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Good Gi In Albany Ny Area?
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I need a new one! Someone suggested Dr. Peter Purcell to me. But if any of you have one you like,please let me know. I really need a good doctor who understands celiac and who will follow through with me post-DX. I am tired of being my own doctor after 3 1/2 years and even though I like my PC doc, I'm still doing all the work here :)

Thanks, guys!

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hi, I live in Gansevoort and see a Dr. William Gusten. He has a couple of locations-One is Saratoga,one in Burnt Hills(where I go) and I beleive one in Schenectady. I don't know if they would work for you but I see him at Burnt Hills only because that is where I initially went for endoscopy. You can google him at Saratoga -Schenectady Gastro Assoc. He is WONDERFUL! I can't say enough good things about him. He diagnosed me 2 years ago. He is a celiac specialist and has often told me he was picked on by his collegues because he focused on celiac so much believing it is the most underdiagnosed digestive disease in the country. He is the most compasinate ,understanding, knowledgable doctor I have ever met in my 45 years. As far as follow ups -I just had another one yesterday. After my appointment as I was walking to my car in the parking lot I heard my name being called. He actually followed me out to give me some info on a gluten free place he heard of recently. If you have any question he will call you back that day . Since my diagnosis he has seen me back I think 4-5 times for checkups. He has also ordered a second celiac panel and 2 full blood workups already. Yesterday he said he will see me in a year unless I have a problem and he will do blood work then again. He makes you feel like you are his only patient. If you can make the trip to see him I guarantee you won't be sorry. My mother also sees him as she has Barretts Esophogus and she recommends him to everyone. Good luck!

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hi, I live in Gansevoort and see a Dr. William Gusten. He has a couple of locations-One is Saratoga,one in Burnt Hills(where I go) and I beleive one in Schenectady. I don't know if they would work for you but I see him at Burnt Hills only because that is where I initially went for endoscopy. You can google him at Saratoga -Schenectady Gastro Assoc. He is WONDERFUL! I can't say enough good things about him. He diagnosed me 2 years ago. He is a celiac specialist and has often told me he was picked on by his collegues because he focused on celiac so much believing it is the most underdiagnosed digestive disease in the country. He is the most compasinate ,understanding, knowledgable doctor I have ever met in my 45 years. As far as follow ups -I just had another one yesterday. After my appointment as I was walking to my car in the parking lot I heard my name being called. He actually followed me out to give me some info on a gluten free place he heard of recently. If you have any question he will call you back that day . Since my diagnosis he has seen me back I think 4-5 times for checkups. He has also ordered a second celiac panel and 2 full blood workups already. Yesterday he said he will see me in a year unless I have a problem and he will do blood work then again. He makes you feel like you are his only patient. If you can make the trip to see him I guarantee you won't be sorry. My mother also sees him as she has Barretts Esophogus and she recommends him to everyone. Good luck!

Thanks a bunch!!--I will check him out!

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This Doctor is AWESOME!!! Taking GREAT care of me!!!!Thanks a million!!!!!!!!!! :)

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Whatever you do, stay away from Albany Gastroenterology. I have received very little relief or help there. I am still seeking a good GI doc. Please let me know if Dr. Purcell works out. I have been trying to get an accurate diagnosis for four months. I have been in severe pain and have nausea every day. I was even hospitalized for five days and all I get is "whatever it is, celiac or not, it will resolve itself." I am frustrated.

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Whatever you do, stay away from Albany Gastroenterology. I have received very little relief or help there. I am still seeking a good GI doc. Please let me know if Dr. Purcell works out. I have been trying to get an accurate diagnosis for four months. I have been in severe pain and have nausea every day. I was even hospitalized for five days and all I get is "whatever it is, celiac or not, it will resolve itself." I am frustrated.

I went to Dr. William Gusten at Saratoga-Schenectady Gastro, as suggested by

scm. He is the best! I have sent 3 more people to him. Give his office a call. The Burnt Hills office will have the first opening. Trust me, he's compassionate, caring and thorough. Let me know what happens!

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I have had no luck with Albany doctors, and have had to trek out to Minnesota for specialized GI care. If this isn't possible for you, I am hearing good things about the Saratoga group. My home-base GI team is at Albany Med now. They are good, it just depends who you get. I saw Dr. Sood the other day and he seems pretty good.

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I have had no luck with Albany doctors, and have had to trek out to Minnesota for specialized GI care. If this isn't possible for you, I am hearing good things about the Saratoga group.

Yes, hon....that was me! :) I told you on your other thread about my GI, Dr. Gusten at the Schenectady-Saratoga Group. And I told you back in December and I still I highly recommend him.

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