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Re: OB/GYN Recommendations
Posted by: Rebecca Levy (---.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net)
Date: August 16, 2009 02:44AM

Hello. Strange that I saw your post online, and when I saw that it was about me, even though it was old, I thought it may be a good idea to respond. I worked at Nassau-Suffolk ObGyn for almost 10 years, loving it most of the time, but the last several years unfortunately things seemed to be "rough" within the group. Without going into details, I can just say, gently, that Dr A wanted to work solo, and the rest of us (Dr Franchina, Dr Trivedi and myself) accommodated him, whether by choice or not. I LOVED my patients and my job there, and tried to make a solo "go" of it for over a year, but finally decided to move away. I have no ill feelings, and continue to practice ObGyn where I am now, in California.
Dr Bezalel

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Re: OB/GYN Recommendations
Posted by: margaret (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: October 19, 2009 09:47AM

Dr. Francine Fradella is the worst of the worst doctors.

I went to her for a few years for annuals and checkups. During that time I would wait forever, they would rush me in and out and the staff were very unprofessional.

Then I got pregnant for the first time. She only took a sono for the two vists I was there and never advised me about the dos and don'ts. The second time she didn't say anything about the baby's heartbeat.

When I went for my three month sono the doctor there told me the baby's heartbeat stopped. And it looked as it stopped for about a month ago.

When Dr. Fradella didn't answers any of their calls on that day and my husband and I went home in tears.

When I spoke to her she tried to encourage me to just pass the baby naturally or she can do the D and C by the end of the week. That meant holding a dead baby for a week (it killed me mentally).

To make a long story short, Dr. Fradella did the procedure. Didn't check up on me after. Had a nurse call me to tell me what went wrong. Went back for my post op and she was just as cold and uncaring. The nurse even said I they cant do anything for me that I had to see a genetic specialist because the baby died of turner syndrome.

All you needed was to get pregnant again. I hate her!!!!

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Re: OB/GYN Recommendations
Posted by: Meg714 (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: October 22, 2009 05:35AM

It is too bad Dr. Bezalel has left Long Island. I saw her once at NUMC. Very nice Dr. I had a fibroid. I was single and young and didn't think this thing was too serious, never really thought about infertility issues.

In my mid 30's, however, I made an appt with Dr. Mary Kriner, who was the ob/gyn at the family practice I used,in Hicksville.
And every couple of days since then, I still berate myself.

I presented as such: huge fibroid, mid 30's, single and on an antidepressant.
I could no longer fit in my pants. I was normally about 110 lbs, so this wasn't a question of weight gain and vanity.I wanted the fibroid out. It was pressing on my bladder and I looked 4-5 months pregnant. I really wanted it out, and it had taken me months to work up the nerve to make the appt.

She recommended I not touch it, and let menopause take care of it. I was 35 and probably had some window of fertility left.
To this day, I think she looked across her desk at me and thought--hmm...not married, on antidepressants; probably not likely to get married and extremely unlikely to get pregnant. I can almost guarantee she would not have said this to a married woman who was not on med's. I believe she would have wanted to preserve the fertility of that woman. I do not know why my well being and fertility weren't considered important enough.
She continued to tell me not to do anything through our next appt.
To my everlasting regret, I didn't pursue it. I trusted her...she was a Dr.

Fast forward a few years, and I'm off the meds, meet a great guy...and get pregnant 4 months later. We were scared but thrilled. It was our last chance.
I was shocked that I had gotten pregnant in the first place. The midwife that first examined me was shocked--absolutely shocked when she realized the size of this fibroid. I could see in her face this pregnancy was doomed. She tried to put on a bright face, but I could see. I was referred to a high risk ob/gyn practice.
They all asked...why did you not get this taken care of? We saw the baby during the first sonogram and it was the most amazing moment of my life. She looked like a tiny appleseed.
The 2nd sonogram showed no growth.We were told to come back in a few days for another sonogram. We knew it was grim news, but tried to hang in there and see if a miracle was in the making. My uterus was already the size of a 5 month pregnancy.
I officially miscarried after my first shopping trip to a Maternity clothing store. I was already huge in my 9th week. I bled and sobbed all night.
I blamed myself...why on earth did I not get a 2nd opinion and why did I take Dr. Kriner's words that the best thing to do was nothing. I will never hand over that control or power to a Dr. again. Always, always get that 2nd opinion. In the end, I may have ended up infertile, even with surgery. But I'll never know.

After Dr.Kriner's recommendation to do nothing, the fibroid really took off and grew. At this point, I'm facing hysterectomy. I've been to 3 fertility doctors, more sonograms, MRI's.... and about a year ago, just gave up. There's nothing I can do to fix this uterus, short of embolizing the fibroid or getting the uteruse removed.If I had insisted on surgery a few years back, it may even have been possible to do the procedure laparoscopically. Again, I'll never know.
There are times that I cannot forgive myself. I feel like I killed our baby with my passivity. She was only with me for 2 months; we named her Alexandra after we got the genetic testing back after the d&c and the Dr. said it was a girl.
The test showed no genetic abnormalities. My now extremely distorted uterus just can't carry a child.

So no, I would not recommend Dr.Mary Kriner. And ladies, please...as I said, always get a 2nd opinion. Not everyone has YOUR best interests at heart. I've learned the hard way that it was my responsibility to put my best interests ahead of everyone elses, and I failed myself and my unborn child. When I see little girls that would have been the age she would have been today--1 and a half--
I have to look away. I think it will always hurt.

