39 Ratings with 35 Comments
I can't share enough about the outstanding service Dr. Walker and staff have provided. I had spent much of my life unaware of how my thought and behavioral patterns were impacted by ADD. Dr. Walker spent several hours with me to help advance my understanding. While under his care, I have been promoted multiple times at work, launched a new business, and been nominated as President of a local institution. My life has benefited greatly by Dr. Walker and I highly recommend him.
Dr. Walker is one of just a few doctors with an in depth understanding of the cause, course, and treatment of ADHD. I first sought treatment for my ADHD with my PCP. I had numerous unsuccessful trials, and I know my experience is not unique. Physicians have so many ailments they need to treat, and so many medications to be aware of, it is no surprise they cannot achieve proficiency in each and every case. Dr. Walker understands ADHD as a patient and as a psychiatrist, and his specialization in the area makes him a great resource for anyone, like myself, suffering from ADHD.
As an adult having been misdiagnosed my whole life, finding Dr. Walker has been life changing. I am no longer suffering with the anxiety and depression that I had been treated for forever. Instead discovering it was ADHD all along and treating that, has opened me up to the life I have always wanted. I no longer struggle to remember things and utilizing his tips for staying organized. I am able to feel accomplished at the end of each day, instead of overwhelmed and sinking. Thanks so much Dr. Walker.
I was a patient of Dr. Walker's for a couple years. During that time he was super helpful in helping me learn to understand and cope with my ADHD as an adult. He was also the first and only person (doctor or otherwise) to accurately recognize my adult ADHD for what it was, instead of misdiagnosing it as OCD or writing it off as a character flaw, such as lack of motivation or laziness. He was an invaluable resource to me during the time I saw him, and I will be forever grateful for his insight and contribution. However, I also have some constructive feedback and criticism that I feel would be beneficial for him when interacting with patients in the future. If I had to give one piece of advice, it would be this: practice more respect for patients personal boundaries. There were a couple of times when he asked me things I wasn't comfortable discussing because I felt like they were too personal, none of his business, and/or didn't have anything to do with my ADHD (the issue I was seeing him for). But instead of respecting my wishes and boundaries by dropping the particular subject when I clearly expressed my desire not to discuss it, he continued to try and pry an answer out of me, and made me feel like I had to explain myself and justify my feelings and reasoning for wanting to avoid the topic before he would honor my wish to stay away from it. He likes to complain about there being a "generation of entitlement" in the world today, but ironically, he himself sometimes fails to understand that simply being a psychiatrist doesn't make you entitled to information that a patient doesn't want to give, regardless of their reasoning for not wanting to do so, and it certainly doesn't give you the right to violate their boundaries that they're clearly trying to enforce by continuing to press them to give you the info you want. This is honestly the thing that made me decide to leave his practice and seek care elsewhere, because after a particularly upsetting incident in which the above scenario occurred, I no longer felt like I could trust him to respect my wishes and emotional boundaries, and if I can't trust someone to do that, then I no longer feel comfortable entrusting them with my mental health. I also felt like I was being shamed and scolded for not conducting certain areas of my personal life that have absolutely nothing to do with managing my ADHD according to a timeline that he personally (not professionally) believed was appropriate for my age. Since I won't tolerate being made to feel pressured into conforming to someone else's opinion and standards for how I should live my life, what choices I should make, how, and when, I made the decision to leave, as I don't need that kind of unnecessary stress, drama, and negativity surrounding me. So, the one piece of constructive criticism I would give to Dr. Walker would be to advise him to be more mindful and intentional about respecting and honoring patients personal wishes, choices, and boundaries, regardless of how small or specific they are, and regardless of whether or not he personally agrees with them or thinks they're silly. He might be the expert and authority when it comes to psychiatry and ADHD, but the patient is the expert and authority when it comes to their own life, feelings, perspectives, and choices. As a whole, my overall experience with Dr. Walker was a positive one, and he is a wonderful resource when it comes to helping patients diagnose, treat, and understand their ADHD, and for that I can't help but recommend him highly. His only real weak spot is that he could stand to be a little bit more understanding and accommodating when it comes to the personal boundaries, preferences, opinions, choices, and perspectives of his patients, especially when he might not always like or agree with them.
Someone posted before that Walker pumped them full of Vyvanse after not giving them a proper eval for their diagnosis and totally misdiagnosing them. She said it made her symptoms worse. This is just one example of how his main goal is to exploit those who are in serious need of professional care. I wasn’t going to write a review, but I just felt like people need to know the truth. With me he was pushy, condescending and very uncomfortable to be around. As another reviewer said, I also felt like he didn’t respect my boundaries when I didn’t want to answer certain personal questions that were definitely irrelevant to my diagnosis. I also felt this way about him. I felt like I wasted money to listen to this guy talk about himself and his family and he wanted to be the focus of most of the session. I’m not exaggerating... he is totally out of touch and has a god complex. It just felt like a complete waste of my time and money and he is very expensive! I find it extremely suspect that in just the past couple of months he has a cluster of highly rated reviews when almost all of his critical reviews from the past few years are all low ratings. It looks like he made a bunch of fake accounts to boost his own ratings. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit. Definitely a fraud. Do yourself a favor and find another doctor who is trustworthy and not a crook just out to empty your wallet. There’s a reason why he’s still accepting new patients. I’m SO glad I went elsewhere. This dude has it all backwards. He is the one who seriously needs therapy. Please, please don’t waste your time or money on this guy. There are qualified docs out there who really do care about accurately diagnosing your condition and giving you the appropriate treatment. I hope this helps someone make a better choice.
