Tamara Montacute

Tamara Montacute

Family medicine doctor

Bio:   Tamara Kailoa Montacute is a board certified Family Medicine physician. She enjoys taking care of the entire family (including kids), and has special interest in women’s health, adolescent health, preventative health, integrative & alternative medicine, chronic disease management, mental health, and travel medicine. She also speaks Spanish!

She was born in New Zealand, grew up in England and moved to Seattle when she was twelve. Prior to attending medical school at Stanford, she completed her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University and spent several years working on public health programs in Mexico, Panama, Ethiopia and Rwanda. After medical school, she completed a Family Medicine Residency at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose.

Outside the clinic, she enjoys hiking, biking, knitting, cooking, gardening, reading, doing yoga, running with her dogs and traveling.
4.9 out of 5
144 Patient Ratings
62 Patient Comments

Stanford Primary Care in Palo Alto

LGBTQ+ Health Program

  • 960 N. San Antonio Road
  • Suite 101
  • Los Altos , CA 94022
  • Phone: 650-498-9000
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Professional Education

  • Residency: O'Connor Hospital (2016) CA
  • Board Certification, Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine (2016)
  • Integrative Med Certificate, Arizona Center of Integrative Medicine (2016)
  • Residency, San Jose - O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Program, O'Connor-Stanford Leaders in Education Pathway (2016)
  • Medical Education, Stanford Medical School, Community Health Scholarly Concentration (2013)
  • Masters in Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, Environmental Health Sciences, Global Health Track (2008)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Barnard College, Columbia University, Major: Environmental Science, Minor: Biology (2005)

Administrative Appointments

  • Co-Director, Arbor Student Run Free Clinics (2016 - Present)
  • Minor Procedure Service Co-Lead, Stanford Family Medicine (2017 - Present)
4.9

Friendliness

4.9

Explanations

4.9

Listens

4.9

Includes you in decisions

4.9

Clear Communication

4.9

Confidence in your doctor

4.8

Recommended to others

4.5

Wait times

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Doctor's follow-up was outstanding. Far better than is typical in human medicine.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Thank you Dr Montacute for understanding my pain level, your kindness, and walking me through the procedure process to ease me. Highly appreciated!

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

I highly recommend my PCP.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. Montacute is a top notch professional. She is knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. She has great bedside manner and embodies (I CARE. She is definitely an asset to Stanford.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

I really like Dr. Montacute. Friendly, compassionate, and a good listener.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Montacute is simply awesome! I consider myself extremely fortunate to have her as my primary care provider. She is amazingly well informed on all my issues and has a terrific bedside manner with terrific (and empathic) listening skills.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Montacute is the best! She always takes time to explain everything she is very knowledgeable, I am very lucky to have her as my PCP.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr M is amazing. she took my concern seriously even though it was probably nothing- which it was. Bery thorough in making sure I understood what was going to happen, what my options were and why she was doing. I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone!

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Montacute was respectful, efficient, clear in her explanations, made sure I understood the next steps in treatment and listened to my concerns/requests for referrals.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Montacute took care to explain everything about my options, the procedure I choose, and to answer all of my concerns.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

My dr. is AWESOME!

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr Montacute is a very good and thorough doctor

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4.9 out of 5
144 Patient Ratings
62 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Doctor's follow-up was outstanding. Far better than is typical in human medicine.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Thank you Dr Montacute for understanding my pain level, your kindness, and walking me through the procedure process to ease me. Highly appreciated!

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

I highly recommend my PCP.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. Montacute is a top notch professional. She is knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. She has great bedside manner and embodies (I CARE. She is definitely an asset to Stanford.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

I really like Dr. Montacute. Friendly, compassionate, and a good listener.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Montacute is simply awesome! I consider myself extremely fortunate to have her as my primary care provider. She is amazingly well informed on all my issues and has a terrific bedside manner with terrific (and empathic) listening skills.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Montacute is the best! She always takes time to explain everything she is very knowledgeable, I am very lucky to have her as my PCP.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr M is amazing. she took my concern seriously even though it was probably nothing- which it was. Bery thorough in making sure I understood what was going to happen, what my options were and why she was doing. I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone!

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Montacute was respectful, efficient, clear in her explanations, made sure I understood the next steps in treatment and listened to my concerns/requests for referrals.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Montacute took care to explain everything about my options, the procedure I choose, and to answer all of my concerns.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

My dr. is AWESOME!

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr Montacute is a very good and thorough doctor

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr. Montacute saved my life and I am grateful each day.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

I thoroughly "enjoy" and appreciate Dr. Montacute! She is extremely attentive, thorough with her explanations & makes sure you understand what is going on. She recommends tests/exams to rule out other issues!

