Ratings for Dr. Marie H. Saint-Hilaire
This is a difficult review for me to write. She *is* a very decent and caring doctor. She *is* an expert in movement disorders and she was generous in time and effort with me. I liked her as a person. But: My PD is somewhat atypical and it took a year and a DATScan to convince her that I did in fact have PD and wasn't malingering or a hypochondriac. I let this go as her being super thorough. Then I developed extreme leg pain, first needing a cane, then being unable to stand properly or walk any distance. I was offered anti-depresseants. What I needed was x-ray/MRI as the problem was spinal arthritis/osteophytes/stenosis. I feel it should have been well within her wheel-house as a neurologist to order the right studies. So while she is the best (AFAIK) for movement disorders, overall I feel she failed me in several key regards. The support staff at BMC is generally good but overworked. Punctuality was a chronic issue, my last visit was over an hour late. I'm seeing another neurologist now.
Dr de Saint-Hilaire is an expert in treating movement disorders. She treats challenging/medically complex patients. She's a sweetie. She's VERY busy. She DOES NOT accept self-referred patients. She ONLY accepts patients referred from other doctors she knows.
Dr de Saint-Hilaire is primarily a research neurologist, primarily interested in the movement disorders, including Parkinson's Disorder. She's also a very clever "what's it" neurologist and neuropharmacologist. She's willing to treat people with rare neurological conditions where the treatment is similar to that of the movement disorders. For those who she thinks are totally disabled under Social Security rules, she is willing to write the lengthly and specialized narrative report required. (She does not do this all that often, so it's a good idea for you to do research on this and to give her notes.) She's really easy to work with--she treats her staff, medical students and residents well. She is fluent in English (she writes better than many technical editors I know); her first language is Quebecoise (Canadian French). DO NOT SELF-REFER!!! To get her, you have to be referred to her by someone she knows. She only sees challenging/complex patients. She's a sweetie!
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