Dr. Cathy Flanagan


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Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 21 reviews. Dr. Cathy Flanagan has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Rheumatologist-related: rheumatic diseases, musculoskeletal problems, scleroderma, musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, polymyositis, Raynaud's phenomenon, vasculitis, connective tissue diseases, rheumatic fever
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 3624922
04/12/13 3 3 1 3 The worst specialist I have ever seen!! Very unperson-able. Just stared at computer taking notes and I felt like she didn't listen to a thing I said and the stuff she caught she dismissed and made me feel like a hypochondriac . I was in and out so fast there wasn't enough time for a real assessment. The little physical exam she did was pathetic. I found she pushed medications. The suggestions she gave me were for the most part unfeasible. 
Insurance: MSP
RID: 2821391
29/08/13 4 5 5 5 I have inflammatory arthritis and I realize I will not get better so I do not expect her to wave a magic wand and all will be well. What I do find, though, is Dr. Flanagan gives ways to help me manage this disease. She has given specific exercises and prescribed orthotics and other supports. I look forward to my appointments because she is attentive, competent and I leave with the feeling that I can participate in my well-being and am not at the mercy of this insidious disease. She makes me feel hopeful and I like that as I believe mental attitude goes a long way to making the days/nights easier. Thanks, Dr. Flanagan! 
Insurance: BC Med
RID: 2673386
07/06/13 3 3 2 3 I have fairly severe hypermobility, a condition that needs the touch of a rheumatologist. I also have a variation on that condition. Reviewing notes she made on my file, she knows so little that it's frightening. I felt as though she dismissed everything I had to say. She has soured my opinion on this speciality. 
Insurance: MSP
RID: 1679921
07/01/12 1 3 1 2 very bad doctor and does not give enough time for full assessment.  Respond
RID: 1644205
26/11/11 5 5 5 5 I have only good things to say about Dr. Flannigan. I wish she could be my family doctor!!  Respond
RID: 1543418
21/09/11 3 4 1 1 Works her computer instead of the patient. Alwasy pushing drugs, tries to get you to the most expensive ones fast, what is there some kind of kick back going on. Whe you make a suggestion from ones own suggestion she doesn't know anything about it but when we went ahead with a over the counter drug, she kneew everything and change our dosage, of course we didn't do and we are doing the best ever with RA. STopped it cold.  Respond
RID: 1538527
15/09/11 5 5 5 5 Excellent experience. I have Hemocromatosis. This is a genetic disorder which results in iron loading and can be deadly if untreated. Dr Flanagan instigated the series of tests which resulted in my diagnosis. Am now in the process of looking at treatment which, if required and completed will result in no effects from this genetic disorder. I have to admit that the physio regimen she recommended for my shoulder has not been as diligently followed as it should be but even doing it as much as I do has resulted in improvement. "Lead a horse to water........" LOL  Respond
RID: 1488012
15/07/11 3 5 5 5 i was a hot mess before seeing her when i was 19, im 26 now... being diagnosed with JRA (stills disease) at such a young age she was able to help me cope and deal with the issues that were going on.. i love her.. always so helpful  Respond
RID: 1474786
28/06/11 5 5 5 5 I have been seeing Dr. Flanagan for more than 5 years now and have nothing but good things to say about her.  Respond
RID: 1358741
09/02/11 5 5 5 5 Dr Flanagan is awesome ,she small talked with me about a trip I was going on . Gives good advise. Friendly ,professional ,the staff is nice .Couldnt ask for a better doctor  Respond
RID: 1274656
19/10/10 1 4 2 3 no personal or human conact at all.stares at computer, doesn't seem to hear me and has made mistakes on my patient notes.i feel rushed,not taken seriously and suffering desperately from side effects...but RA is better.i dont seem to fit in the "Most people have these side effects" category. i think this annoys her.i am on 2nd med now and feel terrible almost every day.if you give a cancer patient meds and they have S.E you give meds to counter those S.E.Why not with RA.vomitting,diahrea,heaving,no appetite,major weight loss,affecting me cognitively and at work.where is the quality of life?I would rather eat well and take regulated tylenol for pain than feel like this every day.it would be nice to be acknowledged as a human before being another $$$$$$$$$$$ these are life time meds that affect my liver.what do the side effects do to me in the long term....... :(  Respond
