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Dr. Lois J Van Tol has the following 1 specialty
- Family Medicine
A family practitioner is a doctor who specializes in caring for people of all ages, at all stages of life. Rather than focusing on the treatment of one disease or patient population, family practitioners are often the doctors that people see for their everyday ailments, like cold and flu or respiratory infections, and health screenings. When necessary, family practitioners will provide referrals for conditions that require the expertise of another specialist.
The doctors may also provide physicals, inoculations, prenatal care, treat chronic diseases, like diabetes and asthma, and provide advice on disease prevention.
Dr. Lois J Van Tol has the following 6 expertise
- Weight Loss
- Family Planning
Dr. Lois J Van Tol is Board Certified in 1 specialty
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Lois needs to improve her people skills. She knows a lot, shares information, and responds quickly. But she makes me feel like I can never do things quite right, and I don't mean medically. She always was correcting me for improper office protocol. If I wrote an email, it was too long. If I called, I should have sent an email. One time I called shortly before an appointment to tell her that my car had broken down and had been towed to the shop, and that I couldn't get to the bus because there was a downpour and my umbrella was in the car. Her response was to threaten to terminate me for not giving her 24 hours notice. The final blow was when I decided to participate in a flu vaccine study and had a severe reaction. The people doing the trial provided whatever assistance they could, but were not authorized to prescribe medications. So, I called Lois. She refused to see me. She said it was their responsibility, not hers. Other thing: she told me it could take 6 months to get an appointment with an experienced endocrinologist, so I should accept an appointment with a resident who hadn't actually begun working. The next day I was given an appointment with the experienced endocrinologist for the following week. There were any number of experiences like those where, for some reason, Lois felt she needed to correct me. I finally brought my husband along, so he could witness it. Needless to say, I have changed practices.
I was looking for a holistic doctor and Dr. Van Tol was recommended to me. I saw this doctor twice in the last couple months, at her Prince St address. The first time I saw her, she marveled at all the phone calls she gets assuming she is holistic, complementary, homeopathic or alternative. She told me flat out she is allopathic. She boasted that because she has a micro practice she could spend more time with her patients. So I decided to continue with the visit in the hopes of dealing with some pain and depression issues. Dr. Van Tol never addressed my pain issues but she did prescribe an antidepressant. She told me to stop all supplements for two weeks. The pharmacist told me I could continue with my calcium and vitamin D so I did take those. I had side effects from the medication she prescribed and told her that in our follow up appointment. I also confessed to her that I did continue to take my calcium and vitamin D supplements after speaking to the pharmacist. She told me she could not help me. She told me if you eat right, get enough sleep, avoid stress and exercise, you donât need supplements. In fact she seems to be adamantly opposed to supplements, which is something I have not encountered and would not have expected. She acknowledged that I need help and then said âI canât help you.â Her attitude was akin to âdonât let the door hit you on the way out.â Since that happened, I found her name in Loriâs Natural Foods âDirectory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners.â I called Loriâs and told them of my experience with Dr. Van Tol and suggested they might want to remove her from their list. I was informed the doctors / practitioners are the ones that ask to be on that list and I believe she said they even pay to be on it. I am very frustrated in having wasted my time and money to see this doctor. I want people considering seeing her to know she is not complementary or alternative in any way in the hopes no one else would waste their time and money as I have. And also have to deal with a frustratingly closed minded individual.
I find Lois Van Tol to be exceptionally caring, a good listener, willing to change approach if asked, knowledgeable. She has been my primary doctor for months and I am find her easy to communicate with by email/phone, readily available, a great resource.
Patients' Choice Award (2014)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
24 Years Experience
University Of Tennessee Health Science Center College Of Medicine
Graduated in 1994
Dr. Lois J Van Tol accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Elect Choice EPO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna NYC Community Plan
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- Empire Blue Priority EPO
- Empire PPO
- Empire Prism EPO Blue Priority
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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