- The very best recommendation in town in Dr. Angela McSwain. She has a longer waiting list, but there is a reason.
For a while I took my daughter to Athens Neurological Associates for her migraines.
I was not satisified with the care she received so I no longer take her there. We now
go to Dr. McSwain, whom I can recommend highly.
- I, too, do not usually respond to postings but feel that an positive opinion is most needed in this situation.
My husband has been a patient of Dr. Brian Mitchell at Athens Neurological Associates for almost five years and has never had any problems with him. He is very personable and extremely well versed in his area as well as being a registered pharmacist (practiced pharmacy prior to attending medical school). He always spends plenty of time with my husband (and allows me to sit in as well) discussing any concerns and questions that either of us might have. We have never felt rushed during an office visit or that we are just another patient among many. He always wants to be sure he answers any questions that we might have. He is always up-to-date on any medical issues that my husband might be going through, any type of medical procedure that would be beneficial, is very knowledgeable on my husband's medications and is open to spending time discussing them and/or any new medications that he considers to be better. If Dr. Mitchell ever decides to make changes in my husband's medications, he discusses the pros and cons of his decision and asks for my husband's input. Dr. Mitchell makes his own return calls whenever we call for him with questions or concerns. His nurse, Kristy, is extremely friendly and always responds to my calls in a very timely manner.
Prior to my mother's death, she was also a patient of Dr. Mitchell's. He was very caring and patient with all of her questions and concerns. I truly appreciated the manner in which he treated my very opinionated 85 year old mother!
As to the equipment being in-house, it has been an advantage for us. They have appointments after regular business hours and are always friendly when we go for tests.
Therefore, I would give him a glowing recommendation!
I have three family members that go to Athens Neurological and they have
always been provided excellent care. I guess it depends on the doctor.
They all go to the same one. I am particular about doctors due to
misdiagnosis of both my mom and dad by doctors for critical conditions,
so I always research first. Like I said, it can depend on the doctor as
much as the practice.
I normally would reply off list to this kind of post but I feel so strongly
that Athens Neurological Associates is a practice to be avoided.
Ditto the above comment. Avoid this practice.
I saw a doctor who was educated at Emory, so I thought he would be
knowledgeable. First, with no patients in front of me, they put me in
an exam room I waited for a half hour -- I heard him
talking to a nurse about social things. When I had a sleep apnea test,
they knew I was multiply disabled, yet they scheduled me with a brand new
technician who had only done one or two sleep studies prior to mine. It
went from bad to worse from there.
Trying to get my records from them capped the nightmare.
------I want to append my post, because I was probably unclear. It was not
just the doctor at this practice but was also the staff that I have a problem with.
When I complained about some problems the technician caused,
the staff "circled the wagons" and acted as if I was the problem and not the practice. An
unwillingness to discuss customer comments and suggestions, violations of the Americans
with Disabilities Act and being dismissive of an insurance that I paid for, for many years
prior to being disabled, doesn't cut it in my book.
I would avoid Athens Neurological Associates on Baxter.
they own the diagnostic equipment, and really seem to push expensive tests
on this equipment.
I would contact Grant Tribble, who is the CEO of ARMC, and ask him who he
would take his kids to. He's a great, approachable guy and he knows his
doctors, and will get you good information. A neurologist is not something
you take a chance on.