Dr. Tom Bowen


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Specialty:Allergist / Immunologist
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Rating: 3.6 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 23 reviews. Dr. Tom Bowen has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Allergist / Immunologist-related: fever, asthma, hives, allergies, hay fever, food allergy, chemical allergy, insect allergy, drug allergy
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 2674226
08/06/13 5 5 5 5 I read the reviews before I took my son and was a bit nervous for him. Within minutes of meeting him and his staff I came to the conclusion that possibly only the bad experiences are the ones writing reviews. I did not expect the actual test to be pleasant and I was right, however from the reviews I also didn't expect the kind and funny doctor, Dr Bowen turned out to be! Within 30 seconds of him finishing the test he had my son in hysterical giggles doing a Donald Duck voice. He was to the point, but not without being friendly about it. So in my opinion he went above and beyond to make the experience as least traumatic as possible. His receptionist/aide was also very patient and caring towards my son!! 
Insurance: BC Med
RID: 2505891
19/12/12 2 3 1 3 Staff and doctor very abrupt. Poor bedside manner - Done this for way too long to come across as caring - does not explain "poking" procedure to me, the parent, or my child. Just repeated what I had told him the facts I already knew in his report that he wrote on his laptop while we waited. Did not suggest anything helpful. But, what is most frustrating is that before a second appointment, my child started vomiting the night before...so I called to explain and rebook. No. The policy is you pay $100 or get refused. They returned our file to the referring doctor so we are no longer patients.... What?? Because of the unexpected flu?? I would NOT recommend this conceited guy at all! There are other good ones out there, no doubt.  Respond
RID: 2454109
22/10/12 3 4 1 3 I took my 8 year old son in for his 3rd time being tested for nut related allergies. The first 2 times were uncomfortable for my son, as they required getting "poked" 60 times on his back by the little bug devices Doctor Bowen uses, but I recognized that the procedure was necessary nonetheless. This time however, Doctor Bowen had "revised" his technique, requiring me to hold down my son's arms while the nurse held down his feet. Then Doctor Bowen put the 60 serum drops on my son's back and proceeded to cut into the skin under each serum drop with the corner of a razor blade! My son was screaming and writhing through the torturous proceedure. I was absolutely mortified by this horrific experience!! THEN, when I asked about a specific reaction on my son's back, Doctor Bowen said "oh yah, that'll kill him for sure" right in front of my son! He's a bad doctor with ZERO bedside manner! I'll never go back to Doctor Bowen. I have booked a reassessment with Dr. Doctor instead.  Respond
RID: 2425731
15/09/12 5 5 4 3 Dr. Bowen's right hand girl, Lori, was very friendly, informative, warm and helpful. Quite refreshing for a visit to a specialist where the staff is often rude. I had to make a call to the office after my daughter's appointment and Lori was still wonderfully helpful. Dr. Bowen is a friendly man who looks a little like a skinny Santa, and comes across a bit eccentric. I found he doesn't entirely communicate clearly about the tests he's reading, which shook my confidence a bit. His bedside manner is somewhat cut and dry but I found if you ask questions, he does his best to answer. He doesn't baby his patients, and I had to laugh at the woman who complained here in another post that Dr. Bowen "gave her daughter 12 needles". He's an 'allergist'! How else is he supposed to test people?? But, I digress. My daughter will start allergy shots soon and I'll repost with how the serum he has prepared has helped her. So far, so good.  Respond
RID: 1452313
29/05/11 5 5 5 5 He saved our sons life - we will be forever grateful , he is a one of a kind .  Respond
RID: 1406314
04/04/11 5 4 5 5 Dr. Bowen was very thorough and attentive. Yes you get "poked by needles" - this is what allergy testing is all about. He provided comprehensive testing and good advice. He does have an "all business, academic approach", which is good! I would recommend to others.  Respond
RID: 1353133
02/02/11 5 5 5 5 I was poked on my back with many, many needles....... But that is what he has to do! He is an Allergist! He was fantastic and had a great bed side manor. I would go to him again in a minute. The process was faster than promised and the report was very detailed and useful. Thank you Dr. Bowen  Respond
RID: 1272605
15/10/10 4 4 2 2 AWFUL AWFUL experience. My poor little girl was poked TWELVE times. The thing that bothers me the most is that he never explained anything to me. He said he did in his evaluation/report, but what he said was, "I can do a skin test, a blood test, or no test, and I'll poke anything that moves." And he slammed the door. He returned with his needs in a cardboard box. I did not know what was in the vials/needles. I am literally SICK over this. I put my trust & faith in God and the fact that Dr. Bowen is an ethical man... I am still sick about this. My poor little girl was hysterical, and I am sick about the entire experience. 
