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"No medical paperwork. On initial visit, doctor asked many questions and did the history himself. Spent20 to 25 minutes on a very thorough medical exam. Said he" was ordering a few blood tests but he was pretty confident he knew what the patient had. This was confirmed through subsequent tests. Doctor called up with results of blood tests and procedures. the day he received them. Clearly, an unusually gifted diagnostician. Patient had illness that had eluded dozens of previous doctors and he diagnosed it on the spot. His hands on approach to diagnosing may be responsible; this is rare in today's strong drift to reliance on tests. Every follow up exam involves at least five minutes of physical exam. His manner is kind and gentlemanly and he has taken the time to speak to other providers. Stays very current with the latest developments in his field. Pursues conservative treatment plan, doing everything by the latest standards, combined with a knowledge of the standards insurance companies demand for coverage.

-Norah B.

"We presented him with previous test results demonstrating a rheumatological disorder and described current treatment. He spent perhaps 15 seconds on a physical" exam. He ordered another test and we came back. He said tests results were negative so patient could not have said disorder. When asked about other positive test results he dismissed them, saying they must have been from transitory illnesses, although one is viewed in current literature as definitive for diagnosis. He then announced his diagnosis of fibromyalgia, despite barely having laid a hand on the patient. Later research on my part showed the test he ordered is not recommended for this condition because its sensitivity is less than 50%, meaning it will show no disorder in over 50% of the people who have it. Throughout the conversation his
was very condescending and became more so when asked to explain the previous positive test results. It was clear his mind had been made up on first visit that patient did not have disorder because one previous test was negative. Research findings in the last five years show that this test is actually negative in a sizable percentage of patients with this condition. He simply hasn't kept up. Condition is more prevalent in
, so it also clearly was a strike against the patient that she was female--fibromyalgia is the most common misdiagnosis for this illness in women..

-Norah B.

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Rheumatology is the study and treatment of rheumatism, characterized by inflammation in the body’s joints, muscles and connective tissue. Common rheumatic diseases include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

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Through examination.....Ultrasound of wrist and fingers before injections were given Everything was explained before being done. Doctor and staff extremely helpful. I was told to rest my hand for the balance of the day. Medication was prescribed and I picked it up on my way home......I have recommended Dr. Dachman to all of my friends. They practice a Holistic method.....Physical therapy, acupuncture, injections if needed. Medication when needed. They do not prescribe unnecessary narcotics.....They treat you like you are important.......There was no waiting and hour after I got there for my appointment. I was taken in on time, maybe a few minutes early.
- Carolyn M.

Dr. Botson is by far the best doctor I have ever see. He really takes the time to hear you out and answer any questions. He legitimately cares about my wellbeing and we create a treatment plan together, rather than just telling me what to do. He has never ignored or made me feel stupid for having a concern or a question, and he plays an active roll in making sure any test results are discussed with him before he has one of his assistants call, so when I have had questions, he is able to answer them. If he is not right next to his assistant when she calls, and she says she will call you back, she does. When I have called in for a prescription refill, there isn't any rudeness or short attitudes, and they are always good about getting the prescription requests sent in as soon as they confirm them, which is very quick. He does have a rather long waiting list to get into him as a new patient, I'm sure its because once you've met him you don't want to keep him, but once you are established he makes sure you know you are a priority and that he will do what he can to help. The first time I saw him he and I discussed testing, but what I remember most is how he made me feel when we talked about what would happen if the test results come back negative or different than expected, he wasn't just going to stop seeing me and refer me out to another doctor and forget about me, he said we would figure things out together, and he has stuck with me since then. He is also, by far, the nicest doctor I have ever met. If you are coming to him as a new patient, he's worth the wait.
- Emily K.

Moved here from Atlanta where I was treated for Osteoporosis at
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. Went to Dr.
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he continued to prescribe me Forteo, after 10 months i asked to see what my bone density was. It had come up to osteopenia and I could get off the forteo but needed to go on a maintenance . He told me he would get approval for profolia I waited 2 weeks passed no calls 4 weeks passed no calls i called and left messages for them for 2 weeks. Finally my husband got someone on the phone and they said that I need to have a primary doctor before they could get medicine approved. I am on Blue Options PPO , they lied to the doctor and said they had left me messages . They are the most unprofessional staff I have ever been to. The lack of professionalism is unbelievable. To put me in jeopardy of bone loss and then to lie. They should be shut down
- Maria M.

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is exceptional. Takes her time and listens to you. Really appreciated her idea of using low doses of multiple (but safer) meds to avoid side effects from the newer heavy hitter nerve pain medicines. She is a throwback to the times of family doctors that still cared. She doesn't take Aetna but is working on it. For now, I pay out of pocket, but insurance still reimburses me!
- Susan H.

It worked out good. She's very nice and on your level when she talks to you. I appreciate her friendliness and understanding. She really cares for her patients.
- lois N.

