Dr. Dawn Papo


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Specialty:Family / G.P.
Practice: Papo Khomotso Dawn Dr
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Profile updated 01/09/13    Submit profile update    Subscribe to profile updates

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 30 reviews. Dr. Dawn Papo has an excellent overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Family / G.P.-related: general practice, general care, family medicine, family practice, primary care
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 2900268
07/10/13 2 5 5 5 Awesome doctor! Has too many patients though? Takes minimum a week to get in to see her. She is a great long term issue doctor but if you are just feeling unwell you will have to go to a walk in clinic. Her head MOA isn't a very friendly lady either. She is a really caring, knowledgable doctor. Will continue to see her despite the staff and appointment issues.  Respond
RID: 2622156
19/04/13 4 5 5 5 Love Dr. Papo very easy to talk to very knowlegeable and above all makes you feel important. You are in the right field Dr. The best.... 
Insurance: Medicare
RID: 2612065
09/04/13 2 5 5 5 I left her office years ago due to the other front end staff who are a bit harsh and intimidating. I recently decided to go back to her just because I like her and I will put up with the staff. Her main receptionist, however, now, is better and very friendly.*Whew* So I am happy. She is very hands on and knows what she is doing. She writes things down as you talk and is constantly diagnosing you through every word. It's very neat to watch. I'm not sure if she is reading you on a different level but she knows what to ask somehow. She's amazing and she's gorgeous too!!lol 
Insurance: BC Med
RID: 2475735
15/11/12 4 4 5 5 We began as patients of Dr. Papo's in Port Alberni. She is such a great doctor that we decided to continue to see her in Qualicum. Dr. Papo is genuinely caring and compassionate. She is very respectful and we all feel comfortable with her. Dr. Papo is also extremely knowledgeable. At times, there are short waits to see her, but once you are in her office, she never makes you feel rushed. Dr. Papo listens carefully and communicates well. She asks all the appropriate questions to figure out what is happening. She is thorough. I trust her and I hope she will be our family doctor for many years to come. We have been with Dr. Papo for seven years.  Respond
18/04/11 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
18/04/11 SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1382934
09/03/11 1 3 1 2 This is the most unorganized office i have ever encountered. The receptionist is so rude and I dont think that is a very helpfull way to represent yourseldf as a new dr in a small town. I highly recommend looking for a different office to take new patients. Even if that means travelling a few towns over. The Dr. herself is knowledgable but the staff and surrondings deffinatly make me feel untrustworthy with taking my children or myself there.  Respond
RID: 1379486
05/03/11 3 4 5 5 Dr. Papo is a wonderful compassionate, caring, friendly, professional. Dr. Papo is efficient, knowledgable, understanding, helpful, caring. Dr Papo was a life saver for me. I am ever so gratful.Many blessings and gratitude to Dr. Papo. Truly, Catherine Sturk. Thank you Dr. Papo  Respond
RID: 993540
22/09/09 5 4 5 5 I saw Dr Papo for the first time today. She was cheerful, approachable , knowledgeable and spent time listening to my concerns. I left her office feeling confident that my health issues would be well taken care of!  See Responses
RID: 879874
06/05/09 1 5 5 5 i find dr papo to be very understanding and helpful. she always has a smile on her face. i've never had to wait more than 15 min to get in and when i'm in she is very patient and warm. most importantly she is respectful, a trait that is few and far between in this day and age. since rating the staff is part of this survey, i would have to say that i think they do a huge diservice to dr. papo. how about some customer service classes? this is after all a service that you are providing us with, and we are indeed your customers!  Respond
RID: 856549
08/04/09 3 3 5 5 Dr. Papo is the best doctor I have ever had. She is thorough and caring, and I never feel rushed when I see her.  Respond
RID: 797490
23/02/09 5 3 5 5 Can't say enough good about Doctor Papo. She is a credit to her profession, unlike most doctors today she actually takes the time to listen to your issues and remembers everything about you. Keep up the awesome work and please don't leave Port Alberni, we need you here.  Respond
RID: 795592
20/02/09 4 4 5 5 Dr. Papo is outstanding. She always listens to what you have to say and doesn't make you feel like you are "on the clock". She always encourages me to check my health and work with corresponding specialists. At my last physical, she actually checked all of my moles and told me to keep an eye on them. Most doctors just push you through and give you a prescription, not Dr. Papo!  Respond
RID: 781159
04/02/09 2 3 5 5 Wonderful doctor; patient, kind and knowledgeable. Front desk staff take some getting around but if you can make it past the one who is the challenge, you'll be fine. Dr Papo is a credit to her profession and we are very fortunate to have her in Port Alberni!  Respond
RID: 493314
24/01/08 5 3 5 5 Dr.Dawn Papo has recently become my new G.P. I moved from Campbell River three years ago to Port Alberni and was unable to get a Doctor here till one year ago and I feel I have lucked out with her. I had the best complete phyical that I have ever had. She has a gentle and caring manner that makes you feel at ease and she tells you like it is. I look forward to many happy years with her. Thanks, Lynn C  Respond
RID: 478532
