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Dr. Kathryn Alcarez, DO

Internist, Primary Care Doctor

New York, NY

About Dr. Kathryn Alcarez

PLEASE LIST YOUR INSURANCE I.D. # WHEN BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT. Mission Statement: "Our goal is to provide a caring and compassionate environment to achieve health and well being in a soothing and comfortable office environment. We are not a typical "clinic" where you are just a number. We provide each patient with quality personalized medical care. I do chronic fatigue care. Whatever our patients need to be healthy, we will do out best to provide that for you." News and Updates: Exciting services to come!!!.....

In-network insurances

  • 1199SEIU
  • AARP
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • Internist
  • Primary Care Doctor

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • The Mount Sinai Hospital

Education and training

  • Medical School - University Of New England, Biddeford, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lenox Hill Hospital, Residency in Internal Medicine

Professional memberships

  • National Kidney Foundation
  • American College of Physicians

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Polish

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1184678260

Dr. Kathryn Alcarez's office location

Manhattan Internal Medicine Associates, P.C.

145 E 32nd St., Suite 303

New York, NY 10016

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Dr. Alcarez is the best doctor ever! She really cares about her patients and takes time to explain everything, so it makes sense. I highly recommend her if you want to be taken care of and have the best care possible.
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Very disorganized staff and long wait time. I don’t recommend this office to anyone who values their time.
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I’ve been with this doc for 8 years. Love seeing her every time I go. She’s really caring and listens well. Always solves any problem I have and gives me advice. She’s the best!
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Dr. Alcarez is amazing! So sweet and listened/answered my long list of questions :) this is my first time using Zocdoc so happy I found a new primary doctor!
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Dr Alcarez is one of the most caring and giving doctors I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen tons of doctors for complex medical issues.) I went to her because she treats patients with ME/CFS to help them live better lives withless symptoms from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After 12 years with CFS, Dr Alcarez is the only doctor whose care has actually begun to help. She is very generous with her time, especially that I try to grab her last appointment of her day. If I get it (and sometimes I may have to wait a little bit longer in the waiting room) Dr. Alcarez gives me an hour and even two, as necessary. She has provided me with excellent referrals, encouragement and treatment options for a disease that has no known cause, no cure, and no completely effective treatment. There is a lot of trial and error involved, requiring patience and determination of both patient and doctor working as a team. What I love the most about Dr. Alcarez, is her willingness to truly listen and hear me...and her complete lack of judgment. CFS is a disease about which many doctors form predetermined judgments based on old research, especially a major study done in England about 30+ years ago. The methodology and conclusions of that massive research study involving the largest patient population of any study of CFS has been systematically debunked, yet so many doctors and even the official DSM-V still recommends treatments based on that old clinical research project that easily could be more harmful than helpful for many CFS patients. Those doctors and the DSM-V still say that the disease is generally speaking in our heads. For those of us who suffer greatly with symptoms that look and feel in every way like constantly recurring infections (fevers, sweats, shivering cold and clammy, EXTREME fatigue all the time, regardless of how much sleep (called “unrefreshing sleep”), compromising “brain fog” adversely affecting cognition and memory, headaches and body pain and/or exacerbated pre-existing pain, and more...to the point of being debilitating and completely or partially upending our lives....the treatment recommended by the old studies have been causing doctors to assume for decades a psychological/mental foundation for the disease. In believing so, they dismiss real attempts to research causes and symptom relief for their patients. To those of you who suffer with CFS, there are resources out there that can provide helpful perspective, patient advocacy and support groups on line...and some few doctors like Alcarez, who focuses on helping those with CFS and potentially related diseases like Fibromyalgia, that can only be diagnosed from the symptoms. There is no simple blood test or any test at this point that diagnoses CFS for sure. One needs a caring and patient doctor or healthcare providers who believe you, don’t judge you (like most people do about diseases of severe Fatigue that have no conclusive diagnostic tests.). There is a cluster of long term symptoms that must exist (at least 4 out of the 6-7 main symptoms) for a diagnosis of CFS to be made. Patients often go through a long process of eliminating other diagnosable diseases by seeing a panoply of specialists because the main symptoms mimic symptoms of several other diseases. Most researchers now are looking into an infection or infections model (bacterial and or viral) as the cause of CFS. It’s critical to be properly diagnosed as early as possible because there are some symptom treatments and daily living practices that can be helpful in managing the disease in some patients. Other people may become increasingly debilitated and eventually disabled by CFS, like myself. Finally after decades of minimal amounts of research dollars being invested, it seems more money is making it to research scientists who are looking into CFS, which is actually an extremely costly disease to society, economically speaking. CFS affects about 1-2,000,000 people in North America; Medicare and other government services like Social Security Disability Insurance, private insurance, legitimate chronic absence from work, tremendous lost productivity nationwide, are some of the costs to society that go more or less untracked and grossly under-reported. IN NYC DR ALCAREZ IS AMONG THE HANDFUL OF DOCTORS WHO SPECIFICALLY TREAT CFS PATIENTS. She does so with DIGNITY AND RESPECT, a LACK OF JUDGEMENT, OR OUTRIGHT DISMISSAL OF THE DISEASE and its SYMPTOMS as being “in your head”, like doctors in the late 1800s-mid 1900s who diagnosed several psychiatric/mental conditions in women as “hysteria”...meaning it’s not really real. To all of you who suffer in silence without support or those of you who cannot find healthcare providers in your area for CFS...IT IS REAL. It ain’t imagined. It is not merely in your head. And it often causes other issues to arise, like depression and anxiety because patients with CFS are often house or bed-bound. Isolation is a terrible side effect of CFS, and can lead to other challenging health conditions. CFS affects relationships quite seriously: families, children, couples, friends, and employers. DR ALCAREZ is the first medical doctor who acknowledged, and after all kinds of tests to eliminate other causes more easily recognized and diagnosable quickly and without hesitation. She doesn’t judge me, disbelieve me, challenge me in an adversarial way, or simply push it to the side. Dr Alcarez is determined and invested in helping me feel better, helping me manage the disease better,,,all in the cause of me having a better Q of Life. After living with CFS 12+ years, after spending the first 6 years being treated with depression and anxiety meds to no avail, and and after searching far and wide for treatment options from specialists in Boston, Stanford, CA, Utah, and overseas...when I moved to NYC almost 2 yrs ago...I was referred to Dr Alcarez and instantly formed a bond of trust. IF U SUSPECT U HAVE CFS by checking into the main symptoms on line...go see Dr Alcarez ASAP. Don’t suffer alone without real support. It’s a lonely disease and patients cause double the suffering with deep feelings of shame. After all, when a friend or family member, or just an acquaintance “, brought it up in conversation b/c I postponed or canceled plans at the last minute...I tried to explain I have severe fatigue all the time b/c of CFS - the reply I got was reflexive and consistent: “Oh, I know what you mean. I am tired all the time.“ I would want to scream that CFS isn’t the same as being tired from a busy day or bad work week, or having to work a 60+ hr week. I found myself for years trying to explain and defend myself...something that would never happen if I had, say...diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or any other recognizable chronic illness. It’s awful to feel like I had to explain myself because friends or family were skeptical (again) as to why I canceled plans or postponed when I was in a major slump. Finally after many years, I accepted I had CFS, which I didn’t want to give into… Let go of most of the shame, and stopped explaining myself, or explained CFS once in a way that people actually got it. Join an online support or advocacy group. There is help, tho somewhat limited,,,it can make a measurable difference. FOR SKEPTICS, and to my friends and family, I suggested they watch the 2017 documentary movie “UNREST” on Netflix or iTunes. It gets a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100! And try to see Dr Alcarez if you’re in the vicinity of NYC. (There is also a well known doctor on the West Coast at Stanford who is researching and treating CFS patients with the same enthusiasm, hope and discipline as Dr Alcarez. Doctors who treat CFS patients number a few dozen across the entire country. Find one through support groups and advocacy groups...search “ME/CFS” the full name of the disease. Try to be gentle on yourself. You are not lazy, mentally ill, or simply procrastinating. IF you have CFS,,,it’s a serious diagnosis, and it’s time to seek out help and support from loved ones and professionals. It does help a lot to see a counselor or therapist...to be able to put CFS in proper perspective. I didn’t cause it, I didn’t take care of myself poorly, I “make hay when the sun shines” meaning when I’m feeling better, I try to engage in the world at large, be productive and socialize. I stopped blaming myself for the most part; am 90% less ashamed, even tho people can be so skeptical and judgmental at times. DR ALCAREZ has helped many CFS patients. Some more than others. Some have had nearly complete recovery or remission. Some have it so bad...it’s pretty tragic. If you know someone who has CFS, try to be accepting and understanding of those postponements and late cancelations. Even my other doctors know that at times I may cancel/postpone past the deadline and they still don’t charge me. The more I accept life on life’s terms...the reality of my situation today....the better I treat myself, the better I feel on some levels, the less isolated I feel. A doctor like Alcarez can help in so many ways. Not like a miracle, but very supportively and hopefully she will help you come up with symptom treatments that work to a significant degree. Be Gentle with Yourself. N. PS. On occasion, Dr Alcarez runs 45 minutes late because she’s spending extra time with a patient who needs it. I don’t complain, I schedule accordingly...because when it’s my turn, I may need the extra time! Good luck
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She was really nice, warm and answered all our questions. I would definitely recommend. The downside of the visit is that it took a long time to see her. She is in high demand.
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Dr Alcarez was extremely friendly and had excellent beside manner. I hadn't been to a checkup in two years but she picked up right where we left off. I have a feeling that Dr. Alcarez truly cares for her patient's generalhealth. I usually have a phobia of going to the doctors but Dr. Alcarez has been very kind and makes the process tranquil. Thanks Zocdoc for introducing me to such a great MD! -Courtney
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Dr. Alcarez was patient and thorough. She listened to all of my issues and I never once felt rushed. She is genuine and sweet - would highly recommend!
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Fast service and friendly personnel! Great visit. Very satisfied and happy to make this my home office.
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Dr. Alcarez is always really great to see from a patients perspective. She's very nice, listens to all of my concerns, and addresses everything completely. I've never had a less than stellar visit with her. That said, the practice does getbusy, so wait times can sometimes add up. Don't expect a quick in-and-out, but do expect a thorough and caring doctor! I really appreciate that they pre-send all of your prescriptions straight to the pharmacy, and that you have an email address for the doctor to get test results back or to do any followup you need post appointment.
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Dr. Alcarez was wonderful. She was friendly and put me at ease immediately. She spent so much time with me going over all my issues and concerns.
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She is a fantastic doctor!! Very friendly!!
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She is the best doctor! So caring and attentive. Addresses every little concern of her patients
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Great! I felt very comfortable and she answered all my questions
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I had a pleasant time at my appointment. I felt very comfortable and the staff was affable and informative. Probably the best doctor's office I had ever been to in my life.
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Dr. Alcarez was very nice, unfortunately the wait to see her took several hours. It also took almost 6 weeks for me to receive my blood work results. Too much hassle for a yearly checkup.
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The wait time to be seated in a room was short but then I was left by myself for more than 20 minutes. The med assistant was in a rush and didnt seem to care what I was saying. The doctoralso didn't seem very professional. She wasn't informative so I had no idea what was happening and why they gave me back a form they asked me to fill in the first place.
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She's a great physician with excellent bedside manner, She genuinely cares about how I feel and definitely is in tune with past illness and current conditions. I'd highly recommend her.
Less than 6 months ago
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Dr Alcarez is one of very few doctors who specialize in treating ME/CFS. For those of you who have it, you’ll know how valuable a good doctor is who is dedicated to helping us. She is a great listener, really “getsit” and she has different protocols that have had success with a lot of her patients! She gives you all the time you need, which is rare here in the city,,,but sometime you have to wait a bit for your appointment because she’s so generous with her time during an appointment.
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There was a bit of a wait, but Dr. Alcarez is great. She really listens to what you're saying, is very thorough, and explains all your options. It's very clear that she really cares about her patients.
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It's a shame that Dr. Alcarez's office staff is so terrible because she was very sweet and thoughtful about preventative care. I won't go back because I don't want to deal with her staff again for several reasons. 1. An elderlyman was keeling over in the office right in front of reception. The staff acted like they didn't see it happening until I asked him if he was ok and he said no. You're at a doctors office. Learn how to handle emergency situations! 2. Dr. Alcarez told me I'd receive my results via email within two weeks. I never got it and when I called about it, they scolded Dr. Alcarez for telling me that I'd get it by email. I still have not received my results. 3. I saw Dr. Alcarez in April. In August I received a medical bill from her office unexpectedly. I don't even want to deal with how her office operates so I won't question it and just never go back.
Less than 1 year ago
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Very friendly, listened to my concerns and gave me some great recommendations for other specialists.All the nurses were also very friendly and very accommodating.
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I love Dr.Alcarez, she cares so deeply about her patients. Sometimes there is a wait/delay, but it is because when she is in the room with patients she gives them her complete undivided attention. She and her team (Athena especially) are absolutely delightful to visit.
Less than 1 year ago
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Doctor and staff were very friendly and accommodating.
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I was so nervous and scared and she was soooo Sweet and kind. Very grateful to have her as my PCP.
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Dr Alcarez is super. She makes you feel very welcome and comfortable. I didn't have to wait for long. Plus the staff was really nice and very professional. I didn't have to wait at all for my tests to be conducted. Would highly recommend the facility.
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Dr. Alcarez is very thorough and kind. She really takes the time to talk to you during the office visit. She is very good about referrals to.
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Dr. Alcarez and her staff were really caring and welcoming. Highly recommend.
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I already recommended her to another person in the office - she was very willing to listen to my concerns and brought up good suggestions to help me.
Less than 1 year ago
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She is very attentive. Great bedside manner.
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Terrific Doctor! I’m so grateful for finding this team that has so many resources right in their office. Everyone was kind and took great care! Dr. Alcarez is terrific. She answered lots of questions and was very sweet.
Less than 1 year ago
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I love Dr. Alcarez! Fantastic doctor. The wait times at her office are always long, though, and sometimes getting prescriptions refilled is more complicated than it should be.
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Great! I have been wifh her for 6 1/2 yrs and will not change her at all. She is fabulous. Very patient and caring.
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Dr Alcarez was so helpful and took her time with me. She referred me to two doctors that she knew took my insurance. She is an awesome PCP. Highly recommend.
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Kathryn was very nice and very thorough. She took time to explain certain things to me and made sure I was comfortable the entire time. I would see her again.
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She was very, very thorough but also took time to listen.
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She was profesdional, courteous and thorough. She pays attention to detail and does great follow up on everything discussed. She's a wonderful physician and I'd highly recommend her.
More than 1 year ago
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She was great. Very informative and she will have you take all kinds of exams and test. Very at point.
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Crazy long wait time but everyone was so nice and professional that it was worth it!
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Dr. Alcarez is such a good listener, addressing my every concern. She offers great tips and recommendations as well as referrals if needed. I love the level of care she and her staff gives. I know when I get my results,she makes sure I understand them and is available to answer my questions.
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Dr. Alcarez was everything one could hope for in a PCP. She was attentive and informative, gave copious feedback which indicated that she truly listened and understood my concerns. This was a first visit with her for an annual physical asa new doctor under a new health plan. She spent a lot of time with me, answering my questions thoroughly and thoughtfully and then followed up in the evening with a call to confirm a suspected injury following radiology. She believes in proactive, preventive medicine, so this routine appointment included tests I've rarely ever gotten: EKG, hearing, lung capacity, nerve testing, and more. The medical staff were helpful, efficient and friendly.
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She’s very understanding and answers every question.
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The wait is worth it and is also a testament to how great this experience.
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Dr. Alcarez is always patient and thorough with your appointment.
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However, she was very apologetic and gave a full and reasonable explanation. This wait does not seem like it is the norm.
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Dr A is an extremely caring doctor, who is willing to take the time it takes to truly treat me as a person and not as a time slot. She is a great listener and a great practitioner. Highly recommend!!
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Dr. Alcarez was very sweet and helpful. I waited 50 minutes to see her but overall she was great but the nurse was very quiet and not talkative at all. The walls of the room were pretty dirty
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She is an attentive, informative and caring docror even though the wait can be long sometimes. I highly recommend her.
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Kathryn is an amazing doctor! Very responsive over email
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Always the best!
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