Ratings for Dr. Katya K. Meier
I wanted to leave a recent review, as,places can change and people can change... I long to find alternative health care where the providers have a good bedside manner, and invite you the patient to take ownership of your help. I am still looking...
I've heard of other doctors referring patients to her for over a decade which is a good thing. They are booked long in advance and deal with a lot of patients. Just like other friends of mine who have their own practice or dental office they serve a lot of clients and it's easy to encounter difficult personalities which I see in some of the comments here. Every time I go there I see happy patients, and at times a family-like relationship with trust between patients and staff, but overall I like Dr. Meier's style and her bold stance against GMOs, big pharma and other stuff going on in the medical world today. Like all doctors I've had in the past the key to getting the best service here is having an intelligent conversation and a good attitude. You are the one paying for service so do your homework on the topic and give good feedback to the doc so she can help.
Incompetent is the kindest word I have for her and her practice. I've seen her off and on for 7 years as she did a great job diagnosing my hormone needs. However, I had a physical with her PA 2 weeks ago and discovered the incompetence of her office. The PA seemed to have no history on me. I kept thinking she was scrolling to find my name in her data base as she asked such basic questions--my last period? Really? I had a hysterectomy 8 years ago, which is why I went to Dr. Meier to begin with! Then she told me my general practice dr. didn't have the expertise to read hormone levels that I had tested 6 months ago--she ordered another round of bloodwork to check hormone levels--I agreed. She then mentioned that I could receive great info on whether I am predisposed to diseases with diagnostic blood testing that would not cost me anything as the company will write off what my insurance won't pay. I agreed. I set the appointment to come in after they drained 7 vials of blood out of me! Today I went in and the PA went over the diagnostic blood test results but not my hormone results as... THEY NEVER DREW blood to test! I would have to make ANOTHER appointment. A checkout receptionist inquired as to whether I wanted to talk to Dr. Meier about even paying for the visit as the results that were necessary were not in. I said yes then received a lip spanking from Dr. Meier who said her PA had performed the services I came in for. When I pointed out that the bloodwork did not reflect hormone levels, she circled back to the fact that her PA did go over results--I would need another appointment. She's a quack out for money. I pointed this out in the hall and at the reception desk. My 17 year old daughter was with and couldn't believe the antics that went on this office.
Dr. Meier is unbelievably narcissistic! Over the years I have had people who have an interest in integrative medicine go and see her and I have just had enough of hearing the horror stories of their outcomes and my own. I recently went back myself on an new issue that has risen in my life and I got lectured, LECTURED, for something clearly genetic and offered such poorly evidence based resources and little does she know my own extensive background and education as she assumes every in America STUPID. So many people, including myself, have rarely seen her come into the office without some marks on her face due to, as she says, "aesthetic" procedures. She is obviously not happy with who she sees in the mirror everyday, and she shows it in the way you are treated, especially if you are a guy. She is rude to men, period. She should just run a clinic for women who hate men. Her staff of physicians and PAs she chooses for their looks and not their talent. Who needs 8 inch spike high heels to work in. It's a money hungry business. She can't run an office from her heart nor does she reflect the true holistic practice in the reflection of her work or her staff. She frightens her staff, the turn over is really bad, you can tell they are all afraid of her. If you ask me, she is misleading everyone to think she is really advancing holistic medicine when its just a complex of purging impurities from her own body and hacking herself up left and right to fight aging because aging isn't beautiful. Im aged, and proud of it!!!!!! Excuse me Dr. Meier, get a clue! I side with Dr. Weil who is totally against "anti" aging and says it makes again "bad"! As if the lines on my face are a sign of something I should be ashamed of because I'm "toxic." I hope to God she goes out of business and people start waking up to the quack she is. She is a phony! She lies about her education, she is not a naturopath, period!!!!!! she didn't do the relevant extensive training in Homeopathy or Herbal Medicine our NDs do, not even close, in fact not at all. I checked on her education and she is fooling you. Her medical training is limited to the common practice, and doing some general work in delivering a small few children who are low risk births (not an OBGYN) and she just has a beef about impurities, and its not all a healthy beef. Steer far clear from this practice! You will not find the healing path you desire here. You will find judgment and a physician who is too screwed up herself to step off her perch above everyone and get help and stop hacking herself, her patients, and selling you supplements she hasn't evaluated truly for there relevance to you (its a guess she makes often and it isnt checked by science, which mind you plenty of labs will offer you at a fraction of the price to rule out stuff you shouldn't be taking so you know you arent spending a fortune on things you dont need). She hides behind her white coat and stethoscope !!!! thats not a holistic physician. I have one word, RUN, you will not find the help you need here, you will find a judgmental, unresolved, angry, critical, physician who obviously couldn't work for anyone else so she opened her own practice. Nobody would work with her, she is just downright MEAN!
