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By: Thomas S.
Riverbend Family Practice
Perhaps they've had an entire staff overhaul since a lot of these older reviews were posted, but as someone who has been to many different medical offices, I am definitely happy with Riverbend.Their current administrative staff is some of the best that I have dealt with. I've been a patient there for about a year and they are one of the few offices that I've had to deal with that have staff who seem to actually care. Their PA's have obviously stayed late just to listen to their messages from the day instead of waiting until the next morning like usual. This has saved me from going without critical medications before and am I very thankful for how compassionately I have been treated. I really hate medical offices in general, but Riverbend has gone above and beyond to avoid all the usual frustration, rudeness, and lack of compassion I've come to associate with every other office.A large part of my love for this clinic is perhaps Dr.Glasner. I followed him here from his old clinic, meaning it's a 45 minute trip each way for me. It feels extremely difficult to find a doctor deserving of any respect these days, but Glasner is not only knowledgeable, he is actually respectful and shows a great deal of compassion towards his patients. I have had to go to far more medical professionals than anyone should ever have to suffer through, and almost all of them appeared to be in their profession simply for the money. They would try and run you through their diagnostic checklists as quickly as possible with no interest in anything you have to say in order to increase the number of paying customers they could see in a day. Glasner actually makes me feel like a patient. He is not only willing to sit an listen to my concerns, but to even do additional research on the issues plaguing me so he can provide better care.
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