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  • I do not recommend Dr. Michael **** Cho, rheumatologist at Kaiser Permanente (formerly Group Health). To be fair, I think his diagnosis was correct, and the medications he put me on are working, though some of the other treatment was iatrogenic. He has a lot of energy and optimism (sadly, not for me, though) His style is dictatorial--evangelistic, even. He was oblivious to the fact that his soliloquy on being perfect in every aspect of my life, no doubt meant to inspire, was discouraging in the extreme. He didn't know my other conditions, which are clearly stated on my chart, and his treatment actually aggravated some of them. He told me not to talk because he had a lot to cover, and he would not let me speak. Instead, he delivered a tirade on how I should change nearly every aspect of my life--diet, exercise, sleep, and more--in detail (e.g., don't make smoothies) and said I had to adhere to it "to the minute, with military precision," a phrase he repeated throughout. His instructions contradicted those of three other doctors on my Kaiser Permanente team--specialists in the fields he was talking about, each of whom had three times the experience the very young Dr. Cho had. He said my condition was "impressive," as in impressively bad--three times, with feeling. He said my arthritis would continue to degrade any joint I've ever injured, and there was nothing they could do about it. He could have discussed this with me with a LOT more sensitivity. "Oblivious" describes his entire performance. He was oblivious to who I was, my medical history, and the effect his diatribe on being 100% perfect or falling into doom had on me. Since he never checked back with me, he'll never know. See similar reviews on the web. If you are the kind of person inspired to perfection by a military-style pep talk, he is the perfect coach, however.
    - Cynthia R.
  • Horrible! I work in healthcare and have never seen any doctor act so rudely to patients. After waiting 2.5 hours she graced me with her presence. She spent the entire visit telling me how wonderful she was, how her patients love her. She typed her doctor notes during the entire visit, she never made eye contact or did a physical exam. Without any history she diagnosed me and told me to come back another day for a prescription. Sadly, I was desperate for help so I returned. Second experience was worse than the first. I have never been back. STAY AWAY!!
    - Donald C.
  • She has been very satisfied with her treatment and diagnosis. Dr. Romanick has been very helpful. Pam says she will continue to see this doctor. Sometimes there is a wait after arriving for an appointment, however, Dr. Romanick spends time with each patient to ensure that she listens to the concerns of the patient.
    - Wendy S.
  • I started with Dr Romanick as my primary Dr when I moved to the area
    I have been very pleased with my interactions. I find that their bedside manner of the Dr and the NPs have been excellent. 
    About 3 years ago I developed  arthritis. We went through several iterations of drugs to find the ones that worked for me with tolerable side effects. The Dr monitored me along the way to make sure the drugs were not affecting my liver and changed medications when I didn't like certain side effects. I am 98% back to form. A lot of research through resources of the Arthritis foundation I determined that the path she took to stabilize my condition is standard procedure and switching around drugs "to find what works" often necessary because though the drugs work the specifics with each patient differ.
    The only bad experience I had was when I was prescribed Effexor for sleep problems I was having during peri-menopause it turned out to be night time hot flashes were waking me not depression during the hormone drops during that time. But even a "sleep Dr." didn't get that right. I followed the protocol for weaning off the Effexor ER but still had a very bad day complete with the "brain freeze" symptom I researched afterwards. I would have appreciated a heads up.
    This particular sequence was handled by a NP not the Dr.Which brings me to the only real complaint. The Dr should bring on associates. I can never get an apponitment in less than a month or two unless I accept seeing an NP. How can you "choose" a Dr yet never see her? I changed to another primary Dr. to get access for acute problems and I am considering it for arthritis for purely availability. But I see from Angie's list this availability problem is not unique..
    Over all I am vey pleased with the level of service I receive from all staff but do find that different providers would have tried different things so I try to stay with one NP or the Dr. for each acute problem and only switch if fresh ideas need.
    So Availability is the only downside. I don't recognize the Dr from any of the more negative reviews over my long term association.
    - Roberta F.
  • I was diagnosed with arthritis at this clinic.  I saw Dr Romanick for a grand total of about 15 minutes. All further care is with a nurse practitioner.  I was started on immune suppressant drugs to treat the arthritis.  When I would call with problems or questions I was unable to even speak to a nurse. All communication is through a receptionist or a medical assistant who I doubt even knew what a thermometer was. It was sugested by the NP that I FAX any questions to her to eliminate screw ups. (Seriously rediculous)  No email access available.Eventually someone would call back with an answer that had nothing to do with what I asked about in the first place. The MA was rude and condescending.  When I asked for a followup appt with the Dr they said I had to see the NP.I eventually ended up in the hospital for 5 days with pneumonia, B flu and heart failure. I called Dr Romanick's office to tell her I was ill, thinking that maybe she would stop by or call. The hospital was literally 3 blocks away from her office. On day 4 someone called to tell me to stop the meds they had prescribed.  NO KIDDING!
