Dr. Leor Matalon, MD

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440 S. Melrose Dr, Ste 201, Vista, CA, 92081

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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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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 you and 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 as they 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.

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Extremely judge mental. Felt rushed and ignored.

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Dr. Matalon was very professional and took the time to get to know my personal history and background.

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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 talking to 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 lifted from my shoulders. I would recommend him hands down over anyone else!

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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.

(Verified Patient)

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He’s a great psychiatrist. 10/10 would recommend

(Verified Patient)

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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 concerns were 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.

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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.

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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 with him. I would highly recommend going and seeing this Dr. whether it's for yourself or your child.

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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.

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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

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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 !

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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 seem a 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.