MICHAEL J. KRON, M.D._o5z1311

Clinical Practice of Psychiatry & Psychopharmacology

ADULT PSYCHIATRY
Medications • Evaluations • Treatment

 

Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Professional Education, Northern California Psychiatric Society
California Physician and Surgeon License # A74089


1655 North Main Street, Suite 200
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Tel: (510) 393-2127
Fax: (925) 262-2391

Latest Yelp reviews about me:

  • Jesse F. ~Oakland, Ca. September 8, 2016

    In all my 35 years I’ve never felt so close to any of my doctors until Dr Kron. He is an amazing person and highly recommended from my family.

  • Erik M. ~Alameda, Ca. May 22, 2016

    Michael Kron is by far the best psychiatrist I have ever worked with, and the only one worthy of the title “psychopharmacologist.”

    I suffer from Major Depression with comorbid Anxiety, Delayed Sleep Phase, and general fatigue.
    He is the first mental health professional in my 25 years of visiting them to test me and diagnose for Adult ADD, and the meds he prescribed for that condition put me closer to remission from all of my symptoms than I have been in almost 20 years.

    If you can get an appointment with him, and have the financial resources (he does not process insurance papers, but you can submit his bill to your insurance company for partial reimbursement), there is no other like him.

    Prior to my first visit, he sent me a number of questionnaires to fill out, all of which were examined in painstaking detail during the first 5 hour visit. That’s right: 5 hours. First time in my life a psychiatrist has spent more than 30 minutes with me.

    Don’t settle for half-a$$ed treatment for the most important organ in your body.

  • Anonymous May 9, 2016

    DR KRON FOR PRESIDENT!!

    Dr. Kron is not only my Psychiatrist but also my friend. I could not ask for anything more. I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 5 years old, but did not decide to attack it until age 17. Luckily that was and still is with Dr. Kron. He is not only the most brilliant Psychiatrist there is within ADHD but he is a person who will stick with you and willing to help in any way he can. He is dedicated to whatever it is he helps you with. Ive been to other Psychiatrists briefly before I found Dr. Kron, but they all were like sitting in front of a wooden stick compared to Dr. Kron. I would not be where I am without him. My ADHD is very much under control and Through the years with him I was able to gain a career that I am passionate about. His brilliance is invaluable. He is straight forward and gets to the point. In my case I found that Dr. Kron knows what someone with ADHD needs, and also knows how to talk and deal with it. I find ADHd to be a really complicated thing to attack, Other psychiatrists refuse to treat adult ADHd and their reasoning behind it is that ADHD isn’t the problem, or isn’t real. Ive been treated for things other than ADHD with those mediocre psychiatrists and I would get nowhere with relief of my symptoms. When I came to Dr. Kron he assured me that ADHD is real and that we are going to treat it how it needs to be treated.. Through the years of being treated under Dr. Kron he has helped me become the best person I can be. HIs guidance and knowledge of who I am is what makes me deem Dr. Kron the greatest psychiatrist I could’ve found… Now, I look forward and am excited to see Dr. Kron when my appointment comes around, I act like myself, am not afraid to tell him anything, and in return he acts the same. When I walk out of Dr. Krons office not only am I thankful for him existing as a doctor, but I am smiling and confident about who I am. When you wish you could hang out with your psychiatrist outside of appointments, you know you have found a good person. I try to describe him to other people and its impossible, there is not enough words to say how good he is as a doctor, nor enough to explain what a great person he is.. I will go as far as thanking Dr. Krons parents for bringing such a talented kind person that’s help is extremely effective into this world.. I can keep going to Yelps limits for how many characters you can type in a review…

  • Joy K. ~Redondo Beach, Ca. September 29, 2015

    Dr.Kron is the best Psychiatrist hands down. I moved down to LA a few years ago and he was able to print all my files about me out to give to the new Doctor that I will be seeing. He has made my life more bearable with ADHD. It took me awhile to write this review but please go to this doctor. He will help you and not make you feel bad for feeling what you do. So if you are looking for the last hope here it is people. Smack right in front of your face. Trust the reviews. People don’t take the time to write good reviews for good doctor. I hope this helps with whatever you are going thru. Patience, time and seeing this doctor will help you thru. Just trust.

  • Qazi T. ~Berkeley, Ca. September 15, 2015

    I have travelled to several countries; seen and came to know many peoples; but till today, I have never come across a professional doctor like Dr. Michael J Kron, MD. He is not only professionally skilled, he is courteous, amicable in interactions, friendly in gestures, always looking for ways to help the patients, patient, knowledgeable, always keeps abreast of the new findings and developments in his professional arena, and above all he is a thorough gentleman. I wish we had more such professional individuals in the important areas of medicine and related field (and of course all other fields).

