M W. ~San Leandro, Ca.

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I was diagnosed with acute anxiety and depression two years ago. Even though I had a good relation and trust with my original psychiatrist, I felt like the medications that were prescribed to me at the time were over-medicating me since I was not able to sleep, had continuous panic attacks and was not able to function at work on a daily/hourly basis.

I received a 2nd opinion from Dr. Kron in April, 2010 and within weeks he had completely overhauled my medications to the point that I’m now sleeping regularly and managing very well my day-to-day activities where months prior, I wouldn’t have been able to handle or cope with any given situation.

From the very onset, Dr. Kron made himself available to me soon after our 1st meeting where calls to him were returned almost instantaneously. He would even call me out of concern even when I didn’t expect a call from him. I can honestly say that working with Dr. Kron returned me to a life of normalcy and I am just thankful that I was put in contact with him. Dr. Kron truly knows his field with intelligence and integrity; but most importantly he goes the extra mile to get to know his patients with the sole objective of getting them back in the right direction. I strongly recommend him should you ever need psychiatric help with a personal flair.

John D. ~Emeryville, Ca.

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If you are looking for a psychiatrist to help you with whatever is causing your anguish and heartache, look no further. I have been to many doctors over the years but none seem as focused on me and my issues as Dr. Kron. He is not only extremely knowledgeable about psychiatric conditions, from depression to bipolar to learning disabilities, but he possesses an intuitive intelligence that allows him to go to the heart of what is bothering me during any particular visit.

He never rushes me and asks brilliant questions that help me to understand what it is I really need to say. He has helped me develop numerous “coping strategies” that have eliminated many daily stresses in my life. He is there when I need him and that, my friends, is worth it’s weight in gold.

His office, his practice (particularly now that Nan is on board) and his demeanor, have competence written all over. The way he moves through a visit, handling a dozen little things at once, being an advocate, a case worker, a mentor and a compassionate friend all make him very different, and very much above, most other doctors I have ever met.

I am a full time student returning to school after many, many years and by working with Dr. Kron I have seen my grades and my GPA move steadily upward. Opportunities that I once saw as pipe dreams are now realistic goals I can pursue with confidence. You won’t find better help then right here.

N W. ~Palos Verdes Peninsula, Ca.

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Last year, when our adult son was diagnosed with an acute depression, we felt he was not receiving effective treatment. His condition continued to decline until he sought a second opinion from Dr. Kron. From the time of his first visit and over the next several weeks, we could tell he was on the right track. His transformation back to his fun-loving self has been most remarkable. Dr. Kron’s professional knowledge and deep sense of caring made a world of difference. We cannot thank him enough for achieving such great results.

Bill S. ~Hayward, Ca.

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I have to say that I all ready gave Dr. Kron a great review when I started seeing him BUT another great review is in order. This Dr. is a god send. He is the only physician that I have been to and there have been many that took the time almost two hours and was able to clearly see I have ADHD when everyone else said it was depression.

I have had so much trouble with the ADHD meds. I have called so many times with worry and sent emails to him and not once did he ever not respond to me. Even on the damn weekend which is unheard of.

He really cares for his patients almost like they are his family. Never have I had a physician like this. Oh and his assistant Nan is a sweetheart. Always calls if he can’t and relays the messages to me. See Dr. Kron I promise you will not be unhappy.

Anonymous ~Berkeley, Ca.

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He’s excellent. I have highly recommended him to friends and each time someone I know contacts Mike, I get very strongly positive comments back. It’s a pleasure to be confident when I recommend things to people I know.”

Noah J. ~Boulder, Co.

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Having seen about half a dozen psychiatrists in the last ten years, I’ve developed a personal index assessment for my providers. I’m not kidding- I’m that exacting when it comes to my doctors. Bad news for my doctors, for the most part. But very good news for you if you’re reading this review.

If you’d like to cut to the chase, here’s the spoiler alert: Dr. Kron is awesome.

