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The only issue I had with them is that a lot of their treatments have to be paid out of pocket or submitted to insurance on your own. Very thorough discussion of holistic approaches to wellness and they use lab work to back up their understanding of what is going on with each person.
Dr. Z is thorough in looking for the root cause -- not the "here is a pill so you will feel ok." She has an excellent communication system to enhance communication between the doctor and patient. When you arrive one fill out a detailed sheet of situations to help her zero in on the analysis. But the best thing is at the top of the sheet an area for 3 questions you might want to ask her. This way one doesn't forget during the appointment. She also gives you a copy of her notes during the discussion Thus, if you forget something, which is often the situation, you, too, can review what she was writing down. Excellent communication.
Was able to identify Lyme and Babeosis after no one else was able to identify any causes of weakness despite verifying symptoms. Thorough and a pathfinder in Tick borne diseases.
She's very knowledgeable and really cares for her patients as a patient I need to be an avocate for my own health thanks to Dr Zackrison I can
This woman is a quack. She uses your insurance to do research. She ruined my ability to get affordable health insursnce based on false diagnosis. Run, don't walk away.
The evil woman sells snake oil to gravely sick people, taking complete advantage of their desperation. Homeopathy has been scientifically proven hundreds, if not thousands of times to be utter nonsense. It has been proven time and agaim that homeopathy is no more effective than a placebo, which is no surprise given that it's literally 100% water that this woman is selling you for $60 or $80. It's 2015; any doctor who practices homeopathy ought to have their license revoked! Do not waste your time and money with this woman. She will milk you for every penny she can. It is in her best interest that her patients stay sick, she extends her patients treatment so she can keep stealing their money with worthless IV sessions and a plethora of overpriced pseudomedicine. She tricks patients into staying at her practice even though they dont get better, baiting them with the notion that she's buiding up to an aggressive treatment and that the time where they start to see real improvement is just around the corner. It's painful to see her patients who have not gotten better after YEARS under her care and tens of thousands of dollars down the drain. If you want to get better, without counting on your susceptibility to the placebo effect, don't go to this doctor. Period.
I am still undergoing treatment but I feel it necessary to say that Dr. Zackrison is amazing. She has given me my life back. I went in barely able to function and three months later I can think, move, and live life without major pain. Her practice is a combination of holistic and traditional medicine. They found some major things that could have been found by my other doctors had they bothered to order blood tests to check (like my B-12 being the lowest they had ever seen and the fact that I have a double MTHFR gene which causes methylation problems). To those who comment that she pushes her own vitamins I would like to say that I have been able to buy the majority of my supplements she has recommended through Amazon.com or Whole Foods with their full blessing. The only ones I buy from their supplement shop are ones that I can buy cheaper through them than what Amazon sells them for. Her prices are also lower than any other doctors in-office vitamin facility that I have checked. I wish we had someone as thorough and dedicated closer to where we live. I travel 4 hours each way to see her and it's worth it!
I am a firm supporter of Dr Z.! I was diagnosed b7 another MD with "Fibromyalgia" and told "here is something for pain and to sleep-see you in 3 months"! I has pain in every joint, no memory, could barely walk up steps, went to bed exhausted and woke up the same way. A friend told me I sounded just like her and urged me to get in to see Dr Z. Finally appointment opened up. I was never so thourougly tested. For 2-3 years I was under her care and today I am NOT the person I was when I went to see her. She gave me my life back. MD's don't like her because their patients go to her. She searches until she finds out what is wrong! She thinks outside the BOX! I called her a Dr Detective! PLUS she herself went thru the same processes when she was diagnosed with "Fibromyalgia" . I was told in the beginning of treatment, I would feel like a Mac truck hit me not once but twice but then would be brought back up. That did happen! Thank you Dr Z! It has been 8 years since my treatment stopped and I am living my life again! I cannot tell you about the staff or wait time since it has been so long since I have been there.
She saved my life. I suffered with Lyme disease for 8 years before being diagnosed. After a very long and complicated journey to try to get well Dr Zackrison diagnosed me with Lyme and after 2years of treatment I was well. I have gotten my life back and have litterally run marathons since being cured! Well worth the 4.5 hour drive to see her each visit.
