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By: lauryl2007
Dr. Asha L Swain, MD
Terrific DoctorI don't understand the negative comments below about Dr. Swain. I just moved from CA back to Altoona. Yes, the time in the waiting room is excessive, BUT Dr. Swain takes all the time needed when she meets with you to help diagnose conditions or address all your needs or questions. I thought I had a good primary-care Dr. in CA. He ran regular blood & diagnostic tests. But the tests Dr. Swain ordered after my first visit indicated some vitamin deficiencies. Since she began treating those I feel so much better. She is thorough and a skillful diagnostician. I also find her personality pleasant and caring. I think it is evident that Dr. Swain cares about the welfare and health of her patients. I highly recommend her for anyone with health problems. PS. I did not find that she was a pushover for medications. She wanted to take the time to determine which medication would be most helpful with the least side-effects.
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