Ratings for Dr. Steve Fanto
I started seeing Dr. Fanto several years ago for pain related to several surgeries that only left me in MORE pain. I was already stable on a pain regimen, but my PCM decided after years of treatment that I need to see pain management. I was terrified at my first appointment, due to mistrust of physicians previously seen. However, Dr. Fanto is the kindest, most down to earth doctor I have ever had! He knows my name, knows my pain issues, and remembers things about me, my home/work, and my family that I must re-explain every time to every doctor I have seen prior. And it is not just me...I have watched him greet every patient by name and talk to them about everything related to them the same way. This doctor KNOWS his patients because they matter to him. The office is very strict with EVERY month urine screens and checking the PDMP, but his patients don't mind because there is nothing to hide. Thank you, Dr. Fanto, for being such a help and for being so concerned with your patients. We love you!
I have been a patient of Dr Steve Fanto for about 20+ years. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to medications. He also is empathetic . I have been in pain for many years from an accident with a car at the age of 2. I was pronounced DOA entering the hospital with so many injuries. After 6 hip replacements and Spinal Stenosis , Many Back problems as well as other pain issues . He has been the only Dr that has been able to give me any kind of relief. He is not an anesthesiologist he is a pain specialist! He understands pain and truly believes you can die from pain. He will try something for a short time and if it doesn't work he will come up with another approach . If that doesn't work He will try until you are out of as much pain as is humanly possible. As far as pain specialists I trust him implicably . I trust him 100%. I have lived in pain most of my life and also suffer from Fibromyalgia besides the effects of being run over by a 1937 steel car. His results are significant compared to those of other pain doctors! Do not no where I would be today without him. He has a different approach to his job . He also likes to laugh a lot ! Very easy to like and be around! . You won't be disappointed in his approach to medicine! He will not let you go into withdrawals like some doctors out there who do not know what they are doing with opioids.. He is totally up to date on all the new medications. You must sign an aggreement to not use any other meds other than the ones prescribed by him! He is the best that I know of ! I really hope I never need to move away from the area! He would be impossible to replace!
Met Dr Fanto 10 Yrs ago. His help was invaluable as I had numerous back surgeries. After my company dropped me from their plan, I had to leave him to go to the VA. Well, they did their best in their 1 dimensional machine system, just pumping out generic medicine. I finally turned 65, so have medicare and a medicare supplement and part d coverage, so dropped the VA gladly and am back with Dr Fanto, the best MD I've ever had.
I have seen Dr.Fanto regularly since 2000. I was referred to him by my general physician after 2 previous specialists diagnosed persistent pain because of stabbing neuropathy and facet joint pain that required tests, evaluations, and medications..opiate or not...and follow-ups that my general practitioner was not specialized in handling.. I was given papers by Dr.Fanto's staff in regards to MY responsibilities as HIS pain patient as well as his responsibilities to me as a Board Certified Pain Specialist. Dr.Fanto took MRI,X-rays, Blood tests as necessary to diagnose my pain issues. Medications taken regularly cause physiological dependence and many medications ..not just opiates, are dispensed to alleviate pain . By seeing Dr.Fanto every month, I can address pain concerns, he can fulfill his plethora of obligations as a Pain Specialist. ..via regulations ..urine testing , evaluations, etc.. He and his staff have no problem adhering to strict rules.. Break rules and you are fired! I find it helpful to keep a daily diary to make sure I do not miss my medications ...and I have questions at ready at my appointments...Know the rules! .......Dr. Fanto may offer you meds to keep in an emergency.....put them aside for that emergency because the hospital E R cannot give you pain meds if you see a Pain Specialist! ..........Dr.Fanto is a quiet giant......
Dr. Fanto is the king of men. Not only is he the best doctor I have ever seen but he is also one of very few that has been able to help me. He treats his staff like family regularly taking them on fantastic vacations. A sign of a great doctor is that they are a great person first. -John Patten
Dr. Fanto is an outstanding doctor who not only listens to what you have to say, but pays attention to your complaints and tries his best to remedy them. I have been to several pain specialists and it seemed to me that they were mainly concerned about protecting their practices from being raided by the DEA, than caring about my pain. I was also tired of being viewed as simply a drug addict. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Dr. Fanto as a doctor and I have been with him for over 10 years.
I had endless, severe migraines. A two year quest of searching as to why I got them left me shunned by most of the medical community. I was ready to take my own life due to the pain. Dr. Steve Fanto saved my life. I've told him this several times and I don't think he believes me. From my first appointment years ago, Dr. Fanto put me on a pain management program that completely changed me. He made sure my past was legit: doctors I had seen, provided records, information, etc.. Even with his treatment, the pain still came through somewhat, but it was being managed. He believed me, he didn't accuse me of just trying to obtain medicines. He soon became one of the nicest, funniest, best looking doctors I ever saw. I looked forward to my appointments with him and I never saw Fanto in a bad mood. I have since moved on, but I will forever regard Dr. Fanto as my savior, a great looking guy, and I wish I had become friends with him outside the office with.-Mike Gilstrap
This is my 4th yr under the care of Doctor Fanto & my feelings indicate that he & his staff deserve a top notch rating. I commend each individual for the compassionate words of encouragement & positive advice during my rough days @ my appointments. The consistency with scheduling my appointments is always prompt & I've never waited more than 5 minutes! My heart goes out to the decision makers in this office; as the experiences I've encountered & the life changes that have surfaced for me have never been over-looked. Each monthly visit brings a sense of security knowing that I have not been disappointed by any changes to the care, compassion & smiles that come my way. Let me remind anyone that may read this that I've become a tough one to impress due to the miserable experiences with a variety of physicians. It saddens me that there are so very few Doctors that give much attention to their patients anymore; especially the souls encountering lifelong disabilities.
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- State University Of New York Downstate Medical Center (Grad. 1989)
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