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Minji Kim
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  • Yale University
    PhD Candidate, History of Art, 2013 - present
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    Department Coordinator, Art of Europe, 2011 - 2013
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New Haven, CT
Cambridge, MA
  • Yale University
    History of Art, 2013 - present
  • Harvard University
    History of Art and Architecture, 2007 - 2011
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I don't understand how everyone else online is rating Rita Taliwal as having great bedside manner and passionate about her job. When I went in for a consultation, I was made to wait for 40 minutes before I could even see her, and I was only able to see her when I flagged down one of her assistants. She seemed to come in reluctantly, and asked brusquely where I lived and what I was doing here--not in the nice, introductory way that most people do when they first meet someone (let alone a doctor); I was made to feel as if I shouldn't even be seeing her, since I lived in NJ but worked in the city. I was a little taken aback, but I calmly explained my situation--I had had a couple other orthodontists telling me I needed surgery and tooth extraction, in which I was not interested, so I wanted to see what Dr. Taliwal had to say, since she had such good ratings online. She wouldn't listen to my whole story, kept interrupting and talking over me all while misinterpreting what I was saying, was unsympathetic to anything I had to say or questions I had, and eventually said (verbatim): "You just came in off the street, and you don't even have a general dentist, so our conversation ends here." She then left the room abruptly to greet another patient even though I was still supposed to have time with her for another 15 minutes, leaving me in shock and confusion. It is true I haven't found a general dentist yet, since I only started working in the city a few months ago, but none of the other orthodontists ever indicated that as a prerequisite for just a consultation. If that was the case for her, I should have been notified when I was making the appointment and told the receptionist I didn't have a dentist. I also did not just "walk in off the street"; I had a legitimate appointment. I had never been spoken to so rudely, *especially* by a medical professional, in my life. A medical professional should not be speaking to patients/potential patients like that, especially since most people who come in for medical/dental help are there asking for help, with concerns and stresses of their own. I left Dr. Taliwal's office without any useful information (despite the appointment being for a consultation, the definition of which connotes obtaining information), having wasted my time, and with a bad taste in my mouth.* *I will say that she later wrote me an e-mail to apologize with a non-apology ("I'm sorry if you felt that way"), but the 10 minutes I had with her was traumatic and offensive enough, and I wouldn't recommend her to my worst enemy.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
I have never written an online review before, but I felt it was worth writing about my experience with this orthodontist. Honestly, I should have seen the red flag when he misidentified one of my front lower teeth as a canine. I came to Dr. Chung because his Edison office was convenient to my home, and I saw some positive reviews about him. I went to Dr. Chung to discuss getting braces, and he said I needed to see an expensive periodontist he knew an hour from my home to get the green light for the treatment. I wasn't sure about it but went anyway, thinking that Dr. Chung was just being cautious, and that it would be good to be thorough for my own sake. A few weeks later, I returned with the 100% go-ahead from the periodontist and went to see Dr. Chung. He changed his story and told me that despite the approval that he originally requested, I would need to go through an additional year of expensive treatment, including four tooth extractions, to even consider braces (I consulted four other orthodontists previously, including my dad who unfortunately practices in Korea, and Dr. Chung was the only one who said this). He got defensive, then even aggressive, when I asked point blank why I was being made to drive all over NJ to get approval that wouldn't even give him certainty about my candidacy for braces anyway. After an exhausting and expensive process, It has become clear to me that Dr. Chung is not thorough - he is just after money. To add insult to injury, his receptionists failed to mention that they were booking me in his Millburn office for only a consultation post-perio, rather than proceeding with treatment, despite my being led to believe I would be beginning treatment (because of the green light from the perio). I thus drove 40 minutes each way from home, was kept waiting for 30 minutes, only to have 10 minutes with Dr. Chung, during which he proceeded to tell me he was changing what he had initially told me. I won't be returning to Dr. Chung and would not under any circumstances recommend him to others.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
2 reviews