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Allergy Consultation
9701 SW Barnes Rd, Suite 130, Portland, OR, 97225

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** NEW PATIENTS,PLEASE BE AWARE THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL FORMS TO FILL-OUT AT THE TIME OF CHECK IN AT THE CLINIC. Dr. Anderson-Cowell received her BA in Biology and Chemistry from Hofstra University in New York. She then went to medical school in Syracuse, New York with a strong interest in understanding the immune system and how HIV attacked a very specific part of the immune system. At that time she was trying to discover a cure for HIV and was involved in basic science research. Dr. Anderson-Cowell attended Yale University School of Medicine where she completed a fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She was an Associate research Scientist there in the division of Immunobiology. She and her husband moved to Portland, Oregon where they now have two wonderful children. She has practiced with AADA since 1998 and continues to enjoy taking care of patients with allergic and Immunologic diseases. In her free time she enjoys attending her children's sports activities, oil painting, writing, and going for long walks with her dog Lola. Dr.Rene Anderson-Cowell is now accepting new patients.

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Slept on time and great bedside manner. Great understanding

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Dr. Anderson-Cowell is an amazing professional. She communicates very effectively with me in a caring manner. Dr. Anderson-Cowell answers all of my questions and proposes effective treatment options. She is the BEST.

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Dr Anderson-Cowell is a outstanding allergist. Through immuno-therapy, she has been very successful at removing most of my allergies, and she is willing to try new approaches to help with removing the rest. I highly recommend her.

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Happy that she is taking care of me :-)

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I was escorted to the exam room almost immediately after arrival, and Valerie came in right away to check my vitals. After she finished it was just a couple of minutes before Dr. Anderson-Cowell came in, and she was her usual friendly, professional self. This was an annual followup visit, and since there wasn't anything out of the ordinary to discuss, and no meds changes, we were done and I was on my way in less than 30 minutes from start to finish. The AADA office is comfortable, the exam rooms are bright and cheerful, and the staff is friendly and efficient.

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She has a scribe, so she is able to talk to her patients without having to document on the computer. LOVE THIS!

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Dr Anderson-Cowell is professional, smart kind and action-oriented.

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Excellent. Thanks!

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Doc was pleasant, interviewed me thoroughly and staff was competent. I felt that tests were done and not interpreted for me; I had to ask a lot of questions about the specifics of the breathing and scratch tests, rather than being told automatically. (Did they think I would not understand?) Doctor did not return to office to consult with me about results, sending the technician back with prescriptions without interpretation or possible side effects to look out for. Also, Doctor was not familiar with something I felt was a fairly common environmental condition in Portland, and she said she was not familiar with this and would "research;" when I asked several times if that would be done for me as a concern, I got no assurances from anyone.

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Saw this allergist on advice of my GP re: a chronic dry cough for ~1 yr due to itching/tickling in the back of my throat. I have a known allergy to cats and dogs, well-controlled on Allegra-D for 15 yrs. Have pets but no no new animals. Have had chest x-ray, sinus CT, etc. so GP said to see an allergist and maybe a pulmonologist. Initial visit: Brought previous allergy test results to appt but apparently it is practice to do their own allergy testing. Staff failed to communicate to me that an allergy test would be done, so I did not stop my antihistamine prior to visit. They acted like it was my fault for not knowing. I felt like they were annoyed with me. Second visit for said allergy test: when dr came in to review results, suggested that maybe my problem was due to our pets. When I reminded her that I have had pets for 20 yrs, have been on allergy meds for 15, and the "problem" was this chronic cough which is new this year, she said, "You should see a pulmonologist. Good luck to you." A waste of my time and money, not to mention five days of misery off my meds to learn nothing of any importance, other than she was not interested in helping me with my health problem.

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Dr. Anderson-Cowell is an excellent allergist. She is an outstanding listener and tailors a treatment plan to exactly what you need. The treat is very effective at either reducing and/or removing my allergies to various allergens. I recommend her most highly.

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I have had the pleasure to see Dr. Anderson-Cowell for over 5 years. Out of all the Allergists I have seen, she has been the best and only one to truly listen to my needs, wants, and discuss openly about treatment options. She consulted me on medications, finding the balance between what worked best for me but would not break the bank, and has consistently advocated with my insurance carriers over the years for treatment benefits. I would highly recommend her without hesitation. She is truly one of the top Allergy experts in the area if not the best.

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I LOVE Dr. Anderson-Cowell! However, it usually takes about 90 minutes from appointment time to leaving the clinic. My appointment was for 2:35 today. I got there about 2:20. I was taken back to get vitals, medicine changes, etc., and then do the breathing tests at about 2:45. That part took about 30 minutes, and then I waited for Dr. Anderson-Cowell until about 3:45. One of the reasons I love Dr. Anderson-Cowell so much is that she acts like she has all the time in the world for me while still being efficient. She was with me for about 10-15 minutes and I did not feel rushed. I really like that she makes me feel like I am her only patient, and she remembers details about me and my other doctors that I would not expect her to remember. I think perhaps ideally the scheduling could be a little farther apart for each patient. Because I love her so much, I just know that my appointments are going to take at least about 90 minutes, and a lot of that time will be waiting--first to get in, then to wait for the breathing test steps to be completed, and finally waiting for the doctor.

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I spend more time with the nurse/admin than I do Laurel herself. Her bedside manner does not feel sincere and both times I have seen her is less than 15 minutes. I feel like she does not know my file intimately enough to make any decisions regarding my allergy needs. Dr. Demerrel was much more involved in the process.

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Dr. Anderson-Cowell is always friendly yet professional at the same time. She'll take the time with you that you need and not rush through the visit, which is unusual these days. Plus my allergies are so much better than they have been in years and years! I can breathe and no longer have to spend the summer with tissues stuffed up my nose!

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Truly awful. Didn't listen to what I was asking for and was quite belligerently aggressive. Stay away.

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She is right on. Dr and her staff got right with my situation. They were courteous and friendly. They were highly knowledgeable with my condition(Urticaria-Hives). We came to a quick solution and I was on my way.

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Dr. Anderson-Cowell was very nice & courteous. Although I had to repeat what I had already told the nurse, the doctor did ask some additional questions and gave some suggestions as to a diagnosis.

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The entire staff are very friendly and intelligent and break things down for you to understand... Dr. Anderson is really nice and her smile makes you feel so comfortable and her calm confident manner makes you feel like you're in good hands. :)

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I really enjoyed my time with Dr. Anderson-Cowell. She is very calming and has a wonderful bedside manner.

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I really want to like this doctor, but so far my visits have been mediocre. See seemed forgetful (actually did forget that I am taking antihistamines right after we discussed it) on both visits. My face-time with her was cursory, which may be a statement on the practice more than the doctor, but I feel that we were not able to discuss things thoroughly, or follow through on a passing, casual reference she made suggesting that I see a specialist for a related issue. She's in and out of the room pretty fast, and things feel rushed, from my end. Again, this may be due to the practice, but I left both times feeling like we didn't really delve thoroughly into everything. Care from the support staff, nurses and assistants was satisfactory.

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Very professional staff and attention to your medical needs was priority. Good explanation of medications prescribed.

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I've been a patient of Dr. Anderson-Cowell for over 10 years. Her and her staff are great people, and very helpful and professional. They have all taken very good care of me over the years.

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This was a followup one month after my initial visit. Dr. is very friendly but business-like in her approach. She included a personal touch (asking about my wife) which was appreciated.

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Very professional and very thorough. Clean, well kept office. Friendly, competent staff.

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She is very nice and kind.

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I love DC. Anderson-Cowell! She is so friendly and also really knows her stuff. I would highly recommend her to everyone.

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The people were wonderful, but the wait time awful. I arrive promptly at 3:00. I had filled out many documents on line. I was called back within 10 minutes. The nurse left me at around 3:20. I didn't see the doctor until a few minutes after 4:00. Driving from the eastside back across the river at that time of day is awful. I won't go back unless I must. This service should be on both sides of the river.

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For a first visit with Dr. Anderson-Cowell I think everything went well. I expect that once we have a history of visits things will feel a little more at ease. She checked my history thoroughly and made recommendations that seem to be well-geared toward my systems. I feel she listened well, though did forget that I mentioned that I had nosebleeds. But overall, I feel positive about the visit. The support staff there, nurses, assistants and front desk, is amazing! Very personable and professional. I felt well-treated from start to finish.

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As requested, I showed up at 7:45 for an 8am appointment. The first of the day. At 8:15 I was called back. I saw the doctor at 8:45. I do not understand how you can be so far behind so early in the day. It is simply inexcusable. She spent 2 minutes with me before she cut off the conversation and left. I didn't think two minutes was enough to convey information about symptoms and prior testing going back decades to my childhood, but I'm not a doctor. A nurse and I did a new round of allergy testing. The nurse did a wonderful job. Then the Dr came in and verified the results. If she had listened she would have learned that the results matched prior testing, and that there is more going on. But she seemed like she was in a hurry to leave. I thought she might be trying to catch up on other patients, maybe she had car trouble earlier and got a late start or something, but sadly no. I passed her on the way out lecturing someone on how it was important to stop and listen to people. I was at her office for an hour and a half. I saw her for a total of 3 minutes, and she didn't seem too interested in me or my circumstances.

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Very personable and intelligent.

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Arrived about 15 minutes late due to unavoidable personal reasons but I did not have to wait an extended amount of time to see the doctor. As usual, she asked various questions in order to arrive at a conclusion pertaining to my health at this particular appointment. Great personality, very caring and delves into details to ensure she has a grasp on the whole picture of your current health issues, She even takes the time to inquire about personal issues to the delight of myself as her patient. I am always happy to see her and feel she puts all her knowledge into an accurate diagnosis for me anytime i have an appointment with her. The nurses in the department are all very knowledgeable and friendly. You do not feel as though you are inconveniencing any one because you are not in the best of health at the time of the visit.

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I appreciate her listening to my problems and doing something about it. I also appreciated that she was not ready to retire; like some of my other doctors. Granted doctors need a life, but it is so hard breaking in doctors.

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She is looking hard for why I am having this persistent cough and trying many things. I thank her.

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Outstanding doctor. She took the time to understand the issue, then did tests to verify the issue, and once she had more information, she talked with me about different paths forward. Refreshing efficient appointment (from the front desk to all the support staff) - friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Dr. Anderson-Cowell.

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i had an excellent visit with Dr. Anderson-Cowell. She is very personable and communicates well. All of my questions were clearly answered. I would highly recommend her as a allergy/asthma specialist.

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Dr. Anderson-Cowell and her staff are all extremely helpful, friendly and polite. I only have two frustrations. One is that I never know if we are going to have tests done before we go, and have to stop my child's allergy medicine just in case. That can sometimes be difficult for my child. The second is that the forms do not allow for a mixed race identification. It matters.

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I was taken back 15 minutes after my scheduled appointment time. I waited in the examination room 30 minutes before I went out to ask if they had forgotten about me. The staff I asked told me I was next to be seen and that it was busy because of allergy season. This is not a valid excuse as it is essentially saying, "we are overbooking", or even, "we are incompetent at scheduling". Why did I even have to leave the room to ask why I had been forgotten about? At the very least, a member of the staff should have kept me updated as to why I was still waiting there. This is disrespectful to me and my time. Furthermore, I scheduled this appointment because the nurse told me I needed to get retested. The doctor spent a minute asking me about my symptoms and did nothing else that the nurse would have done. So essentially, this was a complete waste of my time and money. I am very disappointed.

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The doctor and her assistant were great but I was there for 2.5 hours, which is ridiculous. It should have taken 30 minutes maximum to have a short conversation and a small allergy test.

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Dr. Renee Anderson-Cowell rocks! After 40 plus years of allergies and shots, I am now shot free and doing well. Thank you Dr. Renee!

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