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    Natalie Thomson, LPC - RISE Counseling, LLC
    I am extremely disappointed in her ability to maintain her perspective and professionalism in the counseling process. I felt her style to be uncaring and dismissive when difficult issues arose. She was generally easy to work with when things were at the beginning or fairly simple in nature. However, when it came to more complex issues and difficult emotions, she seemed unable to attend to the needs of her clients. I would not recommend her for EFT therapy or couples counseling.
    - Jake D.
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    Scott Hoopes MD,PA

    It really turned into a disaster.  It was like hopping on an assembly line and paying big bucks for 15 minutes.  You had the sense he had to keep it moving so he could make his next wad of cash.  The office is highly technical and it spits out prescriptions in very quickly so he can get you out of there and get the next paying customer in.  I had the feeling from the very beginning this is all about money not empathic, caring treatment.  He also seems to get irritated if things do not go as he wants them to run.  In the end I had to go to other doctors to help me get over his treatment.

    - Charles G.
  • A
    David Cummins Psychologist
    I thought he was really good, thorough, sensitive, knowledgeable and up to date with new techniques in his field. I liked that he is one of those professionals that is constantly getting more education and trying new and different things.
    - Karen S.
  • F
    Scott Hoopes MD,PA
    Setting an appointment was smooth and I was able to be seen in a reasonable amount of time.  I've been proactive in seeking treatment for my entire life with good success.  As a result, I've been treated by over a half dozen psychiatrists throughout various states as I grew up, attended college, moved on with my career, etc.  Dr. Belnap had the worst bedside manner I'd personally experienced.  With the sensitive nature of mental health most psychiatrists I've seen go out of their way to be friendly and foster a welcoming environment.  That wasn't my experience.  It felt very impersonal, like I was just a number.
    Dr. Belnap actually came recommended so I was willing to brush it off.  Everyone is entitled to off days at work. 
    I was prescribed a medication not generally used for my condition and was told it was to try and avoid the side effects common with the class of meds I had been taking.  It was combined with a low dosage of a first line treatment for my condition.
    Ultimately, the reason I chose to discontinue treatment with Dr. Hoopes and his associates was blatant lack of communication.  
    After developing side effects I followed up with his PA.  She suggested we discontinue the medication that is a first line treatment for my condition.  I was confused why they would choose the drug specifically used for my condition instead of the drug used as a 2nd line treatment.  When I asked why, I was told I wasn't being treated for the condition I thought, but for another disorder.  It turns out Dr. Belnap had diagnosed me with a different disorder.  The entire time I was led to believe the only reason I was taking a medicine not typically used to treat my disorder was to avoid side effects.  The PA seemed surprised (and skeptical) that I hadn't been told he had made a different diagnosis.
    Despite the fact I've been evaluated by multiple psychiatrists over the years and all came to the same diagnosis, I am open to 2nd opinions.  I know psychiatry is extremely complicated.  However, I was not willing to accept the fact that I was placed on a medication without being told why.  I found it unacceptable that a new diagnosis wasn't communicated to me.  When I was understandably confused and bothered I was treated like I was mistaken, that I was at fault.  I'm college educated and own a successful business...I may have a mental illness but I'm not deaf or stupid.  After challenging the fact I hadn't been told (in a polite but firm way) I felt that he and his staff  thought I was both.  
    I've since moved to a different psychiatrist.  I told him about both diagnosis so he could decide for himself.  After his own evaluation he "completely disagreed" with the diagnosis Dr. Hoopes gave and agreed with the diagnosis of all my previous doctors. 

    - Eric M.
  • A
    Grant Belnap MD
    I really like Dr. Belnap. He does not put and quot;labeland quot; on your situation. He talks to you and figures out both your current situation and mental health, and then makes assessment and prescribe you the solution. He respects your view and works with you on what needed to be accomplished.
    - Pingkan B.
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    Calhoun, Dr. Robert F.
    At my first appointment I took a battery of psychological test including one about my perceptions of pain and how it affects my life.
    The results were very accurate and pinpointed my challenges specifically. The first appointment is a long one, so plan accordingly.
    I then began treatment weekly (some go every other week). I received some handouts on pain and the beliefs we hold about pain. Much was new information with a new slant at looking at pain. Much of pain management has to do with the brain's beliefs and perceptions. One of my struggles is working through pain, as I want to lay down and rest. I learned that some pain will not cause injury and it will not hurt me to work through it. Unresolved emotional pain is also held in the body. Previous therapy had helped with those issues, so Dr. Calhoun's treatment was a logical next step for me.
    Dr. Calhoun has developed a short breathing protocol that takes 4-6 minutes, not a cumbersome task for those with busy lifestyles. He suggests doing the exercise 4 times a day. After I practiced the breathing in his office my shoulder muscles were more relaxed and my pain level had gone down some. He commented that he could see a change in my shoulders---they had relaxed and were lower than when I came in,. They call the pain position and quot;guardedand quot; as one tends to protect the area that hurts. The breathing exercises help to relax those and quot;guarded musclesand quot; and, in turn, effect the pain levels. The technique takes a while to master, so don't get discouraged, and some days are better than others. Sometimes unexpected emotions may surface, too.
    I was told many fibromyalgia patients have benefitted greatly...the key is to keep doing the breathing exercises to keep your body and mind in a calm place so the muscles do not stay locked up in the and quot;guardedand quot; position..
    Dr. Calhoun said I could eventually do the exercises anywhere, even with my eyes open when I'm stressed or in pain. He works with Emergency Personnel and First Responders who have learned to use the techniques successfully and quot;in the heat of battle,and quot; as they have no time to take a 4-6 minute break in an emergency situation.
    I benefitted greatly from the things I learned. Dr. Calhoun is gentle, insightful, and often can zero in on the core of a problem to help one resolve the angst in emotions and physical body. I highly recommended anyone who deals with chronic pain to get a referral. Be sure to check about insurance, and if you are already seeing another mental health provider, your insurance may also approve his care. Be sure you tell the office if you are seeing another mental health provider, as they will need their own authorization for sessions right away.

    - Lynette S.
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    Wechsler, Dr. Robert
    I recommend Dr. Wechsler. He is knowledgeable and passionate about his specialties. He goes the extra mile and provides a unique approach applying a combination of biofeedback methods and other professional services using state-of-the-art equipment. He seems very ethical looking for the best interests of the client.
    - Bryan T.
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    Armentrout, Dr. Scott H.
    Overall-My wife and I were highly impressed with Dr. Armentrout. He provided an in depth evaluation of our son and so far he has been spot on. He has a unique ability to connect with children and parents. We highly recommend him.
    - Rob R.
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    Jayne Stevenson MD
    She is very knowledgeable about medications. She's also very knowledgeable about treatments for different problems. She's got a great bedside manner and she has a lot of empathy as well. I think she's a really good doctor and I would really recommend anybody to go to her. She does not have any staff. She works by herself and her office is a fine one. The billing and administration is very good. I will use her again in the future.
    - James B.
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    Wechsler, Dr. Robert
    He's very knowledgeable. He communicates clearly with his patients. He's got a great bedside manner. He's on top of stuff, so that he's really aware of everything that's going on. His staff also really helps out if I'm having trouble with the insurance company. I will use him again in the future.
    - James B.
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