Paid (or co-pay): $40
RID: 1228914
14/08/10 4 4 4 5 We were told by our local clinic (out of province) that it would be a year wait to get in to see Dr. Bowen. When he heard the severity of my husband's allergic reaction we had an appointment booked within a week. Dr. Bowen was very knowledgable and helpful. Though he was not able to pinpoint exactly what may have caused my husband's reaction (after a dental appointment)he is doing additional tests (bloodwork) to try and see if it can be pinpointed. We did have confirmation on what he is allergic to, unrelated to the dental. Dr. Bowen was also helpful in trying to be preventitive in future dental appointments and explained the use of the epi pen and other meds to carry at all times should another reaction occur. We were advised to not have any unneccesary dental work done that is not absolutely necessary. It was worth the travel to see him. All staff that we dealt with were friendly and helpful.  Respond
RID: 1208282
14/07/10 4 4 2 2 used 112 needles in my back....sent me to have blood test for 30+ things. Inhumane, diagnosed with anaphlaxis allergies to nuts, peanuts and shrimp..... also allergic to many more things. went to another allergist to find out his ways of breaking the skin and using the back for testing was all WRONG! Inncurate.  Respond
RID: 1188756
13/06/10 5 5 5 5 thankful to Dr Bowen for helping me in finding what my alergies are.  Respond
RID: 1119289
03/03/10 5 4 4 5 We've see Dr Bowen 3 times over our son's allergic life so far. He is very knowledgable and has a great manner with the kids. Visits are not always on time but I don't think we've waited over 20 minutes at any time.  Respond
RID: 1026113
04/11/09 4 5 4 5 Very knowledgeable and straightforward. A bit quirky but he knows his stuff. My wife and I got along well with him.  Respond
RID: 834261
18/03/09 4 5 5 5 Truly knowledgeable and helped take our greatest fears away with our sons allergys/asthma. (Fears other docs. left us with..) Gave a very detailed report and although the testing was tough, the fact that we can live... somewhat normal surpassed the difficulty of the testing. He accepted us as a patient promptly..to our surprize!  Respond
RID: 745153
16/12/08 5 5 4 5 I enjoyed going to this doctor, we talked about my history and past allergy experiences (skin problems as a kid) as well as what is happening now. Didn't always make eye contact when talking but hey my brother is the same way and doesn't mean they aren't listening. Answered all my questions and gave a more detail answer then on average (I had already done research and a cell 3rd year cell biology major so I wanted the scientific explanation). Did both basic skin and intradermal as well as double checking with RAST. The whole appointment did not feel rushed at all and I enjoyed his laid back whistling during the appointment.  Respond
RID: 712280
29/10/08 4 5 3 3 This doctor failed to diagnose that I had Systemic Mastocytosis. He probably should have caught it, since if I google the two symptoms that I was complaining of (anaphylaxis and bone pain) there is only one hit. That said, he did have the decency to apologize, and to treat me like a human being when I contacted him about it later. He also seems to be fairly knowledgable about mast cell disorders.  Respond
RID: 522765
25/02/08 5 5 5 5 Exceptional knowledge. Trys very hard to get to the root cause. His primary concern is the child not the parent's expectations and works best with very sick kids who need the best of care. Is dedicated to his patients above all else.  Respond
RID: 463597
13/12/07 1 1 1 1 Dangerous - he prescribed medication that had an ingredient that he was told I was allergic to!!! I was referred to this doctor for testing of dental materials. Instead of telling me he could not do this, he mislead me into believing that was what he was testing for which is basically assault. He did not take a complete history and even altered my history intentionally on the report back to the referring doctor. I found out months later that he sent his report to other doctors I had said I was seeing for other medical conditions without my consent. In his report he was recommending allergy shots, saying that this would benefit me. The fact that my hayfever allergies are well controlled was lost on him. Also the fact that three other more qualified and real allergists did not recommend them was beside the point.  Respond
RID: 428217
13/10/07 3 3 2 2 Not a doc for children. My poor daughter, I would never take her back.  Respond
RID: 340205
07/06/07 4 3 3 Somewhat helpful-we found out what my son was allergic to. He didn't go out of his way to explain things. Not very personable-does the job and that's it.  Respond
RID: 313134
08/05/07 4 1 1 He's from the stone age. Hasnt changed the way he does allergy testing on kids. It was awful!!!! Dont send your kids there, for adults maybe hes fine, but not for children! The other docs are much more humane in how they do allergy testing on kids now a days. I would NEVER go back!!!!!!!!  Respond
RID: 284530
17/04/07 3 3 5 Very good with children but at times he make s you feel that your wasting his time, especially if your child is not responding to the injections as he should. Not very sympatic  Respond
RID: 246498
30/03/07 4 5 5 Great doctor, has bent over backwards to find solution to a problem that has defeated many other doctors. Very, very knowledgeable.  Respond
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