Ratings for Dr. Craig J. Vine
My experience with Dr. Vine was better than expected. After reading some of the negative comments I was hesitant. However, he does have an impressive reputation in the field and trusted by pharmacists and insurance companies. So, with the conflicting information and without knowing much of the office I chose it based on the central location. Quite anxious on arrival, I had to go through all the standard new patient paperwork which is really enough to bring anyone over the edge, this is the standard ordeal, required at any office. His nurse was professionally compassionate. Yes, that means understanding, not overly emotional - just the facts. Dr. Vine is a Psychologist, MD 'medicinae doctor' .. Latin for 'Doctor of Medicine.' He's the person that uses evidence based research to prescribe medication. He's not the guy you go to to work through your problems. It just so happens the office also has Psychiatrists, a one-stop-shop of sorts, meaning- without the pharmacy. They're the ones you sit on the couch with and spill your life to with the hope of working though issues in a CBT "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" kind of way. Dr. Vine, who I see every three months suggested a psychiatrist in the office, who I see every other week. Between the two of them, my issues surrounding ADD and Hypomania are in check, at least enough to progress in my career and have a reasonably stable relationship.
I had, I now know, a rather clear case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, the kind in which compulsions are thoughts rather than actions. Sometimes "pure O OCD" can focus around fears of psychosis, as mine did, and, as a result of constant obsessing about it (scrutinizing thoughts for psychotic content; thinking about delusions that could arise; etc.), a sufferer can actually induce quasi-psychotic phenomenon. That's what happened with me. A good clinician can recognize the difference between this variant of OCD and depression with psychotic features, what he stupidly diagnosed me with: the difference is that people with pure O OCD whose focus is psychosis are constantly afraid they are psychotic and will constantly check to see if they are psychotic and will describe to you in minute detail their thought processes so you can help them check if they are psychotic. In contrast, psychosis carries little to no insight at all—the person experiencing psychosis often doesn't understand that their delusions or hallucinations aren't real. And actually, it doesn't even take a good clinician to recognize the difference. You just need to hear that the main theme of the client's narrative is anxiety and fear. That, and a copy of the DSM (DSM-IV, back then), should be enough for anyone with a modicum of training. Thankfully, I left that intake shaken and appalled—Vine was abrupt, distracted, and brutally cold—and so, though I still believed I may be psychotic, I wasn't about to trust what that guy said. Something in me fought back, refused to take the anti-psychotics he prescribed, and sought another opinion. Eventually, I was correctly diagnosed and treated with CBT psychotherapy and anti-anxiety medications. My life was restored. I could live without anxiety. I could think clearly again and I could laugh exuberantly again. Had I been under Vine's care, I'd have been on medicines far too powerful for what I had and likely to ruin any quality of life that I had remaining. Sure, I'd have stopped having obsessional thoughts. But only because I'd have been drugged to a stupor.
I was referred by my psychiatrist for ECT to treat my bipolar. I was stuck in a horrible bout of depression. Patrick didn't return my calls and after submitting all requested paperwork required in order to schedule my first ECT session, I had to follow up multiple times to get a response. I spent very little time with Dr Vine but from the first moment I met him, I felt uncomfortable. After a few ECT sessions, I woke up in the middle of the procedure and hyperventilated. This was months ago and the experience still haunts me. I was terrified and I felt that nobody was there to help me recover from the fear and anxiety that trauma caused me. I know that ECT works for some and maybe it would've worked for me if I'd had established trust and history with my Care team. I will never go back.
BEWARE!!!!!! Dr Craig Vine is the most incompetent Psychiatrist we have ever come across! After being informed of my sons 11yr history of severe amphetamine abuse by myself & Hazelden Betty Ford, Dr Vine full well knowing also that my son was just released from Hazelden's inpatient program & living in a $3000 a month rehabilitation program he chose to STILL prescribe my son dextroamphetamine! Anyone knows this is an abusive dangerous drug for addicts which has landed my son in ICU & the psych ward many times because he becomes so paranoid & psychotic. Our insurance denied the prescription 7 times & even given all of my sons history this Dr did not stop & made sure insurance finally approved it. The nurse told me the Dr said he would monitor my son? Really?! He didn't even have another appt for my son on the books & the Dr was out of the country when I called the first time! Ridiculous anyway-There is NO monitoring an amphetamine addict when he's taking amphetamine! Even when the drug is taken as prescribed the Dr was informed after all these yrs of abuse my son still becomes psychotic after its in his system for a short time. My son was then contacted that the prescription was finally approved & he picked it up & within 3 days was psychotic from it & hospitalized just like we warned would happen! A dr takes an oath to do no harm & you pray a Dr will help your loved one when they are sick & vulnerable & not hurt them further or make it easy for him to hurt himself further. Clearly this Dr does not care in the least for his patients because if he did he would never give a 25yr old young man fighting an amphetamine addiction, amphetamine! That's pure evil!
Dr Vine prescribed dextroamphetamine to my son with full knowledge he is a meth addict immediately upon his finishing treatment at Hazelden. The doctors office then fought with our insurance company to get the prescription filled after it was denied repeatedly, even in light of knowledge they were prescribing speed to a serious drug addict. Egregiously irresponsible and and unprofessional. Unconscionable acts like this can and do result in medical malpractice litigation. Dangerous.
Impersonal doesn't begin to explain it. Establishing a rapport with a client is important and something Dr. Vine doesn't seem concerned about. As other reviewers have revealed, his practice treats patients as units not people. If he was concerned about best practices he would know that sensitivity is essential to good client care. ie. don't push topics that are clearly triggering/damaging in the rushed 5 minute meetings spent with people (yes we are people) that you barely know.
Dr. Vine is, overall, an excellent psychiatrist, though (as with anyone) he does have his shortcomings. He does indeed know a great deal about medications and when and how to use them, and he is nicely creative in his attempts to find a solution that will work for his individual patients. The nurse who works with him (Doreen) is, I believe, vital to his practice, and I'm grateful for her abilities and competence. However, I agree that the time a patient actually gets to spend with Dr. Vine is excessively limited--not long enough to adequately explain what is currently happening in your life--and he can occasionally come off as a little too cavalier with medications. Not all situations call for more medications, or higher doses of what one is already taking. I think Dr. Vine is a good physician, and a good person in general, but he may not be the right fit for every person. If you get referred to him, I say at least give him a chance.
Dr. Vine did not listen to my symptoms or concerns. He was quick to prescribe medications without explaining their potential side effects. He was quick to get me in and out of his office. He has very little interest in patients as people. I've heard he's good at managing bipolar, but if that's not your diagnosis I would go somewhere else.
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- University Of Iowa College Of Medicine (Grad. 1988)
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