Haruko T. Yawata, D.O.

Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
Haruko Taro Yawata, D.O., grew up in Southern California. Her medical education took her to Missouri and then back to California, and she has been practicing in the area since 1999. Dr. Yawata's patients view her as an approachable and friendly physician, and a good listener. She believes her role as a physician is not only to treat the illness, but also to provide her patients with tools to prevent disease and to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. When not at work, Dr. Yawata enjoys a variety of activities, including reading, traveling, going to the movies and spending time with her two children.
Kirksville College Of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
Medical School
PIH Health Hospital - Downey Regional Medical Center, Downy CA
PIH Health Hospital - Downey Regional Medical Center, Downy CA
Board Certifications
  • American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, Family Medicine
Clinical Interests
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abnormal Bowel Movement
  • Abnormal Stool
  • Abnormal Weight Loss
  • Abrasion
  • Acne
  • Actinic Cheilitis
  • Acute Arthritis
  • Aging
  • Alcohol Dependency
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergic Wheezing
  • Allergies
  • Allergy To Insects
  • Altered Bowel Habits
  • Anal Itching
  • Anal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Angular Cheilitis
  • Animal Bite
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Instability
  • Annual Examination
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Aphthous Ulcers
  • Arm Pain
  • Arm Weakness
  • Arthralgia
  • Asthma
  • B12 Deficiency Anemia
  • Back Injury
  • Back Muscle Injury
  • Back Pain
  • Bedbugs
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Bereavement
  • Bilateral Knee Pain
  • Birth Control Counseling
  • Birthmark
  • Bleeding Hemorrhoids
  • Blister
  • Blood In Stool
  • Blurred Vision
  • Breast Discharge
  • Breast Lump
  • Bright Red Blood Per Rectum
  • Bronchitis
  • Bruising
  • Burns
  • Camp Physicals
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cardiovascular Disease Management
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cellulitis
  • Cerumen Removal
  • Chest Pain
  • Chlamydia
  • Choking Sensation
  • Cholesterol Disorders
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Chronic Abdominal Pain
  • Chronic Cough
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Migraines
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Claudication
  • Cold Intolerance
  • Cold Sore
  • College Health
  • Common Cold
  • Concussion
  • Concussion Testing
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Confusion
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Constant Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Coping
  • Cough
  • Cradle Cap
  • Cystitis
  • Daytime Sleepiness
  • Decrease In Appetite
  • Decreased Libido
  • Dehydration
  • Dementia
  • Depressed Mood
  • Depression
  • Dermatophytosis
  • Developmental Assessment
  • Diabetes Counseling
  • Diabetes Education
  • Diabetes Management
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Diabetes Therapy
  • Diarrhea
  • Diet And Exercise
  • Diet And Nutrition
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Disorder Of Balance
  • Distractible
  • Diverticulitis
  • Dizziness
  • Drug Reaction
  • Dry Nose
  • Dry Scalp
  • Dry Sinus
  • Dry Skin
  • Dyshidrosis
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dysphagia
  • Dysphoria
  • Dyspnea On Exertion
  • Dysuria
  • Ear Discharge
  • Ear Drainage
  • Ear Exam
  • Ear Infections
  • Ear Pressure
  • Earache
  • Eating Disorders
  • Eczema
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Emphysema
  • Employee Health
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Environmental Allergies
  • Epicondylitis
  • Epigastric Pain
  • Epistaxis
  • Erectile Disorder
  • Eructation
  • Erythema
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Pain
  • Eye Strain
  • Face Swelling
  • Facial Nerve Palsy And Paresis
  • Facial Pain
  • Facial Tingling
  • Falls
  • Family History Heart Disease
  • Family History Of Cancer
  • Fasciculations
  • Fatigue
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Feeding Problems
  • Fever
  • Fever With Chills
  • First Degree Burns
  • Flatulence
  • Floaters
  • Flu Shot Vaccination
  • Folliculitis
  • Food Allergy
  • Food Poisoning
  • Foot Pain
  • Frailty
  • Frequency Of Urination
  • Frequent Urinary Tract Infections
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Genital Herpes, Female
  • Genital Herpes, Male
  • Genital Warts
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Gout
  • Graves' Disease
  • Grief
  • Groin Mass
  • Groin Pain
  • Hand Pain
  • Head Congestion
  • Head Lump
  • Headache
  • Health Maintenance
  • Hearing Loss
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Racing
  • Heat Intolerance
  • Heel Pain
  • Hematochezia
  • Hematuria
  • Hemoptysis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis A Vaccination
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • Hernia
  • Herpes
