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Qualifications and Experience
** Please make cancellations two days before appointment! **Dr. Ali's practice only accepts cash and checks, no cards of any kind are accepted** If you do not have insurance - we are willing to work patients with different financial needs. Dr. Ali has 14 Years experience in all areas of Mental Health including both inpatient and outpatient Community and Public Mental Health. Currently has consulting privileges in Spring Groove Hospital Center, Washington Adventist Hospital, United Medical Center, Psychiatric Institute of Washington D.C and Bon Secours Hospital. Raising awareness and empowering patients and their families regarding mental illness. To create specialized interactive programs for children and adults with special needs. We offer comprehensive diagnostic psychiatric evaluations, which include: Psychopharmacological treatment. Individual and family Psychotherapy. Coordination with Medical and Mental Health Professionals. Specialized Psychiatric services are provided to children, adolescents and adults with Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders through various agencies and organizations. Individual referrals are also welcomed. Substance Abuse Treatment with focus on relapse prevention, individualized therapy and Suboxone Maintenance. Psychiatric treatment including specific therapies and medication stabilization for patients with Traumatic Brain Injury.
Verified Patient Reviews
I went to see Dr. Ali for a second opinion and because I was also looking for a new psychiatrist. During my first visit, he spent an hour and a half with me, going over mine and my family's health history. He had me walk him through my mental health issues for childhood up through the present. I appreciated this, as I think it provided him with a more thorough understanding than 'oh today I feel xyz.' I decided to use Dr. Ali as my psychiatrist, and the drive from DC is absolutely worth it! He is very knowledgable regarding pharmacology, and has worked with me to find medications that work well for my condition. Some reviewers complain that he's not as chatty and talkative as a therapist--and that's the thing, he's NOT a therapist. He IS a psychiatrist and his job is to diagnose you and recommend a treatment plan. Dr. Ali asks good questions, but it's really up to you how in-depth you want to answer; the more information you provide, the better it will be. He genuinely cares about your well-being, not just how many Rx he writes. Highly recommend!
This doctor is all about writing the strips and that’s it. When he asks you how have you been. If you tell him he will not listen to you. So don’t waste your time. I want to find someone else. I drive about 30 min to see him and it’s a waste of my time.
He is the worst doctor ever!!! I went there and he asked me how are things? I told him I am going through hell right now. I told him everything I was going through. All he said was oh ok. Then he said did u take other drugs because of what u r going through? I said no. I even told him that I felt like dying last week. Then he gave me my prescription and he said bye. What if I died when I left his office? I thought he was a doctor to help u through and talk to u. I guess not. Even the lady (his wife) I. The front desk she is as rude as him. If anyone knows another doctor please let me know. I want to be anonymous I don’t want him it was me that wrote this because I know if he does he will be even meaner and not see me anymore. I need him until I find someone else. But people don’t go to him.
He is very quick and to the point, but that is exactly what I was looking for.
Dr. Ali was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. He gave me great suggestions and was very kind. I would definitely recommend him and look forward to continuing my care at his practice.
Genuinely interested in your well-being. Astute and non-invasive. It’s hard to find a good shrink who doesn’t have an agenda and I got lucky.
My visit was reasonably brief, but I don't view that as a bad thing. It was a bit like going to see my primary care provider. I described what I've been going through, he asked some questions, and then prescribed what he thought would best help and gave me a timeframe to schedule a follow up to check back in for possible adjustment. I'm very happy with my decision to see this psychiatrist.
The visit was quick and he asked very little information about me. I would recommend him if you're looking for medication refills, but neither he nor his physical office space were inviting like a therapist's office would be.
Dr Ali encourages honesty without judgement. Am greatful for him!
It was the first time i have seen a psychiatrist in years. Ive been dealing with some things i need help with. He was extremely helpful and easy to talk to. I am actually looking forward to my next appointment. I have always been reluctant on dealing with my ADHD but Im very happy I met Dr. Ali and I left really feeking better about my future.
