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By: Melissa K.
Rockdale Psychatric Associates
I have been a patient here for well over ten years. The ONLY reason I won't go anywhere else is because of Dr. Paulsen, Dr. Beasley, and Denise. As far as the office staff goes though, they really couldn't be more RUDE! They make it VERY obvious that they have better things to do than to answer your call and, God forbid, have to take a message. And leaving a message is absolutely pointless!!! You will never get a return phone call if you leave a message so don't even waste your time because it truly is a waste of time. It's weird though because Dr. Paulsen, Dr. Beasley, and Denise are SO caring. I can't imagine that they wouldn't call someone back so it leaves me wondering if they even get the messages in the first place. I've referred quite a few people to Dr. Paulsen, but every one of them ends up asking me how in the world I deal with her office staff. Sadly, every person I have ever suggested to that they should see her doesn't anymore simply because of the office staff. Now when I tell anyone about her, I have to explain how wonderful Dr Paulsen is but only once you get past the front desk. That's sad! That's a problem!!! And I hope they read these reviews and change something!
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By: Christopher H.
Rockdale Psychatric Associates
Very caring and concerned (at first). then they forget abou you and the medications you take, and if u remind them they either accuse you of trying to get more prescriptions or they will not answer you. After 6 months of that bs I said open your "fking" chart on me and you will see that you forgot to write a prescription and that there is no evidence of prescription abuse. They told me to go to another doctor. All bc they did not do their job correctly
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