Dr. Dina Strachan, MD

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853 Broadway at 14th Street, Suite 701, New York, NY, 10003

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Recently named one of the nation’s top doctors by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, Dina D. Strachan, M. D. is a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. Dr. Strachan directs Aglow Dermatology a private practice in Union Square where she provides a variety of medical and cosmetic dermatologic services. Having trained and worked in a variety of settings and locations, Dr. Strachan has expertise in the treatment of all skin types and is an internationally-recognized expert in the treatment of ethnic skin. Dr. Strachan has published a number of articles and chapters, and has lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics in dermatology. A respected media source she has a number of television appearances, including the CBS News in New York, and has been quoted in the local and national print media. For her excellent professional services, she was awarded the “Forty Under 40” Achievement Award by The Network Journal in 2003, and has been included in the same publication’s “Best Black Doctors” list since 2004. She has been named one of America’s “Top Dermatologists” by the Consumers Research Council of America and one of the “45 Faces of A Better Chance” in 2008. Dr. Strachan is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.



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It appears that Dr. Strachan is a very qualified and accomplished doctor. She seems to be an expert in her field, and that's why I decided to book an appointment with her. That being said, she's pretty curt and seemed annoyed with every question I asked, and was extremely rushed. Her office is very close to mine, and I do believe that she is a very qualified practitioner, but if it weren't for the convenience, I probably wouldn't go back. I sought out a dermatologist because I have issues with my skin that I care about and want to treat. I should feel comfortable to ask questions to the professional I'm paying, whose job it is to help people with these kinds of issues. She definitely didn't care to help inform me about my concerns or explain the treatment available, different options, or pros and cons associated. But her face did light up when she heard I was interested in having a treatment done that my insurance would cover.

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Very Professional

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It felt a bit rushed. And I still had questions afterwards which made me feel not well taken care of. If I returned to this practice, I will go with my questions written down as to not forget when rushed through an exam.

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Literally the worst experience I've ever had going to see a doctor in my life. The actual examination lasted 15-30sec at most. Every time I tried to speak, raise concerns or mention other related issues or circumstances, she would either speak over me to her resident and not listen, or outright dismiss what I said - for example, multiple times I mentioned that my scalp was itching and that I had felt bumps, to both the nurse and during the examination, but at no point did they actually examine my scalp. Then after the examination, I was feeling anxious and upset about how it went, so I asked the nurse to bring the doctor back. The resident came and asked if I'd like a full body skin check, and I said yes. However when the doctor came back in, she was immediately aggressive and defensive and seemed thoroughly annoyed that she had to see me again,and then proceeded to give me an angry scalp examination. I started to try and explain the issues I've been dealing with and the different doctors I've been seeing, but before I could get into it she cut me off (and stopped her examination), saying I should have told her this already, even though she barely let me speak during her initial examination (which I tried to point out, a statement she also dismissed). At this point I was about to cry, so I just said I wanted to go home and I was never coming back to this office. She seemed totally satisfied with that statement and immediately exited the room. I deal with a lot of serious anxiety/hypochondria related issues, so every trip to a doctor's office for me is filled with dread and tension and fear. Never before have I encountered a doctor so quick to reveal in her "bedside manner" such an open contempt and disregard for her patients. Never, ever coming back here. Ever.

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Late to see me and could be heard chit chatting in another room even after I politely told the receptionist I was in a rush that particular day. On previous visits I had to answer the same repeated questions from multiple doctor assistants as if I was part of their training exercises. On my previous visit the doctor spent fewer than 5 minutes with me, seemed impatient about answering my questions, and seemed too eager to write prescriptions without hearing about my prior experience w the condition. I will never visit this office again.

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Great Doctor and Office personnel It's a pleasure to go to that office

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my visit was very pleasant but the treatment has not been working, my condition has gotten worst.

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Great reception and bedside manner. Very short wait compared to other NYC docs. Great knowledge and thorough in a great location!

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She is not a particularly empathetic or imaginative physician. I might have been better served by web md.

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I won't be returning. Her bedside manner is fairly shocking.

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I am always very pleased when I visit Dr. Strachan's office but today I felt a little put off by her bedside manner. I have recently started having breakouts and was given a topical treatment and I could not remember the name. Dr. Strachan seemed really annoyed with me but I have so many things on my mind that remembering the name of the treatment did not stick in my head (she had to check my chart for the name and being that she was busy I think that annoyed her). In any event, she did explain that I was not using it as directed which I was extremely grateful for bc had she not delved further I would not have realized I was not following the instructions properly.

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I felt very rushed. She seemed annoyed when I asked her questions. I noticed this with my 1st visit but I decided to give her another try. This time it was worse. I will be finding another dermotologist.

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She really didn't take her time with me and know my backround and that's what I'm use to . But I'll see next visit if there no improvement then I owing return

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Dr. Strachan was extremely knowledgeable, efficient, and fun to meet. She provided a thorough assessment, and I had an unexpected treatment that worked very well. I will definitely go back.

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Very smart and efficient. Great staff as well.

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Extremely professional and cordial.

