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Recommended by BCN Tots
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Recommended by Tine Schulz
Highly recommended centrally located dentist practice. Speak German and English. Open Monday to Friday 10am-8pm
Dental Clinic Center, Paseo de Gracia 8-10, 2º 2ª
Recommended by Lara Pennington
Excellent value Barcelona-based health insurance company for all the family. You need to have been a member for 6 months before you can get cover for pregnancy and birth. All scans and appointments are covered as is the birth, including Caesarians.
Calle Valencia 106-8 Baixos
Recommended by Collage Barcelona
Centre for Yoga and holistic therapies including post-natal care, acupuncture, massage and Reiki. There are various contact numbers depending on the kind of treatment you would like.
Calle Aribau 61
Recommended by Julie Haselmayer
Dr Thorsten Faust, Pediatrician, Teknon Hospital, speaks English, German & Spanish. Comes recommended by many.
Teknon Hospital, Consultorios Vilana –Desp.129, Vilana 12
Recommended by Amy Lanham
Highly recommended English-speaking paediatrician with office located 20 minutes off south end of Diagonal
Via Internacional 1, Fontpineda, 08753, Pallejà
"I have moved around a lot, and she is definitely the best pediatrican I have even had - tremendously helpful, personable and very accessible. She even makes house calls."(AL)
Recommended by Kate Procter
Plaza Diagonal Mar Bajos, Esquina con Josep Pla., 08019 Barcelona
"We have a great dentist, they are based in Diagonal Mar, very friendly and professional (it’s a family business, the dentist is Anna and her mum Carmen is the dental nurse!!) They have helped us in a couple of emergency situations, and have always gone out of their way. Not to mention given us the odd discount ;) the clinic is brand new and they have great facilities." (KP, Oct 2010)
Recommended by Alexandra Cortina de Charlier
Andreina White is a Nutritionist and Dietitian
"My daughter and my son are both allergic to quite a lot of foods and we discovered this through some of her testing and her advice. In fact, at about 18 months my daughter was slipping into the world of autism. We started her on a very specific diet for getting her intestinal track to heal and she is doing extremely well now. She no longer has an extended belly and she is a much happier and smiley child. My son, also to a lesser extent ended up having an intolerance to milk and gluten (wheat) and when we took him off this he started to sleep better and his tonsils were no longer enlarged. As for myself she has been working on some intolerances and helping to get my energy back up. I believe she is also working with pregnant mothers - which I think is a great bonus to the mother and baby. I highly recommend her - she is very knowledgeable and thorough." (A CdC, March 2011)
Recommended by Teresa Moliner
The European Foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a privately founded international institution created in 1989. Its main objectives are the promotion, teaching, research and defense of the practice of Chinese medicine in Spain, Europe and the rest of the world.
The Foundation has the support of important and prestigious medical institutions in China. Initially, it was created by Chinese and Spanish institution. It has partnerships and joined other prestigious international institutions around the world, working towards the same goal: recognition, development, internationalization and standardization of Chinese medicine.
C/ Gran Vía de Carlos III , 64-66 local, 08028 Barcelona
"Teresa Moliner, es madre de dos niñas y actualmente trabaja de dependienta en una tienda de alimentación. Desde hace años venía sufriendo fuertes dolores de espalda provocados por una antigua contractura muscular que no se curó por completo y que le había llevado al extremo de no poder llevar un ritmo de vida normal. Eran muchas las noches en las que el dolor llegaba incluso a despertarla, haciéndole casi imposible realizar tareas tan sencillas como levantar a su hija en brazos. Su situación laboral fue empeorando a causa de su enfermedad y en el último año se vio obligada a coger la baja hasta cuatro veces a causa del intenso dolor de espalda que sentía. Con el paso de los días su situación le llegó a impedir realizar determinadas tareas del hogar y en muchas ocasiones tuvo incluso que pedir ayuda a sus familiares y amigos.
En su trabajo no era menos y para no faltar tanto y poder aguantar la jornada laboral, Teresa tomaba muchos analgésicos, antiinflamatorios además de protectores del estómago (…). Su desesperación le llevó a buscar una solución en los mejores traumatólogos, masajistas y fisioterapeutas de su ciudad pero solo le aliviaban unos días y el dolor volvía en cuanto dejaba la medicación. Fue por casualidad y gracias a un conocido de su trabajo, que le hablaron de la medicina china y de los profesionales de las Clínicas Guang An Men. Movida por su desesperación acudió, no sin escepticismo, a la visita informativa que ofrecen, de carácter gratuito, para explicar su caso y ver si se podía tratar con medicina china y cómo. Su vida dio un paulatino giro de 180 grados. Fue realizando sesiones periódicas de acupuntura y fue experimentando los efectos reguladores de la medicina china. Un día se llegó a sorprender al verse cogiendo a su niña del suelo, que se había caído, con un movimiento rápido, cosa que hacía meses era impensable. Y esta vez se le volvieron a caer las lágrimas pero no de dolor, sino de felicidad. Desde entonces Teresa es feliz, no tiene dolores por las noches, tiene una sonrisa en su expresión y todo gracias a la acupuntura que le eliminó el dolor y la inflamación, a unos masajes de Tuina que le realizaron para recuperar el equilibrio en la columna y a la fitoterapia que tomó para fortalecer sus ligamentos, tendones y musculatura en general. Ahora Teresa ya conoce el valor de la salud." (Mireia Massip Sales, MTC)
Recommended by Christine Wintersteller
English-speaking dentists for both childrens and adult needs including check-ups, orthodontics and teeth whitening.
