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Dr. Leor Matalon, MD

Psychiatrist

Professional statement

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.

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Specialties

  • Psychiatrist

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Education and training

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

Professional memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Phi Rho Sigma Medical Society

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

Office locations

Dr. Leor Matalon, M.D.

440 S. Melrose Dr, Ste 201

Vista, CA 92081

Patient reviews
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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.
Less than 3 months 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 tooka 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!
Less than 3 months 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!!
Less than 3 months 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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So helpful in my weird circumstance!! Could not have been more accommodating.
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Dr. Matalon was very thorough and took his time asking the right questions. I felt listened to and for the first time in a long time, I have hope. I’m looking forward to our follow up! Unfortunately, I’ve seen too manydoctors who’ll write prescriptions before letting me finish a sentence. If you’re looking for a doctor who will actually listen to you and figure out what medication changes are in your best interest, I highly recommend Dr. Matalon.
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Fantastic. It’s taken me awhile to find a new provider that I’m comfortable with, whom seems competent and professional, and I believe I’ve finally found the right doctor.
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My visit with Dr. Matalon was very nice, he was very engaging and has a lot of knowledge. He tells you why you feel this way and how you can work through it. Definitely worth seeing. He actually listens to youand is very easy to talk to you after talking to him for 30 minutes I felt so happy and left with a burst of energy :)
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Very knowledgeable about his profession.
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In order to leave a more accurate assessment, I waited after a few months of seeing Dr. Matalon to leave this review. First time consultations tend to be great with doctors, and Zocdoc reviews consequently tend to be positively inflated asthey ask for a review right after the appointment has ended. I'm glad I did because although my initial visits with Dr. Matalon were satisfactory, my follow up meetings were awful, to say the least. For some perspective, look at his HealthGrades profile if you get the chance, or even his Yelp profile. Dr. Matalon was okay within the first consultation but in follow up appointments it became glaringly apparent how disengaged and uninterested he was. He was constantly checking his phone (which he NEVER put on vibrate/silent) and barely seemed to remember prior interactions, even after looking through his notes. Additionally, he was constantly late in beginning our appointments, letting prior appointments spill over, and would often cut sessions short in order to compensate for his now lagging schedule. The last straw: He told me he would be right with me while letting in a couple ahead of me, just before my appointment. After an hour of waiting in the waiting room and ringing his doorbell, I left his office livid, having wasted an hour. He then gave me a call ten minutes after I had left and left me a voicemail accusing me of coming late to my appointment. After confirming with his scheduling assistant that I indeed did come at my scheduled time and that it was a mistake on his end, he refused to accept his mistake and docked me a cancellation fee. I understand doctors can have their off days, and that bedside manner is something that is hard to maintain, but it is clear that Dr. Matalon gives priority to potentially new patients and starts to frankly not care about you as a patient. There is a reason why he is consistently the most available psychiatrist on Zocdoc in the SD area. He is in network with a lot of carriers, and available on Zocdoc quite often (for obvious reasons) but I would stay away if possible.
Less than 6 months ago
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Extremely judge mental. Felt rushed and ignored.
Less than 6 months ago
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Dr. Matalon was very professional and took the time to get to know my personal history and background.
Less than 6 months ago
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Great doctor. Wonderful listener who truly cares.
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Dr Matalon is a great listener. Very thorough in asking questions and understanding symptoms. I would highly recommended coming here!
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I tried to hate him, I really did. When I had my first appointment with the doctor I was in a really bad place emotionally. I was deeply depressed and at the end of my rope so to speak. After talkingto the doctor I started to appreciate his straightforward approach, willingness to educate me on my illness, and how he explained what he recommended and why. I really needed a psychiatrist without all the fluff who is willing to tell me like it is and that's exactly what I got with Dr Matalon. He is definitely worth the 1 hour drive.
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Easy to talk to & very open to concerns about conditions/medications. Was very courteous, even though our session went late just to give me a little more peace of mind. Highly recommend.
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My first appointment with Dr. Matalon was better than what I expected. He was very easy to talk to and really listened to what I had to say. As soon as I left my appointment I felt a huge weight liftedfrom my shoulders. I would recommend him hands down over anyone else!
