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Dr. Guthrie was born and raised in Queens, New York. She received her medical degree from the prestigious Weill Cornell Medical College and later interned at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Dr. Guthrie went on to complete her post graduate training in Ophthalmology at the world renowned New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. She has been in practice nearly 24 years and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Guthrie has lectured extensively to corporate and community groups during her impressive career. She was awarded the Women in Science award by her alma mater, Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside several years ago. A frequent contributor to the Woodside Herald newspaper, she writes a medical advice column, ” Eye on Guthrie”.
Dr. Guthrie has always believed the relationship between doctor and patient contributes significantly to the quality of care delivered and received and has built her practice on this fundamental belief.
Verified Patient Reviews
Competence and humanity
Would highly recommend. Very nice and thorough Dr.
Dr. Guthrie was very thorough in her examination and had excellent bedside manner. Her staff was extremely friendly and helped me with an insurance matter before my appointment. I only had to wait about 5 minutes before being seen, and easily rescheduled a follow up appointment on my way out. Highly recommend!
Dr. Guthrie is very knowledgable and thorough in the eye care she provides to her patient's. She is a wonderful, caring and thoughtful professional. My family and I have been with Dr. Guthrie for over six year's now. She's great with kids and just has a way of making them feel comfortable during their visit. My son Roman loves seeing her for his anuall checkup. Dr. G is a can't miss. See for yourself. Eye did.
I have been a patient of Dr. Guthrie for years and feel very comfortable coming to this office to see her. The staff is friendly and professional as well and I rarely have a long waiting time to see the doctor. I feel like I am in good hands with Dr. Guthrie.
Sunnyside is so fortunate to have Dr. Guthrie in our neighborhood. She is a consummate professional and a an expert in her field.
I have been going to Dr. Guthrie for many years and I feel very comfortable knowing that when I leave her office she has given me a complete eye exam. Dr. Guthrie has a wonderful bedside manner and always makes you feel at ease. Anyone looking for an experienced and highly qualified Dr. should make an appointment with Dr.Guthrie. You will not be disappointed with the care you receive.
It was very good, as far as one can tell from a first visit.
The doctor was fantastic. Super kind and concerned with my condition. She offered me advice on different things I could use along with medication to help ease my condition. Even when I expressed stresses in my career life, she felt the need to offer advice and help. She genuinely cared about making her patient happy and didn't treat me as a task to complete.
I think she's very nice, knowledgeable, but the wait before and during was crazy long...I was there over 2 hours for a consultation!! I'm torn about going back...
Dr Debra Guthrie has been my doctor for 20 years now....Under her care I am in good hands...she's the best...??
Dr. Guthrie was very understanding about my circumstance. She was comforting and encouraged me (with a few personal stories) and gave me the courage to check my eye sight annually despite the more than likely chance that I'll receive bad news. She also referred me to a great specialist for which I am very grateful.
Very personable - also gave some very good advice
terrific doctor. only concern was the wait time but would see her again.
I've been seeing her for over a decade and receive great service.
Very pleasant and sympathic.
Dr. Guthrie answered all of my questions thoroughly and recommended a new contact cleaner which has fixed my evening 'dry eye' problem!
Dr. Guthrie is very kind and has a great bedside manner. The staff is pretty efficient and tends to be close to on-time with appointments.
Was excellent at calming me down and assessing my situation. She was very attentive and was excellent at calming my nerves. Very grounded and a lovely doctor!
Dr. Guthrie is an accomplished Ophthalmologist. Whenever I go for a visit, I never feel rushed and know that I am getting quality care. If I do not understand a procedure the Dr. is doing the Dr. will let me know exactly what she is doing and answers the questions I may have. This puts you at ease as a patient. Anyone who is searching for a very good Dr. should consider a visit to Dr. Guthrie.
Seamless experience. No long wait. Very nice and personable doctor. Nice staff.
I think Dr.Guthrie is a very good doctor and very easy to talk to.
It was great. Dr. Guthrie is very accomplished and dedicated and I have been going to Dr. Guthrie for years and never had a problem. If you are looking for a great and respected Dr. I would highly recommend Dr. Guthrie.
She was very professional and interested in solving the problem.
