Ratings for Dr. Jennifer Reynolds
Dr. Reynolds has a problem in that she only believes drug side effects that are common to most patients. If you have a side effect that is uncommon, she has a hard time believing that it is real and not caused by another type of illness or something you imagined. This attitude can be harmful because if she insists that you continue on the problem medication and you do, you could end up doing your self real harm. She insisted that there was no way that a small amount of one medication I was on would be causing me any side effects. Guess what, two weeks after I stopped the medication, the painful upper abdominal cramps and vomiting I was experiencing stopped and haven't returned. The medication was obviously doing something that was not good for my body and I think if I had continued on the medication, I could have done lasting harm. It is 9 months since I last saw her and I have no plans to return to see her again. Some people just don't react well to medication. For example, I just got out of the hospital for a serious case of encephalitis which it appears came from a recent shingles vaccination. Most people wouldn't have got encephalitis from such a vaccination, but the rare person unfortunately does.
I saw Dr. Reynolds roughly two years ago, referred by my Dr. to help deal with a condition that he, and other doctors, had diagnosed me as having. I brought five lab tests results from different labs confirming the diagnosis. She barely glanced at my paperwork and threw it in the garbage. Because I am very flexible from years of ballet, she diagnosed me with having HyperMobility Syndrome. She asked me how many dislocations I had growing up and I answered honestly, none. She stared at me in disbelief because it didn't fit in with her diagnosis. My GP rolled his eyes when he saw her diagnosis and I told him about my appt. My knees were/are horribly swollen and painful and she told me there was a medication that could address the pain but it was expensive. I asked her how expensive and indicated that the pain was really bad and if I could afford the medication, I certainly would want it. She said I'd rather wait six months and see how you do with physiotherapy and then we can discuss the other treatment. Oh btw, she wanted me to go to physio so they could tell me how to do exercises in bed. I'm still mobile so I don't know why I would do exercises in bed? I told her I would go to physio but as I was in bad pain, wouldn't it make sense for me to start on this treatment she had in mind, and hopefully I would be able to advance more with the physio and enjoy a better quality of life? She refused to tell me what it was or how much it cost. I couldn't believe she would not tell me and let me decide whether to proceed but she wouldn't, she preferred to play God and make the decision which unnecessarily left me in bad pain. I would not recommend her to anyone unless you're a fan of pain and enjoy a person with a huge ego. I remember nothing about her staff nor punctuality, but I'm giving everything one star because I wouldn't have given her even the one star if possible on Helpfulness nor Knowledge.
I have seen countless specialists over 35 years for Systemic Lupus and Sjogrens Syndrome. I have found Dr Reynolds to be the best one I have ever been to, she is knowledgeable, kind, willing to help with anything health wise not just disease related. I am never rushed, always understood and always treated with the utmost respect. I am grateful to have her as my rheumatologist.
I found Dr. Reynolds excellent. The first examination of me, she did a thorough examination and asked plenty of questions. I found her quite knowledgeable and helpful to know what types of pain medication to use(topical and ingested). She also, recommended types of exercise to do.
I like to give doctors the benefit of the doubt. They have a tough job, and deal with many challenging personalities. Dr. Reynolds, however, was a true disappointment. Her mannerism is very condescending. She makes up her mind quickly about your situation (with no physical), and will dismiss any additional information you try and share. Her health tips are textbook theories from the 90’s, and are medially outdated. “I am an expert, honey, and you don’t know what you’re talking about” is her unfortunate and dismissive vibe.
This doctor does not seem particularly empathic to me, and her bedside manner is rather brusque, if only because she is always rushing. More importantly, she does not seem open-minded to me. While I felt just as good on 200mg Plaquenil as 400mg, she insisted I should take 400mg as that is a proper and reasonable amount according to my body weight. She is not particularly open to anything but textbook allopathic medicine, and doesn't seem to be either in the know or open to complimentary modalities of relieving autoimmune disorders despite their efficacy. Her office staff does not seem very professional. Her MOA did not inform me that I even had an appointment, and then called and chewed out a family member over the phone because I missed it. Perhaps most importantly, I don't like being treated like a petulant child who knows nothing when I walk into the office. I do not see my rheumatologist regularly because I am frequently on overseas contracts, but that does not mean I am out of tune with my body or careless. I don't like working with someone who chastises her patients. On a positive note: I have been drug-free for almost 3 YEARS after changing my diet and focusing on the gut-related causes of auto-immune disorder, after 14 years of hard-core chemo (Arava, Methotrexate, you name it). I can't wait to see what she says to that...
She had the nerve to tell me that I'm a picture of health when I showed up with arthritis in both of my hands, 9 months ago, at a point at which she's been treating me for 5 years. She decided that since the medicine I was on for 5 years is causing me stomach upset, I don't need any medication. It's been many months since my fingers were able to bend, making a fist is something I only remember doing. I type with 2 thumbs on a keyboard at work. I became disabled under her watchful (blind) eye. I guess she must have been skipping class the day when they covered arthritis in the hands. Trust me, she doesn't care about you either.
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