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Dr. Robert Cook and the staff of Central Texas Allergy & Asthma Center are dedicated to providing diagnosis and treatment of allergies and asthma for patients in Austin and surrounding communities. Dr. Cook holds certification from both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. His main area of highly trained expertise is the determination of the cause of allergies and asthma as they relate to the environment, food, drugs, and stinging insects. Dr. Cook graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed a three year internship and residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and a two year fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Colorado. He has been recognized for his excellent practice as one of Austin Monthly’s Best Doctors, Texas Monthly's Super Doctors, America’s Top Physicians and U.S. News and World Report's Top Doctors.
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr. Cook is very knowledgeable, but I was frustrated that he didn't remember anything from my last appointment with him or the tests he had ran on me. I wish he had taken the time to look at my file and review before meeting with me, because it felt like I was repeating myself a lot. I also hope he improves his timeliness, because this is the second time that I've had to wait almost an hour past my appointment time to meet with him. He's a good doctor, but these two things need to be improved.
He was professional and courteous. My daughter is a bit hyper and he was very understanding. Gave me a lot of options in her treatment.
Every single time I meet with Dr. Cook and his PA Rochelle, I learn something new about myself, central Texas allergens, or how to properly use the medications prescribed. Suffering from both allergies and asthma for over 50 years, going to see Dr. Cook was the best thing I could have ever done for myself. Now, my allergies are under controlled, and my asthma has be greatly reduced. The staff is very professional and friendly, and the central location is convenient for my work.
Professional and comprehensive as always
I am very pleased. Dr. Cook explained everything thoroughly. I liked his assistant, she was very knowledgeable and friendly. I feel like I have a better grip on my condition and have a game plan.
Dr. Cook is very thorough and professional. He listens attentively to everything you wish to relate about how you are feeling and what has been happening that may affect your well-being. I have great confidence in his treatment of my allergies and other symptoms that may arise.
It was awesome. Dr. Cook and the staff were great, professional, very caring and derermined to find the correct diagnosis without leaving anything untouched.
Doctor Cook is the finest Asthma doctor in Austin & Texas. I've had Asthma since I was 1 1/2 years old and have had plenty of doctor's in the past 68 years! He is a very thorough and compassionate doctor, who really wants to get your health back to 100%. Thanks Dr. Cook for giving back my breath. Sincerely, Jerry V
The doctor was very thorough. He took the time to address my concerns and explanations were detailed. The front office staff was friendly and the medical assistants were knowledgeable and patient-friendly. Overall, the visit was highly positive. Dr. Cook has exceptional bedside manner!
Dr. Cook is extremely thorough an does not initially diagnose without ruling out other suspected causes with similar symptoms. I greatly appreciate the attention to detail he had with my concerns. He followed up with several questions and suggestions. I'm certain that once we rule out other possibilities for my health concerns, he will accurately diagnose and treat my symptoms.
Dr. Cook is very efficient in the physical examination and down to earth to deal with. Personally, enjoyable to interact with. Results of skin tests were thorough and well organized. Explanations clear. He was open to questions and provided explanations that elaborated on results as I desired. His support staff was a well oiled machine, helpful and friendly. I was early to the appointment but that the provided time to update my records with them using their laptop computer. I was seen shortly after my actual appointment time. Overall, it was a good experience.
Dr. Cook relies far too heavily on the computerized 17-page form his patients have to fill out beforehand and not enough on a traditional approach of actually taking a patient's history while in the office. He tends to jump to flow-chart like conclusions while not taking a holistic history. Moreover, even when patient elaborates or even contradicts his assertions, he sticks with preconceived ideas. Moreover, he does NOT listen well and goes on long tangents, even when patient indicates that they are already well educated on particular subjects. I found my visit frustrating, time consuming, and frankly, infuriating, and will not return to this office. Felt mansplained by this old-school doctor, despite being a professor. Can't imagine how he treats patients with less education.
He was very thorough. Very satisfied with diagnosis.
Dr. Cook and his staff were friendly and efficient. Dr. Cook was precise. He discussed test results with me immediately.
Dr. Cook and his staff were wonderful and caring. Everything done today was explained in a fine manner. I would highly recommend Dr. Cook to anyone suffering from allergies.
Dr Cook is a very thorough, knowledgeable professional. He has earned my complete trust over 20 years of treatment. I give him my highest recommendation
I have had issues with Dr. Cook's people skills from the beginning--always rushed even though they know when and why I am coming in, clearly doesn't care what I have to say, rather curt and dismissive. I am smarter than the average and have a fair knowledge of medicine and my own medical conditions and expect to be lessened to. Thinking about finding other doc. Staff is very sweet and helpful but sometimes seems to be less informed or efficient than I would like.
Dr. Cook and his entire staff are AWESOME! Dr. Cook is very knowledgeable, informative, and personable. During my visit today, the front office staff were very professional and courteous. The medical assistant, DeDe, was phenomenal!!
Dr. Cook is very personable and an excellent physician. He is extremely knowledgeable and takes into account many more aspects of my health situation when discussing my allergy treatment. Shots and medication have made it possible for me to live in Austin for nearly 20 years now.
Dr. Cook is probably the most thorough doctor I've ever been to, highly recommend!
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Dr. Cook is excellent - thorough, proactive, professional and clearly up-to-date in his field. On this particular occasion I had a long-ish wait (for which he apologized) but usually that is not the case. I highly recommend him.
Dr. Cook is never in a hurry and is always very informative and educational, as is his staff. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a specialist.
He was very thorough, listened to and responded to all of my concerns, and gave me all of my data to take home with me. He did not try to upsell me on tests or procedures I did not need. Great experience.
I pray that he is well! Just lost my primary dr and trust me- Dr Cook is a blessing! He spends the time with you , getting to know your history, symptoms, and giving diagnosis and complete instructions- comprehensive and gives the best care!.
It was great, someone finally to told what could be wrong with my systems for mouths have been to my other Doctors until my Primary Care Dr. referred to Dr. Cook.
Dr. Cook is an experienced physician who can put the issue of allergies in greater context with overall health. His initial consultation got me thinking about a lot of options. His explanations are thorough.
At Dr. Cook's office, I always receive true CARE, in every sense of the word. Thank you!
I appreciated being educated and understanding why a treatment is prescribed and how I can be proactive about my own behaviors to affect change. He took the time to kindly answer my questions and volunteered explanations of his own. Very thorough Doctor. Would recommend!
Good doctor. Very attentive and thorough. Direct without being coarse about it. Would recommend to anyone.
He talked over me and didn't let me finish explaining why I was there. He made recommendation for medicine for nose irritation when I said several times I don't have any problems with my nose or respiratory allergies (since he didn't listen I'm not surprised). This is one of those doctors that are too busy to take their time to listen for 5 min.
This was my first visit to seek help with my allergy issues. Dr. Cook is very thorough, efficient, direct, and gets to the heart of the problem. I appreciate that he takes time to explain the treatment carefully, and the usage of the medications prescribed. My health concerns are not serious, but they are somewhat impacting my quality of life, and he understood that, and wanted to help to improve that for me as soon as possible.
Dr. Cook was easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and friendly. He was not rushed, went over everything with me, and shared thorough information about treatment. Highly recommend, a great doctor.
The doctor and staff, at their base, exhibit professional competence. It is enhanced by a sense of genuine warmth toward the client(s) and efficiency of the support operations. This office exhibits these qualities to the degree I have found only at the Texas Medical Center and the Memorial Herman Hospital system in Houston.
I said my wait time was less than 30 minutes; however, I don't think this question is fair. I called today at 2:30 and got an appointment for 3:45. I expected an appointment later in the week. The fact that I was seen at ALL today was a blessing. Dr. Cook and his staff were absolutely wonderful. They did not rush me through the appointment; they explained my diagnosis, and they printed out information that will be helpful in the allergy seasons (which is pretty much EVERY season) here in Central Texas. I have recommended Dr. Cook and will continue to do so!
This was my very first time here and Dr. Cook is a wonderful doctor who really cares about his patients. His bedside manner is very caring, calm, and detailed. He does not rush you and truly wants to help resolve your health issues. The staff is amazing--all of them were super nice! I am very impressed and glad I came to this office!
Dr. Cook was his typical professional and very thorough self. He's unflappable and focused. His exams and interviews are as in-depth as any medical professional's I've experienced. And, his team is friendly, helpful and very intent on providing a great customer experience.
Very nice and professional. I did not feel rushed at all through this appointment.
Very knowledgeable and gives clear explanations.
I'm a longtime patient of Dr. Cook. Thorough, excellent diagnosis and care, staff is excellent, etc. Recent electronic medical records needs have made all medical 'provider' interactions less personal and his office is no exception. That said, their use of them is well done, necessary and helpful. Prescriptions are accurate and sent instantly, phone help is great, ability to see you on a difficult day are good. Highly recommended.
He is incredibly thorough and answered all of my questions. I really appreciated his patience and knowledge.
Very thourgh comunicating information as well as tentative to your questions. He is not a rush you in/out Dr. I highly recomend Dr Cook.
Dr. Cook saw me the same day that I called.
I've been going to Dr. Cook Over 15 years( 10 years old. )He always provide excellent service and his staff does too.
Excellent doctor; very thorough and professional. My internist recommended him.
He was truly kind and professional. He went out of his way to explain things to me and discussed the various treatments. I would definitely recommend him to other allergy sufferers.
Very Professional, with in depth examination.
Dr. Cook was recommended by my internist; no better recommendation than from another doctor. I found him to be very professional, knowledgeable, and willing to explain in detail what was going on and the plan of treatment. Staff was excellent; been with him a long time which says a lot about a doctor's office.
He is the best doctor we have ever been.
Very knowledgeable. Nice man. Spoke a lot and kind of quickly, mainly because he was communicating a lot of information. Still, I didn't feel rushed. Office and staff are very efficient. Office is pretty, and very clean.
Dr. Cook was very professional, nice, thorough and really showed that he cared about my medical issues. He spent more time with me today than my last 5 doctor visits combined and gave me many new suggestions and more guidance on how to hopefully solve my excema problem as well as help more with my seasonal allergy issues. I recommend him mostly highly.
He is super thorough and didn't just go through my allergy/ asthma problems but everything. Took a while to get through but it was also my first appointment so it took a while to get my entire history.
Great office staff. Very knowledgeable and concerned doctor.
All of staff and Dr Cook was very professional and attentive. After my test had allergic reaction. With in seconds everyone was providing care. Made sure All vitals was good and reaction was under control. I would recommend Dr cook and staff they are passionate, professional and comforting.
Much too long before I was taken in for my appointment. Appointment went just fine; took about 20 minutes and then I left.
Very Professional and a good service. I'm from Puerto Rico and beleive me Dr. Cook and Didi was listening to every detail of my conditions. Very happy to be there. I will be there again. Thanks for an excellent service.
Very extensive consultation and informative treatment plan.
Excellent doctor and great diagnostician. Staff is alwyays friendly and professional, yet still take the time to not make a patient feel rushed. Both Dr. Cook and Shelly are wonderful to work with. The saline rinse has changed my quality of life drastically for the better!
I really appreciated his thoroughness. I had seen another doctor for the same condition and had been incompletely treated. He gave me a printout of my exam and recommendations and wanted me to contact him after several days to make certain that I was improved. Thank you, Dr Cook !
Dr Cook is great have been going to him since my son was 3 years old he is now 34 years old. Great Dr great office.
Excellent, informative and extremely satisfied with Dr. Cook and entire staff.
Dr. Cook is through, good communicator, patient, kind and has a very good bedside manner .
One of the best over all medical experiences I have ever had. The staff was very professorial and always concerned with how I was doing or the amount of time it was taking. They did a outstanding job and the amount of time that they spent with me from Dr. Cook on down was amazing. Thanks to everyone for a outstanding experience and a plan to get my Asthma & Allergies under control. Feel better already. Thanks
Very informative visit. Made me feel comfortable with explanations given to causes of allergy symptoms.
Dr. Cook is one of the kindest and most caring doctors I know. At the same time, he is extremely professional and thorough in his examinations and explains everything he finds during the office visit. I am very pleased to have him as my allergist and highly recommend him to anyone looking for an allergist.
He and his staff were thorough and knowledgeable.
He is an excellent physician, concerned about his patients, and provided a thorough assessment about each one, including weight management and dietary issues. He is the exception to the rule for patient care.
A lot of information with great preventative options. Also, it's a mutual agreement (Doctor/patient) with treatment plans and medications. Loved that he took his time with me and got to know my case before jumping to conclusions. Became extremely beneficial when recommending medications with side-effects with my medical history. He made the option available with the knowledge of making me aware of the percentage of patients that have certain side effects when taking a certain medication. Greatly appreciated that he was aware, knowledgable and personable! Wait time, he was aware and had staff check in on me while I waited. I was not forgotten at all- with an apology when he walked in the room.
Dr. Cook is very patient, professional and thorough. He asks a lot of questions and provides a thorough exam to make sure he gives you the proper diagnosis. His office Staff are all very friendly and professional as well. I feel very blessed to have Dr. Cook as my Doctor. I highly recommend him.
Great first visit! Dr. Cook was thorough and patient, other staff was pleasant and helpful. Visit was a bit longer than expected, but it was worth it to not feel rushed and to feel like I was really being listened to and examined carefully.
Dr. Cook is the best Allergist I've ever seen and there have been many in my life!! Within one month of my very spry mother's first appointment, my entire family and extended family had scheduled their first appointments with him. I'm pleased to say that now that I've been going to him I feel like my allergies are being addressed properly, for the first time in my entire life (age 43 - treated by Allergist since she 5).
Very thorough and detailed.
Very nice and very informative
I was exceptionally pleased with all aspects of my appointment with Dr. Cook. His office and professional staff were all efficient and personable. Dr. Cook was extremely thorough in his exam and took time to respond to my questions with answers I could understand. I've seldom had a doctor that was this thorough and spent adequate time with me and my concerns. I would highly recommend Dr. Cook.
I've been going here for 10+ years. I have allergies and asthma, and they always figure out what to do and they do it fast. I usually spend over an hour with the doctor and/or nurse during each visit, and I feel like I get the attention and information I need.
For many years now I have relied on Dr. Cook to help me control my allergies and I am extremely satisfied. JHS
I like the fact that Mr. Cook explains my illness, gives feedback from all the tests that were taken. Gives instructions on how to properly take my medication and get better. I always leave the office feeling much better than when I arrived. Everyone in the office is very pleasant and refreshing.
Dr. Cook is highly knowledgeable about allergy and asthma treatment. He is informative and pleasant When I have called the office because of asthma flares, they have seen me either the same or the following day Shelley the Physician's Assistant is conscientious and knowledgeable.
Although there was along wait, Dr. Cook was apologetic and very nice. His office staff was very pleasant and everyone was helpful.
My visit with doctor Cook was great He was very detailed in the information he provided. Thank you so much
Excellent communications with him and easy to talk to.
He was friendly, thorough and explained everything very clearly. Office staff was also knowledgeable and helpful. I enjoyed my experience and would recommend.
Dr Cook is extremely thorough and detailed. He is worth the wait! Cynthia K.
I thought Dr. Cook was very thorough. I would recommend him to anyone in need of respiratory care. He looked at all the information I had filled it prior to my visit. He was genuinely concerned about my overall health.
I enjoy my office visits, because of the professionalism of staff and thorough examinations by Dr. Cook or Shelly. They are always available when I have respiratory problems or questions.
Dr. Cook and his staff my my visit very pleasurable. Dr. Cook spent a great deal of time addressing my concerns. I have no doubt that while being treated by Dr. Cook and his staff, my health issues will be resolved, or at the very least, made more manageable. I highly recommend Dr. Cook to anyone who is seeking a very qualified and caring Allergy and Asthma doctor!!
I think that Dr Cook is extremely bright and thorough. My internist often remarks on the extra time he takes to make sure that referring doctors are aware of important findings, even ones not related to immunological problems. He and his assistant and other office personel have gone out of their way for me time and time again
I usually never wait but today it was a short one. I have been seeing Dr Cook for over 20 yrs. I am an RN and a good judge of practice. It is my opinion that Dr Cook and his whole practice are some of finest service providers I have ever had. They follow the highest standard of care as well as have very pleasant customer service skills. So, you get kindness, politeness from everyone and stellar medical care from both Dr Cook and Chelly Weibel.
This was a great visit. Dr. Cook is very knowledgeable and shares his knowledge with you by explaining as he goes.
Dr. Cook gives thorough examination--based on patient written and verbal information, physical patient examination, asking questions, considering any needed test results. Dr. Cook provides diagnoses, provides treatment plan, and answers questions in easily understandable terms--verbal and written. He is supported by an excellent staff. My allergies have greatly improved due to the treatment I've received from him.
Dr. Cook is very thorough and professional. Very pleased with my care.
As good as it could be.
He is one of the BEST in the country! We are blessed to have him in Awestin with some of the worst conditions!! When I first went to him I was upset that he would not give me an antibiotic........like my previous doc! I was pleasantly surprised, and since, he AND his incredible PA have taught me so much about how to manage & treat my allergies, with the least invasive, natural means possible!! Waiting room has huge window with waterfall! I loved it yesterday complete with real looking skeletan with ladies hat & glasses, reading a kids book & a muriel depicting cutesie Halloween monsters! :)
Accurate and quick diagnosis.
Dr. Cook is an excellent doctor that I have been seeing for my asthma for a very long time. He is very personable and makes me feel comfortable in his office. The nurses are all lovely as well. Highly suggest!
He is very thorough and covers all questions with a complete answer
He is a very thorough and pleasant Dr. He is also very knowledgeable and listened and responded to each concern.
Very through. Followed up the next day. Could not ask for anything more v
Dr. Cook is a great diagnostician and has helped me to dramatically improve my asthma symptoms.
I would highly recommend Dr. Cook. He is a very thorough and detailed doctor supported by an excellent staff.
I continue to be impressed with the care I receive from Dr. Cook and his staff. I have not experienced such patient centered care before. I strongly recommend Dr. Cook and his practice. If and when he is not able to get to me promptly he informs me of the delay and apologizes. I could not ask for more.
This was my initial visit. I was very impressed by the professionalism and friendliness of all the staff members with whom I had contact. Most of the "paperwork" is online and easy to complete, saving you time in the office. Dr. Cook is very thorough in his exam and open to all questions. He has my highest recommendation.
Everyone from the desk staff to the Doctor and assistants were wonderful and I felt very comfortable. Dr. Cook has a great personality, and he and all of the staff seemed knowledgeable. The office seems to be run very well. I have had other doctors whom I loved, but their office was disorganized and things fell through the cracks. I don't anticipate that here and I'm looking forward to visiting this office again.
Dr. Cook is very detailed and thorough and probably the best allergist in town. Highly recommend. I usually get seen right away but there were other emergencies with patients yesterday that made my wait time longer than usual. Otherwise I would have indicated 5 stars.
