Sidney L. Cassell, MD

★★★☆☆

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Originally saw Dr. Cassell for treatment of RA in my hands. Turned out that I had another problem that was more urgent. I was impressed with how quickly he diagnosed me, and how he took the time to explain what was going on. However, on subsequent visits he has treated me as if I am a nuisance. He was pompus and over-bearing on more than one occasion. When I complained of hip pain, I was given steroid injections and told that it was only arthritis pain. I continued to have pain, and at my next visit Dr. Cassell basicaly told me I was being whiny. Then he gave me another steroid injection, but finally scheduled me for an x-ray and bone scan. Turns out I have a broken sacrum! Maybe Dr. Cassell should learn that when his patients complain about persistent pain it isn't because we are just whining! There are other rheumatologists in town who treat their patients with respect.

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★☆☆☆☆

Originally saw Dr. Cassell for treatment of RA in my hands. Turned out that I had another problem that was more urgent. I was impressed with how quickly he diagnosed me, and how he took the time to explain what was going on. However, on subsequent visits he has treated me as if I am a nuisance. He was pompus and over-bearing on more than one occasion. When I complained of hip pain, I was given steroid injections and told that it was only arthritis pain. I continued to have pain, and at my next visit Dr. Cassell basicaly told me I was being whiny. Then he gave me another steroid injection, but finally scheduled me for an x-ray and bone scan. Turns out I have a broken sacrum! Maybe Dr. Cassell should learn that when his patients complain about persistent pain it isn't because we are just whining! There are other rheumatologists in town who treat their patients with respect.

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Dr. Cassell and his staff are first rate. I have had early onset aggressive RA for over a year now, and could barely walk or stand up when I first saw him. Now I am doing much better and getting back to near full, but slow mobility. We are trying different meds to see which work best for me. His office staff are the best, and I don't know who anonymous is who left him a bad reference but what they say is BS. They take my insurance and bill me the remainder... so don't need cash up front. He spent the time to answer my, and my wife's questions completely. I have yearly x-rays to see if, or how much, my RA has progressed, and the first year. I am happy to say, shows no progression! Anyway, I find Dr. Cassell to be a fantastic doctor, and I would recommend him to my friends and family with complete confidence. (Though I hope they never need him)

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Dr. Cassell and his staff are first rate. I have had early onset aggressive RA for over a year now, and could barely walk or stand up when I first saw him. Now I am doing much better and getting back to near full, but slow mobility. We are trying different meds to see which work best for me. His office staff are the best, and I don't know who anonymous is who left him a bad reference but what they say is BS. They take my insurance and bill me the remainder... so don't need cash up front. He spent the time to answer my, and my wife's questions completely. I have yearly x-rays to see if, or how much, my RA has progressed, and the first year. I am happy to say, shows no progression! Anyway, I find Dr. Cassell to be a fantastic doctor, and I would recommend him to my friends and family with complete confidence. (Though I hope they never need him)

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The previous review posted was for Dr. Boren, also in Cassell's office. She may be great, but this is not so for her colleague Cassell. My personal experience follows.

Before the visit, his office informed me that the Dr. expected to be paid on the visit, and wouldn't want to wait for my insurance co-pay, so to please bring cash or a check. Since it would be quite expensive, they suggested to bring a large sum. I took $100 to the first visit. It was a drop in the bucket, for what would eventually turn out to be over $3,000 for 2 visits.

On first visit, for a previously-diagnosed, somewhat unusual form of arthritis, he scheduled me for a 1.5 hour visit. I *thought* I would have a good amount of time with him. I was wrong. The visit included me stripping to undies and a hospital gown, as well as a BREAST EXAM! I have since heard from others that this is part of his routine. He is the only rheumatologist that I have EVER had do this. LADIES -- BE WARNED!! He had a pre-written checklist that he went down and marked off, but when I tried to interject my former experiences, he wasn't interested, and actually "shushed" me. Most of his questions were prefaced with, "in the last 7 days," or, "right at this moment," did I have this or that pain. Well, since mine is a chronic, progressive disease, what I have felt BEFORE is equally, or even more important than what I feel NOW.

I probably spent less than 15 minutes with the Dr. More of my time was spent waiting, having expensive tests (done in his office -- he pockets more money) and 12 different x-rays (done in his office -- he pockets MORE money). When I offered to send for my records from my previous rheumatologist, he said, "I don't think we'll be needing those."

When the second visit included over a half hour wait, and the same checklist treatment, I said ENOUGH!

If I could give a negative rating to this one, I would.

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The previous review posted was for Dr. Boren, also in Cassell's office. She may be great, but this is not so for her colleague Cassell. My personal experience follows.

Before the visit, his office informed me that the Dr. expected to be paid on the visit, and wouldn't want to wait for my insurance co-pay, so to please bring cash or a check. Since it would be quite expensive, they suggested to bring a large sum. I took $100 to the first visit. It was a drop in the bucket, for what would eventually turn out to be over $3,000 for 2 visits.

On first visit, for a previously-diagnosed, somewhat unusual form of arthritis, he scheduled me for a 1.5 hour visit. I *thought* I would have a good amount of time with him. I was wrong. The visit included me stripping to undies and a hospital gown, as well as a BREAST EXAM! I have since heard from others that this is part of his routine. He is the only rheumatologist that I have EVER had do this. LADIES -- BE WARNED!! He had a pre-written checklist that he went down and marked off, but when I tried to interject my former experiences, he wasn't interested, and actually "shushed" me. Most of his questions were prefaced with, "in the last 7 days," or, "right at this moment," did I have this or that pain. Well, since mine is a chronic, progressive disease, what I have felt BEFORE is equally, or even more important than what I feel NOW.

I probably spent less than 15 minutes with the Dr. More of my time was spent waiting, having expensive tests (done in his office -- he pockets more money) and 12 different x-rays (done in his office -- he pockets MORE money). When I offered to send for my records from my previous rheumatologist, he said, "I don't think we'll be needing those."

When the second visit included over a half hour wait, and the same checklist treatment, I said ENOUGH!

If I could give a negative rating to this one, I would.

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Rheumatology is a complicated field, and it's important to have patience with your patients, and listen to them carefully.

Dr. Boren listens carefully, and is not hesitant to use the diagnostic tools at her disposal to try to find root causes.

The practice is busy, but not so busy that it's impossible to get an appointment in a reasonable time. She never seems rushed, which can be a nice thing when trying to figure out the root of a complex problem.

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★★★★☆

Rheumatology is a complicated field, and it's important to have patience with your patients, and listen to them carefully.

Dr. Boren listens carefully, and is not hesitant to use the diagnostic tools at her disposal to try to find root causes.

The practice is busy, but not so busy that it's impossible to get an appointment in a reasonable time. She never seems rushed, which can be a nice thing when trying to figure out the root of a complex problem.

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