Ratings for Dr. Joanie Chahine
I've been seeing her for years now and I liked her since the first time I saw her. She is caring, she takes time to listen, helpful and takes time to examine you. But like someone wrote already, lately, it's true that the "female" check ups are done fast. Im also not pleased with my last exam female exam that was done really fast. Not as thorough as she used to do them when I first went to see her.
I really like her as a dr and she has always answered my questions. I was so happy knowing she was staying and that we were keeping her as a dr. She also followed my pregnancy and I couldnt ask for someone better. I find it sucks though that our time now with the dr has been cut from 30 mins to 20 mins. Not only that, my last "female exam" was done so fast...actually just the test was done, there was no exam. I didnt mention anything but Im pretty sure theres supposed to be a sort of "check up" there. Not sure if it's because of the government or what but so much for finding out if I have a problem (except for the results of the test). I was pretty much in and out...gotta love our health care system now! I do not blame her as the government changed so many things for the drs but this is our health here we are talking about!
Dr Chahine is a really great and amazing dr and we really do like her. She has been following us since she started as a resident and followed my pregnancies and I do hope that she doesn't leave the clinic...but I don't think she is (the person below said that when she moves her practice) but I don't think she is leaving anytime soon because she does a lot at that clinic...but if ever, I sure will be following her wherever she goes (but from what I saw when I made an appt with her, she had a lot of openings in the next few weeks from what I was told). I know that she does work at another clinic in Mtl one day and week, sometimes more but generally is often at the clinic at St-Mary's. If ever she leaves St Mary's, I will definitely follow her as she has always answered my questions, she is very supportive of everything, kind and caring. Couldn't find another person like her! PLus she knows us very well now...
Dr Chahine is a great doctor that is following our small family for the past years. She knows how to read people and not charts and test results. She not only relies on what we say but how way say it. This makes a huge difference in the way she diagnoses us. On the other hand, her support staff doesn't let her shine at all. They drag her practice down and she can't do anything about it because of where she practices. He staff is unionized and are un touchable. This is a shame because when she moves her practice, it will be a terrible loss for the family medicine clinic where she works. It is quite hard to schedule an appointment with her as her staff never answer the phone and take many days to return voice mails. You will have more change to see her by dropping into the walk in clinic and she takes you between 2 other patients on her one prerogative. She is that attentionate to her patients. Her staff doesn't help her manage the files she has and can't manage to schedule a few OB appointements in advance for my wife. It seems like she can see X amount of patients in an hour, yet her staff books her X times 2. Since she cares about her patients, it makes all the appointements late by 1 to 2 hours by the time it's 1PM.
All I have to say about her is how caring she is. I'm happy to have found her after many years of searching for a family doctor. She followed both of my pregnancies and always listens to me and very supportive. She is a very caring person who takes the time to listen and help her patient. I dont have anything negative to say about her :)
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