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It took awhile to get used to him but I like him and his sense of humor. I think he knows what he is doing, however, any time I have had questions and left messages (with nurse) I never received a call back from her. This has caused problems and it continues to happen, making me wonder if I should change doctors.
Very rude doctor. Bad diagnosis
Horrible doctor with a staff to match. Incredibly rude, dismissive and incompetent.
Dr. Is rude. Lied to about things being done in the office. Waiting... Waiting... Waiting... Switching doctors because his staff is incompetent.
Truth is healthcare sadly lacks what the good old days. It is my pleasure to Call Dr. Cugini friend and physician. Ask yourself when was the last time a physician treated you like a friend. Dr. Cugini your medical knowledge is excellent. Your bedside manner appreciated. Thanks for reminding me of the good old days when patients respected physicians.
I have given it 2 years with dr cugini. He seems like he is a great guy, but he didnt help me at all. I always felt like i was being rushed out of the room during an office visit. The office was a problem from the beginning, they are nice but very unorganized, and you dont ever get an appointment. Just on the whole it hasnt been a good experience for me. I have finally had enough and im changing doctors...finally. Im just disappointed because all over town i heard dr cugini was the best, that scares me. )=
You never get a live person when you call so you have to leave a message and most of the time they don't call you back. Seems others have posted the same experience here and other sites. His nurse is abrupt, rude,uncaring and she doesn't listen angain this seems to be a known problem with this office His office always runs behind and you feel rushed in your appointment. Gave this place more than a chance but always the same result.
Unfortunately, the building that i am in is an old and at one point there was a problem with an old "party line" that the phone company was supposed to have fixed 3 times already and a lot of our messages were diverted to a dead line so we were unaware that this was happening. In general, our office calls people back within 24 hours as stated in our office policies. There are only 4 endocrinologist in Naples and we need at least double that. We are trying our best to care for our patients that we can. BTW Endocrinologists, even though we are specialists do not get paid more than an internist even though we see more complicated patients and have more training.
I find Dr. Cugini to be very professional and caring. I was in the hospital on two separate occasions, through emergency. Dr. Cugini saw me every day to make sure my medicine was correct even though the surgery was not his. My hospital stay was not brief, but he came every day. I still am a patient and will continue to be.
He was my Endocrinologist in Port Charlotte and I miss him.
Staff doesn't answer the phone and they don't return calls. The place is totally unorganized and rude.Stood in the hall for 45 minutes waiting for his nurse to get around to helping me. To many choices to subject myself any longer.
Unfortunately he moved away from my area. That was several years ago and I still haven't found a doctor I trust or like. He spent alot of time with me trying to figure out what was going on. I finally got a correct diagnosis and treatment. Just wish I lived where he now practices.
Dr. Cugini is a fine doctor and a fine person, who provides good care to his patients. His staff is another story -- disorganized, and rude. His staff's attitude reminds me of people in New York, a place I was happy to leave behind.
i called the office for three weeks to get an appointment then when i finally got someone on the phone they put me on hold for 30 minutes andthe line kept getting disconnected. So now i have to find another Dr that will accept my insurance and start all over because I needed to be seen immediately
How in the world is he the only one who truly can lower the complications and overtime make diabetes disappear from the body.
I live 45 minutes from this office. I found an endcrinologist closer to my home and asked for my records. The rude nurse advised if I leave the office for another doctor I could never use Dr Cugini gain. No great lose
Unfortunately, some people interpret things this way. and have to make comments like this.
I was recommended to Dr. Cugini by a well known physician in the area and am very glad that I was. Dr. Cugini spends as much time with you as is required.
I saw Dr. Cugini when he was on the East Coast of Florida. Now that he is no longer here, I live in Port Saint Lucie, I can't seem to get good care. I am having terrible problems and tons of tests but feeling horrible and defeated. I wish he was still here. I need a good Endocrinologist.
Dr. Chris Cugini saved my life. It is due to his rapid diagnossis and immediate and agressive treatment that I survived and am recovered today. He visited me every day in the hospital and his cheerfull and caring demeanor brightened my day and helped me thru times of dispair. Dr Cugini saved my life. Thank You
the way home.<p>His Office help proves to be just as bad as Dr. Cugini's professionalism & compassion (or lack there of). They rarely answer calls, and seem to Never return messages from patients. <p>I since have gone to a different doctor, am doing MUCH better. And, ... FYI,... have found some additional & alternative help through a good acupuncturist & Chinese herbalist. .... Try it - It actually helps.
Since I am the only endocrinologist who still rounds at any hospital from Naples to Cape coral and also take most of the insurances, we are very busy. We give each patient our office policies which they sign and we keep on the chart. This policy states that we will return phone calls within 24 hours. Many people get angry with a 30 minute wait for a call. Many times it is for issues such as appointments etc. Also, if you notice people who get mad try to attack you and the ones who like you don't go online but send their friends and keep coming back.
