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*Please fill out the check in form online after booking your appointment.* Dr. Uma Kumarappan is a psychiatrist in private practice in Fairfax, VA. She specializes in the biological and psychological treatment of psychiatric disorders, and she believes in an integrated and holistic approach that focuses on body, mind, and spirit. Her special interests are in grief therapy, oncology therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy for depression. Her clinic, the Turning Point Wellness Center, will be offering other services as part of its holistic approach, including nutrition counseling, yoga, medication, musing and healing touch therapy, and therapeutic massage. Dr. Kumarappan was born and raised in India. She received her medical degree from the P.S.Govindasamy Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. She then completed an internship in psychiatry at Bergen Regional Medical Center and a residency in psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Kumarappan and her husband, who is an engineer, are the parents of two children. Dr. Kumarappan speaks English and Tamil.
Verified Patient Reviews
I love this doctor!
Dr. Kumparrapin is simply the best, most caring psychiatrist out there.
She was very polite, and professional as usual.
Always the best time there, and the best help you in right away low wait time if any. Gets you in talks for about 15- 45 mins very caring, and really does want whats best for you, Always goes over how meds are working for me. Just all around amazing office and of course its always a wonderful time when her regular receptionist is there...One of the best people ever! and this new doctor i I have seen twice now....She's older white lady who I love with all my heart...she really cares about people.
Loved her as usual such a sweet, nice, and actually caring doctor..She honestly makes you feel safe,and that you can tell her anything without being judged. She has a therapist I think it is, and she sat in on my last session with my permission of course. She was amazing as well and I plan to be making an appointment after next year when i do my health insurance stuff, but that's besides the point. Everyone in that office even the receptionist are professional,nice, understanding and probably the best in the area! Colin B
Does the job right.
Always leave here feeling better about myself I love Dr.K and Brenda
She is the best.
Great doctor! Highly recommend!
While she was nice, she was very quick to prescribe medication. 10 mins in and she already prescribed me 3 different kinds. It almost seemed like I was talking to a salesman. When asked if I should consider talk therapy prior to taking any medication she said no. That was a red flag that this is not the right dr for me.
Wonderful doctor. She made me extremely comfortable and I look forward to seeing her again!
Very thoughtful person just in general. Far as personal issue's are concerned is when I realized that I was lucky to have a Dr who actually carried about what I was talking about and not just prescribing me stuff I didn't need excellent as far as I'm concerned thanks for listening and doing what you set out to do highly recommended
She is a kind woman, and skilled at her profession.
She is the best psychiatrist that I have ever been to.
Love the doctor. She could not be a better doctor or person. To put it nicely, the office staff leaves a lot to be desired. It is nearly impossible to reach the doctor, if you need anything. Attention to detail is bad.
She took the time to make sure I received the proper medication for my condition. She also talked with me for quite a while getting to know me and what type of work I did, how my relationships were in my life , family and took all aspects of my situation into account when counciling me both individual therapy and medication wise. When I had problems with certain meds she took the time to find what worked best for me.
She is very compassionate and tries to work with you on remedying your situation.
She was definitely very personable which made it easier for me to open up. I could tell she definitely wanted to see the best in me and help out as much as possible and because of her I feel like I'm on the right track once again!
She actually cares for her patients, and you can really tell.
She is so caring and supportive.
She is the best, most caring psychiatrist I have ever seen.
I've been seeing the doctor for 4-5 years, and she's great.
Dr. Kumarappan has been one of the best psychiatrist I've ever worked with. Very professional and she takes the time to talk with you. Highly recommended. Just be aware that they only accept cash/debit/credit. They do not take any insurance.
Dr. K is very empathetic, listens to your concerns and has your best interest when prescribing medications.
Always great seeing Dr. K. Not only is she sweet and understanding, Brenda is a pleasure to talk to!
Very warm and caring
I got lost but the doctor and office assistant were flexible and welcoming.
