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About Dr. Laura Valdovinos
Dr. Laura Valdovinos, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Riverside, CA, with another office in Riverside, CA. She has 23 years of experience. Her specialties include Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Valdovinos is affiliated with Riverside Center For Behavioral Medicine, Mercy Med Center Merced Dominican Campus and Knollwood Psychiatric and. She speaks English.
Dr. Laura Valdovinos 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.
Dr. Laura Valdovinos has the following 7 expertise
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depressive Disorder
- Depressive Disorder
- Sleep Disorders
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Despite what these other reviews say, I have had nothing but success with Dr. V. She does have a tendency toward tough love, but I got over it. Psychiatric care is a two way street, you are responsible for the day to day care while the psychiatrist is there to guide you. Compared to other doctors I have seen, Dr. V is a minimalist with the medications. She advises non-medication methods first, then prescribes meds when required. I have been seeing Dr. V for nine years now and can't imagine using another doctor. If you can't handle taking care of yourself or a little bit of tough love then I would suggest seeing another doctor. I wish she was available at my school's health center.
Dr. Valdovinos is not a good Doctor. My daughter was having a manic episode due to her being bi-polar. Instead of having her admitted to a hospital she let her go on her merry way. My daughter was found wandering the streets of Riverside and was very confused. She almost died. The only thing that the Dr. told me afterwards is that she called 911 when I had let her know the next morning because no one knew where she was. She was basically implying that she did everything by the book and was washing her hands of the situation. She blamed the entire situation on my daughter when in fact she is very mentally ill. She is really terrible and should have her license revoked.
Like other reviewers, I do not recommend her. I went to her after having a random panic attack for the first time. She told me I had panic disorder and tried to give me medication. I declined and I did some research on my own. It turns out the panic attack was drug-induced from a cocktail of allergy medications. I stopped the medication and never had a panic attack again. Dr. Valdovinos does not understand the pharmacology of medication; if she had, she would have made the connection between the prescription allergy medication I was taking and the side effects I was experiencing. Some anti-anxiety medications cause dependence, so I am glad I refused treatment from her. UCR has a handful of physicians who offer quality care, and Dr. Valdovinos is not one of them.
I don't recommend her. She makes misdiagnosis, treatments don't work, and she has attitude during the session. I can't believe that she's from UCSF. There are better psychiatrists out there. I agree with the reviewer below that UC Riverside should reevaluate her and replace her with a new psychiatrist for their campus health center.
I was misdiagnosed with ADHD and put on amphetamines when I actually have bipolar disorder, and spun out of control on a stimulant-induced manic episode that left my relationship in shambles. She, as other patients have previously noted, disregards patient requests and has a temper to the detriment of the patient. She also scolded me for not making an appointment with her sooner even though I was already stable on a medication and did not wish to discuss anything with her further. Towards the end of my dealings with her, she gave me a last supply of my long-term medication and told me to go "find another psychiatrist" and said that I would "make any other psychiatrist uncomfortable". During my year of being in her care, she has switched me to four different medications, three of which failed to produce results and rather made me even more ill. I am thankful that I am no longer in her care, and I STRONGLY advise that the UC Riverside health center change their primary psychiatrist seeing as she services a great number of the university's mental health clients.
Dr. Valdovinos is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
Riverside Center For Behavioral Medicine
Mercy Med Center Merced Dominican Campus
Knollwood Psychiatric and
23 Years Experience
University Of California Davis School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1990
Ucla Medical Center
Dr. Laura Valdovinos accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Savings Plus of CA
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
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 HMO
- Blue Cross CA Select PPO
- Blue Cross CA Select Plus HMO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA LocalPlus
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- CIGNA Southern CA Value
- Health Net CA HMO Employer Group
- Health Net CA Individual and Family PPO
- Health Net CA PPO
- Multiplan PPO
- UHC SignatureValue Flex2
- UHC SignatureValue Flex3
- UHC West SignatureValue HMO
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