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Dr. Mark Kuligowski, DO
Saginaw, MI

Rated 10 out of 10 on 09/17/14
(10 is best)

last comment added Dr. Mark Kuligowski is an excellent doctor with compassion and concern for his patient's health. He was my Mother's doctor, and I was was impressed with him and his staff that I chose to be his patient also.He is very knowledgeable and all his referals were positive and helpful.


Dr. Rey Ximenes
Austin, TX

Rated 1 out of 10 on 09/17/14
(10 is best)

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Dr. X advertises as being a "pain management" doctor with a combination of conventional and holistic approach to treating patients. Having had a 20+ year career in the fitness/wellness/physical rehab business, I have always felt that a doctor who could use both approaches to treatment was the best option - especially for someone like myself, who has battled at least four chronic health conditions (autoimmune and infectious disease) for 20 and 14 years respectively.

After filling out a 16 page questionnaire, I met with Dr. X. He took close to an hour to go over everything; my medical history, allergies, surgeries, current medications, etc. etc. but but then, after asking me what I hoped for in his treatment of my health (I said to get to lower daily pain levels so I be could do more physically and suffer less), he spent most of the 2nd hour telling me HIS opinion of what I needed to do without any consideration of my response to his original question about what I hoped for in my treatment. Dr. X also loves to hear himself talk about the many things that he's an expert on; he's an expert on nutrition (I too have worked extensively and successfully with thousands of my clients over the years with heatlh & wellness programs that included very sound and effective nutritional programs that helped many clients over the years to lose excess/unhealthy weight of up to 90 pounds over a year's time and keep that weight off for ten + years). Needless to say we cook and eat very healthy in our home.

Dr. X is also an expert on pharmacology. Did you know that any kind of dessert or sweet (even those with organic and unrefined ingredients) is “equal to crack cocaine or heroin in the type of damage it can do to our bodies”? My husband, a Clinical Psychologist, who specializes in testing for many different mental disorders, and who works closely with Psychiatrists in making sure patients are taking the right medication for their needs IF indeed therapy or counseling alone are not enough, did NOT KNOW THIS. In fact he thinks this is an exaggerated and erroneous statement; otherwise, there would be a LOT of people in our society smoking sugar rocks and not doing anything functional with their daily lives because they are so 'strung out on sugar crack!'

 

The most amazing thing about Dr. X is that he is ALSO an expert on Spirituality. He is certain he 'knows' that one can take their bodily or emotional pain right with them when they leave this world. In other words, if you decide life is too painful and take the emergency exit - which I'm not a proponent of btw but when one is in high constant levels of pain, there simply are moments when you wonder if you can get through another bout. And Dr. X asks you if you have had these thoughts and I'm pretty sure most people who have lived for ten years or longer with chronic pain will say "yes," at some point they've encountered those thoughts. SO, you mean if a person is in agony on their deathbed with cancer or some other terrible disease, they might take that horrible pain with them through eternity…without the very body that had the disease and felt the pain? Chew on that one.

My part-time care giver and assistant was with me on this appointment as my husband was seeing patients in his practice in another city, and she, being a respected medical assistant at an Austin hospital, also thought Dr. X to be "amazing" in his professed scope of knowledge about virtually every topic. This indeed, may be why he has no other associates or even another doctor to fill in for him while he's out-of-town; because he knows SO much, no other doctor could hold a candle to him (or maybe no other doctor would want to deal with such an ego and arrogant attitude).

Having several autoimmune conditions for 20 years and an infectious disease (Lyme) for the past 14 years, so my pain levels from inflammation alone are at the top of the scale many days. I cannot take codeine or opiates as I'm allergic to them and have been on a medication that's being used experimentally on patients with conditions like mine that does not allow for many pain medications. A flare of symptoms the past 4 to 5 months, has resulted in higher pain levels on a daily basis. I'm typically an upbeat person with a sense of humor (life survival tool) but the pain essentially eats endorphins (and other 'feel good hormones' in the body) subsequently leaving one feeling a higher level of despair.

There are only about 3 to 4 medications I can take that along with the other medication, and Dr. X explained that one of these had to be immediately discontinued because the FDA or was it the DEA (?) were trying to get it off of the market. He said he would prescribe another "muscle relaxant" for me but that medication resulted in a severe adverse reaction that almost landed me in the E.R. The good doctor also decided he did not like another of the medications I was taking and determined he would only prescribe one month-at-a-time of this medicine (even though at least 7 other doctors from various fields had been prescribing this med for 3 months at at time so I could get the prescription filled through my insurance/mail order pharmacy - otherwise, I don't get the full discount and co-pay). Dr. X did not care that by prescribing one month at a time of this Rx, that my husband and I would be paying much higher portion out-of-pocket, and we were already paying over $700 per month on my insurance premium, deductibles and co-pays.

