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Dr. Balabanov is a top notch Neurologist! I travel from out of state to see Dr. B...he knows the medicine & science that best meets the needs for my neurological condition, MS. After 20 years of the same old lack of empathy or more likely lack of knowledge from small town â€šÃ„Ãºspecialized neurologistsâ€šÃ„Ã¹ I knew I needed to research better skilled, specialized physicians to receive more aggressive & dedicated care since my condition was entering a serious phase of progression. I was diagnosed in 1997 but I've been fortunate to have shown little to no noticeable physical symptoms or progression until 2014-15. But when the last Neurologist told me to â€šÃ„Ãºgo off all my meds, go home & play the cards that were dealt to meâ€šÃ„Ã¹, sit around and wait to die....I knew I was â€šÃ„Ãºdealtâ€šÃ„Ã¹ a bad hand of unrealistic, unprofessional, unethical healthcare. I never returned to that practice again but instead I'm now in the most loyal & best of care by Dr. R. Balabanov.
Before I met Dr. B I went to 3 other top MS doctors. Dr. B has literally saved my quality of life. He worked with me through all possible medication options and has assisted in providing long term remission. When I met him over 10 years ago at an MS clinic fundraiser he gave me the best advice in my life, the medication you are taking for MS is causing worse side effects than your MS it is time to change medications. That was the moment I knew that Dr. B had the progressive strategies needed to manage my illness. His willingness to think out of the box has changes my life.
He has never steered me wrong & is very collaborative. He keeps up with new research diligently and will bring it up if it might affect me. He is also kind & compassionate & he has a hood sense of humor! (Very important for people with debilitating neurological diseases! ?Ã¼Ã´Ã‡)
I followed Dr. Balaban to NW from Rush, & I would follow him if he moved again. The Neurology Dept staff is kind & competent. The Lab to get blood draws has made mistakes twice, causing me to need blood work again. It's a good thing I can get it done someplace else, because I live very far away.I would rather not use the NW lab.
Dr. Balabanov and his team are patient and caring. I know I am in good hands with Dr. Balabanov because of his knowledge and years of expertise. I always feel comfortable asking him questions because of his kind demeanor.
Dr. Balabanov is very thorough and kind. I went to five neurologists before I found him, and he beats all of them put together in his her approaches your symptoms and you. Thank you Dr. Balabanov and your staff for your wonderful care!
Dr. B is is an excellent doctor and has a great bed-side manner. Even if i get bad news, i still feel better after an appointment with Dr B. I am grateful and lucky that he allows me to be his patient.
Dr. B is very knowledgeable about the latest MS medicines and therapies. He is open to discussing lifestyle and diet changes as well which I appreciate. He never talks down to you as a patient and has a great sense of humor about life!