help in avoidance of readmission. this was not the case recently. I have no faith that she would represent me in a time of need. Every appointment feels like a cattle call. she insists on seeing me every three months for medication management but never assesses me for depression or anxiety. I don't think this is good representation of whole person care. I will be changing PCP'S during open enrollment.
100

09/29/2016
I love this Dr.would like to have her as my regular Dr.
80

09/20/2016
It was great office visit
80

09/13/2016
main problem was reason for visit was to get blood test to determine if Dr. prescribed changes to thyroid med was improving abnormal levels but Lab failed to test for this. Notified by email that the test results were not showing up and was informed that Lab would contact me? but got no other followup instructions. been 3 wks.
80

09/13/2016
The care provider is pretty kind and nice with her professional treatment. However, the way to make an appointment with the provider is very difficult. I need to wait for over a week or two to see her. Also, the making appointment with the referral of specialist in the same company system is very difficult too. The need of getting treatment is always delayed. Moreover, most of the receptionists are not patient enough for ESL people who may not fully understand all the medical terms or treatments that we need.
100

09/13/2016
Providence is great,I have already recommended people to your providers and facility.
100

09/11/2016
Dr Yawata has been excellent in dealing with my health care. I'm very thankful for the attention she's paid to my health concerns.
100

09/06/2016
So far I have been very happy with the experience.
100

09/05/2016
she is an excellent Doctor!
100

08/29/2016
needed an X-ray however the machine wasn't working so now I have to go back
100

08/29/2016
Dr. Yawata the best Doctor I ever had. I appreciate her very much. She is very careing, informative, easy to talk to. I recommended her to my friend and my son. They like her very much.
100

08/26/2016
everyone at this office is excellent I have no complaints what so ever
100

08/24/2016
Dr. Yawata is very caring and really listens to you.
100

08/17/2016
Dr. Yawata made me feel very comfortable during the visit. it was like talking to a friend.
100

08/12/2016
Dr. Yawata is an excellent physician. She listened and worked all my needs as a patient. Unfortunately, one of the receptionists for my next vaccination was not knowledgeable for the Hep B vaccine and TB test schedule. She was helpful. But, it worries me because it shows that she doesn't know what she is doing.
100

08/03/2016
Fabulous care and consideration of me as a real person not just a body with organs
100

08/02/2016
Thanks to Dr. Yawatta
100

08/01/2016
first of all the staff at front desk, are professional, polite, try and get you the appointment on the day and time you need...the Drs nurses are professional , courteous and pleasant.i have nothing but the best to say about Dr Yawata...she is very very kind, courteous, LISTENS to you , explains everything to you and even though she is busy she never rushes you....she is a terrific Doctor, she cares about each and everyone of her patients....if you have a test done, X-rays etc, you get the results as soon as she gets the results and she sends you a message.....I wish there were more doctors like Dr Yawata....I give her 100% of the way she takes care of me.....
100

07/31/2016
I always get excellent care at this provider.
100

07/28/2016
Dr's asst who drew blood was excellent! Found my thin vein right away and I didn't even bruise the next day!
90

07/28/2016
everyone is very helpful and friendly.
100

07/26/2016
I'm relatively young and 110% naive. I never thought I would need a primary care physician at my age. An incident occurred where my mind was changed and I am considering Dr. Yawata as a primary care physician. Since this was my first time with one, I can't really compare, but she was very understanding and thoughtful about my needs.
100

07/19/2016
love Dr. Yawata!
100

07/13/2016
Dr. Yawata is probably the best dr. I've ever used. She is very caring, helpful and attentive. The only thing is that I was waiting almost an hour in an exam room my last 3 visits. She used to be extremely punctual. Also, there is no explanation or apology about the long wait time. But I think she's worth the wait.
100

07/12/2016
Haruko is everything you would expect from a caring, knowledgable, and always professional physician.You're lucky to have her!
90

06/30/2016
This was an appointment for pre-surgery clearance. There was a similar appointment around three months earlier for surgery on the other hip, so nearly all of my questions (about the surgery) had already been addressed at the earlier appointment and there was little needed to do other than update my records and take care of the labwork. I appreciate that Dr. Yawata took the time to follow up on changes in my health between the earlier surgery and this one.
100

06/19/2016
Unable to get reasonable appointment time for a different matter [...]
100

06/16/2016
Doctor is always on point when it comes to my concerns.
100

06/14/2016
Dr. Yawata is very conscienscious and good,.
100

05/31/2016
When I called for the appointment [...] I thought I would get in sooner. I was advised to go to urgent care if needed.
100

05/25/2016
Dr. Yawata is really wonderful, she listens carefully and responds with the best possible options.
100

05/20/2016
Dr Yawata is and always has been attentive to my needs and concerns.
100

05/17/2016
I always have good experience with Dr. yawata, nurses and receptionist.
100

05/17/2016
[...] the nurse was very helpful and respectful she assisted me with fitting me in for blood work
0

04/26/2016
[...] For my own experienced in my last visit [...] VERY unprofessional.
100

04/21/2016
I have already recommended several friends to Dr. Yawata. She is one of a kind.
100

04/19/2016
Dr Yawata is very good. The receptionist area is definitely subject for improvement. No privacy what so ever
100

04/19/2016
I love how fast I get appt, the personal attention, and convenience of this office.
100

04/12/2016
always addresses my concerns. I'm very satisfied
90

04/12/2016
good experience.
100

04/08/2016
I was very impressed with the service. As a matter fact, it was the best doctor appt experience I have ever had! You have a great team!
100

04/06/2016
Dr. Yawata has been my doctor for years and is always aware of my health and any problems I may have. She always asks about other doctors I see and what is going on with them. I feel she is very aware and interested in me and my health.
90

03/29/2016
I was very satisfied .
80

03/27/2016
Provider analyzes current medical ailments and medications with me and how Im feeling. Recommends exercising more would help me to feel better.
100

03/22/2016
Dr. Yawata & nurses take time to answer questions &/or inquires I may have. Dr. Yawata complement me when I have loss weight 7 how well I am doing to keep my sugar levels down & overall health.
100

03/22/2016
I went in for a blood panel and had a follow up appointment. The doctor listened to what I wanted and needed and I did not feel the appointment was rushed in any way. She explained the results to me and answered all questions I asked. Dr. Yawata and her nurse are very nice and knowledgeable!
90

03/22/2016
I had a great experience so far
100

03/08/2016
I been with Dr. Yawata since she was in private practice. She is knowledgeable and took care of all my concerns. When we switch to hmo and my daughter need a primary doctor, I ask dr Yawata to take her in [...]. I want to thank her for taking care of me all these years.
70

03/08/2016
Well the Medication she prescribed really didn't work it made it worse went to [...] bought over the counter medicine
100

03/06/2016
Good
100

03/03/2016
Actually went to Urgent Care, receptionist told me I could see a Doc in the office sooner than waiting in UC. He made the appointment and walked me next door. Saw the Doc. Right away, probably would have waited at least an hour in UC.
100

02/16/2016
I'm very satisfied with Dr. Yawata and I would highly recommend her.
100

02/16/2016
Dr. Yawata has always been a stand out doctor for me.
100

02/14/2016
My husband and I as well as our grown children have been seeing Dr. Yawata for well over 10 yrs we love her she's a great dr
 

01/26/2016
My providers and appointments have always been handled with great care and good regard to my well being. My appointments have also always been taken care of in a timely manner.