Dr Ali was A great listener, empathetic, and prescribed medicine which helps me with my situation. A very plesant experience.
This doctor is so sure of himself that he does not leave room for the patients opinion. He makes things up and declares that people are liars without paying enough attention to his notes to know that what he's saying is false. He wants to tell other doctors how to treat you and looks for nothing but release of information forms to be filled out so he can tell your doctor how to treat you. Even when he finds out that he is wrong about something he does not apologize. He is arrogant and rude.
It was brief
He is patient and really listens to the family and patient.
Dr Ali was familiar with how all my child’s issues combined came together to create the storm we were in. He was kind and reassuring. I am so grateful we have found someone who is not only in network, and we didn’t have to wait for 4-6mos to be seen, but also very competent!
Dr. Syed was very attentive and treated me with respect.
My daughter was very nervous, but he was kind and easy to talk too.
If you're looking for warm bedside manner or talk therapy, this doctor may not be a good fit. Otherwise, if you know that you are looking for medication and are specific with explaining your needs you can get in and out quickly. The doctor is quick and efficient, but all business.
I only require medication maintenance at this point in my treatment and have been very pleased with Dr. Ali. He listens to my input and provides options for making my treatment better.
Easy to work with and straight to the point.
Initially, wasn't sure how I felt about this practice because it didn't feel warm and friendly. Though I come to appreciate Dr. Ali and his front office staff's professionalism, kindness and ability to go navigate my insurance. Dr. Ali is very knowledgeable when it comes to ADD, medication and teen-boys. Highly recommend!
Very serious man, and very astute. He picks up on many things even if I don't fully say them or have a rambling explanation. Great doctor.
DR. Ali, really cares about his patients. I highly recommended.
It was the first visit for my son with autism. The docotr listened well and read the notes from his previous. I think the visit went great and look forward to seeing him again.
Despite some negative reviews I had read prior to bringing my son to Dr. Ali, I have not been disappointed. He is very knowledgeable and though he isn't a chatty type of doctor he knows what he is doing. He specilizes in medication combonations and that is what I'm looking for in medication management for my 13 year old son. HIs receptionist is kind, helpful and accomodating when I needed help with insurance information. Highly recommend!
Nice and fast
Knowledable and focused
Great doctor. Open to exploring different treatments. Sessions can be brief sometimes which works great for me since I am not a big talker.
Excellent doctor. Things went as well if not better than expected. I was treated according to diagnosis.
A waste of time didn't really listen to me and did what he wanted to
Single visit, for second opinion. Appeared knowledgeable, asked useful questions, recommended a medication suitable to my situation and condition. Efficient staff.
I really liked him. I took my son to see him. He is easy to talk to. Its nice and quiet there in office and not hectic or rushed.
The entire time he seemed displeased to listen to me explain my symptoms, and at some points seemed to not be listening at all. At the end of the appointment he said the medicine he was giving me was good for ptsd, yet "definitely doesn't think I have ptsd." We spent less than a half hour talking, I have had severe ptsd and have worked through it for over a year with professional help. Not having a mental breakdown in a first meeting isn't a sign I don't have ptsd, and I shouldn't have to delve into some harrowing tale to get my psychiatrist to believe my conditions. I'm going back to my old psychiatrist.
I have a hard time opening up about all my problems when I see a psychiatrist. Dr. Ali was much easier to talk to.
Dr. Ali is very nice and cares about his patients. He was able to treat my ADD and it has changed my life for the better. Would definitely recommend choosing him for your psychiatric needs.
It's my first appointment so my rating might change later, but Dr. Ali seemed much more organized and professional than the doctor I was seeing before.
He was helpful, did not offer quick fixes which I appreciate in a psychiatrist. I dislike when doctors push pills without doing research on your history.
I was nervous and apprehensive before my visit but Dr. Ali made me feel at ease with my diagnosis and had a detailed and engaging discussion with me regarding the treatment process. Highly recommended.
Very pleasant very helpful listen to your problems and needs.
It was my daughters first visit, so far she likes him. It is hard to tell at this point but she liked the visit so far
Very attentive doctor and friendly + organized staff.