Dr. Walker has helped me to become the me I have always wanted to be. I am finally truly able to cope with challenges in a positive way.
I have seen Dr. Walker for well over a year now. He has walked me through some difficult times and have witnessed 180 degree breakthrough. Even though it’s been over a year we continue to work on different types of strategies. Dr. Walker is one of the best psychologist I have had the privilege on working with. He does his own psychotherapy, own medication reviews, management etc. What a few people don’t seem to understand is that when you walk into a regular practice that accepts insurance there are multiple roles, multiple fees and you may see your MD for 5-10 minutes. You have a whole other therapist. In this specific practice there are 2 people that work side by side and complete all tasks. Communication is effective. Kathleen is very prompt and professional. I have had only 2 miscommunications in the last year and a half. Only one of those I did not agree with the outcome but again all of the policies and procedures that you receive in the beginning of care prior to your first initial appointment explain this. Which both outcomes were stated in this. When you request medical records or your next refill she is very sufficient with time management. My goal in life is to be as organized as she is one day. Dr. Walker, Has walked me down memory lane. He has provided me with therapy and coping skills to enhance my Progress of becoming successful with ADD. I actually look forward to see him because he talks to you as a person and not a dr. He has always treated me and my circumstances with respect and understanding. He is the only doctor that has been able to relate to my diagnosis on a personal level. He is more then my doctor he has truly became my mentor. This practice does work with You on payment plans which I am extremely appreciative especially being in college. He follows compliance and regulations. He has checked on me through email, squeezed me in on the day of. We have had our sessions on the phone. He is very dependable and I would not consider another doctor even if they accepted my insurance because my dr and patient relationship is not comparable to what I would get in a corporate or non profit setting. Thank you Kathleen and Dr. Walker for all that you do.
Dr. Walker is an impeccable psychiatrist. He truly cares about his patients and listens with a carefully tuned and knowledgable ear. Dr. Walker is timely and reasonably priced for his services. He treats the whole patient and not just surface level symptoms alone. I have throughly enjoyed being his patient and have complete confidence in Dr. Walker's therapy.
Dr Walker was able to prescribe an ADD medication that actually causes my college age daughter no side effects and helps her focus so well. He explained to us why she has had so much trouble over the years with her ADD being untreated and gave her many coping skills to handle life with ADD. He encouraged her independence and made her feel as though she can accomplish whatever she sets out to do. I had trouble getting our insurance company to reimburse us for any visits unfortunately which limited the amount of times she can see him. This is sad especially since no other physician has ever treated her ADD properly or given her a medication without side effects! He’s the best in the area, in our opinion and we can’t thank him enough.
I have been seeing Dr. Walker for over 2 months now and have never been better. He helps me get my chaotic life back in order. He is very understanding and communicates in a manner that makes sense to me. Very professional and easy to talk to. Willing to work with you on payments if needed.
When I started working with Dr. Walker, I was well on my way to a failed (expensive) attempt to complete a 90-hour masters degree. A combined strategy of medication and a transformative approach to restructuring the way I approached even the smallest details of my day-to-day life allowed me to successfully complete the degree (turning around my academic situation so that I will be eligible to enroll in a doctoral program next year) and to find success in my work then and to continue successfully in my new career now. I am beyond grateful.
This doctor is only out for your money. When was the last time you went to a doctor, and you needed a prescription, and that doctor did not prescribe the medication they told you that you needed? Never, right? That isn't a thing. But okay, let's say that's how doctors with ethics actually practice. Except now they tell you to "come back next time, for an appointment that costs double what this one does, and MAYBE I will give you the medicine you need, if I don't feel like you need 5-15 more appointments exactly like this one." This doctor will quickly end up with thousands of your dollars so that you follow his "program" (that isn't a thing either, fyi) and only sometimes get what you truly need. PS- That program? You are on the exact same one as every single person that walks into his office. Guaranteed. Beware of doctors who refuse all insurance, ESPECIALLY working in a field as delicate as psychiatry. Dr. Walker does not take insurance, likely because he would prefer to avoid being caught by an agency that could take away his medical license for fraudulent billing. In order for him to make the money he is going to make off of you, he would have to bill for things no insurance would pay for because it is wholly and entirely unnecessary. This place only wants your money and doesn't care about you at all.
