This illustrates (at least to me) some of the hazards of recommending a doctor to a fellow patient -- who might well end up with a totally different opinion about that individual.
We found the staff rude & incompetent in all paperwork. If we didn't stay on top of them, we were forgotten. Exam rooms not clean. xxx was my daughter's primary-care physician while treating her for tick-borne infections, but never once in six years gave her a basic physical, indeed he only took her blood pressure three times. She had to constantly correct his notes and medication lists. Treatment began well, but after two years of partial success, he began to jump around with many different meds, following fads, while not paying attention to what she was already on. When this caused havoc and she was hospitalized, he was unreachable, then he seemed to derail, became distant and disdainful. Some weekends spent with [an organization] entitled him to a self-perceived power, and now he calls himself the nation's leading Lyme-literate dr, though no longer even a member of ILADS or under any watchful eye, it seems. Many of his ex-patients no longer recommend him. We certainly do not.
I find Dr. xxx to be professional, and brilliant. He is committed to giving his patients the best quality of care. I have witnessed him going out of his way to make my care and all his patients care exceptional. It is rare to find a Doctor who is willing to work so hard to help cure and heal there patients. I feel so blessed to find Dr. xxx who is willing to work so hard to help cure and heal his patients. In addition his knowledge of integrated medicine is exceptional. If your goal is to be well, fell better and have a full complete life then I would highly recommend Dr. xxx to be your Doctor.
I was in terrible shape at the time of my diagnosis and while I'm not completely well yet I am on the road to recovery. Dr. xxx has been a huge part of my progression. He's a physician who has the knowledge to guide me through this complex disease while also allowing me to be a part of the conversation, make choices, and learn along the way about the full scope of wellness (body and mind). There is a lot of information out there, too much for any one person to understand and absorb, including physicians. Dr. xxx encourages patients to take an active role in their recovery and will consider information brought to him by patients and other providers. This is critical - that he has an open mind and willingness to support an individual on their journey. In addition, I am easily able to understand his suggestions and guidelines as he gives an outline and list of instructions after each visit that I find very helpful. He and his staff are prompt in responding to emails or calls.
Although he had beeen a member of ILADS for 1-2 years, and knew I had a 28 year history of CNS infection with Lyme, as well as babesiosis, he told me there was a 90% chance he could cure me within nine months. Instead, he destroyed my health by treating me with aggressive antimicrobial therapy for 12 out of 14 months, resulting in neurotoxic herxing from which I never recovered. I called multiple times in a suicidal panic. But six months after I stopped treatment, and still tried to give him the benefit-of-the-doubt, he couldn't remember whether I had herxed under his "care." Although I notified him in the summer of 2009 that Frye labs was not detecting Bartonella or Bartonella-like organisms, he continued to order smears and treat patients for Bartonella or BLOs on the basis of those smears. At that final visit, he couldn't even recall whether one the most commonly prescribed antimicrobials for Lyme was bactericidal or bacteriostatic. Dangerous if you have advanced Lyme.
I saw Dr. xxx over about 2 years, with long breaks since I got very sick from lyme treatment and had to recoup each time. I dont blame him for this. At first he seemed knowledgeable in treating lyme, and seemed careful and I trusted him. After about a year, he did a training in xxx, and sent a letter to all patients saying that he could travel to the world of our souls, retrieve lost parts of them and return them to patients. He said he did this by laying on the floor with patients, playing drum music, and traveling to the soul world.He insinuated that one could not heal fully from lyme without doing this work for which he charged about $600/session. At my last appointment, he suddenly and without reason, told me that his intuition told him that he was not the right doctor for me and that I had to leave. He would give no reason. He left me without care and upset. I have since learned that he "fired" many of his sickest patients.
I just started seeing Dr. xxx and it is a nice change of pace to find a dr. with a sense of humor and relaxed aura, and one that doesn't have a huge ego! xxx seems to be a nice guy and was very helpful on my first visit. He pointed out how my previous dr. misread/falsly wrote the wrong lab results down. I told him I was interested in iv antibiotics and he told me w /out lab results I would not be able to get insurance to pay...he got me the kit for Igenix which my old dr said I couldnt go to b/c I had medicare. He told me that was so wrong! So he has been pretty helpful so far & only reccomended 2-3 diff. supplements that were fairly priced. I ended up having a 2 hour appt. instead of an 1.5 appt, and he didn't charge me anything additional. My only complaint so far is that I really wasn't given clear instructions on when to take meds, what can be taken with what, what time to take what, what interacts with what etc. Anywho, so far I am happy-but we'll see what happens.
I saw xxx for 2 years. I thought he was very knowledgeable. However, he had me on a lot of medication and my family was very worried about me. They thought Dr. xxx was going to kill me. I thought I could trust him with my health and when he found he could do nothing more for me, he cancelled me as a patient. He was rude, and yelled at me like I was a child. I would not recommend him as a doctor because he will not stick it out with you as a patient. He left me high and dry and I was frightened. I was on meds when he cancelled me, I didn't know what to continue to take and not take. It was horrible.
