Welton, Steven J, Md - Village Family Psychiatry

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  • 6714 Patterson Ave Ste 103

    Richmond, VA 23226

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  • 804-285-8500

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Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm;Sat. - Sun. CLOSED

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After a year of going to see Dr. Welton I was having difficulties in making my appointments and had to cancel on more than one occasion. One time in particular I called the office up 24 hours in advance and canceled. He did not get that message and was angry I did not show. He called my house freaking out saying that I can't cancel last minute. I stated that I had called the day before, to which he said that was not the case. I then asked if he was calling me a liar, he quickly got quiet. I think at this point he realized he was way out of line and had acted completely unprofessionally. He stuttered and said I will check with my staff and call you back. He called me back within a half hour and was just as nice as he could be, apologizing, saying that he had made a mistake and it was his staff's fault for not passing along the information. On another occasion after I had a severe breakdown I came in for help. I hadn't been there in awhile, partly because of the stress I had been dealing with and I had been isolating myself. He immediately became angry because I hadn't been there and he didn't try to hide it. He prescribed me a medication that affected blood sugar and had ill effects on High blood pressure. Now the blood sugar was not as big of an issue to me because I hadn't received a diagnosis of diabetes but I had been having issues with it, but the high blood pressure was a HUGE problem being that I had been hospitalized 4 times in 10 years with stroke level blood pressure. This medication said that if you had high blood pressure that you needed to tell your doctor. I had no idea of this prior and it was a good thing that I read the side effects before taking the medication. It is my opinion that due to his agitation with me for not having been there in awhile he did not ask the questions that he should have asked and was just rushing me out of there. I do not really know why these questions were not asked or if the medication would have caused me issues, but I have to believe that if the pharmaceutical company found it important enough to list and tell you to report it to your doctor it must be important. Really people you need to look for a doctor who is genuinely interested in your mental healthcare and I must say that in my experience he is not. People that experience any kind of mental disorder know that you are going to backslide from time to time either because the patient does things to make matters worse or because medications just stop working. The last thing any of us need is a doctor who is aggravated because of it, and does things that could potentially cause a person more issues. And even if he does not prescribe medications to you that could cause issues or flips out on you over the phone, people with issues need to trust their doctor well enough to turn to them if they need help. Also I do not know what the lady is talking about that gave him a positive review because I have heard nothing positive about this doctor, if my experience or the experience of these other people does not dissuade you, then you will find out soon enough. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

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After a year of going to see Dr. Welton I was having difficulties in making my appointments and had to cancel on more than one occasion. One time in particular I called the office up 24 hours in advance and canceled. He did not get that message and was angry I did not show. He called my house freaking out saying that I can't cancel last minute. I stated that I had called the day before, to which he said that was not the case. I then asked if he was calling me a liar, he quickly got quiet. I think at this point he realized he was way out of line and had acted completely unprofessionally. He stuttered and said I will check with my staff and call you back. He called me back within a half hour and was just as nice as he could be, apologizing, saying that he had made a mistake and it was his staff's fault for not passing along the information. On another occasion after I had a severe breakdown I came in for help. I hadn't been there in awhile, partly because of the stress I had been dealing with and I had been isolating myself. He immediately became angry because I hadn't been there and he didn't try to hide it. He prescribed me a medication that affected blood sugar and had ill effects on High blood pressure. Now the blood sugar was not as big of an issue to me because I hadn't received a diagnosis of diabetes but I had been having issues with it, but the high blood pressure was a HUGE problem being that I had been hospitalized 4 times in 10 years with stroke level blood pressure. This medication said that if you had high blood pressure that you needed to tell your doctor. I had no idea of this prior and it was a good thing that I read the side effects before taking the medication. It is my opinion that due to his agitation with me for not having been there in awhile he did not ask the questions that he should have asked and was just rushing me out of there. I do not really know why these questions were not asked or if the medication would have caused me issues, but I have to believe that if the pharmaceutical company found it important enough to list and tell you to report it to your doctor it must be important. Really people you need to look for a doctor who is genuinely interested in your mental healthcare and I must say that in my experience he is not. People that experience any kind of mental disorder know that you are going to backslide from time to time either because the patient does things to make matters worse or because medications just stop working. The last thing any of us need is a doctor who is aggravated because of it, and does things that could potentially cause a person more issues. And even if he does not prescribe medications to you that could cause issues or flips out on you over the phone, people with issues need to trust their doctor well enough to turn to them if they need help. Also I do not know what the lady is talking about that gave him a positive review because I have heard nothing positive about this doctor, if my experience or the experience of these other people does not dissuade you, then you will find out soon enough. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

