Ratings for Dr. Carolyn Smith-Pelletier
I was referred to Dr. Carolyn Smith Pelletier by my family physician of whom i had been a patient for almost 20 years. It was 201 It was who had no was absolutely correct with my diagnosis. It is because of her that i can write this review
I am sad to see any negative comments about this doctor as she absolutely saved my husband and our family . For 10years after having cancer and trauma he was on a cocktail of drugs and became a person we did not know . I walked into the clinic in Fergus and said I needed help for him and there she was and she was more than willing to see him and for 2hours she listened and within a few weeks he was our wonderful husband ,father ,and papa again . Thankyou Dr smith .
Carolyn Smith-Pelletier is a danger to her patients and should not be allowed to practice psychotherapy. She advertised herself to me as a psychiatrist and only admitted that she wasn't when I asked about her specific education, at which point she explained that there's no law against claiming to be a psychiatrist if you have a medical doctorate. I came to her seeking therapy for severe depression, and she asked me the same questions multiple times (she was reading from a checklist on her clipboard—not basing her inferences on training) while disregarding my answers, writing down her own which were incongruous with what I had told her. She prescribed medications that had been labelled dangerous for patients like myself and violated doctor-patient confidentiality on two separate occasions. She misdiagnosed me, made false accusations of criminal activity which both damaged my reputation and ruined my career, and encouraged my family to segregate and discard me. This woman is dangerous, and if you have any say in your care then do not allow any involvement by her. She is a destroyer of families!
She never asks how I'm feeling/symptoms, just Google medications and types away at her computer trying to figure out the next cocktail of medication to put me on (at one point she tried to get me on 5). Even after having severe intolerance to many of the meds. She never remembers anything about my situation or ongoing illness, and asks me every time what my prescriptions are and who prescribes them(HER!). I feel like im a new patient every time I'm there. She's always making invalidated assumptions about why I'm in the state I'm in. She's barely ever on time for her appointments (and for someone with agoraphobia and severe anxiety, sitting waiting an hour past appt times is NOT helpful). The staff are rude, you can hear them openly talking about patients (full names) where anyone can hear it. I actually dread my appointments with her and have had to start bringing in my therapist for support during appointments. It seems it's the only way she'll actually listen. She openly said she should be retired and I should be happy I even got in to see her as "fast" as I did. Like she's doing the community a favour, and that if I had a problem with the state of the mental health care system to go talk to the MPP because it's not her problem. Absolute joke.
Dr. Smith-P is a fantastic physician. There seems to be quite a few administrative issues with Trellis/CMHA and I have found this rather frustrating. But the doctor herself is a genuinely empathetic, reasonable and intelligent woman.
I respect her. She is brilliant and was able to explain both technically and in layman terms. She listened to me and her prescription for my son likely saved his life.
This doctor was rude, argumentative and rolled her eyes at me many times. I usually walked out of her office more depressed than when I went in. I was thankful for her help with my medications and such but she has no bedside manner. I was happy when I finally got another doctor and did not have to deal with her any longer.
She is better then no doctor but there is room for improvement in her treatment. I suffered from mental illness, and she was able to correctly diagnose the mental illness that I suffered from. However, she was unable to determine the root cause of a symptom I was suffering from, and she kept trying to change the medication, when in fact the issue I was having had nothing to do with mental illness. This was something that I suspected for a while, but when I proposed to test for this health issue, she suggested it was unnecessary. I finally had the test done and it came up positive. This took 5 years of living with the symptoms before I figured this out, and I wish she would have ordered the test right away. I would not suggest she provides the best service.
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