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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
  • PIH Health Hospital - Downey Regional Medical Center, Downy CA
Residency
  • PIH Health Hospital - 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 (287 Ratings, 94 Comments)

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12/29/2017
Dr. Yawata does an excellent job of listening to my concerns and answering my questions. I would guess that I don't fall into the "easy" patient category, yet Dr. Yawata never makes me feel rushed or foolish for any questions I ask.
100

12/26/2017
Good Experience
100

12/21/2017
Dr. Yawata is caring and knowledgeable. she cares about healing and getting better and has always given the best care. she doesn't just throw pills at the problem like some dr.s. she spends time and really listens which is very refreshing. she came highly recommended by a friend and I haven't been disappointed. I love her!
100

12/19/2017
all very good
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12/10/2017
I have a good patient-doctor relationship with Dr. Yawata. She's an emphatic listener and is thorough with her evaluations, recommendations, and remedies. I have no complaints.
100

11/15/2017
Dr Yawata is the best dr that I have ever had.She listens to you, is compassionate, caring and takes her time with you.Please send her a letter commending her, She truly cares about her patients.The entire staff is friendly efficient, make every effort to get you the appointment when you need it.This is the best office ever.
100

11/13/2017
Dr. Yawata is the best. My only regret is that she was not my primary Dr. for the last three or four years.
100

10/29/2017
Dr Yawata is always helpful and attentive to my medical needs, her assistant is gracious, as are the receptionists.
100

10/26/2017
Doctor is thorough and caring.
100

10/25/2017
Excellent provider. She has got to know me very well over the years
100

10/24/2017
Dr. H. Yawata is a very good doctor who cares and listens to her patient. She will refer you to specialists and tests as needed a double checks medicines and inoculation records, etc. She is a very fine, thorough and empathic doctor which I appreciate.
100

10/23/2017
very good
100

10/20/2017
Excellent team of health caregivers. Dr Yawata is an exceptional and talented physician.
100

10/18/2017
She really listens
100

10/18/2017
Dr. Yawata has been one of the best doctors I've ever had!
100

10/16/2017
Dr. Yawata has been my doctor for over 15 years. She is familiar with my lifestyle and my health situation and she is very good about any suggestions or needs I have. I trust her a lot.
100

10/10/2017
I am very pleased with my care I receive for Dr. Yawata. She is always professional and caring and willing to listen.
90

10/04/2017
everything was fine, just had to wait a really long time both in the waiting room and the patient room. I walked into the hall to ask if they forgot about me, and they told me I'd be next, with no acknowledgement of how long I'd been in there waiting. It was freezing and just frustrating. the Dr apologized when she came in, but her assistant shouldn't have called me back if the Dr wasn't ready for me.
100

10/04/2017
Dr. Yawata created a treatment plan and referral to the dermatologist regarding the issue.
100

10/03/2017
The staff is very polite and helpful with checking in and check it out and Dr. Yawata is the best
100

10/02/2017
Dr Yawata is the best doctor I've ever had. [...]
100

09/26/2017
We are very happy with Dr. Yawata, she explains the medications and always answers all our questions, appts with her never feel rushed.
100

09/26/2017
Dr. Yawata has been my primary doctor for some time now and has been a very good doctor for me. she is very professional and knowledgeable in her field. she takes the time to explain the Health Care that I'm receiving and address any of my health concerns
100

09/22/2017
I really like Dr. Yawata. She listens to my concerns and does what she can to provide me with answers or the help I need.
100

09/19/2017
trying to get an oppintment online was not ease
100

09/19/2017
Dr Yawata is amazing. Love her, my mom dad and myself see her. my older daughter use to see her, but she moved too far to continue seeing her, or she would have. excellent doctor
90

09/15/2017
the main frustration is making appointments where the doctors office has to be contacted before you can make a specific appointment and being told someone will call you back. sometimes they don't and you have to follow up yourself and go through the whole conversation again. Also, when you get a voicemail and someone specific leaves a message saying to call them back to answer a question and you do that and the person you speak to doesn't know the person who left you the voicemail and you have to go through the whole thing again with someone different. So communication is not consistent and I find I have to repeat messages to different people before I get though to the right person.
 

09/14/2017
Everyone that I came in contact with was very professional, friendly, kind and in good spirit. very helpful and informative. The staff made my appointments very easy and comfortable.
100

09/11/2017
[...] It was my first visit and I did not go in with my records. I needed to have someone look at last years mammogram compared to this years. I brought them in 3 weeks ago and still have not heard from the doctor. My last tests show two most likely noncancerous masses, but as of yet, no one has compared the results to my past mammograms to see if I should get a biopsy. I am scheduled to have another mammogram next month. No one is communicating with me and since I have had breast cancer in the past, I think it is important.
100

09/06/2017
service are excellent
100

09/04/2017
I like going to this facility because it's never crowded, and it's calm, clean, and always pleasant, including the waiting room. I don't feel like just a number.
100

08/31/2017
The service provider very caring
100

08/25/2017
Thank you very much to all of you.
80

08/10/2017
Very caring, listens wells and explains things as she goes along while testing if asked. However, I would prefer a doctor that would explain it without being asked [...]. I just love how I can get test results with MyChart so quickly!
100