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Herpetic Whitlow
  • Hip Pain
  • Hirsutism
  • Hoarseness
  • Hpv Vaccination
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Immunizations
  • Impacted Cerumen
  • Impetigo
  • Infectious Mononucleosis
  • Influenza
  • Ingrown Hair
  • Ingrown Nail
  • Injury To Foot
  • Injury To Hand
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Intention Tremor
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Intertrigo
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Irritability
  • Itchy Ear
  • Jaundice
  • Joint Sprain
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Joint Swelling
  • Joint Warmth
  • Keloid
  • Keratin Cyst
  • Keratitis
  • Keratosis Pilaris
  • Knee Click
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Laryngitis
  • Learning Disability
  • Leg Numbness
  • Leg Pain
  • Leg Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Lice
  • Lifestyle Modification
  • Lipoma
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lump In Throat
  • Lyme Disease
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Malaise And Fatigue
  • Measles Vaccination
  • Memory Disorders
  • Men's Health
  • Meningitis Vaccination
  • Migraine
  • Mmr Vaccine
  • Mood Symptoms
  • Motion Sickness
  • Mouth Bleeding
  • Mouth Pain
  • Mouth Ulcer
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Muscle Strain
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myalgia
  • Nail Diseases
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nausea
  • Neck Muscle Injury
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Sprain
  • Neonatal Acne
  • Nevus
  • Newborn Care
  • Newborn Feeding Problems
  • Night Sweats
  • Nightmares
  • Nipple Discharge
  • Noisy Breathing
  • Norovirus
  • Nose Pain
  • Numbness
  • Nutrition And Health
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Obesity
  • Odynophagia
  • Optic Migraines
  • Orthopnea
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Otalgia
  • Otitis
  • Overweight
  • Pain In Digit
  • Painful Periods
  • Palpitations
  • Panic Reaction
  • Paresthesia
  • Paronychia
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Penile Bleeding
  • Penile Discharge
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Persistent Cough
  • Pertussis
  • Pharyngitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pleurisy
  • Pleuritic Pain
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumonia Vaccination
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Polypharmacy
  • Positional Vertigo
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • Prediabetes
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Problems With Smell And Taste
  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Prostate Examination
  • Prostate Specific Antigen
  • Pruritus
  • Pulmonary Infections
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Rash
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Pain
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Rhinitis
  • Rosacea
  • Scab
  • Scabies
  • Scaly Skin
  • School Anxiety
  • Sciatica
  • Scratchy Voice
  • Scrotal Pain
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Secondary Enuresis
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Severe Asthma
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Shin Splints
  • Shingles Vaccination
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Strain
  • Sinus Pain
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Abscess
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Skin Conditions
  • Skin Tag
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep Terrors
  • Slowing Of Urinary Stream
  • Smoker's Cough
  • Snoring
  • Sore Throat
  • Spider Bite
  • Splinter Removal
  • Sports Physical
  • Sprain
  • Sputum Production
  • Staphylococcus
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Stomach Pain
  • Stool Changes
  • Straining On Urination
  • Strep Throat
  • Stress Incontinence
  • Stridor
  • Stye
  • Substance Abuse
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Sunburn
  • Suture Removal
  • Swallowing Problem
  • Syncope
  • Tachycardia
  • Teething
  • Tension Headache
  • Testicular Pain
  • Throat Tightness
  • Thyroid Disorder
  • Tick-Borne Infections
  • Tinea Capitis
  • Tinea Corporis
  • Tinea Cruris
  • Tinea Pedis
  • Tingling
  • Tinnitus
  • Tobacco Use Cessation
  • Tongue Pain
  • Tongue Swelling
  • Tracheobronchitis
  • Travel Medicine
  • Traveler's Diarrhea
  • Tremor
  • Tuberculosis Testing
  • Twitching
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Type I Diabetes
  • Unsteady Gait
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Urethral Discharge
  • Urge Incontinence
  • Urinary Hesitation
  • Urinary Retention
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Urinary Urgency
  • Urticaria
  • Vaccines
  • Varicella Vaccination
  • Varicella Virus
  • Vasovagal Syncope
  • Vertigo
  • Viral Conjunctivitis
  • Visual Discomfort
  • Visual Disturbance
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Vitamin Deficiency
  • Voice Problems
  • Vomiting
  • Warts
  • Weakness
  • Weight Loss
  • Weight Problem
  • Well Child Exam
  • Wellness
  • Wheezing
  • Wrist Pain
  • Wrist Sprain

