Steven J. Donatello, MD

★★★☆☆

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I have been seeing Dr Donatello for over ten years. Before I started going to to Dr Donatello I went to some..lets just say bad doctors. After reading some of the other comments I would love to tell those people what a bad doctor really is, I had one who's favorite words were "still in pain, lets double your dose", he was the true definition of a pill pusher. Dr Donatello is the exact opposite, he is very strict on what he proscribes and you have to follow his rules. And while he is strict, he will still sit and listen to anything you have to say, I wish more doctors were like him. I would recommend Dr Donatello for anyone with chronic pain, he is a true caring doctor who only wants to help his patients, and will go to great lengths to make sure you know he cares and is listening to your concerns.

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I have been seeing Dr Donatello for over ten years. Before I started going to to Dr Donatello I went to some..lets just say bad doctors. After reading some of the other comments I would love to tell those people what a bad doctor really is, I had one who's favorite words were "still in pain, lets double your dose", he was the true definition of a pill pusher. Dr Donatello is the exact opposite, he is very strict on what he proscribes and you have to follow his rules. And while he is strict, he will still sit and listen to anything you have to say, I wish more doctors were like him. I would recommend Dr Donatello for anyone with chronic pain, he is a true caring doctor who only wants to help his patients, and will go to great lengths to make sure you know he cares and is listening to your concerns.

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I saw this doctor for my long-standing back pain. He was professional, curteous, and explained my conidtion in terms I understood. The treatments helped a lot, but some of the pain was still there. I requested to be started on medication and that was done. I was informed of the risks of medication and asked to sign an agreement that gave me the behaviors that were expected of me and what I could expect from the doctor in return.

I read some of the other comments on here. Given the medication agreement I signed it sounds like one person violated the agreement and was discharged for medication abuse since the doctor indicated that he will do this if necessary. The other nasty comment sounds like a broken housewife who lost her husband to someone better and is out for revenge.

In any event, I have looked up other reviews and this doctor gets good ones. I personally would highly recommend him. At the time I saw him he had just been picked as the top pain doctor in Milwaukee, so I have good faith in him.

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★★★★★

I saw this doctor for my long-standing back pain. He was professional, curteous, and explained my conidtion in terms I understood. The treatments helped a lot, but some of the pain was still there. I requested to be started on medication and that was done. I was informed of the risks of medication and asked to sign an agreement that gave me the behaviors that were expected of me and what I could expect from the doctor in return.

I read some of the other comments on here. Given the medication agreement I signed it sounds like one person violated the agreement and was discharged for medication abuse since the doctor indicated that he will do this if necessary. The other nasty comment sounds like a broken housewife who lost her husband to someone better and is out for revenge.

In any event, I have looked up other reviews and this doctor gets good ones. I personally would highly recommend him. At the time I saw him he had just been picked as the top pain doctor in Milwaukee, so I have good faith in him.

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I started seeing donatello over a year and half ago, and at first he treated me and was very understanding to my situation, he started me on medication and was really quick to raise me to a level where my pain was managed. by the way every medication the doctor perscribed was over 2000 dollars a script! so if you dont have decent insurance good luck trying to compromise with the doctor for a cheaper medication. the biggest problem i experience with the doctor is that he raised me to a level of medication that would kill me if i came off it cold turkey and then discharged me with just over two weeks of meds left and no recommendations. after i received the letter in the mail regarding my discharge, i tried to call the doctor and received no response or reply back to any of my messages. i feel that it would be common decency after seeing him for over a year and a half to at least explain his reasonings to me if not in person at least over the phone! very unprofessional

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I started seeing donatello over a year and half ago, and at first he treated me and was very understanding to my situation, he started me on medication and was really quick to raise me to a level where my pain was managed. by the way every medication the doctor perscribed was over 2000 dollars a script! so if you dont have decent insurance good luck trying to compromise with the doctor for a cheaper medication. the biggest problem i experience with the doctor is that he raised me to a level of medication that would kill me if i came off it cold turkey and then discharged me with just over two weeks of meds left and no recommendations. after i received the letter in the mail regarding my discharge, i tried to call the doctor and received no response or reply back to any of my messages. i feel that it would be common decency after seeing him for over a year and a half to at least explain his reasonings to me if not in person at least over the phone! very unprofessional