  • Kelly P. ~Berkeley, Ca. August 15, 2015

    I saw Dr. Kron eight years ago, back when he was at Kaiser. It was the first time I had ever seen a psychiatrist who listened to me. I’m not exaggerating; I had one doctor answer a phone call and give detailed information on the treatment of a juvenile patient right in front of me; I’ve had others scoff at me, or look at me blankly. Although I’d taken an antidepressant in my teens that worked wonders, no new doctor would give it to me, and I was on a plethora of meds with nasty side effects and no significant improvement. Dr. Kron didn’t waste time; he got me back on the right medication and it has been a lifesaver all these years later. He’s very perceptive and candid, and funny as well. Mostly, though, he is very kind, an invaluable quality in a mental health provider.

  • Kim A. ~Pleasant Hill, Ca. May 15, 2015

    Wow! Where do I start?! Dr. Kron is incredibly smart, well-informed, interesting and interested. He is funny with a quick wit and good sense of humor. He is super multi-fascinated and uber talented, with a background in psychiatry, neurology and pharmacology. He is very focused on his patients but if you can get him to tell you a little about himself, he is one of these doctors/people who is obviously highly intelligent that you get the feeling could master anything, and probably has a photographic memory (I hated those people in school! LOL). He is incredibly caring and is very much a protective advocate for his patients. I feel like I have someone in my corner who truly cares about the outcome of my treatment, hearing how it is going along the way and seeing me get better. On top of that, he is super responsive and communicative, returning phone calls, emails, etc. very promptly. He is truly kind and really gives a d___ about his patients! I have never met anyone like him as a person and certainly no psychiatrist like him… and I have been to more than I care to admit. He is simply awesome!

  • Iris G. ~Walnut Creek, Ca. May 11, 2015

    I wrote a review for Dr Kron years ago and since then, I’ve unfortunately have had the universe dump numerous physical as well as emotional bombs on my family and myself. I felt it was tIme to refresh my review about the good doctor.
    Dr. Kron not only has a deep understanding of psychiatric issues & medication but, he considers aspects that other psychiatrists miss such as thyroid, hormones, diabetes. through & through he’s a Biology Whiz. It’s what he eats for breakfast-lunch-dinner
    Full Disclosure: I’m NOT an easy patient to diagnose. In addition to what people generally see Psychiatrists for, I have a chronic immune disorder, Fibromyalgia, and chronic pain. As if that were not enough, I flitter about in foreign countries and run out of my medications. Yep, the good doctor talked me off the ledge and helped me resolve that crisis. HE’s THAT good!
    If you’re seeking a knowledgable diagnostician, look no further. At times, I’m not clear how he keeps up with my boo-hoo regarding every medication I try. I suppose keeping meticulous records helps in addition to being a brainiac as well as a compassionate doctor. Don’t tell him I said so, it might go to his head.
    Most recently, I advised him that I wanted to stop taking a medication that after 12 years, I was certain not effective for me any longer. After having the what/why/when chat, he appeared satisfied with my decision and respectfully set about figuring a plan to support me through the process. That dear friends makes for a great psychiatrist and humanitarian.
    What makes his office buzz with efficiency and good karma is Nan, his Senior Office manager. She’s prompt with call.-backs, current on medicine changes/dos She’s THE BOMB!
    What I’m trying to say is that the Dr Kron is passionate about his patients and goes the extra mile and so it stands to reason that Nan, his super-hero assistant keeps the balls up in the air with flare!
    I just wish he didn’t work so hard, we will need him for the long haul
    Pace yourself Dr Kron!

  • Yibo Z. ~University City, San Diego, Ca. February 11, 2015

    Dr. Kron is a doctor who is TRULY devoted to help people get better and feel better! Me and my husband had a week long fight and we are thinking about divorce. Then, he called Dr. Kron and told him its an emergency. We got an appointment the next day. He spent one hour on the phone with us and then four hours in person on the same day evening. Can you Image a popular psychiatrist spends five hours talking with you when you are having a crisis? And he charged us a rate that’s not even fair to him as a psychiatrist because he didn’t want to increase our financial burden. (I’m unemployed and going to need therapy help.) Overall, he is the best. Lucky to have him!

