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About Dr. Karen L Melendez

Dr. Karen L Melendez, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Dallas, NC, with other offices in Gastonia, NC and Lincolnton, NC . She has 15 years of experience. Her specialties include Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Neurology. She speaks English.

Rating Overview

22 Ratings with 9 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Karen L Melendez is Good. Dr. Karen L Melendez has been rated by 22 patients. From those 22 patients 9 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Karen L Melendez is 2.7 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Support Inc

107 N Summey St
Dallas, NC 28034
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Support Inc

175 W Franklin Blvd
Gastonia, NC 28052
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Karen L Melendez Md

1200 N Flint St
Lincolnton, NC 28092
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Specialties

Dr. Karen L Melendez has the following 3 specialties

  • Child & Adolescent 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

    11 Expertise

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

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Reviews

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Beyond Frustrated

My child has been with Dr. Melendez for about 5 years. At first she was great. We have followed here to each "new" location. The final straw for me is when she joined Support Inc this last time. They never get my appointments correct, we show up for appointments and they are not scheduled, yet, I have a copy of the appointment they gave me. We have to wait for an exstensive amount of time before being seen. her "receptionist" is rude and most of the time on her cell phone when you are there. I agree with the other responses. Dr. Melendez's idea of fixing things is to up the meds. I am currently seeking another Phsyciatrist. She doesn't spend more then 15 minutes with us during our visits and rushes right out. It's like herding cattle. Maybe she gets an insentive from the goverment if she sees more patients. I don't know, but it's not worth our time anymore. We had an appointment one day, first thing in the morning and she called in stating she was in traffic and all of her patients would have to reschedule. Like her, I have a job I have to go to and I leave early to ensure I make it to my joby. I can't reschedule at the drop of a hat. She can be disrespectful and so can her staff. I would not recommend her to anyone.

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Let us just say "Less than Professional"

Allow me to start off by saying we have no intent of ever returning to this doctor, nor would we ever reccommend her to any other family. On the contrary, we would reccommend AGAINST seeing her. We were told, by her office, that we were fortunate to get an appointment several MONTHS from calling in. Regardless, we made the appointment, knowing how difficult it is to find a Child & Adolescent Psyichiarist with any openings at all. We like to schedule our appointments, being either the first patient of the day or the first patient after lunch, so that there are no other patients before us to delay our appointment. We arrived 15 minutes before our appointment as we were instructed, and the door wasn't even open. Once we were finally through the doors, we waited over an HOUR to see the doctor and we were the FIRST patient of the day. All this and we haven't even seen her. This was not a good sign. We thought "It couldn't get much worse". Were we ever wrong. This was just the start. Upon meeting Dr. Melendez, she was very condescending and disrespectful. Not once did she apologize for her tardiness. In no way did she present herself like a physician should, let alone the compassion a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist should. Because she was already behind due to her tardiness and no fault of our own, let's just say our appointment was "hurried". We were in and out of her door within 15 minutes with the diagnosis of ADHD and a prescription for a medication with a dosage, that we now understand, is absolutely inappropriate for a child even if the diagnosis had been correct. Really?! 15 minutes to make a diagnosis? Maybe had she spent the appropriate 45-60 minutes that should be spent with any new patient, the diagnosis would have been more accurate. We know there are many parents that are looking simply to medicate their children into submission. We, however, are not those parents. Even if we were, it is unethical to appease those parents. A physican's duty is to their patient and to do everything in their ability maintain the well-being of their patient. We are fortunate enough to have moved on from this experience, and to have found a great Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. We only gave Dr. Melendez 1 star simply because we couldn't give her NO stars.

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New Career

Is the worst with children. Has short temper and poor mannerism with my children. Never available when needed. Makes very poor decision for my child. Also was very inappropriate with my husband.. Would not recommend to anyone for themselves or children. In fact I would suggest that she seek professional help for herself.

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Good experiences with Dr. Melendez

I was referred to Dr. Melendez by another physician. I have not been disappointed. My child's Psychologist has worked with Dr. Melendez before and gave her high marks. So do I. I am sorry to see that others have not had the positive experience that my family has.

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One Star

After one visit she diagnosed me with Major Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder and prescribed me medication. The medication didn't help and she would just up the dosage. After a few visits she involuntarily had me hospitalized. The doctors in the hospital released me after 2 days because they agreed I didn't need to be in there. There was something more going on with me than depression but Dr. Melendez didn't care enough to find out what it was.

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  • Education

    15 Years Experience

  • Temple University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 2003

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Karen L Melendez accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS North Carolina
    • BCBS NC Blue Value
    • BCBS NC BlueOptions
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA HMO
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
    • CIGNA PPO
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