I have been a patient of Dr. Cook's for the past 18 years and will continue for the next 18. He is a tremendous doctor and his entire practice is staffed with caring and competent professionals. I cannot recommend him any more highly.
There had been an emergency and the visit took a little longer than normal. He and staff, as usual, were very detailed and very informed.
This was one of the worst doctor appointments I have ever had. I waited for more than an hour in the waiting room, then once I was put in a room I waited an additional 45 minutes. All the forms I filled out before arriving to the office apparently weren't put in the system so we spent even more time typing it into the computer. Nothing was diagnosed while I was there, I was told I needed to come back another day and spend MORE money to actually diagnose my allergies. So basically I showed up and wasted two hours of my time to be told I have allergies... something I've known all my life. Will NEVER recommend or come back.
Very helpful and very professional. His staff were very nice and quick to assist.
I thought Dr. Cook was thorough when I saw him yesterday. He made everything clear that I needed to do, I am 72 and that is important for someone my age. He is respectful and kind. I think he has a great office staff. That is important in my opinion. They set the mood when a patient walks in. They greet you with a smile and give you clear information about what you need to do. I think it is important to Dr. Cook to have a well trained office staff.
I have been a patient for over 20 years. Always well pleased with everyone in this office who has helped me with evaluation, shots, RX, etc.
Staff and Dr Cook were very knowledgeable and helpful in suggestions to help with my allergies. And I've only been on the meds for one day and I already feel so much better.
Very nice guy. Very through and explaining what was going on and when he thought the next course of action should be. Highly recommended.
Very professional and informative. The whole staff was great. The location is also unbeatable right across the street from tacodeli.
Pleasant and professional office staff. Everyone I interacted with seemed highly knowledgeable of the specialty. VERY thorough exam, great location. I am looking forward to being a patient here for the next couple of years!
For a first time visit, Dr. Cook was very precise, attentive, did four pretests that I didn't expect, the results of which were written for me to take with me as I left along with prescriptions. The attention to detail in his diagnosis and into the running his office I had never seen before. For a one doctor office all was done like clockwork. Very impressive.
Dr Cook is very, very thorough! The consultation was long (1.5 hrs) but he didn't leave a stone unturned when it came to my potential allergies or asthma. I never thought of a connection between the two. I now have a health plan to work toward so further testing can be done. I highly recommend Dr. Cook to anyone wanting to see a true allergist.
worked with my crazy schedule!
Very thorough and detail-oriented with a great bedside manner. Explains everything and makes sure you understand.
He's no Adam Sandler but he knows his stuff! Very thorough! I have never felt rushed...he seems to always spend as much time as is needed with each patient. Luv Dr Cook! Cynthia
Doctor Robert Cook's office was rather interesting to say the least. The appointment started off with an unusual encounter at the front desk. The lady that wraps you up at the end of your appointment thought it would be appropriate for what ever reason to point directly at me and physically laugh at me, right in front of me. What made them laugh, I'm not entirely sure, but it definitely made me feel very unwelcome and a bit annoyed to be honest. I mean aren't we all adults? Also, don't forget your FSA card at home. They will not let you leave to get it and they will hold you hostage until you fork over cash or plastic, or someone comes to your rescue as in my case. The only thing that made this appointment bearable was the medical assistant for Dr. Cook. She at least made me crack a smile from time to time. To top this visit off, they didn't have enough nurses on staff. My appointment was extended by an hour almost because a patient had an allergic reaction to a skin allergy test. It was quite unprofessional all the way around, with the exception of my nurse as stated earlier. Also, Dr Cook doesn't believe in sinus headaches. Good luck batting him over that biased ideology... He also has a very salesman like approach when consulting, and I for one was not a fan. It was just an uninviting experience all the way around, wished it could have been better.
Everyone was nice and helpful that I encountered