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Dr. Vanessa Allen, MD

Family Physician, Primary Care Doctor

Professional statement

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.

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Specialties

  • Family Physician
  • Primary Care Doctor

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Doctors Community Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Family Medicine

Education and training

  • Duke University Hospital, Residency in Family Medicine
  • Medical School - Howard University, Doctor of Medicine

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1912059320

Office locations

Natural Family Wellness

12200 Annapolis Rd., Suite 115

Glenn Dale, MD 20769

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The practicioner I met with was wonderful. She was very friendly and informative. Definitely a very warm and friendly practice. My chief complaint would be the wait time but I would recommend them to anyone looking for a new primary care doctor!
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I like the fact that she combines holistic treatments.
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Overall Dr. Allen is very nice and polite and well versed in her recommendations for treatment for your particular health needs. Her hands expertise to a homopathic approach for treatment helps the body to heal itself naturally.
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Provides great feedback.
Less than 1 year ago
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Everything went well. I was satisfied. Not overly thorough. Only time will tell.
More than 1 year ago
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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 serviceand 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.
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Very professional and pleasant. Looking forward to next appointment!
More than 1 year ago
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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. Allenso she can provide the best service to my needs as my primary physician.
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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 ratherwait in waiting room (and with my clothes on) until the Dr. was truly ready for me.
More than 1 year ago
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My appointment was great, got information needed.
More than 1 year ago
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I was very pleased with my initial visit.
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Great experience..very knowledgeable
More than 1 year ago
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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.
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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 hurryway. 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.
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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 thatwait times have been reduced, which is also a plus. I've recommended the practice to friends and family without hesitation.
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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.
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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!
More than 1 year ago
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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 thoroughas she is. You won't get feeling of being rushed through your visit. That means a lot!
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Made me wait too long only to talk for 5 minutes. Ridiculous
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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
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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'soffice 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.
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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 skepticalabout 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!
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Dr. Allen was very attentive. I felt my concerns were addressed. I look forward to my next visit.
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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 touse. 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.
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I am a new patient and I am looking forward to a long relationship with Dr. Allen.
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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!!
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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.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Allen is very nice and listens objectively, then offers diagnosis and/or simple suggestions if needed. She is very kind and caring.
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Dr. Allen and her staff were very professional. Also, Dr. Allen addressed important issues that I did not specifically mention.
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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.
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Excellent service, bedside manner, treatment and advice!
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She's very personable. She's respectable and makes you feel comfortable talking
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Dr. Allen is very professional, attentive, and thoughtful about my over health. She listened carefully to my concerns and addressed them.
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Excellent doctor. Very thorough.
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I was very impressed with Dr. Allen. I finally found a doctor that utilizes a holistic approach.
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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.
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I love Dr. Allen!! I was recommended and then I loved it so much that I recommended others
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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!
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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 anyjudgments 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.
More than 1 year ago
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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.
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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 myway in half an hour. Nurse & receptionist awesome as well. Highly recommended.
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Awesome doctor! She listens & very attentative. The best doctor ! There is no wait time! The office staff is very nice.
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Excellent doctor. Good advice. Love the natural, alternative therapies!
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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 metwith 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.
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I was recommended to her. I enjoyed her style and service.
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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 bein 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!
More than 1 year ago
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i really liked her , she answered all my questions, very professional and i would definitely recommend
More than 1 year ago
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Always a good experience and fun!
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Dr. Allen is very knowledgeable and professional, yet personable.
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Outstanding Dr.
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