Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Winning Doctors

There's no denying that my family, friends and I have been to our fair share of doctors - the good, the bad and most who fall somewhere in between. But there are also docs that have gone above and beyond and, since my ultimate goal here is to help others living with illness, why not pass along some gems I've found? They're all in New York State - I hope this helps!


Dr. Kevin Tack, MD, Long Island
I'm going to go ahead and say this is is the best doctor I've encountered. Not only is Dr. Tack very kind, but you can really tell how much he cares about his patients. He starts every appointment exactly on time, he is thorough and always calls you back. If I haven't sold you - it takes a good doctor to make the detailed discussion of GI issues bearable, and he does :)
Manhasset Medical Associates
1516 Northern Boulevard
Manhasset, NY 11030-3006
(516) 627-3717


Dr. Thomas J. Lehman, MD Upper East Side Manhattan
as I've mentioned in earlier posts, Dr. Lehman is my pediatric rheumatologist. He's been in my life for 8 years now and was the one to diagnose my Spondylitis when everyone else was stumped. He's top in the field and literally wrote the book on Spondyloarthropathies and other related diseases: "It's Not Just Growing Pains." He caught my illness before it got really out of control, so for this I'm forever grateful to him.
Hospital For Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021-4823
(212) 606-1151

Internal Medicine

Dr. Bernard Schayes, Upper East Side, Manhattan
I've only recently started seeing Dr. Schayes, but already I like what I see. Not only are the receptionists and staff in his practice friendly and accommodating, but Dr. Schayes himself is very kind and seems to really listen. I just feel at ease under his care, and in this day and age that goes a long way...
162 East 80th Street
New York, NY, 10075
Phone Number: (212) 535-3338

Dr. George Petrossian, MD, Long Island
Luckily, I've never had to see Dr. Petrossian personally, but he has taken such good of my family (my wonderful grandmother in particular) that he has to be on this list. He is also the father of a high school friend, so I know he's just a great person. If I or anyone I loved had a heart issue, Dr. Petrossian would be my first call.
New York Cardiology Group
1405 Old Northern Boulevard
Roslyn, NY, 11576
Phone Number: (516) 484-6777


Dr. Robert Schreiber, Long Island
Nassau Chest Physicians PC
Dr. Schreiber has seen and helped a number of my family members. He is an extremely intelligent, talented and empathetic doctor and I'd recommend him to anyone!
233 East Shore Road Suite 112
Great Neck, NY, 11023
Phone Number: (516) 482-7810

Obstetrics & Gynecology:

Dr. Anita Sadatay,MD, Long Island
I've never actually seen her myself, but my mom swears by her. She says she's the best - friendly, available and just a solid professional.
900 Northern Boulevard
Great Neck, NY‎
(516) 466-0778‎

Podiatry/Podiatric Surgery:

Dr. Simon Young, Upper East Side of Manhattan
So I hate to stereotype here, but the Podiatrists I've been to are generally...well...foot people (not so much people people). Dr. Young actually knew about Spondylitis and the high risk of infection that come with taking Humira shots. He was extremely thorough, clear and gentle. Also, if you're looking for the least painful foot injection possible, this is your guy.
110 W 96th St
NY,NY 10025
Phone: 212-316-7000


Dr. John Cottone, Long Island
Going to the dentist gets less and less fun the older you get, but I can honestly say Dr. Cottone makes the experience as pleasant as possible (and that's saying a lot). He couldn't be nicer and really cares about his patients - not just their pearly whites!
Berry Hill Dentistry
26 Berry Hill Road
Syosset, NY 11791
Phone: (516) 921-1717

I'll be adding to this list as time goes on and hope you'll all send your suggestions my way. I have a few appointments lined up with new doctors (They say I'm an adult now, so I guess I have to go to adult doctors)
. Stay tuned


  1. what about dr. marten?

    dr. pepper?

    dr. kevorkian?

  2. Finding a great doctor is so important. i had 4 doctors and 3 diagnoses before finding the right one, It makes a huge difference to have a caring doctor's office. (I am in the Southern California area if anyone needs a recommendation)

  3. It took me so long to find a great Dr. It's a difficult process. Once I found the right one it made all the difference. I'm really enjoying your blog. I'm wondering if I can get your permission to post the 'spoon theory' to my blog and cite your blog and the author? Do you know why she chooses to use spoons as the visual in her theory? Just curious?

  4. Kayla: haha how could I forget?

    Kat: I'm so glad you've found the right one. They're rare, but they can really make all the difference. If you want to send over some names of people in your area that you would recommend, I'll post them in my next round!

    Em: it's so nice to see a new reader and I'm glad you're enjoying my posts! How did you find me out of curiosity and do you have a blog I can read? Of course you can cite my blog and I am sure it would be fine with Christine if you cited her Spoon Theory. Here is her website: http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/. The reason she says she chose spoons was because thats' what was around her in the diner when she was trying to explain illness to her friend. She just went with what she had...

  5. Em, sorry I didn't put your name together with your blog. You're one of my favorites.

  6. Hi Maya, I just found your blog from a comment you left on Molly's (http://dizzygrl05.wordpress.com/). I don't know much about Spondylitis (like Molly, I have Lyme Disease), but I'm so glad I found your blog and I'm looking forward to reading more. And I'm definitely jotting down the Dr. referrals!

  7. Hi Kim! I was actually diagnosed with Lyme (as I wrote about in my first post)when I was young before they uderstood that it was Spondylitis, so I think the symptoms are very similar. Do you have joint pain with your illess? I'm so glad to see your post and to know you ejoy my blog. I hope you'll come back often :)

  8. I see Dr. Arash Horizon in Beverly Hills, it is about an hour drive for me but well worth it. He was recommended to me and I have recommended him to others. his entire staff, is warm and compassionate.