Less than 6 months ago
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Dr. Matalon was easy to talk to, and he is a good listener. I was impressed with how quickly he understood my situation and how responsive he was, offering many alternatives to help me.
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I think he was very helpful and I would definitely recommend him
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I had a great visit and he was very easy to talk to.
Less than 1 year ago
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He’s a great psychiatrist. 10/10 would recommend
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Dr. Matalon listened to my concerns and came up with a game plan to treat my anxiety issues.
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He really helped me and got the meds I needed.
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Dr. Matalon is a great listener and I believe he genuinely cares for how I feel and my well-being. I easily got an appointment with him and was seen promptly. I will be returning to see him again in a few weeks.
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I was able to schedule an appointment right away. Dr. Matalon scheduled a quick follow up to check on my medication adjustments. He evaluated my current and past medical history to make sure my medications are safe to take. My concernswere addressed right away. I felt that he was logical and understanding by listening to what has, and what has not worked with me in the past.
Less than 1 year ago
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Better than expected for a Dr. Visit. He seemed genuinely interested in helping, and made my visit a pleasant visit. Asked me if I had any questions without a rushed tone. I would recommend him to anyone that believes they need to see a psychiatrist.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Matalon was great. Very professional and easy to talk to!!! I would definitely recommend him to any of my friends or family.
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Dr. Matalon was very professional, patient and understanding. He was wonderful with my son, even cracking jokes now and then, which made my son more comfortable. He took the time to listen and talk with my son, and was patient withhim. I would highly recommend going and seeing this Dr. whether it's for yourself or your child.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Matalon is friendly and honest. He was so helpful.
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Dr. Matalon is thorough, easy to understand, listens and works with you on a game plan. He explains things to you.
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He was very in depth with things, I felt like someone finally listened.
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Dr. Matalon was very thorough and took his time on my initial. Hecreally cares about his patients. I highly recommend him.
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The visit was nice and very helpful. I wish the doctor had a receptionist though!
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I'm thrilled to have found a great doc
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Efficient but personable. A wealth of knowledge without being preachy. Though and listens
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Wonderful doctor.
More than 1 year ago
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This is a review of my first appointment with Dr. Matalon. He has been a welcome relief from some other psychiatrists I've seen. He listened to what I had to say without interruption and gave great feedback.
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Nice and easy doctor with great depths of knowledge in his field
More than 1 year ago
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Just saw Dr Matalon for the first time yesterday, and I am happy with him. I felt like he was smart, capable, honest, and he listens well. He is easy to talk to, has a lot of experience in his field, and provided me with well thought out feedback.
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Clean, comforting office. Would recommend to a friend.
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Very great guy! Made me feel comfortable right away, very easy going and knowledgeable!! Would so recommend !
More than 1 year ago
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I had a great first office visit with dr. matalon. Despite a little wait time in the office I was much impressed with his practice. Dr. Matalon was quite attentive to what I had to say and showed genuine care to put me on the right track to success.
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Caring proffesional.
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I've been to more than a few psychiatrists in my lifetime and have never had very good experiences so I was nervous about seeing another doctor. However, I was pleasantly surprised with my visit to see Dr. Matalon. He did seema little distracted during our appointment, but he listened and thoroughly explained the diagnosis he gave me. He seems very knowledgeable and after explaining he put my mind at ease and even became more personable. I can say Dr. Matalon is the first psychiatrist I've seen that I do mind going back to see again.
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I think Leor Matalon was excellent. He was professional yet very helpful when it came to what I needed! I enjoyed the session with him. Look forward to seeing him again.
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Was referred to him by my therapist and I like him a lot. Looking forward to continued visits!
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Dr. Matalon is great. He is professional yet caring. He took the time to actually get to know me and my history. He was observant regarding non-verbal cues & responded appropriately. He explained medication and treatment goals, etc. clearly& with no judgment. I would highly recommend him and intend to continue seeing him for medication oversight.
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