I cannot stress to you enough to NOT GO TO THIS LADY. She came highly recommended from several people we know and trust, therefore we didn't really do any research. My wife was diagnosed with Babesia (a common Lyme co-infection) and when I asked my doctor about the diagnosis, he asked who it came from and when I told him, he said he didn't want to say anything bad about another doctor but for me to "just Google her." Then I stumbled upon these (and more) reviews. Multiple doctors said the same thing. She was called a "last resort" doctor by another opinion we got. Essentially, they said if you are hopeless and have won the lottery / are hemorrhaging cash, then she can mix up a concoction and you can hope it works. Meanwhile dumping all your cash to her. Just in one visit, we spent $1K and the medication she put my wife on made her extremely sick. Once she was off, she was fine, and with a basic prescription from another doctor, is now fine and is training for a half marathon. Please, please, please, just take these reviews seriously and avoid her at all costs!!!
This place is horrible. If you have a lot of money and want to spend them all, go there. She doens't care about you at all, her main interest is your money. Don't go there, you will regret it.
I was on a downward spiral before coming to Dr. Z. The lyme and it's con-infections were affecting my vision, central nervous system, skin, joints, etc. I couldn't read or remember anything. I thought I was dying. It took about a year, but I have my life back. For that I am grateful.
This is not a doctor that puts the patient first. She puts on a good act and smiles to your face but all she cares about is the money and how to keep getting more of it. She kept making me spend money on useless labs and supplements - if it wasn't one thing, it was another. I paid everything out of pocket and it added up quickly. Anyone looking to go, don't! She will take your money for years on end and you will see little or no improvement. I watched so many sick people in that office get worse with no improvement. There are better doctors out there, don't waste years of your life and money to her questionable treatments.
This was a horrible experience. The staff is awful. They are uncaring and rude.You have to sign up for series of treatments that locks you in. Then they have your money and you have no choice but to continue.It was a terrible experience
She won't treat you unless you tell her how much money you can spend!! After 3 visits, TONS of tests and well over $1,000 spent, Dr. Z said I could choose b/w IV homeopathy oral antibiotics or just antibiotics. She said to talk to her nurse to see which I could afford and to email her with my decision. Her nurse gave me a price list of homeopathic IV injections and asked for my weekly budget. I had no idea which ones she was recommending or the frequency. I asked her what an IV protocol would cost and she said Dr. Z would design it based on my budget. I told her that wasn't going to work for me and I would determine my budget based on the options vs cost. She told me to "calm down" and then had the office manager call me into her office to ask me if I had a problem. Post-visit, I emailed Dr. Z twice before getting a response 2 weeks later:"All she needs to know from you is what you can comfortably handle per week as budget and she will write your orders."
The most horrible experience. You are treated like dirt. The staff and doctor do not care about you, All they want is your money. A nightmare
Few practitioners provide the unique blend of traditional and integrative therapies. Dr. Z is phenomenal and can help with a wide variety of issues that are not done well by your traditional doc. Highly recommended.
How long is your meds list? 3 - 4 pages? That is not right. You should not have 20 or 30 Ct Scans or Ultrasounds by the time you are 20 years old. You should not be diagnosed with 5 or 6 disaeses. I worry about all the patients who go to Dr. Zackrsion. There is a reason the the state board looked in to her practice. Not because she was up againist the government, big Doctors, and health insuraces. It because those other Doctors had to clean up her mess she made with patients that had came to see them. Please be careful!!!
Absolutely do NOT go to the infusion center. They do not mix their IV infusions under sterile conditions (the way they are supposed to be mixed!) and use old/outdated iv antibiotics. They do not employ nurses. Instead they save money by having a LMT run their back office. They keep their chronically ill patients ill so they can drain their money. Stay far, FAR away!
After 15 years of being diagnosed with everything under the sun and getting no better, I went to Dr. Z. She has left no stone unturned and has found the causes to my many years of poor health and pain. Five years into treatment, I am healthier then ever and nearly pain free. Dr. Z has given me my life back!
