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The boombox (apparently those still exist) in the waiting area, tuned to a religious station should have been a good indication of what kind of service he provides. I don't have anything against a practitioner who wants to provide an environment for, and serve, those of a particular religious affiliation, but unless this orientation is made to prospective clients, it's unprofessional. I spent about ten minutes with him and I regret every last one. He seemed indignant that I'd even been referred to him. (Yes, referred. by my family doc.) The reason for the referral seemed, to me, straightforward enough: anxiety related to a physical condition. He was clear that he could be of no help. (At least he acknowledged his uselessness.) What did he want to do? Refer me to someone else. Never bothered to ask how I was managing in the immediate (poorly) or any other question that would indicate basic regard for a patient's well-being. Bottom line: it only takes a few minutes to see that he's neither especially bright nor compassionate. It takes even less time to learn that, despite his shortcomings, he has a high opinion of himself.
I regret your perception. The service you actually requested is not managed by a psychiatrist. A proper referral was made to you. The radio is actually set to 100.3 unless changed by someone in the waiting room.
We did not see Dr. Opalach! I had called and made an appointment and on our way we got lost. We were 20 minutes late and when we came in the offcie to try to reschedule I was told dont come back! if you dont care enough to be on time you dont care at all.
People that now show for their initial evaluations are not rescheduled. People that make and fail to show up for two evaluation appointments in a timely manner are not rescheduled.
If your needing to actually be helped with your state of mind and need an accurate diagnosis, then he's the Dr for you .
My child had died by suicide. I was in a deep depression. I was assigned Dr. Opalach while I was in an outpatient psychiatric hospital and followed up with him after I was discharged. He placed me on an antidepressant. I took the antidepressant for about six months and it didn't seem to be working. One day I went to his office very discouraged and depressed and told him i I didn't think the medication was working and wanted to try another. He abruptly told me he didn't want to see me anymore and kicked me out of the office. I left the office that day feeling humiliated and abandoned. He didn't even ask me if I was suicidal. Dr. Opalach lacks compassion for the patients he treats. This is not psychiatrist the you want to trust your mental health to, and I personally think that he is unethical and potentially harmful.
I have had a great experience so far!
I've had to switch doctors a couple times, only reasons were because of my new employments and insurance changes. The doctors were fantastic and I didn't enjoy leaving both of them. I stumbled upon this fella by chance and the customer service wasn't satisfactory and without bashing too much via the internet, comes off as someone you can't trust and don't want to help you navigate through whatever issue.
Dr. Thaddeus Opalach is an excellent physician. His goal is to find the right combination of medications to help me function well. I see a counselor for my psychotherapy needs. Many people donât understand the state of managed care today. Psychiatrists who accept insurance have to see as many patients as possible, because they are reimbursed so little by the insurance companies. Because of this, more and more doctors are switching to private pay and not accepting insurance. If you feel your psychiatrist isnât spending enough time with you, you should definitely get a licensed therapist. I feel lucky to have found a doctor for my medication management needs who is kind, caring, and thorough and listens without judgment. Dr. Opalach gets my highest recommendation.
I switched doctors after having horrible experiences and problems with prior dr office. The girl at the front desk has always been kind and polite, office wait is nothing at all and dr. Opalach is a great doctor. He takes his time, listens, offers different options. My only issue is trying to get a hold of him, return phones and rx refills.
Dr. Opalach is a very caring physician. I have only been seeing him for about 1 year and in this time he has gone out of his way to ensure my 'stability'. I've had several Psych docs in the past, as I have moved, or doctor retired, etc, etc. Dr. Opalach is one of my favorites-he understands my problems and trys very hard to make sure I am ok. He listens to me, doesn't judge, and he cares!!
Since starting to see Dr. Opalach 3 years ago I am functioning well and on fewer medications. His office wait time is short and the staff is friendly.