08/01/08 1 1 5 5 Dr.Papo is an angel. She is wonderful with our children, always gives us all the time we need, is up to date in her medical knowledge, is reassuring, but also frank in her analyses of your condition. You can expect a 1+ hour wait, but she's worth it, because she is so concerned, thorough, and compassionate. I agree with the other patients about the receptionist: she is nowhere near pleasant.  Respond
RID: 457890
05/12/07 4 4 5 5 Aside from being on time, Dr. Papo is very helpful and thorough with her exams. She's friendly and very easy to talk with which of coarse makes it a little less harrowing when you have to discuss an embarassing topic.  Respond
RID: 383902
11/08/07 3 4 1 1 Found her extreamley unprofessional. No time for me (informed me we only had 10 minutes)I Hate going to the doctors. It had been 10 years since I had seen a Doctor. Unfortunatley I picked the wrong one to see. As far as her being knowledgeable, I really couldnt tell in under 10 minutes.  Respond
RID: 383730
10/08/07 4 4 5 5 I like Dr. Papo. She listens and explains and is responsive to my concerns and my preference to not take prescription medications unless absolutely necessary. I am glad she is my doctor.  Respond
RID: 382276
08/08/07 5 4 5 5 Very caring, informed, friendly and listens to what you have to say. Doesn't hurry you out the door - is more interested in being helpful and thorough in her work. Keep up the good work!  Respond
RID: 371171
22/07/07 5 4 5 5 Dr Dawn Papo has recently become my new GP. I am feel very fortunate to have been assigned to her care. I moved from Victoria to Port Alberni where a doctors shortage is critical. I continued to see my old GP, somewhat affraid to meet the new doctor. So it was a a breath of fresh air to meet Dr Papo. She is a professional,compassionate, knowledgeable and extremely thorough Doctor. I felt immediately at ease with her. So was willing to let go of my long time GP in Victoria. I feel that Dr Papo has brought a rare ray of sunshine to a our community. I believe she has many gifts yet to share. I thank her when I see her for her kindness and helpful health care. She has a broader view of human health care, treating the whole person. I appreciate her expertise and willingness to have come so far to practise medicine. I know I can count upon her for quality health care. JoyB  Respond
RID: 370202
20/07/07 1 1 4 4 seems willing to listen to the patients...unlike mose doctors and also seems very knowledgeable. seems always ready to make alternative suggestions to problems although i have not been going to her for long. her downfall will be her lack of respect other peoples time. she is never on time. office staff seems unorganized and unable to plan out appointments. found office staff unfriendly and sometimes rude. She writes prescriptions a little too fast. pleasant personality.  Respond
RID: 335318
02/06/07 3 5 5 Fantastic doctor! Understanding, helpful & caring. Takes time to listen and is very good at getting you to see specialists quickly. Great personality for every member of the family. My one complaint is her receptionist. Not friendly and has forgotten many times to phone me, and to put results in my chart. She books WAY too heavily also - knowing that Dr. Papo takes her time with her patients. She needs to put a smile on her face and have full time help - not just after school.  Respond
RID: 299604
26/04/07 2 5 5 She is fantastic. Yes, I have to wait to see her (very busy) but it is worth the wait to have a Doctor who is not only caring, but knowledgable, organized, and not afraid to look beyond the obvious to help you get better. My daughter and son love her. Her manner is so kind that my daughter (4) asked her if she was a princess or an angel. Her receptionist is kind and if you are respectful and appreciative she will recipricate. However, it would be nice to see her get some more help - its a big job for one person.  Respond
RID: 280693
15/04/07 5 5 5 Finally a GREAT doctor that is knowledgeable and who cares. She's very thorough and quick to send her patients for anything they need. Dr. Papo has the ability to always make us feel that she takes the time to listen, even when she is obviously extremely busy!!!!!  Respond
RID: 260364
04/04/07 3 5 4 My experience of Dr. Papo has beeen very positive. I found her to be caring and thorough. She is easy to talk to as well. My one complaint would be her receptionist. I am empathetic to the fact that it is a very busy office ;but an overworked,miserable receptionist is not what someone needs when they are already feeling down and out.( if this was a one time incident I would'nt have bothered to put it in!)  Respond
RID: 250028
01/04/07 5 5 5 Switched to Papo from Smit, best thing our family ever did. I have a number of serious health problems and Dr. Papo went out of her way to make sure she was as up to date as possible with anything she recommened. Great with my wife and my daughter and her baby as well.Really miss Dr. Ness but Dawn is a great family physician if you can get in to her. Smit was just not understanding of womer's issues and we felt he talked down to women.  Respond
RID: 222430
22/03/07 4 5 5 She is really curious about how the body works and has a warm genuine personality. Very busy, but truly interested in your well being. A great Dr.  Respond
RID: 179283
09/03/07 1 2 3 We waited for 2 hours to see her. She has no comunication skills at all and is not good with kids.  Respond
RID: 178040
08/03/07 5 5 5 nice receptionist, friendly doctor, listens to your concerns,,, glad to have a doctor like her in town.  Respond
RID: 160200
27/02/07 4 5 5 I went to see Dr Papo,and she took me in as a patient,when I didnt have a doctor. She was very kind to me as a patient,understanding,professional,and any questions that I had,she took the time to answer them,no matter how busy she was. What a great doctor. Thankyou for being there for me Dr.Papo and coming to our community when we really needed more doctors.  Respond
RID: 144125
16/02/07 4 5 5 Listens, checks in to things, friendly, down to earth but still professional 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
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