I wish I could tell you I got an appointment. I found this center and Dr.
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specifically through Angie's List. I called my insurance company and verified that he is an approved provider. I called the office today to make an appointment and after calling several times I finally got a receptionist to make an appointment. She was SOOOOO RUDE! She never asked for my name, only if I was a new patient. I am a new patient, then she asked which insurance. I told her. Then she started asking me questions about logos on the insurance card. I told her I was a PPO, that is what the card says. Then she started arguing with me that I was wrong. She said "can you please get the card". I said, "I am physically holding the card, I am staring at it". She then yelled and was frustrated and said she couldn't help me because my card should have another logo, not just PPO. I told her I had called myself to verify he was an approved doctor, she said didn't matter she needed verification from her own computer. I told her I had a member number she can call, she said "NO, we don't have time to do those things". She then said, "we can't make an appointment for you". I said, but I need to make an appointment and I do have insurance he accepts. She then said fax me the card, and was quickly hanging up when I asked "WAIT, I need the fax number.." She gave me a fax number and said she would look at the card and if it's one they accept she would call me back. I have to say I have little faith I'll get a call back. Again, she never asked for my name, phone number, insurance card number, zero. All she asked was what insurance and a logo. I am a pharmacist and I understand insurances, insurances cards and the difficulties, but NEVER have a heard or seen such a thing. You ask for the insurance number and a member number. I don't see how this could be a doctor's office. Dr.
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may be amazing, and I am sure he is, but I (you) would never know based on the person who was tasked to answer the phone to patients seeking help, trying to make an appointment. Sad!

- Lizbhet D.

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was with my Grandmother for 5 minutes. In that 5 minutes worth of information she felt that it was acceptable to advice against PCP recommendations. The advice given was not in her field of expertise.
- natacia B.

I have been using him over 30 years. I have a good rapport with him; we can talk. The staff is very friendly and the office is kind of on the small side. They are going to be moving to a new building soon, but even for the small office it is well-kept. I don't know when he plans on retiring.
- Charles T.

Rheumatologists in Santa Monica, CA

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A 1 Painting

1117 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica

Ami Ben-Artzi MD

2020 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica

Anthony Bohan MD,JD

320 Superior Ave
Newport Beach

Aqua Care For Me

Sherman Oaks

Araghi, Dr. Michael

9100 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles

Beteta, Dr. Fernando

5582 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City

Billoups Innovative Healthcare Solutions

Beverly Hills

California Naturopathic Clinic

6860 Brockton Ave Ste 6

Cedars Sinai Medical Group

250 N Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills

Chabra, Dr. Sanjay

2141 N Harbor Blvd

Cinema-Pros Installations

1615 Washington Ave

Elyse Rubenstein MD

1328 16th St
Santa Monica

Enloe-Whitaker, Dr. Suzanne E.

1700 N Waterman Ave
San Bernardino

Facey Medical Group - Mission Hills

11211 Sepulveda Blvd
Mission Hills

Farmers Insurance

325 N 2nd Ave

Gamez, Dr. Candido

1550 Town Center Dr

Godfrey, Dr. Nancy F.

6226 E Spring St
Long Beach

Gray, Erik J.

925 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica

Hass, Dr. Richard B.

760 W Acacia Ave

Healthcare Partners Medical Group

450 E Huntington Dr

Healthcare Partners Medical Grp

1025 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles


#122, Ras Avenue

Hollywood Physical Therapy

7080 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles

Hwang, Dr. Sarah

5451 La Palma Ave
La Palma

Jeri M. Gruenes, DPM

1041 E Yorba Linda Blvd

Joanna Davies MD

1245 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles

Kaiser Permanente Medical Group

9449 Imperial Hwy

Kim, Dr. Paul H

23000 Crenshaw Blvd

Leehealey, Dr. Christine J

4950 Barranca Pkwy

Legacy MD


Long, Dr. William T.

637 Lucas Ave
Los Angeles

Martina Eberhard L.Ac.

Woodland Hills

Metzger, Dr. Allan L.

8737 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles

Mihaela Taylor MD

1304 15th St
Santa Monica

Mohrdar, Dr. Arash

3816 Twelfth St

Msc, Dr. Edwin R Alexander

1140 W LaVeta Ave

OC Back & Body Doctors Inc.

17264 Red Hill Ave

Orrin Troum MD

2336 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica

Pacific Arthritis Care Center

5230 Pac Concors Dr
Los Angeles

Park, Dr. Christine H.

31862 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach

Patrice Leonard MD

9449 Imperial Hwy

Peter Bardwick MD

2811 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica

Pioneer Medical Group

2220 Clark Ave
Long Beach

Pon Physical Therapy, Inc.

1944 W Glenoaks Bl

Portnoff, Dr. Kelly A.

25411 Cabot Rd
Laguna Hills

Ramer, Dr Sandra J

1301 20th St
Santa Monica

Ratiner, Dr. Boris

18376 Clark St

Richard Ress MD

250 N Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills


1328 16TH ST
Santa Monica

Segal, Dr. Stuart

215 Pesetas Ln
Santa Barbara

Setoodeh, Dr. Katy M.

2021 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica

Soleimani, Dr. Massoud

450 E Huntington Dr

St Johns Hospital

2811 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica

Stuart Silverman MD,FACR

8641 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills

Taylor, Dr. Mihaela

1801 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica


624 N. LA Cienega Boulevard
West Hollywood

Thomas Susko MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 1
Santa Monica


2020 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 540
Santa Monica

UCLA Santa Monica Specialties

2020 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 540
Santa Monica

USC Care Medical Group Inc.

1520 San Pablo St
Los Angeles

USC Health Care Internal Medcn

1520 San Pablo St
Los Angeles

Vermont Urgent Care & Multi-Specialty Center

1435 S. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles

Weiner, Dr. Steven R.

15243 Vanowen St
Van Nuys

Zucker, Dr. Louis M

1025 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles

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