Dr. Dina Strachan, MD

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853 Broadway, 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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Dr. Strachan was very kind and honest in her assessment. I would recommend her to anyone.

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Dr. Strachan was great, she gave me a prescription and said based on my symptoms, the medication should work well for me. She gave me an extraction on the spot, which I appreciated. I got a text from my pharmacy less than an hour later telling my my prescription was ready. Very efficient! I was 10 minutes late for my appointment and called to advise the office. The receptionist said that was fine. When I arrived, I waited another full hour to be seen. The waiting room was full, and I sat next to another woman who had arrived before me who voiced her frustration over the delay. It seemed the office staff overbooked Dr. Strachan for each appointment slot. My wait was more than 3 times as long as my actual time with the doctor. I was very late to work.

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Very quick

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I waited a very long time. She was quick and efficient once I saw her but I didn't like the wait time.

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Dr. Strachan and her staff are always so pleasant. I love how I am always in and out. Hardly ever any wait time.

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Was very fast and professional, made me feel comfortable and would highly recommend her.

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She, like many patients have said, has terrible bed side manner. She's very abrupt and rude. The team appointed at the front desk is also rude. Nicole was the only approachable staff member. I don't recommend going to new clients.

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She was great! She was quick but knew what she was talking about. She was very nice and answered all the questions I had. The only thing that went wrong was that my prescriptions needed to be called in a second time to my insurance, but I don't think that was her fault. I highly recommend her. She even gave me a coupon for my prescription. Definitely going back.

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I was in the waiting room longer than I spent with the doctor.

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Very helpful and explained the science behind certain symptoms I was experiencing.

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Very pleasant and knowledgeable. Listened and answered all my questions. Very clean office with an excellent staff.

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Too quick

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Dr Strachan is amazing. She saw me right on time, even early! She gave me a chemical peel and perscribed something for my skin that I can't wait to try. She made me feel hope for the first time in a long time. I've already referred a friend!

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Dr. Strachan wasn't very friendly. She seemed bothered by my request to see her and not the PA. She was also being a little indifferent when I attempted to explain MY skin/acne problems. She wasn't very receptive to me explaining the history of my acne and what products I've already experienced using.

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Me gusta como me trataron desde el moment que entre hasta el momento de salir. Me atendieron en menos de 30 minutos de aver llegado, y me hicieron sentir muy bienvenida. La Doctora me trato muy bien y hasta me ayudo con un tratamiento que mi seguro no cubria. Creo que encontre mi dermatologa de por vida.

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Clean office, organized , friendly staff.

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Dr. Strachan is an exceptional doctor. She made me feel comfortable during my appointment with her.

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I've visited Dr. Strachan multiple times and at every appointment I'm kept waiting in the waiting room for at least 30 minutes. When I do get to see the doctor, the consultations often feel rushed, usuall lasting less than 10 minutes despite the long wait. It feels more like Dr. Strachan (who is understandably busy) is just going through the motions and trying to get to the next patient quickly rather than sincerely hearing out my concerns and potential needs.

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Dr. Strachan has had some less than average reviews on other sites (Yelp) but I completely disagree with them. This was my second visit with Dr. Strachan and both visits were exactly how a doctors appointment should go. The office was nice and clean, the receptionist was friendly and polite even to the other women who kept forgetting to fill out parts of the form she was given. I waited under 30 minutes to be seen, and I saw both Dr. Strachan and her assistant Nicole the first time, and just Dr. Strachan and a nurse the second time. First visit was for eczema, I got a cream that worked better than two that other PCP's prescribed, didn't need to go back. Two years later and I went for eczema on my scalp and some other issues. To be specific I made a check list of every concern I had about my skin (five items) and Dr. Strachan addressed all of them, examined me thoroughly and was very professional. The appointment was quick but who wants to spend all day at the doctor's office? That is why the wait is short. My recommendations to new patients: 1) Bring a check list, the nurse I saw initially actually came into the room with a pen and sticky note pad to write down my concerns. Then the doctor came in and repeated them back to me, examined me, and informed me of quick solutions I could get and a procedure that my insurance covered. 2) Expect the visit to be quick, don't let your own anxieties trick you into thinking Dr. Strachan isn't thorough. Maybe people expect time consuming examinations because they think the doctor doesn't know what she's doing. I can assure you, she does her research. 3) Run down your checklist in your head when the doctor is about to leave the room or recite back the solutions to each problem you were concerned about.

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After the doctor left the room and instructed me to change back into my clothes, a physicians assistant entered the room without asking, and seeing that I was half naked and despite me telling her that I was still getting changed, she explained that she just needed to set things up for the doctor. Extremely unimpressed and I will not return. The doctor also seemed rushed and insufficiently throrough

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Conivent location. Friendly staff and fast wait time.

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I would definitely return, the staff was friendly and the doctor was informative.

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I felt I wasn't really listen to everytime ill say something about an issue and A conern I was told something even without being tested for a possible diagnosis. I know I have a problem with bacteria in my skin cause it smell awful when I sweat when is really disturing my life.

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Very warm and friendly.

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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 a rushed, and she didn't seem to like to answer questions.

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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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I was a long-time patient of Dr. Strachan. I valued her expertise. However, her her focus is on revenue and not real comprehensive skin health for her patients. Often my symptoms and concerns were undermined and I was often frowned upon if the span of time between appointments was too long. More importantly, if she and her team were more focused on overall health and the intersect of dermatology in well-being, they could've played a role in helping me identify/point to other areas of concern like thyroid issues and auto immune disorders (both of which have typical skin symptoms that I too often visited Dr. Strachan for) - but instead they fell short in providing me w/ real medical support. Dermatology is tied to health and well-being in many ways; it's not just a superficial means to look good and young. Unfortunate, because she has amazing credentials, but is not putting them to the best use.