Patient Testimonials and Online Reviews

Dr. Ruben Kalra Online Reviews

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"I've been coming to Dr. Kalra for over 5 years.  I've had 4 spinal fusions and unfortunately have chronic pain."

"The office is beautiful - very peaceful.  The only complaint I have is the front desk staff is a bit of a mess right now.  But they seem to be working to make this right."

"Dr. Kalras medical assistant Tyler is the best.  He has become like a friend.  Always positive and concerned about your well being.  He's great about calling back and making sure you are taken care of."

"Dr Kalra is a dr who genuinely cares about you.  Doesn't just hand out pills and send you on your way.  If you are looking for a "pill dr" this is not the place for you (is that the reason for the negative reviews?)."

"The practice has incorporated natural healing and meditation - they are obviously interested in ways to help your pain besides just meds."

"If you are looking for a dr that cares about the whole person I'd suggest Kalra.  Being in constant pain really takes a toll on your spirit - and I think he really tries to find ways to help you besides pills (although he's not afraid to prescribe)"

“I became disabled in 2003. At that time I felt I would never be able to work again or have a normal life. Dr. Longton has worked with me and changed my opportunity in life !!!!!” - Donald Pederson, former Oakland Raider. Sadly, my husband passed away. I want to express my deepest thanks to Dr. Longton and Dr. Kalra for all their efforts to alleviate his pain. Dr. Longton and Dr. Kalra helped to mitigate the effects of cancer and to allow my husband, even if only for a brief time, to feel he could enjoy some time with his family as himself. Your continued treatment at the hospice was so appreciated, and I will always remain grateful that you and Dr. Kalra were his physicians. “Dr. Kalra, Thank you for giving me my life back!” - J.M.

“Dr. Kalra: We realize that you made a special effort to fit [D.B.] in and we so appreciate it. The second shot was an ingenious move!” - S.B., D.B., A.B.

Dr. William Longton Online Reviews

"Dr. Longton is THE BEST pain management Doc in CA probably.  Thankfully, he recently made some much needed changes to his office staff because they were causing major disappointment among the patients.  The group has moved offices to Pleasant Hill and hopefully the new offices and the changes in office staff will give Dr. Longton the  premier support he deserves.  He is King when it comes to solving your pain issues as long as his office staff isn't the ones causing the pain in your butt.  I recently had an issue though and the new office manager took care of it right away.  Hopefully it is a sign of changes of things to come.  Even with office problems its worth it to get the absolute best pain management, diagnosis and resolution from a doctor with a great sense of humor to match his superior intellect. If you have chronic pain especially from back, neck or any kind of neurological origin, this doctor can help pin down the source and get you to relief.  How do I spell relief?  LONGTON!!!"

"Dr. Longton at Pain Medicine Consultants has given me my life back! Before I started seeing him as a patient I was completely bed ridden and in and out of the hospital with lengthy stays to control pain. I am now able to enjoy life again. He is the most compassionate doctor I have ever met. My first appointment there he gave me a nerve block to give me some immediate relief. I am unable to tolerate medications so he has offered me other options that manage my pain! If it were not for Dr. Longton I would still be rotting away in bed and hospitals while life passed me by and my children grew up without me."

"Very caring and supportive. Dr. Longton was terrific with my mom. Would go back to him anytime for help with pain."

“Dr. Longton [has taken] very good care of me these last two years. I also want to thank your staff that exceed in making me look forward to my appointments. Lindsay is priceless!” - J.E.

“Dr. Longton, the expertise and the staff that you have and that work synergistically with you are wonderful! Happy Days, Happy Patient” - B.W.

“Dr. Longton: You are truly a compassionate physician which are, unfortunately, very few these days. I can’t say thank you enough.” - D.K.

Dr. Richard Shinaman Online Reviews

" I've been going to Dr Shinaman for 2 years, of the Pain Medicine Consultants, for my Botox injections in right arm. I had a massive stroke over 10 years ago. The Botox injections help loosen tight muscles and relax the stiffness in my arm. I'm on Medicare Part A & B with supplement insurance co Blue Shield. Apparently, both Medicare & Blue Shield deny my Botox! I got the letter OptTumRx saying the Botox has been deny because hasn't received enough information from the Dr. Dr Shinaman 'went to bat for me' and immediately got my Botox. Now, I'm very thankful to Dr Shinaman for going ALL WAY for me. I highly recommend the Drs at Pain Medicine Consultants. Thank you, Richard Shinaman, MD!"

