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  • A
    Dr. Michael A. Orosz, DPM
    Dr. Orosz was very professional and efficient. He made going to the doctor a more relaxed experience. He is very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend him to everyone needing foot and ankle care. He was able to target the problems I was having and came up with a plan to help decrease the pain in my ankle.
    - Angel T.
  • F
    Johanna Abernathy MD
    On September 10, 2010, Johanna Abernathy directed a registered nurse (Sheila Scheib) to inject dermal filler directly into an artery in my face. This action occluded my blood supply, causing necrosis of the skin and other tissue. This injury left me with permanent visible scarring, facial atrophy, distorted facial features, and other disfigurements. For the past seven years, I have undergone and continue to go through intense facial reconstruction. Reconstructive procedures include tissue grafting, laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, facial fillers, and literally cutting out several parts of my face. I expect to endure several more years of reconstruction but have been told by board certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons that my disfigurement is permanent. Neither Johanna Abernathy nor anyone on her staff informed me that this complication was a possibility. It was not on the consent form I signed. Even after I presented to Johanna Abernathy with this complication, she refused to disclose that this was a known complication of the procedure. She did not follow the established protocol for an ischemic event or provide referral for specialized care. She instead sent me to the Emergency Room because she didn't know what to do. Of course, the ER doctor was not familiar with complications of the procedure because he was not a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Therefore, the necrosis continued until half my face was scabbed over and immobile. Once I saw board certified plastic surgeon Steven Dayan, I was diagnosed with skin/tissue necrosis secondary to injection into a vein or artery. When I told Johanna Abernathy about it, she acted like she had never heard of this complication. This was unacceptable to me, because this complication was specifically called out in the dermal filler training manual she was supposed to have read. Part of her marketing is that she claims to offer a "medical difference" and is fully trained on how to avoid and treat all complications of the procedures she and her staff perform. This turned out to be false. Skin necrosis literally means "skin death". Johanna Abernathy told me it was merely "slight bruising" and even had the staff document as such on my medical record (which she has refused to update despite my repeated requests). In fact, Johanna Abernathy has refused to even speak to me about this issue since February, 2011. I was told I need to go through her practice administrator, Tom Kaloupek, who also refused to return most of my calls. Johanna Abernathy additionally refused to provide me with medical records from my last office visit in February, 2011 (even though I made the request before the deadline), and refused to provide any documentation or other information regarding an investigation she claimed to have performed to "try to figure out what happened". I highly suspect this investigation was never actually conducted, because when I asked her specifically what she was doing to investigate, she stuttered and then refused to answer. This was before she stopped communicating with me altogether. To make matters worse, Johanna Abernathy then sued me for going public with this information. I was forced to pay additional thousands of dollars in legal fees to defend myself against her wild attacks. Her lawyers tried to get me to sign a settlement agreement stating that I would have to pay $25,000 if I ever talked about my injury online. Through my lawyer, I communicated that I would agree to publish only verifiable facts that both parties agreed on. However, Johanna Abernathy refused and her legal team (according to my lawyer) stated they wanted me "completely off the internet". Therefore I refused to sign their settlement offer; but they ended up dismissing the lawsuit anyway. In September of 2016, I again made some public statements on the internet that were 100% truthful. Johanna had her legal team contact me and tell me that I was in breach of contract and that they were going to sue me again. This was completely false legal information, since I had never signed the agreement and they knew it. However, I believe Johanna Abernathy was counting on me to not understand my rights. I believe Johanna Abernathy directed her legal team to provide me with false information in an attempt to bully and intimidate me, and to keep my medical injury quiet in order to avoid damaging her reputation. I ended up removing the comments because I did not want to deal with a lawsuit, and since I have a child in college, I could not afford to spend thousands more to defend myself. Johanna���s legal team was sure to communicate that if I ever said anything on the internet again ��� whether truthful or not, that she would sue me. Also under the direction of Johanna Abernathy, her office receptionist Carla Labus made several false statements, including but not limited to the following: 1) There has never been a suspected case of skin necrosis in their office 2) That all complications seen in the office were "nothing serious" 3) That Johanna Abernathy never sued a patient This is further evidence that Johanna Abernathy is trying to keep my injury quiet. I have also asked if she reported my injury to the FDA, but of course she refused to respond to that as well. I do not believe a medical doctor should be abusing the public court system by going after injured patients for making public statements about their experiences. I also believe a doctor should understand and disclose the possible complications of the procedures she and her staff perform - especially when she advertises that she has these qualifications.
    - Dawn S.
