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About Dr. Alan B Karme
Dr. Alan B Karme, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Pasadena, CA. He has 59 years of experience. His specialties include Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Karme is affiliated with Methodist Hospital Southern Ca and Huntington Hospital. Dr. Karme has received 1 award. He speaks English.
Dr. Alan B Karme has the following 2 specialties
A psychiatrist is a doctor with specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
He or she can not only provide the counseling necessary to both diagnose and treat a patient, but can also prescribe medication when needed. In some cases, a psychiatrist will only provide the medication and the counseling will be provided by another healthcare specialist, like a certified counselor or psychologist.
Like other doctors, psychiatrists employ diagnostic tools like CT scans and MRI in order to observe the structure and function of a patient's brain.
Once a diagnosis is made, these specialists may use behavior or cognitive therapy in order to address the patient's condition, or a multitude of other types of therapy, in conjunction with or in place of medication.
A neurologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system which is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. These doctors do not perform surgery, but refer patients to neurological surgeons when they determine that surgical intervention is necessary.
Some of the conditions that neurologists diagnose and treat are epilepsy, aneurysms, hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal disc herniation, and spinal disease.
In addition to using diagnostic tests like MRI, CT scans, EEG and EMG, neurologists also employ neurological testing to gauge muscle strength and movement, balance, reflexes, sensation, memory, speech, and other cognitive abilities.
- Mental Illness
- Sleep Disorders
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Clinical Depression
- Mood Disorders
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Depressive Disorder
- Personality Disorder
See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience.
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Extremely unpleasant appointment secretary. Treats patients with contempt and disrespect. She makes decisions for the doctor and decide who and when a patient can see him. The doctor himself is cordial and casual.
He's not a nice man. I think he spent too much time running the mental hospital, and doesn't realize in private practice he can't use force and intimidation to get his point across. He was rude and mean and yelled at me liking an abuser to get his point across, and unprofessionally stormed out the door about an issue to which he was completely wrong. I turned around and took 12 hours of psychological testing which proved his diagnosis was incorrect. The first 3 sessions, he just talked about his life as a kid and I didn't say a word. I know all about who he dated when he was young, his family dynamic and his journey developing a career. He knows nothing about me, because he barely listened. Horrible person and horrible doctor. I hope he retires soon, because he should not be in private practice.
My elderly father (86 at the time), suffering from Alzheimer's, was sent to a facility under Dr. Karme's "care" for almost three weeks for âmeds managementâ a couple years ago. He had acted out at a living facility (no one was hurt). In order for him to move to a new assisted living home, I was told I had no choice but to admit him to the DMC at Huntington Hospital under Dr. Karmeâs âcare.â The result was tragic. My dad walked into Huntington full of life and was incredibly patient and cooperative for about a 10+-hour admission process. Under Dr. Karmeâs âcare,â he was severely overmedicated. I visited daily, I was so worried for his well-being. *I was not able to change doctors, I was told. He had to be released first and Karme was not about to do that until he was ready. At the end of the "treatment" my father never walked again on his own, nor could he feed himself or speak normally. His spirit had been broken. We lost him; he was never more than a shell of his former self. If there were any ONE thing I do over for my Dad (and for me), it would be to question, question, question the "authorities" about this type of treatment ~ and I would never allow Dr. Karme to treat anyone in my family.
I definitely recommend Dr. Karme, he is very thorough and caring. Knows when to stop you from rambling, but lets you talk about yourself so that he can see what your mood/mental health is like just by listening. Excellent story teller. Very up to date with medical knowledge, taught at USC, makes sure you have the perfect med combo and will work with you until you do. Highly recommend, one caveat it is extremely hard to get an appointment, I believe the only reason it was easy for me was because he had just come out of retirement. good luck!
Dr. Karme is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
59 Years Experience
University Of British Columbia
Graduated in 1959
Mcgill University Health Centre
Dr. Alan B Karme accepts the following insurance providers.
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross California
- Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Small Group
- Blue Cross CA Advantage PPO Preferred DirectAccess Plus
- Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Individual
- Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Large Group
- Blue Cross CA Pathway X PPO
- Blue Cross CA Select PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA LocalPlus
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- CIGNA Southern CA Value
- Cigna Southern CA Select
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Locations & DirectionsWilliam L Caton Iii Md Inc, 630 S Raymond Ave Unit 330, Pasadena, CA
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