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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Vanessa Allen received her medical degree from Howard University, College of Medicine in 1989 and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina. After completing her residency in 1993, she developed a successful private group practice in Ft. Washington, Maryland before starting her own practice in Bowie, Maryland. In her search for knowledge, Dr. Allen has moved beyond her training in traditional allopathic medicine to embrace integrative and alternative medicine. She has continued her education in complementary and integrative medicine by completing course work with the University of Arizona department of Integrative Medicine chaired by Dr. Weil, and has studied and mentored with Dr. Akmal Muwwakkil who specializes in herbal and Chinese medicine. She has completed her studies in acupuncture at UCLA, Helms Institute, the leading center for physician training in acupuncture. Dr. Allen has developed unique and individualized programs for weight loss that successfully assist patients in meeting their weight loss goals. In addition, she has experience with individualized treatment with bio-identical hormones for women’s health and anti-ageing. Dr. Allen believes in patient centered care and addresses healthy lifestyle issues focusing on nutrition, physical activity, mind-body approaches and spirituality. Her goal is to promote wellness and disease prevention that enables patients to increase control over and improve their health care.
Verified Patient Reviews
Everything went well. I was satisfied. Not overly thorough. Only time will tell.
Very professional and pleasant. Looking forward to next appointment!
My visit went well since I am a new patient, I wanted to get a feel of my new doctor and I think I am going to like her being my doctor. I look forward to getting to know Dr. Allen so she can provide the best service to my needs as my primary physician.
I've complained about this before- I ALWAYS have to wait for at least 20 mins. (and have waited over an hour) after getting my vital signs taken in the exam room for the Dr. I hate that! I would much rather wait in waiting room (and with my clothes on) until the Dr. was truly ready for me.
My appointment was great, got information needed.
The visit was very good. The problem is I was sent to another doctor for additional test. I was then sent to another doctor which required a referral from Dr. Allen. I called numerous times to only reach the answering service and left a message of what I needed. No one ever called from Dr. Allen's office or sent a referral. The doctor told me to come anyway and they would try to get the referral. I then was referred to another doctor and today is November 15th and have called several times and still don't have a referral. My appointment is tomorrow.
I was very pleased with my initial visit.
I believe my visit went well. The doctor listened to my concerns, and tried to address them as best as she could. I felt comfortable talking to her about my concerns, and believe that she genuinely addressed my needs and concerns. I would definitely recommend Dr. Vanessa Allen to anyone who is looking for a doctor who does not just prescribe medication, but ensure that they are necessary. She encourages you as a patient to do what you can through diet, and exercise to enhance your health.
My visit with Dr. Vanessa Allen was pleasant as usual. She took time and asked how things were since my last visit. Then she preceded to ask about my visit for today. Took time to discuss in a not too hurry way. All in all a great office visit!! Oh, and as far as time..they took me on time and I was out in a timely matter.
I have been seeing Dr. Allen for many years; first at a practice in Ft Washington and now in Bowie. She has always been very personable, and actually interested in any concerns and questions raised. I've noticed in recent visits that wait times have been reduced, which is also a plus. I've recommended the practice to friends and family without hesitation.
Visit was just ok. Would have liked more communication. Was frustrated and tired of the wait. Appointment was at 2pm and I did not see the doctor until after 3pm. No apology nothing. Felt annoyed.
Dr. Vanessa Allen and her staff were amazing! From the moment I stepped into the office to when I left... the hospitality they provided was simply amazing. Dr. VA was thorough and she listened. Dr. VA is now my permanent physician. My family will be joining me. Thank you so much!
My visit was a great experience. I've been a patient for over a year - with a great experience each time. I saw Dr Allen today. She was very thorough with my examination. She has associates which are just as thorough as she is. You won't get feeling of being rushed through your visit. That means a lot!
Made me wait too long only to talk for 5 minutes. Ridiculous
Dr. Allen's breadth of knowledge continues to amaze me, and she is very patient and willing to talk through health situations. Note: I made the appointment through ZocDoc, and it was confirmed by ZocDoc by both email text, but Dr. Allen's office had no record of the appointment, so when I arrived they had to fit me in. I would recommend making or confirming the appointment by phone.
Great experience..very knowledgeable
Very pleasant, Friendly, Attentive, Caring and good doctor. Received a call from her office on heavy snow day with lab results. Thank you Dr Allen for taking care of my mother
I visited Dr. Allen for eczema treatment. The receptionist and medical assistant were both very nice and accommodating. Prior to seeing Dr. Allen, a medical student in training came in to do the initial assessment, which I was a little skeptical about at first. Once Dr. Allen came in to see me, the medical student gave her a debrief from the initial assessment, which was very detailed, so I was pleased about that. Both Dr. Allen and the medical student were very attentive, and seriously took into consideration my desire to treat the eczema holistically as opposed to just using conventional drugs. Dr. Allen gave me a lot of good information and I am positive that I will be eczema free soon!
Dr. Allen was very attentive. I felt my concerns were addressed. I look forward to my next visit.
