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Arvinder Walia Md - 13 Reviews - 8140 N Mo Pac Expy Ste 2-250, Austin, TX - Surgeon Reviews - Phone (512) 342-7979

Arvinder Walia Md

8140 N Mo Pac Expy Ste 2-250
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 342-7979
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Dr.Walia is an awesome doctor. He is always on time,takes the time to listen,and tries to keep medications to a minimum. The length of Awdreygore's review alone shows she wa...


Editorial review from Citysearch 8/27/2012

This doctor is too tight and strict on taking care of his patients. He is more about his ""company policy"" than his conscience of taking care of those in need. He DEMANDS they be on time and no matter what the circumstances even if you have a broken leg and can not drive or your father dies - if you do not keep your appts with him, he will drop you as a patient. I now understand why he hussles you in an out on time - he is making his money! And even when i didnt need appts he still booked them quarterly even thought i was stabilized. He said I was fine and there were no changes to the medicine but still wanted to see me every 3 mos. No i understand he was milking the insurance and me for appts. And when you dont make your appts he drops you because he has lost that money he was never entitled to. But that is why people like him come to this country is to make money not truly help those in need. I thought doctors took a Hippocratic Oath to practice medicine ethically. I am sending a certified complaint to the Medical board in Austin Texas. BEWARE of this type of doctor! more

Great doctor 3/28/2012

Dr.Walia is an awesome doctor. He is always on time,takes the time to listen,and tries to keep medications to a minimum. The length of Awdreygore's review alone shows she was manic when she wrote it and it appears that she has serious mental illness. I agree with the bipolar diagnosis that Dr.Walia made and I hope she gets some serious help soon. more

At ease, attentive 12/11/2011

I began seeing Dr. Walia after moving into town from Houston. I had serious problems with my previous doctor, so I was incredibly nervous to begin seeing a new doctor. His staff was wonderful and always answers the phone when I call, he is considerate and understanding, ensuring my medication is doing what it is supposed to. I have seen some of the complaints on the review for him and all I can say is every good doctor allows a patient to have a say in what medication they take. Also, he tries to keep the medication to a minimum, and at as low a dose as possible because he is concerned about any kidney and/or liver damage that could be done in relation to some of these medicines. He does not randomly assign you drugs, and if you begin hearing voices in your head as Awdreygore claims, it's not the medicine, it's a personal problem you should discuss with your doctor. He is an excellent doctor I plan on making my primary physician for my needs with regards to my mental and emotional health. more

Awful 3/8/2011

Was a patient for the better part of a year. Walia seemed eager to please my insurance company by spacing out appointments at four-month intervals, eager to cover any possible liability issues in his practice (at the expense of quality of care). Patient well-being, on the other hand, seems the least of his concern. My experience was fortunately not as bad as reviewer Awdreygore, but very similar in being hung out to dry with not a whit of compassion - just quickly passed off while under the influence of a serious med. Others express annoyance at Crystal, his receptionist. She's an easy target but I'd point my finger instead at Walia, who runs his practice with ""ruthless efficiency"" at the expense of any compassion. Walia is smart and is capable of being pleasantly cordial, but at base is just an arrogant pole-smoker who's apparently more interested in running a business than caring for patients. Fail. =/ more