Here’s my rationale:

1. Kindness: maybe a surprising first priority for an indicator of giving excellent psychiatric care, but it’s the most important to me. And Dr. Kron’s got kindness in spades. He’s attentive, empathetic, genuinely interested, and passionate about offering more and better access to people in need. 5 stars.

2. Advocacy: I haven’t had many psychiatrists who are willing to fight for me. But Dr. Kron wears a number of hats, one of them being A-1 case manager. Really. He works hard, does the research, and keeps his business needs transparent , so that you can get what you need at a price point that’s realistic and sustainable. That matters to him. 5 stars.

3. Intelligence/Competency: This goes without saying, perhaps, but I find that smarts is sometimes distorted to mean that the provider has a lot of fancy degrees and certifications. Dr. Kron has these, of course, but his real intelligence has to do with a willingness to listen to his clients. He allows me more than enough space and time to create a collaborative and creative medical relationship. That’s just plain smart. 5 stars.

4. Availability: this category value could probably be deduced form the three above, but let’s suss it out anyway. Dr. Kron is there for me when I need it. For non-emergencies, it sometimes takes a day for him to respond, but that’s a time line that beats any other psychiatrist I’ve had. 5 stars.

In short, he’s awesome. My health and well-being are much improved since I started seeing him. Call him. But don’t take my appointment time.

Chelsea T. ~Walnut Creek, Ca.

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I finally found the perfect doctor.

After moving across the country from Texas to California I needed to find a doctor. I had been on every website, reading every review, and I waited for ever on hold over and over again while my health care provider tried to locate a doctor for me. I’m not sure how I came across Dr. Kron, because he is not an Atena doctor, but it didn’t matter. When I made my first appointment we had a mini-consultation over the phone then he emailed me the forms I needed to fill out, and detailed directions on how to find his office. There was no stress.

When you sit in his office you feel like you are visiting with a friend. Dr. Kron always speaks with you directly, and will always call you back.He does everything in a timely fashion. His communication with patients, in my opinion, is excellent. I went to him for adult ADD and because I was feeling a little down. Dr. Kron actually listens. He does not just hand out pills for the payback, and then rushes you out of his office. Instead he correctly addresses the problem, and explains what is needed to overcome the problem. I had already been taking a certain prescription that was working for me and Dr. Kron did not try to change it. He wrote a prescription for me that day. He truly listened and found that I wasn’t depressed, but that I was having trouble adapting to my new surroundings and offered a solution that worked.

I can honestly say that I am the happiest I have ever been, and I am the healthiest that I have ever been because of Dr. Kron. I just moved again, and he still checks up on me, and he made sure I was set on my prescriptions so that I had time to find a new doctor. Dr. Kron is a true professional.

Rebecca T. ~Walnut Creek, Ca.

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Mike Kron is a savior in my life. I have been to several doctors, both psychiatrist and psychologists, to seek help for my PTSD and depression. Mike was spot-on with the medication he prescribed. I am literally a new woman! My spirits have improved so much, and my energy and zest for life is back! He helped me so much that I was even able to get myself together enough to get a fantastic job.

When I made an appointment with Mike, my life was spiraling deeper and deeper into a very dark place. I was self-medicating with drugs and alcohol to go numb. I was comfortable enough with Dr. Kron to confide in him how out-of-control my life had become. He was completely non-judgmental and so easy to talk to. I am happy to report that my mental well-being has improved so much that I don’t feel the need to numb myself with drugs/alcohol anymore.

I would absolutely recommend Dr. Mike Kron to anyone seeking help for mental illness. Thank you, Mike!

Douglas H. ~Berkeley, Ca.

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Seeking help for depression can be a daunting task. Please persevere; it’s worth it when you find the right doctor.

Here’s my review: being new to the area, and having no personal referrals, I began calling various offices after some brief internet research. For many of these calls, it often took two days or longer to get a call back, and the return call would often be from an office assistant requesting a lengthy intake assessment. It would then take a day or two before someone would call back with an appointment slot. Etc, etc.

