Ratings for Dr. Alfie Pallen
Dr.Pallen was very knowledgeable, listened to my concerns and truly wanted to help. He made sure none of medications interacted with each other and that the medication he was prescribing wouldn't negatively effect my health conditions. His receptionist is wonderful!
I'm surprised at the comments here... He may come off as rude and cold but he is a sweet man. Everyone shows emotion differently. I try to see the good in everyone... and I have had some downright horrible doctors. Ever since he diagnosed me and put me on medication, my life has changed completely. I'm still going through the struggles but not even close to how I was before. I was at the point that I was contemplating suicide before I went to Dr. Pallen. He got me on the right path to getting help and the medication I need to be stable and chemically balanced. Thanks Dr. Pallen! -Your Patient, Sophie :)
I'm surprised that he has such high ratings. He tends to use Google... A lot. He does not write down many notes. Every visit with him seems like a first time visit - never have I experienced that with anyone else. I think it's unfair that people complain about his accent. How many of you know more than one language? He is patient when you can't understand his accent. He is, however, very detached. I've asked for new psychiatrists but can't because there's so few. I've left his office many times so frustrated and in tears. He simply does not listen. I'm fine with the medications - that's not really the issue. An irritant, however, is when he gives me a list of meds and asks me which ones I want to be on, or when he doesn't make any suggestions for my course of treatment. He gives me options, but does not tell me what he recommends. Overall I get the impression that this is "just a job" for him now. He does not seem like he has the heart in it. I go in expected to be disappointed and yet I still, for some reason , am surprised about let down I get. His receptionist is lovely. She is wonderful to talk to and chat with. She does a great job and always seems organised. I can't imagine how much of a hard job she has. Overall, Dr. Pallen seems to know his medications, but he has become a bit of a detriment to my overall health.
Found him to be to quiet diagnoses you with a bunch of stuff without explaining what it is but does not document everything he says u have I messed up appointment dates and they gave me a new one I walked in winter to be told I was dropped as a patient not impressed now have to see a new one and really explain myself wad hard enough the first time
Pretty good. Maybe a tad detached, but that might have some purpose to it. It's important to understand what you can expect your psychiatrist to do for you. In my case, Dr. Pallen comes to my town to see patients on behalf of the region. So, he diagnoses problems, prescribes meds, etc. Pretty good experience with him.
Perhaps when a patient comes to a psychiatrist citing depression caused by stress and anxiety in the workplace, you shouldn't tell said patient that they have a great job and they should be grateful to have a job at all. That's like a chiropractor telling a patient complaining of chronic back pain that they are lucky to have a back and that they're not paralyzed. It is not helpful. It belittles the patients experience. It makes them wary of expressing their emotions and therefore renders their treatment with said Doctor ineffective. Threatening them with being admitted into a psychiatric ward - also not helpful.
Dr.pallen is a kind, gentle man. He is sensitive and what may come off as uncaring, is probably shyness. He is quiet and respectful. He listens and based on your symptoms, he will prescribe meds, as this is part of his main role as a psychiatrist. He refers to outpatient service for therapy and groups. Great doctor!
His office has no voice mail service and they never seem to pick up the phone. I called over 30 times before someone answered! His office hours are terrible, only open till 4? Some of us still have to work for a living! Once I got there the receptionist was very friendly. That was about the only good thing. I was already talking anti-depressants that my family Dr had prescribed me and he recommended I increase the dose even though I told him I have having unpleasant side effects. I also told him how when I was down I would have bad body image issues. You know what he told me, "you can't think like that, I'm fat and I don't care". Wow great advice! That'll really cure my anorexia! On top of that he only gave a prescription for 6 weeks. WTF? so I pretty much have to go see him if I want a refill. Oh yea and his office is a mess. Literally, so you if have OCD, don't go see him, his office will be make you lose your mind!
ABSOLUTE WORST DOCTOR EVER! I met with him a week ago for the FIRST time. My appointment was at 1:45, I was taken in well after 2pm. Within 10 short minutes of talking about why I was there and doing a VERY BRIEF history, he diagnosed me as borderline something. I don't even know what he was saying to me half the time because he would whisper. He told me he would refer me to a doctor in NF (because I said no to drugs, being his first suggestion). A week went by and when I called his office they said he had given them strict instructions not to refer me to anyone until I come back in July for a review. Why would I wait 2 months for a referral?! What was I supposed to do about my anxiety in the mean time?! Why would I ever go back to this man if he just LIED to me about our treatment plan. I am more than outraged that I wasted my time, money and gas to drive to Welland and see this bozo! I told the secretary to burn my file, I would never go back to him even if I was dying.
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