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Re: OB/GYN Recommendations
Posted by: B.S. (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: November 17, 2009 01:54PM

Dr. Robert Schwartz no longer delivers babies. I had followed her from South Bay Ob-Gyn thinking she seemed very caring during a phone call before she left there. The office staff recommended her. I wouldn't recommend her. I had 2 miscarriages while seeing her when I was 39-40 years old. After the 1st miscarriage she ordered some blood tests. She told me she couldn't find any thing wrong with me and that she knew I could get pregnant again. After the 2nd miscarriage the week of Thanksgiving I guess she was trying to make me feel better and made a stupid comment about at least being able to have a drink on Thanksgiving.

I gave up any hope of having another baby after my experience with her. I'd been to too many Ob-Gyn's and had bad experiences with regular care.

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Re: OB/GYN Recommendations
Posted by: B.S. (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: November 17, 2009 02:00PM

What I meant to say in my previous message is Dr. Robert Schwartz no longer delivers babies. I went to Dr. Sarah Schwartz.

B.S. Wrote:
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> Dr. Robert Schwartz no longer delivers babies. I
> had followed her from South Bay Ob-Gyn thinking
> she seemed very caring during a phone call before
> she left there. The office staff recommended her.
> I wouldn't recommend her. I had 2 miscarriages
> while seeing her when I was 39-40 years old.
> After the 1st miscarriage she ordered some blood
> tests. She told me she couldn't find any thing
> wrong with me and that she knew I could get
> pregnant again. After the 2nd miscarriage the week
> of Thanksgiving I guess she was trying to make me
> feel better and made a stupid comment about at
> least being able to have a drink on Thanksgiving.
>
>
> I gave up any hope of having another baby after my
> experience with her. I'd been to too many
> Ob-Gyn's and had bad experiences with regular
> care.

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Re: OB/GYN Recommendations
Posted by: Donna (---.nycmny.fios.verizon.net)
Date: November 21, 2009 02:01PM

Hi. The North Shore LIJ Health system has a group of great doctors.. I highly recommend them. I had a high risk pregnancy and was taken care of and treated like I was their only patient.

The Docs are:

Ob/Gyn
Dr. Toles
Dr. Altmann
Dr. Appelbaum
Dr. Kaufman
Dr. Schulz
Dr. Powers
Dr. Hippolyte

Gyn Only
Dr. Leong
Dr. Greco

Gyn/Oncology and Abnormalities
Dr. Contreras- Director
Dr. Sakaris

Their office is at 1554 Northern Boulevard, 5th Floor, Manhasset. A really nice office with their own parking lot. The # is 516-390-9242.

I saw Dr. Schulz and Dr. Contreras. They are wonderful!
Good Luck Everyone!

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Re: OB/GYN Recommendations
Posted by: Irma (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: December 03, 2009 06:07PM

I have made an appointment w/ Dr. Klein, OB/GYN.
I have a concern and hope you can give an advise.
I have heard Good Smaritan is not a good hospital is this true?
I know Huntington Hospital lacks a ICU for newborns and my stay for a C-section was uncomfortable becuase the nurses lacked bedside manners.
Any advise?
Please e-mail me at paponata2003@yahoo.com

thank you,
Irma

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Re: OB/GYN Recommendations
Posted by: Lina (---.arbor.com)
Date: December 09, 2009 02:19PM

Completely agree with the poster above about Dr. Francine Fradella -- when I lived in No Massapequa I went to her a few times when I was TTC. Exactly as described -- cold, unprofessional, made you wait even when no one else was in the office. She was more concerned with her skin care practice and selling real estate with her father than her OB/GYN. Oh, and when I had some concerens about not getting pregnant, her exact response was "Well, what do you want me to tell you?"

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Re: OB/GYN Recommendations
Posted by: lsg (---.nycmny.fios.verizon.net)
Date: February 23, 2011 05:15PM

I have been to Dr. Kagan and Dr. Haselkorn, her partner. I have been a patient of Dr. Haselkorn's for years. Both are qualified doctors and very nice but you will wait to see them, minimum one hour. They should have been a bit stricter in their hiring requirements for their staff. The receptionists are nasty and rude and talk down to you. It's a very unpleasant experience dealing with their staff. They seem unwilling to go the extra mile for their patients. I recently moved to the commack area and am now in search of an ob/gyn out here. Most recently the Dr.'s refused to call in a renewal of a prescription for me and I was just there a week ago for the same problem.

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Re: OB/GYN Recommendations
Posted by: val (---.kasowitz.com)
Date: October 25, 2011 04:22PM

this is old but Dr. Dean is not currently practicing but Dr. Nicole Bell is on 410 Lakeville Road, she is amazing, the best you will find beside Dr. Deans.

Nicole A. Bell MD
Women For Women Obstetrics and Gynecology
410 Lakeville Road 305
New Hyde Park, NY 11042
Phone: (516) 437-4300
Fax Number: (516) 437-2033

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Re: OB/GYN Recommendations
Posted by: April 18 2014 (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: April 19, 2014 01:36AM

I'M GLAD HE'S GONE! Seeing preg. women in the same room rm. that the chemo was mixed in! No wonder why you had 2 miscarriages!.

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