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Dr. Ira S Handler Is this you?

About Dr. Ira S Handler

Dr. Ira S Handler, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Butler, PA. He has 33 years of experience. His specialties include Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Neurology. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

28 Ratings with 7 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Ira S Handler is Poor. Dr. Ira S Handler has been rated by 28 patients. From those 28 patients 7 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Ira S Handler is 2.4 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

P B S Mental Health Associates

901 E Brady St Ste 103
Butler, PA 16001
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Dr. Ira S Handler has the following 3 specialties

  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

    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.

  • Neurology

    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.

  • Expertise

    14 Expertise

  • Mental Illness
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Manic Depressive Disorder
  • Depression
  • Personality Disorder
  • Clinical Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Mood Disorders
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder

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His training near Buffalo New York may have made him permanently rude

Dr. Handler failed to call my family during a near death experience (coma) induced by other doctor's overprescribing of psychiatric drugs. At the time, he phoned a prior psychiatric doctor provider, instead of looking at my written medication list in my purse. He seems to have no common sense, or he would have looked in the purse for medication bottles and/or a med list and emergency contact information carried in case of emergencies. He seemed fearful and somewhat antagonistic at times. I agree with other people's opinions that he is rude.

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nursing home patient

Too busy to talk. Treating with drug that is causing multiple side effects. Instructed nursing staff that it could take up to two weeks to adjust to medicine. Could be permanently damaged by then.

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Disgraceful bedside manner

Rude, accusational, and lacks basic human decency and empathy.

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Horrible doctor

This doctor is just rude. Doesn't care about you or your family. I wouldn't trust him at all. If you have to use him good luck. Better off going to Walmart and talking to the door greeter, at least they are nice

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One Star

He told me I was untreatable after my first visit but kept me coming back. He once yelled at me very angrily for calling his office on a Friday. He is the worst doctor I have ever met.

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  • Education

    33 Years Experience

  • University At Buffalo State University Of New York School Of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

    Graduated in 1985

  • University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center


  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Ira S Handler accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Select
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • Highmark BCBS
    • Highmark Community Blue PPO
    • Highmark KeystoneBlue
    • Highmark PPOBlue
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
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Locations & Directions

P B S Mental Health Associates, 901 E Brady St Ste 103, Butler, PA
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