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!!The Best Rheumatologist!
A patient who verified they visited Dr. Karen S Kolba - Posted on October 25th, 2017
If you did not find this doctor to be the best, you need to think again. In 20 years, I have been treated by many rheumatologists.. I came to Dr. Kolba a cripple. No doctor was able to help me. Instinctively, this brilliant, understanding woman knew how to help me, and to help me quickly. The atmosphere of her office is warm and home like. Her therapy dogs are just that . Dr. Kolba is retiring. She saved my life, and I will always miss her and feel grateful! J. Wright
Self-verified patient of Dr. Karen S Kolba - Posted on May 25th, 2017
A very gruff and nonprofessional manner was the starting point of our appointment. the doctor totally decided with no real basis most of my long established diagnoses were not accurate. she performed no real physical exam. . when we are asking for help in the medical sense, one does not expect to be so completely disrespected. after an hour of talking AT me, while typing the entire time her notes into the computer, she hit the print button and gave me a copy of what she felt what was "wrong" with me. wow! she apparently decided my medical status on the basis of reading the 10 or so med history pages we were required to submit prior to our appointment, which i assumed were the "starting point" to our appointment. rather, they became her basis for "her" diagnosis. (they were all very accurate medical professional diagnoses from doctors at different med centers). after reading what she had typed, i thought she must have spent the hour with "another patient", not me. i believe she thought because i was still walking at all with my many diagnoses, that they must be wrong. THAT IS THE NATURE OF RHEUMATOLOGICAL DISORDERS!! they flare and the severity comes and goes. the one disorder i was actually referred to her for did yield some good information.
superficially nice yes, but definitely a genuinely mean person
Self-verified patient of Dr. Karen S Kolba - Posted on January 28th, 2017
will obviously treat pt's nice, because she has to. but people should be judged by how they treat individuals they don't have to treat nicely. She definitely will treat those that she does have power over like trash. Including her office workers, medical students, pharmaceutical reps, waitresses. I would go to a knowledgeable physician who treats everyone nice.
Great Doctor has been a huge helped to me over many years now.
A patient who verified they visited Dr. Karen S Kolba - Posted on November 8th, 2016
Dr. Kolba communicates extremely well with her patients, takes her time to be sure you well cared for and she is a very knowledgeable doctor. We are lucky to have her in our area.
A review by a patient that verified they have visited Dr. Karen S Kolba - Posted on August 13th, 2015
Dr Kolba is one of the best doctors I know. She takes the time to listen to what is going on with each patient. She is very knowledgeable in all areas and gives the best advice ever. She has helped my husband through several difficult diagnosis. We love her.
A patient who verified they visited Dr. Karen S Kolba - Posted on July 30th, 2015
Mean spirited person
Self-verified patient of Dr. Karen S Kolba - Posted on May 25th, 2015
Not well liked, from what i can tell. As a patient she treats us very nice, but the way she is when she is not seeing patients is what, I think, turns people off. Overly critical person? I can see it. Psychological issues? I wouldn't doubt it. Mean and abrasive towards others? Definitely. My question is can you find a very good Rheumatologist that doesn't exhibit any of that? Highly likely and probably beneficial in the long run.
A patient who verified they visited Dr. Karen S Kolba - Posted on February 7th, 2015
A patient who verified they visited Dr. Karen S Kolba - Posted on January 31st, 2015
She may be board certified in medicine but I think this doctor needs to be board certified in people skills. She may be bipolar or has some sort of personality disorder.
Self-verified patient of Dr. Karen S Kolba - Posted on January 11th, 2015
Best Rheumatologist in 35 years!
A review by a patient that verified they have visited Dr. Karen S Kolba - Posted on December 9th, 2013
My husband has had RA for the past 35 years and saw 5 different doctors in 5 different areas prior to having the good fortune of discovering Dr. Kolba when we moved to the Central Coast. She is, by far, the most caring, intelligent and competent doctors my husband has seen. She treats the person, not the disease. We feel so fortunate to have found her, even if it did take 35 years!
A review by a patient that verified they have visited Dr. Karen S Kolba - Posted on December 5th, 2013
Don't believe the negative reviews! This is one of the best Rheumatologists you will ever see. Dr Kolba is very knowledgeable and will take the time to listen to you. Her dogs are wonderful and CLEAN and so is the office.
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