Ratings for Dr. Brenda Lau
Dr. Lau and the rest of the team at CHANGEpain have given me hope. I am a chronic pain patient and have been to so many other physicians and other health care providers I can't even count. Finally I've found a team that looks at the overall picture of what might be contributing to my ongoing problem. I've learned that I need to change my approach to how I think about my condition. Dr. Lau and her team are helping me figure out how to take charge of my situation
Horrible doctor! I only saw her once and she closes my case without any diagnostic help! My doctors have had to call her to reopen my file to come back, only to not give me treatment for diagnostic testing in the exact places I mentioned was my vital area of issue and mentioned on the initial visit! Almost one year later and did not even touch the spots, only to give injection above and below the locations of the back! A doctor diagnosed those locations of the back at another clinic , so why not at Changepain me and my GP asked? The test results are to be used for potential surgery to fix a pain syndrome in the lower back! Now my doctor is trying to call her AGAIN! They drop you like flies and go to the next 'flying patient" and then close your case, and to wait over a month to get copies of your file and have to pay a fee!! Hospitals dont charge and the clinic is publicly funded! Brenda Lau pretends she cares, but insidiously I was able to see she has become desensitized to people in pain. The clinic is for wealthy people who can afford private Katamine and other medication injections of $1800 a day. After all, it is on the Westside of Vancouver, where all the other wealthy people are. She cares more for $$ than she does for people.
Went in to see Brenda for a follow up after being a patient of hers for a handful of years now. Critically reflecting, I can grasp to a degree the reasons some people may not "click" with Dr. Lau. She is very progressive and many steps ahead of the system when it comes to chronic debilitating pain. Brenda tends to think creatively WAY outside of the box and appears to create a plan of action if what she sees is medically and most beneficial for each of her patients in a case by case basis. Not only are the staff at the clinic always up for a good laugh, on the other hand, this doctor is the first one to point out your lost smile that's been found again. I admit, after years of seeing Brenda, her waiting periods can be long, yet this can be expected from a top notch doctor who is radically changing the perceptions and treatment of pain. She always seems to go the extra mile and injustice appears to not sit well with her. She has excellent bedside manner (even in hospital she came out of the OR multiple times to see if I was okay when having adverse reactions to medication). Her empathetic approach to life is a lesson I carry out in my own practice. Take the negative comments with a grain of salt- as I can assure you three years ago this wonderful doctor accepted me as a patient (when no one else did), took on the complex challenge, and even helped me when I was half way across the world in severe pain, ultimately at the end of the day Dr. Brenda Lau and the team of medical professionals that she helped build around me saved my life. I continue to count my blessing every night, I count Brenda and her holistic approach twice.
Dr Brenda Lau is a compassionate, extremely knowledgeable and progressive pain specialist. I had little to no improvement in my symptoms until I started treatment at CHANGEpain clinic. My quality of life has significantly improved thanks to the expertise of the CHANGEpain medical practitioners. I highly commend the impressive work and dedication of the team at the CHANGEpain clinic.
Absolutely destroyed my bf's mind with ketamine and methodone. He seems to think she is amazing but after a year + of nerve blocks and dry needling on top of all the meds they said "so sorry, nothing we can do" and thrust this clinical trial in his face. He also thinks hes famous at the moment and spoke to jerry springer, so his opinion is not the greatest. She should have her liscence pulled, it is destroying his life and he can't even remember who in the hell he is, but is paranoid that they will chuck him in some faucility for "knowing," so he "plays mr nice guy" She must be deaf dumb and blind to not see what she is doing!!! ALSO WAIT TIMES ARE HORRID.
I am so sorry for anyone suffering months or years of pain and being sent to this doctor. She has biases against certain people and/or is selectively deciding who can and cannot have correct treatment. When someone is sleep-deprived and has 24/7 pain, they assume a doctor will properly diagnose and correctly treat them. This doctor will not. She is abusive, negligent and slanderous. Do not waste your time. I became permanently disabled under her care.
I could go into great details of my negative experience but if you suffer from chronic pain then you know even writing this takes incredible effort . Bottom line she is either ill equipped or just doesn't care to tackle extreme pain cases such as mine . Why do you think you can get in to change pain easily and have to wait years to get into a real pain clinic . I've had many years experience with many doctors and it brings me no joy to bring forward the truth about her and change pain . There solutions are to send you to expensive spa style treatments or prescribe very expensive supplements that can only be purchased in the Netherlands ? If you suffer from mild discomfort then some of the protocol may benefit you . But for serious pain issues don't waste your time . Which is precious at this point . I truly wish a solution to all of you suffering and feel obligated to write this , hopefully enabling you to spend your time finding some one competant which I'm sorry to say in BC is almost non existent . A combination of a horribly broken medical system and over educated , under intelligent doctors makes it hard to hang on to the thread of hope many of us are clinging . Please don't take my word read the other negative testimonials and shedule s consultation to see for your self . Use your gut feeling as by now if you have suffered as long as I have is our best indication of what is best for you . You are not alone in the journey for help . But this place will make you feel so . Good luck and my suggestion is to source out other provinces or countries if finances allow . I've lost precious time that I don't have and worst false hope promised . Look into Cuba as a possible alternative as my friends had a fund raiser and my short time there proved more beneficial that all time spent in BC . I hope this confirms some of you that were questioning the care of this doctor or at least be wary and question everything . Thank you and again try and keep hope
Where do I even begin? When no one in my city would acknowledge and treat my pain she stepped up to the challenge and has never given up on me. Just within our first visit she was able to asses, diagnosis and forecast a long term treatment plan, She validated my concerns and fears, foremost that I wasn’t going crazy and all my symptoms were real…and painful! Dr.Lau is compassionate and empathetic. With every visit she guided, treated, educated and empowered me to ultimately start living a life of pain self-management. For me to learn of my condition and stay current,to know my medications and supplements, know what these treatments are doing to my body. The new Me now knows her body, listens and respects it for the first time in my life. When I first met Dr.Lau my mobility was poor, I was 37 and using a mobility scooter, after a few years of using her multi level treatment plan of ketamine infusions, dry needling, IMS, prescribed medications and supplements ….and my own hard work…I’m now moving freely on my own, unassisted! We continue to work together on reducing my pain further…honestly we’ve come such a long way... I even practice yoga now! Dr.Lau has always been on the cusp of something new, never giving up to help end or manage our pain...she always provides hope of what great is yet to come. She was a founding member of Pain BC, co-founded CHANGEpain clinic and is now going on to teach residents at UBC to become Pain Specialists, really that’s a huge win for all of us in pain for years to come in BC! CHANGE pain offers it all, and great staff to assist us in our healing journeys. If she is running late she’s only listening and giving a patient the time and compassion they need…wouldn’t you want the same commitment? I’ve been blessed to walk alongside, heal and learn from Dr.Brenda Lau, thank-you for everything! Trudy Winder
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