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About Dr. Michael J Schiesser
Dr. Michael J Schiesser, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Redmond, WA. He has 24 years of experience. His specialties include Addiction Medicine and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Schiesser is affiliated with Evergreen Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Schiesser has received 2 awards. He speaks English.
Dr. Michael J Schiesser has the following 2 specialties
- Addiction Medicine
An addiction medicine specialist is a doctor who treats patients with addictions to substances like drugs and alcohol or, in some cases, behaviors like gambling. Many of these specialists also treat the diseases that stem from these addictions.
These physicians are specially trained to prevent and treat the disease of addiction via psychiatric means, or other fields of medicine like family or internal medicine.
- Sleep Medicine
A sleep medicine specialist is specially trained in diagnosing and treating disorders involving sleep.
Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and insomnia are very common and can often cause other serious health issues, such as depression, asthma, and migraines. Sleep medicine specialists often work in sleep centers where they observe a patient while sleeping and monitor brain waves, behavior, and vital signs in order to identify the causes of sleep disturbance, or an inability to sleep (insomnia).
Sleep medicine specialists treat patients through advising on sleep hygiene, providing cognitive behavioral therapy, using light therapy, or medical sleep aides.
Dr. Michael J Schiesser has the following 1 expertise
Dr. Michael J Schiesser has 0 board certified specialties
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Basically doesn't believe your pain is as bad as it is. I was employed, had a social life but his concern is to get you off of his service so you're no longer his concern. I've had multiple procedures, physical therapies and then some... now I'm miserable. Does he care, not in my opinion. Bp 200/100
Please do not waste your time here. There are some amazing Pain specialists who genuinely care within the Seattle area, Dr. Michael J Schiesser is not one of them. Before I begin to dignify my findings within this review I would like those reading to know that I had alerted Dr. Schiesser that I had found another Primary Care Physician & Neurologist through Swedish Medical Center and was waiting on a new referral from my Primary care physician for a new Pain Consultant. When I shared this information with him, he visibly was distraught and asked, "Why did you not consider me?" I was dumbfounded & stunned by his reply. Why? Because you treat me as though you are disgusted with me as though I am an inconvenience - germ. Of course I replied that it was only out of respect that he was not chosen to smooth the situation over and appease his ego. As others have commented during my many visits, he treated me like a Cop - His over all attitude & posture is one of an Attorney with a Prescription Pad. He is questionably uptight and has even lost his temper a few times with me. On my last visit while he was going over my chart, assessing my medication - counting visits, prescriptions, he seemed a bit confused and distressed. With a smile on my face I simply asked him if phoning the Pharmacy would help him. He looked at me and sneered, "Don't tell me how to do my job! I do this all the time." He then proceeded to blame me for his inadequacy. He does this with his forced soft voice but it is obvious underneath he is both pride filled, anxious and defensive. He reminded me of a young toddler throwing a mild tantrum. His behavior was unprofessional to say the least! *In the numerous visits I had with him, he never once asked me about my pain or how I was doing; he never once took the time to ask me about my illness.* When I discussed with him that the pain had increased over the last 2 weeks, he completely ignored me. Instead his focus is on *HIS* "plan", HIS involvement both within Evergreen & any government affiliations he may have in regards to pain medication management. He is much more concerned that each and every single pill is accounted for than the over all welfare of his patient. He is simply Damage Control for Evergreen Health. I am on a very small does of pain medication; so small that other doctors have revealed to me that I do not necessarily qualify for a "Pain Contract", however when after many months of being on this low does I came up 1 & 1/2 or 1 &.5 short of what I should have. He quickly let me know of my failure, almost with pride and then requested I fill out some legal document agreeing that I failed and sign it or he would not be able to fill my medication....my Goodness - 1.5 pills? Are you serious? He then told me he could give me a week's worth of medication if I agreed, but needed to talk to another individual before any decision could be made to continue my pain medication until my doctor could begin to prescribe for me. When I made mention that the law is far too rigid and draconian; that is impossible to succeed and follow; that people are imperfect, he rose up out of his chair in defensive posture and announced that it was *HE* that came up with the plan! *snaps whip* First he tells me that he has no authority to give me my medication due to my failure of being less than perfectly accurate with my medication, then he tells me he is the author of this Pain Management Plan. It seemed to me that he just did not want to help me; he could care less that I was in pain. All that mattered to him was that *HIS* plan was followed with absolute accuracy. Seems like he needs to shine to those who may deem him or his plan important in the political world. *N. Salute* I filled out his form but would not agree that I was abusing my medication. I was 1 & 1/2 pill shy after many months. I could have dropped a pill on the floor or misplaced it. His response was that a child could have found that pill and eaten it and died..... "really"? .... there are absolutely no children in my life - not at all. He then wrote me a prescription for less than what I was taking each day and only a weeks worth. This means I will be going through painful horrible withdrawls for weeks after my medication is gone - not to mention all the increased pain. I highly doubt I can see my new Pain Consultant prior to the end of my medication. The sad part about this is, I just began physical therapy (thus the increased pain) and have 3 very important Doctor/Neurologist appointments scheduled the following week that I doubt I will be able to attend due to the withdrawls I will be going through. Michael J Schiesser, MD's ego is so large, there simply is not enough room in his office or within his heart for that matter for a concerned patient who needs his help. Thank you Michael J Schiesser, MD.
I've had the misfortune of being a chronic pain patient for nearly a decade so I have an extensive history with physicians and pain doctors. Prior to the appointment, I'd made the error of reading some emotional, negative reviews so I was both nervous and skeptical about seeing Dr. Schiesser. However, it only took moments for me to realize that he'd taken the time to review my medical history and see how complicated it is. He was very considerate, professional and helpful. Which is not always the case, even with some of the other Dr.'s I've seen who have glowing reviews, so I guess it just depends on the patient and the situation. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised! As the new medication laws have made us true pain patients lives more difficult and we often feel that we are under a microscope with physicians we forget that they are held to a more strict standard in treating patients and that they also must justify their treatments. So, I am just grateful that he took the time to look at my history, not just the person in front of him. Since physically, I APPEAR to look just fine when sitting in a chair and have had Dr's state so to me in the past, which obviously means absolutely nothing. To future patients reading this, please just try to find the patience - though I know its difficult when we are in a lot of pain - and be honest. I trust that you will find Dr. Scheisser to be helpful to you as well.
I have severe pain and was referred to Dr. Schiesser. I was angry and in so much pain my first visit but Dr. Schiesser did not give up on me. He has given me back my quality of life. He goes above and beyond the call of duty. He not only cares just about helping me control my pain but also about my entire being such as a missing son I recently found. I have been able to be open and honest with Dr. Schiesser and he has never judged me. I recommend him to anyone who has acute pain problems that are out of control.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012)
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 (2008, 2009)
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.
Dr. Schiesser is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
24 Years Experience
University Of Rochester School Of Medicine And Dentistry
Graduated in 1994
Virginia Mason Hospital And Medical Center
Dr. Michael J Schiesser accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA PPO
- First Health PPO
- Moda Health First Choice Network
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
Locations & DirectionsEvergreen Urgent Care Redmond, 8980 161st Ave NE, Redmond, WA
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