I just got off the phone with Susan at the office of Dr. Stacey B. Charnes' (pronounced Charn-ez) and I think I've found my new doctor! Susan was really helpful and didn't treat me like an idiot when pregnancy brain made me forget where Long Island Jewish Hospital was located (New Hyde Park, just in case you're curious). I was able to book an appointment right away despite having left my insurance card at home.
What I learned from Susan: The medical group where Dr. Charnes works in Forest Hills is not an all-female group, so there is a chance you may need to work with a male doctor in an emergency. Dr. Charnes is available Wednesdays and Thursdays (which doesn't help us ladies who work), but I was told I will only need to have a Wed or Thurs appointment the first time I visit the group (I assume this means other doctors will do weigh-ins if I opt for another day of the week.)
My appointment with Dr. Charnes is the second week of August, so I'll be able to give you my thoughts on her bedside manner, etc. then. I'm just hoping I've finally hit the Queens OB/GYN jackpot. Dr. Charnes has been reccomended a few times on UrbanBaby.com, but nothing is very recent. We shall see what next month brings.
Dr. Charnes' info:
6905 Yellowstone Blvd
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Happy hunting to all of you in the same position!