Dr. Vanessa Allen, MD

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12200 Annapolis Rd., Suite 115, Glenn Dale, MD, 20769

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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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Everything went well. I was satisfied. Not overly thorough. Only time will tell.

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Very professional and pleasant. Looking forward to next appointment!

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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. Allen so 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 rather wait in waiting room (and with my clothes on) until the Dr. was truly ready for me.

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My appointment was great, got information needed.

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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 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.

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I was very pleased with my initial visit.

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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 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.

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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 that wait 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!

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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 thorough as 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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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.

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Great experience..very knowledgeable

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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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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!

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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 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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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 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.

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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 my way in half an hour. Nurse & receptionist awesome as well. Highly recommended.

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Excellent doctor. Good advice. Love the natural, alternative therapies!

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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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I was recommended to her. I enjoyed her style and service.

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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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