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  • A
    Andrea Chamberlain MD
    I just want to say that I am very happy with Dr. Chamberlain. She is very honest and forthright. I never have any surprises with her or her office. She is great at her job and anytime I have a problem that comes up and I need something she always takes care of me. If I have a question she really tries to help me understand the answer. Her office ALWAYS returns calls promptly. I have absolute faith in her medical judgment.
    I have seen other psychiatrists before and I can honestly say that if she was the first one I had seen I would never have gone to any others. She has common sense. She cares about her patients and is concerned about more than just the bottom line. Some other psychiatrists will make you come in for appointments unnecessarily frequently even when you are doing well because they want your copay money every month. She is not like that. She sees me more often if I am having problems and spaces out the appointments when I am managing well. She is flexible when it comes to scheduling and has even offered Saturday appointments. I don't know of any other specialist who does that! She is the best there is!
    - Cassandra M.
  • B
    Windmoor Healthcare of Clearwater
    I have GAD. I was born with it and the symptoms slowly unfolded until a diagnosis was made at about 31 yrs. of age. It never goes away & the anxiety must be treated every day. The theory behind it is that I have no "off" switch for anxiety. I can go through life accumulating moments of anxiety until they add up to more than an individual can handle normally. Then begins the need to give anti-anxiety medicine.
    My Dr., Michel Gimeno, was having personal problems and basically abandoned his patients. I learned this only yrs. later from other patients who were also abandoned. His secretary was trying to advise me on treatment over the phone! Not the Dr.! The admitting nurse at Windmoor had a talk with Dr. Gimeno to convince him to write a prescription for me for an anti-anxiety medicine prior to my coming to Windmoor to be admitted. Finally she convinced him. It's pretty bad when a nurse has to talk and talk to a Dr. to convince him to write a script for medication I had already been on for years. It worked, but wasn't strong enough. I was switching to a Dr. Kevin Butler who also wouldn't treat my anxiety adequately and encouraged me to go to Windmoor. As I was putting up with huge amounts of crippling anxiety, I finally decided to admit myself, hoping for relief. 
    Arriving at Windmoor the admitting nurse proceeded to lecture me about her "tough love" in kicking out her 16-yr.-old for some action of his. She was gay & I wondered if what she really wanted her home to herself. She could barely contain her anger. I have no idea how this was related to me, but she seemed to think it was.
    I was then strip searched for scars for medical records. One man, one woman. Didn't like the man being present.
    I was admitted to a ward that was locked. No medication or maybe 1 because on a Fri. night the pharmacy didn't have the time or availability to review my medicines and OK them. The rooms are shared by 2 people. I had a bad night when my roomie had a very loud and alternating noise on some kind of breathing machine. I tried sleeping on the floor the farthest away I could get from her, but it was still very loud. I ended up somewhere, I think a couch in the well-lit and noisy central open room.
    I suffered through the night & am until a Dr. came to give a talk to us all. Lo & behold, it was my new Dr. Butler! He seemed to be on staff there as he was often there talking to groups. Now I knew why he wouldn't treat me and wanted me to come to Windmoor. Incredibly selfish of him to let me suffer weeks as I simply needed the medicine to cover my anxiety, not to fill a place in the Hospital.
    Therapies there and choices of going to classes & meetings was very helpful to kill the time until my medicine was approved. I did learn some new things. Some groups were very good. Most of these people were very friendly. We had some outside time on grass, nothing else. 
    All major positions were held by lesbians which I found unusual. One meeting was run by an angry lesbian who focused her anger on a group of addicts and addressed no other needs of us many other patients. She took questions but only on the addicts...drinkers, I think.
    In a few days I went home. I had worked hard to be & appear calm despite my anxiety prior to being discharged.
    Eventually my anxiety evened out. It takes many weeks of slow improvement when it is allowed to be uncontrolled for over a week.
    I attended outpatient classes and learned more about different people's problems and also mine. The classes or meetings were usually very good. I also have major depression so I learned more about that, too. Since mostly everyone takes turns speaking, each person gets a small amount of time. This outpatient treatment was being cancelled in the not too distant future. I found it helpful and interesting and hope it's now in effect. 
