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  • First of all, I can only speak to my family's experience with this doctor. My father, mother, and myself were all patients of his. My parents first, then I became a patient after my mother passed away. My father and I transferred from the old office where Dr Provider name locked. was with Dr. Pettygrove's office in South Tampa (Primecare) to the new office after Dr Provider name locked. apparently had a falling out with Dr. Pettygrove. My father was actually the 1st patient seen at the office in Provider name locked. . We wanted my husband and mother in law to become patients of Dr.Singer, but now we are glad that this did not occur. I have to thank my husband for helping me maintain clarity through this confusing, unsettling, and strange mess...

    When we eventually left Dr Provider name locked. 's office entirely it was very difficult for us because --at one time---we really did like this Dr and his staff. At one time, they seemed to be kind, caring, and dependable---as a caregiver 24/7, this meant a lot at the time since I had very few people to depend upon. These guys really seemed to be top notch. After my mother passed away suddenly in 2009- we thought that this was going to be our doctor's office for the rest of Dad's life. It was a huge decision when we decided to leave because Dad was sick (unfortunately we did not know to what extent at that point) and then we had to explain what we knew of Dad's medical history to a new Dr. We knew exactly how to remove Dad w/ a little reverse psychology (since he had been a patient of this doctor for years and was supposedly liked) during my last call w/the office Mgr. We needed to do this since the doctor was so upset with me about leaving, that we did not want any tantrums over my father leaving. I found a new Dr for myself and in no time she helped me right away and I had improvement within weeks.. Dr Provider name locked. struggled with the same issue (even referred me to Dr. Provider name locked. -his online reviews from various sites say it all). Our leaving Dr Provider name locked. 's office turned out to be one of the best things that happened for Dad in a long time. It took months, and we had to go through major hurdles regarding finding a new primary Dr due to his insurance and again with Dad‘s hospitalizations--- and then a surgery (colon re-section) after which we finally got an accurate diagnosis. After Dad‘s return home, we got a pretty good female doctor for Dad. Right away she gave us copies of all of Dad's hospital records and called a few things to our attention. Dad was upset that he had received such limited information prior to this and so was I. No more of the past when Dr Provider name locked. was just putting a Band-Aid on the issue and pushing for Dad's discharge out of the hospital door to go home before he was ready---only to go right back to the hospital again. He should have gone to rehab so they could help him gain his strength before returning home. There were others that made mistakes sure, but Dr Provider name locked. had initially went out of his way to gain our trust and support--and then finally lost it mainly because of his temperamental, childish, and abhorrent behavior making him difficult to work with regarding my father---this is what triggered us to initiate moving on from that office. First I made the move, then gradually we moved dad. The behavior issue made us question a lot of things. Dad, being the wise man that he is, saw right through the façProvider name locked. and was quite the adviser on how to handle it. To my husband’s credit, so was he. When I addressed the issue with Dr Provider name locked. ,in order to initiate an explanation, he did not want to take responsibility for his actions and kept wanting to deflect elsewhere. This spoke volumes. After hearing previous conflicting statements from this doctor, it was our belief that everything with this doctor was someone else’s fault. Later on, I made the mistake of trying to give the benefit of the doubt and be forgiving, but this just made things worse. I wish I had followed my initial gut instinct and had just left and removed Dad right then and there. I informed his office manager and she acted like she did not know; however, it was clear to us that it was highly unlikely for both his nurse and his office manager to be that unaware. So, it was for the best that we moved on. Under a new doctor, Dad’s medication list was cut in half. Half! So great! His spirits were high --it was a Blessing. Although Dad found out he was terminal (Advanced Stage Colon Cancer) ---after his surgery where a large mass was removed but had already spread elsewhere, he was pain free for several months and able to enjoy some quality of life as much as possible before the pain returned and things started to slow down for him due to further and final spread of the cancer. Most importantly, because we were finally given the information---we knew what to expect so we could prepare for it and inform other family members. Hospice started to visit him ---something he needed well prior to this. Patients should be informed of everything regarding their healthcare. We believe that Dr Provider name locked. was in over his head --especially with my father’s care. Both my husband and myself have doctors in our family, so we understand the stresses that can occur. Doctors are human and they make mistakes like anyone else. Sometimes they let personal issues and/or stresses cloud their judgement. We also believe that this Dr was ill-advised which resulted in him making ridiculous assumptions and following through with bone-headed actions. Things are not always as they seem. Perspective depends upon the character and intentions of the person and/or persons behind that perspective. Unfortunately, their mistakes effect lives. It seems like the more information we received the further we got down the path w/Dad's care the more disappointed and disgusted we were with Dr Provider name locked. . We just felt like we wasted time under his care. My regret is I wish I had seen more clearly what was going on around me, but after the loss of my mother I was running on auto pilot for quite some time. I was just happy that someone was treating Dad and as long as Dad seemed to be happy- I was. I wasn't seeing what maybe I would have if I had not been so busy trying to wear multiple hats w/multiple responsibilities. If I had, we would have moved on long ago. Thankfully, my husband stepped in and clued me in as to his thoughts after hearing feedback from both my father and I after our appointments. Also, some friends offered their feedback. But, I think my father with his experience hit the nail on the head for us on what made the most sense referring to certain personality types and why they do the things they do.