Avda. Diagonal 281
"Thank you for the recent treatment of Simon, Hannah and Julia. Hannah is beaming with her clean teeth following your session.
It was such a pleasure to meet your staff who were so friendly and smiley! It was good to get the advice on how to motivate Simon and keep his teeth clean, lets hope it works. Once again a big thanks for the reassurance and friendly care" (CW, Nov 2011)
Recommended by clare doane
Based in Barcelona & Montseny Rosa Mas Prunés comes highly recommended. Her practice also has a collection of pratictioners specialising alternative therapies such as accupunture.
Calle Dr Santponç 80 bxos, Barcelona 08030 tel: 933468201
Germana Assumpta 1, 1r , Arbucies (Montseny) 17401 - tel: 972860779
"Personally I have not had much luck with the CAP health system. It seems every time your child is sick, they prescribe antibiotics, nevermind if the problem is infact a virus....and in my opinion antibiotics should be a last result for children, as they can really damage their natural immune system. However, I have recently had both my children visit a homeopath (Rosa Mas Prunés). She is very reasonably priced, and works miracles. Luc my oldest was hospitilised last year with chronic stomach pains, and traditional medicine/scans etc was drawing blanks. A friend recommended Rosa (as she cured her sons Asthma) who just looked in his eyes (Iriolodgy) & cured him with homepathic medicine. Amazing - he is a different child, and he loves going to the doctors (no horrible examinations/injections), and is more than happy to take the medicine. He has even refused chocolate on several occassions, as this helps him too! My other son Nico, had really horrible & dry itchy skin on his stomach & back. So I took him to see her, and without knowing what was wrong, she looked in his eyes...and described the problem, and his character etc perfectly. She described him homeopathic medicine, which he loves taking - just like his brother, and there has been a huge improvement in his skin over the last week. Seeing the improvement our kids have shown, has made even my husband - a natural medicine cynic, become a convert." (CD, May 2008)
Recommended by Chris Weber
Zoe Holden is UK trained and has been studying and practising classical homeopathy since 1999. She offers a personal, caring approach to holistic healthcare. Her focus is on you as an individual, and on your specific physical and emotional symptoms, resulting in long lasting benefits. Zoe treats babies, children, pregnant women and adults in her beautiful clinic in Gracia.
Centre Cos, Gran de Gracia, 77 Pral 1
"My daughter and I have both had the pleasure of working with Zoe; she has cared for us with knowledge and gentle encouragement. It was easy to schedule appointments and she was available for follow up questions by email which meant a lot to us. We happily recommend her to all mumabroad.com families." (CW, June 2008)
Roya is a member of “Colegio oficial de psicologos de Cataluña” and member of the Catalan association of family therapists. She offers treatment for the likes of stress, adjustment difficulties, intercultural communication issues, depression, alcohol problems, sexual disorders, psychosomatic disorders, phobias and anxiety, compulsive behavior, grieving processes for death or divorce, sleeping disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, personal coaching as well as couple therapy and family therapy.
"At the time we decided to get some help from a professional, we realized that Roya could guide us to find solutions to resolve our communication problems. She applies method with sincerity, patience, charm, and good examples and explanations, what made us empathize with each other with respect and understanding. She was totally helpful to us, and nowadays we learned a lot to confront new challenges in our couple life." (Oct 2012)
"Since my father passed away Ive been following therapy with Roya. I never had therapy before, but Roya easily made me feel comfortable and confident with her. Roya was really helpful for me to be able to analyze and understand myself. I can only strongly recommend her, I am sure she will open your view and help you to grow." (Nov 2012)
Recommended by Laura Collado
English, French, Spanish and Italian speaking doctor specializing in general medicine, sports medicine and ostheopathy, diet and nutrition.
Dr. Marc Lorenzelli, Rbla. de Catalunya, 101, Principal, 08008
Recommended by Lara Pennington
Child-friendly dentist offering regular check-ups as well as orthodontic work - located just off Avenida Diagonal.
Vía Augusta 28-30, 08006 Barcelona
"I took my 4 year old to his first dentist appointment and we had a really positive experience. The female dentist and her assistant were very child friendly (he loved their Sponge Bob uniforms) & Disney channel on the TV above his head kept him distracted. They checked, cleaned and "painted" his teeth with Fluoride all for a VERY reasonable price ! We will definitely return." (LP, Sep 2012)
Recommended by Uby Munoz
Dorte Froreich is a German naturopath y nutritionist working in Barcelona working with both the Barcelona Well Woman Clinic and also Marenostrum. Dorte offers health workshops for pregnancy, babies, children and families.
