Dr. Namgyal Bhutia, MD

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30-16 31st Street , Astoria, NY, 11102

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Dr. Namgyal Bhutia is proud to offer his patients a collaborative approach to psychiatry, which helps the patient play a part in developing a treatment plan for his or her individual needs. Dr. Bhutia gained a special expertise in treating the elderly during his tenure as a geriatric psychiatry fellow at Beth Israel Medical Center.He is also currently working in Bellevue Hospital center in the inpatient unit and has gained considerable experience working for the last 6 years. He is fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, and Tibetan, and regularly draws on his experience living and working in many different cultures. Dr. Bhutia is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. He looks forward to meeting you!

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Nice guy. Waited for 10 minutes, but maybe that's to be expected.

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My visit was very pleasant I got there early and was taken in right away. He listened about what meds I said worked for me and he gave the proper advice and suggestion. He wanted to see me in two weeks to see how the meds are working. The office was very pleasant and felt comfortable. Was very happy with my experience.

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Dr. Bhutia was kind and friendly-answered all my questions

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Dr. Bhutia is great. He has hours that are convenient for working people and he takes you right on time, every time. A refreshing change considering that my previous doctor routinely had patients waiting 90 minutes or more. His assistant is professional and pleasant as well, and they text you reminders of your appointment.

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Wait time--None! Seen right away. The doc is very efficient and professional.

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It was my first visit, but a great start. Dr. Bhutia was easy to talk to and a good listener. Office staff very pleasant and professional.

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Love him!

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the best doctor around! only prescribes medications if you genuinely need them. Will not sacrifice ethics just to get paid. Highly recommended for a thorough and true diagnosis.

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Always a short wait. Dr. Bhutia is a good listener and works with me.

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Dr. Bhutia only spoke to me for 15 minutes. He didnt introduce himself to me, nor did he offer any kind of help other than a prescription. He was also on his computer or phone for half of the time I was there because he was "having issues" with them. I didnt feel like he really cared about my mental well-being.

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Great doctor. He listens to what you believe your needs are and that was nice.

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Dr. Bhutia was very kind and friendly.

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It was my first consult so I will have a better sense of Dr. bhutia by next session. But i was called on time, the staff was very professional amd welcoming. The dr. Answered all my questions and i told him i look forward to speaking with him next session. He is similar to my previous therapist due to his international experience and he speaks many languages, which i favor.

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He is quick, thoughtful and pays attention to your actual needs. If you want an honest psych who fully intends on helping you on your journey, Dr. Bhatia is your guy. Wait time is usually non-existent. I've maybe waited twice and for 5 minutes at most.

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Dr. Bhutia was great! He thoroughly listened to me and the appointment did not feel rushed or long. I would recommend Dr. Bhutia and I look forward to my next appointment.

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I didn't feel judged by him. I'm young and on a lot of medication which I feel like often leads to my doctors stereotyping me as troubled in that department. However, I'm not and I didn't feel like he jumped to that conclusion which makes it easier to be open about my other issues. It is a fast process, which works for me. IF, however, you want more of a diagnosis and are confused about your problems, I don't know how that would go. I think it worked for me because I have already done the experimenting with which medicine works best and didn't have questions so much as I need a doctor who isn't judgmental subjective.

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Not what I expected . He didn't even communicated well with me . Barely saw me for 10 minutes .

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Dr. Bhutia is a fantastic psychiatrist - and I've been to many! He is thorough, engaged, very knowledgeable, and took all the time I needed to discuss how things are going and how my medication is working. He also successfully advocated for me to get authorization from my insurance company to cover the medication that best treats my symptoms. I was worried about travel time going to queens, but his office is right off the subway and it took me less time to get there than many places in Manhattan. Also, I have not had to wait more than a few minutes to see him which is very different than previous psychiatrist! Great experience - I will absolutely stick with him!

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Charged me a consultation fee, and only saw me for five minutes, where he read aloud the assessment that I had filled out online. He then told me that he couldn't help me with what I was looking for but could either prescribe me medication, or refer me to another doctor. Waste of time & money.

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He is fast and also listens . He's a good person

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Dr Bhutia is kind and a good listener. He is willing to take your input on what treatment you think may be appropriate.

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I didn't find the 10 minute appointment to be a good use of my time. His initial recommendation was for a brand name antidepressant that he had samples for, but has very weak efficacy evidence for my condition.

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I have been seeing Dr. Bhutia for several years. If you appreciate a fast and efficient approach to obtaining a script for medication, he is the man for you. Over the years, however, I have required more care and attention in regards to my mental health. Dr. Bhutia is more interested in re-booking as many appointments as possible so he can obtain insurance reimbursement for his 2 minute sessions. Meanwhile, many of his patients (myself included) are looking for care that extends beyond that of a pill-mill. This doctor clearly works for many people, but if you seek a truly genuine and compassionate person to help you, please consider looking elsewhere.

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Takes his time, very kind.

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He listened, seems well educated, asked me plenty of questions, he answered all of my questions and concerns. It was my first visit with him.

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Didn't help me at all. I didn't even get a chance to talk to him about my problems. All he asked me was what prescription I needed and sent me on my way. I thought a psychiatrist was suppose to hear your problems and then if you need a prescription I need and that was all. He is not helpful at all. I would never go to him again.

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I Love Dr,Bhutia, he takes the time to ask me if I am ok & is very understanding to my needs & worries.

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Didn't love his approach. His office wasn't overwhelmingly welcome and his staff wasn't very friendly. Didn't spend much time with me...

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He was forty minutes late when I finally went into his office he didn't greet me or state his name he just pointed for me to sit down. He asked why I was there I told him and expressed the new concerns He did not address them and just prescribed what I had already been taking. He was just a mute. When I left there were people just coming in and out of that office as if he was just a pill refill factory. If you know what you need and know how to self medicate then he is the doctor to see. It is very difficult to deal with mental illness and it's hard when you have to explain personal emotional issues to someone you know just wants to rush you along to get the next dollar

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He is wonderful! You are not just another person passing through his office. He actually remembers you and asks the right questions accordingly.

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The office is extremely unorganized. I've made three appointments here. One was canceled, one was rescheduled for a later date, and one was rescheduled for later in the day, both of which I waited in a waiting room with 4-5 other people for 30-40 minutes because the doctor was "running late" because he "had a meeting"... both times. It appears that the receptionist consistently purposely over books the doctor. I would not recommend this place- go elsewhere where they respect your time.

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Pleasent He was gentle Wish we talked longer about my problems Too short of a visit

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He was a good listener and interested in putting together a treatment plan that worked for me.

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Good for getting pharmacy refills, but that's about it. His primary mode of communication is email, but the emails never make sense. I usually have to ask for clarification 3 or 4 times.

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He was fast, but to the point. I liked him and I'll definitely be back.

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Very Good and straight forward, Didn't feel neglected

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Nice, fast, and kind!

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Very personable. Good sense of humor. Felt like a human, not just a doctor.

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Absolutely terrible. Have not been able to reach this doctor for OVER a week! Front desk NEVER answers (just called before writing this review). I'm prescribed strong medication that needs to be kept up to date. I ran out and began feeling bad side-effects, as is normal. STILL COULD NOT REACH HIM. Had to finally go to my regular doctor. Will never go to Bhutia again. He does not care about his patients. Also failed to accurately explain medications he was prescribing.

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He listened and was attentive. He also answered the questions my partner and I had about my condition. He was welcoming and understanding.