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After sustaining an injury to his back which (for the first year) seemingly wasn't often too much of an issue, after obtaining health insurance, my domestic partner was referred to Dr. Donatello for pain management. Soon after, I began to observe some odd behavioral changes in my partner. I discovered that he was being prescribed Vicodin (180/month!), xanax, Cyclobenzaprine, and Ambien. The behavioral changes included absentmindedness, confusion, blackouts, and unusual sleep neurosis. If he consumed even a small amount of alcohol, very quickly his eyes would become glassy, roll back in their sockets, and his speech would become slurred. I was deeply troubled by the effects of his medications, and expressed my concern to my partner. When my partner expressed my concerns to Dr. Donatello, his reply was supposedly: "Well ___ doesn't have a degree in medicine, now does he??". Weeks later, I was allowed to sit in on a follow-up visit with Dr. Donatello, and I brought up this remark. His reply to me was: "Well you DON'T, do you???". While I wasn't there to second guess his professional opinion, I WAS there to see if my partner would require the average of SIX vicodin per day for the rest of his life! Were there NO other options?? I believed that after two years of taking narcotics and other meds, it suddenly began to be all about the pills, and less about the pain. Dr. Donatello asked me if I thought my partner should see an addiction counseler. I said I thought that was a very good idea. My partner agreed to do so, but he never did. Over the course of about a year, I phoned Dr. Donatello's office TWICE because some of the behaviours I observed were cause for alarm (hiding his medications, refusing to discuss them, leaving an iron on, the gas stove burning, lights on, doors open & unlocked, dangerous driving habits, and sometimes even passing out in public). I never spoke to Dr. Donatello directly via telephone, but I did speak to his assistant, who politely informed me that legally she was not allowed to discuss a patient with me, but that she WAS allowed to "listen". That's ALL I wanted. I did not want to "discuss" anything, but merely relate some terribly troubling behavior. She agreed these bahaviors were indeed cause for concern and/or alarm and would tell the doctor immediately! I was told to expect a follow up call (both times I called their office) which never ended up happening. I couldn't help but sit back and watch my life-partner deteriorate from someone I loved deeply, to someone I didn't even recognize anymore. His behaviors were becoming startlingly erratic, his moods swung wildly, and his demeanor combative. He often could NOT recall conversations that occurred just the night before! He also admitted to experiencing deep depression. Though I'm not "blaming" Dr. Donatello for the demise of my relationship, I (and other medical professionals that I consulted regarding this) DO think that my partner was being over-prescribed (an enormous bottle of Vicodin each MONTH??) which would lead to behaviors that changed the dynamic of a once loving relationship. Friends, and family noticed it too. And I see, in reading another review of Dr. Donatello on here, another patient relates that he too was prescribed pain medication which the patient said wasn't strong enough. A higher dose was prescribed which apparently STILL wasn't strong enough. So then yet another stronger dose was prescribed. It seems that all one needs to do with Dr. Donatello is merely ASK him for whatever one wants, and one's request is accommodated. I find this type of medicine dubious, and perhaps even dangerous- on more than a few levels. Again, I was not out to second-guess anybody. My motivation was to hang on to a relationship that went from loving and caring, to secretive and adversarial, literally the same WEEK my partner began taking all these medications.I, along with many others, believed my partner to be addicted to the Vicodin Dr. Donatello was giving him each month. He displayed classic addictive behaviors (hiding meds, refusing to discuss them, refusing to consider alternative treatment, lying about meds, researching on-line i.e., "overseas" pharmacies etc.). I am NOT a medical professional, but I truly believe Dr. Donatello to be a major catalyst in not only the dissolution of a once healthy relationship, but the deterioration of my former partner's health, both physical AND emotional.So again, my suggestion is to be wary of Dr. Donatello's prescriptions, and monitor the resulting behaviors. Thank you