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey.Responses are measured on a 10 - point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5 - point scale in order to display results in a 5 - star rating.Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.8 out of 5 (232 Ratings, 68 Comments)


Dr Yawata is an excellent physician, very competent, kind, compassionate. I have referred friends to her and they are equally pleased to be patients of hers. I have been very pleased with her care and all the services provided by Providence Little Company of Mary doctors and staff. I thank you for the outstanding healthcare you provide

while I like her and she spends time with you I don't feel like she hears what I am saying. and because I repeat myself to ensure I'm being heard I end up getting emotional. she asked when my last pap was instead of looking at records and when I said here she sounded surprised. taking an extra minute to review records, reading the intake notes and greeting the patient warmly goes a long way. [...]

Dr. Yawata is amazing, she makes you feel very comfortable and explains everything. My mom and dad are also patients of hers. I trust her with my elderly parents, she is very patent and caring.

Dr. Yawata was friendly, considerate, courteous, and thorough. Her examination included attention to areas that have not been considered in the past by other care providers, but, perhaps, in retrospect, should have been. The professionalism and competency of the doctor and staff is truly commendable.

in general, visits to my primary physician have been good. the receptionists are always cheerful and greet me warmly. The appointment clerks are attentive and try to service me as soon as possible. No complaints at this time. Thank you.

dr yawata is thorough, caring and very professional. I trust her implicitly

I really like her. she makes me feel comfortable enough to tell her everything I feel and think about my health and she lreally listens.

Dr. Yawata sets the standard! She is patient kind and professional!! Equal portions of all three! Have been with her for since day one and would not trade her for the world!!

Best experience with this medical group! So glad Dr. Yawata is part of it!

It is always a good experience when I visit Dr. Yawata.

[...] check up seemed very standardized and was not very thorough. I asked about getting halo with nutrition and weight loss and she said to just eat less'. Not very compassionate and did not really listen to my follow up questions. Weight loss is a very big problem and with responses like these, it does not help. Weight loss needs to be treated with compassion's and the doctor should have some good referrals rather than a generic number for Providence nutrition groups. I will be looking for another doctor who takes more time and has a better bedside manner. [...]

Dr Yawata always takes the time to listen and address any concerns, I couldn't magine seeing any other provider.

My Doctor has always been helpful and accomodating to my health needs.

Dr. Yawata is not judgmental and doesn't scold. She is also sensitive to patients who suffer from white-coat syndrome.

Provider visit was excellent. Person who drew my blood did neither hand hygiene nor patient identification. when I asked her how she knew who I was as she was labeling the blood tubes, she responded"I've seen you around". I gave to her immediate feedback about correct patient identification and hand hygiene. Patients shouldn't have to self advocate for patient safety.

Love Dr. Yawata and the staff. [...]


[...] always good she make sure that I am healthy I'm taking my medication correctly let me know if my cholesterol is high again, blood pressure also she's fantastic. I couldn't ask for a better doctor.

greeted immediately and courteously. waited a very short time. haven't seen Dr. Yawata in 4 years, but she recalled my medical history quickly and was very caring and understanding.

Overall Dr Yawata has the right bed side manner for my mother who has Alzheimers symptoms (extreme short recall, delusions). Because my mother is personable at medical visits, I feel ALL health care staff do not clue into or review patient medical updates- which I always fill out. I always accompany my mother and have to remind them of her condition. I'm not sure we're getting advice with her Alz. in mind.


This was my first visit to Dr Yawata. She exceeded my expections. Personable, good/caring listener, competent doctor. She quickly assessed my condition and made referral. Dr Yawata also quickly arranged to catch me up on all pending care--gyn, mammo, physical, labs. I will send my entire family to her for care. Very happy!!!!!


Excellent in all categories

all good.

she seemed a bit rushed when explaining things to me about the condition i may have

my doctor was so good that I made an appointment for my wife for her annual check up

Dr. Yawata does an excellent job of listening to my concerns and answering my questions. I would guess that I don't fall into the "easy" patient category, yet Dr. Yawata never makes me feel rushed or foolish for any questions I ask.

