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Dr. Melanie Pratt is the worst dermatologist I have ever been to in my life. Her bedside manner is horrendous. She has no time for patients (and I don't need a lot of attention, i.e. I am not demanding). I went in for mole removal and it was a total hack job. It took about four months to heal properly and there is still a lot of scar tissue for a simple removal. And even though I wasn't there for acne, which I don't have, she wanted to put me on a strong drug that required a baseline liver function test and then monthly tests thereafter. When I suggested that I wasn't there to see her for the skin on my face (which truly is not bad) she insulted me and said it required treatment. When I said I wasn't interested in any treatment that required me to take an oral pill so strong that it required liver function tests she was exasperated and I could tell found the fact that I had a position very annoying. Again, remember, I didn't even go in to see her for my skin, I went for a mole removal. I will never go back to her.
I've also been through patch testing with Dr. Pratt's staff (they are wonderful), ending with a consult from Dr. Pratt (our first meeting). I am not normally one of those people who need to have a "meaningful relationship" with a doctor; I just want answers. However, I have to say that I am thoroughly disappointed with the way I was treated by Dr. Pratt. She simply was NOT willing to answer my questions about the diagnosis of my patch testing.. She was too rushed and told me that all the other red welts on my back were "irrelevant". She said they werent welts, that it was dye (I know the difference between itchy welts and staining - maybe if she looked herself she would have seen them). But the kicker is that she diagnosed me with a secondary condition (on top of the allergies) that I've never had symptoms/precursors/genetic history for. She gave me zero information on that particular condition - just had her student write me a script. I was stunned at her "dismissal" of my question/concern, and then she abruptly left the room.
So I asked her students my question and one of them answered the question by saying that I probably dont have the secondary condition, but if I did, its hard to detect anyway. Whatever is wrong with me, it would be treated the same way.
So... Pratt's student dismissed the secondary diagnosis, yet told me to "trust him that Dr. Pratt was right as she was world renowned and knows her stuff". I'm sorry, that is not an answer, that is an excuse. If I could get a second opinion, I would... but as the student told me, Dr. Pratt is the only doctor in town that does this.
Very happy with dr pratt. I was in pretty bad conditions before I started being treated by dr Pratt. She really knows her thing. Definitely recommend her. I saw other dermatologist before, she is the only one that took the time to test me correctly. I was allergic to the meds my previous doc prescribed.
My husband saw Dr. Pratt in Kemptville earlier this week to have a cancer removed from his chest. After much confusion, cancelled appointment and a last minute appointment change, he arrived to a cold abrupt reception. Durning Dr Pratt's rushed manner she complained about the amount of his chest hair, froze the area and proceeded to lift his chest hair and clip away. She cut his chest which bled profusely. She hacked the cancer lesion out stitched him and sent him on his way. There was no apology. She was obviously in a rush, my husband is paying the price as he now has two wounds to heal from. We will not be back, ever.
I found Dr. Pratt to be very caring, efficient and helpful. Her staff was also wonderful and everything was on time. I had some suspicious looking moles and she removed them for biopsy. The procedure was almost painless and I felt comfortable with her throughout the whole process.
I have no idea why the negative comments. I recently saw Dr Pratt at the Kemptville hospital and my experience was very positive. Her nurse was warm and welcoming and the doctor was kind thorough and very professional Answered all my questions and made me feel very comfortable. I think it would be truly awful if one could comment on a website about what I am like everyday at my job. Some days are better than others. I would highly recommend her if you want a thorough doctor. Perhaps one should consider another doctor if one wishes to be mollycoddled
I believe Dr. Pratt knows her stuff, but she also seems very closed to possible alternative approaches. After running the gamut of tests she could offer, after a few months of light therapy, finally she gave me my walking papers with the vague diagnosis of "neuro-dermatitis", which seems to be a catch-all label that means "I don't know". I was no further ahead. However, the actual help for my acute skin problems came from Environmental Medicine specialist, Dr. Ross Mickelson. Skin problems often have their origin inside our bodies, but most dermatologists tackle it from the outside. The candida diet and a series of liver cleanses did the trick. I would not recommend her, except if you want to rule out a host of conditions. For that she was okay. Didn't like her manner though. I found her patronizing, not a doctor you could consult with easily. She nearly jumped down my throat when I mentioned trying more natural skin creams.
Had patch test done and found Dr. Pratt to be concise, knowledgable, pleasant, to-the-point, answered a couple questions for me and was very helpful. She is a very busy person with patients, research, training new doctors/medical students, and organizing conferences and can see why her phone's message box is full and why she doesn't have time to chat and visit with patients. Many questions could be answered by Googling Patch Test to see what it consists of. Pick your top question to ask, be precise and if possible do research on it and see if the answers are available on the internet. I do not see what all the negative comments are about. She knows her stuff, she is a specialist of the first order and we're lucky to have her in Ottawa.
Dr.Pratt is efficient and thorough. Yes, she doesn't really sugar coat things but I would way rather know everything and feel like my doctor is competent and covering all of our bases that be treated like a teddy bear. She wa quickly able to diagnose a condition that I had been struggling with for months and started treatment immediately. As with all the specialists in this area, she seems to be under a time crunch but even when she squeezed an appointment in for me, she took the time to answer all of my questions about a new and scary condition. I'm thankful to be under her care.
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