Dr. K has extremely improved my ways of thinking. She has made me come to more realizations than I have on my own, in my entire life. My family life has flourished, all because I have a better perspective. Prior to seeing Dr. K I had a one track mind and was always right, I couldn't focus, had trouble sleeping, and suffered with severe depression and anxiety. I'd recommend Dr. K to anyone who's open to something new, she takes a different approach than most doctors and I can tell she genuinely cares about
Hands down, the best doctor I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. I don't know how I got so lucky to find her. She is warm, compassionate, just a beautiful, loving person. She reached out to hug me, as I was leaving my first visit. No doctor has ever done that. She's different. I trust her judgment as well. She knows what questions to ask and let me talk until she understood the issues. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this doctor. And I love that I can make an appointment on zocdoc and be seen right away.
She's saved my life in so many ways and is the biggest blessing to have. I thank God constantly for her straightforward yet incredibly loving and intuitive approach. She gives you what you NEED. With no bias. No bias over ADD meds or anti anxiety meds and she took me off of a mainstream Antidepressant I'd been on for years then put me on a very new and although expensive because it's not yet generic, it's the best thing that's ever happened to me doing this change. I had a rush of feelings come back to me I didn't know I'd lost. I love her truly, and Brenda is just as much apart of this review as well. If anyone deserves a raise this lovely woman working alone at the front desk deserves one with all the angry / rude patients she deals with so lovingly ! God bless
Dr. K was very caring, listened to everything and took my opinions into consideration. I'm so happy I found her!
She's the most incredible person and psychiatrist I've ever had and she and her one man show (aka Brenda) who is the angel who works at the front desk both deserve Oscars if they were made for the medical world because of how much they have done for me. Up over and way beyond anything that anyone else has ever done for me. I'm never leaving them! I thank God, literally even the past few days here and there while commuting just for giving me their team. They've changed my entire life and honestly .. Have saved it. Dr K and Brenda honestly saved my life because I don't know if I would've made it if I hadn't been blessed by serendipity to end up having picked Dr K out of all the doctors I could've seen who DO take my insurance, my intuition told me seeing her pic and info that although I'd have to pay out of pocket and spend a couple hundred dollars just at first with the first appt etc - it is and has and will always be worth it. And Brenda , if I've met anyone who has been the best at what they do not only by physical actions but by her whole work ethic and doing so much that probably isn't even on her actual agenda in regards to what she was hired for - she is just another huge piece of divine love to Dr K's practice and goes over and beyond anything she , if she was ANYONE else in her position, would be doing. God bless these two. I get emotional just writing this haha. Thank you for saving my life. Xo, Holly
I've been with Dr. Kumarappan for years. She is very caring and listens.
Dr. K is the first psychiatrist that actually cared about me, my wel being, and my family's well being. She has helped me with spiritual, mind, and body techniques, has me on the proper medication needed to treat my disorders, and follows up accordingly. I strongly recommend her to those in need.
Very compasionate and truly listends
I find Dr. Kumarrappan to be a very kind, and equally observant person. She is empathetic while also being straight forward about her observations, which I appreciate.
Dr. K is a wonderful, caring and compassionate person. Brenda (in the front) is an exceptional people person and is incredibly multi talented at running the office. She and Dr. K definitely complement each other and keep everything running smoothly. Together they pretty much have all the answers and one leaves feeling confident and appropriately cared for. By all means, a medical professional I don't mind seeing!!
She was caring and understanding. She makes sure that you are well taken care of by the end of your appointment.
Able to have a space to speak your mind, open up and let out what needs to be, so you can heal.
Dr. Kumarappan is a lifesaver! She has helped me through one of the toughest times in my life, and is one of the kindest doctors I have ever seen. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
God awful customer support. I couldn't find the office and tried to call the front desk a number of times (as in more than 3 at different time intervals) and no one answered. To add insult to injury, the voice mailbox was full, so I couldn't even leave a message. After over 15 minutes past my appointment time, I called one last time and the finally receptionist answered. I explained the situation, she was rude, not at all apologetic, and then... Hung up in my face. I scheduled this appointment because I needed rather immediate help, it took a lot of courage to make the appointment, and then to have this experience just made the whole situation god awful. I have no qualms about rating the doctor poorly because of her staff. Hire people who are qualified and caring or train them, or else it reflects poorly on you and your abilities. If this is your first experience with a psychiatrist like me, I'd recommend looking elsewhere. So disappointed.
i have looked a long time to find someone with this much compassion. she gave me hope and acceptance .her staff will make sure you are taken care of .