This doctor is the one who helped me get out of years of bed. I have been seeing him for 4 years. In my experience, the Dr.s who have helped me were the ones who didn't need to listen to the problem for an hour visit after visit. They heard me the first time and then fixed it. xxx is exceptional in that he can work with several problems at once, has a drive to fix the problem every bit as strong as the patient who suffers daily from it, and despite his empathetic nature he manages to carry on treating the most difficult patients around AND get them better. Dr. xxx brings every possible resource to his patients as an option. He does what good Dr.s should do, educate and offer options. He also respects the patients decisions. He is a human being and if you treat him with respect and dignity he will treat you the same. Any patient should have half as much compassion for him and his office staff as they have for us.
After seeing multiple docs on E coast who are the 'best' and then also on the W coast those labeled the same, this Doc - also in that category has gotten me to a place where I am no longer bed and couch bound and am back to work and to my life at 80% and still going up!!!! I never thought that would happen. With all the others, I just kept getting worse, or plateaued. I thought I'd be disabled for life. Dr. xxx is a blessing beyond words for me and for this community. I can't advocate strongly enough for him, his clinic his team at his office etc. I had lost hope that where I am now, was even possible. Tears of gratitude instead of despair are now what I have. Thank you.
xxx helped some, but side effects were worse than before I started (and I'm NOT counting herxing). Problems that arose were somewhat ignored. And the fees are outrageous, on top of extra time charged as others have mentioned before. Thanks 5/10 person for mentioning yyy. I think my health will recover.
I cannot recommend Dr xxx. I have referred other lyme patients to him before I knew better and they too felt underwhelmed. He doesn't listen and charges for every second of the appt even if he's called out of the room. If you're booked for a 1/2 hour appt but he gets you out of there in 15 minutes, the charge is the same. I've felt rushed and not heard. I'm an intelligent person, lyme literate and have a good sense of what is occurring, having had this disease for quite some time. He disregards anything that doesn't fit what he feels is going on. Unfortunatly, that has lead to zero improvement in my health despite best efforts. Follow up is tough, often doesn't happen. He could use a RN who's job is to provide great follow up care without further expense when a patient needs 5 minutes. I won't be treated poorly on top of feeling poorly with no gain.
I have to say, after seeing other docs in the xxx area specializing in chronic illnesses, Dr. xxx is the only one has gotten my health turned around. Finances are an issue for me, as he knows this he/we work to prioritize what supplements are most critical and he is supportive of me getting them at his office, supplement store or online - I have never had them "forced on me" as previous person noted. With a couple of other docs in the area - I HAVE had hundreds of dollars monthly in supplements pretty much forced on me, no improvement in health by these others, and absolutely no reply back from their office's when needed. By comparison to these 2 others (not in his same office)and any doctor I have ever seen, he is FINALLY the doc who has listened, been empathetic, seems to care, remembers who I am at each visit, I could go on. I personally offended by the 2 very negative reviews written on here. Their venomous reviews in themselves reflect someone worth discharging!
I had a terrible experience with this doctor. I feel concern for anyone in his care for lymes disease. He was incredibly rude and arrogant. He prescribed very heavy and long term antibiotics for me. When I requested to switch my care to his partner who is a woman, he abruptly discharged me abandoning me in the middle of my treatment putting my health and wellbeing at great risk. I question whether he should be practicing medicine.
Dr. xxx thinks he is God's gift to treating Lyme! He is demeaning and rude and forces his supplements on you regardless of if you need them. He has a huge list of rules you have to abide by in order to be deemed worthy of his presence (though you can wait a LONG time to see him: to make appts. and at the office). If you have questions, you better ask them while you're there, because forget calling later (even if you're having reactions to aforementioned supplements)! His staff is rude and condescending and will tell Dr. xxxs lies to get you banned from his office. Save your money in zzz and go see Dr. yyy instead.
Dr. xxx is very thorough, and makes a very logical plan to treat complex problems. He is kind and makes you feel that he really cares about what happens to you as a person. Good listener.
After yrs of being sick and going through a litany of doctors, xxx (as he prefers to be called) is like a wonderful, personable medical detective. He takes all the pieces and makes sense out of them in a connected way. On top of his ability to medically solve issues that so many others docs were not able to do so - he has always also been able to develop a human connection and incredible empathy at the same time. He is a true humanist and incredibly skilled. I've gone from being non-functional to amazingly getting function back in areas that I thought would never be possible again. At first I had hope upon seeing him and the reality is that hope has been absolutely delivered on and I am regaining my life, my relationships and ability to interact with others and do activities I used to love doing and am realizing I still do as I am finding that I am ABLE to do them again. I would recommend him to ANYONE! I've seen others across the country who charge much more, he is worth every penny.