Dr. Derek Woolner


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Rating: 3.8 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 36 reviews. Dr. Derek Woolner has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Dermatologist-related: skin disease, warts, acne, rash, dermatitis, skin tumors, moles, skin cancer, psoriasis
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 5435765
30/04/14 5 2 1 3 If you ask a question you should listen to the answer! As my mother used to say "The only way you learn is to close you mouth and open your ears. I Found this man to be pompous and patronizing, the bed-side manor of a Polar Bear! He started cryotherapy on spots on my face and head without being asked and I had to direct his attention to the bloody big spot on my nose. I'm 72, I expect to have a few blems on my skin - I just don't like frightening little children!!  Respond
RID: 5217554
01/03/14 3 1 1 3 -Very disappointed - made appointment but waited for 55mins - I was told I had mild rosacea but was given a Vitamin cream called Silkis (mainly vitamin D) - I believe I was prescribed the wrong cream after doing some research on my own - vitamin D worsens the rosacea condition - another thing is I agree with some of the other reviewers that his attitude was off putting. 
Insurance: AHC
RID: 2900017
07/10/13 2 1 1 1 I visited this doctor 3 times. Each time I waited past my appt time. 1st time he was a half hour late, the 2nd time over 2 hours before I left without seeing him and today - 3rd time - one hour of waiting and was told he might was still running late, so again I left. What is the point of making appointments if you never keep them? what about the patient's time? I took time off work to see this professional, who couldn't be bothered to see me. Very disappointed. 
Insurance: AHC
RID: 2492297
06/12/12 5 5 5 5 After removing some skin horns from my face, leaving almost invisible scars and the most important of all, with no recurrence so far, I would definitely go back to Dr. Woolner again. And I would recommend him to anyone who is in need. Excellent doctor!  Respond
RID: 2444474
11/10/12 4 3 1 1 It's disappointing to see that the thorough review I wrote 2 years ago has been removed from this site. I consulted Dr Woolner for approximately 1.5 years for what began as a rash on my thigh, but over time grew to a body-wide itchy rash. He repeatedly refused to refer me for allergy testing, prescribing a steroid cream, which I applied for all those many months. He ordered a long series of full-body UV light treatments as well - all unnecessary exposures. He continually blamed me for the lack of healing. I cried so many times in those many months - it was misery. In the end another dermatologist referred me to an internist at U of Calgary who confirmed I was allergic to something in the base of the cream Woolner had prescribed the whole time. Once I stopped using it, I was fully cleared up within 30 days, but badly and permanently scarred over most of my body. It isn't the most traumatic experience of my life, but it's close. Allergy-testing was requested and refused repeatedly.  Respond
RID: 2300880
28/06/12 5 3 5 5 Dr. Woolner is a excellent doctor with integrity. I saw Dr. Woolner about hypertrophic (raised) scarring on my chest and back. I wanted to explore invasive surgery to achieve dramatic results, but Dr. Woolner explained that because I have a tendency to form scars that I am not a good candidate for invasive surgery because it involves damaging the skin. He gave me injections to reduce the appearance of the scars. I was extremely impressed that although Dr. Woolner offers cosmetic services, he will not perform these services on patients who are not good candidates. Excellent doctor and excellent person.  Respond
RID: 1581087
06/11/11 4 4 5 5 This fine gentleman really knows his stuff. He listened very carefully to my concerns, asked me lots of questions, discussed possible remedies. What was prescribed was extremely effective. Highly recommended.  Respond
RID: 1527915
01/09/11 3 5 1 1 After waiting 10 months for an appointment, I wouldn't wait 10 seconds to see Dr. Woolner again. It was the most condescending 15 mins of my adult life! Now looking at posts on RateMDs, it appears that Dr. W has 2 personalities - one for those that are paying extra for cosmetic procedures and one for those with general (traditional) dermatological conditions. In a nutshell, Dr W. exudes arrogance; that he is generally above such trivial matters (to him) as an infantile haemangioma. I was given the appointment with Dr W as a referral from my GP.  Respond
RID: 1330601
07/01/11 5 4 5 5 He was very polite and listened to my problem unlike other doctors I have seen. Answered ALL my questions!  Respond
RID: 1275301
19/10/10 5 3 4 5 His new office is a big improvement - staff are no longer totally stressed and things are running much better. I think some posters just don't get his dry sense of humor. He's a serious guy but he knows what he's doing. Why do people have a problem with being asked for their ideas about what treatment they should follow? To me that's just him being respectful and not treating me like an idiot.  Respond
