Natasha Polensek M.D., F.A.A.P.

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (139 Ratings, 35 Comments)


  • Pediatrics

Special focus on

  • Pediatrics (General)


  • M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Oregon 1990
  • Residency:

    • Pediatrics, Oregon Health & Science University, 1994
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Pediatrics, 2007


Dr. Polensek specializes in caring for all sorts of kids in her general pediatric practice from birth through age 24. She also directs a clinic for kids with severe obesity and obesity-related disorders and is interested in a community-wide approach to working on this issue.

She is a founding board member of Health Bridges International,, a local nonprofit that performs various health related and medical projects in several countries, but with a concentration in Peru. She spent several years traveling the globe and becoming involved in various projects but returned to Portland to be a doting aunt to her niece and nephew. She enjoys reading, dancing, camping and tai chi in her free time.


  • English
  • French (some)

Memberships and associations

  • American Academy Of Pediatrics

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (139 Ratings, 35 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Feb 19, 2019

    We love Dr. Polensek as our pediatrician. She is kind and caring and genuinely interested in connecting with my daughter, and she's just all around amazing.

  • Feb 15, 2019

    She is very professional. She's nice.

  • Jan 25, 2019

    Dr. Polensek is an amazing health care provider a OHSU. She absolutely serves the mission, and is very focused on her patients. We have always had an exceptional experience at Family Medicine at South Waterfront. One thing that I am concerned about is that, as a patient, they brought Center for Health & Healing on board 13 years ago, and it was such an amazing, beautiful facility to visit, and it's unfortunate that the administration has decided to not continue investing in that facility as a flagship beacon for the OHSU mission, as well as the other facilities that are coming on board there. They really need to focus on continuing their capital improvements, their infrastructure *

  • Jan 16, 2019

    We love of Dr. Polensek and Troy and we're very happy with him.

  • Nov 29, 2018

    Dr. Polensek is so kind, caring, thoughtful, and talented, ALWAYS! Highly recommend her.

  • Nov 28, 2018

    We love Dr. Polensek, she takes care of our kids well and seems to really want them to feel comfortable going to her or setting up a relationship where they would be comfortable going to any doctor and that means a lot to us. I think that for a family needing the same things we're needing out of a pediatrician she would be perfect.

  • Nov 18, 2018

    Excellent and knowledgeable staff

  • Nov 14, 2018

    Dr Polensek is a great provider!

  • Nov 08, 2018

    Hello, my name is [Name]. And Dr. Polensek has been a great doctor for all of my four kids throughout the years, and she's still doing a wonderful job, and I thank her.

  • Oct 16, 2018

    Frustrating when providers running late for baby vaccination appointments

  • Oct 12, 2018

    She was patient, thorough, kind, knowledgeable, and funny. I am so happy she is our provider!

  • Oct 11, 2018

    It was positive.

  • Oct 03, 2018

    Dr. Polensek is a fantastic pediatrician!

  • Sep 29, 2018

    Very attentive, communicative and friendly. Takes time to check in and aee how your doing whole health wise. Also makes sure to make a personal connection with the kids.

  • Sep 27, 2018

    I've gone here for 18 years and have no plans on ever changing providers. Always awesome people and care!

  • Sep 26, 2018

    Dr. Polensek has been my son's provider for almost ten years and we always have a good experience with her.

  • Sep 14, 2018

    Dr. Polensek is such a wonderful healthcare provider, and an even better person. She makes asking questions easy, responds professionally yet understandably, and is all around a fantastic physician.

  • Sep 13, 2018

    Excellent service

  • Sep 12, 2018

    She listens to me and seems personable.

  • Sep 03, 2018

    I liked Dr Polenshek (I may be misspelling it, though) because she seemed genuinely interested in meeting us and discussing my questions. she gave us time, and that is very valuable attention indeed.

  • Aug 17, 2018

    Completely positive.

  • Aug 15, 2018

    Good listener, gives detailed explanations

  • Aug 15, 2018

    Very good

  • Aug 10, 2018

    She is incredibly knowledgeable and compassionate and takes time and really understands my very complex special needs child. She is an amazing doctor.

  • Aug 09, 2018

    Dr. Natalia is very nice very enthusiastic and she take good care of the kids, very good at communication with kids. The only problem is that we, I want a little more time, for asking questions. I? when I saw her I expect? is gonna come back and give me some time to ask question, but unfortunately she's too busy because she needs to see the next patient, so I did not... I cannot ask a few questions, before I leave that's a pity but in general she's a good doctor.

  • Aug 08, 2018

    Dr. Polensek is amazing! I really like her. She is very nice and an all around good person and doctor. I appreciated how she mentioned that home remedies are usually just as good as medicines or drugs for the cold that I have. She also asked me about what was going on in my life, and I had a nice time talking to her.

  • Jul 31, 2018

    Yes we really love the Dr. Polensek she's great wonderful the only concern we have is that she's young I understand not 18 I'm just not very happy with the situation not being in the room at certain times with her when she agrees that we can be and I just think that it's not right for her age you know we are you know fully responsible for her and it just bothers me as a 14 year old we have to step out of the room sometimes so that would be my only concern at this time.

  • Jul 19, 2018

    The dr was fine, but I would discourage friends from using OHSU family medicine at south waterfront because my family and I are consistently seen anywhere from 45 minutes to a well over an hour after our scheduled appointment. We are typically called back for the appointment at least 30 to 45 minutes after the scheduled appointment time. I can understand a short or occasional delay but the consistently very late appointments make it so it?s no longer worth going to this clinic. It?s pretty clearly a systemic problem with the scheduling and not the fault of any individual provider, as it happens irrespective of who we are seeing. It makes me feel like the clinic does not respect my time, and as a working mom of two small kids, is very frustrating.

  • Jul 18, 2018

    She is very good with my kids and treats them with respect, listening to them and their concerns. I appreciate that she takes the time to check in with me as well as takes time to have one on one discussions with the kids.

  • Jul 17, 2018

    Dr. Polansek is very knowledgeable and kind. She spends as much time as needed to ensure good care is received.

  • Jul 11, 2018

    Consistently very late - more than an hour for each of our three appointments. This is very hard with babies because of their eating and sleeping schedule.Is kind, but doesn?t seem to provide concise counsel.

  • Mar 11, 2018

    wish this doctor saw adult s too. I would switch to her.

  • Mar 04, 2018

    The language used was very simplistic and understandable. As many of [Name]'s family members are in the medical field, she does understand basic medical terminology, phrases, etc. There is a chance that the ease and simplicity of the way the doctor speaks can come off in a condescending way. As someone in the medical field, I just reminded myself and [Name] that doctors are use to talking to those who aren't as fortunate to have the information and knowledge we do, so it wasn't her being rude...

  • Feb 27, 2018

    She was an hour late and did not apologize. She got the timeline of illness wrong multiple times. She seemed distracted and I didn't feel confident she was focusing on my child. She did ultimately diagnose correctly: viral rash, and gave us guidelines for what to watch out for, but did not offer recommendations about topical or oral medications despite me mentioning that my son's rash "extremely itchy." A physician colleague of mine recommended an oral antihistamine and topical corticosteroid, which was a great idea to help my son with his miserable itch. She also didn't fully undress him to see his entire body to determine exactly where the rash was, which I found unacceptable.

  • Nov 14, 2017

    Excellent experience with the doctor, only complaint about experience was the late start to the exam.

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