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Qualifications and Experience
Douglas Schottenstein, M.D., opened his own private practice so that he could deliver the highest quality of care in an advanced, self-contained center. He is one of only 200 physicians in the nation who is double-board certified in neurology and interventional pain management.
Dr. Schottenstein and his expert staff at NY Spine Medicine, treat patients suffering from a variety of acute and chronic painful conditions. Dr. Schottenstein performs a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and surgeries, including epidurals, transforaminal nerve blocks, sympathetic blocks, facet and sacroiliac joint injections, radiofrequency lesioning, provocative discography, annuloplasty, nucleoplasty, spinal cord stimulation, and intrathecal pumps.
Verified Patient Reviews
fantastic office! very clean and friendly. office staff is excellent. dr schottenstein is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and compassionate. he really goes out of his way to help his patients.
Dr. Schottenstein is a highly skilled, compassionate physician who takes excellent care of his patients. He is a great doctor who is obviously at the top of his field, but even more than that, it's obvious that he cares about his patients as individuals and wants them to feel better as soon as possible. I always feel respected by the doctor and the whole staff, and trust him completely with my medical care. I also like that the office is in a great location and has appointments available at every possible time. I definitely recommend Dr. Schottenstein and NY Spine Medicine!
Over the last 3 years, i had multiple pain management procedures in new jersey, ultimately culminating in only modest benefit. Then I had surgery. After surgery, I still felt pretty miserable. So when I went to Dr. Schottenstein's office, I really didnt expect to be able to obtain much relief. But our discussion talked about using a few different tools to obtain relief---namely, spinal cord stimulation, medication, and Pilates. It's been about 6 weeks since my latest treatment, and I seriously feel pretty darn good. My pain score is about 2-3. Im very pleased and feel very fortunate. Thank you
wonderful doctor! so happy i found him!! dr schottenstein and his staff are an exceptional group of people who go the extra mile every single time!
dr schottenstein is always looking to find ways to help you feel better--whether its injections or medications or other specialized consulations---i really appreciate that he isn't dogmatic about anything and explains everything to you and lets you decide what to do---im feeling 90% better after 2 epidurals and finally can walk around pain free now---thanks dr schot!
dr schottenstein is so compassionate and nice---it is so hard to find that in a doctor nowadays. i highly recommend dr schottenstein and have also sent my mom and husband to him as well.
Dr. Schottenstein and his office are the best! I've been seeing him for years and the office is extremely efficient and helpful. He's open even during the holidays on christmas eve and new years eve and his office is very accomodating when you're in a bind or throw your back out. Thanks Dr. S!
Dr. Schottenstein is easily one of the most compassionate and hardworking physicians I have ever met. He is always willing to do whatever he can for his patients whether it is being very accomodating with his schedule or following up with doctors and imaging facilities to make sure that his patients have all the information they need as soon as possible. I would most definitely recommend Dr. Schottenstein to anyone seeking a pain management physician!
dr schottenstein is a one of a kind doctor. i came in at 830am and my history was taken, i spent 30 minutes discussing everything with the doctor, and received a shot and was done within an hour or so. excellent service!!
dr schottenstein is one of the best doctors i've ever met! dr schottenstein knows exactly what he is doing and is not pushy about anything and just provides you with all the options you have. i'm so grateful i found him on zocdoc!
The assistant who saw me first was very thorough and kind and compassionate. The doctor was equally compassionate and extremely knowledgeable and patient---i'm really impressed with this office---everyone is so kind and friendly!!
He's rad. Also very helpful and enthusiastic about fixing me which is rare. thank you!
Every staff member was very nice, imformative and helpful! Dr. Shottenstein took the time to explain my condition and my health plan for the future. There was no pressure or rush for unnecessary procedures.He was very friendly and I was comforted and releaved to know in the future if I have pain , It can be taken care of immediately.The dr.also gave his buisness card and email if I ever had any questions. Great doctor,great office!
Loved him and the staff!!! I am extremely grateful to have found him. Thank you ZocDoc!!!!!!!
He was very attentive, explained and answered all the questions. We did non feel rushed!
He was very profession,attentive & informative. Very satisfied.
You only seem doctor twice the first visit and second after that you see his medical students, or PA and you only seem him when he giving you shot. And its hi and bye. Doesn't ask a question I got a shot in wrong area. I kept saying not there. But its what ever the student wrote on your file.
I was a patient of the doctor in his former office and I am so glad I decided to follow him. His office is very efficient and the doctor is professional, thorough and makes you feel at ease with a wonderful bedside manner. He explains everything to you and does not force or push you into anything. In addition, he gives you his personal email in the event of a crisis. I don't know anyone else who does this.
Very professional and fast. Very organized and attentive and delivered an excellent explanation.
An excellent physician with excellent professional staff and facilities.
