Q:i saw your post about dominion hospital... i went there too, it fucking sucked. i've never seen a staff care less about their patients. i was put on meal monitoring and i was force fed shitty, cold food even when i said i was going to be sick. i had to lie about my emotional state (i basically told them i was cured over and over every chance i got) to get out of there, and my only motivation to get better is to NOT end up there again. i'm so sorry you had to go through it too omg serious respect
Dr. Roomana Arain - Psychiatrist in St. Peters, MO
I went to her because she was very close by, accepted my insurance, and was female. She turned out to be one of the coldest most uncaring individuals I have ever met. She was chronically late even when I had the first appointment of the day. She was never less than twenty minutes late but usually it was closer to 40-45. She always seemed impatient and exasperated as though I was wasting her time and she was exceptionally condescending. I caught her rolling her eyes at me more than once when I broke down in tears over the stresses I was coping with in my life and when I explained a lot of my problems stemmed from my job, she told me to quit. I told her I couldn’t afford to and she acted as though that was my fault and I was just being difficult.
After seeing her for around ten months, she had put me on three different mood stabilizers and diagnosed me as bipolar but refused to acknowledge or treat me for the crippling depression. The medications gave me the shakes, aphasia, and other issues that kept me in and out of various doctor’s offices thinking I had some kind of autoimmune or blood disorder. When I called to ask her if the symptoms I was seeing were possibly related to the three drugs, she refused to speak with me at the time and it took about three days before she returned my call with a vague, denying answer.
After I attempted suicide in October via overdose, she was next to impossible to get ahold of by the hospital staff and was less than cooperative in divulging my history (probably because she took few notes and often misspelled my name). They ended up switching me from one drug to Lithium which made me almost nonfunctional due to chronic fatigue. I also had to submit to routine bloodwork.
Afterwards, I had to follow up with her. She asked me very little other than why I tried to kill myself and when I explained, she seemed visibly annoyed with me. She managed to get me out of her office in only about ten or so minutes with yet another script for an increased dose of one of those medications. She is a pill-pusher to an extreme and if you aren’t feeling better, she will continue to up your doses to extreme levels. She is also not board certified and is in and out of town for months at a time throughout the year. If you value your health both physically and mentally, avoid this careless, rude, neglectful woman.
Dr. Maria-Victoria Hernandez, Strasbourg, Alsace, France
I went to see that psychologist to start a therapy today, and, well she has a nice dog, but that’s about all that’s nice about her.
I told her about me being trans* and pansexual, but she seemed to be desperately wanting to cling to the idea that I was a gay female (??) so she completely ignored my actual sexual orientation and my gender identity. Then she went on telling me awful things about queerness and the general stuff cis people say about trans* people.
I ended up crying in rage and all she said was “Do you really that behaviour of yours is mature for an 18-year old ?” So I interrupted her, threw a check on her desk and walked away.
I strongly recommend that none of you all ever go to that wannabe therapist. She is not at all trans*- nor queerfriendly.
Transgender Institute, KC MO
(If it’s possible to post anonymously, please do. I don’t really want my name tied to this.)
TGI is completely unreliable, and super expensive at $150/session. My spouse had sessions fall through 4 times in less than half a year, largely due to “scheduling errors.” The first time, they’re claiming that she never actually got on the schedule (and we’re very lucky she didn’t act on the suicidal thoughts that caused). The last time, they had her down for the wrong time, and the time they actually gave her (and never modified) was double booked - and they refused to reschedule for a time the same day, even though we’d driven 2 hours to make that appointment.
We had someone from some sort of support group barge in on one of our joint sessions, 5 minutes before it was over.
My spouse has now discovered that the billing is extremely inconsistent. Her insurance was run for not only sessions that were “scheduling errors,” but also SESSIONS SHE DID NOT EVEN HAVE SCHEDULED, EVER.
We are told from other sources that none of this is surprising, and that the therapist there additionally is an extreme gatekeeper and will actually withhold carry letters based on arbitrary criteria. I don’t know if this applies to letters recommending HRT and surgeries, but from our experience, you’d be lucky to get that far.
If you’re trans and seeking treatment, we highly recommend seeking alternatives to this place.
