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I am a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of Mood Disorders including Clinical Depression, Bipolar I and II Disorders (also known as Manic Depression), and General Anxiety Disorders.
My primary goal is to combine compassion with excellent clinical skills and extensive up-to-date knowledge on treatments. My practice philosophy is that your psychiatric needs are effectively addressed, in a warm and confidential environment and that you are provided with clear and comprehensive information about your treatment options.
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I will not be seeing Dr. Fieve again. I did not feel at all welcome in his office. He was noticeably irritated by my presence and clearly wasn't listening. On several occasions, he asked me questions that I'd already answered. He also interrupted me several times while I was discussing painful/sensitive details of my medical history. After less than 20 minutes of conversation, he'd prescribed me two heavy duty medications with no discussion of interactions or side effects. He then called his NP in, complained to her that "[I] came in with five diagnoses" (his words; I came in with two interrelated issues), and suddenly demanded to see physical evidence of one of my complaints. As I mentioned earlier, he was very heavy-handed with the prescription pad; at the same time, he treated me with deep suspicion when I described symptoms consistent with one particular condition. I guess he thought I was trying to get drugs? It was a bizarre experience--it would have been upsetting if it wasn't so absurdly bad. I would not recommend Dr. Fieve to anyone, especially people in need of responsible, risk-averse, compassionate treatment.
It was good.
One visit is too soon to determine
Addressed my issues thoroughly, provided a complete diagnosis, gave specific followup instructions, seemed very kind and genuine. Highly recommended!
It is a nurse practitioner that you have to see after the psychiatrist on a weekly basis. As of 2 hours past appointment, no electronic scripts have been called in for me. I am dissapointed.
Dr. Fieve was pleasant, though he didn't seem to take my concerns to heart. He mentioned he specializes mostly in bipolar, which I am not, so maybe I just wasn't interesting enough. Once medication was prescribed, I was told to meet with the therapist weekly, who I found very judgmental and rude. She kept harping on unimportant things and ultimately only listening to herself, rather than what I was telling her. When it was time to go back to Dr. Fieve, I had scheduled about 2 weeks out and on the day of my appointment I called to cancel due to an emergency and they said they had no record of me. Furthermore they didn't even bother to put me on the schedule. I'm glad I didn't have any serious issues going on that I needed to actually see him, because that office is a disaster.
He was rather cold and clinical.
He was great, very efficient and to the point. He wasn't the most warm person you'll ever meet, but he's good at his job and thats all that counts.
My experience with Dr. Fieve was good however his staff is awful! They tried to charge for a missed appointment, when I called ahead of time and told them it was an extenuating circumstance. The office staff is extremely rude. The receptionist hung up on me! The first appointment was with Dr. Fieve from then on it's with a nurse.
Was very impatient and not interested in answers. Pushed his therapists in the office and tries to regiment a course of treatment based on an arbitrary formula. Would not recommend
Very organized, well structured, polite and qualified staff.
This was probably the worst medical experience I've had. Prior to my appointment, they rescheduled me for a later appointment that did not work with my schedule. When I called in to cancel 23.25 hours before my appointment the next day, they said were going to charge several hundred dollars out of pocket for cancellation fees, and still bill my insurance even more. No exceptions whatsoever and no rescheduling. When I spoke with the manager she was very curt with me and told me it's not their policy to disclose cancellation fees prior to schedule. This felt very dishonest to me and the whole thing felt like a scam. At their office, I was greeted by a loud argument between doctor, receptionist, and a nice Spanish speaking women who was seeking assistance for her mentally impaired daughter. They turned her away because they refused to provide her with an interpreter, or reschedule for a time when their Spanish speaking receptionist was in. To top it off, they refused to give her back her copay even though they had cancelled on her and than flat out told her "it's not our problem, it's your problem!" My appointment wasn't much better, the doctor was very short with me and cut me off repeatedly. It felt like he was trying to push me out as quickly as possible. The office also requires you to come back once a week for four weeks after your initial visit, and then every month afterwards. While a commend their commitment to making sure they closely monitor their client's well being and reaction to medicine, I couldn't help but feeling that this policy must also be a VERY lucrative business practice. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS DOCTOR.