Great staff; very friendly and quick. Dr. Schottenstein had a great bedside manner, is very knowledgeable, and spent a lot of time with me explaining and discussing my options. I definitely found my neurologist!
Dr.Schottenstein really cares about the comfort of his patients and listens to them, also gave me great information about certain pains and issues I've been dealing with. Everyone in his office was really great and helpful with setting up appointments for follow ups and for MRIs. Will definitely be going back.
Very good doctor.
Amazing doctor. Listened to my concerns, reviewed the previous medical scan reports with focus and attention. Explained to me various options. The whole team of doctor provided me a caring, professional and friendly experience. I would give it a rating more than five if there was more than 5 star :) !!!
Dr Schottenstein himself is fantastic. He took the time to listen to me, ask me lot's of questions, and explain his prognosis. My first impression of his office was: 1) Lot's of patients (he's popular), 2) very modern office kind of Beverly Hills looking, 3) a healthy number of staff to support him. What I really didn't like was how busy the place was and how impersonal the office felt. Yes, the doctor was great, but the only time I spent with him was during my first visit. I was asked to return for my test results and consultation, thinking that I would get a thorough consultation like my first visit with the doctor. Instead, I was left with someone who not only looked very junior and inexperienced, but also spoke in that manner. She was very minimal in explaining my test results and when I started to ask her questions, she didn't have many answers except for me to take some injections to ease any possible pain. Really? There's no other alternatives like maybe certain exercises, etc? Also, let me point out that all she really did was read off the test results that the MRI place sent her. I could've done that myself without paying for another office visit. Needless to say, I won't be returning.
Very productive, particularly as I had prepared some questions. His responses were, where appropriate, specific and detailed. Where there were various procedures available he helped me assess the cost/benefit and risk factors of each procedure. We discussed several medications for my situation; he explained the effectiveness of each as well as its side effects. My appointment (10/20) needs follow up discussion with my cardiologist and I fully expect to hear from Dr. S in a few days
I like Dr Schottenstein and his staff. He has a bit of a rockstar-ish character to him that I found amusing but was also taken aback by at first (he calls everyone around him honey, he's in a suit, not a white lab coat, and his hair has that perfectly disheveled look). But the Dr listened to my problem, explained to me what the issue may be and took my problem seriously. He never made our appointment feel rushed even though I could tell the office was busy. I did a nerve test there and his assistant made sure I understood the results - at his request. Everyone at his office cared about making sure that I would get an MRI right away so they could diagnose and treat me asap because I have a work trip coming up. So, I came out of the visit super impressed and hopeful that this doctor, of the many I've seen, will actually care enough and be competent enough to treat me so I can finally be rid of my lower back pain.
I always have an excellent experience everytime I go to Dr. Schottenstein's office. He always listens to you and discusses the best solution. Highly recommend Dr. Schottenstein!
Very thorough...everything explained very concisely.
Yes I would see this doctor again. He took the time to understand my problems and go over my MRI scans. He gave me the different options I had to treat my problem. He said he is available by email or appointment if needed again or have a question.
Everyone in this office is very nice and professional , will definitley tell my family and friends and even pt.s at my office ,
very fine.freefrank& friendly talkingman.I am happy.
My experience at Dr. Schottenstein's office was exceptional. His entire staff is warm, friendly and attentive. When I met the doctor, he was able to answer all of my questions, gave me many options and proposed an individualized treatment plan that fit my desires and needs. Besides being extremely knowledgable, Dr. Schottenstein is very personable and empathetic. He has treated me better than any other doctor I've seen. He has helped alleviate pain that I have been dealing with for many years. His office is efficient and his assistants are a delight to be around. Needless to say, I highly recommend him!
I arrived at 8:15 for an 8:30 appointment, The Assistant saw me at 8:45 and the Doctor at 9:00. That early in the morning and behind schedule, I don't know how it goes during the day...!
Dr. Schottenstein is amazing! I have heard nothing but good thing about him and came here on the recommendation of a friend. He listened to my whole history of how I got injured and was very helpful in explaining my images and condition to me. He has a great bedside manner and all his staff reflect this quality as well…everyone is so nice here. It is a super busy office but I was seen right away, very impressive, an A plus doctor and practice
It was literally the best doctor visit I've ever had. The whole staff was very personable. I noticed I got there during a very busy hour so the wait was a little long but I didn't mind the wait. It gave me the chance to get some work done. Great doctor and great staff! :-) -Patricia S.
Such an excellent facility! I have never been to such a friendly and competent staff. Dr. Schottenstein and the entire staff really go out of their way to help you with anything and everything. They are so accommodating and always squeeze me in when necessary. Dr. Schottenstein is highly intelligent and compassionate and I defienitely recoomend him!
This place is a factory and I was just a number. The office visit was quick and the Dr. didn't even examine me. The follow up was terrible. They took a full week to get approval for an MRI (which my insurance company said if they had just called they could have gotten approval immediately). All they did was push me more and more pills and suggest injections - even when the MRI results didn't explain my symptoms. The medical assistant (I forget his name) was nice but completely useless. He would call me back but was unable to answer any questions at all and it was a frustrating game of phone tag for a full week. The doctor wouldn't speak to me unless I came in for another appointment. I would never go back to this place. They pull you in with the beautiful office and people, but it was a truly awful experience and I felt scammed.
The doctor and his staff are very thoughtful and courteous. I seen a lot of doctors over the years and this was one of my best experiences. He is worth waiting for to see.
Dr. Schottenstein reviewed my medical records from another doctor, made a plan for further investigation of my issues that were not suggested by first doctor, was genuinely concerned and sensitive, put me at ease, spent time with me asking questions, discussing the issues, began a medical/testing examination. I really left feeling with a sense of hopefulness that heretofore, I haven't had with another doctor. For a first visit, Dr. Schottenstein and staff were great.
He is worth the wait. Extremely personable. Caring. Knowledgable.
I think he runs an insurance factory, I went at a PT's suggestion due to chronic pain. He listened to my (long) history for less than 60 seconds. Did a cursory exam. Had his assistant do some electrical nerve test and recommended an MRI. I went for MRI. When I returned to hear about results I only saw a very young assistant who showed me the results but acknowledged that they could or could not be the source of my pain. VShe mentioned steroid injections and a pain patch .. I would never do that without doing more research. There was nothing more to follow up on unless I wanted to book an injection yet at checkout they said "the doctor would like to see you in 4 weeks." For what?? He didn't even see me on the second visit and I haven't agreed to any additional procedures. This is medicine at its scariest if a patient doesn't know better. Buyer beware.
I was impressed with the staff including the front desk and the medical assistants. Dr. Schottenstein seemed very knowledgeable and explained all the different options that would possibly work for me. After I left I had questions I forgot to ask and I had emailed the doctor and received an email and then a phone call shortly thereafter from his medical assistant. that's what I call service! Let's see how the treatment goes.
This has got to be my 6th or 7th visit to his office and i absolutely love his staff.. I havent been there since october and when i walked in his receptionoist remebered who i was.. Its a gorgeous office and they are soooo nice.. Dr. Schottenstein himself is amazing..
After no wait time I met and was extremely impressed with Dr. Schottenstein. Everything about the office, including the staff, facilities, and the doctor himself, was outstanding. Dr. Schottenstein's comprehensive explanations complimented his remarkable bedside manner. I highly recommend Dr. Schottenstein.
Dr. Schottenstein is the best there is! He is so personable, intelligent, and really takes the time to answer all your questions in a thorough manner. It really impressed me how he was able to make everything so easy to understand instead of just throwing a bunch of medical jargon my way. I will definitely continue to see him!
Highly recommend Dr. Schottenstein! I was very impressed with the way I was taken care of by the doctor and the staff. ALL my questions and concerns were thoroughly answered, and I left confident that Dr. Schottenstein would get to the bottom of my issues.
Dont know yet- i look at long term results not just after 1 visit and say oh, he's great like some of these people :)
Amazing. Never felt so comfortable around a doctor. I know and feel confident that we will get to the bottom of my issue without any problems. Highly recommended.
The doctor was very nice, with a pleasant manner. I spent most of my time waiting, or with his medical assistant. I felt kind of like a cog in a machine more than a patient with a legitimate issue. However, I do like the doctor's approach- he incorporates and encourages alternative therapies.
it was a great experience.
It was an excellent visit. He was very informative and very helpful!
Both the doctor and his PA were very informative and personable. I left feeling like we were going to get to the bottom of my issue and that everything was properly addressed. I would highly recommend anyone with back/neck pain to see him.
I had been looking for a few months to find a doctor who would help me with my problem. He was willing to listen, form his own opinion and now I feel like I'm in the right hands.
One of the best doctors in NYC hands down!
Excellent staff, clean and organized place and Doctor Schottenstein very professional and very thorough about everything.
He was great. Got to the issue had good recommendations. And did what he felt was best.
Staff was really nice and doctor was really nice and informative as well.
Dr. Schottenstein and his staff were most professional and courteous. I have complete confidence that Dr. Schottenstein will properly diagnose and treat my neurological problems once testing is completed.
He was very jittery and didn't explain anything himself. His medical assistants and PA's did everything but procedures and didn't really give me peace of mind that everything is okay.
My first visit was a good experience! I feel like he went above and beyond to get to the root of my problem. He knew what exactly what tests to run and gave me options as to what might work best for me. I have never experienced that from a doctor before. It was totally my choice of meds and treatment.
Very thorough and attentive staff. A truly professional environment.
Great! Diagnosed, tested, treated like 1-2-3-bam, as the chef says!
He's a good doctor no complaints
Overall the appointwent was good. Dr. Schottenstein has an interesting bedside manner, very un-doctor like. But I liked it. He was friendly and interested in my issues. He suggested things that worked with my life. He was concerned for my well being and making me feel better.
He took my concerns seriously and was thorough and encouraging.
Really concern doctor and friendly.Understands patient situation and gives options.
Fabulous doctor, wonderful staff... I highly recommend him!
Dr.Schottenstein is great, not only did he really listen to what my issue was with my migraines, he looked at it from all aspects. The office is beautiful and the staff was very friendly. I can't recommended this office and Dr. Schottenstein enough!
A professional doctor with a friendly and comfortable presence. Has a confidence that did relate to us as "I can trust him."
This is where you goif you want an epidural. Some people are helped by this procedure. One patient who uses a walker was ecstatic. I don't know.
When I went to see him, his assistant that checked me in was far more helpful. He referred me to another doctor, and never followed up with me. He is clearly not interested in providing care for his clients.
He was very nice and made you feel comfortable.
Dr. Douglas seems young and was friendly. The wait was long more than an hour, and the time I spent with him was probably 10 minutes. That was the bad part. Other than that I think he was ok I'll keep giving him a try.
amazing doctor very understanding and listen :)also great staff very helpful
Kind, sympathetic, intelligent, professional, not rushed.
I absolutely loved my doctor visit. Well as much as you would a doctor visit. The staff were very professional (which I haven't seen in a while) and very friendly. I waited less than 10 minutes to see Dr. Schottenstein. I loved that he gave me alternatives. Not just throwing a bunch of prescriptions at me. He made me feel at home and very comfortable. He explained things so I could easily understand and didn't make me feel rushed (which I'm used to). I've already recommended him to my husband and a co-worker.
I had a very good experience. Dr. Schottenstein was very helpful and gave me a lot of time. His staff is very friendly and effective. Thanks.
This was my second visit with Dr. Schottenstein and I've noticed a significant improvement already. I have been limited by pain for years and finally feel like I'm able to enjoy my life again. Dr. Schottenstein and his staff were incredibly kind and courteous both times and I just want to say thanks!
I’ve been to a lot of doctors, good and bad. Now, in my mind, there are certain things that make a good doctor: Professional (yet, easy to talk to), knowledgeable, takes the time to explain my condition and treatment options, and treats me like a human being rather than a case or a file number. And I look for certain things in a doctor’s office: cleanliness, courteous and efficient staff, and a comfortable atmosphere. Dr. Schottenstein has all of this and more. He clearly cares about his patients’ health and well-being. He’s not just a good doctor; he’s an excellent doctor. I’m so glad I found him. To have him in my corner makes me feel so much better. I highly recommend him to everyone.
Very friendly, thorough and direct. The office staff was also very friendly, welcoming and professional.
I hope I am not the only person who feels this way but I think Dr. Schottenstein's office is very unprofessional. The Assistants who ask you personal medical questions before the exam don't wear scrubs or seem that they much training for that role. I have noticed their attire to be on the unprofessional side at times as well. I don't doubt he is very knowledgeable about what he does but, while waiting in a room during one of my visits, I could overhear him arguing/yelling with one of his assistants in another room for well over 5minutes - I will leave the conversation private. It made me extremely uncomfortable. Needless to say I won't be back.
Very personable. Listened to me but got me out on time.
He was amazing. He took the time to understand my history and discuss the best options for me me. Excellent physician !
Excellent doc, knows his stuff.
First visit was a consultation. Ask me again after a few visits.
excellent facilities and very amiable staff. Dr S is very amiable as well and certainly seems to know what he is doing.
Professional with clear next steps lined out.
Dr. Schottenstein is brilliant. He's patient, listens and cares about his patients.
He was excellent. Answered all my question and explained the procedure before & what he was about to do & was doing. He was very professional.
Dr. Schottenstein is great! He listens, explains what he is doing, and exercises compassion while practicing good medicine.
Dr. Schottenstein was very personable and professional. His staff was very friendly and both times I was seen promptly and on time.
My appointment with Dr. Schottenstein was fanatstic! No wait. He knew exactly what he was doing. Was kind and patient and listened to me. I can't imagine a better Dr!!! Matthew Davis
Very professional and friendly. Obviously very bright, but took time to make certain I understood the details.
Dr. Schottenstein and his staff were warm, knowledgable, and courteous. I found him to be very responsive and helpful, and he immediately put me at ease. Overall, an excellent experience!
Will need to see him again to get a better read - I think he is talented but I didn't care for the way he treated his front desk staff...
Dr. schottenstein was very thorough and attentive to my needs as a patient. He explained things in a manner which was easy to understand and I left with confidence.