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Dr Welton is by far the nastiest healthcare provider I've ever met. I have been with him for 5 years. We have had our ups and downs after he has a tiff every once and a while. I have stayed with him, because I felt he has kept detailed records and could keep me straight on our treatment plan. Nonetheless, I never know what to expect of him and actually feel apprehensive about seeing him every time. Pretty sad to feel this way about the Dr. you depend on to listen to your current state and bring things to your attention that may require some adjustment in your medicines. He feels entitled, with respect to, his time and yours is only incidental. He is very moody. I wouldn't be surprised if he has a mood disorder like the patients he treats. His record keeping system is actually quite archaic and his treatment of patients would benefit from bringing in some technology to speed up his appt. time so he doesn't complain you are taking too much of his time. He is kind of a 50 something Brat. Like another reviewer mentioned, he always sits in complete silence and I wait for him to speak to make sure he is listening. He has a thriving practice, so these reviews will do little to affect his practice and send a message he will hear about his personal treatment of patients. I don??t think he uses the computer in his office. I have never seen it turned on for 5 years. If I were asked whether I recommend him to a new patient, I would say look elsewhere. I??ve only stayed because it took forever to find a proper cocktail of medicines for treatment. I don??t believe the Doctor can predict how the patient will react to medicine; so I do not hold him accountable for the length of time to find what would work for me. He??s just nasty to often and it gets old. The last time I saw him; he was about to go on vacation. He takes a lot of vacations. After I was subjected to his demeanor for the day, I told him that he needed the vacation because he appeared all stressed out. He flipped out. He can??t handle the truth. If you see him, try to keep in mind that he is hypersensitive and subjects his patients to his mood swings. As his patient, you have to quickly determine his mood for that appt. and react to him according. He has invited me to change Doctor??s in the past. Pretty funny. I told him we had spent a lot of time together and I wasn??t going to let him off the hook that easy. We have a love/hate relationship. Mostly hate. I like compelling him to continue treating me to expose him to a patient that has rode his ass in the past. I am a very calm and reserved person, but he can bring out the worst in anyone. Just find another Doctor. He is doing more than fine without you and you don??t need to subject yourself to his attitude.

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Dr Welton is by far the nastiest healthcare provider I've ever met. I have been with him for 5 years. We have had our ups and downs after he has a tiff every once and a while. I have stayed with him, because I felt he has kept detailed records and could keep me straight on our treatment plan. Nonetheless, I never know what to expect of him and actually feel apprehensive about seeing him every time. Pretty sad to feel this way about the Dr. you depend on to listen to your current state and bring things to your attention that may require some adjustment in your medicines. He feels entitled, with respect to, his time and yours is only incidental. He is very moody. I wouldn't be surprised if he has a mood disorder like the patients he treats. His record keeping system is actually quite archaic and his treatment of patients would benefit from bringing in some technology to speed up his appt. time so he doesn't complain you are taking too much of his time. He is kind of a 50 something Brat. Like another reviewer mentioned, he always sits in complete silence and I wait for him to speak to make sure he is listening. He has a thriving practice, so these reviews will do little to affect his practice and send a message he will hear about his personal treatment of patients. I don??t think he uses the computer in his office. I have never seen it turned on for 5 years. If I were asked whether I recommend him to a new patient, I would say look elsewhere. I??ve only stayed because it took forever to find a proper cocktail of medicines for treatment. I don??t believe the Doctor can predict how the patient will react to medicine; so I do not hold him accountable for the length of time to find what would work for me. He??s just nasty to often and it gets old. The last time I saw him; he was about to go on vacation. He takes a lot of vacations. After I was subjected to his demeanor for the day, I told him that he needed the vacation because he appeared all stressed out. He flipped out. He can??t handle the truth. If you see him, try to keep in mind that he is hypersensitive and subjects his patients to his mood swings. As his patient, you have to quickly determine his mood for that appt. and react to him according. He has invited me to change Doctor??s in the past. Pretty funny. I told him we had spent a lot of time together and I wasn??t going to let him off the hook that easy. We have a love/hate relationship. Mostly hate. I like compelling him to continue treating me to expose him to a patient that has rode his ass in the past. I am a very calm and reserved person, but he can bring out the worst in anyone. Just find another Doctor. He is doing more than fine without you and you don??t need to subject yourself to his attitude.