I went into her medical office with anxiety and left in a peaceful state of mind. Dr.Guthrie is awesome !!! She is not only a great doctor but she is also a wonderful human being . I am actually looking forward to seeing her again, a little over a month from now. Her medical and office staff are also welcoming and helpful. . Thank you all !!
It was ok
Very knowledgeable, professional and personable. Will definitely be using her as my eye doctor
She is a great eye doctor and very nice. Nice office staff also. I Highly recommend her!
She is very nice and polite and explains everything.
Very congenial and thorough.a+
Dr. Guthrie is personable and professional. She addressed all of my concerns and when I didn't follow up (out of my own forgetfulness) on an issue she thought worthy of further testing, they called me to remind me!
Very nice and very thorough! Would definitely recommend and will defintely be back.
She is very nice doctor, professional,patient. Treat me very well. Highly recommend
Every visit to Dr.Guthrie's is a positive experience. This visit was no different. Her staff, medical and office ,Mattie and Marilyn were as usual , very helpful and courteous Love their smiles ! Dr.Guthrie was gentle, thoughtful ,kind, compassionate and thorough. as she examined me. In spite of the fact that she was extremely busy, she found the time to explain things to me , in a way that I could understand. Dr. Guthrie is a gem!
Dr. Guthrie is very smart, asks good questions, was thorough, evaluated my condition with ease, and provided a good solution to improve my vision. I couldn't ask for more.
Dr. Guthrie was great, personable, professional and efficient. She answered all my questions and made me feel at ease while delivering less than stellar news. Her staff member who did the pre-exam was equally kind and competent, as well as made sure I understood their fee structure for contacts and consulting. A very pleasant experience overall.
She was absolutely amazing! Hight recommended!!
She and her staff are friendly, but professional.
I have been a long term patient of Debra Guthrie MD for 20 years now and I must say for all of my visit and treatment have been great.....Debra really cares about her patients.
There was a charge for a glasses prescription and they do not fax prescriptions to 3rd party vendors...ridiculous.
Dr. Guthrie was very kind and helpful. She was able to immediately tell me that I had an infection and provided me with 3 different sample eye drops. I highly recommend her to everyone!
Wonderful, smart, caring doctor. Thorough, personable...highly recommended!
All my general answer were answered with regards to my vision look forward to seeing the Dr. In a couple of weeks
Very thorough visit and diagnosis. She was the first doctor to take a different approach to my eye issues, and I've never been better! Very nice staff overall and efficient service as well!
Dr. Guthrie was very professional, approachable and, more importantly, able to diagnosis my seemingly simple ailment in a few short minutes. The doctor was compassionate and spent more than enough time with me. I never felt rushed and was given time to ask questions. It was a wonderful experience.
Who looks forward to going to a doctor ? Well I do ,if it means going to see Dr. Debra Guthrie. She is a wonderful human being and an outstanding doctor. I am so thankful that somehow I became her patient . . On my last visit to her, she examined my eyes, in a thorough fashion,again and told me about a eye condition that she will be able to treat . She explained ,in detail , the condition and the treatment. . Thank you Dr. Guthrie , Oh ! Dr . Guthrie's was helpful, as usual.
She takes the time needed to discuss the medical issues. She is very understanding about the patient's needs.
The doctor was amazing and very thorough
Dr. Gutherie is professional and friendly. I would recommend her to anyone, in fact I always do.
I trust Dr Gutherie with my eyes completely. I saw her this morning on an emergency basis and she took care of the problem!
Very professional, kind, and does a wonderful job!
Dr. Guthrie makes you feel comfortable right away. She is very easy to talk to and is patient in listening to your complaints and symptoms. She readily answers any questions you may have. The reception staff is also extremely pleasant and helpful. I will definitely be coming back here again and have already begun recommending Dr. Guthrie to others.
It was focused and efficient; just what any fellow-professional needs!
what a sweetheart! if all doctors could be like her, i would be so happy!
Excellent, I got a good bill of health! and Dr Guthrie was very proud of my progress with my new knee.
She is the best, she is caring and understanding.
She was wonderful! Super friendly, relaxed, knowledgable. Tailored her recommendations to my specific medical needs with clear regard for my other health issues/medications.
Dr. Debra knew my eye problems and related well to them and was interested in my going to the Metropolitan Opera. Excellent visit!