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After sustaining an injury to his back which (for the first year) seemingly wasn't often too much of an issue, after obtaining health insurance, my domestic partner was referred to Dr. Donatello for pain management. Soon after, I began to observe some odd behavioral changes in my partner. I discovered that he was being prescribed Vicodin (180/month!), xanax, Cyclobenzaprine, and Ambien. The behavioral changes included absentmindedness, confusion, blackouts, and unusual sleep neurosis. If he consumed even a small amount of alcohol, very quickly his eyes would become glassy, roll back in their sockets, and his speech would become slurred. I was deeply troubled by the effects of his medications, and expressed my concern to my partner. When my partner expressed my concerns to Dr. Donatello, his reply was supposedly: "Well ___ doesn't have a degree in medicine, now does he??". Weeks later, I was allowed to sit in on a follow-up visit with Dr. Donatello, and I brought up this remark. His reply to me was: "Well you DON'T, do you???". While I wasn't there to second guess his professional opinion, I WAS there to see if my partner would require the average of SIX vicodin per day for the rest of his life! Were there NO other options?? I believed that after two years of taking narcotics and other meds, it suddenly began to be all about the pills, and less about the pain. Dr. Donatello asked me if I thought my partner should see an addiction counseler. I said I thought that was a very good idea. My partner agreed to do so, but he never did. Over the course of about a year, I phoned Dr. Donatello's office TWICE because some of the behaviours I observed were cause for alarm (hiding his medications, refusing to discuss them, leaving an iron on, the gas stove burning, lights on, doors open & unlocked, dangerous driving habits, and sometimes even passing out in public). I never spoke to Dr. Donatello directly via telephone, but I did speak to his assistant, who politely informed me that legally she was not allowed to discuss a patient with me, but that she WAS allowed to "listen". That's ALL I wanted. I did not want to "discuss" anything, but merely relate some terribly troubling behavior. She agreed these bahaviors were indeed cause for concern and/or alarm and would tell the doctor immediately! I was told to expect a follow up call (both times I called their office) which never ended up happening. I couldn't help but sit back and watch my life-partner deteriorate from someone I loved deeply, to someone I didn't even recognize anymore. His behaviors were becoming startlingly erratic, his moods swung wildly, and his demeanor combative. He often could NOT recall conversations that occurred just the night before! He also admitted to experiencing deep depression. Though I'm not "blaming" Dr. Donatello for the demise of my relationship, I (and other medical professionals that I consulted regarding this) DO think that my partner was being over-prescribed (an enormous bottle of Vicodin each MONTH??) which would lead to behaviors that changed the dynamic of a once loving relationship. Friends, and family noticed it too. And I see, in reading another review of Dr. Donatello on here, another patient relates that he too was prescribed pain medication which the patient said wasn't strong enough. A higher dose was prescribed which apparently STILL wasn't strong enough. So then yet another stronger dose was prescribed. It seems that all one needs to do with Dr. Donatello is merely ASK him for whatever one wants, and one's request is accommodated. I find this type of medicine dubious, and perhaps even dangerous- on more than a few levels. Again, I was not out to second-guess anybody. My motivation was to hang on to a relationship that went from loving and caring, to secretive and adversarial, literally the same WEEK my partner began taking all these medications.I, along with many others, believed my partner to be addicted to the Vicodin Dr. Donatello was giving him each month. He displayed classic addictive behaviors (hiding meds, refusing to discuss them, refusing to consider alternative treatment, lying about meds, researching on-line i.e., "overseas" pharmacies etc.). I am NOT a medical professional, but I truly believe Dr. Donatello to be a major catalyst in not only the dissolution of a once healthy relationship, but the deterioration of my former partner's health, both physical AND emotional.So again, my suggestion is to be wary of Dr. Donatello's prescriptions, and monitor the resulting behaviors. Thank you

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