    I learned there were a lot of people coping with more serious diseases & disorders than mine. There go I, but for the grace of God.... Everyone seemed like normal people who had some medical issues. Most of the diseases were there at birth. You couldn't blame the individual for acquiring the disease through choice, except the addicts. These non-addicted patients are everyday people who know what's going on in their lives and the world, but suffer greatly from their diseases.
    Advice: Try to avoid being admitted on a Fri. night. You won't get your medicines.
                 Going to all the many meetings and groups can be very helpful. I even went to an AA meeting and learned some good               philosophies.
                 Find out if your Dr. is on staff at a hospital if s/he wants you to go there vs. treating you. My Dr. could have prescribed the            same medicines to me as an outpatient, as had my very 1st Dr. did with no hospital admission.
         Stay away from the illegal drug activity; don't let yourself get caught up in it accidentally.
    - Susan S.
  • F
    Florida Behavioral Medicine
    The receptionist did not tell me when I checked in that my paperwork from the other practice had not arrived. then when I was called back Patel told me I have no records. I was wondering why he didn't just treat me as a new patient who has no records anyway, and still was not given a refill on a medication I have been on for around 2 years.  Dr Patel spent no more than 10 minutes with me and didn't refill any prescriptions. he asked me very few questions about my anxiety, all very broad. He said he would not prescribe me any meds unless he had my records, which were lost on their end, including my mother and brothers records. I was treated like a drug seeker, though I asked him to wean me off my alprazolam which is only .25mg PNR 2x day. and I wanted to go back to my old med 1 mg of clonazepam  PNR 2x day. He told me it was to high of a dose, which I don't understand because I was given that by Dr knaus, my old doctor. I even gave him my bottles of meds to look at and told me he couldn't do anything even though i had 2 pills left and no refills. He took me off cold turkey, that is such a dangerous thing to do to me. I spent more time getting my meds from my car and waiting for him to come back to his own office. Dr Patel's assistant was more rude to me than Patel, when I was trying to figure out what to do about my records and and why I got no refill. He rudely told me it was a controlled substance and made me feel like I was doing something wrong by trying to figure out this problem.
    - Tracy C.
  • A
    Afield, Dr. Walter E
    He's the best. He was my rock. He is an excellent doctor. He maps my brain. He helped me get disability with the governor within two months. He was right on with everything that he found wrong with me. He was very thorough, understanding and caring. He helped me through three brain injuries. He is understanding with medications, the legal system and getting social security and disability. I depended on him very much. He was very helpful and a wonderful doctor.
    - Carol T.
  • C
    Florida Behavioral Medicine
    I doubt that I ever saw the doctor for more than six minutes at any appointment. It felt more like a factory - Fill out a form, pay, wait to be called, quick-march back to an office, answer two or three questions, get a script written and make your next appointment on the way out. I can't fault them for ease of access; I could get an appointment any time and they were always punctual. Don't get me wrong; I appreciate efficiency, but it's not really the top priority when I'm looking for a mental health provider. I'd rather have someone who takes at least a little time to find out how I'm doing.
    - William M.
  • A
    Obi Okonkwo-Onuigbo MD
    My sister just got diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. He's been wonderful with communicating with the family as well as her primary care doctor. He works long hours; We're happy with his services.
    - CHERYL J.
  • A
    Lasko, Dr. Valerie A.
    Due to tingling of hands and numbness of toes on both sides, i contacted a neurologist. Thourgh questioning and testing, Dr. Lasko not only diagnosed the problem but determined the cause. Her bedside manner is first rate and she doesn't pull any punches when it comes to telling the truth about my condition.
    - Patrick H.
  • A
    David Swindall
    - Zoey B.
  • A
    McGregor, Ms. Mona
    - Michael R.
  • A
    Connie L. Bowden RN,LMT,CCH,BSNH,CHC
    A qualified and experienced professional with great people skills!  The office is clean, organized and easy to find.  She was on time and ready for appointments.
    - Mike S.
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