  • A
    Dr. G. Drew
    I'm very pleased with her. She's very thorough. Really took the time, like the time before she saw me for the first time because I was moving back to Cedar Rapids, she wanted to see my old health records beforehand and had thoroughly reviewed those before my first appointment.

    Just after I retired in December I got shingles on my face. I had an appointment with her two weeks later and was going to ask her about the shingles vaccine. I got shingles first. She was very good about getting me in immediately, carefully looking at it and listening to my symptoms even though the pustules on my chin didn't look like shingles and a couple others did. She diagnosed it accurately and got me treated immediately.
    - Patricia M.
  • A
    UnityPoint Clinic Multispecialty
    I'm very pleased with her. She's very thorough, really took the time, like before she saw me for the first time because I was moving back to Cedar Rapids, she wanted to see my old health records beforehand and had thoroughly reviewed those before my first appointment. I had shingles on my face just after I retired in December. I had an appointment with her two weeks later and was going to ask her for the shingles vaccine. I got shingles first. She was very good about getting me in immediately, carefully looking at it and listening to my symptoms even though the pustules on my chin didn't look like shingles and a couple others did. She diagnosed it accurately and got me treated immediately.
    - Patricia M.
  • C
    MercyCare Blairs Ferry Clinic
    I selected MercyCare Blairs Ferry as the provider for the Ideal Protein Diet. My decision was based on the extraordinary service I had received at another MercyCare facility that I use for primary care. I discovered that not all MercyCare facilities are equally well run.
    The staff was reasonably friendly. The logistics were a bit confusing for my first visit due to poor communication (on both our parts.) But then they lost my baseline/first visit data (body measurements and weight.) They were reluctant at first to sell individual packets of the product to try before buying a box of 7. I was not seeing the same provider week to week. Finally, at my last visit, the provider asked me if I would mind NOT being measured (as I was scheduled) since she may measure me differently than the other person I was seeing. One of the main purposes of visiting the provider is to track progress, and be held accountable by a professional for behaviors and progress, which is why this particular diet plan is so successful. It is not just a store to buy the product.
    This is a rare time when I had a pretty direct comparison available. My wife is seeing a different provider for the same diet. Her experience has been much better. She sees the same person, they require a journal and have never suggested that she NOT measure as the plan provides. I am paying $100. to switch providers.
    I spoke with the practice manager, and she listened carefully to, and understood my reasons for switching. I hope that the practice learns from my unfortunate experience and makes changes in order to better serve their future clients.
    - Larry A.
  • B
    Mercy Care
    I saw the physician that was on duty, and she listened to my description of the problem. I expected there to be x-rays, but the doctor did not find it necessary, but offered them. I declined. The office visit was short (~10 mins), and I still have the problem, but this is something that I have to wait awhile to heal.
    She also recommended things that I could do that would help expedite the healing.
    - Christopher M.
  • A
    Physicians' Clinic of Iowa
    There were couple of minor issues, but generally, it was a positive experience. I had the surgery at a hospital at another city and Physicians' Clinic of Iowa did all the followup care. The doctor that performed the surgery said you will need this one rod removed in about six weeks, but then when I went to PCI, they said well, we think those can be left in so that you don't have to have another surgery. However, I kept not being able to get a certain range of motion in that foot and so finally, he said well, maybe we should take that out and so he performed a minor surgery and removed the rod. The doctor felt that it wouldn't make any difference, but it did make a difference. However, I would not get full range of motion back.
    - Jennifer S.
  • A
    Physicians' Clinic of Iowa
    They did a really nice job with him. My son doesn't like needles and they did a really good job with him. They walked him through what they were going to do and really talked him through it. It was a good experience with him and trying to keep him calm because he ended up being allergic to a lot of things. We haven't done the shots that they recommended. We tried some over the counter things. He was able to get in right away.
    - Kimberlee W.
  • A
    Daniel McGrail MD
    I have Valley Fever so I see an infectious disease doctor, Dr. McGrail. I am very picky when it comes to my doctors and we live in a small city so there are only 2 doctors that I can see for my Valley Fever. He actually listens to me and I do a lot of naturalpathic healing and he okay with that. Those are the main things that I went with him for.
    He could improve on his office staff. They can be a bit rude. Like the other day I called with a question and she was like, no, no. I said, can't you even ask and she said no, I'm not even going to waste. He's good but his staff is a little difficult.
    - Thomas R.
  • A
    Dr. Monica M. Minjeur
    She is outstanding. Her thoroughness, her competency, her no nonsense approach stands out. She found 2 tumors that my other doctor had not found. She is knowledgeable. She is straight out of med school, and she knows her stuff.
    - Markus H.
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