Dr. Deborah O'Keefe


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Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 23 reviews. Dr. Deborah O'Keefe 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: 2434407
27/09/12 5 5 5 5 She is direct and expects the patient to be an active partipant in their own care. I see some people who rated her are suck holes so this is not the doc for them. I always take her advice and am grateful she is my doctor. She listens and runs tests to make sure I'm doing well. I respect her. Her staff is wonderful and I was sad to see Caroline retire. I'm a professional and she has never been condescending to me. She's is awesome and VERY direct. She has patients who fly in from down East twice a year to see her. That says a lot.  Respond
RID: 2121274
08/05/12 5 5 5 5 A wonderful caring and very thorough Doctor. She tells it like it is in a compassionate way. She did not rush and from interaction I witnessed with other patients, she takes an interest in their emotional well being as well as their physical well being. She is a gem in the medical system.  Respond
RID: 1681270
09/01/12 5 4 5 5 I've been a patient of Dr. O's for over 15 years. From diagnosis to care, she has been not only an amazing Dr. but a compationate friend (telling me to call her ANY time if things didn't feel right). Thanks Dr. O for being such a great Dr.  Respond
RID: 1576897
02/11/11 4 5 5 5 Very smart doctor, extremely good at communicating with family doctor, can be fast and short but she is very busy.  Respond
RID: 1462239
11/06/11 4 4 4 4 I have been a patient of Dr. Okeefe's for quite a few years. She is very knowledgeable and my condition has certainly improved. However, I would recommend getting an early in the day appointment as the last few times I went after lunch, I found her to be testy and impatient and yes...rude.Maybe she just gets tired of the same old, same old.But for someone who suffers from RA, pain is scary and demoralising.  Respond
RID: 1443773
18/05/11 5 5 4 5 I have been a patient of Dr. Okeefe for 6 years and I have found her extremely knowledgeable and she doesn't rush through your exam. She leaves no stone unturned. While she is very business-like it doesn't mean she doesn't care. I didn't want a doctor to hold my hand but to help me through my disease. She has done this in spades and I applaud her. Don't understand negative comments by others.  Respond
RID: 1284309
02/11/10 4 4 4 4 Always very rushed....too many appointments in one day. Quick answers, not a lot of time to think/ask further. Very thorough with tests/ blood work/ booking exams (x-rays, scans etc).  Respond
RID: 1276546
21/10/10 5 3 3 4 Dr. O is knowledgeable about traditional RA meds, but not about anything remotely holistic. When I broached the subject of maybe someday reducing my meds or trying an alternative that was less damaging, she threatened to 'fire me'. That tone has been the same for each of 3 visits. So on my own, I have changed my diet and added holistic supplements that have put me in remission. I am now off all meds and feel great. Dr. O's view is always 'my way or the highway' so when I see her next I expect to be dumped for healing my condition on my own. That is unfortunate, because I would like to have her as a safety net. I respect her knowledge and professionalism, but I always feel anxious for weeks before a visit because I know she will give me a hard time.  See Responses
RID: 1212859
21/07/10 5 2 5 5 I was a patient of of Dr. O's for a long time; she was extremely patient and didn't leave a stone unturned. I don't see where some of you say she was rude and had a big ego...just because she is confident in her abilities does not mean she is full of herself. If you are honest with her she is honest with you. she is one of the best we got and we should all be thankful for her.  Respond
RID: 1200900
02/07/10 1 1 1 1 Let me start by saying I am a decent, responsible & gainfully employed professional with a solid family life. I want nothing more than to be healthy. I was referred to see Dr.Ego, Dr. Bully, Dr. Unprofessional, I mean Dr.O'keefe. Do not waste your time, see someone who actually cares about your health. I waited 8 months for my first visit, with all hopes in tact. I fired her after giving her the benefit of doubt for 1 year, not only did she not help my condition, her approach verged on mean and blaming, like I did something to have this condition. She has a very high opinion of herself which took precedence over my care. Her approach leaves a lot to be desired. Caroline her RN/receptionist just as bad. My experience was that C. is difficult, unhelpful. She told me Dr. will can't fit me in for months as so important & busy & dealing with other priority patients. I pleaded that I was fully flaring & needed to see her. Both were rude-actions indicated my care was least of their concerns.  Respond
RID: 1148424
13/04/10 5 5 5 5 She is a fabuoous Dr. Blunt and no nonsense. She spends a great deal of time with patients and is good to explain. I have never had so many blood tests in my life. She tests for everything. I am thankful for her care.  Respond