Dr Guthrie is the best opthamologist I've ever been to. she's intelligent, interested and top of the line competent. I can not recommend her enough
This was not my first time going to Dr. Guthrie and it definitely won't be my last . From the moment I enter the office , I am greeted warmly with smiles from the front desk staff. ( Marilyn and others ) Then Mattie , took me right in and made me feel so very comfortable , as she tested my eyes etc. She is a gem! Then I saw Dr. Guthrie , who is truly an expert in her field . Whenever I go to see her , she is always so patient, skillful, informative , thoughtful and reassuring . She explains everything . Actually can't wait to have my next appointment at her office.
She takes such good care of me !!! I am so very,very grateful that she is my opthalmologist . What a great human being and doctor !! Her office staff is quite helpful !
She was extremely knowledgeable and wanted to help me with my issue. Highly recommend her.
Will certainly see Dr. Guthrie again. She was patient, thorough, and very warm. Highly recommend.
Dr. Guthrie was thorough, she asked questions, she asked me if I had questions, and yet the whole thing felt rushed after a long wait. I'd have preferred a little more conversation on my concerns, but perhaps not all patients want to take that time.
She was very friendly, but the wait time was a little long (Got seen at 2:40ish for a 2:00 appointment. She was informative and quick in the eye exam.
She quickly identified my problem. My condition required treatment by a specialist, whom she immediately contacted and booked an appointment for me.
Dr. Guthrie is friendly and very personable. She explained everything and gave the reasons behind her recommendations. She was thorough and businesslike and did not waste my time or the time of others. Her staff was efficient and friendly as well. I definitely recommend her.
Professional and friendly
She is pleasant and thorough.
Excellent. She did surgery on my eyes when I was 8 months old and I've been going to her since then...very very happy with her...she's a great doctor!
Dr. Guthrie was very nice, very professional and knowledgable.
Dr Gutherie was wonderful...made me feel very comfortable even though she was going to poke a needle into my inner eyelid! I had to leave in 2 days fro Europe and didn't want any issues with a small pimple-like growth and she was very caring, gentle and humorous at times...I would totally recommend her.
Dr. Guthrie is very nice but is a little too quick movie for my liking. She started performing an eye exam on me without ANY warning. I've been to the eye doctor many time so I knew what to expect but I would prefer someone to let me know when they're about to stick something in my eye or flip my eyelids inside out.
It was a very useful and informative visit, and has already made a big difference -- in just two days.
Great doctor. So professional. She listens! I would definitely recommend her to anyone.
She is very professional, sufficient.
She was very pleasant. Never felt rushed and she was actually interested on my condition and wanted to thoroughly look into it. Recommend for anyone!
She really helped me through a scary time losing vision in one eye. Immediately made sure I saw a retina specialist, and kept up on my progress. (Even though I had only seen her once) Definitely suggest to anyone.
An excellent doctor. Very smart and patient. She looks at your optical issues from all different angles. Very reassuring. I would recommend Dr. Guthrie to everyone.
For me, this was a surgery I was anxious about, and her manner, and explanations were very reassuring. She welcomed my partner for the visit, and let him look into the scope. The best part is that I can see better already.
She is terrific..... She listens and she has a great sense of humor.
Great, really. I found her friendly and real. Gave me thorough testing on these flashes of light I started seeing. Got a good report with a recommendation for a follow up.
Dr. Guthrie was fine for a regular eye exam a few months ago. However, when my employer switched insurance providers and I had to have a prescription she wrote for me pre-cleared, her office staff was less than helpful. They provided me with an alternative that was covered by my insurance, which unfortunately did not work after a week and a half. I called to let them know and asked the doctor to reach out to my insurance to have my original prescription approved, since no alternative was available. Her receptionist gave me attitude and said "Well that didn't work before and never works." She then said the doctor was out of the office and would take care of it the next day. Three weeks and five phone calls to her office later, I finally reached out to my insurance to see if they had heard from Dr. Guthrie. They said they received a letter only yesterday. Lo and behold, the original prescription was cleared today and will be covered. Clearly the receptionist was just trying to evade work. Every time I called Dr. Guthrie's office, her staff gave me the same response- Dr. Guthrie was not in the office (she apparently only works only a few hours a week and takes a ton of vacations!) and the insurance company was likely to turn down the request (ended up being no problem at all). I encountered so much laziness and attitude from her staff that I will certainly not be going back to this practice. What should have taken a few days took three weeks. Without my prescription, I had difficulty wearing contact lenses, had to wear glasses, and could barely open my eyes due to swelling. The people in this office aren't interested in helping others- they're just sitting around 9-5 waiting to collect a paycheck, and grumble at the thought of doing their jobs. I have a suggestion for Dr. Guthrie's staff- get out of the healthCARE industry!