  • Mary C. ~Clayton, Ca. July 2, 2014

    Dr. Kron is wonderful! He has helped my husband a great deal.
    Dr. Kron really knows what he’s doing, is a good listener and really CARES. That’s not easy to find.
    Thank you Dr. Kron and Nann (his assistant). 🙂

  • Ruth Ann L. ~Oakland, Ca. March 17, 2014

    Mike Kron, the super star. It is with bitter sweet emotions that we leave this review. My son has been seeing Mike for the last 2-1/2 years. Now that he’s totally off meds, and doing great, don’t need to see Mike any more. It is under Mike’s guidance and expert prescriptions that transformed a troubled teen into a successful young man. My son graduated high school with a 2.5 GPA, now with 1 more semester to go in a very challenging top art school, he’s maintaining a 3.9 GPA. No more depression or paranoia and able to realize emotions when they arise and know how to cope. Not so long ago, Mike said “I hope to be a distant and pleasant memory for you”; we didn’t realize that it would be so soon. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

  • Evan D. ~San Francisco, Ca. February 18, 2014

    As a health care professional myself, I don’t take Doctor’s credentials and reviews as proof of their skill or knowledge. I like to decide that myself. And let me tell you… I have encountered PLENTY of thoroughly unqualified practitioners in the most unlikely and unexpected places:
    – On staff at top notch hospitals.
    – Marching authoritatively through sleek, professional, expensively done offices in a perfectly starched, pristine white coats.
    – Running intimate, successful private practices, in affluent and discerning communities.
    There are a lot of things that make a Doctor successful, and ability to actually heal is not high on that list. It’s just the way it is. Subsequently, it was not surprising that I had been attempting to find a solution to my depression and overall despondency for quite some time. I had been to several different, “qualified” specialists over the course of roughly 15 years, and was really beginning to think that I was going to be one of those people that battles inner demons for their entire life… only finding peace and well being by exiting this mortal coil. Usually prematurely and by their own doing.

    We all know where this is going. Dr. Kron takes a very long time during the first meeting. That is also something I do with my patients. Very few practitioners do this these days. Patients in general do not want to be there. And time inside any business, medical offices not exempt, is money. However, what separates a good Doctor from the alternative is quite simply: Diagnosis. Making the diagnosis is akin to cracking the code! Once you understand what is wrong with a person, the rest is almost trial, error, and protocol. But the difficulty lies in not only taking the time, but also, as I said, being good at what you do. Being able to soak in all of this information. Weed out what is important, and what is not. Pay attention to body language and posture. Learn from the past Doctor’s mistakes. And finally, take all of this and process it using the vast ocean of knowledge you have amassed through both study and experience, and find the missing link. And this is all what transpired on my first visit with Dr. Kron.

    He is extremely well trained, but more importantly it is obvious that he is a dynamic entity. Constantly learning and adapting his previous beliefs. Not afraid to go where other’s haven’t. He is completely down to earth and candid. He will put you at complete and total ease from the moment you shake hands. And he will most likely have you part ways in a vastly superior state of mind and hope than when your encounter first begun.

    He doesn’t take insurance, but you are honestly not going to find someone this good on your plan. When it comes to things like mental health, insurance’s take is very nuts and bolts. Basically: “Either your depressed, addicted, or psychotic. Go to a program.” The pay for their mental health care practitioners is a joke. And the way most systems are networked and constructed will not allow you to thoroughly explore the possibilities of ailments or treatments.

    This guy really knows what he is doing and to boot, HE REALLY GENUINELY CARES! He goes the extra mile at every opportunity. I was seriously lucky that I found him and I must admit, the Yelp reviews that I had read were a big part of that. So I didn’t mean to say that reviews are meaningless. It’s just that they don’t ALWAYS pay off. This one most certainly did.

  • Jason W. ~Walnut Creek, Ca. February 4, 2014

    I started seeing Dr. Kron about 6 weeks ago, and this review is long overdue already. I’m 29 and just realized I have most of the symptoms of ADHD, and these have been a major hindrance in my life. So after reading about treatment of ADHD, I was cautiously optimistic. I really lucked out when I found Dr. Kron though because I seriously doubt there could be anybody better. He saw me for about 3 hours on my first visit, and really got a detailed picture of my life and my symptoms. After diagnosing me with severe ADHD, he got me medications for cheap and one even completely free through the company that makes them. The one that I get for free has really started to change me for the better. I just went back to see Dr. Kron yesterday and was re-evaluated. Almost every single one of my symptoms has been curbed. It’s amazing to be in a conversation with someone and not be distracted with some other thought now! I can wake up in the morning and do the things that need to be done, instead of feeling so lethargic and anhedonic.