Dr. X is also an expert on supplements and acupuncture, so much that he sells his supplements and acupuncture services to his patients. Now, herein lies the greatest problem; if you don't immediately jump on the band wagon and order his supplements and set up appointments for acupuncture with Dr. X then you suddenly are treated like an unwanted step child.

 

I had actually intended on booking some appointments to try Dr. X’s acupuncture services as I’ve had really positive results with that treatment in the past (especially with Dr. G. Wang here in NW Austin – who really is a specialist solely in this field).

But before any additional appointments could be scheduled I had to figure out how we were going to ‘afford’ that one medication that Dr. X refused to give me a 3 month Rx for. And, at the same time, try to get Dr. X to provide another replacement for that ‘other pain medication’ that he’s vetoed and a viable alternative for the “replacement medication” he’d prescribed that had given me such a bad reaction. Apparently, Dr. X’s nurse, Tammy, (a real gem that one – she almost had my assistant, who is one of the nicest people one could ever meet, in tears), who has a lot of pretty negative reviews herself over her rude demeanor, had bungled my message to Dr. X completely so that he thought I’d said I would not be seeing him again, when I simply said we would have to get a different doctor to prescribe that one medication for 3 months so we could AFFORD it. And, apparently. Dr. X has a rather tender ego because he went from actually calling in refills of all of my medicines for 3 months to a local pharmacy, to retracting that order and changing all of my refills to just 1 month!. WTH…? WHAT Medical Doctor does that and acts like a petulant 10 year old while simultaneously putting a new patient at risk for being left without several medications that could cause life threatening health problems if discontinued abruptly?  It often takes 6 weeks or longer just to get in to see a new doctor and another two weeks to get my prescriptions filled through my health insurance via the mail. Yet, Dr. X made it clear that he would now suddenly “Only fill 1 month of my medications.” He could care less if that put my health at dire risk. This is NOT a person who should be treating patients with chronic health conditions and chronic pain.

Dr. X obviously forgot the Hippocratic oath; “First do no harm,” leaving me with only four weeks of medications. One of these medications– if stopped suddenly in my condition, could cause adrenal failure and another, a medication for BP and angina, if stopped abruptly could incite severe angina, hypertension and possible heart attack! Then, because I did not agree to give up the moderate, small portioned “healthy desserts” ASAP, and, I did not agree with him on leaving me with one less pain medication, and I didn’t jump immediately to the front desk to purchase his supplements and acupuncture treatments, he told me via his office assistant of course, that I was “being non-compliant” with his recommendation for treatment. Wow. Really?

IF we are unable to get into see another doctor and get my prescriptions filled (the same ones that at least seven other doctors from various fields have prescribed for the past 7 to 10 years for a 3 month supply at a time), and I end up in the E.R. well, Dr. X will have a lot to answer for. I’ve seen close to 50 doctors (including specialists and surgeons) over the past 20 years and I can say without a doubt that Dr. X is in the top 3 of the worst ever physicians of all of those doctors. He should not be practicing medicine as his ego goes before the welfare of his patients. I would even say that this man needs to see a doctor himself – one to help his mental health.


Dr. Ankur Mehta
Sugar Land, TX

Rated 10 out of 10 on 09/16/14
(10 is best)

last comment added Dr. Ankur Mehta is truely a life saver, and a life long friend from here on out! I trusted him enough to do my breast augmentation and he took all of my insecurities away. He finally made my dream come true! I am truely blessed! My recovery was easy breezy as well! No complaints what so ever! :) 


Dr. Rhiannon Holcombe
Plainfield, Il 60544, IL

Rated 10 out of 10 on 09/16/14
(10 is best)

last comment added Dr. Rhiannon Holcombe , a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry , is originally from Irving, Texas. She completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University in Biomedical Science where she graduated Cum Laude. She then received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas where she also graduate with honors. They are best Plainfield Pediatric Dentistry i hope it .  Dr. Holcombe take care of my child as like her child . My children was looking so happy . Thats why i am highly recommanded at plainfield .smileyheart


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