Was feeling tired and depressed. Dr Meier checked hormone levels and made some recommendations which I followed. I feel great now, so much better. She's good at making sure your levels are correct for your age. This is one of the keys to feeling energetic and productive during the day. Skin looks better also as a result of the treatment. All this checking on hormone and blood levels is something that is not done routinely by other doctors I have seen, and when it is, the checking is done by a PA or a MA instead of the doctor. SO yeah, good recommendation, especially for older patients.
Hard to review. Dr. Meier helped me identify some issues and had some good suggestions on how to address, but her practice is so clearly about selling product and maximizing the number of appointments that it's hard to trust her. To comments that she is abrupt and brusque, I really think she's just nervous around people sometimes, and gets frustrated that people don't take better care of themselves - OK, I guess there's a certain lack of empathy, that comes across in a way that suggests that people who don't take the things she considers priority in exactly the same way, it's not OK. Then again, I can also understand the frustration. Her staff ... there is one girl who seems nice, the rest seem distinctly annoyed to have to deal with pesky patients. You know, the revenue source. I sat in the lobby for an hour and a half one day because 1) nobody on the staff was on time, 2) once I got in there and signed in, I was just completely skipped, while the guy studiously stared at his monitor and tried not to make eye contact with anyone. Mixed feelings, overall.
Find another Doctor, don't waste your time or money here. My husband has gone to Dr. Meier several times. If you like a Dr. that is warm and personable and seems to care about all her patients, INCLUDING MEN, then this is NOT the Dr. to see! Her practice advertises to be a Family Medicine practice. My husband complains every time he goes about how grumpy and impersonal she is. He says, she acts like she doesn't like men. When he asks questions she treats him like she's annoyed and that his questions are stupid. She has no sense of humor, she is cold and prickly. Every time an RX is needed and our pharmacy calls for it (just refills), it is a pain because it takes so long for them to get back to the pharmacy. We are getting ready to get my husband a new doc. If you want someone who has a good handle on alternative medicine, check out Dr. Monique Martin. We only wish our insurance covered her, because she is really good. I'm surprised Dr. Meier doesn't have a high staff turnover. From reading other reviews, she must hire people who have similar personalities. Stay away. There are a lot of other good qualified doctors out there. Bed side manner is extremely important when dealing with people. She doesn't have it.
I was excited during my first visit, when the nurse practitioner really listened to my symptoms, then it all went downhill. She recommended I take some hormones (which they sell in the office) and ordered some blood and stool tests. After about two weeks of taking the hormones I started feeling awful. My hair began falling out, dark hair grew on my face, and I got incredibly irritable. I stopped taking them immediately. Also, I'm 34. Why would I need hormone supplements? But I trusted the nurse. The blood tests revealed nothing terribly strange, but the doc recommended about $150 more supplements. The stool test from Genova Diagnostics (http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Tests/nonstandard.html) showed all sorts of weird things, and after taking the results to a gastroenterologist, he ordered a new stool test from a more reputable lab, which showed none of the same issues. My experience here has been a huge waste of time and money.
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