Ratings for Dr. Anthony Ocana
Dr. Ocana definitely isn't for everyone, but he was the right doctor for me. I can see where some people might find him condescending, but for me I think he doesn't have a lot of time and just wants to get right to the point. I have been trying to pinpoint what was wrong with me all my life and because of the system he uses and the fact that he uses a direct approach I finally have the answers I need. I have been misdiagnosed all my life, put on medications that made my condition worse and caused me many problems. Finally thanks to Dr. Ocana he found the right meds for me and I am feeling good for the first time that I can remember. I really had all but given up until a friend of mine told me about him. So I am pretty grateful to him.
Hi. This is Dr. Ocana. I felt I had to respond to put some things in perspective. What I do is hard. It takes a lot of effort to get it right. I know its not pleasant for the patient to be assessed question after question, being picked apart and only being asked about the bad stuff. I've done this thousand of times, so it can be a bit of a machine and I may seem detached and uncaring. I'm sorry about that. I care. lots, it's just hard to get to all done in 30 min. My assessments are long and very detailed. They span 5 visits. That is a drag. It may seem I am padding my check-book, but that's just not the case. When you treat ADHD with stimulants you are in fish-bowl and everyone is scrutinizing you, so you have to do things by the book. It takes time. As a result, my waiting list is unreasonably long. I'm sorry about that. Everyday I get pulled in 3 directions all day long: answering patient emails, phone calls and prescription refills. So yes I'm almost always behind and I wish that weren't so. I see 13-16 patients in a day. It can be a bit draining. It's true,. Sometimes, very very rarely, I will be eating an apple or a piece of chocolate, just to make it until lunch time. Also rarely, I will take a personal call from a family member or someone that I have been trying to get hold of all day, like Telus. I might even take a minute or two to respond to an email. I apologize for that. It's just almost impossible to get everything done in a day. Finally, yes, I come across as arrogant. It's true. I wish I didn't. I have a small niche and I spend all day, everyday dealing with ADHD and Addiction, so I'm sure I come across as over-confident. I can do better. I'm working on it. At the end of the day, it's not that these things are absolutely wrong, there is a grain of truth in each of these comments, but they are out of perspective, uncharitable and sometimes downright mean. I have a really difficult job. I'm far from perfect. I do my best. Thanks for listening.
I feel that Dr Ocala did help me immensely only because of the medication he gave me. Other than that I found him to be rude,condescending, judgey and basically just a dick. As soon as I find another Dr that can prescribe me what I need I'm out.
I got a funny feeling from this doctor. He's so strangely unprofessional sometimes. He started eating once while I was there. Another time his cell phone rang during my appointment with him and he actually answered it. It was obviously a personal call and I waited about 7 minutes for it to end. I have never had a doctor do that! Another concern is ADDers and addicts tend to be a vulnerable group and here's this guy not asking many questions about the drugs he's giving me. I was concerned enough about his behavior that I dug up some information that is now erased from his record at the College of Physicians and Surgeons: he once had an inappropriate affair with a patient and was disciplined for it. Reading these reviews, I find it interesting that so many say the same extreme thing-"he saved my life" over and over again. Could it be a lot of these comments were authored by the doctor himself? It wouldn't surprise me.
Dr. Ocana changed my life. He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. I put my trust in him and was rewarded with an exceptional treatment plan that continues to help me immensely after six years - it has literally transformed my life. I did not perceive arrogance or condescension in his approach. What I perceived, and appreciated, was expertise, and a willingness to provide assessments in an objective and professional manner. I would recommend him to anyone seeking help with addictions and/or ADHD.
Currently seeing Dr. Ocana for adult ADHD. I find him quite likeable. There is just a few things that bother me and when I looked up his name online I found this site. My assessment took 4 appointments of half hour sessions just doing straight-forward questions and answers, and I couldn't help wondering why this couldn't be done on my own time. He's just asking these questions and writing down my yes and no answers. Seems like a bit of a money-grab. I found myself wondering what the Medical Services Plan would think of this but then I thought about the fact that he seemed like a fairly reasonable and nice guy and felt guilty for even thinking that. One thing that bugs me is he asked me if he'd taken my picture yet? I said "no" and suddenly, he just snapped this picture of me with his iphone!! That really set my teeth on edge. It felt like he really didn't ask my permission at all, just snuck in this photo of me before I could protest. Apparently, he has so many patients (more than other doctors?) that he forgets what we look like. I'd like to warn others not to allow him to take your picture, first of all, because it's suspect that he just goes ahead and does it without directly asking you or telling you why he needs it. I find that a bit sneaky and unprofessional. Hopefully my future appointments will not be uncomfortable...
Competent, however clearly knows the exclusive niche market for ADHD/ADD doctors and takes advantage of that. Has ridiculously inappropriately long waitlist lists, because he is money hungry. This is the result of him making patients take multiple 15 minute appointments to extract as much money from the government per appointment as possible. This also ensues with multiple appointments being required because the material hardly is covered in 15 minutes. On a personality level, he is condescending, patronizing, and although highly educated, seems to think that this makes him superior to his clients. Perhaps dealing with people with "problems" gives him the false sense of control as a god like figure, but if it wasn't for there being no other practioner in this field, I would certainly look elsewhere. Thanks for being the worst doctor ever (except for your competency)! :P
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