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"I intentionally scheduled the first appointment of the day to avoid the potential for long delays. I printed the new patient intake forms from the online patient" portal and arrived on time with all necessary paperwork completed. I was greeted by a very pleasant woman at the front desk who took my insurance info and then quickly escorted me to an exam room to wait. And wait. And wait. There were no other patients in the waiting area and the entire office was oddly quiet so the reason for the delay was curious. After 15 minutes, I could hear the doctor in the hallway right outside the exam room laughing and chatting away in casual conversation with the woman at the front desk. I knew it wouldn't be long now. However, 10 minutes later, still no doctor. Concerned that I may have been inadvertently forgotten or overlooked (this has happened before in a busy medical office), I poked my head out of the door, waved, and asked about how much longer as I had already been waiting 25 minutes. It was at this time I saw Dr.
for the first time standing at the front desk writing and chatting, wearing
, flip flops, and a t-shirt. He quickly turned around, gave a look of annoyance, and stated "25 minutes,
?....Interesting." Confused by the odd response, I returned to the exam room and closed the door. Within a few minutes, Dr.
entered, sat down, and said "Do you have somewhere more important you need to be right now? Because you're free to go." By now I'm more confused and quickly pick up that he is angry. I asked "Are you upset with me?" He replied, "YES! Clearly you don't understand who I am and what you're getting from me. All the years of school, my expertise... I'm a specialist. The fact that you didn't have to wait months to get in to see me should mean something. I'm old school. This isn't a 'put in your order and expect your steak in 11 minutes' type of situation. If I have a patient who is dying and others have to wait while I take care of that patient, I don't care one bit that they have to wait. You see? So if you have a problem with that..." So now I'm really scratching my head. The office was not connected with a hospital. It was in a professional building with other medical and dental practices. His comfortable attire and casual hallway conversation gave no indication of his participation in an emergency medical crisis. So nobody was dying. I'm not entirely certain there were any other patients there. So why was he so outraged that I simply asked how much longer? It took all of 10 seconds into his rant that I realized that -- no matter how much pain I was feeling and how much hope I had put into finally finding a solution -- this would not be a healthy doctor / patient relationship. So I calmly responded, "If yours is not a philosophy of mutual respect, then this is not a good fit." He replied, "FINE!" and stormed out of the room. In a word, I was 'stunned'. You see, I have been a patient for many, many years. And I have experienced all types of medical professionals. Some good. Some bad. Some with wonderful communication skills. Some with horrible bedside manner. And I am also a healthcare professional. So I understand first hand the stress of coping in today's healthcare environment with the growing demands to see more patients, meet quality standards to improve patient outcomes, reimbursement challenges, the ACA, etc. Because I can relate to the reality of today's healthcare professionals, I am a very empathetic patient. Needless to say, I would not recommend Dr.
to anyone. But it has nothing to do with my wait. Delays happen. I accept that. It was his demeaning attitude that turned me away. You see, his inappropriate behavior wasn't a result of having a bad day or a medical emergency or even the stress of running his own medical practice. His behavior stems from his deeply held personal view of the doctor / patient relationship: patients are subordinates and do not question the physician. Ever. What an archaic perspective on modern medicine. I'll be fine. There are many, many wonderful physicians out there and I'm determined to find the right one to help me. But I worry for other patients in his care. With the move toward a more "patient-centric" health care system, being a patient is hard and is becoming more complex than ever. A global set of skills are necessary to: access health services, comprehend data and information, speak up and engage openly with healthcare providers, understand and recall spoken information, problem-solve, use technology, critically weigh options, and make decisions. Now more than ever, we need physicians to genuinely empathize with patients and become our partners in healthcare. While Dr.
may be a brilliant neurologist, his lack of mutual respect and empathy toward patients is his achilles heel.

-JOHN H.

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"You must do something about the excessive waiting room times. I just don't have time to spend 45 minutes to an hour (or more) beyond my appointment time sitting" in the waiting room! This was not an isolated incident, either, as I've always had to deal with these kinds of waits in the various times I've come to your office over the past 15+ years. Add up the waiting room time, the 1/2 hour driving back and forth to the appointment, and actually seeing the doctor, and I have to budget 3 to 4 hours just to come to your office. I can't do it any more. It's like money out of my pocket--time off from work, etc.

-Jay D.

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Orthopedic reviews in Santa Barbara

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The surgery that Dr.
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performed was perfect. I have zero pain and complete range of motion. However, Dr.
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has a bit of a Jekyl and
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personality: on some visits, he is pleasant and attentive and on others, he is brusque and non-communicative. Given the large number of competent hand surgeons in this area, I would probably go elsewhere for additional surgery. I do want to emphasize, however, that he is an excellent surgeon, which is probably most people's major consideration.
- Marlene S.
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Overall, I'd say I was lucky to receive top-notch treatment after breaking the fifth metacarpal of my right hand. I was referred to Dr.
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Peck by my orthopedist at St.
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Sports Performance. I highly recommend Dr
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— she is knowledgeable, down-to-earth and did an excellent job with my surgery. I went in after it became clear my hand wasn't healing correctly after a sports injury. Dr
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recommended surgery and was able to schedule me that week. She implanted a plate to keep my poor little finger in line.
Post-surgery, I received therapy and ultrasound treatments (on my scar tissue) at the clinic upstairs. The physical therapy staff is pretty
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. They got my finger, which didn't want to move post-surgery, back to full motion within a few weeks (this is with me following my treatment plan on my own, too!) and were generally a pleasure to see every week. I was actually kind of sad when my treatment was over! Special shoutout to
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, who was the main therapist I saw and just super nice.
Overall, this was an excellent experience, considering my hand was broken, which is not an awesome situation to be in. The only slight negatives were an experience with a kind of surly x-
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tech and being ambushed by the center's financial counsellor about billing one time I came in for follow-up with Dr
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. (Though I appreciate their willingness to let me go on a payment plan and their focus on customer service in this regard.) I'd say these people are true experts at what they do. I wouldn't go anywhere else in Indy for hand/shoulder issues, and I highly recommend Dr
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specifically. She did a great job with the surgery and I appreciated her demeanor, which radiated intelligence, friendliness and directness. She worked with my sports doc (Dr.
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of St.
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Sports Performance in Clay Terrace) to get me back to my sport safely and as quickly as possible. I felt in really good hands throughout the process! (PUN INTENDED!)
- EMILY U.
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Dr.
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was very professional, straightforward and caring. He made me feel very comfortable with his diagrnosis and thoroughly discussed my options with me. There was minimal scaring just as he described and I have full use of my wrist. His staff was also very friendly and helpful. I am so thankful for everything that he did for me. He is a wonderful Doctor and I would highly recommend him to others.
- Jennifer W.
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I think they're pretty good. I'm not really crazy about the lady who just operated on my arm a month ago,
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because my elbow is swollen and I saw her yesterday, she drained it, and put some shots in there and today it looks worse, and I'm still in a lot of pain. The doctor is
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. I'm seeing Dr. Wolgin who possibly operated on my neck. I saw him before the arm surgery, and so far so good. It's a new office. They've been there maybe one or two years. I'm only going to see Dr. Wolgin about my neck. My arm is still very painful. My elbow is still swollen. I don't know what to do.
- Sandie C.
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I like the doctor, Dr
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. He was good. You could tell he knew his business. He was very easy to talk to and informative. He answered all my questions and didn't make you feel rushed. I was able to get in to see him in about two weeks of when I called, which I thought was pretty decent. The environment and staff was fine.
- DENNIS C.
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Dr
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was fine - used him before.|However accuracy of communication with staff was consistently incorrect.|I had discussed and agreed with Dr to have local anesthetic but all phone communication & instructions by surgery staff was for general anesthia - which requires fasting after midnight and no driving self home after surgery. These incorrect pre surgery instructions occurred numerous times over several days up to the checkin admission the day of surgery - even though I offered correction a couple of times. Since I had local anesthia - I was coherent throughout to ensure DR and I were in agreement.
- Scarlett D.
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Received an immediate appointment, and he diagnosed the problem basically just by listening to my description of the injury. Said he was not surprised that previous provider did not recognize it because he only does hands and doesn't see that type of injury more than about every 2 years. Required surgery, which was scheduled rapidly, and he was very open about the time in a cast, the steps to get use of the hand back, etc. Very pleased with entire experience.
- Carol G.
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I had a hand surgery a couple of years ago and the surgeon has since moved to Utah and I have talked to another surgeon as a follow-up. It's very specialized. She was taking over from the surgeon that I had the surgery done. She was very knowledgeable, very friendly, very concerned and she's being sure that I don't have pain that I didn't need to have. She was quick to solve it right there during the appointment and she assured me that I should call back when I have pain or need something. The staff seemed organized and efficient.
- Patricia B.

Hand Surgeons in Santa Barbara, CA

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Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy

2501 Cherry Ave
Signal Hill

Alan Moelleken, MD

401 East Carrillo Street
Santa Barbara

Associated Hand Surgeons

2323 De La Vina St
Santa Barbara

Auerbach, Dr. David M.

6815 Noble Ave
Van Nuys

Bast, Dr. Steven C

420 W Rowland St
Covina

Billoups Innovative Healthcare Solutions

9663 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD
Beverly Hills

Blessed Orthopedic Physical Therapy

3916 Sepulveda Blvd Ste 204
Culver City

Body Concierge

33669 Date Palm Dr

Brourman, Dr. Steven N

8641 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills

Casey, Dr. Paul J.

17232 Red Hill Ave
Irvine

Cedars Sinai Medical Group

250 N Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills

Coast Spine and Sports Medicine Santa Ana

902 N Grand Ave Ste 202
Santa Ana

Cohen, Dr. Myles J.

8700 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles

Cook, Dr. Jonathan F

1334 W Covina Blvd
San Dimas

Dennis Phelps MD

2936 De La Vina St Ste 200
Santa Barbara

Desert Prosthetics and Orthotics Group

68860 Perez
Cathedral City

DIVERSICARE MEDICAL & THERAPY CENTER

1611 E. 4TH St.
Santa Ana

Douglas Mackenzie MD

1722 State St # 102
Santa Barbara

Doyle, Dr. Brian S.

10800 Magnolia Ave
Riverside

Dr. Kent Adamson MD

26401 Crown Valley Parkway, Ste 101
Mission Viejo

Dr. Lane, Paul

9001 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills

Efren F. Wu, MD

44100 Jefferson Street
Indio

Empire Orthopedic Center

900 E Washington St
Colton

Esmail, Dr. Adil

13652 Cantara St
Panorama City

Feder, Dr. Keith S.

1200 Rosecrans Ave
Manhattan Beach

Franklin, Dr. Adam Z.

1200 N State St
Los Angeles

Freedman, Dr. Douglas M.

2021 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica

Freedman, Dr. Eric L.

81812 Dr Carreon Blvd
Indio

Freedman, Dr. Eric L.

36-951 Cook St
Palm Desert

Gary Crawford MD

2323 De La Vina St
Santa Barbara

Glendale Outpatient Surgery Center

716 W Broadway
Glendale

Greater Long Beach Surgery Center

4300 Long Beach blvd. Suite 150
Long Beach

Gregory J. Hanker, MD

6815 Noble Ave
Van Nuys

Griffin Medical Group Inc

1650 Adams Ave
Costa Mesa

Gurmander Kohli MD

2220 E Fruit St Ste 216
Santa Ana

Hawn, Dr. Chris

33161 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano

Hay, Dr. David C.

2400 E Katella Ave
Anaheim

Healing Hands Therapy & Wellness Center

4772 Katella Ave.
Los Alamitos

Healthpointe Medical Group Inc

754 N Mountain Ave
Ontario

HelpWoo

#122, Ras Avenue
Walnut

Hemwall Center for Orthopedic Regenerative Medicin

28212 Kelly Johnson Parkway Suite #135
Valencia

Hernandez, Dr. Jaime D.

6815 Noble Ave
Van Nuys

Howard Marans MD

11190 Warner Ave
Fountain Valley

Ip, Dr. Tze C

22 Corporate Plaza Dr
Newport Beach

Jaivin,M.D., Jonathan s.

6815 Noble Ave
Van Nuys

John Knight MD

8750 Wilshire Blvd Ste 350
Beverly Hills

Kaiser Permanente - Baldwin Park Medical Center

1011 Baldwin Park Blvd
Baldwin Park

Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic

6801 Park Ter
Los Angeles

Kharrazi, Dr. F Daniel

6801 Park Ter
Los Angeles

Legacy MD

Corona

Life Point Chiropractic

32281 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano

Long Beach Physical Therapy

5000 Airport Plaza Dr
Long Beach

Magan Medical Clinic

420 W Rowland St
Covina

Mandelbaum, Dr. Burt

2020 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica

MD Orthopedics Inc

13833 Ventura Blvd # 206
Sherman Oaks

Meditours

1055 Gibson Rd

Montgomery, Dr. Mark T.

2323 De La Vina St
Santa Barbara

Newport Orthopedic Institute

22 Corporate Plaza Dr
Newport Beach

Orthopedic Surgical Medical

2320 Bath St
Santa Barbara

Orthopedic Surgical Practice

5333 Hollister Ave
Santa Barbara

Pacific Plastic Surgery

1722 State St
Santa Barbara

Pasadena Surgeons

10 Congress St
Pasadena

Pickart Plastic Surgery, Inc.

3438 Loma Vista Road
Ventura

Playa Physical Therapy

13163 Fountain Park Dr Apt 100
Playa Vista

Resnick, Dr. Charles T

625 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena

Robert Ruth MD

2323 De La Vina St
Santa Barbara

Roee Rubinstein MD - The Rubinstein Center

227 W Janss Road
Thousand Oaks

Sabbag, Dr. Kenneth R

800 S Raymond
Pasadena

Sansum Clinic

215 Pesetas Ln
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Organic Mattresses

909 De La Vina St
Santa Barbara

Santa Monica Orthopedic Group

2020 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica

Sharp Treatment of South Bay

2557 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance

Soppe, Dr. Clint J.

2020 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica

South County Orthopedic Specs

24331 El Toro Rd
Laguna Woods

Southern California Orthopedic Institute

24051 Newhall Ranch Rd
Valencia

Steven Hollstien MD

5333 Hollister Ave
Santa Barbara

Summit Surgery Center

231 West Pueblo Street
Santa Barbara

Ventura Orthopedics Oxnard

2221 Wankel Way
Oxnard

Vivie Therapy

8818 Saturn Street
Los Angeles

Zeman, Dr. Craig

2221 Wankel Way
Oxnard
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