Dr. A. Jovaisas

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Location:
Ottawa, Ontario Map External Link
Gender:M
Specialty:Rheumatologist
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Practice: Jovaisas Algis Dr
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Phone:613-233-7426
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Accepting New Patients:Y

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Rating: 2.1 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 23 reviews. Dr. A. Jovaisas has a poor overall rating on RateMDs.com. frown

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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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RID: 5667633
21/07/14 2 1 1 1 At my initial visit, I was asked to do blood work and x-rays, which I did within a couple of days. He asked me to come back in 3 months. I made an appointment and THEY called to cancel and booked me another 3 months down the road - so 6 months. I saw him on the day before I was flying to Australia; so I had things to do. I waited about 90 minutes, only to be asked if I'd done he requested x-rays. Now, don't you think, if I wait that long, that the office staff might follow up if test results had not been received? It was a total waste of my time. I left and swore I'd never go back and I haven't. He treats patients like a hunk of meat!  Respond
RID: 2639986
04/05/13 1 2 1 1 I would not EVER recommend this doctor. He was not interested in my pains if nothing showed up on the blood work then he told me it must be my sleep pattern (?) thanks I sleep fine. I have a long family history of auto immune and he declared I didn't have an issue that at 42yrs old my arthritis was normal that I was a homosapien it was to be expected. I look at all my friends and nobody has finger or joint distortion that I do or the pain. He told me he could not help me that to go back and see my regular doctor. He was like he was autistic because he never looks at you and his bloody office is freezing in the middle of winter (that helps with joint pain) his secretary is an idiot. Please do not waste your time seeing this doctor!!!!! 
Insurance: OHIP
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RID: 2417192
04/09/12 4 4 5 5 The reviews on this site had me prepared for the worst but I must say, my experience with this doctor was nothing like the reviews I've read here. It's too bad that more happy, satisfied patients don't log on to share their good experiences. I have to say I had a very good experience with Dr. Jovaisas. He is polite, professional, knowledgeable and patient. Considering how long it takes to see a specialist in this city, I got in pretty quick. He was punctual for our first appointment and he didn't rush me out of his office. He answered all of my questions (there were many) and I was happy with the plan he had for my follow-up care. There were no issues at all getting booked in for a second appointment. The only negative thing I would say was that his office reception area was pretty gross...to the point where I was a bit uncomfortable...and the sign in the reception area was rude "Please don't rip pages out of magazines- If I catch you, you will pay".  Respond
RID: 2393861
06/08/12 5 5 5 5 When I was referred to Dr. Jovaisas after a trip to the ER, I was nervous because these reviews. During my recent visit, I discovered that my concerns were unjustified. First of all, the receptionist was supremely helpful and a pleasure to deal with. Dr. Jovaisas was thorough and efficient. He was also very patient with my limited English. Previous reviewers complained about bedside manner and lack of eye contact. I disagree on the first count, and could not care less about the second. Before this, I've seen doctors who coddled me, smiled a lot, and took a very long time getting nowhere. Dr. Jovaisas ordered further tests. The prescription he gave me is effective in controlling my pain without making me drowsy or incoherent. This is monumental for me; it means I get to continue school next semester. You have no idea how grateful I am for that.  Respond
RID: 2383220
 
24/07/12 2 2 1 1 Again with the face time. I waited 7 months to see this alleged doctor for 10 minutes of his time; only to tell me "he couldn't help me". Sounds like his very own mantra. I cannot believe these doctors still exist. I call him a billing **** and nothing more.  Respond
RID: 2383139
 
