Ratings for Dr. Catherine Zip
Dr. Zip has absolutely no bedside manner nor is she respectful of her patients. She barely made eye contact throughout the entire appointment, stood in the doorway of the exam room and did not sit down, and refused to check the medication she prescribed against my regular medications (my gp and pharmacist later let me know what she prescribed was contraindicated with my regular medications). She minimized the severity of my symptoms, and questioned my use of medical terminology. She has since been recused from my case.
I have seen Dr Zip for over 3 years now because of malignant melanoma. I live out of province so it's great that I can book the next appointment for followup in 6 months time. Dr Zip is very thorough and takes the time to answer all of my questions. I have found that the first appointment after lunch is the best for punctuality. However, I see many specialists, and a wait time for at least 45- 60 minutes seems to be the norm.
Dr zip is one of those doctors who books 20 patients an hour. She is probably making a seven figure salary but she does so by not taking time to listen or communicate with patients. This is pretty scary considering that she can so easily miss something that can cost a life.
I was petrified to attend this clinic after reading such bad reviews. My experience on the whole was very good. The staff were friendly and respectful. Dr. Zip seemed knowledgeable and willing to talk about my problem. She too was friendly and respectful. She called me personally to give me results of a biopsy and offered me choices in my treatment.
Be VERY careful with this Dr. I am disturbed to read she still has a phototherapy lab. I was 21 when I first saw Dr Zip and had developed psoriasis. She recommended phototherapy (i.e. Tanning) which I was not too sure about has I have fair skin and freckles. She told me research shows people with Psoriasis have a one in a billion chance of getting skin cancer. I am now 36; I have seen two other dermatologists over the years who both adamantly told me tanning is not safe and the only people who have reduced risk are asians with psoriasis. Just got diagnosed with skin cancer, I never tan in the sun the only place I tanned was those years in Dr Zip's lab (at which I got quite a few nasty burns). Disgusting, this woman should not be in practice.
i've been seeing dr. zip for longer than i can remember. i'm so glad to have her in my corner after a few rounds of skin cancer and several other more minor issues. one was that i had a very stubborn issue on my foot that was not cured by incredibly painful treatments, and then surgery by another doctor. dr. zip sorted it out in one visit, with zero recurrence. the wait can be really tough, so now i book first thing in the morning. i believe there have been some staff issues, but i just had the most professional and respectful conversation with a person i am not familiar with... so it seems to me that this issue may have been sorted.
It is unbelievable that we have put up with this office as long as we have. The phototherapy receptionist is a human being that treats all people like complete garbage. We go to this clinic for our 9 year old daughter who is struggling with Vitilgo. I am pretty sure she thinks quite highly of herself and how important her job is (comical really) well what she is best at (is not running on time although she likes to tell you that she is always right) I am pretty sure the only successful thing that she does is ruin people's day. As for Dr Zip we waited for over an hour to see her first thing in the morning. With my daughter stripped down in a cold room. Then she stood in the doorway- apparently you can check on a skin disorder from 6 feet away. It was a complete waste of our time. I dont know why the medical profession feels they can run late just because the government pays our bills indirectly. I have already made an appointment to see someone at another clinic- for this has gone on way too long and if I show up for another appointment - I will likely loose my cool on the receptionist and remind her that she is an intolerable piece of -----!
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