When I first walked in, the first thing I noticed was the signs around the lobby indicating the place is serious. Signs about not ever giving refills on prescriptions to ensure that patients visit regularly, about regular (every 6 month) physicals being required, and about doing bloodwork to test for levels of medication. Ok, all fair. I want a place that takes me seriously and I'm willing to take them seriously in exchange. Dr. Fieve was quick to see me, despite being late for my first appointment (unfamiliarity with how long it takes to get to the Upper East Side). I felt immediately comfortable talking to him, which is shocking considering what I was there for. He was very down to business. He asked a few basic intro questions, let me explain what I thought was wrong, went over my past treatment history, and then laid out a detailed treatment plan (a mix of therapy and very light medication). I could tell he has seen countless people like me in his career, which put me at ease. Be ready to make the trek to the UES frequently, at least at first. I had to schedule three follow-up appointments after my first visit, and that just stretches two weeks into the future! Seems like they are very on top of monitoring their patients. Dr. Fieve isn't the only practitioner at the practice. There are a couple of others, handling things like psychotherapy and medication check-ups between the regular visits with Dr. Fieve.
I had a really bad experience with the lady who handles the billing for Dr Fieve. First I was billed for two appointments after being told that my insurance rejected the claim stating I wasn't eligible. Called my insurance they said I was completely covered and should not be responsible for the bill. So I relayed the message back and I'll was told was you need to sort this out with your insurance. After months of being billed and back and forth, I finally called my insurance while I was in the office and passed on the phone. Long behold, my doctor over billed the insurance company based on the contract between my physician and the insurance company. As I was told multiple times by my insurance, this was in no way supposed to be passed on to me. It explicitly said that the member was not to pay anything. Thanks for waisting my time and billing me for several months instead of doing your job and calling my insurance when I and the bill told you I was completely covered and it was your error. As far as the Doctor is concerned, they will require a series of tests from your physician and they will make you come back every week for a prescription until you have that sorted out. Once you do, it is still their policy that you most come in once a month.
It would have been helpful to know the following things before I came to the appointment or right at the start of the appointment: 1.) You will probably required to have a physical and cardiogram in order to receive a prescription. 2.) According to the sign in the office, you will have to have a medical checkup every four weeks. 3.) Initially, you will have to see the doctor on a weekly basis. These are not necessarily bad things, but I wish I had been told this earlier. I came in to have a prescription refilled for a medication that I have been taking for years and one that is very safe and does not require much, if any, monitoring. For my purposes, such extensive monitoring and medical follow-up is not needed nor is it cost-effective and I declined. Ultimately, I was told that I would not receive a prescription and that I should find someone else to see. Effectively, I ended up paying for an appointment only to be told at the very end of it that I would be leaving empty-handed. Had I known these requirements ahead of time, I would have saved time/money by looking elsewhere.
Worst medical experience I have ever encountered. Every time we have met he barely says anything, or asks anything. On top of this, I rescheduled an appointment day of, to be later in the day, and was 15 minutes late. Not only did they close, the doctor personally charged me $200.00 for no show, even after calling and explaining I was late. Congratulations you can sign a prescription pad, I would suggest you go back to school and re-take medical ethics.
I got excellent information and assistance. I knew I was in good hands. I'm especially pleased with Dr. Fieve's required pal for continuing visits for follow-up visits.
The guy wrote the wrong date on all of my Rx. Now I have to go back into the city to make sure he writes out the correct script just so my co pay doesn't go to waste. This guy needs to retire, he's an idiot.
He is very knowledgable and thorough, but new patients have to go every week which can be inconvenient.
