Ratings for Dr. Ali Zentner
I have been a patient of Dr. Z for nearly 3 years. It's the first time in my life I feel like I have had unwavering support from an entire team of professionals who use science (and not the latest diet craze) to guide their treatment. I have lost 70 pounds and have kept it off and continue to lose (slowly.... but I continue to see the scale drop!) I am very surprised by some of the comments on this site, especially those regarding Dr. Zentners fashion choices. It saddens me that as someone who has battled stereotypes and judegement for all my life regarding my weight (I cannot be the only one with this experience) people come on here and critisize her physical appearance. Isn't this what we are all fighting against for ourselves as people who are constantly judged by our appearance??? As a person who has battled my weight for years I have also battled the assumptions and the harsh comments and labels that have been placed on me and so I encourage everyone to rise above this childish and hurtful behaviour. The world could use a little less judgement.... Anyways, I highly encourage anyone who struggles with their weight to give this clinic a "go". If you are interested in learning about the latest treatment options available to you (including medication and surgery if you like - but not if you don't!) this is the clinic for you. Instead of joining some cookie cutter program that treats everyone as "one size fits all" when it comes to weight loss, this clinic really treats the individual and provides support through all the ups and downs in their pursuit of weight loss.
Most of the communication and work is done by the fabulous staff of the nurses (who meet with you initially prior to each appointment), and front end support staff!!!! This office is lucky to have such hardworking and kind staff. But direct communication with Dr. Zentner is often minimal, brief, and can be unpleasant. After being her patient for about 3 years...I've observed her to have 2 personalities...and you don't know which one you'll get. One day she can be kind, informative, and supportive...the next day she's rude, short tempered, and doesn't let you talk. She can be hurtfully blunt....so make sure you have TOUGH SKIN!!! Conversations can be short, very uncomfortable and awkward. After talking to her...you often leave the office feeling like you have been judged...haven't been listened to...and concerns not addressed throughly.
At first I was intimidated, but after talking with Dr Ali Zentner I overcame my fear and have found a warm caring fearless advocate. Without Dr Zentner in my corner I think I would be headed for an early grave. We need more physicians like Dr Zentner who genuinely care about helping you through this disease and will advocate change. Thank you so much Dr Zentner.
I think this doctor is about to change my life. I came on here to rate her amazing help, and reading the ratings surprised me. I think people might have such high expectations...or? I really don’t know because Dr Zentner was so kind, compassionate, and extremely knowledgeable. I have been through the wringer, like many have been, with obesity. She’s not the fairy godmother but she’s pretty d*mn close to it. And I loved the Gucci and swearing. Sounds like some b*tches need to grow a few;) But in all seriousness, I feel so relieved to be seen by her. Really SEEN.
I’ve been seeing Dr. Zentner for 5 Years, I find her to be very encouraging, she does get right to the point and she doesn’t mince words but she also has over a year long wait list and doesn’t have an hour to chat with every patient. The nurses and the staff are all excellent and very encouraging as well.
I had several visits with Dr Zentner over a year ago. I found her manner to be very peculiar and particularly considering she is a licenced physician in the province of British Columbia. Her mercurial mood swings coupled with her outrageous arrogance and rudeness to patients & her staff causes me to wonder if she suffers from an untreated mental illness like bi-polarity. I have been unhappily over-weight since birth. Weight loss has always been a challenge no matter how hard I try to exercise and eat less. I am now 57. As a teenager, my desire to weigh a normal weight led me to become a starver-binger-purger for 4 years. Nasty. I have had a lot of counselling for the disorder and consider myself recovered from that ailment for over 36 years but I still struggle with keeping my weight in a normal range. Feeling desperate, I asked a physician to help me and was given a very positive review of Dr. Zentner's success rate in her weight loss clinic. I was very excited but pretty fragile (depression) when I started seeing her and told her so. I told her all about my former eating disorder and explained that my metabolism seemed to be very slow. I don't think she listened to word that I said or read a word that I wrote in my questionnaire. The first appointment went ok but every subsequent appointment, she became more and more abusive because, despite following her regime (which is really just using the drugs she loves handing out and eating low carb) I did not lose weight the way she thought that I should although I was quite pleased with my 10 pound loss over 6 months. On what I decided to be our final appointment, she told me that I wasn't trying very hard and that there many other deserving people who could benefit from her program who would try harder than me. She went on and on complete with rude facial expressions. I left her office reeling in shock from her hurtful, belittling scolding. I was very upset and felt totally disrespected. I spent a month thinking about having to return to see her again but I just could not subject my self esteem to her bizarre wrath again so I cancelled my appointment and will never return to her and I do not recommend her. NO ONE deserves to be spoken to in the manner that she speaks to people. I am not sure who she thinks she is but her lofty opinion of herself does match her actions or her visual for that matter. Her style of dressing is totally inappropriate for the workplace and her body type. Her bedside manner is simply mean. A year later, I just feel sorry for her because I realize that she just an angry woman who takes it out on everyone around. She is pathetic.
My husband and I visited the nutritionist and Dr Zentner yesterday. I was a little anxious prior to arriving. Both the nutritionist and Dr. Zentner are very professional and had me at ease immediately. Yes, Dr. Zentner's attire may not be mainstream but I'm seeing her regarding weight loss, not to judge her fashion. She was very warm and friendly and at one point, her sincere warmth and understanding regarding my excitement nearly had me in tears.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Zentner and her team. Unfortunately her waiting list was long and I was feeling extremely anxious about the meeting as I had read the reviews on this site and was terrified I would be made to feel badly about my weight problem. To my great surprise, this was not the case. She quickly made me feel at ease, her staff seemed genuinely happy to work in the clinic (which I always think is a great sign.) The clinic is beautiful and has obviously had a lot of thought into its design in order to make those that have struggled with their weight feel comfortable (high ceilings, large sturdy chairs, blood pressure cuffs which actually fit etc). She was very encouraging and presented me with all the science behind the fact that obesity is a disease and then proceeded to tell me all the treatment options currently available without pressuring me into making a decision during the first apppintment.... I am very much looking forward to my next appointment and am feeling a sense of hope and encouragement for the first time in a long time!
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