It’s not easy. It’s also somewhat of a lottery, in that you never know who you will get. Will they ‘get’ you, and understand your particular issues? Will you feel comfortable discussing deeply intimate thoughts and feelings? Will they really be able to help you in a lasting way?

I called Dr. Kron after seeing his web page – it said “Call my cell”, and there were some patient reviews that seemed genuine.

I called his cell and left a message. A few hours later, at 8:30 pm, I got a call. He asked if I had a moment to talk, and asked me what was on my mind. I told him some of what was bothering me, and although I felt I was not able to explain it all that well, I could tell by the questions he was asking that he was quickly and effectively diagnosing me – sussing out issues that often accompany depression, as well as ruling out those that can present as depression. But it was the way in which he did it that most affected me.

It’s hard to explain, but you’ll know if you ever have a chance to speak with him. It was as if he was right there with me, and had always been there. An intuition of sorts – a ‘knowing’ – without judgement, without a doctorly distance. Just a razor-sharp guy with a lot of compassion and a way of explaining the brain’s workings in a down-to-earth manner that makes exact sense.

He spoke with me for 45 minutes – about newer medications, about what’s worked or not for me in the past, and about how I would like to proceed. He gave me the names of several of the newer classes of meds, explaining exactly how they interacted with the brain, and encouraged me to research them further.

I asked about his background, & he mentioned he had seen about 10,000 patients over the past 8 years or so at big-box hospital. To me, that was key; I believe in experience & exposure above all. I thought if he’s seen that many folks, he’s probably seen five or ten of me.

In person, he’s caring and kind. He gets it, and he listens. There’s more I could write, but you’ll know all of this if you choose to see him.

But no matter who you see, and no matter how difficult it is, please try to see someone if you are having issues. I don’t mean to give advice, but I waited five hellish years before seeking help, and I regret it.


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Best Psychiatrist in the Bay Area!

Dr. Kron is without a doubt one of the best psychiatrists I have ever encountered in my 20 years of working in the field of Psychiatry. I’ll tell you why. First, and foremost, he listens and he cares. You will never feel rushed. He treats you as a person and not as a diagnosis. Although he is an expert in the field of Psychiatry, is very bright, is well read and stays on top of the most current psychiatric treatments, he will always insure that you have the final choice in your treatment options. In other words, he works with you as a partner in helping you feel better. And you will feel better! He deserves a 10 star rating.

Bill S.

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Best Psychiatrist in the bay area!

I met Dr. Kron years ago when he was at kaiser in Oakland. He helped me when no one else was able to. Then my employer switched to Aetna and I was not able to see him again.

I went through so many Doctors one that was on probation with the medical board left me hanging when he closed and didn’t tell his patients a thing. I recently learned that Dr. Kron switched to private practice and I was excited to see him.

Unfortunately he did not accept my insurance BUT referred me to several colleagues that did. Now if that doesn’t tell you what type of person he is nothing will.

I can highly recomend him. Nice person, knows his meds and is willing to work hard for you. Thank’s Dr. Kron for everything you have done for me.


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Compassionate, knowledgeable Dr who actually listens!

Dr. Kron literally saved my life by finding the right combination of meds for my sensitive system. I’d gone thru numerous shrinks and started carrying my list of drugs that didn’t work because the docs never listened. One dr almost killed me by prescribing the wrong stuff when I clearly told him what I couldn’t take.

Not so with Dr. Kron, he actually listens and is unbelievably knowledgeable. I have PTSD and depression and believe it or not, I am now having positive thoughts again and feeling hopeful and less malleable by my anxiety.

There are not enough stars for giving someone a life back! Thanks Dr. Kron.

Dr. Gersho

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Dr. Michael Kron is as good as it gets…

As a clinical psychologist, it is always a challenge to find a competent psychiatrist to refer to. I have referred my clients to Dr. Kron for years.