RID: 1140220
31/03/10 5 5 2 2 I found her to be nothing but unprofessional and rude. In the hour that I was in with her she spent maybe 10 minutes on the exam and the other time telling me why I was fat (in her opinion) and how if I lost more that she weighed it would solve all my health problems (she never asked any questions about my other health issues past what they were). She was demeaning and rude in her attitude towards me and I felt as though she did not see a person in need of help nor a patient, simple a weight. I will never go back and recomend to my family doctor (who referred me) not to send patients to her either. I found what little advice she gave me to be contrary to that of all my other doctors and common sence.  Respond
RID: 999914
01/10/09 5 5 5 5 No other Dr. coulf figure out waht I had. She did all the test and it was RA. I am on great meds. and I feel wonderful. I am back to my normal self again Thanks to Dr. O.  Respond
RID: 967747
20/08/09 2 4 2 2 Dr. O'Keefe gives the appearance of being a no-nonsense, knowledgeable and capabale physician, and this may be true in many instances. Just as a word of caution though, my experience was somewhat different. Two years of being under her care did little to improve my situation (although admittedly my condition is rare and complicated). I often got the sense that because Dr. O'Keefe didn't have all the answers, it was the patient's fault. This led to many unpleasant appointments. In addition, looking back from the vantage point of being under the care of a different specialist, I can see that Dr. O'Keefe didn't always propose the right treatment option.  Respond
RID: 945048
23/07/09 4 5 5 5 Dr. okeefe is the greatest! She diagnosed what other doctors had missed for years. She quickly set up medical treatment for me. Orders the tests i need and follows through on them. She is very straight forward..but i do believe that's what we need when dealing with our health. She can't fix us if we won't help to fix ourselves. I trust her immensly  Respond
RID: 855041
07/04/09 5 3 5 5 Dr. O Keefe is a no nonsense doctor. To the point and helpful. I thought she was great and also gave me the confidence to go out and ask other doctors what was going on. If I don't look after myself no one else will is what she said and she is absolutely correct. I loved her and she was worth the hour wait.  Respond
RID: 817065
06/03/09 5 5 5 5 Dr. Okeefe is a fantastic doctor she helped to save my life from lupus she is smart informative and very caring. She pays attention to detail conducts as many test as possible to make sure I am ok I am so glad to have her as a doctor plus she's a fox lol!!!  Respond
RID: 673098
25/08/08 3 2 5 4 Beside manner a bit to be desired - sometimes harsh. But excellent clinically and really knows her stuff. Hope I never loose her - she is extremely good.  Respond
RID: 644421
21/07/08 4 5 5 5 Doctor O'Keefe can be a very nice doctor if she would just drop her enormous ego...I saw her for a couple years, she was trying to find the root of my health problems and we never could figure out what they were. This is not her fault though, i'm the medical mystery. The problems with doctor O'keefe started when she implied I had an incestuous relationship with my mother and kept making ignorant remarks about me being depressed, even though I clearly was not depressed, just agitated and frustrated with being sick with blood clots in my lungs and bleeding pleural cavities in my lungs. She prematurely discharged me too, so I ended up back in the hospital sicker than before, bleeding into my pleural cavity of my lungs....due to the blood thinners I was on. I have no beef with her which is why I rated her well, I think that she is a wonderful doctor and very smart. I just wish she had been more considerate to my emotions and not constantly harass me about my mental state. I do not trusther  Respond
RID: 589005
13/05/08 5 4 5 5 Very knowlegable and thorough. She was able to help when no amount of chiropratic intervention could. Excellent doctor.  Respond
RID: 522140
24/02/08 5 5 5 5 I had been to another rheumatologist who saw me for less than 5 minutes, gave me a perscription and I progressivly got worse. I asked for a second opinion and was referred to Dr. O'Keefe. She was fantastic. Spent an hour with me and had me on different drugs, physio etc. My life totally changed. She is very supportive but very frank.  Respond
RID: 358654
03/07/07 5 5 5 5 I have been seeing Dr. O'Keefe for about five years now, she has helped me a great deal. Her examinations are very extensive, which put my mind at ease, as previous doctors barely even looked at me when they came in the room. She is always very pleasant, her covers all her basis when she orders tests, she is really great!  Respond
RID: 202214
15/03/07 2 2 3 great for a while then stopped seeing patient without notice or reason - recieved better care when well for rechecks that when ill and intervention/follow up required  Respond
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