RID: 1099724
07/02/10 5 2 1 1 Dr. Wollner was very odd in my opinion. He had trouble making eye contact with me, looked down at the floor for most of the appointment and asked me what I thought my diagnosis was!! I felt uncomfortable with his approach and the silences were also strange. I will not return to his practice and I will not recommend him as a dermatologist. He seems to have a problem making decisions and coming up with a diagnosis.  Respond
RID: 1050040
04/12/09 3 5 5 5 i had a skinhorn removed dr woolner was fantastic the receptionist was stressed i would definatly go back  Respond
RID: 1037237
18/11/09 5 5 5 5 I have seen Dr Woolner for years and find him to be a wonderful doctor. I have had both Meidcal and cosmetic procedures and find him to be very knowledgeable in both areas.  Respond
RID: 1001661
03/10/09 3 3 5 5 I like Dr. Woolner very much! I have seen him twice now and he never makes me feel like I'm wasting his time. He answers all my questions and is very matter-of-fact about things. I like his bedside manner,it is different but interesting. I do and would absolutly recommend him to anyone looking for a dermatologist!  Respond
RID: 988619
16/09/09 3 4 5 5 I felt that I was in good hands. He explained exactly what was going on, and what he was doing, and was very gentle and very kind.  Respond
RID: 869678
24/04/09 3 5 5 5 Great Dr. -- I've had the same procedure done twice previously and he was the first to explain everything to me clearly & thoroughly (first to see me as a person, not just a case). He also did the best job. Swift, almost painless. I've been recommending him to everyone I know. Coincidentally my roommate has also been seeing him (we didn't discover this until after my appointment) and also loves him. Would strongly recommend  Respond
RID: 853519
05/04/09 5 3 5 5 I went to Dr. Woolner for botox and he was wonderful. He was very kind, polite and welcoming. I would recommend him.  Respond
RID: 848296
31/03/09 4 4 5 5 I had one appointment with Dr. Woolner, in early Mar '09. Receptionist was terse but not outright rude. This maybe understandable due to the crowded waiting room. The practice seems to have outgrown its space. I was shown to a room 15 minutes past my appt time and the doctor arrived about 5 minutes after that; reasonable I think, given the congestion. I liked his bedside manner. He introduced himself by his first name and was dry, but that's ok. I liked that he asked what I thought about my problem and how to approach it. I did not find this condescending at all, as some others have remarked. I am not a medical professional but far from an idiot. I am a professional in another field and I appreciated the way he handled it. Obviously, this is a tactic he has adopted to connect with patients. All too often doctors are mechanical and impersonal; he was neither. The appt was not rushed at all. So far the treatment he prescribed is working fine. I have no reservations about going back.  Respond
RID: 844452
27/03/09 5 4 5 5 Strange bedside manner indeed. Gives options for medical treatments, rather than just prescribing medication. I like his manner, very professional. Not the Dr. for someone who needs a lot of hand-holding and big smiles.  Respond
RID: 804749
03/03/09 4 3 5 5 Very capable, diagnosed my skin problem correctly and treated it. I was looking for a good doctor and that is what he is. For those looking for a comforting friend or such, quit complaining and find one. That is not the job of a doctor.  Respond
RID: 787948
11/02/09 2 1 1 2 I went to him once after years of dealing with a wonderful man and found Derek Woolner subpar. He was patronizing and less than what I expected. Will not go back to him again. Very disappointed. Someone else mentioned that he asked what they thought was wrong and how they wanted to handle the problem, he was much the same with me. Although I did NOT find him rude I did find him awkward, perhaps that will improve with practice. What I really disliked was the patronizing attitude, I am not a simpleton!  Respond
RID: 702759
15/10/08 5 4 5 5 I have seen Dr Woolner for years and have always found him to be wonderful. I have to agree with the poster who said he tells you that you don't need any improvements to your face!! He's sweet that way.  Respond
RID: 691166
25/09/08 4 4 5 5 I have been a patient of Dr. Woolner's since he opened his practice. My apointments have been both medical concerns and cosmetic ( as he sweetly tells me I really don't need that done) I wouldn't think of seeing anyone else. He's smart, confident in his knowledge and procedures. Whenever I see him he always refers to our last medical visit and follows up with my concerns-or/and checks himself. I have consistently found him to be a Doctor that takes his time with me and would be responsive to any medical concern I have. I am fortunate to have him as my Doctor.  Respond