RID: 1257366
23/09/10 5 3 5 5 The non pharmaceutical suggestions she offered were more helpful than the medications.  Respond
RID: 1186858
10/06/10 4 4 4 4 always in and out so quickly without being physically checked just doctor reading notes on computer and speaking rapidly not like the way I was treated at Mary Pack Arthritis Centre  Respond
RID: 1175200
23/05/10 5 5 5 5 I like Dr Flanagan very much she is always helpful and caring  Respond
RID: 1132256
20/03/10 5 5 5 5 I don't know where to begin. Dr Flanagan is the most incredible person. I love her. I have been seeing her now for just a little over 2yrs and she is so knowledgeable, thorough, compassionate & does what ever it takes to get answers. I usually show up with a list so I don't forget stuff, she reads the list and asks me about everything one at a time. and is typing all my responses etc. so she is documenting everything and addresses everything. I would recommend her to EVERYONE that needs a kick Ass Rheumatologist. And you never have to wait long once you get to your appointment. She gets 5 + stars from me.  Respond
RID: 1075589
12/01/10 5 5 5 5 I was so sick before I had gone to see Dr. Flanagan, I honestly thought that I would be a cripple as a middle aged woman. She has changed my life forever. I now have a healthy life with few limitations. My family and I owe her alot because the other doctors I saw just did not seem to care. Dr. Flanagan treated my arthritis aggressively. I just cannot say enough about her. I wish all doctors could be as compitent and compassionit as she is. Her office is run very efficently and I rarely have to wait for my appointment.  Respond
RID: 764227
14/01/09 5 5 5 5 Outstanding speacialist. Courteous, polite and punctual. Promotes and encourages ones voice as a valued patient in both disease management and treatment options. Never impliments treatment without patient input. Ensures that current and accurate records are maintained, such as med lists, q visit. Provides highly credible support in her discussion with patients regarding treatment modalities, siting recent research studies that delineate why specific treatment options would or would not be indicated. Is self regulating and autonomous. Very approachable. Maintains a well organized office that demonstrates effective routines and procedures. Staff is respectful, efficient and pleasant. Office is characteristic of the profession and decore is appropriate. Patient waiting room is welcoming and comfortable, however it does lack size. Overall, I would highly recommend this specialist and the rest of her healthcare staff.  Respond
RID: 713640
31/10/08 5 5 5 5 Agree with the other comments. I have seen many Rheumatologists over the last 20 years but Dr. Flanagan is absolutely the best. Very thoughtful, extremely bright, knowledgeable and efficient. Took a thorough history, recommended new meds. blood tests and procedures. Most importantly I trust her. Would that she was my G.P.!  Respond
RID: 513368
13/02/08 4 4 5 5 After seeing a real jerk rheumatologist ( see R's ) Dr Flanagan was a breath of fresh air. She took one look at me and diagnosed what all other specialists, X-rays, bone scans, CT scans and ultrasounds hadn't been able to. She made it all make sense. Only wish I hadn't had to wait so many long months to get in to see her initially. Even at that, it was worth the wait. If you need to see someone in this specialty, do try to get a referral to this wonderful lady.  Respond
RID: 343031
11/06/07 5 5 5 suffered 10+ years until seeing Dr. Flanagan. Worked her magic and had me on meds and eventually biomed and I am feeling F..I..N..E...Fine!! Once you've seen Flanagan you pain will be gone again. Love you Dr. Flanagan!  Respond
RID: 312058
07/05/07 5 5 5 Excellent, was in pain for years, and one visit with her, she diagnosed everything, and put me on a medication that made my life livable again....Highly recommend her. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield