Dr. Leonard Direnfeld


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Specialty:Family / G.P.
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Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 32 reviews. Dr. Leonard Direnfeld 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: 3648239
05/01/14 4 4 5 5 I've been going to Dr. D. for about 6 years. He is a great doctor, very knowledgeable about "real" health...like diet, nutrition, etc. He is also very knowledgeable in bio-identical hormones (way better than Dr. Peddle ever was). Very kind and he listens to all your concerns, answers all your questions and give good advice and recommendations. He's not a pill pusher but will prescribe it is warranted. His nurse and secretary are very nice. Sometimes you have to wait a bit but that's not unusual for any doctor I've been too. Highly recommend if you can get in to see him.  Respond
17/07/12 SYSTEM: Accepting New Patients changed to "N" 
RID: 2214923
07/06/12 4 3 5 5 Dr. Direnfield is very kind and knowledgable. He is also very empathetic which makes him easy to talk to. His office is always very busy and you do have to plan on along wait past your time to see him. But it is worth it.  Respond
RID: 1685955
13/01/12 4 4 5 5 It was well worth the long 14 month wait to see Dr. Direnfeld. After 3 Endo. specialists completely dismissed my symptoms (one even suggested reducing my thyroid medication) Dr. Direnfeld looked beyond my diagnosis and took quality time with me to ensure I understood everything he wanted to test and why. Don't think I've ever had a Dr. consider the obvious like poor diet as just one of the many factors attributed to my condition. Definitely appreciate his holistic + scientific approach.  Respond
RID: 1642526
23/11/11 4 4 5 5 This guy is a sweetheart! He takes time and smiles, so pleasant and affable. So awesome to have a doc who leans towards preventative medicine, healthy medicnie. And he talked to me about positive affirmations due to my bouts with depression. This was amongst other options and solutions which he readily looks at and discusses. His recpetionist there today was Michelle. She was very friendldy and helpful and kind. Had a short little pleasant chat as I was one of the first patients there at 9:30 am. And I did not have to wait too long. I have been there previously and did wait but still not long in comparison with other Drs. at all. And for your health its all good!. The other staff I have had were very busy so people may think they are abrupt but I dont think they mean to be that way. Cheers.  Respond
RID: 1405963
04/04/11 5 5 5 5 This doctor has a very busy practice with a huge waiting list. I know comments have been made about the staff.To be they are great and I think when you are busy sometimes people don't get our best side. Dr. Direnfeld is the best doctor I have meet. I suffered for years with a thyroid undertreated. Yes you do pay for some tests it is not his fault that OHIP doesn't cover these test. You would be charged by any doctor that had to run these tests. if you were as sick as I was and wanted your life back you would galdly listen. He gives you all kinds of options and tells you why he wants to run the test. He lets you choose based on cost and even tells you to spread it out. I was thrilled to find out what I did about my health. He is very knowledgeable about medicine the way doctors use to be. i have never felt better and now I know what supplements I need to take and what ones I don't need. Any waiting you do is worth it. He doesn't make you feel rushed. This man changed my life. thanks  Respond
RID: 1360989
11/02/11 5 4 5 5 I have been going to Dr. D for many years and he is a very knowledgeable GP who will keep trying to look for answers to your health issues. The most important part is he really listens and is very patient dispute a very busy practice. I appreciate all the assistance he has given me. I have no problems with his current office staff and in fact they are always very helpful.  Respond
RID: 1351118
31/01/11 4 5 5 5 Dr. Direnfeld treated endocrine problems that have been running me down for nearly 20 years in under 2 months. He is extremely intelligent, knows his stuff, and gives you real answers to your questions. He makes no promises, but delivered results in spades. I cannot fathom how I spent 20 years feeling sick and losing just about everything, when a simple approach to my condition was available. Dr. Direnfeld is a gem - I am truly grateful to have access to a doctor like him. As for his office staff, I haven't had any problems at all. Just count me as a very satisfied patient.  Respond
RID: 1343921
22/01/11 4 5 5 5 When to Dr D for the first time in Dec/10 & have a follow up appt with him next wk.My first impression of this Dr is that he is very easy to talk to & he listens & looks like he truly cares.....There must be a reason why he is booked til Aug/11  Respond
RID: 1302717
28/11/10 2 4 5 5 Out of box approach to endocrin issues. Will put any conventional endo to shame with this insight into endocrin and metabolic health issues. The wait list for an appointment is immense. Found and addressed succesfully my adrenal insufficency after a St-Michael endo dismissed me as being "perfectly healthy" when I was extremely weak and lethargic. Thank' s God Dr. Direnfeld did the right investigation which revealed severely impaired adrenal function which he subsequently medicated with success. If only his front staff would me more customer service oriented?! 
Paid (or co-pay): $500
RID: 1215672
26/07/10 2 3 3 3 The office is not professionally handled. Calls are not answered and appointments are cancelled without notice other than a post-it note left on the door. Often very long wait time....hours. Long wait to get apt......asuume that his case load is very large.  Respond
RID: 1186824
10/06/10 5 4 5 5 Dr. Leonard Direnfeld is known to be the best in Canada - Endocrinologist. Check out his website.  Respond
RID: 1167590
12/05/10 1 4 5 5 Great doctor, but his receptionist is rude and doesn't do her job. Twice I have driven to appointments to find a note on the door stating the office was closed. I drive over 100 km. As a doctor, this is the only physician I have ever found that listens. He straddles homeopathic and traditional medicine which is a breath of fresh air. He does not dictate treatment, but instead gives a patient a choice between different treatments. He treats people with respect. Most doctors treat people like idiots. If you want a doctor that plays god, this is not the one for you, but if you choose to be an active, informed participant in your health care, consider him.  See Responses
RID: 1159930
29/04/10 4 3 3 3 This doctor is too concerned about extra charges to inspire confidence. You want to believe that he cares, but then the final bill you pay when you're through kinda belies the faith that you walk in with. OHIP pays plenty--why isn't this enough to get good treatment?  Respond
RID: 1152658
19/04/10 1 3 5 5 Dr. D is the best but what turns me off is his receptionist. She needs to take happy pills. Very rude and her sarcasm is unacceptable. I wish Dr. D would realize this. The receptionist is representing him badly so if we need to cee a doctor ASAP, we just go to a walk in clinic. Another thing that turns me off is the extended insurance he offers. I have not heard any doctors charging extra except for him.  See Responses
RID: 1083307
19/01/10 2 2 1 2 Previous positive posters must be paid by this snakes-oil salesman who passes himself off as a Doctor. Useless physician who must be in the field for financial gain or title, as he doesn't take proper care of his patients. Absolutely willing to write a prescription for whatever you ask for, fails to follow up on prescriptions, misdiagnoses serious medical issues and informs patients not to worry when they have A LOT to worry about. This "doctor" told my father he had high iron in his blood when my fathers stomach started turning deep purple and that donating blood would solve the problem and not to worry. My dad almost died in hospital from pancreatitis a week after this shoddy diagnosis. Also, Mr. D. prescribed a short-term use only drug to my mother and never followed up on it, so she's now physically addicted to it and due to other issues, must continue to take it or her body will shut down and she dies. The drug has contributed to more issues and Alzheimer's. DO NOT USE THIS DR.!  Respond
RID: 1048287
02/12/09 1 1 1 1 The very worst physician I have ever been to. He has gone rapidly downhill over the 5 years I was with him. I left. I should have left long before but there were no physicians in our city.  Respond
RID: 1026602
05/11/09 1 1 1 1 Worst Staff- Not helpful- Trying to get rid of People. These type of doctors think that they treat people for free- NOT RECOMMENDED  Respond
RID: 937843
16/07/09 1 1 1 2 Staff is not friendly or professional; Doctor does not want to waste his time talking to patients. The foregoing can lead to serious mistakes and oversights.  Respond
RID: 881148
07/05/09 4 5 5 5 Dr. D has made an emergency housecall when my father was dying. Who knows any doctor who would do this for a patient. He cared for me as the caregiver and subsequetly I can call him my doctor as well. God bless this Doctor. It is a priviledge to be his patient.  Respond
RID: 694834
02/10/08 5 5 5 5 I drive 4 hours to see Dr D as we have a doctor shortage. Even if we did have doctors available, he would still be worth the drive. He cares. He is concerned. He will readily make referrals to specialists. He reviews lab tests when you are there. If you have a problem with what he has said or done, please be respectful and speak to him about it.  Respond
RID: 681467
09/09/08 5 5 5 5 Dr. Direnfeld is a breath of fresh air. He is competent, professional and easy to talk to. I was very impressed with him. 
