Ratings for Dr. Catherine Bartholomew
I have seen Dr Bartholomew a few times now. She has helped with supplements and injections but her interpersonal skills leave a lot to be desired - sometimes just awful. I agree with comments below - she often doesn't listen. If you can't afford to buy every supplement she prescribes, she seems to lose interest in helping you. She is very black and white - seems to have no flexibility or understanding of real life, demands of family, etc. My latest appointment, I felt like the naughty child in the principal's office - I'm not prepared to pay $300 an hour for that nonsense, nor tolerate rude communication depending on her mood. It's not acceptable. I have already enquired about the other doctors at the clinic. I won't write off functional medicine because of her but I won't be seeing her again.
Dr Bartholomew is knowledgable and she takes an approach informed by research and critical thought. However her application of this knowledge is mechanical and she seems unable to listen. I don't suffer from fatigue, but she attempted to give me a vitamin shot for fatigue and got quite miffed when I reminded her that it was not an issue for me. She seems unable to understand the limitations of other people's budgets and her prescriptions are very expensive. She lets herself down with her poor interpersonal skills and poor insight into the experiences of her patients.
I have been seeing Catherine for 6 years and yes she sometimes has an off day but I went to her as I wanted a nutritionist GP that would not just prescribe drugs. She always gives suggestions for natural products and also tells you where to look for the cheaper products. I love that she prints off information to take home and gives you all your test results unlike other GPs that think we are idiots and shouldn't have a copy of our own information. She helped me through a mild trauma brain injury and worked with me to lower my cholesterol naturally which other GPs would not do as they don't test for everything and reach for the prescription pad to get you out the door in 6 minutes. Worth the money to be healthy naturally and I only need to visit twice yearly now.
If you are an intelligent person interested in wellness and making your own considered decisions, then DO NOT see Dr Bartholomew. Essentially, my experience seeing Dr Bartholomew was ‘all about her’, and at the same time costing me hundreds of dollars in her recommended tests and prescriptions. Her response to me raising two issues of concern were met by haughtiness, arrogance and rudeness. Both of these concerns were immediately dismissed, however she continued to impress herself critiquing my blood and saliva tests, and commenting that I was ‘disinterested’. I felt that once she sensed that I was not under her spell and was not one to be controlled, she could barely hide her dislike for me. I sat in her room like a chastised child counting the minutes till I was ‘dismissed’, promising myself that this type of performance towards a patient who is paying considerably to seek solutions to health problems, should be put on an online review page to save others from the objectionable experience. My recommendation for seeing Dr Bartholomew – Don’t Bother!
If you're willing to speak and be spoken to plainly Dr Bartholomew can help you achieve good health. If you want someone to bill you while they hold your hand and commiserate with your ill health she's probably not the Dr for you. Personally, I prefer to be educated via a guided internet search on my own time, than be billed per hour for a medical professional to bring me entirely up to speed in the latest health information etc.
Yes, unfortunately I tend to agree with many of the comments regarding Dr Bartholomew's manner and methods. My first appointment went okay as I turned up armed with 20 years medical history and all my test results. Second appointment she needed to be reminded that she'd ordered blood tests etc . She put me on a protocol for clearing the gut ... lots of supplements but that is fine, I expected that. However, I had to ask if I was expected to make dietary changes and she responded with the comment that she thought I would know all about that given my medical history. Then she proceeded to give me print out after print out on a range of nutritional approaches that I'm expected to research, without any particular recommendation. She suggested I take LDN but when I pointed out the problems a friend with the same diagnosis as me had this she went silent and withdrew her interest from me. I was a bit emotional at the time but generally I'm good at picking up on people's attitudes and felt this woman was not particularly interested in my situation, even though I said I was falling apart from pain etc. She was preoccupied with computer issues (system was playing up) and I left before my hour was up ... it was like getting blood out of a stone trying to get opinions and input. She also printed me out a very inaccurate piece of info on a treatment protocol that she didn't know much about (hence the printout) ... which talks about the street drug version and not what is used routinely in hospitals by anaesthesiologists. Very disappointing.
I went in hope of a well educated Dr with an alternative angle, I got a rude, arrogant Dr who did not know about the multitude of tests she sent me for as a student was disgustingly expensive -sometimes over $1000 between visits with her appointments at $295 as she likes to tell stories about her own health journey. She also referred me to get a mirena through a friend and again when that caused issues just opted for a suggestion of a hysto and was very blunt and said I should take out a loan to cover it!!! I showed my results to an expert Dr who was disgusted at her recommendations on many nutrients again costing hundreds of $$$ and all down the toilet due to a gut issue again mis diagnosed with her $500 test again through a friend I have learnt.... Rude, expensive, non empathetic and uneducated in what she pretends to know about. When you go to a DR for advice I don't expect to be leaving with a mountain of paper work to google or read on my condition as she doesn't know????
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