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900 E 30th St Ste 210, Austin, TX | Directions 7870530.289571 -97.725846
Neighborhoods: Central Austin, Hancock
Pushed for unnecessary 9 month antibiotic treatment – Had awful experience with him regarding immigration examination.
He did a tuberculosis skin test for me which came out positive, chest x-ray was clear. He told me that clear x-ray only shows there is no TB in active stage but there is still a chance of latent TB which might come out later. He insisted that if I want to proceed on my immigration application I have to undergo 9 month treatment by antibiotics with possible liver damage.
I was very upset and did not believe what he was saying. He did recommend me to do my own research on the issue, check out Quatiferon blood test and contact county TB clinic. I went to county TB clinic and turned out there is a blood test which can test for latent TB as well. This QuantiFeron blood test directly tests for TB in blood while skin test only checks for immune response (i.e. whether there was a contact with TB in past). Turned out it's a common knowledge that people with BCG immunization often fail skin test, as in my case, and blood test is recommended.
When my negative blood test results where faxed to Pena's office, he refused to attach it to my immigration application, moreover, refused to even mention it. He told me I was to consult with him before doing the blood test and that if I had he would not allow it. What he exactly did, he wrote that my skin TB test was positive, x-ray is clear and that I refused treatment. He showed me some Q&A page from immigration services website which said that only one TB test should be performed for that immigration exam. But later I found on USCIS website instructions clearly saying that all the available results of performed tests must be attached.
I consulted with USCIS on that matter and they advised me to attach test results by myself. And in county TB clinic they told me that all the immigration cares about is clear x-ray. On my last visit Pena also told me that only clear x-ray is required and I should not be mad at him for not attaching blood test results. But this is just awful - just 2 weeks before he was pushing me hard for 9 month treatment saying I'll most probably not get my green card if I don't do it.
I'll be filing a complaint with the medical board on that "doctor"
Awesome doctor!!! – I had to see Dr. Pena to get a physical for med school and get some shots. The staff was pretty friendly and they didn't rush me even though I had lots of paperwork to fill out.
The one thing that I noticed was that parking was hard to find. Get to your appointment early if you come!
Overall good experience.
Find someone else! – Doctor interupts and did not listen. Seems defensive when questions are ask about options or recomendations. He assumed he knew my problem before I finished explaining my symptoms and was completely wrong when expensive test were taken. Seemes more interested in making a profit than patients well being.
Definitely BAD experience! – Found Roberto Pena to be abrupt and he did not seem to listen at all. He dogmatically insited he correctly diognosed my problem when all the test came back contrary to his diognosis and no treatments were effective. Rather than address two different health issues that were occuring simultaneously, he wanted me to come back and pay another office visit to address a secound issue. This Doctor is more concerned about money than your best interest. He seemed obviously over his head and still would not recomend a specialist. This guy cost me several hundred $$$ for NOTHING!
Very,very bad experirnce with Dr. Pena – I would leave you guys to make a conclusion, when I share the story about our experience with Dr. Roberto M. Pena's office .
We went there to do our medical exam for immigration purpose.
I had called them in advance to get information about how much it will cost us and then we took an appointment.
At the day of the appointment they try to charge us much more and the answer of my question why? was that the person given me the information had been miss informed.
We had done some of our tests in advance, so like that to save money . The tests were done by (ARC)Austin Regional Clinic 2-3 days ago. He didn't accept it, ofcours no because he doesn't trust ARC but because he wanted to take our money for it. We had got so nervous of that, but we did not let him to do anything and left the office.
A few days later we found a different clinic authorise to do this exams and everything was completely different. Great doctor! Great staff. All of our tests was accepted and everything was done in nothing flat.
So we paid $380 instead of $1000 which Dr. Pena asked us to pay
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