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  • F
    Patel, Dr. Lopa M.
    After explaining my symptoms to Dr. Patel, she suggested
    that I was suffering from acid reflux ? and I should go to the drug store and
    get an over the counter antacid.   She
    also suggested that perhaps I had asthma and sleep apnea.
    I told her I had never had asthma, and she said you can get it at any
    time as an adult.  That was interesting information, but I
    told her that I felt that my symptoms were probably related to the upper
    respiratory viral infection since the symptoms started during the illness.    
    She then scheduled me for a breath test 9
    days later, and a follow up appointment with her 17 days later.
    I left her office feeling that this schedule was wrong.  I felt I was too ill to wait 9 days for a
    breath test and decided to cancel everything she had scheduled for me and I would  find a
    different doctor.  On the following Monday I spoke to
    her receptionist and told her I was canceling all future appointments with her
    because I was very upset that I would have to wait 9 days for a breath test.
    The receptionist said she had a cancelation for a breath test the following
    day and she would be able to fit me in.  So I decided to give Dr. Patel another chance
    ? and I went in for the breath test.
    The day after the breath test I returned for the follow up appointment with Dr.
    Patel.  She said that my breathing was
    not 100%,  and she gave me a prescription for an X-ray.  She also wanted to give me a prescription for Qvar which is  used to prevent and control symptoms (wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by asthma.  I told her I didn't want to use an inhaler until I found out definitively what my diagnosis was. 
    I had the X-ray which showed  that my heart was enlarged and
    that this was a very serious condition and was told I needed to see a cardiologist
    immediately.   I found an excellent local
    cardiologist who gave me an echocardiogram. The cardiologist diagnosed pericarditis, which is an inflammation of
    the sac surrounding the heart and that this had probably been caused by the
    viral infection that I had had the previous month.  The new cardiologist 
    prescribed medication for this, and I am feeling quite a bit better.  After 12 days on the medication, my symptoms are almost all gone, although a still experience some shortness of breath at times, and my stamina is slowly returning.
    If I had not listened to my own intuition regarding the need
    for immediate tests and I had gone along with Dr. Patel?s time table for my
    diagnosis ? it could have been a very different outcome.  Apparently early diagnosis and treatment of pericarditis
    usually reduces the risk of the long-term complications.  I feel Dr. Patel put my health at  risk by
    not assessing my condition properly even though I had described all the
    symptoms for a very serious condition.  I feel she should have been able to see the urgency of my  condition and order an X-Ray immediately.  Instead she delayed my diagnosis and treatment, and the outcome could have been extremely serious if I had just gone along with her diagnostic time table.
    I also felt she was condescending and dismissive every time I raised a concern.  At one point while asking her about the safety of the particular medication she wanted to prescribe -- she said she didn't have time. 
    This was upsetting to me --- because not only was I feeling sicker than I had ever felt in my life --- I was not being treated with the respect and care that I deserve as a patient.  I have never written a negative review for a doctor before in my life, and frankly I have considered not publishing this for fear of some type of retaliation from the Doctor --- but I would hate to see anybody else's health or life put at risk.

    - jill s.
  • D
    Salerno Medical Associates
    I chose this office as a Primary Care Manager (PCM) at the end of 2014.  I arrived promptly to my first appointment to a clean, well-arranged waiting room.  However, the subsequent 2-hour wait to enter a pre-screening with a nurse diminished my initial perception.
    After a good pre-screening at the nurses station, I moved to an examination room to wait for another 30 minutes.  The physical was performed in a professional manner, and I was told to await my results.  The lead time for these results were indeterminate, and I was informed that it may be several days before any results returned.
    After 1 week, I received a letter in the mail that instructed me to contact the office for a follow-up appointment due to an abnormality in the results.  Upon calling the office to schedule an appointment, I inquired as to why I was contacted via USPS rather than phone or email.  The receptionist claimed that every attempt was made to contact me (I had no missed phone calls, text messages, emails from the day of the appointment to the postmark of the letter, nor after the postmark).
    At this point, I was told that the next available appointment was in February.  I asked if there was anything available sooner, as there was no indication about the abnormality and it's severity.  The response was apathetic and seemingly a nuisance to the receptionist on the other end; but, with some stern but not overbearing insistence, I had the appointment moved to the last Monday of the month.  (Important to note is the pervasive and widespread history of cancer in my family, and the unbearable amount of time I had to wait to get my results).