    For Dad, if we had been previously provided with information regarding his illness and been able to make informed decisions--Dad could have had a better quality of life. It is our opinion that quality time was lost for Dad under Dr Provider name locked. ’s care. Did Dr Provider name locked. do some good= yes, absolutely =vitamins for me and temporary quick fixes for Dad= but it has been overshadowed as he seemed h*** bent on creating some turmoil with me where there was none almost like a game. I remember Dad asking me what was that all about? And me repeating on several occasions--Got me, Dad… I just didn’t have time to worry about what the drama was about. This added undo stress to the entire situation making us not want to go anymore, when at one time, we used to actually look forward to seeing this doctor and his staff. I would offer the same advice to anyone seeking treatment with any doctor---ask questions, ask them often---question everything- even if you think you trust your doctor implicitly. A good doctor will be more than willing to show you your medical records, copies of all notes, diagnoses, etc. If there is any doubt=challenge and ask -why?- for it is possible the doctor may or may not be guiding you in a direction you may not want to go. You -as the patient-are in charge of your own healthcare->>Remember that. There is an old saying: “Trust, but verify”. Also: “If things seem too good to be true, they usually are…“

    I Thank God Dad had hospice, but cancer can be a cruel disease. As many other families, we are not new to it as we’ve lost family members and friends, but luckily they did not suffer the way Dad did. Unfortunately, Dad had an up and down battle for quite some time during which my father showed his extraordinary strength and after having to watch him suffer --- I will share my Dad's statement when I expressed how angry I was about that whole mess regarding Dr Provider name locked. 's behavior and Dad's care: He said "Dr Provider name locked. knows he did something wrong and now he has to live with it."

    Well, I do believe that the truth does come back to haunt people and I predict this will happen here. Hopefully, when this happens, clarity will be gained, they will learn from past mistakes and hopefully not repeat them-- and this doctor and anyone else that was involved in Dad’s care will look at the picture they took of my father w/Dr Provider name locked. and the other pictures and video that the doctor requested of my father exercising--- as reminders to become better people. All we can do is pray for this, as it is ultimately up to them.

    Our family is working on forgiveness regarding this Dr and his staff.

    For Dad and Mom.

    My father passed away January 2015.

    - Amanda R.
  • I am livid that the front desk turned me  away and refused to see my father - who needs a doctor presently, becausetheir cited reason to me is that he is not going to be a continued revenue stream for their practice. Deplorable.
    I will miss Provider name locked. as I feel she was a decent practitioner and cared about me  and my continuing health, but this unconscionable treatment of me and my father as "customers" of this business, but the office has shown the true colors of this practice - they don't give a hoot about  the health of their patients and families - they care only about  revenue.
    - Kimberly M.
  • My care by Dr. Provider name locked. has been outstanding. However - I would not let his associate Dr. Sawar or the two other associates come near me!  My husband had an unfortunate experience with one of his associates which will be reported elsewhere. As long as Dr. Provider name locked. is my cardiologist I am very satisfied - but I have significant concerns about Dr. Sawar and other associates. I had my regular 6 month checkup with Dr. Provider name locked. and it was complete and I was encouraged with the results That visit was 01/23/2015.
    Dr. Provider name locked. has to reign in his young associates if he wants to maintain the quality and integrity of his practice. My husband and I discussed our concerns with Dr. Provider name locked. and he agreed that his associates had mishandled my husband's case and the matter had been immediately addressed the day it occured.  
    Dr. Provider name locked. handled the problem with diplomacy and with his actual intervention in Catherization Lab at Provider name locked. Institute my husband is doing well. He has switched into Dr. Provider name locked. service with confidence.
    I have never heard any negative comments about Dr. Provider name locked. ' medical practice. I do, however, suggest that any consultation with Dr. Sawar be fully vetted by Dr. Provider name locked. before any surgical decisions are made.

    - Miriam G.
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