The feedback my clients have given me has been uniformly consistently positive. They have not only been impressed with his skillful ability to prescribe the right medication at the right dose, but have been VERY pleasantly surprised how much time he devotes to them in every meeting. They have found him to be very kind, warm and compassionate. As a result, I refer ALL clients in need to Dr. Kron. It really makes ME look good by doing so!

A.M. ~Berkeley, Ca.

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I was a little hesitant to see Mike. I was wary of paying out of pocket for someone I knew little about. However, I had been given the run around so much by my HMO, I felt I had little to loose. After seeing him, I have faith in doctors once again.

He took the time to actually ask me about my history, my symptoms, my family, and really tie the pieces of the puzzle together. He didn’t just read the standard diagnosis for ADHD straight out of a parenting magazine like most doctors seem to.

He also explored other areas such as sleep apnea, options to lower my blood pressure, and even offered to call my general practitioner at my HMO. How many psychiatrists will be that thorough?

Bottom line, if you want results from a really intelligent psychiatrist that will take the time to figure out what is really wrong, call him.

Richard B. ~Oakland, Ca.

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Dr. Kron is a colleague whom I hold in the highest regard. He is an expert in the field of psychiatry and he is a wonderful person. I’m really pleased that he now has a private practice in the Bay Area.

I first heard about Dr. Kron a few years ago when I asked my colleagues whom they would recommend for my patients with medication needs (as a psychologist I don’t prescribe medications). He was consistently mentioned as the psychiatrist they trusted with their patients’ care. Since then I’ve learned that they were right about his skills and knowledge, that he is a truly a caring and compassionate person, and that he has a great sense of humor.

Patients have described him as down to earth, caring, unhurried and smart. He is known to be a great listener who treats patients as equal partners in all treatment recommendations.

I will never hesitate to refer patients in need of psychiatric care to Dr. Kron. I know that they will receive the best, and most current, care available and will be treated with the utmost respect. He has my 5+ star rating.

Susan K. ~Orinda, Ca.

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“Don’t be afraid to seek help. If you are reading this review, you might be seeking a psychiatrist for the first time, or looking for a new one. My training as a Registered Nurse helped me track down a physician who is exceptional-Dr. Kron. I highly recommend him.

He has knowledge in neurological and psychiatric disorders in all populations, from geriatrics to children. In addition, he really understands medications and how to use them effectively.
I was diagnosed about fifteen years ago with adult ADHD about the same time my children were diagnosed. My treatment for adult ADHD started then too – but truly, it was not sufficient. I continued to experience daily struggles with the problematic symptoms from ADHD, causing me stress and affecting all areas of my life including unsatisfactory relationships.

I began treatment for ADHD and anxiety with Dr. Kron in January 2010 and I’m glad I did.
I am about three months into my treatment and there is marked improvement of the ADHD symptoms that troubled me daily for most of my life. I am also experiencing relief from anxiety that frequently accompanies ADHD.

I use the ADHD rating scales that he provided to help me keep track or my symptoms. They are used to see the effectiveness of the medications. Every visit to Dr. Kron feels important – he doesn’t make you wait, he doesn’t rush you and the questions he asks prompt you to reveal more information. He tailors an individual treatment plan just for you. What I find most reassuring is that he really seems to care about the patient, and how effective the treatment is. He wants to hear from you if you have a question, concern or have a new problem.

Dr. Kron’s fees are reasonable for the service and expertise provided.

I am grateful to him for my new sense of well being, one with less distractions and impulsiveness.”

Cory D. ~Berkeley, Ca.

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“I met Dr. Kron during an ADD drug study, and I always enjoyed my time with him. Throughout the study, I never felt like initials in a binder or a nameless white mouse. I never felt rushed or brushed off. I was never made to feel like anything less than a valued patient and during our one-on-one sessions his concern, understanding and complete focus made me feel like I was the most important person he could possibly be talking to at that moment. His sense of humor and calming personality made him very easy to talk to. When the matter at hand is a mental problem, feeling comfortable enough to be able to communicate easily in spite of embarrassment, social-stigma, confusion, depression or anxiety is incredibly important for effective diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Kron did this for me effortlessly. He was incredibly professional and thorough in his work, and any question I had, whether out of curiosity or concern, was answered in a way I could understand.