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr. Montacute is very good about explaining medications in words I can understand so that I can make an informed decision regarding my treatment.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

The doctor was friendly, professional, and efficient with care.

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

Dr. Montacute is always very kind and caring and seems to truly care about her patients. She is also thorough in explaining her recommendations, treatment/prescriptions, etc.

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

Dr. Montacute is very thorough and takes time to ensure I understand my care plan and medication.

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

Dr. Montacute is excellent with bedside manner; her face isn't buried in the computer monitor.

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

Dr. Montacute is fantastic. She is quite a treat to have as a provider.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

I say enough about Dr. Monticute's level of concern for my problem and the care she provided. She practices medicine and healing with knowledge and heart.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

All very good.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Dr. Montacute has provided me with excellent care and treatment. She is very knowledgeable and inspires great confidence.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Care provider is very friendly and answered all of my questions during appointment and through MyHealth.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

I have searched for 3 years for a primary care doctor & Stanford that I liked. Dr. Montacute is the one. Caring, listens to you, empathetic, explains things fantastically! So so happy to have found her!

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Day before holiday weekend. Everyone in a great mood.

SHC Patient, Sep 2018

She made a special effort to talk to another doctor and get back to me with his thoughts. Excellent service!

SHC Patient, Sep 2018

My PCP was on family leave and suggested that I see this provider. She was excellent in every way.

SHC Patient, Sep 2018

last visit I ended up in the ER and everyone was great in assisting me in call my work and loved ones

SHC Patient, Aug 2018

I appreciated the fact that Dr Montacute contacted me a few days later to ask me if I was feeling better.

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

Dr. Montacute is simply AWESOME. She is incredibly caring and empathetic, in addition to being exceptionally well informed. And even when there is something she has not encountered she immediately is on top of the latest research and resources within the Stanford medical community. She embodies what I believe a terrific PCP should be. My last visit was only one example of this. Please don's lose her!

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

Great Dr., took the time to explain until I understood. Did not rush the examination and most important listened to my concerns.

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

Dr Montacute is a very good Dr

SHC Patient, May 2018

Very responsive to my concerns.

SHC Patient, May 2018

This was my first visit and I really enjoyed chatting with Dr. Montacute. She was friendly, showed concern and interest in my health, and gave great advice.

SHC Patient, May 2018

Dr. made me feel very comfortable and at ease.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

The doctor was very sweet and informative about the procedure!

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

Dr. Montacute spent a good amount of time with my concerns. She went above & beyond with my care. She answered all of my questions and I did not feel rushed. I am grateful for her excellent care!

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

Someone knocked on the door to tell my doctor something (I think about her next appointment), so I felt like she was rushed. I usually feel like I have plenty of time with her.

SHC Patient, Feb 2018

She listens and takes time with me. She goes extra step. She is amazing doctor. She's compassionate and always wants to to know if there is anything else she can help me with. I highly recommend her to anyone.

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

Dr Montacute is fantastic!

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

This MD had a kind way of making you want to see her again.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

1) Despite amount of time spent by both Dr Montacute and the student physician (Lance), the visit still felt rushed. 2) It felt like service was being pushed -- that it was not necessarily driven purely by medical necessity, but by medical possibility. Those two comments are coupled: I'm pretty good at asking questions to ensure medical necessity is driving recommendation service procedures, but that's harder to execute in a faster-moving environment. FWIW.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

Dr. Montacute is a very good doctor and I was very pleased with my care.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

This is my first visit with Dr. Montacute. She is surprisingly good, friendly, down-to-earth, concerns about my health like a family member. I would recommend her to others and I'm hoping Dr. Montacute will continue to be this way. Loved the expert thank her!

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Dr. Montecute was fantastic

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr Montacute was very good. Very thorough.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Montacute seemed friendly and helpful.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Friendly & professional.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

She was a very good listener and carefully went through my medical history.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Each office visit has been excellent. I appreciate the amount of time the doctor spent with me.

SHC Patient, May 2017

This was my first visit to healthcare after a gap and I felt listened to and had time to explain my concerns.

SHC Patient, May 2017

Dr. Montacute is the one of most through care providers I have ever encountered

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

This Dr is Outstanding! Very happy with my care.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Montacute is outstanding!

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

everyone was very friendly, warm and professional and treated me with the utmost care.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr. Montacute is amazing! She was helpful, understanding and encouraging to get me on a healthy track. Her recommendations for treatment and explanation behind each one was fantastic! Also very warm, welcoming and professional.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr Montacute is GREAT. She listens, asks great questions and really makes me feel like she cares.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

I feel very lucky to get care from such a good doctor

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

the dr was very friendly and caring

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

My first meeting. It was an excellent introduction to Dr. Montacute

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

She was wonderful - she made sure all of my questions were completely answered. #8. Thank you!