"Dr. Shinaman, Nancy & Arie are awesome. I've been going to them for over 5 years. I was a walking zombie. On so much medication I would fall asleep @ stop lights. Until the government poked their ugly heads into pain management I had a great quality of life. I know once my body adjust to the new medication quantities I will again have a great quality of life. Dr. Shinaman is very caring, understanding & compassionate. I can't put into words the gratitude I feel to the office staff but especially Dr. Shinaman, Nancy & Arie. If you want someone who really cares & has you best medical positive outcome his top priority Dr Shinaman is the Doctor you should call 925-287-1256. With Arie & Nancy his main sidekicks you can't go wrong."

"For full disclosure purposes, this review is posted in two places, at the Pain Medicine Consultants review page, where I see Dr. Shinaman, and for Dr. Shinaman's review page.
I have been seeing Dr. Shinaman for over two years now and think he is terrific. I have some neck problems at C4/C5 and C5/C6 that have caused pain and numbness for about 6 years now. With his help I have been able to get me through some very rough times. I have just had a second surgery this past November and am hopefully getting back to a more comfortable life. Office visits are generally on time and his assistants Nancy and Shayna are awesome. As I said, Dr. Shinaman is terrific; I have never, ever felt rushed or part of a production line. He always has time to answer questions and explain treatments and options.
If you are looking for a doctor to just prescribe pain meds, Dr. Shinaman would probably not be your best choice. If you are looking for someone to help you live as pain free as possible and maintain as normal a life as possible, he is your man. Do not hesitate to make an appointment."

"Dr Shinaman is one of the most caring and competent physicians around.  One goes to a pain MD because he/she is an expert in addressing pain management.  Pain management includes many components including medication IF NECESSARY.  I have seen him for a number of years for my knees and shoulders.  He manages my needs using many different modalities, including physiotherapy, selective nerve blocks, trigger point injections, and  acupuncture.  Because of him,  I was able to postpone my knee replacement for 5 years and was able to continue to do spinning classes, Pilates and walk my dogs.  He is kind and really cares about his patients and really  wants  to help them.   I know this as I worked with him long before my joints began to fall apart.  I watched how he treated his patients, how he treated those of us who worked with him in a medical  and how other MD's interacted with him.   He truly is one of the very best and my joints and I are eternally grateful." - Janet S.

"Dr. Shinaman gave me my life back!  I spent four agonizing years suffering from intense, chronic back pain, and I was told by another doctor that I suffered from severe disc degeneration and I would be crippled for life.  I was in my 30s and couldn't walk more than a few city blocks, so the other doctor just gave me drugs and sent me on my way.

Dr. Shinaman had a radically different assessment.  He pulled up my MRI and showed me exactly what was wrong with my back and how he planned to treat it.  He took the time to listen to my concerns and answer all my questions. Even though he was really busy that day, and he treated me with respect and dignity... and I never felt rushed.

After a series of facet and trigger-point injections, I can walk for MILES with virtually no pain!  The only medication I take is a mild anti-inflammatory (I'm 100% narcotic free!).  He also recommended an excellent physical therapist to treat pain in my feet and knees (I have 10 screws in my feet from a surgery I had 8 years ago).

"If you want to see a talented, compassionate, intelligent doctor who really cares about his patients' well being and will do everything within his power to make your life pain free, this is the guy."

"I imagine that pain is a complicated thing to treat because there are so many possible root causes.  I can't guarantee everyone will experience the kind of remarkable turnaround I experienced, but if you're suffering from chronic pain... you owe it to yourself to see Dr. Shinaman.  My podiatrist recommended him and the only regret I have is that I didn't call him soon enough." - Matt M."

“The entire staff, especially Dr. Shinaman and Nancy, were very professional and affable and this made dealing with a complex issue a bit easier. Thanks again for your wonderful care!” - R.Z.

“Thank you so much, Dr. Shinaman, for your marvelous expertise and encouragement. … the relief from the severe pain which has plagued me throughout these six months is a blessing and I have you to thank for that.” - V.V.

“Dr. Shinaman: I remember the extraordinary care and comfort you gave to [E.B.] and our whole family. You went above and beyond to take away her pain. You were creative when we were faced with obstacles. You were always available, attentive and caring… Thank you for being flexible and creative. Thank you for being caring and supportive. Thank you for taking away her pain. The world needs more doctors like you.” - A.B.

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