Review: Altman, David E MD - David E Altman MD
Posted in the Richvale Forum
#1 Mar 4, 2010
David Altman and staff are highly unprofessional to say the least. They really don't know their heads from their asses! They are overbooked, understaffed, and the nurse/counselor can never remember to call my prescription in to the pharmacy. When they actually do, after 6 phone calls to remind them, it is ALWAYS the wrong dosage or the wrong medications. Then they actually blame me, stating I am calling too far in advance or too late. Often I go without and so tried to make it easier for them by calling a week/week and a half, early.
During my sessions, the staff gossips about other people( I now know a few people in town have/had drug problems-not that I judge), as well as answer phones and bicker with other clients about calling in meds. I feel bad for the lack of privacy in that tiny office.
I wish I had known how crazy this place was before I attended! The clown pictures everywhere, I mean everywhere, should have indicated to me, that the office was NUTTY.
The majority of my doctors appointments are spent listening to his medical/family problems(law suit with his brother). I actually know AND retain more information about them than they know about me AND they record it it a chart. Actually, they have in my chart that I was beaten by my husband, which is weird since I am not married, nor am I dating. I was referred to this place because of it's inexpensiveness, but I see why. Also, they treat people for alcohol and pain treatment, so they are constantly telling me that I have to take a drug before they call in my meds. I have to remind them every time, I AM NOT ON YOUR PAIN PROGRAM. I wish I knew then what I know now. I get tired of Mary doing "inductions" on Friday by herself when Altman isn't there, and dispensing meds on her own, raking in cash/insurance/medi-cal, INSTEAD of actually being a counselor to me like I pay her for. I guess I'm only 30 bucks instead of hundreds for a suboxone patient. Anyone know a really GOOD doctor or counselor??? I have had circulatory problems.
#2 Mar 11, 2010
I don' know who you are, and that is fine with me. I do know, however, that for every one of you who are dissatisfied by a doctor there at at least several hundred other patients completely satisfied by the same doctor. No one, not me, not you, not David Altman and not Mary or Jessica are going to satisfy everyone of us every time! What you apparently fail to recognize, is that ALL OF US have this one little flaw, WE ARE HUMAN! Everyone of us is different.
You could take a very nondescript rock and ask one hundred people to describe it, and you will have one hundred DIFFERENT descriptions of this same rock.
The same is true of any doctors office. We have all probably been to doctors which we abhor and obviously will never go back to. Yours is evidently David Altman, and while I have no problem with that,I have no intentions of changing Doctors. I am completely satisfied by the quality of service and the absolute professionalism every time I have been in their office.
So David Altman has pictures of clowns everywhere? He also has a lava lamp on top of a shelf that sits on top of a small refrigerator, and there is a clock over the door to one os the exam room doors which chimes Beatles songs every hour. I could go on and on about the oddities and unconventionalism of this office, but every patient of his already knows this.
Quirky, strange to some, over talkative, humorous, dances to a different drum, has wilting cacti in one exam room..... yes, yes, yes and yes
Runs late, over booked....... Maybe and maybe, but show me one doctors office which is not this way.
Unprofessional, gossiping "NUTTY" . NO, NO, AND NO.
I would caution you to tread very, very lightly when making comments which are as egregious as you claim. they are bordering on slanderous and libelous.
If your allegations were as true as you claim the medical board would have investigated long ago.
I am not trying to vindicate David Altman of your statements, however I find that some of your statements are just to bizarre to believe. I know that David Altman is not perfect,(refer back to last sentence in paragraph one) but I do believe that he DOES, and fits in well with the group of people which are held to a higher standard.
Freddy the Freeloader aka Red skelton
#3 Jan 1, 2014
Reply: embarrassed I never checked this doc and female counselor before I became another of their victims! They are quite a tag team, demeaning and deliberate preying on people who actually need pain management, because they actually have pain, keep your steroid injections, use them on yourself, obviously the GP doesn't know you are on probation, pleading to lesser charges of BAD RECORD-KEEPING and SEXUAL HARASSMENT.... and Mary Ellen's counseling??? She can't keep herself together, much less counsel others
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