RID: 671242
22/08/08 5 4 4 5 I am surprised to hear of negative encounters with Dr. Woolner. I've seen him many times for both cosmetic and medical reasons and I like him a lot. He does have a bit of an odd bedside manner I suppose but I find it hard to imagine him being rude. His prices for cosmetic procedures are reasonable and he has actually talked me out of a couple of things when he thought it might be too much or not produce the desired effect. I would recommend him to anyone and have.  Respond
RID: 552543
29/03/08 5 5 5 5 -I have seen Dr. Woolner 3 times, and found him to be completly professional, pleasant with a dry sense of humor. His work is excellent, and doesn't push for unnecessary work. Answers all my questions with complete honesty. Fabulous for cosmetic injections, does excellent work. My face looks great!! And I have Dr. Woolner to thank. Once you get past the dry humor, he is a warm and personable doctor.  Respond
RID: 523039
25/02/08 1 1 1 1 Went to him once and he was extremely unhelpful, unkowledgeable, and did not seem interested in helping me at all. I went in for the appointment, he asked my what I thought my problem was and if I had any suggestions to fix it!! If I knew the answer I wouldn't be at the doctors. I told him I thought I had rosacea. He said that was proably it and prescribed some cream for it. He didn't even bother to check me out! Never metioned a follow up either and the receptionists were very, very rude as well. This doc is obviously uninterested in helping his patients, and doesn't know what he is doing if he is asking patients to diagnose themselves!! Will never go back.  Respond
RID: 499440
30/01/08 4 4 5 5 Excellent physician, very knowledgeable, thorough and helpful. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a dermatologist who has your medical health as his first concern (rather than selling you on the latest expensive treatment on offer).  Respond
RID: 390603
22/08/07 3 3 5 5 I have seen him a few times. At first he seemed kind of stiff. Turns out he has quitea dry sense of humor. Always answers my questions.  Respond
RID: 382087
08/08/07 2 3 1 1 Went to him once, he was rude and was extremely disrespectful. He did not offer any information or tips to help improve my psoriasis. He had the nerve to suggest that my deafness was far worse than any disease combined, so in other words suck it up. I left his office and cried.  Respond
RID: 376180
30/07/07 4 3 5 5 seen him a number of times answers my questions and involves me in decisions previous dermatologist always seemed to biopsy 3 moles he discusses whether need to do any biopsy  Respond
RID: 357154
30/06/07 2 2 2 2 I went to Dr. Woolner and I found the receptionist not very friendly but his nurse was nice. I found Dr. Woolner kinda creepy. He never looked me in the eye, which I hate and he seemed to be looking at my chest more than anything. I was in there for 2 minutes basically. He gave me a prescription for something I don't even have. I am going back to my family dr to be referred to someone else.  Respond
RID: 350040
20/06/07 3 1 1 My previous dermatologist had since left her practice and I was referred twice to Dr Woolner by my family physician to get my moles checked (had previously been diagnosed with dysplastic nevi and had had 4 moles removed). Although my moles had been charted the first time, he had no idea whether or not they had changed. He kept asking me what I thought and what I wanted to do to monitor them. He was not at all helpful or informative. I knew no more when I left than before my appointment. Although I had requested NOT to be referred to him the second time (I felt my previous visit had been a waste of time), my family physician still made an appointment at his office that ended up being with him (there are a number of other dermatologists at the office where he works). He is a little odd to talk to. I left both of my appointments feeling baffled, confused and concerned about my moles. Would not recommend him.  Respond
RID: 339094
06/06/07 4 3 3 Took my kids there, he was RUDE! He did know what he was doing, but was not nice at all, basically telling my son and daughter they were ugly due to some acne (not even severe). He was very condescending to them. I made sure my doctor never sent us there again.  Respond
RID: 307158
02/05/07 4 4 5 Strange bedside manner but certainly very pleasant. Very knowledgeable and gave very clear explanations and treatment advice.  Respond
RID: 170022
04/03/07 4 5 5 He's the best! I love his bedside manner; he makes me laugh and seems very concerned about my well-being during some rather intrusive treatments. His relaxed nature makes office visits very low stress.  Respond
RID: 165153
01/03/07 3 5 5 My husband I were both very pleased with our visit with Dr. Woolner. He was very thorough and was pleased with his bedside manner and how he answered our questions. He also gave immediate treatment which we didn't expect for a consultation.  Respond
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