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  • F
    My nephew was hospitalized and due to the shock of his circumstances and the unknown nature of his prognosis, and since I am in the field in which Dr. Michaels works, my sister asked me for references for psychiatrists that I was aware of and who might be of assistance in providing some information about my nephew's general circumstances, once my sister shared that information with him.  At the time my nephew was admitted, neither she nor I knew which physician was treating him at the hospital. I could not ethically refer him to any psychiatrist I worked with or knew socially. Our family had never personally had any experience with psychiatric admissions of any sort and my nephew's situation was dramatic and very, very frightening. I had had some very good past references relative to Dr. Michaels over many years and there were patients of his with whom I had contact that liked him very much and found him to be very helpful. I called the number associated with his office, got an answering machine message, and then called his answering service. I left a message with them, indicating the reason for my call, and left my sister's phone number and mine as a back up, and simply asked that he please call to talk.     
    Dr. Michaels and my sister played phone tag, and when they finally connected, he abruptly told my sister that he could not see my nephew, as he was under the care of another physician. This is certainly understandable and an entirely appropriate statement, legally and ethically, to make to my sister. However his manner was so off-putting and harsh, and to her mind unwarranted, that there would be no way she would let him near her son, much less ask simple general informational questions, which was what she had hoped to do. At that point she told me about the call, and I must say I was embarrassed to have made this contact since it confused her and made her more upset over the situation. When a family member is hospitalized for a psychiatric emergency, and one has never experienced such an event, every event related to that emergency is stressful. 
    We chalked this phone call up to Dr. Michaels having a bad day, or even to our stress and let it go.
    Unfortunately, this is not the end of the story. Within a day or so, my sister was sitting with my nephew in the visiting room trying to get a feel for how he was doing, having gentle conversation and so forth, and they and everyone in the visiting were interrupted from their hour-long visits with their loved ones by a loud voice coming down the hall and toward the visiting room. It was Dr. Michaels yelling, "Is there a N**K I#****###**I here??" Everyone was stunned. He loudly repeated this question and when my nephew and my sister turned to face this man, he confronted them in front of everyone in the visiting room and proceeded to loudly and angrily assert that he could not see or treat my nephew sue to the fact that he was already being seen by Dr. R#%#**$#**A.
    I cannot express how shocked I was when I heard this bizarre behavior. On my own visit to see my nephew a day later, this confrontational outburst from Dr. Michaels was verified and validated by attending staff who were present at the time. Not only was he rude, but he violated my nephew's right to privacy in a psychiatric hospital setting, identifying both his full name and his doctor's name to the entire room full of patients and their family members. Moreover, this outburst came not form a patient, but from someone who was both supposed to be carrying and conducting himself with professional decorum and protecting the privacy of any patient. This rant was also made in the presence of patients he himself was treating at the time.
    Thankfully my nephew is improving with consistent care from another practitioner. Hopefully such an event will never happen again and we as a family will never have to experience such a stressful event another time. 
    In over 24 years of administering outpatient mental health outpatient clinics, I have had contact with many, many psychiatric practitioners, old and young, experienced and fresh out of residency, calm and more high strung. I can honestly assert here in the strongest of terms that I have never encountered such behavior from a medical practitioner to a patient or a family member, and even among medical and dental practitioners I have either worked or practiced with since 1975.
    I could not now, in spite of past good references, recommend Dr. Michaels to anyone. I would have been willing to accept one day's rude behavior as an exception, but to experience this over the space of time and to have my sister and my nephew be subjected to confrontational abuse at a time when everyone was so emotional fragile indicates to me that I must do my best to avoid referring this man to anyone.
    I wish him the best, of course. Hopefully this is an anomaly. I cannot speak for others.
    - Barbara T.
  • F
    He is ridiculous.  His office is a mess. He asked me about a fantasy world, he tried to put words in my mouth and ideas in my head.  I denied those.  He tried to lead me into things I didn't belong to.  He asked about my family background but I don't know how much of the stuff he needed.  I thought he was fine when I left, then this guy wrote a report that he read things into the conversation that were absolutely not true, he said things that didn't happen in our conversation and he was in accurate.  I contacted attorneys.  I was very displeased.  My work paid for it and they had to throw the whole report out because it was so bogus.  I went in there with a good attitude and did what I was supposed to do and he screwed me over. 
    - Robert T.
  • A
    She is very professional. She is very polite and effective. She is very helpful and I would recommend her highly to other members. She builds rapport very quickly and helps us come out and talk about things.
    - NANCY L.
  • A
    I am very comfortable with her. After my two strokes I was suffering from depression and she really helped me a lot. She focused on the things that concerned me. She made recommendations to me. I saw her after my first stroke and she called the hospital after my second stroke to see how I was doing. She is very caring and focused on my health. I have recommended her to other people that really like her. I have been going to her for several years.
    - CAROL C.
  • A
    I began to see Dr. Bar-Levav after being referred by a colleague. I was in crisis mode and needed someone immediately. She arranged for an appointment and evaluation and began working with me. Unlike many psychiatrists she actually works with her patients rather than just evaluating and writing a prescription or referring to a therapist. Without her and her associates I cannot be certain that I would be here today.
    - Nina T.
  • A
    Dr. Leuchter has helped to keep me alive. He really knows his stuff. He diagnosed me early on in my thirties and he was right on top of it when I had my first stroke. I will continue to see Dr. Leuchter in the future.
    - SHEILA E.
  • A
    Very well. Dr. Is a good listener. Shows care and compassion. Attentive to patient concerns. Answers questions. Timely responses.professional and courteous.
    - Stephanie H.
  • A
    - ROY J.
  • A
    She was a great doctor.  I recommended her to my friend's daughter, and then my friend started working for her.
    - CAROL C.
  • D
    I do not recommend Dr. Gilbert at all.  He yelled at me during an appointment and he said in paperwork that I refused treatment, i just chose a different type of treatment.
    - Suzanne O.
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