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Marika Saarinen, PharmD, CDE
Marika Saarinen, PharmD, CDE
Would recommend provider
4.9 out of 5 stars

76 Patient Ratings

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Diabetes Center

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Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center
Virginia Mason Lynnwood Medical Center


Hospital & Seattle Medical Center  (206) 223-6627
Lynnwood Medical Center  (425) 712-7900

Diabetes Education, Diabetes, Endocrinology/Metabolism

Board Certifications
National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, Certified Diabetes Educator

Joined Virginia Mason - January 2006

Patient Ratings
All ratings are submitted by Virginia Mason patients and are verified by an independent, national patient survey company. Ratings are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. Learn about the ratings.

Would recommend provider
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.9 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
4.8 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
4.8 out of 5 stars

Patient Comments
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May 2017
Maria is the best!!

April 2017
Marika is a wonderful care provider. I always learn something during every visit that helps me understand and manage my type 1 diabetes!

March 2017
Have worked with Marika over the years. Very much what VM should have as an exemplary care provider: caring, knowledgeable, positive.

March 2017
Marika is always courteous, on time, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. She listens to my health concerns and helps me the best anyone ever has. Marika is an asset to your organization!

February 2017
Marika was super excellent (I am NOT an easy-grader.")

January 2017
This was my initial visit w/this physician. She was very thorough, knowledgeable & had helpful recommendations. I am very happy.

January 2017
Marika has an excellent understanding of diabetes type I and explains it carefully to the patient.

November 2016
I am totally pleased with my diabetes care with Dr. Lee and MARIKA.

November 2016

September 2016
Marika speaks to me as if we were old friends. I feel like she is invested in me as a person.

September 2016
Marika is excellent. Very caring.

August 2016
Marika did an excellent job of helping me problem issues with post prenatal blood sugar spikes.

July 2016
Spents 20 min. - Excellent experience. I have recommended her to others.

July 2016
She was so kind and personable and funny. I was dreading this visit until I met her.

July 2016
Marika always takes time to listen and tries to understand my point of view before she gives advice. She is wonderful!

June 2016
Marika is outstanding. I hope she never leaves.

June 2016
Marika consistently exceeds expectations by a wide margin

May 2016
Marika is the best diabetes ED I´ve ever had everything you could want or ask for.

March 2016
Marika is friendly, competent & knowledgeable. She is well prepared and always has helpful information regarding my health and treatments. I totally trust her!

February 2016
Always good!

January 2016
Marika continues to be absolutely outstanding. Knowledgeable, intelligent, articulate, caring-- you could not ask for more.

January 2016
I have been seeing Marika for years. She is wonderful.

December 2015
Marika was very sweet and pleasant. She was so knowledgeable about the insulin pump I was relieved!

November 2015
Love my provider! So attentive and on top of things.

October 2015
I misunderstood or wasn´t told the correct amount of insulin for pump cartridge.

August 2015
Marika was outstanding. I have had diabetes over 030 years; she is the best ever in her role. I plan to return to her.

July 2015
Marika Saarinen is a true professional... The best treatment I´ve ever received.

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Special Interest(s)
Diabetes education and medication management, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors.

Purdue University School of Pharmacy, West Lafayette, Ind., 2006

General Residency, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, 2007

Personal Information
When not working, Marika enjoys gardening, hiking and photography.

On Patients
"My priorities are to help patients make informed choices and fit diabetes management into their lifestyles. It is rewarding to be part of a patient's achievement of goals."

Professional Activities and Awards
American Association of Diabetes Educators
Washington Association of Diabetes Educators
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists