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About Dr. Melanie J Smythe
Dr. Melanie J Smythe, DO is a Doctor primarily located in Portland, OR. She has 27 years of experience. Her specialties include Family Medicine. Dr. Smythe is affiliated with Providence Milwaukie Hospital and Adventist Medical Center. Dr. Smythe has received 4 awards. She speaks English.
Dr. Melanie J Smythe 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.
- Family Planning
- Weight Loss
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I have seen Dr. Smythe ever since she opened this practice. She helped me with severe depression and horrible life altering pain. She listened, was patient and helpful. She saw me through months of information gathering as I applied for disability. We were successful and she has been there for me for many many years. We kept trying to ease my symptoms and lately we've had life restoring success.
I was a patient of Dr. Smythe's many years ago. I always found her pleasant and caring -- especially with children and the elderly. She really does care about her patients as people. I found her staff to be very pleasant, and was not disturbed to pay a nominal fee for records. It does, afterall, take time and money away from running her clinic.I agree with the other reviewer about being too quick to dismiss a patient's complaints. I was treated for depression after no unusual results were found in plain x-rays and blood tests. Several years and many doctors later, it turns out that I had hip dysplasia. Not surprising, given that I have a family history of this condition. (Someone misread a scan.) No amount of counseling or anti-depressants will fix that. It requires surgical correction -- which I have subsequently obtained.I left her practice after hitting a wall with counseling and persistent unexplained symptoms. At the time that I was her patient, I had an HMO that required doctor referral for specialist evaluations. Now I have a PPO, and the ability to obtain a second opinion independent of my PCP. (Highly recommended when there are no answers or dismissive responses from a PCP.)Why am I writing this? my hope is that Dr. Smythe will read this and be less dismissive of patients in the future. Depression is sometimes not the cause, but, rather, the effect of a serious illness.
Went in with fatigue like symptoms and asked for blood work as my family has a history of thyroid problems. The nurse was very rough with the needle going in and coming out to the point that I had to say something to Dr. Smythe. I have had blood work done in the past and I believe she was intentionally rough. I was bruised for over a week. When I asked for a copy of the test results I was told I had to pay for a copy. When I informed this nurse that it was illegal for her to request payment I was met with several exasperated tones. She went and spoke with the doctor and finally gave me a copy for free. After all of this Dr. Smythe gets the blood work back and says everything is fine and that I'm probably depressed. Then she wants to blow me off with a prescription for Zoloft. Unreal how people are willing to promote the use of psychoactive drugs and not treat actual symptoms.
On-Time Doctor Award (2014)
Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012, 2013)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
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.
Top 10 Doctor - City (2014)
Top 10 Doctors are chosen by the millions of patients who visit Vitals each year to find a new doctor and share their experiences by providing ratings and reviews. In order to differentiate highly-regarded doctors from the rest for patients in search of quality care, Vitals awards Top 10 Doctor honors to those physicians within a certain specialty and geographic area who are consistently given top ratings by their patients.
Dr. Smythe is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
27 Years Experience
Western University Of Health Sciences
Graduated in 1991
Dr. Melanie J Smythe accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
- First Health PPO
- Health Net OR PPO
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- Moda Health Connexus
- Moda Health Synergy Network
- PacificSource PSN
- Premera LifeWise Connect
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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Locations & DirectionsWoodstock Family Medical, 5536 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR
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