Dominion Hospital. (Falls Church, Virginia)
While Dominion did help with getting me a therapist as well as a psychiatrist for my depression, it certainly was not great at handling kids with depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc.
When I was admitted on the 23rd of May this year, I expected a nice, warm, clean place when I arrived. Dominion is situated near Bailey’s Crossroads and the Eden Center (Vietnamese shop complex.) On first impression, Dominion looks like a church, or perhaps even a building complex for offices. There is absolutely no sign that clearly states that “this is Dominion Hospital”. My mom struggled for a while to find the hospital for twenty minutes before we saw the small sign that marked the location. When we finally make it to the entrance, I noted that there was no visible ramp for the handicapped.
The smell very much struck me. It was strong and very pungent, not sweet or sterile smelling. There was no staff, save for one receptionist, who just told us to sign in and wait for a person to come and evaluate me. The wait was very long, 40 or 50 minutes or maybe even an hour at least; it was surprising, given the fact that there was hardly anyone in the hospital nor the admissions room at the moment. Finally, when I was taken to admissions, I had to wait for about 30 minutes for the lady, and one more hour as the lady evaluated me. Over all, I wasted about three hours just to get into the adolescent ward. (To give you the time frame. I got there at 4 PM. I got into the ward at 7.)
The way to the adolescent ward just reeks of the same smell as the outside. It was when I finally got to the ward that the smell disappeared, which was a bit of a relief. The nurses on duty told me to go into the dingy bathroom and completely strip or something like that. To be honest, I don’t know what the nurse actually said-she was very vague. I followed along, assuming that perhaps she was checking for sharps on me.
Rooms, as the other submission about Dominion said, was absolutely horrid. It was very cold, save for a small, old radiator. The bathrooms were not maintained and the beds, desks, windows;anywhere you could imagine actually; was covered in scratched messages and pleas for help. The only source of natural light was the window which faced the office complex; at night, a fluorescent lamp lit the room. For about three times a day, we were locked in our rooms, where there was absolutely nothing to do but sit on the window still or sleep; we couldn’t even bring crayons into the room!
Dominion’s adolescent ward was supervised by psych techs, which were pretty much there as guards. We weren’t allowed to go to the bathroom, go to our bedrooms, or even get a pencil from the closet without permission. Like the first Dominion review, it took us a long time before we could go outside to the courtyard (we were only there for about 10 minutes, though).
We had a psychosis patient in our group; when she was shaking and shivering, what did the psych techs and nurses do? They told her to take more meds instead of letting us talk to her, and see what was wrong. Basically, they told her to shut up. I tried to get tissues for her. They told me to stay put.
Once, the elevator had broken down. I had the pleasure of going through the adult ward. Which smelled strongly like cigarette smoke and was just completely unmaintained by the staff.
Thankfully, I got out of there in five days. There are people who have been there for months on end, however.
I would not recommend Dominion for anyone.
Boston Neuropsychological Services, LLC-Highly Recommended
If you’re looking for a trans-friendly neuropsych eval in the West-Suburban area, I highly recommend Dr. Sherral Devine from Boston Neuropsychological Services, LLC in Needham.
She was extremely respectful of my gender identity, name, and pronouns. 10/10.
Q:hey. so i'm talking to a few lawyers about pressing charges against dominion. did they by chance cause you any physical harm?
Concord/Lincoln, MA—Psychologist Dr. Jane Appell, Ph.D.
I just saw her today for the second time, and one of the first things she asked me was, ‘When did you decide you were transgendered?’
In the two times I’ve seen her, she not only talked to my mother about me as if I wasn’t even there, but misgendered me several times per sentence, never even acknowledging it. In fact, not once did she use the correct pronouns/gendered terms.
She also sided with my abusive father and tried to convince me to meet with him to ‘Improve [our] relationship,’ telling me that ‘He’s [my] father and [I] can’t just cut him out of [my] life’ and to ‘Respect his feelings’.
physician’s assistant james huston gates
treats like a child. tries to go and prescribe what your allergic too and when you get him to give something your not allergic to he says call in a few days if your not improving and then ignores completely and when you call back he prescribes the vampire antibiotics over the phone.
he was at an office in the carondelet health network