    I still have a ways to go and hope to continue to make great progress. There’s so much more that can be said about Dr. Kron. He’s probably not for everybody, and I can see why he either has one star reviews or 5 star reviews. You wouldn’t guess he’s an Ivy League educated doctor if you met him on the street, because he’s just a cool guy. He takes the time to see the big picture and actually cares about making a positive difference in others’ lives and isn’t all about the money like I’m sure some doctors are. As long as Dr. Kron is in practice here in the East Bay, I probably won’t move anywhere else, that’s how good of a doctor he is.

  • Laura S. ~El Cerrito, Ca. January 22, 2014

    Dr. Michael Kron is a wonderful, smart, caring, astute psychiatrist. He spent a really long time with me for the initial assessment.

    Before seeing him I filled out some questionnaires and even with that his personal touches somehow made me feel like if I disclosed to him truthfully that he was trustworthy.

    I immediately liked him..he has a nice trustworthy face and earnest demeanor and really worked hard to come up with an extremely accurate picture of me…with his questions unearthing things that I had forgotten.

    Dr Kron is an excellent diagnostician. I feel very comfortable recommending clients to him and going to him myself. His invisible but invaluable assistant Nan is super nice and helpful as well. I feel very lucky to have found him.

  • Bill S. ~Hayward, Ca. January 8, 2014

    I have been a patient of Dr. Krons since he was with Kaiser in Oakland years ago. I was shocked to see a bad review about this physician so I thought an update was in order.

    I have been suffering with Depression, anxiety, hypochondriasis yeah I am pretty screwed up LOL and Dr. Kron has always been by my side through the real tough times especially this year which by far has been the worse. I saw him a little over a week ago and he spent one and a half hours with me because he saw how distraught I was. Mind you I only had a thirty minute appointment scheduled.

    I was very fortunate it that day that no one was scheduled after me and one person did not show. He spent the whole time talking reassuring me I was going to be fine and trying to find a med that we never tried which is tough because I have side effect issues with most meds. And was shocked at the end that he did not charge me for the time he spent I guarantee you another Doctor would have ran off to lunch.

    I cannot and will never be able to say enough about him AND his wonderful assistant Nan. Even though I have never met Nan she is on top of everything and so pleasant to speak with and calming. She always gets me in when I need and is quick to get refills called in.

    Well, enough said between the both of them you cannot go wrong. I am glad I have Dr. Kron on my team. With him and the rest of my Doctors I feel confident I can get through anything.

    Thanks again to Dr. Kron and Nan for being there all these years. You to are the best.

    Will Silveria

  • Drew M. ~Berkeley, Ca. November 5, 2013

    I cannot agree more with Anthony and all the other positive reviewers – Dr. Kron is the man!

    Five minutes into our conversation, it was abundantly clear that he has enormous expertise in his field, particularly in the realm of psycho-pharmacology. Moreover, he’s extremely compassionate: I’m a student, so money is a bit tight, and the medication I take is rather expensive. He turned me on to a program that the manufacturer runs that offers assistance to people with limited incomes – I had never heard of the program before, but I left his office with everything I needed to enroll in it and I now get my medication for free. Then, at the end of our session he offered to write me a three-month prescription, presumably so I wouldn’t have to pay for three separate office visits.

    I really can’t say enough about this guy, or about how appreciative I am that doctors like him are still around.

    Thanks Dr. Kron!

  • Mamtaz C. ~Berkeley, Ca. August 23, 2013

    Such a Wonderful Doctor. I am disagree with Lauran & David. He proved his Good Job with my Friend he is Awsome Doctor. My Friend was Addicted with Drug . This is the Doctor ,he Graduly take off Medicine For Anxiety & Dipression. When he is Talking ,Patients are Feeling very Well… I was with my Friend one time. Such a Amazing Doctor. Truly I Sugested this Doctor, when you see him ,you are Cured half of….

  • Kyle T. ~Pleasant Hill, Ca. June 21, 2013

    Dr. Kron is an amazing doctor. He’ll spend the time to get to know you and his evaluations for new patients lasts two hours! His assistant was very helpful in scheduling the appointment. They both were very flexible with options as I waited for my medical records from Kaiser. His office is warm and inviting. Dr. Kron is a very candid person. He gave me all sorts of references for affordable programs (CBT and DBT) in the area which (after doing my own research) have great reputations!

    All around, I feel like he took a considerable amount of time to get to know me and my struggles. He took into consideration what my previous treatment plan and diagnosis was and then walked me through his thoughts in detail until we came up with a plan that fit well for me. He is also very good at speaking in lay terms. I would highly recommend him.