"I am honoured and proud to have nutritionist and naturopath Dorte Froreich as part of the therapist team at the Barcelona Well Woman Clinic. Her broad range of knowledge in nutrition and health is invaluable. Dorte has a knack for motivating patients, aducating them, following up with them and getting great results. She is especially skilled with families. I refer a high volume of patients to her and she is able to motivate them and make a crucial improvements that prolong their well-being and their lives. Her family nutrition talks are very popular as she breaks complex material down, making it accessible and easy to understand." (UM, March 2011)
Recommended by Ilonka Schafer
Claudia Petain is German but speaks English & Spanish. Accepts Asistencia Sanitaria, Allianz, Mutua General de Catalunya, Axa Winterthur, Sanitas, DKV, HNA, Nectar, Antares, Cigna and Sanitas.
Clinica Sagrada Familia
Segunda planta. Consultorio 2.8
C/ Torras i Pujalt 11-29, 08022, Barcelona
Movil: 660533040 Tel: 935661215
Centre Medic Gran Via Carles III, 97, 08028, Barcelona
Tuesday morning from 10:00 until 14:00h
"My gynaecologist is Claudia Pedain who I can recommend without any doubt, she is really great!" (IS, November 2012)
Recommended by Alice Byram
Barcelona Well Woman Clinic is an integrated health practice, combining both medical and complementary care. They aim to help women achieve optimum health at every life stage. They have experts in:
- physiotherapy & pilates
- psychotherapy & psychology
- therapuetic yoga & Thai massage
C/ del Bruc, 38
Tel: (+34) 622720499
"I knew I was pregnant because of the terrible migraines I was having. What was supposed to be a positive experience quickly turned into a succession of days off work and an awful quality of life. Uby has reduced me the frequency of my migraines to a level I didnt have before becoming pregnant. She has also brought a tranquility to my life which Ill admit is too stressed. I can highly recommend her calming influence during pregnancy and at any other time when you may need to regain a more healthy life style." (AB, June 2008)
Recommended by Elena
Dr. Cristophe Allard, French pediatrician. Also speaks Spanish and English. He has a private practice, but if you have a health insurance with "libre eleccion" option, you can be reinbursed.
Calle Aribau, 18, 2° 1a, 08011 Barcelona
Tél: 933011153 / 606575656
"He is beyond great, very pragmatic and thorough. My son also had some serious health problems when he was a newborn and the CAP doctor (in Manso), hadnt detected anything. That´s when I switched doctor and always gone there since. I have recommended him to other mums and they have all been very happy with him too." (EL, April 2012)
Recommended by Sophie D
Orthodontist Joan Raga specialises in Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment where patients wear a series of clear, removable orthodontic aligners which are adjusted as the teeth shift into place without metal or wires.
Calle Pomaret, 22, Barcelona 08017
"If you don’t already know the Invisalign orthodontic treatment, I keenly recommend it. Invisalign uses a series of transparent aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners have to be changed every two weeks at home, but you only have to go and see the orthodontist every two months. I had planned on my 10-year-old son using railway tracks, but our orthodontist, Invisalign specialist Joan Raga recommended the Invisalign Teen technique. Pau has almost finished his treatment after just 10 months!! I must say that I am completely satisfied with the result. These braces don’t move in the mouth and you can still keep your teeth clean. So this is a recommendation from a delighted mother, whose son not only has a perfect smile but also super clean teeth!" (SD, Nov 2013)
Recommended by Charlotte Francis
English-speaking Osteopath based in Barcelona Old Town. Katy McConkey's treatments optimise the working of different systems such as digestive functioning, lymphatic drainage, blood circulation, or skeletal and muscular movement. Osteopathy targets all groups of people in the same way as traditional medicine; new born, toddlers, children, teenagers, adults and the elderly.
Calle del General Castañas 2A
"I attended a sleep trial which was held at Katy's clinic. The combination of cranial osteopathy and cognitive behavioural therapy involved in the trial was life transforming. Having been a life-long insomniac, the sessions provided practical and emotional tips on dealing with this chronic problem which affects so many people`s lives. I highly recommend Katy, whose knowledge and passion for her subject is unmatched by any other health therapist I have come across" (CF, May 2015)
Recommended by Sairica Rose
Dra Lena Mercadal Piera heads up the NaturMedic Clinic in Barcelona where she combines her knowledge of traditional medicine with alternative therapies. The clinic offers acupuncture, homeopathy and Shiatsu, amongst many others therapies.
“My acupuncturist is amazing. She is an ex-surgeon so also fully medically trained and very reasonably priced. The first visit is about 70 euros, and after that it's 35 euros. I can't say enough good things about her. I had a difficult pregnancy which I was told was non-viable and I truly believe she saved my little girl's life (she's now a big, bouncing 8 month old). She has also worked with several of my friends, for different reasons ranging from pain-relief to anxiety.” (SR, Sept 2015)