Krishna B. Topalli, MD

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  • 300 Medical Parkway Suite 306

    Chesapeake, VA 23320

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  • 757-410-4219

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The first thing to know is that Dr. Topalli does not accept credit cards - it is cash or check only. No one mentioned this when I made my first appointment. There is no ATM in the office building - I was referred to a RiteAid down the street.
On average, every time I had an appointment with Dr. Topalli I was kept waiting for 15 minutes or more before the doctor would see me. His office staff is very nice and professional (though they are straight out of their programs/schools and therefore have some issues with knowledge).
Dr. Topalli was very in favor of medication therapy. Unfortunately none of the medications he ever prescribed (and there were a lot) ever helped me. Some actually made me worse. Dr. Topalli wrote the prescriptions but did not give any directions on how or when to use them. I used the medications as directed, but this was apparently wrong. Additionally, Dr. Topalli recommended several procedures to be done. I did not realize that it was incumbent on me to arrange these procedures with him and his office, or that they would not contact my insurance (which they participate with) on my behalf to make sure the procedures were covered.

Dr. Topalli did not inspire confidence in his abilities to diagnose or fix (or make better) my pain. His approach seemed to be "trial and error." He asked me to have SI injections done (as well as the medicines and an epidural). I was willing to do so until I realized that these procedures were not what he thought would help me, but rather were what had helped previous patients (who may or may not have had my symptoms) and, based on their efficacy, could be used to determine the cause of my symptoms.
Additionally, Dr. Topalli could never remember me from his other patients. Even though he is digital - his notes and prescriptions are all online, though everything is then printed rather than digitally sent to a pharmacy or hospital. Dr. Topalli would ask me repeat questions or confuse my symptoms with that of his other patients. It did not inspire confidence. Realizing that some questions will always be asked repeatedly, especially when dealing with pain and symptoms, Dr. Topalli still did not seem to distinguish one patient from another.
The last straw was how Dr. Topalli reacted to questions. When Dr. Topalli was questioned about his tardiness and about the reason for a medication or procedure, Dr. Topalli would become very defensive. He believes he is the best in his field and maintains he has only ever had one patient leave his practice (he said that she left because she was a "nurse with mental issues," which seemed rather rude to me). However he also said that his practice is very new (has only been open a year or two). Because he believes he is the best, he does not like to have to take the time to explain his ideas, theories, or ideas. I finally left when my husband, who had met Dr. Topalli after a procedure (which did not help) had been performed, asked me not to go back. I was willing to try Dr. Topalli a little longer, especially because he was the first pain doctor I had found since moving to the area. However, based on the experience I had with the previous procedure, upon finding out that Dr. Topalli wanted to schedule an epidural without knowing if it would help me, my husband expressed his unease about the doctor. I agreed that Dr. Topalli often came across as a used-car salesman trying to persuade me to continue buying his services/goods, and I agreed that I would not continue to see him.

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The first thing to know is that Dr. Topalli does not accept credit cards - it is cash or check only. No one mentioned this when I made my first appointment. There is no ATM in the office building - I was referred to a RiteAid down the street.
On average, every time I had an appointment with Dr. Topalli I was kept waiting for 15 minutes or more before the doctor would see me. His office staff is very nice and professional (though they are straight out of their programs/schools and therefore have some issues with knowledge).
Dr. Topalli was very in favor of medication therapy. Unfortunately none of the medications he ever prescribed (and there were a lot) ever helped me. Some actually made me worse. Dr. Topalli wrote the prescriptions but did not give any directions on how or when to use them. I used the medications as directed, but this was apparently wrong. Additionally, Dr. Topalli recommended several procedures to be done. I did not realize that it was incumbent on me to arrange these procedures with him and his office, or that they would not contact my insurance (which they participate with) on my behalf to make sure the procedures were covered.

Dr. Topalli did not inspire confidence in his abilities to diagnose or fix (or make better) my pain. His approach seemed to be "trial and error." He asked me to have SI injections done (as well as the medicines and an epidural). I was willing to do so until I realized that these procedures were not what he thought would help me, but rather were what had helped previous patients (who may or may not have had my symptoms) and, based on their efficacy, could be used to determine the cause of my symptoms.
Additionally, Dr. Topalli could never remember me from his other patients. Even though he is digital - his notes and prescriptions are all online, though everything is then printed rather than digitally sent to a pharmacy or hospital. Dr. Topalli would ask me repeat questions or confuse my symptoms with that of his other patients. It did not inspire confidence. Realizing that some questions will always be asked repeatedly, especially when dealing with pain and symptoms, Dr. Topalli still did not seem to distinguish one patient from another.
The last straw was how Dr. Topalli reacted to questions. When Dr. Topalli was questioned about his tardiness and about the reason for a medication or procedure, Dr. Topalli would become very defensive. He believes he is the best in his field and maintains he has only ever had one patient leave his practice (he said that she left because she was a "nurse with mental issues," which seemed rather rude to me). However he also said that his practice is very new (has only been open a year or two). Because he believes he is the best, he does not like to have to take the time to explain his ideas, theories, or ideas. I finally left when my husband, who had met Dr. Topalli after a procedure (which did not help) had been performed, asked me not to go back. I was willing to try Dr. Topalli a little longer, especially because he was the first pain doctor I had found since moving to the area. However, based on the experience I had with the previous procedure, upon finding out that Dr. Topalli wanted to schedule an epidural without knowing if it would help me, my husband expressed his unease about the doctor. I agreed that Dr. Topalli often came across as a used-car salesman trying to persuade me to continue buying his services/goods, and I agreed that I would not continue to see him.

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Krishna B. Topalli, MD Office Locations:

757-410-4219

300 Medical Parkway Suite 306

Chesapeake, VA, VA 23320

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