She was very warm and understanding and put me right at ease. I knew right away I had found the right Doctor for me.
I've been seeing Uma for the past year and she's a great Doctor she's always there to help me and my husband!! And Brenda is pretty great too but she bites.. Lol great Dr office
Was a really pleasant experience over all. Very sweet and loving staff and doc. Genuinely care for you and help you right off the bat no time wasted.
Over the years I have met many psychiatrist and I could not understand why it was so difficult to find the right one, until I met Dr. Kumarappan and the answer was so easy, its called listening, what a simple concept, the key to all, good, open, honest communication
Dr Kumarappan is an excellent doctor. She actually listens and cares about her patients...She even helped me to find a job...Great doctor 10 out of 10 will be seeing her again. The receptionist was even a huge part of my amazing visit, not only was she friendly sweet and nice but she also told me about a program on how to get insurance and now because of her I have amazing insurance at a great price she was a huge help and I give her 10 out of 10...That office is there to help people not make money, and you will feel that when you leave.
As always a very nice visit with Dr.Kumarappan. There was practically no wait time, she saw me seconds after singing in. She is an exellent listener, always takes her time to here me out and offer helpful feedback. I highly recommend Dr.Kumarappan to anyone needing Psychiatric Therapy.
She is very compassionate, wait time is not long at all and she listens to your concerns regarding medication side effects and is very knowledgeable.
My visit was excellent. She is warm, compassionate and takes the time to listen. She does not double book and allows plenty of time for each patient. I can not say enough good things about her.
Let me first say that Dr. Uma Kumarappan is a wonderful, kind doctor who has changed my life for the better. I have always dealt with bookings through ZocDoc so until just now have avoided having to deal with her rude, unprofessional staff. Dr. K's front office receptionist is as exceptionally rude as Dr. Kumarappan is kind. My prescription was accidentally thrown out by our housekeeper, still unopened and in the pharmacy bag just a week after refill as I had leftover medication from my prior visit. I called the office to explain the situation and was treated like a common criminal. At first the receptionist couldn't even find my chart, repeatedly asked for my DOB and spelling of my name, and questioned whether I was a new patient (I am not), and whether I have ever been there. She continued to speak on the phone with me in the presence of other patients, after confirming my identity aloud, thus violating HIPPA. After being berated by the receptionist, I tried to calmly explain my profession and my husband's to help this insensitive woman on the phone gain some perspective and perhaps adjust her tone accordingly. She screamed at me, "I don't care who you are or what you do we don't replace prescriptions, not ever!" When I asked for my records, she shouted about fees and wait time, and then hung up on me. Quite frankly, I am appalled. As Dr. Kumarappan explained herself, my medication is a "baby dose," and you would have thought I was asking her receptionist to refill a prescription for HEROIN. This lack of compassion and professionalism by her staff has this patient going elsewhere!! So sad, because Dr. K is really fantastic!
Dr. Kumarappan and her Office Manager are great to work with. Dr. Kumarappan is a kind, compassionate person who clearly loves her calling and I can't recommend her highly enough!
Caring and listens to you! Highly recommended!
THe best and most caring psychiatrist I've ever seen. Changed all my medications for the better. Attentive and loving and listens over everything else. She takes very serious notes mentally on your family stability, what drugs you're on, your siblings and why or why not you're not close to them, and friends. Also, romance. And she is the best person I've met in a very long time. Brenda is fantastic and I adore them both. They're like family.
She's an excellent physician. She takes the time to really talk to you. She is the kindest psychiatrist that I've ever had!
She was very warm and receptive. She listened to my issues and was genuinely concerned for my well-being.
Best Doctor Ever!
Always a great session. Really helpful and supportive. Great and true professional!!!
Very professional and friendly staff always eager to help and give you the best advice. Dr. Uma is a very compassionate person which I was able to trust immediately and who takes time for her patients. I highly recommend this psychiatrist.
Love this doctor. I don't say that often. She is so warm, unlike the psychiatrists I have seen in the past.
