Ratings for Dr. Domenica Tambasco
As a survivor of sexual abuse looking for help at the U of T clinic, she made feel re-victimized. She questioned why I had not done things to take care of myself and made back handed comments. I expected someone working at a university where sexual assault is common to deal with this type of issue with more sensitivity. Instead I felt small and ashamed the way I was treated and her attitude towards sexual assault victims. We are there because we need help. We do not to feel judged or criticized for what we didn't do by a certain timeline ("That's a long time for you to do nothing." She sighed and then rolled her eyes). You are there to tell us what needs to be done next. Help us. Don't judge us. This attitude is part of the reason sexual assault is under reported
I saw her when I lived nearby and was having trouble walking and moving my arms and I had suddenly lost muscle and muscle tension. I was previously very healthy. I requested an MRI but she said I couldn't get one unless my arms were actually paralyzed. She said it was just anxiety and wanted to prescribe anti-inflammatory meds even though I was having severe diarrhea (the meds would have made it worse). My condition worsened and I ended up with 4 ER visits over the next 2 months. I lost everything. Had to move in with family in another city. It took years and years to finally discover it was spinal compression (which an MRI would have picked up). Obviously I do not recommend her.
I was with Dr. Tambasco for some time and she demonstrated tremendous lack of knowledge ( one time she spent full time of my appointment googling my condition, another time she prescribed me antibiotics when I actually didn't need them). She may seem nice at first but I'd suggest to stay away from her.
Dr. Tambasco is one of the most caring doctors I have had. She shows true concern for me and my family who also see her. When the diagnosis is not clear, she always makes sure to follow up. She puts in a lot of time to explain the problem in terms I can understand and gives very sound advice. I highly recommend this doctor, except I believe her practice is full now.
I would never recommend Dr. Tambasco as a family doctor. I have been her patient for approximately 6 yrs. She demonstrates a lack of knowledge of medications, and she is unable to establish any sort of relationship with me as a long-term patient. I had a hysterectomy 6 years ago, yet each time I go for my annual or any other exam she continues to ask me the date of my last period. Each time I remind her that I had a hysterectomy. I understand that it is impossible for doctors to remember every detail about their patients due to loads, but, at the very least, read your patient files before visits. I never had much confidence is her knowledge or bedside manner, however, at the time it was very difficult to find doctors who were accepting new patients. My most recent experience can only be described as abysmal and I am currently looking for a new GP. Hopefully I will find one who will demonstrate both sound medical knowledge and an ability to show empathy.
I have been a patient of Dr. Tambasco's for about 6 years. As someone who is fortunate to not have had any major medical concerns, I suppose she is sufficient. I do worry about her level of competence and knowledge. Oftentimes I've had to remind her to check my bloodwork or files to remind her of things. She talks a lot to herself and looks very flustered and perplexed most of the time. She never looks over your file before you enter her room and then spends 5 minutes or so fumbling and trying to figure out where to start. She even forgot I had a miscarriage only 4 weeks after getting the news in her office! She asked me if I was back to get my prenatal screening! I mean, come on, check your files and at least get up to speed before a patient enters your office. Personally I find these attributes worriesome in a medical professional. I am definitely trying to find another GP right now.
Her bedside manner needs some work (not very personable). Too quick to prescribe. Not very punctual. When I saw her about a rash, she read to me from some sort of diagnostic manual (which I didn't understand, not being a doctor myself)and then she asked me what I thought I had!
Dr. Tambasco takes prediabetes very seriously, (unlike some other doctors) and I am glad. It makes me take this condition seriously, too. She is knowledgeable about prediabetes and diabetes, current on the research, and understands that early treatment is a must in order to prevent the complications and progression of prediabetes. She is also very proactive in her treatment of hypertension. She doesn't hesitate to make a referral or schedule any tests that I need. On a personal level, Dr. Tambasco is respectful, and very pleasant with a good sense of humor. She never comes across as arrogant, which I absolutely appreciate. And she is usually on time, or only a few minutes behind. I really like Dr. Tambasco and am very happy with the care that I receive from her.
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