Dr. Mira Barman


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Specialty:Family / G.P.
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Rating: 3.7 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 28 reviews. Dr. Mira Barman has a good 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: 5556319
12/06/14 5 5 5 4 I have been seeing Dr Barman for abt 10yrs, maybe one of her first patients. She has grown in confidence since then. I find that she actively listens and never dismisses my concerns. She takes her time with you, you never feel rushed. She is always thoughtful about making you comfortable- e.g. the pap smear which I hate. She doesn't reprimand me or make me feel stupid although I have repeatedly failed to follow through on tests or taken medication. She has always referred me to excellent specialists and once, when I had a terrible specialist, she referred me to a 2nd one who was excellent.She follows through on my requests. I do find it odd that she googles things as we talk, but I don't expect her to remember everything. I think what she does is scan through the information to ensure she hasn't missed anything and I find that reassuring. I would do that as well if someone asked me a question. As for Rose, the receptionist, I think she is wonderful. She always finds a time for me. 
Insurance: OHIP
RID: 2679572
14/06/13 5 5 5 5 This was my first time seeing Dr. Barman. I thought she was amazing. She took the time to talk to me, really get to know me, and explain some things to me in detail. She was calm, and very well spoken. I found her very polite and empathetic when she needed to be. I have always been very nervous going to the doctor, but she managed to make me very comfortable. 
Insurance: OHIP
RID: 1333412
11/01/11 5 3 5 5 I have been with Dr. Mira Barman for 10 years. I know she is an amazing family doctor! She is dedicated and has always followed up with personal calls to make sure me and and family are doing well after appointments.  Respond
RID: 1330820
07/01/11 5 5 5 5 I feel badly for other patients who may have had a bad experience with Dr. B, but I love her! She has always been very good to me and my family and returns my calls if I need to speak with her. As for the receptionist, I was really surprised to see people posting that she wasn't friendly or smiled or that she was rude, all I ever see her do when I go in for an appointment is smile and I always found her to have a calming effect when I call the office. I'm sure that most of you people don't smile all the time either. I'm sure it can't be easy dealing with several calls a day of the many needy people who want everything yesterday I know I wouldn't be able to do it. Maybe they should have a rate your patient website for the medical people so medical staff could see hops from doctor to doctor and are difficult to deal with.  Respond
RID: 1316555
17/12/10 5 5 5 5 I have been Dr. Barman's patient for many many years and find her to be a terrific doctor. She is not one to push pills but does take a little time to see if something develops. Does not give pills for virus' as they do not help. Refers to specialists when required, excellent listening skills and compassionate. Have moved from the city but keep her as my doctor. Always on time or within 10 minutes. Would refer friends and family to her if she was taking new patients.  Respond
RID: 1263409
01/10/10 5 5 5 5 I think Dr. barman is a great doctor. I can always get in, in a timely manner and I feel comfortable raising concerns.  Respond
RID: 1236505
25/08/10 1 4 3 3 Have been seeing her for the past 10 years, but other than my physical, I have rarely had to go in. When I do go in, she is usually on time and fairly knowledgeable. My deterrent from calling in would be her rude receptionist, who is never friendly or smiles and she often gives her opinion when I say why I'm coming in.  Respond
RID: 1221222
03/08/10 3 3 3 3 Wasn't pleased with Dr Barman. Went for a physical and she made a big deal about how she warms up the speculum under water to make it more comfortable. Well she actually warmed it up too much - it was hot! Not pleasant to say the least. Also, she wanted me to join her family health team roster because she said she gets more money from the government that way. Classy.  Respond
RID: 1087986
25/01/10 3 4 2 2 I feel very similar to other patients, in that Dr. Barman is very nice, but she doesn't seem to be interested in me or my concerns. After many years of going to her, I still feel uncomfortable, like I am not taken seriously. I recently went to a Naturopath and couldn't believe how understanding, caring she was in comparison...I wish I could switch completely but I can't cover the costs. I want a doctor who goes above and beyond, but I often feel that OHIP rules and reg. stop many doctors from doing their job.  Respond
RID: 1060294
18/12/09 2 5 3 3 You need to advocate your own health with Dr. B. She's nice, but you have to do your own homework and diagnose yourself, or push her to. After a few years with her, I figured that out and now we're OK. But you have to be very explicit: tell her that the reason you're telling her something is that it's a problem for you that you want her to help with. Otherwise, she seems to think you're only making conversation. (Although I've noticed an improvement in the past few years. She's a bit quicker to take things seriously.)  Respond
RID: 1033390
13/11/09 5 5 5 5 I have been a patient of Dr Barman's for nearly 10 years. She's always been very helpful, especially when it comes to my two children. She brings a terrific balance of medical and real-life experience to the table. I really value Dr Barman's practical approach, her friendly manner and her willingness to go out of her way to help her patients.  Respond
RID: 977362
01/09/09 4 5 4 4 She's friendly and has a nice quiet manner. She's referred me to great specialists when needed.  Respond
RID: 956346
06/08/09 3 5 3 3 I agree with others who say she has a wait and see attitude. I had a chronic issue that I brought up every year at my annual physical. She prescribed a mild drug that helped but did not cure the issue and she couldn't tell me exactly what it was. Finally after 5 years of this she asked if she'd ever sent me to a specialist!! Umm, no. When I went to the specialist he could tell what the condition was right away and he expressed disappointment that a doctor would let anyone go that long without doing more research or a referral. He said he had a course of treatment for me that would take awhile, but ultimately should cure the condition. I was upset after that appointment...but mostly at myself for not being a bigger advocate for my own health. What i have is not life threatening or debilitating, but I will definitely ask to see a specialist or get a second opinion in the future. I bring my child to a pediatrician instead of to Dr.Barman.  Respond
