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Stay away from Dr. Stephen Seal!!! I was referred to him because I had a lump on my neck I wanted diagnosed. Not only does he have the worst bedside manner I've ever seen in a doctor, you can tell how arrogant he is just by the way he walks; then how he talks to you confirms it. He said what I had was a tumor in the parotid gland and he needed to do a biopsy to rule out cancer. Of course, I had to sign a waiver before the biopsy. When I questioned the assistant about the form, which claimed I had received information I never did, she said it was "just a standard form" —in other words, you either sign it or you don't get the biopsy, even if you're signing something that is not true. But I guess that's the medical industry in a nutshell.
The biopsy was a quick procedure, and I went home with a band-aid on the punctured wound. The day after, however, the whole area was inflamed, bruised, I felt sick all over, had a fever and shooting pains throughout my head. The tumor was twice its size and extremely sore to the touch. It was the weekend, so I managed the pain as best as I could, although it made sleeping almost impossible. It still hurts, but I'm using homeopathy to treat it, now that I know what it is. I would NEVER again put myself in the hands of such mindless, incompetent doctor!
This is by far the worst doctor I have ever seen. Rude, condescending and apparently lacked
any ability or intention of diagnosing or treating. Save yourself the money and agony of being in the same room with this man.
In my own experience with Dr. Seal, I have no complaints. He's no hand-holder for sure, but as an adult woman in the medical field I don't really need that - I just need someone who can fix something that's wrong. I had nosebleeds for weeks before finally having one I couldn't stop. Went to the ER, got the mini-tampon up my nose to leave in for a couple days, and was referred by the ER doc to Dr. Seal for followup. Dr. Seal didn't communicate much but he did a great job and I haven't had any problems since. If you want more attention, do a little sniffling and crying, be all grateful, and he'll soften up. It wasn't my deliberate intention, I happened to be totally miserable and truly grateful. But it worked! lol
I would likely recommend Dr. Seal, but would explain his personality. If a patient needs in-depth treatment, I might hesitate.
My husband recently had sinus surgery. Staff was rude and appeared to more concerned with co pays and payment than giving preoperative or post operative instructions and/ or information. Staff including Dr. Seal are not professional or pleasant. I would highly recommend going to another doctor, where you can hopefully be treated with more respected instead just being another pay check.
I am 68 years old and I can safely say that Dr. Seal was the worst doctor I have ever had the misfortune to visit. He actually shoved me once when I didn't move fast enough. I came close to hitting him. He has absolutely no social skills. He asks no questions and he gives no information. He should have specialized in animals or corpses. Do not visit this doctor. He may be worse than no doctor at all. Try Dr. Stalford; he is wonderful. All his patients--including myself--laud him. Why is Seal still practicing??
I saw Dr. Seal once approximately two years ago. He recommended sinus surgery, which I was not ready to do. I left his office with the impression that he was rude, arrogant, and primarily focused on revenue and profit generation. Against my better judgment, I scheduled a follow up appointment with him to pursue the sinus surgery, and just left his office yesterday without seeing him. His entire practice seems to be about nothing more than revenue and profit generation. The patient seems to be a secondary consideration. To wit: When I arrived, payment of my co-payment was demanded. I paid it and then asked for a receipt and was told that I couldn't have one until after the visit. What's up with that? You pay money and can't get a receipt. OK, so I went along, expressing my amazement that they could expect patients to do this only to be greeted by attitude by the receptionist over my expecting a receipt when I pay money. (go figure!) Then I get called back by an audiologist to have my hearing tested. When I inquired why I was seeing an audiologist I was told that I had been scheduled for an audiologist visit and a Dr. visit. NOTHING had been said to me in the call scheduling the visit that this would be the case. I then said I am here to follow-up my visit from two years ago to proceed with the surgery. The audiologist agreed I didn't need to see her, and directed me back to the waiting room. Given my experience a couple years earlier, I decided rather than sit there (I had already been waiting 30 minutes) and get all upset over this Dr., I just needed to leave and find another Dr. So I left. I cannot recommend Dr. Seal to anyone. He is arrogant, impatient, rude, and doesn't appear to be concerned at all about the patient. Everything about him screams he is all about making a buck and the patient is nothing but an objectified inconvenience in his quest to enrich himself. As a result of my experience there, I will not see any Dr. in that practice, and am now looking for another physician to perform the sinus surgery. I am unable to recommend Dr. Seal, or anyone that operates in a practice that treats patients this way. There are better options, even if I have to travel to find them!
THE worst experience with a physician that I have EVER had. I don't expect to have my ego stroked, but I DO expect to be treated with respect and common courtesy. For a "well educated" person, he lacked basic people skills. He told my daughter she just had a sinus infection and prescribed the same antibiotic she was already taking, he didn't even look at the records our family doc sent over, nor did he listen to me when I told him what she was taking without even looking at her throat! She had 16 sore throats in 12 months...another ENT actually looked at her throat and did surgery immediately. Mr Seal, you earn a salary from Avl HNE, but the patients who pay for your shabby services are the ones signing your paycheck. This man will never get another dime of my money, nor my insurance.
I am retired from the Dental Hygiene field after 40 years in practice. I had two appointments with Dr. Seal.I did not feel comfortable with his attitude and non interest in my symptoms.I was prescribed two antibiotics for a "SINUS INFECTION". I kept saying my throat had been sore for three months as well as ear and neck. I saw another ENT who took one look in mouth and determined that I needed a BIOPSY OF MY TONGUE AS I HAD A LARGE LESION ON THE BACK OF THE TONGUE, which should have been picked up if Dr Seal bothered to do something with the tongue depressor he was holding.It was such a quick appointment. He may be a good doctor with a horrible manner, but I am not sticking around to find out. PLEASE FOR YOUR OWN SAKE, GET A SECOND OPINION BEFORE GOING AHEAD WITH TREATMENT WITH DR. SEAL. PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR ME THAT THIS BIOPSY IS NEGATIVE. i think Dr. Seal needs a few prayers also.
Dr. Seal should be banned from practice. In a few minute consultation, his arrogant nature and "god" complex was apparent. Although we tried to discuss the complexation of my son injury he was matter-of-fact and abrasive. His treatment plan was superficial and he avoided any commitment towards any success. His comments suggested he doubted his ability towards successful treatment. The attending surgeon from the hospital seem to be as surprised as we were, with Seal comments and treatment prognosis. Seal couldn't even maintain eye contact when we were discussing surgery options. The next day, we found a doctor in Asheville who successfully treated our son. Our son is recovering very well, because of our decision to avoid Seal and if you are considering using this idiot - proceed at your own risk - you will be sorry. I plan to spread the word about this idiot to whom ever I can. People need to know about this jerk before they put there care in his incapable hands.
I recently developed tinitis/vertigo which is disconcerting. It was a 25+ minute wait and I was ushered into the Audiologist. She was professional, very friendly and did a thorough job checking my hearing (not something I anticipated). Waited another 10 minutes to see Dr. Seal. He is certainly not a friendly physician, in fact I found him arrogant. He fired questions at me very quickly and I found his manner to be abrupt. He appears to lack compassion or any real concern. Previously saw a Dr. from their Asheville office and now considering going back to the other office as the visit with Dr. Seal was unfortunate. Not a physician I would recommend. One must be able to place some level of trust in a physician and I will place no trust in Dr. Seal. I'm well educated and educated or not, no one wants to be treated by a physician who clearly sees himself above others. Perhaps he needs to read his reviews and make some changes in how he treats patients.
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