Something that never failed to amaze me was how perceptive he was when it came to what I was saying. By virtue of his professional experience or perhaps just a unique mind he always seemed to “get me”. This is no small feat, and I suspect this is not something teachable in even the finest medical schools. Depending on what mental quirk is being discussed, it could be as difficult and inexact as trying to reproduce Picasso’s Guernica by reading a letter about it or as seemingly-impossible as trying to explain “purple” to a blind person. No one else can truly understand how the world looks and feels in any brain but their own, but Dr. Kron was almost always able to give me feedback that let me know he was seeing the picture in my head that my inexact words might’ve failed if I was talking to someone else.

His compassion, care and concern are unmistakably genuine and in a society where attitudes of “not my problem” and “come back when you have insurance” are far more common than they should be, Dr. Kron is the antithesis of all that I find irksome or heart-breaking in medicine. He continues to write prescriptions for an effective and life-changing medication, which he helped me get for free from the drug company. On top of this, he also continues to monitor my health and progress.

I certainly cannot say Dr. Michael Kron is a typical psychiatrist, but I can say that typical psychiatrists would be better off being more like Dr. Kron. From little things like his prompt returning of emails to important things like feeling unrushed and cared-for while he’s working with me, I cannot think of anything I’ve experienced so far that didn’t make me think “hey, this is exactly what a doctor should be like.”

“Satisfied Customer”

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Mike is a superb doc. He will listen, take it in, check what he heard to make sure you’re on the same page, and then recommend his best options for you to choose, based upon ample information. He’ll make you an expert client so you can see less skilled docs any time in the future and still be able to direct them to the right treatment. He loves it when you catch on to what he has to share.

Good guy!

Steve E. ~Berkeley, Ca.

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I’m a medical professional and like many medical professionals I’ve been managing my own illness for decades. Why?

Doctors of Psychiatry should (above all other doctors) at least be 1) kind and show empathy and 2) know what they are doing. My experience has been they aren’t and they don’t. That’s why people (like me) learn to avoid them, but end up suffering without knowing what can take the pain away. Even the upper echelon academic folks I’ve seen have one view of things and that’s basically their one trick (with exceptions of course but I haven’t met the exceptions.).

Mike Kron delivers a different experience. I agree with these two women reviewers who have been seeing him for several years each and say he’s outdone their prior experiences with Psychiatry folks. He usually “goes with me” when I have my own ideas of what I’d like to try next and he really takes ownership and embellishes the plan so that it works out the best, with the least amount of side effects. He is also quick to sort out what’s going to get way worse either very quickly or get worse by sneaking up and ruining my month if I were to come off something I shouldn’t and then find myself with relapse of depression later. He’s sharp and he’s kind. He runs things off of his cellphone, which means he is accessible and he cares way more about you being able to reach him than most doctors with layers of help to keep you from seeing more than their face only when you meet them and then only see their signature on the rx’s that you have to get from their MA’s or RN’s. I have a similar approach to Mike’s since I also like hearing if a patient has a question or a need before it becomes a problem. Honestly that heads things off before trouble and that’s the whole point, isn’t it? I’m keeping this doc and I don’t mind sharing.


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Very smart he lets you talk instead of trying to tell you what’s wrong with you and pushing you out of the office with an rx. He likes you to provide any info you think will help the two of you to pick the right direction (even if you think it’s silly–he always wants to hear and he absolutely doesn’t judge you). You leave his office feeling better even before you start on any medicine. He carries his cellphone so no paging and wondering how long before you can hear back and tell him what’s going on. Either he answers your call immediately(!) or you leave a message and he calls back, already thinking what to do based upon your message. Glad I found him.