03/07/09 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 857157
09/04/09 3 2 2 2 I've been seeing Mira for 10+ years. Generally, she's a gentle, kind listener and excellent at pap smears etc - but she seems indifferent to my actual health concerns. Since my mother died of breast cancer and Huntington's disease, I want a doctor who responds alertly to my concerns. Last time I went, I had a list of things that were worrying me (like fatigue, weight gain, hair loss) and was told to "try Vitamin D". That's it for me - I need more from a doctor. She seems to enjoy working with pregnant women and children, maybe she should specialise.  Respond
RID: 834108
18/03/09 5 5 5 5 Dr Barman is an excellent family doctor who provides an exceptional level of service. She listens carefully and I find her manner very reassuring. She has always been quick to order tests when required. Her knowledge is up to date, and she has diagnosed tricky conditions that everyone else missed. She is a very smart, caring and thorough doctor. I recommend her to all of my friends, and would not take my family anywhere else.  Respond
RID: 742425
12/12/08 3 3 2 2 I was a patient of Dr. Barman's three years ago and when I expressed concern that I was having problems conceiving she told me to "start worrying when I'm 36" (I was 32 at the time). Instead I trusted my instincts and went to a fertility specialist. Turns out I had a high FSH and needed assistance getting pregnant.  Respond
RID: 712310
29/10/08 1 3 1 1 My son had a cold and lo-grade fever which resolved --however, we did take him to be seen by our also sick Dr. who ended up having pneumonia (was sick during exam, left next day for extended health leave). My son, spiked a sudden very high fever with coughing to the point of vomiting. Dr. Barman covered for my Dr. I have never been an antibiotic enthusiast but, in light of this second high fever, thought he had developed a secondary infection --especially since my Dr. had pneumonia while examining! Dr. Barman continued to push a 'wait&see' approach. I told her my gut instinct was that this was serious; she poo-pooed this. She cited her own policy of "give it a week". In spite of a steadily increasing fever, a complete lack of consciousness and coughing to vomiting. I high-tailed it to emerg where the Doctor was horrified to discover a severe case of pnuemonia. I made it clear to my Dr. who belongs to Tattle Creek with her, that I will NEVER set foot in her office again. Beware!  Respond
RID: 671592
22/08/08 3 5 5 5 Very knowledgeable doctor,listens to my concerns, helpful with my disabled son.Always on time. Sometimes not able to make quick appt. Reception better now, more freindly  Respond
RID: 526715
29/02/08 3 4 2 2 I was a patient Dr. Barman about 4 years ago. I was experiencing anxiety attacks and kept telling her that I felt off, that something was not right. The way she was acting made me feel like she thought I was making up illnesses. She prescribed anti-depressing drugs but I refused to take them because I didn't think the anxiety was the root of my problem. I told my sister-in-law "I think that there is something really wrong with me and that she is not paying attention to my concerns" Well, unfortunately, I was right. I got pregnant shortly after that and then got diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease (by the doctor following me for my pregnacy, not Dr. Barman) which was found after a chest x-ray. If Dr. Barman would have done her job and take my concercs seriously, I would have been diagnosed sooner. I was lucky - had my baby and I have been cancer free for 3 years but what if you are not? ... I do not recommend this doctor.  Respond
RID: 519748
21/02/08 5 5 5 5 I have been a patient for years and have always found Dr. Barman to be on time, very helpful and if you have a problem that should be seen by a specialist, she refers you. Always has time to talk and help you through problems. I think she is an excellent Doctor.  Respond
RID: 500792
31/01/08 5 5 5 5 Dr. Barman is very friendly, down to earth and professional at the same time. I feel confident in her medical diagnosis and prognosis. She treats my visits as if it were the first time by listening, observing and patient in my explanations to try to comprehend my symptoms. Her office is very accomodating and relaxed environment as well.  Respond
RID: 485230
16/01/08 3 3 2 1 DR.Mira Barman is gifted with an exceptional memory! However as a person who has suffered and subsequentaly had to deal with Mental Illness my entire life it is extermly stressful when common concerns such a history of breast cancer and fertilty issuess are brushed aside.Dr.Barman has most definatley not been sensitive to any concerns i have brought to her.In general I feel uncomfortable,invalidated ,stressed out and judged.As difficult as it is today to find a recpectable family physician unfortunatley due to the lack of respect I have felt I have now joined the large group of Mentaly Ill Canadians that find it very difficult to a find family physician.  Respond
RID: 418872
26/09/07 4 4 4 4 Dr. Barman remembers who I am and has provided excellent care for both my husband and I.  Respond
RID: 355516
28/06/07 2 2 2 3 The receptionist never smiles and generally never seems to be "in a good mood". I am always seen a half hour later than scheduled. Bedside manner is not her strength. I felt brushed aside when discussing a genuine eating disorder. Probably would like to find another doctor.  Respond
RID: 352786
24/06/07 5 4 2 Very friendly and caring. Only issue I have is that she googles symptoms on her pc while I'm sitting there and it doesn't exactly instill confidence since I could do that myself at home.  Respond
RID: 351517
22/06/07 4 5 5 Very family friendly -- the kids love her, and I find her very open to questions.  Respond
RID: 266955
08/04/07 4 3 3 Very nice lady, great reception staff... When she doesn't think something is of importance(no matter how much you may) it's a lossing battle. This doc seems unwilling to take interest in problems that aren't visably apparent. I've asked twice for certain blood tests (as specific health issues are on both sides of my family) but she insists they aren't necessary- unwilling to explore my symptoms/concerns. I'm thankful my sister is a nurse, as her knowledge has helped when my questions were not answered by Mira.  Respond
RID: 253236
02/04/07 5 5 5 Great doctor, always on time, never running late. Beautiful new office. She really knows her stuff!  Respond
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