Ratings for Dr. Henry Piktel
This is the best Doctor I've ever had. To everyone commenting about the wait time it is not him who chooses who gets in, and the wait time for any eating disorder program tends to be a very long one. Once you do get in however he is the most helpful, caring, and insightful doctor I have ever had. I have been under his care for 6 years now for a regular check up to make sure I do not replace. Under his guidance I never have, and he is always open to me just walking in when I feel I need someone. A truly wonderful and intelligent man.
I am so thankful that Dr Piktel helped me overcome a deeply entrenched eating disorder many years ago. I have been healthy and happy ever since. I appreciated his honesty and frankness. Sometimes I didn’t like what I was told, but now I know it was what I needed to hear. Dr Piktel truly saved my life.
Dr Piktel picks and chooses whom he will help. He only helps those who want help, and refuses to admit those who are sick and he thinks will not follow his rules. This is not a private clinic. I asked him questions about my daughter and he took offense which was not intended and threw me out of his office to my shock and surprise. My daughter was in his care for over 3 months after a 3 month wait to be admitted to his program. My daughter was almost well after 3 months, the most well she has been in 3 years, but he would not keep her nor follow up with her and she immediately relapsed to the point where I don't know if she will make it today. He continues to selectively choose who will be allowed into his program, although my daughter has begged him to take her back. She is exhausted and under 60 lbs and just turned 18 years old. We need more resources for this terrible illness but all we have is terrible ineffective programs in Calgary and Dr Piktel in Edmonton. No wonder no one is getting better.
Dr. P takes the time to really get to know his patients. He's been an incredible pillar of support for my family as he has treated two members and continues to. From my experience, he has taken his time to hear from you and asks lots of helpful questions. I feel it's often overlooked by other patients the amount of time he gives to his patients and the BS he puts up with on a regular basis. The "Eating Disorder mind" is not an easy one to deal with as we know, lol. He gives tough love, but it's what needs to be done in all cases. He doesn't give up on you, which is huge. Often I have witnessed the backlash he receives is coming from patients who aren't ready to receive help yet, and of course then anyone trying to give help is the enemy - so in this case Dr. P. He's a very quirky man and can be quite humorous, which has made me feel more comfortable and at ease with the whole thing. He's always made me feel cared for as he remembers small details and facts from months and months ago as it's been 5 years since I first met him for my own personal issues. My family has been involved with him for well over 11 years. If you are willing to put in the work necessary, or at least seek help with as open of a mind as possible, you'll love Dr. Piktel. I have found his office to be incredibly accommodating when squeezing in appointments for me! Oh and a bonus his office will make you laugh too. He's a good man and doctor - this definitely wouldn't be an easy profession and it makes me disappointed to hear other people's negative views on him. Keep in mind everyone's opinions/experiences will vary with their circumstances and own personal outlook and attitude!
Dr is highly ineffective in regards to the responsibilities needing to be met . Fails to meet modern day knowledge pertaining to his specific field of work instead he confidently proceeds to continue treating patients with his outdated textbook knowledge. He's extremely close minded and judgemental his professional opinion lives inside a box . He's fixated on his textbook understanding of the disorder and his priorities lye within pushing pharmaceuticals to meet patient needs instead of providing appropriate resources and counselling services for the patient to cope and successfully recover from the disorder. Dr Piktel is extremely ignorant, neglectful and irresponsible. His treatment services and opinions are outdated and useless in today time and he is unable to separate his personal advice from his professional advice which as far as I'm concerned neither have no relevant grounds to stand on either way. This man should have never been appointed any authority to care for patients with eating disorder or addiction or mental health these all tie together and Dr Piktel doesn't even know it . He is rediculous and presents disappointment and shame upon Alberta health care services .
I was under the care of Dr. Piktel for about 12 years. I can say without a doubt that he is a wonderful doctor. He put up with my resistance to recover for years and I finally recovered with the help of himself and his team at the u of a. He works on tough love but he truly cares. He is very patient but he will not give in to your eating disorder games or lies. That is his job. Without him I would not be alive and recovered today. He is the only psychiatrist who could get through my illness and help me be me.
Dr piktel saved my life more then once I am from Calgary so I can say with confidence that he is way better then anyone there. He is big on tough love and will not put up with your eating disorder games. He was almost always good to talked to and although I have been there more then once (inpatient) i believe the medication he gave me this last round has helped me get to a better place. He is very forgiving which is great. I would recommend him to anyone struggling with anorexia.
I have been seeing Dr. Piktel for sixteen years and I can say without hesitation that I would not be alive without him. I cannot believe all the negative comments on here. He is extremely busy and so yes, he may not always be perfectly punctual, but he always makes time to see you. He is funny and always finds time to help his patients. He has two offices- one on the main floor and one on the 4th floor (where the eating disorder program is), so if you are complaining about a call not being returned remember that he has 2 offices, and is the only eating disorder program in Northern Alberta. He also takes most of the patients from Southern Alberta, as the Calgary program is terrible. He will not put up with drama or games, but if you are willing to do the work, he will always stand by you.
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