If you're looking for a doctor that will help you because you know yourself, take care of your life through your health, than this is the doctor for you. A doctor that you can be open and honest with about your issues and that's a rarity these days when trying to seek help. Check your ego and the car door and enter with an open mind for healing and ye shall receive it.
I was appalled by this evaluation appointment. One of the first things I said was that I was hesitant to begin taking medicine, and after speaking with me for less than 5 minutes, the doctor interrupted me to say that I needed to be taking 5 pills a day. I wasn't comfortable with that treatment plan, and she didn't appease my fears when I questioned it. This would've been bad enough, but she marked the incorrect date on all the prescriptions, so even if I wanted to fill them (and I didn't), I would not have been able to without getting new prescriptions from the doctor. The office was run down and depressing, I didn't feel like I was listened to, and the front desk person, while nice, was bad-talking another patient while I was waiting to check out. I ended up going to another doctor, who prescribed one very small dose of an antidepressant for me and it is going very well. I am so so glad I went to see someone else.
First visit went smoothly. She is very sweet and pleasant to talk to. I look forward to my next visit. The receptionist was friendly as well and there was no wait time.
Very effective and informative
Hello Everyone, Dr. Kumarappan has been a great comfort to me; she always takes the time to listen to me and provide excellent feedback. Her methods of treatment have proven very effective; I can honestly say Ive come a long way in seeing her. I hope to keep her as my Doctor for many years to come, and would recommend her to any friend in need. Thanks very much "DR. K," know how much you are appreciated : ).
Dr. Kumarappan was easy to talk to and listened to my issues. She was amazing.
The receptionist at this office is terribly rude and unprofessional. I was treated with such disrespect and hostility that I would recommend not making an appointment with this doctor if only to avoid interaction with the front desk.
She was very understanding and took the time to know where I was coming from. Made me feel comfortable and taken care of. She's the exact doctor I was looking for.
She was so caring, it was really a shock. She actually listened and seemed to understand my struggles. For the first time in years I felt some hope.
Most psych doctors hardly have a personality or have more than 5 minutes, you will be so happily surprised how caring and interested in the development and tracks all progress bring made. She forgets nothing snd is filled with so much wisdom that it almost ferls like you are talking with a friend. Don't hesitate to try her, you will never want to leave
Dr. Kumarappan is a very caring, intuitive, and supportive doctor who has helped me get on the right medication, which in turn has made me a more successful person. My biggest issue was dealing with my anxiety and she is very wise and gives great advise.
Dr. Kumarappan is very nice and caring as a doctor, but her office assistant who runs the phones and appointments is very disorganized and never answers the phone. They also don't seem to know about ZocDoc appointments, or lose them and schedule over them, so I wouldn't recommend scheduling with her online.
Doctor Uma is AMAZING! She is the most soft spoken and easy to talk too Doctor I have ever seen, and believe me I have seen a decent amount of doctors. Every physician I have seen charges double or more and they do not compare to Dr.Uma. She also is great at listening and coming up with a plan to help. She isn't the typical Psychiatrist that talks and acts like they are better than you because they went to med school or even superhuman. She will sit and talk to you about her favorite shows and movies like a normal friend who wants to help! And let me tell you that the icing on the cake is the Office Manager/Front Desk Receptionist Brenda. She will get all your problems taken care of like they are her own! Amazing Amazing Amazing is honestly all I can say! Never have I seen such a dedicated practice!
She is a fantastic doctor. The lady working the front desk would be the only reason i would not give 5 stars.
She is a very kind and good doctor. Glad to find her practice.
The dr. Listened closely to my concerns and promptly and professionals shared her opinion and treatment options??
I love Dr. Kumarappan! Every once in a while you have to wait in the waiting room for a little bit, but mostly because I'm late and being squeezed in or an emergency came up with a patient, but rare. She is very flexible, a compassionate and understanding doctor. Ive been seeing her for a year next month and I hope she doesn't plan to retire anytime soon! Her and her assistant Brenda are great! No insurance is acceptable but price is reasonable. She always listens to my concerns and makes changes accordingly and is very accommodating to appointment needs. I highly recommend her!