The decision to see a psychiatrist was not an easy one. It takes energy and courage to discuss your most personal problems with a stranger...two things I am lacking lately as I struggle with my mental health. I decided to see Dr. Fieve because he took my insurance and got good reviews on this site. I can honestly say I left his office feeling worse than when I came in. When I arrived I was immediately struck by the amount of forms relating to money and payment. In the background I could hear the doctor calling to his receptionist about collecting payments from patients. When the receptionist walked me back into his office, Dr. Fieve didn't acknowledge me at first and instead made sure that she heard he needed $2,000 from some patient. I immediately felt uncomfortable and sensed this practice was primarily focused on money. I am someone who is coping with two painful chronic health conditions and the subsequent depression that comes from this. Dr. Fieve did seem to listen to my history and take notes, but when I spoke about critical things he repeatedly cut me short. I felt I was struggling to be heard. Furthermore, when he heard that I suffered from Fibromyalgia he kept trying to get me to participate in a research study being done by his institute... Something that would benefit him. This was not the reason I was seeking treatment and made me uncomfortable. Worst of all, though, he openly admitted that he is barely around; that I would instead be seeing his nurse practitioner. I didn't come to be treated by his nurse! He actually had the nerve to tell me that he takes frequent vacations and accepts patients with insurance so that he has the ability to go away. This made me feel anything but safe. Why would I trust a doctor like this? When he wanted to book an appointment for a physical and a follow-up visit I politely declined. It was such a negative experience that I gave him back my prescription (which I really needed) and told him that I'm not comfortable seeing him. Above all, I need to trust my health care professionals and know that they will be there if I need them. I think it's definitely time that Dr. Fieve retires, as he is elderly and it really seems like he has mentally checked out anyway. It was a disheartening experience and took a lot out of me during a very difficult time.
Excellent questions. very good diagnisis
great staff, professional dr, highly impressed by initial session. they didn't use the zocdoc forms I filled out in advance. so a few extra minutes for paperwork.
Very thoughtful doctor. Took an extensive history, highly focused on the well-being of patients. Required blood work and follow up appointments; definitely not an in-and-out type of psychiatrist. Highly recommend him!
This Dr. Is really radical in his medication changes and I feel he is too old and arrogant to really offer any relevant new ideas that are on the market today! If you want to go back to the 1950s please go and take lithium . Also he took me completely off of two major medications ,cold turkey ,which could lead to serious withdrawal and heart problems. I asked to not do this and was told to do this change or be terminated from his practice,which I was! Now I am not only running around and getting my old meds from the emergency room and looking for a new Doctor! I give him an F.
While Dr. Fieve is a kind and thoughtful doctor, I would NOT recommend using his services. His office is extremely disorganized and unprofessional, at the patient's expense. After being a patient of Dr. Fieve's for eight months, I will not be returning as I have never had a more consistently negative experience with a doctor's office. I hate to say it, as I do think Dr. Fieve is a good doctor, but his staff has no regard for the patient experience, has no accountability for multiple and consistent booking errors (which ultimately ended up costing me hundreds of dollars out of pocket) and does not put the patient first. Very disappointed to have to leave this doctor.
This man should retire.
The practice is all about pushing pills...
I was satisfied with his knowledge. He heard me out and then he gave me his diagnoses. I've been pretty stable since then.
He is really easy to talk to, understanding and truly wants to help you.
Great doctors in this practice! Glad I found them!
Dr. Fieve is great. The first day I walked into his office I felt hopeless. Having seen a plethora of doctors prior to seeing him and being Miss-diagnosed, taking medication that had nothing at all to do with my condition, and being completely misunderstood. I was frustrated and at wits end. i sat with Dr. Fieve for about 20min and in that short period of time i finally felt like someone understood what i was going through. he assured me that he would work as long and as hard as possible to get me in the state of mind that i should be in! Well tomorrow is my 32nd birthday and im excited to say Dr. Fieve gave me life again! my Marriage is going great, I have energy and best of all i can focus.
Nurse practitioner, Janet, is tactless -- she said some things about my weight and my sexuality that I would ordinarily dismiss as cluelessness, except that this is a psychiatry practice, so her patients are pretty vulnerable. Fieve himself is similarly clueless -- he knows his stuff re: treatment of bipolar disorder (he'll try and sell you his book!), and re: medications, but he interacts with you from his own ritzy perspective (he, um, recommended that I get someone to cook for me? what?) He and his team did help me, but they also made me want to tear my hair out sometimes. Proceed with caution. Oh! And the office isn't wheelchair accessible...?
Very professional and understanding.