Let me serve as a cautionary tale 3/3/2011

I saw Dr Walia in late August of 2008. I found him because my primary care physician was no longer comfortable treating my extreme anxiety and depression. Within 15 minutes of meeting me, Dr.Walia declared I was a bipolar, type 2. No diagnostic tests, just a shallow discussion wherein overshopping, insomnia and overeating meant hypomania. After less than 20 minutes in his office, he gave me a list of five drugs, sent me home and told me to research which drug I wanted to take for my bipolar. At this point I was desperate for the depression to end and did as he asked, despite my husband's early reservations about this unorthodox treatment method. At the time, I had no idea that most bipolar drugs are to treat the hypomania, not the depression, and that anything I took was likely to make things much, much worse. I picked Geodon because it seemed to have the least side effects among users and he gave me samples. At no time was I weaned off any of my other two meds - I was simply told to stop taking them. Within a few doses, I went psychotic. My husband called him when I had a screaming fit (I have no memory of it) . Dr. Walia called in (60) 1 mg Xanax tablets and Ambien so I could sleep and I was to take the Xanax as needed. I ended up severely addicted to both. By the third day I could feel what I called snakes moving under my skin and I shook like I had palsy. By the fourth day I spent all day sobbing. My husband took me back in on the fifth day and in the face of all of what was happening to me, Dr Walia said: ""Well, when you take these drugs, you must suffer."" He added Abilify to the toxic soup and sent me home, telling me that he would add more Geodon when I felt I could manage it. I took one dose of Abilify, my blood pressure plummeted and I passed out. By that point I was actively psychotic, hearing voices and feeling snakes under my skin. I attempted suicide, which I don't recall, and ended up at Austin Lakes until they could get my brain chemistry back to a manageable state. It took me over a year to rebuild my life from that. I entered Dr. Walia's office a middle aged woman with situational anxiety and depression, and left with a ridiculous diagnosis and scripts for enough medication to kill me, When I went back for help, he told me to suffer. And despite the fact that he had a patient attempt suicide and end up in a locked down psych ward, he never made any contact with me or the doctors who treated me, even though I gave them all his info and signed papers permitting such communication. No one can diagnose a patient with a mental condition in 15 minutes and anyone who allows patients to play Russian Roulette with their medication, especially with atypical antipsychotics, is poised to do a lot of damage. I was lucky. It's almost impossible to overdose on Ambien. Had I chosen the Xanax it would be a different story. If you must see him because he is your only option insurance-wise, make sure you research hard and long anything he tells you. If you don't think you are clear enough to do it, get friend, a parent, a spouse, a pastor. If you must see him, be aware of what he is capable of doing when he has a patient too worn down to do much homework. Oh, and I also had lots of trouble with his secretary but really, she was the least of my problems. more

Great Psychiatrist 8/21/2009

Dr. Walia is a great psychiatrist. I was very impressed with him and his staff. I highly recommend him. Pros: Excellent Doctor Cons: None more

Dr. Walia is the best psychiatrist I have found in 15 yrs 8/5/2009

Dr. Walia is excellent!!! Extremely professional, caring, prompt and very good listener. I had more then enough time with him to have all my questions answered. If you are not improving he is the Dr. to see. Pros: For proper treatment and change he is the man in town. Cons: NOne more

Dr. Walia May be Great, but his Office Staff Scared me Away 2/15/2009

I have heard great things about Dr. Walia, but my experience with his staff is one of the worst I've ever had so I decided not to pursue an appointment with him. From my experience, I know that either 1.) Customer Service is unimportant to him or 2.) he has no idea how unprofessional his staff is. Either scenario is bad. Pros: Dr. Walia comes highly recommended by friends Cons: His staff is incredibly unprofessional. It should not take a week to make an appointment. more

Not Impressed 12/11/2008

My 1st appointment with Dr.Walia lasted all of 20 minutes and I was given a diagnoses of Bi-polar and written a couple of prescriptions. How can someone be given such a diagnoses on a 1st visit with out any prior history....? more

Rather condescending 10/8/2008

It is impossible to get a live person (Crystal) to answer the phone and likely she will not return the call that day. They do call to remind you of your appointment the next day, but she waits until you have less than 24 hours to cancel, so you will be charged. He is very punctual. I would switch if I had the time or inclination. more

Excellent care, on-time & professional 7/14/2008

I was so glad to find a doctor who cared, was informed and up to date on current meds/illnesses. He has been very valuable during my pre-pregnancy & pregnancy times. I don't feel rushed in his office, yet he manages to run ON TIME. This is the best care I have recieved in Austin. I have recommended him to several friends/family and they love him as well. Crystal is a gem, and though you have to wait for her to call you back, it is a small price to pay for a great doctor. I woudn't see anyone else. more

Decent but not the best 5/22/2008

You'll be lucky if your call is returned by crystal the same day. Most o f the time it will be several days later. Also, its extremely annoying to have to leave a message for absolutely everything, there is no way of getting in touch with a live person when you call, you'll have to wait until you recieve a call back. more

Wonderful, caring and extremely intelligent doctor... 1/3/2008

I have seen two other doctors prior to coming to Dr. Walia. He is exremely professional, listens to your needs and treats each patient with care. He actually is reachable as he returns his calls promptly and has an assistant that returns calls and is wonderful as well. I would highly recommend him after visiting several other worthless doctors. He also has the best assistant, Crystal. Go see this Doctor! Pros: Returns Calls, Caring, Listens Cons: Need reminder calls set up for appointments more
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