Paid (or co-pay): $80
RID: 671737
23/08/08 1 1 3 2 Over the past several years my opinion of this physician has gone steadily down hill. He has not monitored my medications properly. Neglects most areas of health such as bone density scans, mammograms etc. Has done very sloppy work including, what would have been fatal dosing errors in prescriptions had I not caught them. Has not kept proper records, which is LAW not choice. I have to pay extra money for him to phone in prescriptions. As there are no other physicians where I live I have no choice but to travel miles to see him. In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king. I cannot say everything I would like to say here due to the sensitivity of the issues. I would NOT recommend him anymore.  Respond
RID: 600168
27/05/08 5 5 5 5 Super guy - willing to work with the patient rather than dictate. Has the best of both worlds drawing from natural and contemporary medical remedies.  Respond
RID: 565483
14/04/08 5 5 5 5 Excellent, professional and treats the whole person with a healthy holistic approach.  Respond
RID: 469489
21/12/07 5 4 5 5 This Doctor is what a Good Doctor should be!After searching for many years I finally got a good professionalto take care of my health. A healer not a prescription pusher, no one that is looking to push you off their door because the clock is ticking. He is well versed in many disciplines and see you as a person no as a disease.  Respond
RID: 464630
14/12/07 5 5 5 5 Dr. Direnfeld is a caring physician. His focus is obviously the immediate concern for his patients, and he respected my decision for my cancer treatment choices. He informed me of my options, yet was willing to listen to my opinion as well. He is a great listener and a compassionate man. Dr. Direnfeld is one of the few doctors I have visited who realizes that we are holistic creatures who besides being physical bodies, are also emotional, spiritual and energy beings. What a privilege to call him my doctor.  Respond
RID: 347273
17/06/07 5 5 5 absolutely amazing! would recommend him to anyone frustrated with their arrogant, non-caring, not listening and ignorant doctors. This doctor is the best medicine after all my frustrations  Respond
RID: 334170
31/05/07 4 5 5 New patient but so far am impresssed. He is a rare holistic practitioner. He does unususal scans (such as trace element levels) which have revealed anomalies that never showed up in my standard blood tests despite a long history of problems and testing. Knowledgable and not arrogant like most doctors.  Respond
RID: 315011
10/05/07 5 5 5 ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Dr. Direnfeld is a holistic problem solver; he examines all symptoms carefully to identify the underlying cause, rather than just treating the symptoms at hand, as many MDs tend to do. Dr. Direnfeld has vast knowledge of both mainstream medicine and naturopathic medicine, so will find the best solution for your particular needs.  Respond
RID: 254514
02/04/07 3 5 5 This doctor is very busy due to his popularity so you usually have to wait, but he always spends a lot of time when you are with him. He is helpful and nice and offers alternative treatments so you don't just feel like you're being rushed through the process. He reminds me of what doctors used to be like years ago - really trying to find a good treatment program not just pushing prescription drugs for every complaint. My husband and I are grateful that we found him and now don't worry too much about if we got sick and needed someone reliable to take care of us.  Respond
RID: 252986
02/04/07 5 5 5 My family and I have been with this doctor since he started his practice and I have nothing but good things to say about his approach, his openmindedness, and his concern for your problems.I hope he will be there for as long as I need him.  Respond
RID: 205432
16/03/07 4 5 5 Great Dr. Great attitude, caring and knowledgable. Also very knowledgeable about alternative medicine. Works with you and doesn't just randomly write prescripts.  Respond
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