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Dowa
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   Posted 11/16/2008 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
 I have a friend in NJ that is doing treatment with Dr. F. Anyone see her and have an opinion of her? I am curious about some of the things she is telling my friend. Is she in GOOD hands with Dr. F you guys?? D

bcaring
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   Posted 11/16/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dowa - it is me again!

Dr. F is my physician. If you want to email me I would be glad to talk about my experiences. I have known her since 2003 and it has had its ups and downs. Just don't feel comfortable talking on the forum. I am curious also what your friend has been told.

I have also had experiences with other LLMD's. Some good and some not so good. Anyway, I look forward to hearing from you

keenanb@comcast.net

nunntrio
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   Posted 11/16/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I have been seeing Dr. F since March of 2008. I also have mixed feeling about her. I know she has tons of experience treating Lyme. I will say that some of my frustration comes from how poorly her office is run. It is extremely difficult to get anyone to return the a phone call and they never answer their phones.

If you would like to e-mail me as well I can go into greater detail. I would also be interested in some of your friends experiences.

Nunntrio@sbcglobal.net

bcaring
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   Posted 11/16/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I unfortunately agree that the office is poorly run. I said something the last time I was there and Dr. F seemed surprised and said people kept saying that to her. I said it was true. She said the phones were supposed to take care of that (what she meant was that they now have the phones shut down from 12 - 2pm. The phones are open from 9-12 and 2-5 on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Wednesday they are "closed" because Dr. F is not there, but the staff is. On Friday the phones are open from 9-12.) That is a lot of time for the staff to get work done. The attitudes are also poor. They have a number of staff so I am not sure why it is so hard to answer the phone, respond to an email, etc. I said they created more work for themselves because they do not respond in a reasonable amount of time, which makes people call again or email again, which doubles the work. There systems are not in place. I think Dr. F knows her stuff....she just needs to get her office in order. They do not do insurance claim and much of their IV stuff is handled by a home care nursing staff. Anyway, I feel a little rotten saying these things but a lot of people are complaining.

judy3
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   Posted 11/17/2008 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   

I agree the office is poorly run but Dr F has a heart of gold, while you are in the office you need to get everything you need, all your prescriptions, questions answered........they do spend lots of time getting insurance approval for meds, while they dont process claims they do try to help us get meds covered by insurance,she very agressivley treats Lyme, she had me on three drugs at the same time. I have sent fax requests when I needed something and got a response in a day or two, I havnt seen Dr F in approx one year and I sent a fax with my current symtoms and it took a few days but she did return my call. I would put up with the office because of her knowledge even I know I will be frustrated.

Biggest problem is does she have hospital priviliges in any hospital?


bcaring
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   Posted 11/17/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Judy3,

I said the same things in a private email so I want to publicly agree with you that you are absolutely right. She has been able to miraculously get me covered for many months of IV and she has been aggressive which has literally saved my life. She does have a heart of gold because I know of really nice things she has done for some people. I think her staff frustrates her too. There is no question that she has been treating this disease for a along time. In fact I have some articles she wrote in the 90's. She is extremely thorough in her testing.

So, I also stay because of her and I drive 3 hours one way. My first trip up I could barely see I was so sick and drove in the right hand lane at about 55mph (and this is the Turnpike and Garden State!). As for many, it is an all day affair. I just wish we could get the staff (excluding "R" who is a sweetheart) to be a little more pleasant.

Did you ask her if she has any hospital affiliation. If not, I will the first week of December. Also, please let me know how you are doing now.

Thanks for reminding me of all the positives.
bcaring

nunntrio
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   Posted 11/17/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I will also agree that she cares about helping people with Lyme. She is also seems to be the most knowledgeable of the Doctors I have seen. Ultimately that is the most important. I also travel a long way to see her.

I guess I should have included this in my origional post.
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