I never write bad reviews, but I have to do so because, mirroring similar sentiments to what another mom posted, this was the worst experience I have ever had with a Dr. Katharine Fast.
I brought my child in for allergy testing, full of hope that I would have answers that would assuage my concerns about his issue.
She was extremely condescending and RUDE! I am very thick skinned but felt close to tears in her office, feeling helpless and akin to a child being chastised for not understanding and interpreting what she was telling me (which wasn’t much) – for asking questions because I just wanted to COMPREHEND what she was telling me and wanted to come away from the appointment like any other person would, knowing what it is she specifically tested for and what the results meant both for the immediate future and for the long term future.
She just didn’t communicate well or explain the process; beginning or end results in laypeople terminology.
I tried to ask questions but as noted, from the start, she was quick to become annoyed by anything I asked.
I truly didn’t understand. And she was in and out quickly without sitting down to lay things out for me like any other doctor would.
And since I really wanted to get information and ask the questions again so that I could understand what his results were.
To appease her, for fear of being berated for asking anything, I demured, self deprecatingly by saying “I don’t mean to be rude but I am just trying to understand.
I am not knowledgeable about allergies, allergens or any of this, could you please explain…’ And she replied curtly “YOU have ALREADY ASKED me this question FOUR TIMES!…but I will tell you AGAIN…” I couldn’t believe this was a doctor I was seeking help from for my son and I literally asked her to explain what something to me and this is how I was being treated!
It was as if anything I asked her was a personal affront to her and she was immediately on the defensive against I don’t know what! Just crazy. Truly.
Additionally, I felt judged by her from the minute dialogue began. To start, when asked whether my children were vaccinated for the flu, I replied “No.” To which she gave me a disapproving look and asked me agitatedly “Why not? Don’t you know that thousands of people DIE from the flu each year?” And this was in front of my child! Very inappropriate and unprofessional of her to speak to me like that in front of my young child.
I would never utter this in front of him because I wouldn’t want to frighten him unnecessarily. It was extremely uncalled for.
I wasn’t asking much of her, nor am I a high maintenance person. I am kind and considerate of people.
I would expect and hope that a physician would first and foremost, extend the same kindness and consideration and treat his/her patients with the respect and courtesy they implicitly deserve as a human being! And she was not one of those.
I don’t think she should be working with people. Period.