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Dr. Alan Smith
Monterey, CA

Rated 10 out of 10 on 07/30/14
(10 is best)

last comment added I absolutely love Dr. Alan Smith!  He operated on both of my feet...all went complaints whatsoever!  I healed great and was back on feet in no time.  He is a very caring doctor with an awesome bedside manner.  I would recommend him 100%!

Dr. Craig Shalmi
Babylon, NY

Rated 1 out of 10 on 07/28/14
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last comment added First visit, he did a full exam of my back, etc. We were impressed. Gave me script for same meds I'd been taking (not pain meds) and for OR. Set me up for epidural to be done in hospital annex (pain center). When I asked why it had to be done in the hospital, I was told that it was very painful, and they'd have to put me out. Why would I need to be put to sleep for an epidural injection. (I had an epidural the year before, and I was wide awake!)

Not only did they bill the insurance $1250 for the anesthesiologist in the OR, they also billed $1500 for another anesthesiologist. When I questioned it, I was told that the 2nd one was "somewhere in the hospital in case they needed him". Needed him for a 4 minute or less procedure? And where was he "somewhere in the hospital"? In the Men's Room, Coffee Shop, an OR? The only reason I found this out was because I kept getting billed from South Bay Anesthesia Assoc. When I called them, they told me that Aetna did not pay for anesthesia during an epidural, and that Dr. Shalmi's office had been notified repeatedly. I raised hell and said I was going to contact the Atty General or something like that, and miraculously, didn't have to pay the $2750 they said I owed.

After 6 epidurals that did nothing to ease my pain, I became a lowly office visit - they couldn't make a lot of $ off me, and it showed in the way I was treated. There was no "exam"- After a 45 min. wait, they call your name, you go into an exam room where you spend 5 minutes with an inept nurse, who reads your info. online about your meds (mostly incorrect - same wrong info you asked them to correct last time...), and asks how would I rate my pain from 1-10, do I need any prescriptions, etc. Then you wait another 20-30 minutes, and the doctor would come in and spend 1 minute with you. They only give Rxs for a 30-day supply w/ no refills - that's how they get you to come back in a month. And we're not talking pain meds here, kiddies - Elavil and Savella for Fibromyalgia. On the  last visit (which was literally - THE LAST VISIT)  I had to see his associate, Dr. Finkelstein, because Shalmi cancelled my scheduled appointment (not the first time that happened), and I needed my Rx's.

The (25 seat) waiting room was so crowded, people were sitting on the floor out in the hallway! Hello! This a Pain Management practice! When we mentioned it to Finkelstein, he said, in a nasty voice, "Well, none of them are MY patients!" (Now how would he know that?)  After the "exam" with the doctor, they make you go out a different door into the hallway (where patients were still sitting on the floor - I think they book 15 patients per hour in that office for each doctor)

Then you go into another room, where the office mgr. schedules your epidural, next visit, and prints out your prescriptions, etc. When she asked when I needed to book my next appointment, I said "3 months". Then she said, "Oh, you have a prescription - you have to come back in a month! And you have to see Dr. Shalmi!"  Whatever - I wasn't planning on going back there EVER! (I figured I'd just cancel it next week, but Shalmi beat me to it - one of the office babes called me to cancel and reschedule. Yeah, when hell freezes over! 

Dr. Susan Cocoziello
Elmwood Park, NJ

Rated 1 out of 10 on 07/28/14
(10 is best)

last comment added She is absolute nightmare. By all means. Rude, inconsiderate, unbelievably arrogant . She doesn't bother to listen to anything you say, interrupts you, and God, her English is awful! I mean it. She has a very thick italian accent, mumbles and speaks really fast. God forbide, she is not happy with your insuranse. Not only she will rub it to your face evry single time you have to see her, but also will treat you like crap. DO NOT GO TO THIS DOCTOR! 

Dr. Ofelia Balagtas-Balmaseda
Terre Haute, IN

Rated 1 out of 10 on 07/28/14
(10 is best)

last comment added This is the worst doctor I have ever seen. She gives you morphine to make you an addict rather than treating your health problems. She tells you that the things in your medical file that are substantiated are not true. She is extremely rude and her office is extremely filthy., If you do not take all the drugs that SHE wants to take then she will tell you to find a new doctor. Fortunately for me I had and still do have a doctor that listens to me and LOOKS at my chart.  Go to this doctor if you want to become a morphine addict and be treated with no respect as to your opinion as to how your conditions are treated. 

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