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It was fine, nothing stood out. There was a woman ahead of me that was complaining of waiting for over an hour. I waited about 30 minutes after my scheduled appointment, myself. The actual doctor's visit was okay. I asked a couple of questions she answered in a terse but pleasant enough manner. I felt a bit like a number, and surely I am. However, you'd think a doctor that knows someone as an auto-immune disease would do a bit more to create a rapport...because I'll need someone's services again in the near future! Missed opportunity.

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Positive experience. Quick and thorough. Office nice enough, but not as clean as it could be. Staff courteous and helpful. Would recommend.

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I filled in additional paperwork once I arrived, but once I was done with that I sat for less than 5 minutes before being called into the back. An assistant came in with me and asked me basic info about why I was there. The assistant left and Dr. Strachan came in about five minutes later, after she was briefed by the assistant. I wasn't too fond of that - I would've preferred to speak with her directly about my issues, or at least have her in the room with the assistant while I'm discussing my issues. I don't really need a spokesperson, which is what the assistant is (in my opinion). I felt as though Dr. Strachan was in a rush. She was literally in there for less than 5 minutes. I went to Aglow in particular because I want to support more African-American doctors, and feel they would be able to relate to me better as an African-American woman, but she's the second African-American derm I've been to in less than 3 months who seems pretty anxious to get out as soon as they step in. She spoke soooo quickly that I didn't really grasp anything that she said. I didn't get to ask all my questions, as I feel I was being rushed a bit and holding her up from eating her lunch or something. It was a bit uncomfortable. She was ready and willing to have me try a chemical peel though. It made me wonder if her office had a quota to reach for the month or something. I just want someone who would genuinely stay and answer my questions. I noticed the appointments were set in 20-minute increments on ZOCDOC, so I feel I should've gotten at least 15 minutes with her. They gave a nice little welcome sample bag with Eucerin & Aquaphor products, but aside from that I highly doubt I'll be back. The doctor didn't meet my expectations.

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Came in, prescribed meds within a few min of looking at my arm and sent me away with barely any reason or explanation of what she thought. I also felt like she didn't listen to what i thought happened to my arm. It was frustrating.

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This was such a great experience--Dr. Strachan was efficient and professional in addressing my concerns but also warm and unrushed when interacting with me as a person. Her medical assistant, Samantha, was also a top performer in interacting with patients and addressing medical concerns. Will definitely go back!

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After seeing several dermatologists,I am so pleased to have visited Dr.Strachan.She and her staff were kind and very professional.She is so informative and accurate on skin issues.She was able to improve my skin appearance in only two days.I highly recommend her as I am excited to have finally found a dermatologist who understands my skin.

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She was very nice and helpful. She assisted me with all my questions and concerns.

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Very professional, clean place and great staff. Highly recommended.

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Was good i am satisfied

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Do not see this doctor. She spent 2-3 minutes max in the room and didnt explain anything. I should have listened to the previous reviews but went anyway and now I will be booking another appointment with another derm.

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A professional in her craft She is an inspiration to all.

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I went in for a general screening , and I'm pretty satisfied. The ladies at the front desk were really nice and helpful answering all my questions. The visit per se was quite short; which is not necessarily a bad thing since Doc Strachan looked like she knew what she was doing, so I didn't feel a lack of proper care. I will definitely come back for my yearly screening.

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My visit was very professional, and informative. Nicole was also a pleasure! Would recommend this team to all.

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Had a great visit! Tend to get light headed when I have shots, and they gave me water and a cookie. No rush to leave. Would highly recommend!

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I found her and her staff personable and thought they were effective communicators.

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Love it' very straight forward and very professional

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Front desk woman is Sooo nice (older woman with a huge smile). My first visit I saw Nicole, a nurse that explained my options and treated me gently. On my second visit I let the nurse that bought me into the room know that my treatment seemed fine but I had a question. I stuck my head out of the room I had been waiting in for 30 minutes past my time and overheard Nicole tell Dr. Strachan that she needed to see me instead and asked Dr. Starchan asked if I'm really that bad. I guess I was a difficult patient because I had questions about my treatment. On her way in. Dr. Strachan answered my question like she was a bit annoyed and then proceeded to treat me (steroid shots) without mercy. I will never return there.

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I felt very comfortable with this dermatologist. Something I never felt with my last one. She seems very knowledgable, and honest!

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Bad followup with prescriptions- had to call numerous times & ended up canceling and booking with another doctor at different practice. I would not recommend this office to anyone.

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Dr Shrachan was very nice and caring. She constantly asks if your ok while a procedure. Her assistant was very kind and thoughtful as well. Definitely will be recommending this Doctor to friends and family.

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Very professional. I appreciate the contemporary practice and atmosphere that you are getting comprehensive support.

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I had to tell 2 office professionals the same information as they visited me in sequence before the doctor came in. The doctor spent fewer than 3 minutes with me and asked the same questions. Quick to write a prescription and no preventive advice for my condition was offered. Upon leaving I realized I should ask about preventive care and attempted to do so when I saw the doctor and her assistant in their office. But I was rudely manhandled by another office worker and told to go to the waiting room where someone would get back to me.

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Dr, Dina Strachan and her staff are fabulous and professional. The office is very immaculate.

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It seemed almost too quick! I would want to go back for another visit before giving 5 stars to make sure she was thorough enough