This occurred on February 6, 2014 around 1:30 pm. After filling out paperwork, I was invited back to Dr Thaddeus office and told him that I was referred to him through my therapist. I also pulled out a list of symptoms my therapist helped me put together in preparation for the appointment. After I went over my symptoms, I told him that my therapist has diagnosed me with PTSD and that I already had a history of being anxious. He asked me to expound on the PTSD and I gave him a rundown of the events that resulted in that diagnosis. I then told him that I was considering hiring a personal injury attorney to prosecute those at fault for my PTSD. This is something that I had mentioned a few times to my personal therapist and it never seemed to be a problem with her. As soon as I mentioned it to Thaddeus, he slammed on the breaks and told me that I could not be his patient because legal issues were involved. I told him that I didn't expect him to get involved in any court or case proceedings and that all I wanted was some help! I haven't been medicated for this this trauma disorder for many months. I was very excited to finally see someone to help me cope with these issues. The PTSD has had a profound effect on my life. It's more than anything I've ever endured. I was mortified and I began hyperventilating and a panic attack started to set in (one of my symptoms). He ushered me out of his office door and into the lobby to get my money back from his office assistant. I then turned to him and said "I'm panicking" between deep, frantic breaths. At this point, he turned around and left the lobby shutting the door behind him. He did not care. He didn't show any sign of humility, compassion, or empathy. But more than that, he didn't show professionalism in the situation. He should have called me an ambulance. I ended up calling my therapist and she directed me to the nearest emergency room for my panic attack. The drive, albeit very close, was extremely scary as I was in no condition to drive because of the attack. Do not see this man. I take him for an immoral, deplorable person.
I have bipolar disorder I was diagnosed over 20 years ago I have been taking medication since. I would not recommend him to treat my cat! His office has never helped with refill issues and I think my copay is worth more than 12 min of his time. I went 4 times thinking it was me being sensitive. I feel I have taken major and critical steps back from my illness. I went there in complete distress and told him i was suicidal and he gave me a larger amount of prescriptions and said i would feel better soon all in 12 min. I think he needs to reevaluate is medical services to people in my condition or anyone who suffers from depression. I wish I didn't even have to give 1 star to submit this.
Any patient that would present suicidal to my office would be referred for immediate admission to a inpatient psychiatric hospital. Medications would not be adjusted.
I had a great experience with this doctor. Listens and cares about the patients and does not give unneeded medication. I like that he types out the visit during the visit so he is to be sure he is accurate in my care. His office staff is very helpful and friendly. I recommend this office for sure
I never got the feeling that he even remotely cared about my problems. He was on his computer the entire session that we had together. He looked up here and there, some obvious typing- But it felt very impersonal. I felt he wasn't listening. I expect more of a connection then just typing away at a computer. Nice guy- but expected more. I wanted a little more engagement than just a prescription slip. Do not recommend
Sorry you felt that way. Perhaps I should have explained prior to our interview, that all charting is done on my computer.
Stumbled across this site while looking up the office fax number and thought I'd leave my comment. Very nice doctor, seems very concerned about working out the most helpful course of medications. And recently has gone above and beyond in helping me to get all my proper refills while I've been stuck on the other side of the country for family reasons. A
At first I thought he might be too young, but nope. He asks alot of questions and does not hurry you. My therapist and him communicated to each other. He does not put you on unneccesary medication which is great. One of the best Dr.s' I've had
His assistant is rude and good luck getting refills or information from her. They do not communicate well with their clients. Very bad customer service.
a great help in my darkest times. he is efficient and understanding. doctors don't have all the time in the world for each patient anymore. but I believe I received excelled treatment from him and my medications have been working perfectly.
I was very nervous about sharing my history but he made me feel very comfortable and at ease. He was very mild-mannered and courteous. He took the time to ask lots of questions about my background and explained his reccomendations for medicine. I was very pleased and will be back for sure!
Dr. Opalach spent an hour with me on my first visit. He also spends time with me each visit to listen to my issues and makes sure I understand my medications and why I am taking them.
Rude, not willing to take the time to actually listen to his patients. If you rub him the wrong way, he walks out of the room in the middle of a conversation and flat out refuses to help. He tells lies about his patients as well as their families to their nurses and seems completely incapable and unwilling to making an informed judgment that is in his patients' best interests. Terrible excuse for a doctor. This man should not be practicing medicine.