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Wonderful doctor, friendly staff, and comfortable environment. Dr. Welton is very personable and seems to get to know his patients well. He is understanding, patient, and good natured. When I first saw him a couple of years ago, he was very perceptive of the fact that I did not want to start our sessions by being prescribed medications. We tried other methods of treating symptoms and talked through various options. He also recommended a therapist who would be suited for my personality. I have been seeing Dr. Welton and the therapist for years and have never felt the slightest bit of anxiety or cruelty (re: previous post).

On a side note, he brings flowers to work every week to liven up the waiting room. Children and adults alike look forward to seeing the new blossoms from his garden.

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Wonderful doctor, friendly staff, and comfortable environment. Dr. Welton is very personable and seems to get to know his patients well. He is understanding, patient, and good natured. When I first saw him a couple of years ago, he was very perceptive of the fact that I did not want to start our sessions by being prescribed medications. We tried other methods of treating symptoms and talked through various options. He also recommended a therapist who would be suited for my personality. I have been seeing Dr. Welton and the therapist for years and have never felt the slightest bit of anxiety or cruelty (re: previous post).

On a side note, he brings flowers to work every week to liven up the waiting room. Children and adults alike look forward to seeing the new blossoms from his garden.

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Never in my life has a health care professional treated me so terribly. I was suffering from severe lack of sleep, anxiety and I also have fibromyalgia. I knew walking into the room, he was going to be a quack because he was very cold, didn't even say anything to me when I walked into his office. When I started talking he just wrote everything down, didn't ask any questions, then acted like he had me all figured out after maybe 10 minutes. He then preceded to tell me that I had several mental disorders and that I was "refusing to help myself" and that he was unable to help me... um, why are you a psychiatrist if you can't help someone who can't sleep and has chronic pain? I am doing a lot to help myself by the way - I am taking tons of vitamins, herbs, eating very healthy, and I exercise more than most non chronic pain sufferers I know. At the time I was unable to work because I was in extreme pain. I do not have a mental illness, I have chronic pain and anxiety! At the time I really needed something to sleep and for some reason, this was just too complicated him. After I gave him the list of everything I've tried and my concerns about safety and side effects, he really threw his hands up and told me what a terrible patient I was, how I was refusing to let the drugs work, how I was just giving up. This man had me in tears, after all I was already anxious about seeing him and I wasn't sleeping well! I told him that I would not be paying him a dime and he whined about his precious time and I told him he wasted my time by insulting me and treating me like crap. I got so frustrated I just walked out the door. I have dealt with many doctors in my life (having the fibro and all) and I have never walked out on a doctor like that. I've seen some bad psychiatrists but "Dr" Welton was the worst. And the funny part is, I did find a cure for my sleep issues - turns out holistic medicine is sometimes the way to go. This guy is really just a glorified drug peddler and nothing more.

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Never in my life has a health care professional treated me so terribly. I was suffering from severe lack of sleep, anxiety and I also have fibromyalgia. I knew walking into the room, he was going to be a quack because he was very cold, didn't even say anything to me when I walked into his office. When I started talking he just wrote everything down, didn't ask any questions, then acted like he had me all figured out after maybe 10 minutes. He then preceded to tell me that I had several mental disorders and that I was "refusing to help myself" and that he was unable to help me... um, why are you a psychiatrist if you can't help someone who can't sleep and has chronic pain? I am doing a lot to help myself by the way - I am taking tons of vitamins, herbs, eating very healthy, and I exercise more than most non chronic pain sufferers I know. At the time I was unable to work because I was in extreme pain. I do not have a mental illness, I have chronic pain and anxiety! At the time I really needed something to sleep and for some reason, this was just too complicated him. After I gave him the list of everything I've tried and my concerns about safety and side effects, he really threw his hands up and told me what a terrible patient I was, how I was refusing to let the drugs work, how I was just giving up. This man had me in tears, after all I was already anxious about seeing him and I wasn't sleeping well! I told him that I would not be paying him a dime and he whined about his precious time and I told him he wasted my time by insulting me and treating me like crap. I got so frustrated I just walked out the door. I have dealt with many doctors in my life (having the fibro and all) and I have never walked out on a doctor like that. I've seen some bad psychiatrists but "Dr" Welton was the worst. And the funny part is, I did find a cure for my sleep issues - turns out holistic medicine is sometimes the way to go. This guy is really just a glorified drug peddler and nothing more.

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