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Dr. Josef Mengele was known as the Angel of Death for his horrific role at the infamous Auschwitz Extermination Camp. He is reputed to have had a gentle side, offering child prisoners sweet treats and providing a playground for certain children. On the other hand, he was sadistic and responsible for untold torture, pain, sadness, and death.
Dr. Robert Michael Allen does not have a nickname to our reckoning though based on his Doctor of Osteopathic medicine title (bone manipulation) perhaps the Chiropractor of Counseling might work. He, like Mengele, has a seemingly gentle side, an almost effeminate manner, and a propensity to lay his hands on you. On the other hand, he showed a vindictive and vicious side.
What kind of doctor would cut off a person with Bipolar I, ADHD, Borderline Personality, Addictions, and probably more issues, from their medications? If you guessed Dr. Mengele you would be wrong. It was the vicious and amateurish Dr. Allen.
While boasting a certificate of some sort allowing him to practice psychiatry, he may be better mending broken bones instead of delving into the mysteries of the mind. The practice had over two years trying to figure out my spouseâs issues to no avail leaving the spouse on a cocktail of 7 medications many of which were dangerous to deadly in combination! What a waste of time, money, heartbreak, stress, and life.
To a viewer it might look like the doctor threw darts at a board. If it landed on Depakote, then Depakote it was. If it landed on a different drug then so be it. Unbelievably, he actually took advice from my spouse on which drugs and combinations would be the best course.
To get that straight, the doctor took the input and advice of a person who was manic (Bipolar I) and an opiate addict (opiate-based Suboxone). In colloquial terms that was taking the advice of a crazy drug addict.
Communication within the office seemed haphazard. I emailed and was viciously scolded and chastised like a child not to email but to call instead. So I called and left a message for Dr. Allen and/or his assistant and never received a return call. It appeared that the receptionist never relayed the message. Well wasnât that inopportune since the office closes on Thursday evening? We ended up having a crazy, manic Thursday through Monday because of that oversight. Oh well, we ended up at the emergency room and dropped another $3,000. After over a month one might feel that a doctor could at least bring a patient out of a manic episode. Instead he prescribed pills to bring her up and bring her down, amp her up and ramp her down. Seems like guessing to me.
In person at least one of the receptionists is condescending and rude. Another hasnât learned that when a phone call concludes it is customary to say something like âgood byeâ or âtake careâ. Nope. She just hangs up. There is no sense of care or concern from reception through the doctor. Donât you dare push your meeting with the doctor past 15 minutes. That would be cutting into his $460-$500 per hour and that just wonât do. Youâll be herded out of the office quickly if you get near the 15-minute mark.
The office is a house of horrors. It is reminiscent of a concentration camp that was dressed up to fool the poor prisoners upon arrival; a welcoming band playing classical music, flowerbeds to brighten the scenery, and signage suggesting hope. But what waited inside was sorrow, pain, and death.