I have been dr. Walker’s patient for over 2 years. Not only because of his expertise in ADHD/ADD but also his ability to make you feel comfortable. His guidance on overall mental health really set him apart from other doctors I’ve seen. He takes time to get to know you and your lifestyle. Would not consider changing doctors.
I have two sons who are under the care of Dr. Walker, and we have had a very positive experience thus far. Is he a miracle worker? Absolutely not. Responsibly treating ADHD takes time, commitment and constant reevaluation to get results. I have to say that I greatly appreciate the fact that on our first visit to him, he did not write a script for my children. This has been in stark contrast to other physicians who have simply given us random prescription medication and basically said, "Best of luck. Call the office next month when you need a refill." What?!? Dr. Walker's view on medication is that it's just a part of the treatment protocol. Pills don't teach skills. My husband and I are currently working on tailoring our parenting to create a happy, harmonious home environment with children who have ADHD--not an easy endeavor. It's a process, and we are getting there one visit at a time. As far as Dr. Walker being a "narcissist," from some of the negative reviews, I don't see it. Talking about his family has strictly been in the context of positive changes he has made in his parenting. Talking about his office gadgets has been in the context of how he has it set up as a person who struggles with ADHD himself. I believe that he is an excellent role model for my sons because they are able to finally relate to someone who has struggled with ADHD. I also want to add that Kathleen is truly an amazing office manager. Her communication skills are top notch. Anytime I have called or e-mailed the office during working hours, she has responded within an hour, and she has always done her best to accommodate my requests.
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Walker’s for 3 years. In those 3 years my life has seen dramatic, traumatic, and truly wonderful changes. It is no exaseration on my part that without the guidance and care of Dr. Walker I would never have found the strength, willingness, and confidence to face my challenges with a sense of calm, acceptance, and personal responsibility. The combination of medication and talk therapy helped me to understand that my natural state of ADHD can be, and has been, under control to such a positive and sustainable level that my personal relationships have improved to include the trust of my family, friends, and co-workers. Trust was something that was missing from my life until I started working with Dr. Walker. Working with Dr. Walker is an accurate statement. He expects, and rightly so, that his patience’s understand he can guide but the real work must be done by the patient. There are no easy fixes for living with ADHD. He understands life with ADHD. His willingness to discuss his own experiences helped me understand that my life and experiences were within a shared experience with others who live with ADHD. I no longer suffer from ADHD. I live with it, with how I think, with how I react, and with who I am with the strength of self esteem. It’s my self esteem, but it is great to have Dr. Walker on my side.
Dr. Walker is a clinician who is truly passionate about his field of study, as well as his patients. He has demonstrated a deep understanding of environmental and physiological changes over time that contribute to prevalence and presentation of ADD/ADHD in todays society. Dr. Walker has developed a treatment approach, that while tailored to individuals, applies behavioral modification skills and medicine (if needed) to optimize outcomes of patients of all ages. I am confident that those exposed to his interventions will learn the skills they need now, and in the future, so as to be the very best versions of themselves. I would highly recommend Dr. Walker.
Dr. Walker helped me with tools and medicine to turn my life around. I had suffered with drug addiction which came from low self esteem. Dr. Walker helped me for around 2 years and I am still using what I have learned for success today. Wish my parents would have taken me to someone like him when I was young.
Dr. Walker's combination of guidance and medication has saved my life. If I had not received treatment for my ADHD I truly believe I would not have made it this far, and I highly encourage anyone who struggles with ADHD to seek his counsel. Therapy and medication both are essential for overcoming this at times debilitating condition, and since Dr. Walker himself has ADHD he provides an environment that is at once entirely open and as well constructive. I have recommended him time and time again and will only continue to do so.
The compassion and patience Dr. Walker has shown to me while treating my issues of PTSD and ADHD have been a Godsend. I am a combat wounded veteran and have been seen by many Doctors throughout the “broken” VA health system. Sadly, I was just a number and was caught up in a system that focused on the “quantity” not the “quality” of people being treated. The VA was quick to prescribe a pill and pushed me and others through the system without taking the time to know our story. Thank God I was able to connect with Dr. Walker. He is a doctors who genuinely cares for his patient’s wellbeing. He took the time to listen and get to know me. He was never judgmental, aloof or dismissal of the journey that I have been on. He has worked with me and has me on a path of clarity. My family, friends but most importantly, myself are forever grateful for the relationship that has been for forged and the treatment that has only been offered to me by Dr. Walker.
I've seen a few different psychiatrists since being diagnosed with ADHD over 20 years ago. Dr. Walker has been the best by far. While other doctors have focused primarily on medication management, which insurance reimburses at a higher rate, Dr. Walker takes a more holistic approach that views medication as one part of the treatment. Most of the time in my appointments involve helpful conversations about how I'm handling something in my life. Dr. Walker's part in those conversations has always been relevant and constructive, including when he's shared stories from his own life.
Graduated in 2001
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