She is exactly what I've been looking for in a doctor. She is like a super doctor for the whole family! I love how she listens and knows a lot about holistic remedies which is the only thing I like to use. Her videos on YouTube are very imformative! You will love her! She is absolutely wonderful. Best part it's not a 2 hour event, it was quick and productive.
I am a new patient and I am looking forward to a long relationship with Dr. Allen.
THE STAFF WERE VERY HELPFUL AD RESPONSIVE. DR. ALLEN PROVIDES VERYY THOROUGH INFORMATION AND OPTIONS. DR. ALLEN MAKES YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH GREAT BED SIDE MANNER.
Dr. Allen is very nice and listens objectively, then offers diagnosis and/or simple suggestions if needed. She is very kind and caring.
I loved Dr. Vanessa Allen! The only thing is that the waiting time was a bit much (40 minutes from the time I had scheduled). Other than that, the nurses, Dr. Vanessa were very attentive, friendly and I felt I was treated as a human being!!
Dr. Allen and her staff were very professional. Also, Dr. Allen addressed important issues that I did not specifically mention.
Dr. Allen is always very thorough; she asks questions, offers suggestions and options, and takes a "whole person" approach. Highly recommend. Her office staff are friendly and efficient.
Excellent service, bedside manner, treatment and advice!
She's very personable. She's respectable and makes you feel comfortable talking
Dr. Allen is very professional, attentive, and thoughtful about my over health. She listened carefully to my concerns and addressed them.
Excellent doctor. Very thorough.
I was very impressed with Dr. Allen. I finally found a doctor that utilizes a holistic approach.
The entire staff was professional. The doctor was very pleasant and asked a lot of questions to determine the nature of my problem. I will recommend to everyone looking to change their doctor.
I love Dr. Allen!! I was recommended and then I loved it so much that I recommended others
Extremely patient, knowledgable and easy to talk to! She did not rush me in & out... And she addressed all my concerns! Thank you Dr. Allen & Staff!
Even though Dr. Allen's office is a 45-minute drive from my home, it was well worth it. She and the staff educated me about the treatment and procedures. I appreciated Dr. Allen listening to me (and my body)and not making any judgments about my health based on my appearance or personal habits. I was also impressed with her use of technolog: She entered info about her interaction with right on her tablet and forwarded my prescription directly to my pharmacy so I didn't have that 30-45 minute wait time.
Dr. Allen is a good listener, and very professional. She did a test, made a diagnosis, offered a prescription and advised me of supportive and alternative therapies, all while making me feel comfortable. I was seen quickly and was on my way in half an hour. Nurse & receptionist awesome as well. Highly recommended.
Excellent doctor. Good advice. Love the natural, alternative therapies!
Awesome doctor! She listens & very attentative. The best doctor ! There is no wait time! The office staff is very nice.
I was recommended to her. I enjoyed her style and service.
She gave me the right combination of supplements and within a couple days I noticed that my splitting headaches/pain in temples was gone! I am ecstatic and highly recommend Dr. Allen.
i really liked her , she answered all my questions, very professional and i would definitely recommend
Very thorough and great medical knowledge, I felt very confident in her abilities.
Dr. Allen is well informed and answered all of my questions. I was given a new diet plan that should continue to improve my over-all health.
Great visit-getting me back on track with my health care
I am a new patient and I enjoyed the experience with the first visit.
thorough and professional. Dr Allen took the time to ask questions and make appropriate recommendations
In a world where the medical/Big Pharma industry exploits the sickness and doesn't not sufficiently support holistic, preventive health, Dr. Allen is a breath of fresh air! I feel more comfortable with, and more encouraged to, visit and be in communication with my doctor knowing that she understands and emphasizes the importance of healthy nutrition--on a level that's counter-culture to the poor diet of this society and goes beyond what most run-of-the-mill medical professionals would recommend. I feel as though I can communicate with her person-to-person, knowing that she will listen, respect the patient as knowing the nuances of his/her own body, and respond in a helpful--yet not pedantic--way. As an athlete and progressive nutrition-minded person, I feel as though Dr. Allen is a teammate! Visiting and communicating with Natural Family Wellness is not a chore, but rather a positive experience. Dr. Allen and her staff come with my full recommendation!
She's wonderful. My last doctor barely spoke but Vanessa Allen cares.
Dr. Allen was very professional, sweet and kind. She had some useful suggestions and I would definitely use her again if I'm feeling under the weather
Dr. Allen was great, she was patient, her beside manner was excellent and she was extremely attentive. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to change doctors.
Well I did not feel we connected meeting her for the first time and this being my third visit to the office. She did her job though but there was no connection for someone I have has my primary care doctor.
I've had two to this office. The first time I visited, I was seen by the physician's assistant, as the doctor was out on vacation. However, the assistant was quite knowledgeable and a great listener. During my second visit, I met with Dr. Allen. Her bedside manner was okay and the visit did not seem rushed. As for the receptionists and nurses, they are very nice and do their best to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
Dr. Allen is very knowledgeable and professional, yet personable.
Always a good experience and fun!
