Tamara Montacute

Family medicine doctor

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

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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, community health, chronic disease management, mental health and office based procedures. 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. She is the co-medical director of Arbor Free Clinic, teaches several primary care focused medical student courses and spends part of her time caring for patients at the nearby Opportunity Center clinic.

Outside the clinic, she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening and playing with her daughter and 2 dogs.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (2013) CA
  • 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)


Specializing In

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • LGBT Health
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Stress Management and Anxiety
  • Travel Medicine
  • Women's Health

Practice Locations

Stanford Primary Care in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

211 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-9000

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LGBTQ+ Health Program Los Altos, CA
Los Altos, CA

960 N. San Antonio Road, Suite 101

Los Altos , CA 94022

(650) 724-8844

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(75 reviews)

I was advised of conditions, given options & choices. Dr. was interested & addressed my questions well.
Dr. Montacute was fantastic!
She do a good job!!
The doctor was interested in my well being.
Unusual attention and time.
She is the best doctor I have ever had.
A truly wonderful Doctor. Thoughtful and incredibly hard working.
I am very happy that I have Dr. Montacute. Thank you for your difficult job.
I love Dr. Montacute. One of the rare gems of a truly caring, listening physician.
My caregiver is the best!
very approachable and down to earth
Dr. Montacute was amazing, she really listened to me and my concerns and figured out a way to make me as comfortable as possible, walked me through the entire thing, gave me tips and tricks for how to distract myself and after care to minimize any pain. I really appreciated the time she took and help and understanding of my concerns!
Dr. Montacute is the best, kindest, most thorough doctor I have had in my lifetime. She truly cares, listens, and then applies her knowledge.
Doctor's follow-up was outstanding. Far better than is typical in human medicine.
Thank you Dr Montacute for understanding my pain level, your kindness, and walking me through the procedure process to ease me. Highly appreciated!
I highly recommend my PCP.
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.
I really like Dr. Montacute. Friendly, compassionate, and a good listener.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Dr. Montacute took care to explain everything about my options, the procedure I choose, and to answer all of my concerns.
My dr. is AWESOME!
Dr Montacute is a very good and thorough doctor
Dr. Montacute saved my life and I am grateful each day.
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!
Dr. Montacute is very good about explaining medications in words I can understand so that I can make an informed decision regarding my treatment.
The doctor was friendly, professional, and efficient with care.
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.
Dr. Montacute is very thorough and takes time to ensure I understand my care plan and medication.
Dr. Montacute is excellent with bedside manner; her face isn't buried in the computer monitor.
Dr. Montacute is fantastic. She is quite a treat to have as a provider.
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.
All very good.
Dr. Montacute has provided me with excellent care and treatment. She is very knowledgeable and inspires great confidence.
Care provider is very friendly and answered all of my questions during appointment and through MyHealth.
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!
Day before holiday weekend. Everyone in a great mood.
She made a special effort to talk to another doctor and get back to me with his thoughts. Excellent service!
My PCP was on family leave and suggested that I see this provider. She was excellent in every way.
last visit I ended up in the ER and everyone was great in assisting me in call my work and loved ones
I appreciated the fact that Dr Montacute contacted me a few days later to ask me if I was feeling better.
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!
Great Dr., took the time to explain until I understood. Did not rush the examination and most important listened to my concerns.
Dr Montacute is a very good Dr
Very responsive to my concerns.
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.
Dr. made me feel very comfortable and at ease.
The doctor was very sweet and informative about the procedure!
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!
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.
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.
Dr Montacute is fantastic!
This MD had a kind way of making you want to see her again.
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.
Dr. Montacute is a very good doctor and I was very pleased with my care.
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!
Dr. Montecute was fantastic
Dr Montacute was very good. Very thorough.
Dr. Montacute seemed friendly and helpful.
Friendly & professional.
She was a very good listener and carefully went through my medical history.
Each office visit has been excellent. I appreciate the amount of time the doctor spent with me.
This was my first visit to healthcare after a gap and I felt listened to and had time to explain my concerns.
Dr. Montacute is the one of most through care providers I have ever encountered
This Dr is Outstanding! Very happy with my care.
Dr. Montacute is outstanding!
everyone was very friendly, warm and professional and treated me with the utmost care.
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.
Dr Montacute is GREAT. She listens, asks great questions and really makes me feel like she cares.
I feel very lucky to get care from such a good doctor
the dr was very friendly and caring
My first meeting. It was an excellent introduction to Dr. Montacute
She was wonderful - she made sure all of my questions were completely answered. #8. Thank you!

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