Dr. Guthrie answered all my questions and got me on a new prescription that has me seeing as clearly as ever.
I was very satisfied with the office location, neat and very well organized. I also was happy with the promptness of her staff taking care of me to complete the paperwork two minutes after I came in. Immediately after I was called inside to see the doctor. She did a thorough checkup and was very helpful and explained things very well. Very pleasant and great bedside manners with her patients. I really liked her..
Dr. Guthrie was extremely professional and was very informative when examining my eyes. She was able to point out cause and effect with my daily habits and the minor issues I had been having with my eyes. She also kindly offered easy to implement tips to help me in my daily routine. I would recommend Dr Guthrie to anyone looking for a NYC eye doctor.
She tells it like it is which is refreshing. My condition is chronic and there is just so much can be done. Down to earth, professional gave me a medication to use that I had not used in 6 months , may help again and restarted Restatis . Will see her again in 6 months.
She is a very caring doctor who handle patients with care. I love her professionalism. I can recommend her to my friends and family. She made sure that I am comfortable with her, by talking to me. Her receptionist was very nice and understanding even after I had mad a mistake . Thank you
Spent about 20 minutes waiting, but once I saw her, she was very nice and helpful with my condition.
I liked Dr. Guthrie! My appointment was very quick, which normally I would have wanted a little more time, but I didn't feel rushed - it was just a little quicker than I was used to. She was very sweet though, and scheduled a follow up immediately (that was necessary to see if my dry eye prescription worked) - so will be able to tell better how I feel about her once I see her in six weeks.
Dr. Guthrie was so nice and listened to my concerns. It was my first time getting my eyes examined and she was gentle and talked me through it. I would definitely recommend her!
Doctor Guthrie diagnosed a rare eye condition which symptoms I have had for a few years and which no other Ophthalmologist had uncovered. She took the time to provide the appropriate test to affirm her suspicion and explained fhe disease to me. Not the best news but at least now I know what is causing my morning blurred vision. She is fabulous and I am so thankful that I found her.
Had to wait for a bout 15-20 min after my appointment time, however Dr. Guthrie took her time with me, was informative, easy to talk to, and overall pleasant.
Dr. Guthrie is very professional with a nice bedside manner. She provided me with a very thorough eye exam. Her office staff was very pleasant. Highly recommend Dr. Guthrie
I found Dr Guthrie to be professional on every level. Highly recommended.
Seeing Debra Guthrie, MD was a Wonderful experience. She has a lovely caring nature and a very good sense of humor. I will continue to be seen by her as my Eye Dr. and actually look forward to my next visit in 6 weeks.
I just needed a quick eye exam but everything was swift and efficient yet there was plenty of opportunity to express any questions or concerns. Dr. Guthrie was very personable as well.
Very good experience. Really nice doctor.
Nice Staff,Great Doctor. Took her time, was thorough with history and exam. The only comment I have, is that they charge $25 if you are written a script for glasses. I don't go to enough Eye Dr's to know if this is a thing being done across the board due to insurance.
It was only my first visit, but she seemed pretty awesome! Aside from liking her personality, she also made it a point to make sure that my husbands union coverage would be billed alongside my primary insurance, and to try to find the most cost effective solution for the contact lenses I'd need. The fact that she offered that without any prompting made me pretty happy! She knows what's up!
She gave me a thorough examination , had excellent bedside manner and gave the results of the tests clearly and in simple language.
Wonderful - very professional, thorough, trustworthy..
Its a very warm and friendly office. Dr. Guthrie's bedside manner was wonderful and her high level of professionalism was very evident.
