Hermitage, PA LLMDs

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   Posted 9/21/2010 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone had experience with Dr. J or Dr. S. in Hermitage, PA?

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   Posted 9/21/2010 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I do. What is your email address?

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   Posted 9/21/2010 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband's co-worker sees Dr. J. I believe he is satisfied with him, has been treated for two years now.

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   Posted 9/21/2010 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I would also like to have any information regarding the docs in Hermitage. My e-mail address is accessible. Thanks.

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   Posted 9/22/2010 3:31 AM (GMT -7)   
josh1983- My email address is lymelite73@yahoo.com

Thanks :)

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   Posted 9/23/2010 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I've seen both those doctors in Hermitage, PA.
Dr. S has Lyme himself and is very 'current' and involved in the Lyme community. His nurse, who also has had Lyme for 20 years, is very knowledgeable and does much of the medical care. He is *very* expensive and only accepts cash (no insurance). Dr. S. also recommends some supplements and natural remedies along with antibiotics. He is difficult to get a hold of if you have an urgent issue and somewhat difficult to understand - thick accent. His testing seems quite thorough.
Dr. J has been treating Lyme for over 20 years. After you get to know him, he has a fun sense of humor and seems well versed in the antibiotic treatments for Lyme. He is somewhat of a 'country doctor' and does not utilize any natural treatments along with the antibiotics. I was frustrated at the lack of knowledge by his nursing staff. They follow directions from the doctor and that's about it. Dr. J accepts insurance and I was required only to pay a $20 copay for my care.
Both doctors have their strengths and weaknesses and both have plenty of years' treating Lyme. I think Dr. S might be more current in his knowledge and seems more involved in the Lyme community but, he also takes kick-backs (legally) from some of the supplement providers he recommends to you - and that bothered me a little bit.

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   Posted 9/23/2010 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I use to go to Dr. S.  His rates are very reasonable and were mostly covered by my insurance.  He wants his patients to take a HUGE amount of supplements (some were very expensive).  He also does a lot of testing (again most was covered by my insurance) but those bills can add up quickly if you don't have good insurance.    He seems to heavily favor the Doxy/Biaxin combo.  A vast majority of his patients take those two medications along with supplements.   He is also getting older and I'm not sure if or when he is planning to retire.
That being said, I was happy with Dr. S.  I only switched LLMDs because a new LLMD happened to open up a practice 30 mins from my house (saving me from driving 6 hours to Hermitage and 6 hours back).  
If you have any specific questions let me know. 
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