  • Carin C. February 10, 2013

    Provided by Angie’s List AAAA

    Use this Provider Again: Yes

    Description of Experience: Dr. Michael Kron is my psychiatrist.

    Member Comments: He is very astute and really listens to what your situation is. He is very up to date on the latest medications. He is very sensitive, caring, and the best psychiatrist I have ever met.

    Overall A
    Availability A
    Office Environment A
    Punctuality A
    Staff Friendliness A
    Bedside Manner A
    Communication A
    Effectiveness of Treatment A
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  • Q M ~Albany, Ca. July 14, 2012

    Dr. Michael Kron, MD is one of the best doctors I have had treatment from. Both, professionally and personally, he is remarkable and outstanding. His fine human qualities, polite manners, courteous interactions with the patients, and professional skills and abilities – all make him one of the rarest doctors in his field of treatment and practice. He, always (most conscientiously), puts patients’ well being at the top of (from) all other issues. He is an asset for the community and the country. He is a doctor, brilliantly competent in modern medical science, with the graces of Hippocrates and famous doctors and clinicians. I wish him all the best.

    Sincerely,
    Q. Mamoon

  • Alexis C ~Berkeley, Ca. June 30, 2012

    Dr. Kron is pretty much the best doctor I have seen in my life. It has been a major struggle to find the right treatment for my particular needs and biological sensitivities, and Dr. Kron is the first person I have found who has had the patience, compassion, and persistence to find what really works for me. And he has done so with the utmost professionalism and kindness. He has also been extremely understanding and resourceful in working with my financial situation to help me gain access to treatments that would be impossible to obtain otherwise.

    A few of his many talents:
    -warm, approachable manner that immediately puts you at ease
    -works with you to choose among options, rather than using a top down approach
    -takes time to explain things and answer all your questions and concerns
    -both he and his Office Manager respond quickly to all communications
    -unmistakable dedication to helping people feel better, not just making money
    -holds hope for you when you have next to none
    I recommend him without reservation.

  • Vicky, A. June 19, 2012

    What do you write about a physician who extended himself to help you and saved your life in so many ways? There is no way I can ever thank him enough for what he has done for me. When u suffer form agoraphobia, finding treatment is very tricky. I looked for a very long time before I found Dr. Kron. I came upon him as I finally just googled. I saw his reviews and I thought I will call. With this condition it was not as if I could just set up an appointment and go in. That’s the nature of this condition. He worked with me, helped me, and took me on. I was at the end of my rope when he did. I am grateful to him and blessed to have found him. He is compassionate, caring, his crudentials are excellent. I needed to make sure he was not too good to be true, he wasn’t. He also encouraged me to pursue CBT therapy and I did. I could not have pursued anything if he did not stick with me and make me feel finally that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. I am in recovery now, thanks so much to Dr. Kron. His mild mannered way and his ability to understand the patient’s suffering is not common in our society today. Five stars is not enough. I reccomend him wholeheartedly.

  • John G. ~Pleasant Hill, Ca. June 4, 2012

    Dr. Kron is, as the rating suggests, among the best there is. With a wry wit and an easy manner he brings the science of modern, medication based psych medicine down to earth.

    He is a great example to medical students and other providers as well of what Independent, non-insurance based medical practice can be.

  • Ruth Ann L. ~Berkeley, Ca. May 31, 2012

    Dr. Kron is a humane, caring, personable doctor. He’ll determine your dosage in a few days compared to most doctors that take three months. Dr Kron is open to different therapies and drugs and is willing to try different drug combinations that work for you. He’s the type of person you’d like as your next door neighbor. I find myself chatting with him, like a friend, after the session is over.

  • Sarah B. ~Berkeley, Ca. February 15, 2012

    I had the good fortune to be treated by Dr. Kron while he was a psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland. He diagnosed my major depression, anxiety disorder and ADD…all untreated for decades and which had resulted in low self-esteem, chronic mood swings, learning difficulties and finally a breakdown.

    He prescribed medications that helped balance my conditions. Finding the right combination of medications can be difficult, but he encouraged me to share my symptoms and fears, because he gained crucial insights into ways he could better help me.

    I was able to progress to talk therapy and also to classes that helped change my behavior and reactions for the better. The outside world no longer feels threatening because I understand myself, know my strengths, and feel I have tools to cope with difficulties when they come up.

    Dr. Kron has an understated manner that made me feel extraordinarily safe. He has a gift for turning complex issues inside out using kindness and humor as guiding principles, all the while grounded in the best clinical practices psychiatry and psychopharmacology have to offer.

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