Ratings for Dr. Marty H. Hoiness
Relationships between providers and patients matter in all of medicine, but this is especially true in mental health. During the four years I saw him, I never had a real relationship with Dr. Hoiness. I dreaded our appointments because I felt like I was entering an adversarial situation where I was being judged from on high as a hopeless case until I could prove otherwise. (In fact, I privately started thinking of him as "his Hoiness.") Like so many mental health patients I grew up in an abusive home, and I was accustomed to being treated as an object instead of a person; so none of this struck me me as problematic at the time. Then Virginia Mason sent me an letter saying that he was moving on to a new practice and that he wasn't going to take me with him as a patient. There was no personal word from him or sense that he cared about the patients he was leaving. When I did find a new psychiatrist, I was surprised by her warmth and interest in my whole self. I realized that psychiatrists can and do treat patients with dignity and respect, and that the problem was more with Dr. Hoiness' approach. If you have a garden-variety chemical imbalance and you're looking for someone to manage your medication, I'd recommend Dr. Hoiness. He knows his stuff on the meds side. But he's not a relational guy, so if your mental health issues stem from trauma (especially of the childhood variety), steer clear.
Dr. Hoiness has really helped me many times over in so many ways. Often I have been dissorganized, stressed out, or generally in a bad way, but he is happy to see me at those times as well as when I have made progress. A previous psychiatrist once insisted to me that I would never become a writer. Under Dr. Hoiness's care, I worked and worked on my writing goals and just published my first book. It really helps when a mental health professional believes in one's dreams. There are SO many things a crazy person can accomplish. Dr. Hoiness is an excellent doctor and very professional. Also, he always looks like he takes good care of himself, which I think is important. The psychiatrist before him in a different city didn't. Dr. Hoiness is wonderful.
I had never left a doctor's office in tears before today. At least I have the poor folks lined up in the waiting room as my unwilling witnesses; Dr. Hoiness did not wait until his door was shut...he proclaimed from all the way down the hall that I would not be his patient for much longer! I was late five minutes, after all. And with depression and severe ADHD, I am not quite sure why he would expect much mor. Perhaps those five minutes really were crucial, and he truly was offended enough on a personal level to challenge my self-care, respect, and even self-worth once we were in actual privacy. That was why I scheduled the emergency appointment after all...his medications were no longer working. I wish he would have listened rather than chided me like...well, like a mentally incapable patient. Now I have no medication, no doctor, and, to be quite frank, not a whole lot of hope that I'll find either any time soon.
I've been seeing doctor Hoiness for 3 years. My insurance doesn't cover him, but every time I've tried a "covered" psychiatrist I have immediately come back to him. It is worth paying a little extra. First, he really listens to you, unlike many doctors who barely look away from their computer or their notepad. In fact, I have never seen him write anything down. Yet 3 months later, I come in to my next appointment and he asks me all minds of questions about issues or events I me talked about in our last appointment. He helped me through trying various medications, patiently listened to my issues with side effects, and eventually we found the right one. I will definitely continue seeing him and would recommend him to anyone seeking help from a psychiatrist.
Dr. Hoiness was treating my wife for MDD. After several months, my wife decided to see a different psychiatrist that was closer to our home, and had been treating her through an out-patient group class. After we informed Dr. Hoiness that we were going to another psychiatrist and came for a final appointment, he was extremely rude to my wife and made her cry. He asked what she was there for if she was going to another psychiatrist and acted completely unprofessionally. I was shocked that a medical doctor would behave like a 8 year old child that didn't get its way. For the four months that my wife was seen by Dr. Hoiness, I was not impressed. The direction of treatment seemd to be more medicine in higher doses.
Dr. Hoiness is an excellent psychiatrist. I was very depressed and he listened to me for half an hour or an hour on my consultation visit, knew exactly what medication to prescribe me and followed up with me closely. He never had any attitude and I didn't feel judged by him at all. He was also very good about debunking some myths that have become status quo in our society. The only constructive criticism I can raise is that initially he had me on the generic of Zoloft and my psychologist strongly suggested I take the brand name because she had seen in all of her patients that the generic didn't work nearly as well as the brand name. He insisted only about 5% of his patients have that reaction. Well I guess I was part of that 5%. I gave it 6 months, increasing the dose, following doctor's orders until I finally just forked out the extra dough for the brand name. Miraculously it has worked ever since! So I think it might be good for him to weigh the research with the anecdotal evidence.
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- University Of Washington School Of Medicine (Grad. 1995)
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