The visit itself was fine; the assistant and doctor were both efficient and courteous.. The office was not crowded but the administrative staff was a bit flakey. They received the zocdoc appt but didn't check that I had already submitted the requisit forms electronically in advance. Despite the fact that the info was correct in their system, they managed to get my name wrong and so the visit was delayed about 15 minutes as they were asking for someone who didn't exist in the waiting room. Afterwards they lost another 10 min trying to get the credit card reader to work.
Dr. Guthrie was very professional and very gentle.
Fabulous doctor! Made me feel comfortable like I was chatting with an old pal. She was very thorough and explained everything I wanted to know.
I had a great experience with Dr. Guthrie...they actually did not have my appointment on the books though. Not sure if that was zocdoc's fault or their own. Either way, they still saw me in a timely manner. I went before work and it was quick. Clean office and Dr. Guthrie was friendly. Overall a pretty good experience! I just needed a contact prescription and they got the job done.
Dr. Guthre was very friendly and informative!
Dr. Guthrie is very professional and know Knowledgeable. I had a wonderful visit and left knowing I was in good hands.
Dr.Gutherie was very to the point and informative. On this particular Monday morning it was quite busy but the visit went quickly and I had no complaints!
I have a condition called vasovagal where I tend to faint and I get squeamish pretty easily. As a result haven't been to the eye doctor in about 6 yrs but because of an eye infection was forced to go in today. She was very sensitive to my condition. Excellent bedside manner, knowledgable, thorough and quick. The nurse and receptionists were also quite friendly and helpful as well. I'm going back in a few weeks for a regular eye exam.
Completely disarming, she left me with no trepidation about any work that needs to be done. I highly recommend paying her a visit.
She was great! I will definitely go back!
We liked the Dr. Guthrie very much and are doing follow-up work with her.
My visit with Dr. Guthrie was great. The office staff was extremely helpful and efficient. While she was seeing other patients, they were doing measurements and things to keep me moving. I ended up seeing the Dr. right on time. Dr. Guthrie was great. She walked me through everything.
Very thorough and nice, but long wait time
My visit with Dr. Guthrie was very good. She has a friendly bedside manner and was efficient and professional. She kept me informed with every phase of the exam, answered all my questions and was very thorough. My wait was less than 15 minutes and the front desk staff was prompt in getting me checked in and ensuring that all the paperwork was in order. All in all, it was a positive experience.
Dr. Guthrie was wonderful. I would highly recommend her.
The appt went very efficiently and Dr.Guthrie was very nice and explained everything thoroughly.
Wonderfully personable and informative. Could not have asked for a more efficient and enjoyable vision appointment. Thanks!
Dr. Gunthrie was a great help. She gave me a thorough examination. Excellent professional bedside manner!
Extremely professional from the front desk to the treatment. A great experience and a great doctor.
Excellent - she is pleasant and professional and makes you feel comfortable and in good hands.
Great -- she explained everything in language that I could understand, and made me feel very comfortable. I would definitely go back.
Dr. Guthrie was fantastic. Upon receiving word of my symptoms, she cleared room in her schedule for me and fit my appointment in a day earlier than planned. Her diagnosis was spot on and she had a great bedside manner and comforting sense of humor.
I waited about 10 minutes in the waiting room before being seen by Dr. Guthrie's assistant. She was very friendly and thorough. I then saw Dr. Guthrie, who has a very friendly and relaxed bedside manner. She actually spent time with me and was very knowledgeable. She did not seem rushed at all, and she was very gentle during the exam.
She was excellent. Highly recommended!
Dr. Guthrie was amazing! Very efficient and great bedside manner.
I would encourage anyone seeking an excellent Ophthalmologist to visit Dr. Guthrie!
Dr. Guthrie's staff was exceptionally professional and the wait was much less than anticipated. Dr. Guthrie explained everything that would occur during my visit, and reviewed methodically my treatment options. Dr. Guthrie has a very warm, professional approach and I would recommend her highly.
She is excellent!
This was my first visit to Dr. Guthrie's office. Both she and her staff are very knowledgeable and personable. I will continue to be her patient into the future.
She was very friendly and personable, took the time to answer my questions, and explained medical terms in clear, understandable language.
She was preoccupied by her family issues and I did not feel she was really listening to me as patient