24/07/12 1 1 1 1 After waiting a year to see this supposed doctor my wife recieved 5 minutes face time with him. He was supposed to be the doctor to recommend a course of action to fix her back. The first words out of his mouth even before examing her was "I cannot help you".How is this possible with no exam.My wife has not moved out of the livingroom in over a year and can now look forward to a least another year til she see a specialist.In my opion I do belive this Doctor is just wasting air by being in this city. A referral to any other specialist would have been a great step, but that won't happen now.As we discovered, if you are a new patient you can expect at least two cancellations before you actually see him.My wife's first appointment was cancelled and the nurse let it slip that he wanted to go GOLFING. How much can he care about his patients if golf takes precidence. I think the best thing he could do for the medical profession is retire and let some who want to cure their patients take over  Respond
RID: 2080972
25/04/12 1 3 1 2 I agree with all the comments in this post and after two appts stopped seeing him and went to see another Rheumy who answered all my questions - I am very happy with my new doctor. btw his secretary is poorly suited for customer service and her arrogant attitude is unbelievable.  Respond
RID: 2013032
12/04/12 4 3 1 2 Have been seeing him for far too long. I've read the posted comments and agree with most. His bedside manner is very poor. Condescending and dismissive, and that's just a start. Avoid this Dr. if possible.  Respond
RID: 1719666
22/02/12 2 3 1 1 No professionalism. Needs to learn to listen to the patients concerns. What ever you do don't try and ask him a question.  Respond
RID: 1496404
26/07/11 2 4 2 5 Can't disagree about the bedside manner, curt and not much eye contact. However, he is very knowledgeable on a technical level and seems to know a lot about new studies and treatments for osteoporosis. He always answers all my questions. This someone makes up for his demeanor.  Respond
RID: 1413278
12/04/11 3 2 1 1 There is so much to say about this "Doctor", but I will keep it short. He is a waste of skin, has no bedside manner, and could care less about his patients.  Respond
RID: 1344376
23/01/11 1 3 1 1 I feel it is necessary to warn anyone who may be referred to him. I have seen him for a couple of years and he has yet to examine me. He is rude, arrogant and does not display any real interest in your ailment other than to prescribe drugs. Will not discuss alternatives and consistently displays a general disinterest in his patients complaints and concerns. Upon learning that I was seeing a neurologist , he promptly advised that all prescriptions should be through my neurologist. He seemed to wash his hands of me. I believe that is considered abandonment. Very disconcerting. At that point, I decided never to return. Steer clear of this "professional". Not only is he uncaring and unhelpful but his receptionist is one of the rudest individuals and should not be in customer service if she is not interested in serving clients!!!  Respond
RID: 1331727
09/01/11 3 3 1 3 THIS IS NOT A NORMAL THING FOR ME TO DO(RATE A DOCTOR) BUT WHEN I GO TO A SPECIALIST, I WOULD LIKE TO RECIEVE A DETAILED ANSWER, AND NOT MADE TO FEEL LIKE AN IDIOT.ON MY FIRST VISIT HE WAS NOT INTERESTED WITH WHAT I HAD TO SAY ABOUT MY CONDITION AND GAVE ME A 2 MINUTE STANDARD TEST FOR BACK PAIN.ON MY SECOND AND LAST VISIT THE ANSWER WAS IT IS OLD PAIN.THIS AFTER GOING THROUGH DIFFERENT TEST OF WHICH I BELIVE SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN A BETTER ANSWER.  Respond
RID: 1281746
28/10/10 1 3 3 3 Horrible, horrible experience with the secretary - after a near death experience, we called to set up an appointment, only to be given a lecture about how she has problems too, and how she suffers from back pain, and how she can't help everyone with aches and pains. It was a horrible experience and her overall attitude was enough to request a change of doctor.  Respond
RID: 1145158
08/04/10 3 2 2 3 Was referred to him by another doctor. He seemed uninterested in my problem and just wrote a prescription for anti inflamatories. I was never examined  Respond
RID: 967537
19/08/09 5 4 5 5 Without Dr. A. Jovaisas's help, my mom would die 16 years ago. Thank you so much for your help Dr. A. Jovaisas!  Respond
RID: 907110
07/06/09 2 1 1 1 Had appts with this Dr about 10-15 times over the past 3 years. He was late about 10 times, Cancelled 4 times and on time my last visit. Total time talking to this Dr might have been 30 minutes over all. Last visit he cancelled(got rid) me as I did not follow his prescription as the meds made me a zombie. Said he delt with this med only and no substitute. Very dissatidfied with his total lack of concern. Very dissapointed this Dr has such a great history, not sure where it came from. Will see my GP who is by far more concerned and approachable. I say I am relieved that I will no longer be a patient of his. I am sure there are other Dr's in his field who actually know what they are doing. Total waste of time. Good Bye Dr.  Respond
RID: 857062
09/04/09 2 2 1 1 Saw this Doctor twice for a total of about 10 minutes. Very poor bedside manner, never looked at me or my file during these visits. I was sent for tests to compare with previous tests that were highly abnormal, never heard back from him. Waste of time, very discouraging, and now will have to wait several months to see another Rheumatologist.  Respond
RID: 854406
06/04/09 1 1 1 1 This man is a complete waste of time. He has no bedside manner, he rushed me in, and rushed me out. I seen him 2 times. He canceled out once. He did nothing to help me, in fact, he has left me with a bitter taste of what our health care systems allows. It has been a complete waste of a year, and I am still no further ahead. I live with a very high level of pain daily, which is looking like A.S or Reiters. He has clearly ignored the evidence that was sat right in front of him to review, even after another two Doctors have indicated they believe I have one of the two. Don't waste your precious time with this man. He will make you wait, only to see you for 5 mins and then rush you away. Very very poor Doctor.  Respond
RID: 722408
14/11/08 4 4 5 5 Doctor Jovaisas has been my rheumatologist for the last 10 years or so. I find him to be exceptionally competent and very helpful. What I'm looking for in a physician is someone who is knowledgeable and keeps up with the latest research. Doctor Jovaisas definitely fits the bill. I'm extremely happy to have him as my physician.  Respond
RID: 683372
12/09/08 3 1 1 1 My 80-year-old Mom was referred to see this specialist for her Osteoporosis since she fell and fractured her vertebrate before. Dr. Joviasis never had anything to say until I pressed the list of questions I had prepared to ask. Still, his answers were brief and abrupt. He was unconcerned and seemed to have nothing to do with his patient. Few times, I had an argument with him concerning my Mom's health record which indicated that certain drug she tried and did not work for her. He insisted that he was right about that drug would work for her, until I lost my cool to tell him to open my Mom's file and read it, which was placed on his desk right in front of him. Since he had never bothered to read nor write your file anyway. To his credit, he listend and did read my Mom's file and nodded his head that my recollection of the drug she tried but did not have effect on her was right. So, he agreed that it's time to try something else. He cancelled 2-3 appointments in a row. Avoid Dr. Jovaisas.  Respond
RID: 450361
26/11/07 3 3 1 2 This doctor had no trouble diagnosing my illness as "fibromyalgia" years before as a regular patient, however, when I was sent back for an Independent Medical Evaluation and he was getting paid by the insurance company he suddenly was not so sure. Suddenly my illness became "subjective". I know that Doctor's get paid very well for these type of evaluations by the insurance companies and they are not really interested in what is best for the patient at that point, but they should at least be honest. You know the old pledge they take.  Respond
RID: 370132
19/07/07 5 3 1 1 This Dr saw me for all of 5 minutes and had little to say to help me with my condition. His examination of me took all of 2 minutes, he spent more time talking into his tape recorder. I left his office more discouraged about my illness than I was walking into it...  Respond
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