I was seen by her Assistant Lynn Allison. I was very pleased with her and confident that my medical needs will be fullfilled. I spoke with Dr. Allen briefly with reference to my previous office visit. On the plus side she took the time to speak with me and her schedule was busy today.
Dr. Allen was very personable. She listened to me and was accommodating to my needs. I would go to see her again. I was looking for a wholistic alternative doctor. I've only been to the office once but I will hold on a complete evaluation until I visit the doctor again. I must say I almost didn't give this doctor a try because the person answering the phones and scheduling appointments was very rude. The nurse I saw was very caring but when I walked in I could tell immediately who the rude one on the phone was and I almost walked out of the office. Dr. Allen should really have a conversation with this young lady. I'm sure I'm not the only one she's been rude with. She's probably turning patients away from Dr. Allen. A doctor is only as good as their reputation and if the first line of contact is rude, it makes the doctor look bad no matter how good she is.
Friendly, easy to speak with, and relatable.
I think it was a pleasant experience. I think her aim, I believe is to help me to be and to keep healthy.
Visiting Dr. Allen was an enlightening experience. I'm inspired to strive to do what she advises to improve my health and fitness.
I was very pleased and will follow up for further treatment.
She was amazing! Made me comfortable and she was very knowledgable, I'm so glad I picked her!
I enjoy partnering with her. she couples eastern and western "ways". I especially appreciate her knowledge of supplements.
I was looking for a Holistic or Naturalistic Doctor.
She is very attentive and eager to research to find out how we can fix my daughter's health issues. Not the type to push drugs and send you on your way. We are really glad to have found her.
Exceptional. Ms. P.M. Cross
She's a great doctor. Very personable!
I am eager to work/partner with her. She seemed knowledgeable about migraine. I liked that she suggested supplements vs. Rx.
Warm and pleasant, and Dr. Allen is very thorough about her practice!!
I was called by the doctor in January 2014 to make an appointment to check my High Blood Pressure medicine. The morning of the appointment (a Thursday in February) was a bad snow storm so I tried to reschedule over the phone but I left on hold for a long time so I decided to go to the doctor's office in order to slip a note under the door with my name, number, and I asked to be rescheduled. Never heard anything from the doctor again so I decided maybe my business was not important so I found another doctor.
She so far appears to be very supportive and resourceful. She was very engaging and responded to all of my medical needs/questions, which was really nice since I am a new patient. I was very pleased with that. The staff was very curteous and helpful and I was treated as a person, which you don't always find with some doctors. I love the fact that she is experiened in general doctorial issues, as well as weight loss. That keeps me from having multiple doctors, and saves me time. I will definitely go back.
Short wait time, address my questions
I was impressed with how the office was keeping up with the times. I believe Dr. Allen and her staff will take very good care of me and my girls.
One word, Awesome!!!
I love that she is supporting decisions that are natural. Plus she offers acupuncture!
I like her, but the wait time interferes too much with my work schedule and I can never tell how long I'll be away from work. An hour wait seems to be the norm.
I was disappointed! She came recommended by another doctor so I had high expectations. I waited quite some time and then for an annul physical of a new patient, she spent 10 minutes with me! She didn't ask me any questions about my history or anything about me in general. I don't feel like I've had a physical at all!
I liked her. The staff was very nice
She is very personable and informative. She takes her time and gets to truly know all her patients.
It was excellent. I got to the office early, and that's the reason why I had to wait. The staff and doctor were warm and pleasant .
The front office did not record the right appointment time and blamed this service. I was very disappointed since it was an hour drive and they wanted me to reschedule.
This has been the best Doctors appointment I have had in over 10 years. I went in for a physical and the results came in less than 2 days after. The Doctor's Office called me and explained all the results to me in simple terms. I also have access to the records of all test done in the Doctor's office and Laboratory online, I can book appointments in the future and follow-ups to name a few online. She is going to be my personal Doctor as long as I reside in Maryland.
I think Dr. Allen was very professional. Willing to answer any concerns or questions that I had. The staff was professional as well. I would definitely recommend her.
The office staff were very supportive professional and organized. Dr. Allen was approachable and very informative with what all her practice has to offer. My family has decided to select her practice as our primary care physican.
This was my first visit and my overall impression of her was good. I made another appointment for a full physical and will determine after a few visits if I would llike her to be my primary care physician. Very nice lady and easy going to speak with.
She was excellent with me. I was able to talk openly with her about my health issues
She took the time to listen to me and properly treated my symptoms. I selected her for my primary care physican based on my inital meeting and have had a subsquent visit. I also like the fact that she provides traditional western medical treatment as well as homeopatic treatment.
Dr. Allen seems to be very proficient in the field of medicine. I liked the way she approached me and made available some very useful information .
I absolelutely love Dr. Allen, she is more like a friend and she's an excellent doctor including everyone on staff! I'm so honored to have this doctor's office as my very own! Kudos to Dr. Allen and staff!
It was my initial visit. The wait time was short. The staff was friendly, professional and responsive. This initial visit was with the Physician Assistant. I have not met the doctor.
Very personable, patient and informative. Bedside manner excellent.
Dr allen is an awsome doctor.