Ratings for Dr. David R. Borenstein
It is clear that this doctor (I use the term loosely), is interested in only one thing - making as much money as he can. I had to tell him what I thought was wrong with me and how much of a medication dosage I probably need. When a treatment he tried didn't work well and I suggested we explore why, he responded with a frustrated tone, "come back in a month." Visits usually lasted 10 minutes, tops - typically, 5 minutes - and at those visits, he either bragged about his home in Great Neck or consistently complained that he hates insurance and needs to get patients who don't care about insurance and can pay out-of-pocket. This isn't a doctor, this is a business man acting as a doctor - and not a very good business man or medical practitioner at that. Don't waste your time, energy and money! There are other caring and dedicated doctors in NYC who are much more worthy of the title. BTW: I'm willing to wager that all the reviews online that give this doctor a 5 are either false, he has a deal with these people or his arrogant and crude personality shifts every so often just enough to ensure some people will give him a good review. As for Mary Shomon, the thyroid "expert" endorsing him, this has to be another "arrangement" because this man is the pits! Sadly, he's taking Ms. Shomon's reputation down the same disastrous path.
A friend insisted I see Dr.B. - I am so thankful I did! I have an autoimmune disorder- Dermatomyositis- all doctors in the past-year- would just put me on higher amounts of steriods. The fatigue.... Crippling.... Dr.B. Looked at the same blood work- as all 7 other doctors.. He Asked me questions- put me on IV drip of vitamins... Perscribed different medications- and several vitamins and I feel so much like my old self!!! Several of my other doctors - thought - well maybe your lacking Vitamin b, zinc, magnesium - and gave me higher amounts of steriods. I'm thankful my friend insisted I see Dr. B
I've found a great improvement in my condition (ankylosing spondylitis) since seeing Dr. Borenstein. He is very passionate about helping me where all other specialists have offered only one path, involving expensive and what I consider dangerous therapy session. Highly recommend.
Very few Endocrinologists out there are willing to look at thyroid based on your symptoms and not just lab values ... I suffered for over a decade .. with serious thyroid issues... and was always under treated bec my lab results were o so perfect... i was overweight by 70 lBs and sick... So grateful that I stumbled upon Dr. Borenstein. He has immense experience with thyroid and hormonal issues and and symptom based approach... I have had 70% recovery from my issues in about a year. I have have a ton of stress in my life otherwise I am sure I would be on the right track by now. He had a well rounded approach towards treating hormonal issues taking into adrenal fatigue, T4 conversion, nutritional deficiencies into account. If you have suffered for a while then please don't expect your issues to be fixed in just two visits ...
I visited Dr. Borenstein on 3 occasions and decided to discontinue his "endocrinology" support. He comes up on Functional Medicine searches but he does not practice this approach. Dr. Borenstein sets eyes on your test results for the first time when you are sitting in front of him. He does not take insurance, only private pay. Most doctors who take private pay do so because they want to spend their time researching their patients, and not on the phone with insurance carriers. Not so with Dr. Borenstein. He does not appear to listen to your goals or capable of putting the picture together holistically. The last straw for me was when he recommended 4 supplements based on my tests and then said, "Because I like you, I am going to give you 2 supplements for free." Then he proceeded to mark up the other two supplements about 300%. Online the same exact supplements cost about $12 a bottle and he charged me $70 for them! He lost credibility at that point.
After over a year of not receiving optimal treatment I was ready to get better and came in to see Dr. Borenstein. He asked a series of questions while reviewing my papers. He was very confident that he could help. He switched my medicine to nature-throid and gave me some adrenal support supplements and an order for bloodwork. I left feeling cautious but hopeful. My husband and I couldn't believe the difference! Within two weeks I was making my way back emotionally and physically to my old great self! It felt so good that I was careful to "wait and see". It's been 5 months and I still feel great! I have my life back. I recently had a second type of thyroid added to my treatment and when I emailed Dr. Borenstein after a month of taking it with concerns because I wasn't feeling well not only did he respond right away via e-mail but also called me personally, on a Saturday to check in. I was really impressed with that type of attention to patient.
I was diagnosed with hashimotos disease 3 1/2 years prior to finding Dr. Borenstein. I was under the care of an endocronologist who would only treat by labs numbers, not by symptoms. I was suffering on a daily basis with symptoms such as: exhaustion, brain fog, weight gain, chronic pain, numbness, tingling, hair loss, irregular cycles... The list just goes on. The endo denied that my symptoms were thyroid related. I was beginning to lose hope of ever feeling well. I had my first appointment with Dr. Borenstein in May of 2013. It was a life-changing visit. The doctor took his time and listened to my symptoms and feelings. He was very thorough. Dr. B is a wonderful doctor. He thinks outside of the box and is very knowledgeable about this complicated disease. He has made me feel like the old me. I feel much healthier since seeing him. My quality of live has greatly improved. I am so thankful to have found such an excellent doctor.
My mother and I traveled from another country to see this doctor to help treat my thyroid disease, and paid an enormous amount in cash for his visit and supplements. I was so disappointed. He spent very little time with me, did not go over all the results of my lab tests, and prescribed me the same treatment he offers to everyone else. When I wasn't getting better, in fact felt worse, and relayed this to him over our subsequent phone consultation, he got angry and impatient and simply increased the dosage of the medicine I was on. When it was time for our third phone consultation, it was cancelled because his nurse lost my file. It has never been found since. Do not waste your time with this doctor. He is unprofessional and uncaring, and simply not worth the money he charges.
I am ambivalent about this MD. I have hashimotos and was not improving on Levothyroxine. He was impatient, borderline rude, kept interrupting me and seemed annoyed when I asked a question. He said, I was getting to that. He barely looked at my labs and then gave me naturethroid and adrenal supplements and then got out of his chair and escorted me to the door. Second time, when I came back in with all my blood work with a lot of markers out of normal range, he didn't even discuss these with me. Also when I asked him why blood work showed inflammation, he said it's related to diet but gave no advice about adjusting diet. When I asked he said it would take him too long to explain and I should just go on the internet. Wha??? He seems only willing to spend 10 minutes each time. I always have questions that don't get answered. He doesn't answer emails either. I feel that he could address more issues in an individual appt instead of stretching it out. He could be more helpful in general .
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- Technion-Israel Inst Of Tech, Fac Of Med, Haifa, Israel (Grad. 1995)
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