Most Endos will only prescribe brand name Synthroid as opposed to the generic. This is due to the fact that generic is not absorbed as well as the brand name Synthroid. Giving a patient generic will actually affect the patient more due to the inconsistent absorption therefore causing the patient to not be stable and feel worse. This is probably the correct reason for writing brand name only, due to proper patient care. I very highly doubt it was because of your cahoot idea.I am also a patient of Dr. Cugini's and I think he is wonderful! His staff is also very hard working and very efficient. I don't know what you did to them.
I too had issues with staff not returning calls and following up on prescriptions. That was a year ago so maybe the Dr. has new staff now. For some reason he is against using generic thyroid medicine and only prescribes Synthroid which is more expensive. I hope it's not because he's in cahoots with the pharmaceutical rep!
Since I retired twenty years ago I have been spending alot of time in Naples Fl. where I now reside. Dr Cugini's reputation has grown so much for his aggressive treatment on people who are diabetics that it has recieved national attention. Drs are now listening and observing what he does. God Bless you Dr Cugini
Dr. Cugini was highly recommended to me by a friend and I can see why. He took a long time to listen to my concerns and ask appropriate questions. He came up with a plan of action that I understood and am comfortable with. I finally have hope that I can start to feel better.
Really believe Dr. Christi Cugini is a very poor Dr.
Out of the 4000 patients that I have I think it is pretty good that only a few don't like how I practice. Most are very happy with my care and don't go out of there way to find a site on the internet to report this because they are content. Those who think I should run my practice the way they think it should be run or didn't like my recommendations make an effort to berate me. Most of the physician's in our community refer their family members to me and many of the employees (nurses, physical therapists etc) choose to have me as their doctor - I believe this speaks volumes
Dr Christy was incredible in helping me control my condition. His knowledge in endocronolgy is remarkable. I followed his program and feel much better. I want to also acknowledge his staff for their proficiency. Don't hesitate to see Dr. Cugini.
THIS MAN WAS COCKY & ARROGANT. HIS STAFF MUCH WORSE. HIS RECEPTIONIST ALWAYS SPOKE TO ME W/MUCH DISRESPECT & REFUSED TO SCHEDULE TESTING FOR ME & I WAS ONLY SEEN IN THIS OFC 4 TIMES! NEVER THE SAME NURSE @ EA. VISIT. DR.CUGINI ACTED LIKE IT WAS SUCH A PROBLEM TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OR SPEAK W/ME BY PHONE. HIS RECEPTIONIST VIRGINIA ACTUALLY STARTED A CONFRONTATION W/ME ON MY 4TH VISIT WHILE I WAS IN HER BOSSES OFC COMPLAINING & THE WHOLE CHAIN (UPPER STAFF) CONDONES BAD BEHAVIOR AND LET HER GET AWAY W/IT STATING THAT IT WAS B/C SHES FROM NY! UNBELIEVABLE! I TOLD HER BOSS THATS NO EXCUSE TO TREAT PTS POORLY. NO ONE CARED. RICHARD ESTES THE BOSS OVER VIRGINIA'S BOSS BACKED THEM AS WELL I'VE NEVER BEEN TREATED SO RUDELY, SO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT BEFORE CONSIDERING THIS DR, THERE ARE BETTER DR.'S OUT THERE. I KNOW SEE DR. VARGAS AND SHE IS VERY CARING AND TAKES TIME WITH YOU TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. THIS OFFICE HOW EVER IS NOT WORTH THE DIRT GROUND I WALK ON.
This particular patient called and asked to be seen for free because her insurance was canceled. I agreed to help her for free. At the end of the visit she showed me a prescription from her primary doctor for a CT scan. She asked if we could order it for her and I agreed. My secretary didn't remember that she didn't have insurance and as is the procedure nowadays she asked for the patient's insurance so that she could get the procedure pre approved. At that simple question the patient became irate. She came into the office and wanted everyone fired. It got to the point that we had to have a restraining order placed on her. After all that, she called back to make sure we were not going to charge her for her free office visit
WOuld truly think twice about using this Doctor. Aside from him taking little time to speak with his patients. His staff has to be the worst in SW Florida that I have ever encountered. Does not return calls. Can never get him to answer a question via telephone.
There are people who call to get questions answered when they have an appointment in a day or two. Every patient knows that I review all lab and x-ray reports as they come in. I schedule tests to be done a week or 2 before the office visit for that reason. We call for any critical abnormalities. The rest of the results can wait until the visit. These people usually get their results and then cancel their office visits jilting the doctor. Either way my nurse stays in our office hours after I am gone and checks every message and returns all calls many times consulting with me first. Every message is answered by the end of the day. The funny thing about this person's comment is that my reputation is that I am one of the few who does spend time explaining things and my staff asks me why I spend so much time in the room with the patient. If necessary I draw diagrams, bring in text books or print up material to help the patient understand.