“No doctor treats you as kindly as Dr Kron does!”
“No doctor treats you as kindly as Dr Kron does!”
I have known Dr. Kron for eight years, so I can say clearly: I know the guy. Over the years he’s given me a lot of advice on everything from sleep to pain, even to communicating with surgeons and other doctors so I get the best care they have to offer. He has also helped my friends and a couple family members through difficult times. They all think he’s great. What can I say except I feel very confident in him. I’m a big believer that your doctor should be compassionate and caring. He is. His diagnostic skills are sharp but thank God he cares more about getting good results for you instead of obsessing endlessly on diagnosis beyond where it actually matters. He is thorough when examining both physical and chemical issues and he will try multiple approaches to help his patients get on to a path of healing. If something is not working he will try something else.
It’s clear that Dr. Kron cares about his patients. He listens thoughtfully and he offers clear explanations. He is also superbly trained and makes sure he always knows the absolute latest on which treatments work and which don’t. These are truly rare qualities to find together in a doctor.
“I’ll start with the cliches: Mike Kron is a doctor who is truly passionate about what he does. He’s incredibly knowledgeable and respected. He’s genuinely interested in helping the patient, and not about getting you out of his office in a timely manner.
I have to assume he treats every patient as well as he treated me. And while I haven’t seen as many psychiatrists over the years as others may have (maybe 5 or 6), I can say that he is the most friendly and accommodating. My previous doctor was the type who greeted you with a warm smile, say you down, and nodded and said “uh-huh…” while he scribbled out your bill and prescription, paying no mind to what you had to say, and ushering you on your way. Mike on the other hand actually wants to know that what he’s prescribing is working; that you are satisfied with him; that you are healthy. It’s odd to think that this is unusual for a doctor – unfortunately, most of us know that it is.
In the interest of neutrality, I will point out one caveat with Dr. Kron: He does not accept any insurance (as of now, anyway). This didn’t matter to me as I don’t have it anyway, but there are those of you who would pass on this basis. Suck it up, pay his very reasonable rate, and get real treatment. There is an undeniable benefit to seeing a doctor who is NOT part of the insurance system: They have a much greater devotion to the patient.”
I worked with MIchael as his patient for about 5 years at Kaiser. I came seeking medication that would help slow my reactiveness, particularly quickness to anger. Over time, it seemed that the problem was actually rooted more in the inability to maintain focus. Michael was extremely open, listened very carefully, and was cautious and prudent in a way I found reassuring about what medication he prescribed.
I particularly appreciated the fact that he treated me as a peer in age and life experience. He took my description of what was bothering me; my thoughts on what lay at the root; and my own previous experience with psychiatric work into careful consideration in suggesting a prescription. He allowed and invited considerable back and forth in the process. He was extremely clear in explaining what could be expected of the medication—and what could not, and about the time it would take to see results. He was receptive to modifying dosage, and, when it proved advisable, to changing the medication in a new direction.
I couldn’t recommend him more highly.
I worked with Dr. Kron for five years when he was at Kaiser Oakland, he helped me with anxiety and depression, his relaxed and calm manner was something that I could always rely on. He helped me through a very difficult time in my life’s was always honest and easy to talk with. I miss him and am still searching for a replacement doctor at Kaiser that is as receptive and listens to what I have to say as Dr. Kron. I think that he is caring and quite easy to work with!
Good luck in your research and with your private practice! You’re a great doc!
“MY STORY: After graduating college and starting my first real job it became readily apparent I would have to address my struggle with ADD head-on.
PREVIOUS DOCTOR: In the past I was apprehensive to address the issue with my previous ADD doctor because the way his practice made me feel. My first diagnostic appointment with the doctor at the age of 16 was the only instance where (I felt comfortable) that I could express my thoughts on ADD/life. Nearly all future appointments with this doctor felt rushed (in and out to get prescription within literally two minutes). When suggesting that current medication was not too effective, and requesting to explore other alternatives, I was told that they’re all similar, and slightly coerced into accepting the status quo. Frustrated with this service, I looked for other doctors.
DR. KRON: My first appointment with Dr. Kron actually began on the phone. Dr. Kron urged me to provide as much medical history/information as possible prior to the appointment in order for him to be better prepared.
I did so, and he reviewed the information at no additional charge. At our first appointment, he was up to speed on my condition with the information he requested, but did not jump out of the gate and provide me with a prescription. Instead he clarified points, asked the right questions, and listened to what I felt the true issues were. There was no clock watching, stress, or implied sense of superiority that I have felt from some doctors.
While Dr. Kron does not directly accept insurance, you can submit his medical ‘bill’ to the insurance company to get reimbursed. He does everything in his power to help you get reimbursed, and has even offered to wade through the 1-800 phone-tree mayhem at United Health Care to push my claim forward. That’s a level of service that few can compete with.
In addition to his efforts toward making the insurance claim process simple, Dr. Kron charges less than other doctors I have visited. I find his rates to be especially reasonable, considering his caliber of education, level of service, and follow-through with patients.
-I struggle with ADD
-Previous doctor made me feel uncomfortable
-New Doctor, Dr. Kron, has provided improved work performance, and a better quality of life, with an engaging manner and professional practice that works with me.”