Austin >Scott R. Elkin, DO, Psychiatry
I have been seeing Dr Elkin for about
four years. I started after I found my wife in a hotel with her best friends husband. I was truly a mess.. not sure I was going to make it. Dr Elkin has helped me tremendously. He has made arrangement's to see me on weekends, and when I was still living in Austin he would work late. Not sure if this man has a life outside of the office. I often find him asking me "ok now, what is it your not talking about".
Not a Pill Pusher!!!
Dr Elkin has offered none medicinal treatments as well as prescribing the appropriate meds when needed. May sound corny but I believe he saved my life.
Dr. Elkin has been my doctor for over 5 years now. He was supportive of me when I declined various medications, and helped me examine options. I felt respected, and that has not always been my experience with doctors. When I proposed some alternative medicine solutions, he recommended a rational approach--a way to carefully test the efficacy of the natural supplements I proposed, without entirely abandoning my medication plan. He takes a holistic approach, not pushing, but discussing stress busters, like mild forms of exercise. If you are a conservative Christian, like me, you may not be entirely prepared for the Asian decor of his inner office, which includes a Buddha. I have no idea whether this is just decor, or an expression of his faith. Nevertheless, he seems to have a good working knowledge of Christianity, Judaism, and world cultures. ( He even speaks Spanish.) While I am not into Eastern philosophy, nor meditation, and while I rationally reject the worldview Buddhism offers, I appreciate the knowledge and intelligence Dr. Elkin brings to the table. He has been summarily respectful to me, my faith, and my viewpoints--even when it comes to prescription medicines. If you are looking for someone who cares and respects you as a person, despite your medical condition, he is the doctor for you!
I saw Dr. Elkin for the first time when I was 29. I had been misdiagnosed for 9 years before then. He diagnosed me almost immediately. Dr. Elkin saved my life. I am 31 now and I've been seeing him ever since. I live in Houston now and will commute to see him because I know I'll never find a doctor who is as intuitive, insightful and caring as he is. Dr. Elkin has let me be the driver in the management of my condtion while he has navigated me. He has helped me become more health conscious and has taught me how internconnected body and mind are to one another. He's supported my ideas about trying to manage my condition without medication, and when that hasn't worked for me, he's helped me manage my medication. I hope that anyone considering a new psychiatrist or a switch will go see this amazing doctor. He's a teacher of spirituality and health, both mental and physical.
Dr. Elkin is a really wonderful individual. He is extremely good at getting to the heart of the issues you as a patient are dealing with. I suffer from depression but have been stable now for a number of years on medication. But after the birth of my son and discovering his Autism, my husband and I and our son all go see him. My son's condition has made life difficult for my husband and me. I could write pages on how many times Dr. E has seen me at the drop of a hat, returned phone calls and e-mails. He and his staff have graciously addressed my requests for doctor instructions to be faxed for school nurses and for camp for the disbursement of my son's medications. He has really accommodated me and my family by giving us weekend appointments whenever possible. Because my son has Autism, it is much easier to bring him on a Saturday or a Sunday than a normal business day. He is just a gem of a Psychiatrist. I honestly don't know that many, but I lucked out with him.
Dr. Elkin is the best psychiatrist I've ever had. I've been with him for years. He now has my meds pinpointed perfectly and my quality of life is completely normal, and has been for years. I don't even feel I have a serious mental illness anymore, but that is because of his careful balancing of my meds. He is very attentive and caring, and I trust him completely. A few years back, there were some staffing issues that resulted in him not getting his messages, but now all that is completely resolved and you will be in excellent hands. Even when my insurance changed for a couple of years and he was out of network, or I had no insurance at all, I found a way to pay so I could stay in his care. He is worth that much to me.
Dr. Elkin has changed my life. I came to him and within 6 months I feel the most stable I've ever felt. He listens and always helps me feel better. His descriptions of things are great, visual, love it!
Very thorough. Treats not only with medicine but food for thought. Dr. Elkin is a warm individual and has helped me through the toughest times of my life. He continues to care for me and my family balancing medicinal needs with counseling and strategic advice.
My son has been a patient of Dr. Elkin for 8 years. He has Autism with behavioral issues. Dr. Elkin has always tried to help my son in every way possible from suggesting medications, yoga, environment to social skills therapy. He is all about the whole child. We saw 6 other Dr's including highly recommeded neurologists that could not help my son. Dr. Elkin was highly recommended by his peers. He has always throughly informed us of any medication decisions and left the decision up to us. He worked closely with other Psycologists, Psychiatrists, and our family Physician over the years to give my son the best outcome possible. Dr. Elkin never gave up on my son and now is doing well academically and is happy. He is still on medication but we found the right one and the right dosage. It takes time and effort to get it right. Dr. Elkin has given us hope when no one else cared. He is a great Dr.and he is open Saturdays!
He changed my life! I have been seeing Dr. Elkin since 2006. He correctly diagnosed my psychiatric disorder immediately, prescribed meds that greatly improved the quality of my life, and continues to provide a supportive and nurturing comfort during my visits. I have recommended Dr. Elkin to friends who have been very pleased with his guidance and care.
I'm glad I did not read the most recent 2 reviews prior to our first appt. with Dr. Elkin today! Our experience was completely different. Our initial appt. was very thorough & thoughtful; even thinking outside the 'psychiatric' box. We discussed various options for my child's treatment and I walked out of his office with a detailed treatment plan, a decrease in existing medication dosage and three suggestions of books to look into prior to our next appt. He treated us with respect, concern and courtesy. I will be happy to update my review after further appts. with him, but my initial impression was very positive and we are looking forward to working with him.
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