    After 1 more week, my pharmacist called to inform me of an awaiting prescription.  I picked up the prescription and asked the pharmacist about it's origin.  He informed me that it was from Salerno Medical Associates, and there was no further information available.
    I called the office again; and, the receptionist said that there was nothing she could do to advance the appointment.  
    Upon my visit to the doctor the following week, I sat in the waiting room for the duration of three hours (two Netflix movies played in their entirety while I was there).  After that, I waited 30 more minutes in the examination room.  When I saw the practitioner, I made sure to inform her that I had a Vitamin D deficiency.  She gave me some information relevant to my condition, which I use to this day.
    In summary, my experience with Salerno Medical Associates was not all bad.  However, the administration of the office is so abysmal and dismissive of patients that they deserve an "F" rating, because it trickles into the entire patient/doctor experience.
    - Wesley B.
  • A
    Sangbaek Oh MD
    He's really good. I just like him. He is very thorough and he explains things, he's very specific about his explanations and if you have a question, he will take the time to answer you. He doesn't just dismiss you, he'll listen to everything you have to say and then he will go through the explanations for you. If he does a procedure on you, he'll come after the procedure and talk to you personally and go through things if you have any questions and then you have a follow up appointments which he's really good about going through every step of the test process and whatever he found out means. He breaks it down for you. I wouldn't go to anybody else.
    - Lora S.
  • A
    Summit Medical Group
    We have been using them for probably six months. Their staff, they are great and friendly. If my daughter needs a note to go back to school and I have forgotten to get it, I will call them up and they will fax it right over to the school. Regarding availability the first time I went there, it was difficult to get an appointment.
    - Lois S.
  • A
    The Doctors' Office-Urgent Care
    Every aspect of my interaction with this office was outstanding. By the time I finished the initial paperwork, I was able to see the doctor. She checked me out thoroughly and agreed that I did not need an emergency room. She told me any symptoms to watch out for that would require further medical attention, which I have not needed. The staff and office environment were friendly, helpful, and comfortable. I would definitely return to this office and will give them my highest recommendation!
    - Laura G.
  • B
    Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
    They are the best because they have written all the books.  If anyone thinks they have celiac disease, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital is the number one place to get tested.  The doctors are just very knowledgeable.  I remember that I did have to wait a long time sometimes to be seen because they are just so busy.  The staff is very small and they were fine.  There was no treatment.  The billing went through my insurance.
    - Nancy O.
  • A
    Family Health Ctr-Montclair
    Even though this appointment was right in the middle of the day, I did not have to wait more than 15 minutes. Dr. Hoestetler spent a significant amount of time with me determining what should be the next steps in my treatment. She spoke with me as an equal and has a wonderful bedside manner. She also provided me with a referral and the entire appointment lasted approximately 45 minutes. I can't recommend Dr. Hoestetler and the entire practice enough.
    - Neely R.
  • A
    Heifler, Dr. Gregory
    He is very friendly and caring. He found out a couple of things about me that would probably not have been exposed to another doctor. He found out that I had blood pressure. He was like really searching for things. He did a couple of blood tests on me and sent them out to the lab. He investigates into anything that does not look right to him.
    - Iris M.
  • A
    Montclair Breast Center

       From the mammogram, to the radiologist sitting with me to explain the results, to Dr. Elliott's exam and ultrasound,
      all was just perfect.  I feel very comfortable in the center.  In fact, we are planning on moving to south Jersey and I have
    already told my husband, that Dr. Elliott is one doctor that I can not replace.  So we will be coming up the 60+ miles for
    my exams.
    - Joanne A.
  • A
    Montclair Breast Center
    The Montclair Breast Center is more like a spa then a medical facility. EVERYONE  who works here is super nice and caring...Dr. Elliot is very accessible, down to earth, and easy to talk to. She and all the staff are very thorough, very compassionate and very committed to women's breast health. They have an in house surgical suite which is much much less stressful then going to hospital for surgical procedures.. The nurses are wonderful!  Only problem I personally have is that I don't have health insurance at the moment and there cost is higher than going to a hospital or clinic breast center.   If you can afford it, it is worth every cent..
    - Elyse H.
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