Ratings for Dr. Shain Kara-Shariff
Family Doctor for years, never emphasized the importance of an annual checkup, even when symptoms pointed towards them. Later found out I had the hormonal balance of a 95 year old. Very little knowledge or acceptance to put me can on track to "optimal" levels. She does not recommend that you take any actions toward your health nor does she allow or accept the actions you would like to take. DO NOT RECOMMEND
Dr.Shain Kara Shariff was my primary doctor for 30 years. A friend told me about her as I was looking for a competent female doctor at the time. I disclosed all medical information. She seemed quite good in the first few years but as time passed wait times increased dramatically as she tried to fit more and more patients into an ever increasingly shorter and shorter time slot. A 2 to 3 hour wait was the normal for a scheduled appointment. She started making mistakes with prescriptions and her demenour was increasingly agitated, sometimes emotionally hurtful by the way in which she performed delicate yearly procedures. She can be a very sweet person but I most definitely definitely agree with many comments on here, she has a mean and sadistic side as well. When my specialist retired she did not refer me. I asked at the front to be referred, they told me to forget it, they are backed up for months. That's when I knew, no matter how loyal and accepting I was, I had to start the quest for another hopefully competent doctor who would refer me and truly care for my family medical needs . When you see greed, lack of caring and respect, complacency, mistakes and drop of long time care happen, it's scary!! I loved Dr. Kara but I had to move on out of respect for myself. 😢
People complaining about waiting time?! It's walk-in as if it is hospital emerge. Don't complaint about staff, as they cannot predict how long doctor will take with each patient. It's not a drive trough ( even so you won't know how long at the McDonald's every time you go there). Unless you have worked there don't B**** about it.
I moved to this city ~5 years ago -- my 'family physician' (on paper) is located 1 hour away so it is unpractical to visit often. Dr. Kara has become my 'go to' when I need to consult with a doctor. I see her on a walk-in basis and I've gotten absolutely outstanding treatment from her. She takes my concerns seriously and wastes no time in making the appropriate diagnosis, prescription, or referral. As a walk-in patient she has been spot on with diagnoses, ordered me MRIs, and also referred me to a great orthopedic surgeon. Other doctors have discounted or wouldn't acknowledge my concerns, treated me as melodramatic and sent me away. Dr. Kara got to the bottom of my problems and put me on the road to recovery. Cannot say I'm surprised to see so much negativity in these ratings/reviews - though I feel compelled to defend Dr Kara. I think the negative reviews are misguided. First -- the office she shares with two other doctors seems a bit outdated/unorganized and can lead to long wait times, confusion at the front desk, etc. and so I think the problem lies with the 'staff' as a whole more than anything. Second -- Dr. Kara is a 'no-nonsense' type personality and I'm sure that rubs people the wrong way - but so long as you communicate clearly and have a legitimate issue she WILL go above and beyond to help. I've seen both sides of her (warm vs cold), and in hindsight I can say she's always treated me *appropriately* each time I visit. Would definitely recommend and I'm envious of anyone who currently has her as their primary physician (and can therefore book appointments/avoid walk-in wait times)
I have been a patient of Dr Kara for over 25 years. I have been treated rudely, she has insulted me and she is often mean. With a booked appointment, I could wait anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 hours, as a Walkin, I might have to wait 4 hours. She has signs in her waiting room stated that staff at the clinic will not tolerate abuse of any kind. I assume staff also includes the doctors, yet she continues to abuse her own patients. I am ready to finally leave her as soon as I can secure another family doctor. I have HAD IT WITH HER. I WILL NOT TAKE THIS ABUSE ANY LONG.
I don't have a family doctor and this clinic is the only one I can attend within walking distance. The wait time is terrible. Every single staff members are rude and unwilling to help. It's so terrible every time I go visit. If I am more mobile, I would never go back. Dr. Kara is a doctor but she shouldn't be taking in patients if she can't possibly see them all. There is no respect for your time. I always break down and cry after waiting for 3 hours before I am seen. The staff don't care if the wait is long. They just take anyone without warnings.
She is rude and condescending, as others here have noted. The wait times are incredibly long, even with an appointment. I have spent several hours in the waiting room and while the staff are often helpful, they are not permitted to say much about the wait times. The straw that broke the camels back, however, was when she prescribed my aged relative amoxicillin when she was allergic to penicillin, and without warning. She can be nice, but you're advised to think twice.
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