    - Kelly H.
  • Happily, I've been saved from having a bad experience with this doctor.  If I can help others to avoid a bad experience, great.  These
    diseases are really rotten and we don't need a rotten Rgeumatologist.
    - L M.
  • She deals in rheumatology and auto immune disorders. I have psoriatic arthritis which I've had for years and nobody had bothered to diagnose it. That was pretty much all in my head. I give her high marks. She got me in because of an emergency and spent quite a bit of time with me. She listens to you and you don't feel like you are getting rushed through. She is very knowledgeable and she will beat every other doctor. I was trying to figure out what was going on and she was the first one to actually indicate that was on my head. She's got a very kind persona and you just feel very comfortable with her. She is busy because she is in very high demand. So she he tries to get people in at their appointed time but sometime it is difficult because she does sit there and some appointments are more difficult than others. Her staff is great. If she feels its emergency they get you in there as soon as possible. I was in there one time, one woman had to meet somebody and she was running late. So the staff went back talked to the doctor and got her out from there pretty quickly. They try but sometime it is hard to meet the schedule. Another doctor recommended her to me. In the first visit she pretty well knew what was wrong with me. When I went into the emergency room I got up at 4 o'clock in the morning and told my husband that I was in too much of pain and it's been bad and getting worse. The whole week I wasn't getting sleep because I was in so much pain. Every joint and every muscle in my body hurt. When I went in to the emergency room they took blood test and what not. There was a blood test that measures some sort of enzymes in your blood. Most people normally have 20 but mine was 62 so they knew that something was wrong but they didn't know what it was. They put me on a week of prednisone which is a steroid and tramadol which is a pain killer and I felt like a kid again. I felt good but you can't be on these medications very long. All this started last summer and it's only couple of months that I got it figured out. We are doing couple of things to bring it under control so it's interesting. Nobody bothered to put everything together.
    - Paul M.
  • He has been at the clinic for about a year. He is very thorough. He is wonderful. The office is very compassionate and comfortable. They have these amazingly cushy sofas that are hard to get in and out of but they are more comfortable for some people than the hard stuff. The first appointment is a long one. They are very thorough and check things that other doctors ignore or blow off. Other doctors didn't think things were an issue and they were.
    - Kathleen M. H.
  • He has helped me make proper medication changes and has helped me be healthier than I ever was when I saw other rheumatologists. He has an amazing understanding of every drug and every affect and can really help me feel comfortable with the potential good and bad effects of the drug. He also suggested on my very first appointment that I might be gluten-intolerant and he turned out to be right (I am still not sure how he knew). My overall health, fatigue, and arthritis have been great with him. He is really good at always coming up with new ideas and new solutions so that you never feel like you are at a dead end. I have had trouble with partial or no responses to most drugs on the market and he is creative with double doses or combinations to make sure that I get the affects to make me feel better. I would recommend that everyone who can possibly get to his clinic see him (even as a second opinion if you already like your doctor). He makes me feel so confident that I am making the best choices with regard to my arthritis. I did mark that he is often late, which he is, but it is well worth the wait. Even if he starts your appointment late, he will give you your full 1 hour (yes 1 hour, in today's day and age when doctors rush in and out). He may even stay longer if you need it. Also, he doesn't do primary care, which was originally a downside for me, but this allows him to focus solely on your rheumatological care and not have to be busy with colds ands other issues that would just crowd his calendar. He will still discuss with you overlapping conditions and medications, but he usually asks that your primary care doctor write the prescriptions and monitor care for those drugs (which has worked fine for me). If you previously liked having them done by the same person, don't skip Brodie just because of that.
    - Katherine M.
  • She generally made me wait about an hour beyond my appointment time to see her and then would come in and say "let's make this quick, I have a lot of patience." She only allows 15 minutes in scheduling for rheumatology appointments, which is not long enough. When I was talking to her about which drugs were safe during pregnancy (which my obgyn said i should do because she would be the expert) she said "do you know the internet? You should look there." When I was allowed to do a higher dose medication on-label for 3 months and it was the best 3 months ever, she refused to write a prescription for continued treatment and would not suggest any other options to make my arthritis better. She also made it clear she didn't care whether I got better or not. She is not a good listener and would cut me off when i asked questions or stated concerns. She did not take the time to explain how the drugs worked and what caused the side effects so that I could adequately assess whether the treament option is right for me. It would have been nice to understand the side effects so i didn't feel scared when I started noticing the symptoms. Overall, my arthritis was not under control seeing Romanick, and since switching doctors, my overall health has improved significantly. The only good thing romanick does, was being willing to both do rheumatology and internal medicine, but as a result, I think she had to shorten her appointment time and therefore can't provide a very good service. I would rather have two separate good doctors then 1 bad.
    - Katherine M.
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