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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Rodarte founded Desert Family Physicians in 1983. He has served as a family physician in Phoenix's East Valley ever since. Dr. Rodarte studied biology at the University of Texas El Paso and got his D.O. at the College of Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Rodarte has been board certified in family medicine since 1981. He also served in the U.S. Army. Dr. Rodarte grew up in Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. He has lived in Arizona for over thirty years with his wife and two sons. He also loves to golf and is a huge movie buff. If you are a new patient, please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Thank you!
Verified Patient Reviews
His staff spoke Spanish which I found disrespectful The rooms were unkept and very outdated. Dr. Rodarte was attentive. His staff needs classes on professionalism.
Quick to prescribe? blood pressure medication the first time I saw him. Office was very old
I liked my visit straight to the point
Did not go well
was my first visit to Dr Rodarte. I arrived 30 minutes early and sat in the waiting room for two hours. Finally when I was escorted back I sat for at least another 20-30 min, when Dr. Rodarte came into the room he was extremely rude, didn't shake my hand and made a comment about my last night being Italian.. He was being smart and said he had never heard of it almost in a tone that sounded like he was making fun of it. He then proceeded to almost scold me on a medication that I take, prescribed by my now primary doctor. top of this he barely looked at my knee and just had his PA type in that I need an MRI.. After that he left without saying good bye or anything, again I'm a new patent and he made zero effort to make me feel welcome or comfortable. His PA however was very nice and way better at his job than Dr Rodarte. I will never come back to this place..
My insurance plan changed, and unfortunately my regular PCP didn't accept it. I was really sad because I loved it there. I went here because I was hospitalized with multiple infections (specifically my kidneys were trashed from a persistent strain,) and sepsis. I almost died, I was so sick. After I was released, I needed a follow up, but couldn't see my reg. PCP, and in the week it took me to find one, I ended up in urgent care with the same infection again. Then it cleared up for a few days, then got infected again! I had two trips to urgent care. Needless to say I was in a lot of pain, in my back and kidneys, and bladder. I was also dealing with constant headaches from the lumbar puncture I received in the hospital. Urgent care told me to go back to the ER for pain management or my PCP. Then I saw a kindney Dr. He has a few ideas of what is wrong, but they have to do more testing. A few weeks worth. In the meantime he wrote me 2 days worth of vicodine and said I needed to have my PCP manage my pain and other symptoms during the testing, because of the strict laws here. So, I found Dr. Rodarte online through my insurance. He not only took issue with my former PCP's scripts- I take celexa and adderall (and I didn't ask him to prescribe either,) but he refused to do anything about the pain or even give a referral to a pain clinic. He wanted to run more tests instead. The same freaking tests my kidney Dr. had ordered. I asked him what I should do, since I've now been to several doctors who all have found infection at one point, say they understand I must be hurting, but that I need to have that managed by my PCP while they run tests to pinpoint the problem, and now he's saying he also wants to run tests, refuses to treat my pain or refer me to someone who can. I moved here a year and a half ago and don't know what the heck is going on. I know that I have something wrong with me, that I'm in constant pain since my hospitalization, and all these doctors don't care and won't help. I'm beyond understanding why you'd be a doctor and not actually help people. I was so disappointed in this doctor. I was really hoping he would help because the specialists all said he would because that's his job. I guess he doesn't agree. I won't be returning, and will never refer this practice.
The front desk staff is just flat out rude and inefficient. They don't bother to say hi or even acknowledge your presence until it's time to pay. Dr Nepal is great and I would've quit coming if it weren't for her.