Dr Kumarappan is a very patient and caring person. She makes it very to talk to her!
I thought she was the consummate professional who listed to what I had to say and offered sound advise and options for me to consider. I would highly recommend her to others.
Looking for the right psycharicist is a very difficult task, however I promise you when you meet this doctor, your only hope would be that she never leaves her practice or relocates. Never in all these years have I ever met a doctor that not only hears you, she actually has feed back. Most importantly the one thing that she was able to do is make me think, doctors like this usually do not have the time to really get to know you and allow the time for you to get to know her. Either go on ZocDoc so easy to use or call her directly, you will never have to look again.
She was very easy to talk to and listened to my issues. She was very helpful and informative about what was going on for me. I thought she showed a lot of empathy and spent time discussing with me what options I had for treatment. I'd highly recommend her.
Dr. Kumarappan is a very compassionate listener and very easily realized a problem I was experiencing was a side effect of a type of medication that did not work for me as well as it should have. She changed it to something she felt was more appropriate and I felt an immediate difference. The front office is very helpful and all do everything they can to accommodate a full work schedule (even for us who live in DC). Thanks Dr. Kumarappan!
Does not accept insurance. However that means you can see Dr Kumarappan pretty much on the same day or after. She is a nice person but I feel like I am always rushed out the door. I also don't like how I have been prescribed all these new meds that are obviously very heavily marketed by the giant pharmaceutical companies.
Dr.Kumarappan is an exceptional doctor. She understands the limitations mental health can cause on ones life. Professionally, emotionally and physically. She takes the time to understand each and every one of her patients. She always makes the time to see me being flexible with my work schedule. I could not say anything better about my experience with her as my doctor.
Dr. Kumarappan was very professional and helpful. I was able to share my problems comfortably and she was able to provide the help I needed. In addition to the same medications I have been taking she recommended some additional ones that addressed my needs specifically. I am glad to have found her and am intending to continue seeing her moving forward.
Dr. Kumarappan is an excellent doctor, and very easy to talk to. I highly recommend her.
I've never been to a Psychologist or Psychiatrist before so I wasn't really sure what to expect. It took years for me to get to the point where I could ask for help and Dr K was just so understanding and compassionate. She doesn't judge you or tell you to buck up, it's all in your head, she listens carefully and gave me hope that I can get better with help. I walked into the office thinking this was my last chance and it probably wouldn't go anywhere, but walked out of the office with renewed hope for the future.
Had a great appointment staff and Dr. K were very helpful and actually listened before making any decisions..
Positive experience. Professional...thank you.
Wonderful experience with a caring, compassionate doctor!
Throughly enjoyed my time. I can tell she really cares. She asks questions and really takes the time to know you.
Dr. K was the only doctor who has ever been ever to help me. I felt safe, I felt relief, I felt like Dr. K truly is an advocate and care taker of her patients.
I truly believe she has changed my life. Already trying to recover from a myriad of self inflicted and unavoidable losses, she lightened my burden and gave me the courage I'd been seeking. I am still blown away. Divine spirit and loving soul.
Very professional, empathetic and knowledgeable physician!! Excellent bedside manner! Highly recommended!
With recent anxiety attacks that were affecting my job/work life, it was imperative to find a psychiatrist quickly. Not only did Dr. Kumarappan fit me in quickly, she was an understanding and very nice doctor, and I look forward to continuing my care with her.
This was my first visit, which is nerve wrecking enough, but, the doctor and her administrative assistant were great. From the moment I walked in I felt very welcomed by her administrative assistant. The doctor was friendly, thorough, and I left feeling confident that she listened as well as addressed the concerns I had. It does suck that they do not take insurance, however, it is becoming more common for psychiatry offices not to, and I understand why. However, the price is reasonable and she has great availability. I learned she even haves one Saturday each month open for appts which not a lot of people do that I've found. Great first experience!
She takes her time to understand the patient on a holistic level. she helps you understand all levels of her way of helping and asks great well thought out questions of what the patient needs are so the work needed to overcome whatever your troubles are into a teamwork approach! That's very rare to find in physcians these days. She is a great physician!