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IMO REFERRALS & REVIEWS

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I want to start a thread for people to post names of IMO/IME's they have used.

THIS IS FOR GOOD AND BAD DOCS.  We want to know who to go to and who to avoid (Keep in mind if your symptoms and evidence does not support a DX or SC that does not mean they are a Bad doctor, it means you havent given them what they need to do what you want)

Rules: (and Tbird/mods have final say)

1) Follow the template below, Copy and Paste

2) do not list out your whole story of your claims spanning back 20 years, keep it concise

3) If they were good or bad, list concise (ie quick and to the point) reasons why.

 

TEMPLATE:

COPY AND PASTE

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WHERE ARE THEY:

NAME:

WHAT IS THEIR SPECIALTY (or what you were seen for):

COST:

CONTACT:

 

REVIEW (keep the Yes or No, based on whats correct)

Did they review your entire file (YES) (NO)  --

Did they provide a well written DBQ/IMO/IME (YES) (NO)  --

Were they familiar with VA Claims (38 cfr, M21, etc) ? (YES) (NO) --

Would you classify them as "Vet Friendly" (YES) (NO) --

Would you recommend them to other veterans? (YES) (NO) --

 

Comments: (Be Brief)

 

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I will start us off

WHERE ARE THEY: Howell, MI

NAME: Dr. Elaine Trippi

WHAT IS THEIR SPECIALTY (or what you were seen for): Mental Health

COST: $350+

CONTACT: http://www.drelainetripi.com/

 

REVIEW (keep the Yes or No, based on whats correct)

Did they review your entire file (YES)

Did they provide a well written DBQ/IMO/IME (YES)

Were they familiar with VA Claims (38 cfr, M21, etc) ? (YES)

Would you classify them as "Vet Friendly" (YES)

Would you recommend them to other veterans? (YES)

 

Comments: (Be Brief)

Her DBQ/IME was considered "adequate for rating purposes"  (Va did not require their own docs for a C&P).  she was recommended by other vet friends and from what i have gathered is considered well regarded and has weight with ratings decisions.

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WHERE ARE THEY: Bethesda, Md.

NAME: Dr. Craig C Bash

WHAT IS THEIR SPECIALTY (or what you were seen for): Speciality Neuroradiology

 claim for undiagnosed and untreated diabetes mellitus due to AO,cont4ributing to the veteran's death

COST: $2,000 each for 2 IM0s and I had a Neuro freebee that corroborated the IMOs

CONTACT:http://www.veteransmedadvisor.com/

 

REVIEW (keep the Yes or No, based on whats correct)

Did they review your entire file (YES) (NO)  --Yes

Did they provide a well written DBQ/IMO/IME (YES) (NO)  --Yes

Were they familiar with VA Claims (38 cfr, M21, etc) ? (YES) (NO) --Yes

Would you classify them as "Vet Friendly" (YES) (NO) --Yes

Would you recommend them to other veterans? (YES) (NO) --YES

 

Comments: (Be Brief)

It might appear odd that I hired a NeuroRadiologist to do a claim about diabetes that my former reps said would not succeed,but I knew I would succeed and had prepared a cover letter, enclosed my own lay medical opinion,(which was enough for me to win FTCA without an IMO after a battle ) and a step by step reference to supporting medical evidence that supported my claim as well as to my husband's autopsy, to send to Dr Bash.. I had done a lot of the  medical work prior to even contacting Dr. Bash,and just mentioned briefly some of my evidence in email to him, and he contacted me back right away. The 4,000 total cost was an investment into a claim-that once I began to prepare it, I knew would be awarded.Because...................

Evidence is Everything . DMII never diagnosed and never treated, causing service connected death.This was for direct SC death due to AO and not a 1151 claim.

 

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Admins need to make this a sticky post

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WHERE ARE THEY: Connecticut

NAME: Dr. Michael Cohen PHD

WHAT IS THEIR SPECIALTY (or what you were seen for): Neuropsychology

COST: UNKNOWN (see comments)

CONTACT:

michael.cohen.phd@post.harvard.edu

 

REVIEW (keep the Yes or No, based on whats correct)

Did they review your entire file  -- NA

Did they provide a well written DBQ/IMO/IME   -- NA

Were they familiar with VA Claims (38 cfr, M21, etc) ?  -- NA

Would you classify them as "Vet Friendly" (YES)

Would you recommend them to other veterans? (YES)

 

Comments: (Be Brief)

Contacted him for help with my TBI claim.  He could not see me due to need for a in person interview and exam and i cannot travel to Connecticut however he was as vet friendly as can be and is aware of the massive idiocy relating to VA's treatment of TBI claims and vets.  Spent days researching the closest neuropsychology that he would recommend for treatment/exams.  If you are in the area or can travel to CT then i would highly recommend him.

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WHERE ARE THEY: NJ

NAME: Dr. Jonathan Mack PHD

WHAT IS THEIR SPECIALTY: Neuropsychology

COST: 5-10k

CONTACT: JMack@drjonathanmack.com

 

REVIEW

Did they review your entire file  -- NA

Did they provide a well written DBQ/IMO/IME   -- NA

Were they familiar with VA Claims (38 cfr, M21, etc) ?  -- NA

Would you classify them as "Vet Friendly" (YES)

Would you recommend them to other veterans? (YES)

 

Comments:

I contact Dr. Mack for a IMO to help with TBI claim.  mainly to differentiate the etiology of my PTSD and TBI symptoms so that they could be rated separately as well as to establish TBI as a diagnosed condition.  Dr. Mack was kind, helpful and cordial but stated that the testing would be very expensive to run through the whole battery.  He was willing to do it but informed me it would be around 5k on low end and more likely around 10k or higher if my case was more complex than he could tell now.  While I could not afford it at the moment, he recommended finding someone locally.  If you are in need of a true FORENSIC examination of your TBI and have the scratch, then i would recommend him.  He knows his stuff.

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