Dr. Ali was very patient and answered all of my questions. I was worried about seeking help with my adult ADHD but he put me at ease. He gave me a lot of insight on what adult ADHD looks like and the different options I have.
Consulted Dr. Ali on changing medications because of new symptoms I was having and he reviewed my progress and suggested new medication right away and to return if there were any problems. Great doctor and appreciate how easy it is to consult on my health issues, very knowledgeable about psychiatric care and will definitely continue to see him in the future.
Dr Ali went out of his way to address all my concerns.
Went over my complex medical and family history, listened attentively, and suggested a medication to try right away. Very impressed at his knowledge and practical, addressing problems right away kind of approach. I have had many doctors who did not want to treat me because of the complexity of my symptoms and genetic disorders so finding a doctor like this is a rare breath of fresh air. I am recommending this doctor to everyone else I know with mental health concerns.
Dr. Ali listened to my medical history and personal background. He discussed my medical needs and prescription goals, and prescribed an appropriate medication plan. He recommended a follow-up appointment to go over my progress and to adjust the plan. He seems to be the right doctor for me because I am able to provide input to my treatment.
Patient, sharp, gives you want you want AND and tailors it to your needs.
Dr. Ali saw me right away. He listened very intently to what I had to say and he was very responsive to my needs. He and his office staff were very nice. I have already recommended him to a friend.
He isnt "warm & fuzzy". He does thejob well, but if bedside manner is important to you, you'll be disappointed. He's a good doctor. He listens, he's smart, and he helped me.
He's a great doctor. He really listens to not only your current issues/concerns, but to your whole history. He was able to not only give me a course of treatment, but encourage me that the future can be brighter.
Dr. Ali is one of the best Psychiatrists I've ever had!
Long story short great doctor highly recommend him.
I felt that he was very professional. I like people that are straight to the point. He also takes great consideration of his patients well-being instead of trying to find the easy path and most convenient path for himself and his practice. He seems very organized and attentive and feel comfortable placing my care in his hands.
Disinterested in patients. Thin walls; no privacy. He's not a good listener.
Does not return phone calls
Doctor himself was very good at both active listening and talking, but didn't come to a solution I appreciated. Office was minimal to put it lightly. Multiple follow up appointments were canceled by the office, so I've gone elsewhere.
Messes up three of my prescriptions, none of them could be filled because Dr Ali failed to state basic information. One wasn't even signed!!! Isn't that Day 1 of the class on prescription writing?!?!??
I liked talking to him he was polite and understanding made me feel comfortable opening up
I would highly recommend Dr. Ali, he was wonderful, very caring about my concerns, he even reached out to recommend others in different areas of my concerns for me to follow up with as well. I give this provider a 5 stars and a 2 thumbs up
I didn't even spend a minute waiting. He was easy to talk to and made me feel very comfortable.
Very experienced and professional.
Very attentive and helpful! Dr. Syed and his receptionist were incredibly responsive and receptive to my needs and questions.
Dr, Syed is a really great psychiatrist. He really helped me a lot. I feel like my ADD and anxiety is really getting under control now and he was very sympathetic and empathetic towards me. He was even kind enough to help me get special accomodations for school. I really recommend him =)
The doctor was not interested in my problem. Instead of giving me a prescription, he told me to go buy it off the street.
Very professional, pleasant office. Dr. Ali appears to be considerate, thoughtful and very knowledgeable.
I would highly recommend him. He was genuinely interested and concerned in what I had to say.He took the time to understand everything. I would definitely see him again.
Awesome Doctor, along with his office manager, his wife. Listened to me for over an hour! Very forthright and super knowledgeable about everything. A++++++++×+++++++ level of service. Highly recommended!!!!
Very understanding and insightful. Knew which questions to ask, and quick to recommend multiple different avenues of treatment (not just pills).
Dr.Ali was great. No wait time and a friendly and professional staff. Highly recommended!
Excellent Doctor. He really makes you confortable and listens to you.