Ratings for Dr. Joanne McDonald
In my opinion this woman should not be practicing. She is the cause of my father's death. If you are a rheumatologist and are knowledgeable in your practice, you should know the serious risk factors that are associated with RA. Countless times my father complained to her of shortness of breath and she ignored it. He had bruises all over his body she ignored and said it is normal. One of the medications had him bed bound and she ignored it. All she had to do was check his oxygen level (a machine that in my opinion all RA's should have) to know that there was an issue with his lung! The only she was able to do was do trial and error with different pills and pretend she knows what she is doing. I'm more upset that I was not knowledgeable enough to know that this woman is more of a butcher than a doctor. While my father was in her care (2 months before he passed away) she supposedly retired and was seeing only a few patients, chosen patients I suppose.
Dr McDonald is very thorough in her examination, extremely helpful in offering new therapies. I have beening going to her for some years now. I like that the appointments are on time. Her secretary very nice helpful, and kind. I am very happy that I have Dr McDonald as my Rheumatologist and lucky
Dr. McDonald spent over an hour with me going over my test results, examining me and ultimately diagnosing my fibromyalgia. She was very thorough,pleasant, and answered all my questions. She referred me to a fibromyalgia clinic which she thought I would find beneficial. I would recommend her to others.
I have no problem with Dr.McDonald, she seems nice and helpfull,however I have a problem with her secretay. She is rude, blunt and you feel like you are imposing on her when you ask her a question!! Having such a secratary in a doctor's office should have a bit more empathy towards their patients. She hung on me when she was confronted for her being rude.Her condescending way is the a result of not recommend this doctor.I would rather go through the whole blood work and wait 6 months then go back to such place..I am not sure why Dr.McDonald puts up with that,does she know that I am not the only one who thinks that! That must not be good for her profession nor her reputation!
She is thorough but she refuses to follow-up with fibromyalgia patients even though this debilitating disease is a rheumatological problem. She insists a GP can handle her instructions to just refill the medication she recommends, but symptoms and health condition changes and this needs to be monitored by a rheumatologist for other suggestions and solutions. One treatment may work for one person but not another. She is very frugal with organizing tests which are important to confirming the pain and other types of arthritis and her secretary is extremely rude and speaks to people in a condescending way. I would not recommend this Dr.
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