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By: Pristess Y.
Ortho Carolina
I called these “spine specialist” because I’ve had escalating back problems that have stolen my mobility and leave me bedridden for days. “Doctor” Timothy W. McGowen spent more time asking about my tattoo than my symptoms. He gave me approximately 10 minutes of his time, 5 minutes of which was spent asking me about the same allergy information I had already filled out on the pre-exam form. That form said to see the receptionist if you have pain in more than one place, and when I did, they shrugged and said they didn’t even know that was on the form. When I told McGowen about my nerve damage using the medical term, he said “What’s that? I’ve never even heard of it.” He took one look at my radiologist report from an MRI, realized he couldn’t cash in on me with expensive surgery, told me to take up swimming or a yoga class and shoved me out the door. I wouldn’t recommend this man to my worst enemy.
By: Katie W.
Winston Bone & Joint Surgical Associates PA
The Best Orthopedic Doctor Around is DR.Spangler
By: dmtaylor004
Ortho Carolina
After having a near fatal Dr. Craig provoided the upmost professional care. His expertise made it possible for me to return to work in full capacity of my job. I continue to sing his praises every time some one requests a physician. Also, the office staff from the receptionist to all the staff in the rehab department provide excellent service. When Dr.Craig was not available to provide care for me he made sure that the doctor he had caring for me was updated on my case. The doctor he referred me to also provided very professional care (Dr. O'Keefe), who is no longer with the group. If it had not been for them, I would have had to giveen up my nursing career. Also, Sue Martinez, medical assistant of Dr. Craig has been a wonderful person to answer questions. She makes patients feel they are always #1.
Tips & Advices
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