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  • A
    Crystal Reed - College Counselor
    Crystal was my son's college counselor at The Westview School. She was knowledgeable, supportive, encouraging. She took the time to get to know my son; she understood his learning issues. She guided him to pursue his passion of music and now I am the proud mom of a graduate of The Musicians Institute!
    - Cynthia S.
  • B
    Scharf, Dr. David
    I found Dr. Scharf to be knowledgeable and very friendly.  The time between my telephone inquiry to the office and my appointment date was a bit long, one month, but was still better than some of the other neurologist offices in the area.



    The office staff were very friendly and mostly proficient. The only setback I experienced in working with the office staff was that I had asked for a copy of the doctors notes a couple months after my visit, and was told that it would be mailed to me, but unfortunately the notes never arrived. I have found that reviewing the doctors notes can be very beneficial for patients as the doctor has focused time to document their findings. I found Dr. Scharf's Sherman Oaks office a little hard to find. It is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Van Nuys Blvd. and Huston St., but it is located in the back of a plaza area where there are multiple buildings. The address number on the building where Dr. Scharf's office is located is not viewable from the main intersection.



    I believe that Dr. Scharf would have observed and diagnosed a physical neurological condition if one were present. However, I did not feel as though my understanding of neurological medicine and how it applied to my situation and the risks going forward was greatly increased. Dr. Scharf and his office are good and I give him a solid B rating. I reserve an A rating for the doctor's offices that I feel are truly at an elite level. Also I think it is important to state how many times I have seen Dr. Schraf as the number of interactions one has with a provider could have an impact on the perception of the doctor's office and the rating. I have seen Dr. Scharf once.
    - David A.
  • B
    Schneider, Dr. Alan L
    In searching for a qualified doctor to discuss my symptoms I found that many psychiatric doctor's offices can operate quite a bit differently than other doctor's offices. In psychiatric medicine a significant percentage of doctors, much higher than in other fields of medicine, operate private practices and do not accept insurance. Also many psychiatrist do not have office support and that additional workload on the doctor could make it more difficult to schedule and appointment, find a doctor who is accepting new patients, etc. Dr. Schneider does accept insurance and does have office support. I also found it important to be familiar with the different types of professionals in the mental (or perhaps ultimately brain) health field, whether it be a psychiatrist, psychologist or marriage and family therapist, as they have different training and ideas for treatment.

    Dr. Schneider is intelligent and his office is generally well run. New patient forms were emailed to me well ahead of the appointment date. I found the process easy and appreciated the fact that the forms were thorough to give the medical providers all of the appropriate information to make their diagnosis and treatment plans. Dr. Schneider's availability was good. I was usually able to get an appointment in the span of one to two weeks.







    Administrative management of the office was mostly good. There is good communication between the office and the doctor. Also, the office verifies patient benefits with the insurance company prior to their appointment. However, sometimes after having left a voice mail message, a second phone call to the office would be required to have an issue (e.g., follow on appointment scheduling) addressed. Also, I was in the habit of paying my copay on the day of my appointment, but for my first visit I was still mailed a bill; the matter was easily rectified. Overall the conversations I had with the office staff were mostly cordial.





    Dr. Schneider is knowledgeable in his field. However, he did not appear very interested in me asking questions to ensure my understanding of the diagnosis and treatment plans. There was little discussion on why a treatment option was being recommended over other alternatives and how it was going to rectify the problem. Additionally at times I felt rushed. Generally, and with no disrespect to Dr. Schneider's ability, I believe that he can be a tad easily irritated.

    I give Dr. Schneider and his office a low B rating. I believe that Dr. Schneider is smart and understands his field well. However, I think that there were some shortfalls in the lack of explanation and discussion in regards to treatment recommendations and his apathy towards my level of understanding of the problem and the risks going forward. After seeing Dr. Schneider I saw a second psychiatrist and figure that Dr. Schneider's office is about average or just slightly above average in terms of what can be expected, and hence the low B rating. Also I think it is important to state how many times I have seen Dr. Schneider as the number of interactions one has with a provider could have an impact on the perception of the doctor's office and the rating. I have seen Dr. Schneider twice.
    - David A.
  • B
    Dr. Neda Javaherian
    In searching for a qualified doctor to discuss my symptoms I found that a significant percentage of psychiatric doctors do not accept insurance and/or do not have office support. Dr. Javaherian's office does accept insurance and does have office support as well. I also found it important to be familiar with the different types of professionals in the mental (or perhaps ultimatley brain) health field, whether it be a psychiatrist, psychologist or marriage and family therapist, as they have different training and ideas for treatment.



    Dr. Javaherian is knowledgeable and nice. Although the office appears to see a high volume of patients, appointment availability was good. I was generally able to schedule an appointment within a week or two. The office staff was very nice. The office staff followed-up on administrative matters as they said they would most of the time. New patient forms are filled out in the office before the appointment. The office however, does not verify patient benefits with their insurance company prior to appointments. It is the patients' responsibility to know the appropriate co-pay amounts, etc.



    I give Dr. Javaherian and her office a B rating. During my appointments with Dr. Javaherian I was able to discuss symptoms and did not feel rushed. However, there was little technical discussion on why a treatment option was being recommended over alternatives and how it was going to rectify the problem. After seeing Dr. Javaherian I saw a second psychiatrist and figure that Dr. Javaherian's office is about average or just slightly above average in terms of what can be expected, and hence the B rating. Also I think it is important to disclose how many times I have seen Dr. Javaherian as the number of interactions one has with a provider could have an impact on the perception of the doctor's office and the rating. I have seen Dr. Javaherian three times.
    - David A.
  • F
    Alan Ruttenberg MD
    He didn't listen to me and did as little as possible.  Al in all, he was a waist of my time.  I was over-billed as well.
    - Steven L.
  • A
    Rubenstein, Dr. Bruce
    I was referred to him by my physical therapist. He was very understanding and compassionate. He took his time with me. I am partially handicapped and I found it easy to get into the facility.
    - Rick M.
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