Good Experience

Dr. Yawata is caring and knowledgeable. she cares about healing and getting better and has always given the best care. she doesn't just throw pills at the problem like some dr.s. she spends time and really listens which is very refreshing. she came highly recommended by a friend and I haven't been disappointed. I love her!

all very good

I have a good patient-doctor relationship with Dr. Yawata. She's an emphatic listener and is thorough with her evaluations, recommendations, and remedies. I have no complaints.

Dr Yawata is the best dr that I have ever had.She listens to you, is compassionate, caring and takes her time with you.Please send her a letter commending her, She truly cares about her patients.The entire staff is friendly efficient, make every effort to get you the appointment when you need it.This is the best office ever.

Dr. Yawata is the best. My only regret is that she was not my primary Dr. for the last three or four years.

Dr Yawata is always helpful and attentive to my medical needs, her assistant is gracious, as are the receptionists.

Doctor is thorough and caring.

Excellent provider. She has got to know me very well over the years

Dr. H. Yawata is a very good doctor who cares and listens to her patient. She will refer you to specialists and tests as needed a double checks medicines and inoculation records, etc. She is a very fine, thorough and empathic doctor which I appreciate.

very good

Excellent team of health caregivers. Dr Yawata is an exceptional and talented physician.

She really listens

Dr. Yawata has been one of the best doctors I've ever had!

Dr. Yawata has been my doctor for over 15 years. She is familiar with my lifestyle and my health situation and she is very good about any suggestions or needs I have. I trust her a lot.

I am very pleased with my care I receive for Dr. Yawata. She is always professional and caring and willing to listen.

everything was fine, just had to wait a really long time both in the waiting room and the patient room. I walked into the hall to ask if they forgot about me, and they told me I'd be next, with no acknowledgement of how long I'd been in there waiting. It was freezing and just frustrating. the Dr apologized when she came in, but her assistant shouldn't have called me back if the Dr wasn't ready for me.

Dr. Yawata created a treatment plan and referral to the dermatologist regarding the issue.

The staff is very polite and helpful with checking in and check it out and Dr. Yawata is the best

Dr Yawata is the best doctor I've ever had. [...]

We are very happy with Dr. Yawata, she explains the medications and always answers all our questions, appts with her never feel rushed.

Dr. Yawata has been my primary doctor for some time now and has been a very good doctor for me. she is very professional and knowledgeable in her field. she takes the time to explain the Health Care that I'm receiving and address any of my health concerns

I really like Dr. Yawata. She listens to my concerns and does what she can to provide me with answers or the help I need.

trying to get an oppintment online was not ease

Dr Yawata is amazing. Love her, my mom dad and myself see her. my older daughter use to see her, but she moved too far to continue seeing her, or she would have. excellent doctor

the main frustration is making appointments where the doctors office has to be contacted before you can make a specific appointment and being told someone will call you back. sometimes they don't and you have to follow up yourself and go through the whole conversation again. Also, when you get a voicemail and someone specific leaves a message saying to call them back to answer a question and you do that and the person you speak to doesn't know the person who left you the voicemail and you have to go through the whole thing again with someone different. So communication is not consistent and I find I have to repeat messages to different people before I get though to the right person.

Everyone that I came in contact with was very professional, friendly, kind and in good spirit. very helpful and informative. The staff made my appointments very easy and comfortable.

[...] It was my first visit and I did not go in with my records. I needed to have someone look at last years mammogram compared to this years. I brought them in 3 weeks ago and still have not heard from the doctor. My last tests show two most likely noncancerous masses, but as of yet, no one has compared the results to my past mammograms to see if I should get a biopsy. I am scheduled to have another mammogram next month. No one is communicating with me and since I have had breast cancer in the past, I think it is important.

service are excellent

I like going to this facility because it's never crowded, and it's calm, clean, and always pleasant, including the waiting room. I don't feel like just a number.

The service provider very caring

Thank you very much to all of you.

Very caring, listens wells and explains things as she goes along while testing if asked. However, I would prefer a doctor that would explain it without being asked [...]. I just love how I can get test results with MyChart so quickly!

very friendly people in office! I was called in right away for my appointment!

Excellent MD. No complaints whatsoever

everyone very caring professional and very helpful

very good.

There was no privacy when speaking to reception in front of the entire waiting room, that's the only thing that bothered me

the doctor seemed a little rushed during my visit. I had a complaint about sore hands and the recommendation (without follow up questioning) was "try not to use your hands much." helpful!

I had excellent experience with my Dr. she is very nice.
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21311 Madrona Avenue Suite 100A
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 542-5805
Affiliated Facilities
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance