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Dr. Leor Matalon, MD

Psychiatrist

Vista, CA

About Dr. Leor Matalon

Leor Matalon is a compassionate, warm, and attentive psychiatrist assisting patients in Vista and Encinitas, CA. Dr. Matalon is a member of the Physician’s Advisory Council and the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Matalon, originally from Chicago, attended the University of Illinois at Chicago to receive his medical education. He then completed his Master’s degree in pharmacology and nutrition from the University of Southern California. Dr. Matalon participated in two residency programs, psychiatry at the University of California’s San Diego Medical Center and child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Southern California. Dr. Matalon specializes in child psychiatry to focus on patients with ADD and ADHD, aggression, autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and abuse victims. With his adult patients, Dr. Matalon treats all of the above, and he takes a particular interest in treatment-resistant depression and bipolar spectrum disorders. His goal as a mental healthcare provider is to provide a thoughtful, caring, and collaborative atmosphere that allows his patient to be at his or her best.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Advent Health
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • Psychiatrist

Practice names

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of Illinois, Chicago, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of California San Diego Medical Center, Residency in Psychiatry
  • University of Southern California, Residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • University of Southern California, Master's in Pharmacology and Nutrition
  • University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (Bachelor's)

Professional memberships

  • Phi Rho Sigma Medical Society
  • American Psychiatric Association

Awards and publications

  • Davis, J.M., Matalon, L., Watanabe, M.D., Blake L. "Depot Antipsychotic Drugs: Place in Therapy.” Drugs. 47(4):741- 776, 1994

Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1114952876

Overall rating
4.6
Recent reviews
Matalon is the best professional I've seen in a long time, he was unbelievably accommodating and very interested in whatI had to say. He went above and beyond for our first session and really explained everything to me in a way that was easy to understand.
Matalon is the best professional I've seen in a long time, he was unbelievably accommodating and very interested in what I had to say. He went above and beyond for ourfirst session and really explained everything to me in a way that was easy to understand.
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I had my initial consultation with Dr. Matalon this morning-He is a terrific Professional. He is compassionate, thoughtfuland thorough. I am looking forward to being his patient. It is such a relief to find a trustworthy Psychiatrist who listens to you. Thank you Dr. Matalon
I had my initial consultation with Dr. Matalon this morning-He is a terrific Professional. He is compassionate, thoughtful and thorough. I am looking forward to being his patient.It is such a relief to find a trustworthy Psychiatrist who listens to you. Thank you Dr. Matalon
Pam T. · July 11, 2019

Dr. Leor Matalon's office location

Dr. Leor Matalon, M.D.

440 S. Melrose Dr, Ste 201

Vista, CA 92081

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Matalon is the best professional I've seen in a long time, he was unbelievably accommodating and very interested in what I had to say. He went above and beyond for our first session and really explained everything to me in a way that was easy to understand.

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I had my initial consultation with Dr. Matalon this morning-He is a terrific Professional. He is compassionate, thoughtful and thorough. I am looking forward to being his patient. It is such a relief to find a trustworthy Psychiatrist who listens to you. Thank you Dr. Matalon

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I always get extremely anxious when I visit any doctors office. Dr. Matalon is very professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. He made me feel comfortable made sure any questions I had were answered. I would definitely recommend

Less than 3 months ago
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Very thorough and helpful. Genuine concern about my treatment plan. I definitely recommend Dr. Matalon.

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He was empathetic

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No BS or fluff. Very concise and asks all the relevant questions right off the bat. Nice guy.

Less than 6 months ago
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Very pleased with my visit. Mr. Matalon was very friendly and knowledgeable and is helping me with my issues I'm dealing with. So far, so good and looking forward to being well. Would recommend!

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It was good. First time seeing him.

Less than 6 months ago
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Professional service, nice for the first appointment it was great !!!! Looking forward for the treatment and coming out future!!!

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Dr. Matalon was very professional and thorough. He spent a lot of time with my child and made her feel comfortable. It was very apparent by his questions that he had a strong knowledge regarding her emotional issues and knew how to address her concerns. I would highly recommend him as a psychiatrist.

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I had never seen a psychiatrist before and Dr. Matalon really put my mind at ease. He asked great questions and by the end of it, I actually felt like he understood what I was feeling.

Less than 6 months ago
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Dr Matalon was genuinely interested in my condition, showed intelligence in diagnosing me and prescribing medications, and had a friendly report with me.

Less than 6 months ago
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He was great really liked the time he spent with us

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Very knowledgeable . Good listener.

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Dr. Matalon was very attentive to my appointment and situation, he really spent the time to understand and determine the best treatment. I am very happy with my experience.

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It was a productive visit and I was educated on things I was unaware of. Overall was an excellent visit. I really appreciate everything.

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First visit with Dr. Matalon & felt very comfortable. He was extremely knowledgeable and right on point with what was going on with me.

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Dr. Matalon is very attentive and I could tell he wanted to fully understand what is going on with me. Even though he came to a very unexpected conclusion I could tell he truly cared about me and my health. I started the medication he recommended today and I am hopeful that it will help ease the issues I've been facing. I'm very thankful I chose Dr. Matalon.

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Dr. Matalon’s was honest and very insightful. I appreciated his insight in diagnosing potential issues! Very caring.

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Empathetic and great listening skills. I was very nervous and he seemed to understand that.

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He was very nice and even though a little rushed he seemed to get the jist of our lives very quickly. I would recommend him to anybody who needed a diagnosis.

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Dr.Matalon is very attentive to his patients. He take his time with his patients and allow you to express your feeling,.not like some Doctors who just write an prescription. Thanks Dr.Matalon your awesome.

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I liked him personally. He seemed to speak very fast, and I had trouble keeping up, but he knew I was in a hurry for my husband's appointment. I like that he was frank and gave me a lot of information.

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I was very impressed at the time he spent getting to know me, my background, etc...and he looks at the WHOLE picture, which is awesome...I would strongly recommend him to anyone in need of mental help :)

Less than 1 year ago
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Talked down to me like I was a young child, called 3 times and no one answered. Told me it was an inconvenience to him that I couldn't find the building he didn't give instructions how to find. Cant talk to a paying patient like that.

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Great bedside manner, attentive, detail-oriented and most importantly, patient centric. Patient remained connected, confident and comfortable during the entire appointment. Highly recommended.

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Dr Matalon spent close to two hours talking to me and understanding my problems, including a fair portion of his lunch hour. This alone catapults him high up there with the best in my opinion as most doctors today are focussed on their own “work life balance” and won’t spend a minute more than they absolutely have to. I am just starting my treatment so I can’t yet say honestly about the plan he put together for me, but a good initial screening is half the cure, so I will rate him with all the stars I got.

Less than 1 year ago
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This was my first visit and I was running late. He was very kind and accommodating.

Less than 1 year ago
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Very knowledgeable and easy to talk to

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I am absolutely overjoyed that I found Dr. Matalon! I have been to many doctors before but have not one that really heard and, understood what I was feeling. It’s been 6 months and many issues that were interrupting my quality of life are uncontrol. I am soooooo grateful to have Dr. Matalon!

Less than 1 year ago
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So Far very happy with the evaluation He took his time with me listened and explain things thoroughly plan on continuing my care there

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I was comfortable and he took the time to listen to everything I wanted to discuss. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was nice to have someone listen and talk with me about treatment options. Would definitely recommend Leor!

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This was my first visit to Dr. Matalon. I found it easy to have a discussion with him. Questions were focused and to the point. Confident that he will work towards solutions that will address my concerns.

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Dr. Matalon was very perceptive to my history and many questions as I am a new patient and recently moved from Texas.

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Dr. Matalon was very welcoming and professional. You can tell he's passionate about helping people because he actually listens and gives informed and medically-educating feedback. He's definitely someone I would recommend to anyone seeking a psychiatrist.

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Appointment was easy to set up received a call what to expect. Dr was easy to talk to and he took time to understand things.

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I just began to see Dr. Matalon and he was great. He gave me some insights and we have a game plan.

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This was my first time seeing a psychiatrist, and he was very easy to talk to and I could tell he really understood everything I was saying. He is very educated and definitely knowledgeable in his field. Highly recommend.

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Very Thorough

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Unlike many psychiatrists, Dr.Matalon dedicates a great deal of time to his patients. We spoke for about an hour on an individualize care plan.

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Dr.Matalon is professional only if you have some basic understanding of how they work. He is not a counselor so no expectations on him to be a listener of your miserable experiences. His prescription is useful: my symptoms relieved a lot the first day I took the medication. A few things: 1) this doctor does not have a receptionist, so your treatment will be interrupted a lot if someone keeps ringing the bell. 2) same problem, because he does not have receptionist, he’ll need to charge you first before starting the treatment. Don’t feel uncomfortable, you pay your co-pay in the hospital too, to the receptionist. It is awkward tho. 3) this doctor does not use computer to prescribe medication. So when you go the pharmacy, the pharmacist might misread his prescription. Only recommend this doctor if you are willing to get medication treatment. If you need counseling, go to a counselor.

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I have never been to a Psychiatrist before and was glad Dr. Matalon was able to meet with me on short notice and he was very helpful when I needed it most. In under in hour he helped me discover/think about things I had not considered before.

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This was my very first appointment and Dr. Matalon was very easy to talk to. I was able to open up and feel relieved. I walked out even more motivated to start a better lifestyle.

More than 1 year ago
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The wait was longer than expected but honestly most Health Facilities/ Doctor’s Offices have some type of wait time. I felt a little rushed but he was behind time as it was.

More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Matalon was a great listener and very knowledgeable. He walked me through his line of thinking while we talked which made me feel very comfortable.

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My visit was outstanding. I went in small gleam of hope and came out with an enormous positive outlook that things are finally going to change for me. Dr. Leor was everything that other patients said he would be. He took a thorough background on history that no one else had in the past in which enabled him to take an accurate diagnosis.

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I recently moved to San Diego and needed to find a new doctor in the area decided to set up an appointment with Dr. Matalon. He was very helpful and I'm glad I now have a doctor nearby!

More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Matalon was professional and warm at the same time. He seemed very knowledgeable. The extended wait time was due to a patient that transportation issues. I highly recommend!!

More than 1 year ago
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Very personable and helpful!

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Was very professional and explanatory with all the different types of medicine and terms he used.

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