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Our practice has a 24hr cancellation policy, a $50 late cancellation/no show fee is charged if not notified within 1 business day of your appointment. If this happens more than 3 times, we may ask you to find another practice for primary care. *** Once you book an appointment please go to www.downtownmds.com to fill out your information on our Patient Portal**** Dr. Ora Pearlstein received her Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College of Columbia University, and her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the Harvard Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. After residency, she joined the faculty at Columbia University where she provided patient care and served as a course director at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is now an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine where she continues her active role in medical education. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
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Very clean, professional, informative, and nice. Everything you could possibly want in a doctor, medical office, and staff.
Techincally I only saw Dr. Ora Pearlstein for a brief moment but her physician's assistant Lindsay Esposito was incredible. She was personable, intelligent and listened to what I needed above and beyond. I believe they always work as a team so as this duo I definitely recommend them.
This was not my first visit. Love that she takes her time and answers questions
Dr. Pearstein is very sharp, thoughtful and professional. Highly recommend her.
I saw Dr. Pearlstein for the first time after terrible experience& lack of care with my previous doctor. She is really nice& kind& caring- she actually listens to your problem, family history, does a thorough exam& explains things well. She did not rush me at all. Good doctors are surprisingly hard to find and I am glad I've found someone I like! Highly recommend her
Whole staff was the professional and courtesy. Physician was knowledgae and inquisitive. They werent trying to rush me out the door for the next patient.
Dr. Pearlstein has been my wife's and my internist for several years. She is exceptionally caring and communicative, and practices medicine in an informed and concerned manner. We highly recommend her!
Very professional, friendly, thorough.
I'd had conflicting reports from a couple of specialists, and Dr. Pearlstein listened to everything and then talked me through it, explaining in detail and answering all my questions. She really put my mind at ease.
I'm very happy about my visit with Dr.Ora. she very pleasant, patient and soft spoken. I will recommend her to anyone.
There was a mix-up with my appointment time because of ZocDoc and she apologized and assured me it wasn't because of her office. She was very sweet and patient!
Second time seeing Dr Pearlstein, she answered all of my questions and offered solutions to the problems I came to her with. Little bit of a wait, but appointment was efficient and labwork was drawn quickly. Would definitely recommend.
Dr. Ora was Excellent I think she is the best.She explain to me all the exam she was going to do.I am switch my primary care to Dr. Ora.
I was a first day patient, with a history of kidney stones, and high cholesterol, She conducted a patient ( no pun intended) review of my history, and a thorough exam. Glad am under her care.
After my long time primary care provider retired i needed a new one and Dr. Pearlstein came highly recommended. She is complete in her assessment of the patient and really takes the time to listen to the patient. I have always found my visits more then satisfactory. The few times i was ill and had to get in right away i saw the PA who was also fantastic. I know i am in good hands with Downtown Primary.
Dr. Pearlstein is really really lovely and made me feel super comfortable and I am easily uncomfortable when going to a general doctor. I felt heard and like my time wasn't rushed.
Dr.Ora Pearlstein is very kind & considerate, always trying to be helpful and accommodating.
I would not see Dr. Pearlstein for a pap smear. I would recommend going to an OBGYN instead.
Brief and rushed appointment. Spent not more than 5 minutes with the doctor.
Dr Pearlstein was great on the day. Very friendly and listened well. However, it has been 2 weeks since I visited and I have still not relieved my results despite calling them and asking once already. Big let down and very frustrating.
I had two appointments with Dr. Pearlstein, the first was fine, the second was not so great. I was on the hunt for a new primary care physician, so the first time I went in for a check up, and to get a new birth control prescription (for a different medication, as the one I was on was giving me some problems). This appointment was at Downtown Primary Care's old office near NYU, and while their actual office was a bit difficult to find within the building, the space was nice. At this appointment, I was actually mainly seen by the Physician's Assistant, who's name I don't remember, but she was LOVELY. Very professional, competent, but also warm and sweet, and made me feel comfortable. Dr. Pearlstein came in at the end and went over the RX she wanted to prescribe, and it was all fine. I felt good about the treatment, good about the appointment, etc. I also received a follow up call from the P.A. about a week later to go over some reports from the first appointment, which was really great. Then the office moved, which is always a bummer. Of course it's not their fault and doesn't reflect poorly on their practice at all, but location is a major factor in why I chose them as my primary care practice. But regardless, I'd been happy with my first appointment and was happy to travel downtown for a second appointment probably a year later. That second appointment was a little rough. I just needed to get their sign-off to renew a prescription, then wanted to ask about another issue I'd been experiencing. I arrived on time, waited nearly 40 minutes for someone to call my name. And then I was asked to wait in a room that was full of unpacked boxes, sitting on a metal folding chair (it wasn't an exam room, there was no exam chair or table or anything). I waited there with no idea what was going on for 10 mins. Then Dr. Pearlstein came in and asked what I'd come in for, I started to explain, and she said that actually I should keep waiting until the exam room across the hall was empty. So another 5 mins, then she came back in. The appointment itself was more or less fine, but she seemed distracted and rushed. I spent some time explaining my issue to her, and she asked a couple of really basic questions ("Have you tried keeping track of what you're eating?" "Yes." "Do you have any food allergies?" "No.") and then was kind of like, "Huh. Well, I'm not really sure...maybe just keep an eye on it and see what happens?". Which is, I mean, exactly what I'd been doing and not the answer you expect or want to hear from a doctor. So I kind of just left uncomfortably and with no answers, and also really feeling like she didn't care about me as a patient. So. She's totally competent, I have no doubt, but a 50/50 track record doesn't instill confidence in me. I'm looking for a new doctor MAINLY because the location of Dr. Pearlstein new office is so inconvenient for me, to be clear, not because I think she's awful. Just wasn't a good experience for me.
Doctor Pearlstein was wonderful, she did apologize for the 11 min delay. She paid full attentions to me, acknowledged all my concerns and aligned with me to make me feel comfortable with my decisions. I did get some blood drawn and the other staff told me she is the best and will contact me with my results. The fact that the team loved her and had positive feedback regarding her work ethics made me feel comfortable with my decision to choose her.
She is always very thorough and takes the time needed. She is very knowledgeable and I always feel that I'm in very good care. The nurses and office staff are also nice and organized.
Seeing Dr. Pearstein is always a pleasure. Even vaccines are pleasant...or as pleasant as they can be.
Very knowledgeable but not very outgoing, I prefer my doctors to be more talkative
Met with Dr. Pearlstein today, she was wonderful. Very nice and throughly explained everything she was doing and all procedures. She will definetly be my primary doctor going forward.
Dr. Pearlstein is knowledgable and caring.
Dr. Pearlstein was very thorough and and you can tell she really care about her patients.
Dr Pearlstein is great, she is listens and make several recommendations for my ailments.
Dr. Pearlstein was very personable and thorough. Good first appointment - nothing negative to say.
I have been to Dr. Pearlstein twice and find her to be thoughtful, considerate, and effective. She often puts me at ease by answering my questions and addressing my concerns honestly.
Very efficient, thorough, and caring. Everything you need and want in a PC
Efficient and helpful visit. Came in for vaccines, and Dr Pearlstein was helpful in counseling me on which ones to have and why and was understanding of my fear of needles (and was gentle in her delivery). She also recommended specialists in the area for unrelated questions I had. The office staff was pleasant and efficient as well. Highly recommend.
Dr. Pearlstein is an excellent doctor who is extremely knowledgable yet displays genuine interest in and concern for her patients.
She was very professional and extremely knowledgeable. Helped me with the school medical form I needed to be filled out and answered all of my questions. I will definitely be going back to her!
Dr. Pearlstein is wonderful. She was very informative and so pleasant! The office staff was so kind and helpful to me when I nearly fainted after getting blood drawn. Strongly recommend her!!
Ora was great, the wait time was not.
great doctor and understanding staff, substantial time spent with me one on one talking through medical histories and concerns!
Dr. Pearlstein was great. I came to the visit with questions and we went through all my concerns.
I got to the office about 20 minutes before my appointment since I was a new patient so I could fill out any paperwork I needed to. But then I waited about 20 minutes for my appointment to start. Kind of a bummer, but Dr Pearlstein apologized for the long wait time, which made me feel like she cared, so that's good.
I thought she was great. Very personable and professional.
Best doctor's experience I've had since moving to the city 3 years ago! Clean office, seen quickly and everyone was so friendly! Had to get blood drawn (something that completely freaks me out), but the nurse made it painless. Would definitely recommend Dr. Pearlstein and the whole office!