Dr. Z and her staff are a mixed experience. On one hand they are committed to treating lyme and tick borne diseases (tbd) more sufficiently than the inadequate guidelines by iads. In fact Dr. Z. had to fight the state medical board (and won)and still treats. She has courage to treat aggressively which is what lyme and tbds need. However, they request many tests, a few of which are of dubious value, some of the tests from different companies were duplicates (some were not paid for by my insurance) and they love to prescribe supplements-too many in my view (16 simultaneously). Further they treated some conditions less serious than my tbd more vigorously than the tbd. This is what propelled me to consider switching to another doctor.I would go back in the case of having systemic issues that my doctor can not treat. So the door is not closed.
Dr. Z is on top of all of the cutting edge research when in comes to Lyme Disease, the co-infections and viruses that go along with it. She is extremely knowledgeable and caring. She leaves no stone unturned, for which I am grateful. I suffered for 3 years without a true diagnosis and misdiagnosis from other doctors. She and the other doctors in her practice are lifesavers. Our health care system is broken. Never has it been more apparent to me than now after suffering from Lyme. For anyone thinking Dr. Z or other lyme doctors are "quacks" or are out for the money, think again. Our health care system has caused this. Don't blame Dr. Z or other docs like her.
There is no way I could say enough in praise of Dr. Z. She continued to diagnose and treat us when to do so required a great deal of courage and caring. When I started going to her, she was having yearly complaints filed against her by other doctors (who either didn't "believe in" Lyme disease or who were losing credibility as she was curing patients they had told were incurably suffering from conditions such as fibromyalgia that are not diseases but symptoms. She treated the disease!
I like Dr. Z. She dignosed my after suffering for over three years with no answers from other docs.The first doctor I saw was an endocrinologist who diagnosed me with the "Non-Diagnosis Diagnosis" *fibromyalgia.* I had no tender points, no trigger points, even a DC rheumatolo9gist told this doctor he thought me problem was something else, yet he had firm to this diagnosis and drugged me into oblivion on valium, xanax, ativan, demerol, darvocet, zanaflex, flexeril, mobic, lunesta,ambiem etc --simultaneoulsy-- I am suprised I am not dead--and worst of all, whyat began as a mild illness, began to snowball as I got sicker and sicker by the day. Joint pain, swelling, weight loss, hair loss,electric bolt feelings in my brain and spine, fevers sore throats, rashes swollen lympnodes and then my period stopped. I would call this doctor and tell him I was sick, his response always the same refrain "it's the fibromyalgia." Unlike this lazy and uncaring doctor, Dr. Z had me tested for many things and co-infections that that go with Lyme (I had already been tested and diagnosed with LD weeks prior to seeing her). One thing I really like about Dr. Z is that even thought I came to her already diagnosed and CDC positive for LD, she still ran tests to rule out other illness and to see what else is going on with me. I recall her telling me once a patient is chronically ill, " It's never just about the Lyme." There are always other things to consider and treat. That's smart. Also, she recognized heavy metals and hormone issues I was having too--via blood tests. Although hormones are out of her speciality, at least she recognized I had this issue and now I am getting help from a GP who specializes in hormones/female issues and she also treating my Lyme disease now. A poster mentioned that Dr. Z runs expensive tests, that's true but it's not her fault if the insurance compaies won't pay for them. I could not have all my testing done at these expensive labs so many of my testing was done at United Medical Lab in McLean--so I saved money. We have a poor health care system nearly broken. The system needs to be changed, that can't be blamed on a doctor--that's the whole system. I don't think that her fees as a specialist in the DC area is more than other rheumatologists charge. Keep in mind she is not a GP, she is a specialist so naturally she will charge more than an Internal Medicine or family doctor. If one does not want to buy herbal support therapies(I could not afford them), just say so and stick to a more basic protocol without the extra trimmings. I let her know that is all I can afford and she understood, perhaps you can do the same. I am greatful she tested me and diagnosed me. The rest is up to my GP and an occaision visit to Dr. Z--but it was doctor Z who got the ball rolling. Now I know what I have and I am being treated. I suggest others who want to find out the underlying cause of their illness to seek out a doctor who will look--remember, it's the lazy and those with no motivation who "fibromyalgize" their patients. I am really agree about getting that diagnosis without have even one bloody tender point or trigger point. I truly believe it is a wastebasket dx anyway. c