08/09/2017
very friendly people in office! I was called in right away for my appointment!
100

08/02/2017
Excellent MD. No complaints whatsoever
100

08/02/2017
everyone very caring professional and very helpful
100

07/26/2017
very good.
100

07/26/2017
There was no privacy when speaking to reception in front of the entire waiting room, that's the only thing that bothered me
40

07/24/2017
the doctor seemed a little rushed during my visit. I had a complaint about sore hands and the recommendation (without follow up questioning) was "try not to use your hands much." helpful!
100

07/20/2017
I had excellent experience with my Dr. she is very nice.
100

06/28/2017
Dr. Haruko Yawata is a provider who really cares about her patients. She listens and explains in detail what is going on. I tell everyone looking for a new doctor about her.
80

06/21/2017
She is very kind, respectful and listens well. She seems to have good general medical knowledge.
100

06/20/2017
This was my first visit with this excellent provider.
70

06/19/2017
The first available appointment was over four weeks from the date I called. I feel that it should not take that long.
100

06/19/2017
Dr. Yawata is by far the best PCP I've ever had. She is usually prompt and always gives me the attention I need. She is very concerned and sensitive to my health needs and takes as much time with me as I need. She listens, has suggestions and together, we find what treatment(s) works best for me. I feel very fortunate to have found her.
100

06/15/2017
Dr. Yawata is very careing and answers all my questions. She is the best Dr.
100

06/07/2017
She's very personable and makes me feel comfortable on my visits.
100

05/31/2017
Dr. Yawata is everything I would hope from a Primary Care doctor. She listens, never makes me feel I'm taking up too much time, gets referrals in motion immediately and responds to questions I ask through My Chart.
100

05/26/2017
Excellent personnel, doctor always open and listening.
100

05/23/2017
Very satisfied.
100

05/18/2017
I love Dr. Yawata and the entire staff at this office. Everyone treats me with respect and dignity and are always cheerful. Even when I think I'm being a pain, they still smile and remain patient with me. This is a top notch office - my favorite of all time!
100

05/17/2017
I'm a returning patient with dr yawata, I changed insurance carriers but I liked her so much that I chose her as my dr again
 

05/15/2017
I have always had a good experience with Dr. Yawata.She is very understanding.
100

05/05/2017
Dr. Yawata explained the results of the bone scan and a course of treatment. She is professional, attentive, caring but most of all I trust her judgement.
90

05/02/2017
even though I didn't get a call about my test results, I did get emails with links to the results online.
100

05/01/2017
very good
100

05/01/2017
Best Dr. I've had in a long while.
90

04/24/2017
the only thing is that lately when me or my kids get sick and need to see a dr or preferably our own dr it is hard or too far out to wait.
90

04/24/2017
I have only had two appointments, but I have been completely impressed with the staff, Dr. Hiwata, the follow up, the efficiency of getting in and out without compromising patient care, but most of all I felt that I was treated with respect and dignity. My heartfelt appreciation goes out to all the staff!
100

04/13/2017
Dr Yawata listens to your needs and respects your wishes as to what tests or shots I do not like or need. I believe in natural health and do not wish to do certain tests.
90

04/05/2017
First time visit with Dr. Yawata, as my long-term physician retired at the end of 2016. I liked her and provided her with my records on a flashdrive. My wife will be seeing her, as well.
100

03/29/2017
Dr. Yawata is very attentive and caring physician. She is my PCP for almost 10 years now and always give me the best care.
80

03/27/2017
Dr. Yawata takes the time to listen what you have to say regarding your ailment. Asesses the problem and the treatment for your ailment. Also does follow ups to see how you are doing.
100

03/21/2017
Dr. Yawata is a compassionate dr.
100

03/06/2017
I am too new to the healthcare and I am very pleased
70

03/05/2017
Lab put that they have my blood samples but I have not given them
100

02/28/2017
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

02/24/2017
while my health care provider is great, the referral process is unsatisfactory!
100

02/22/2017
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

02/21/2017
not very friendly and I will not return to see her.
100

02/16/2017
Always listens to me and explain things so I can understand.
100

02/07/2017
Excellent
100

02/07/2017
It is a superb medical practice. Very professional, helpful and friendly.
100

02/07/2017
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

02/07/2017
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

01/30/2017
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

01/28/2017
I can relate to this doctor, I don't feel intimidated
70

01/24/2017
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

01/20/2017
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

01/18/2017
my experiences with Dr Yawata have been very good. She tries to accomodate my requests at all times.
100

01/17/2017
waiting for a referral is too long when in pain!
100

01/04/2017
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

12/30/2016
Physician and assistance were very good listening to my personal issues.
100

12/29/2016
She listens very well.
90

12/27/2016
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

12/26/2016
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.
 

12/26/2016
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

12/20/2016
I am very pleased with the health care services .
80

12/02/2016
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

11/29/2016
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

11/22/2016
Dr. Yawata is a caring doctor. She always listens and understands me. She is the best!
80

11/21/2016
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

11/21/2016
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.