I've been going to Dr. Ellison (who heads up the practice at Atlantic Medical Associates) for over 15 years, and my wife has had him as a doctor for over 25 years. Dr. Ellison is one of the most caring, thorough and dedicated physicians that I have ever met.
His father was a physician, and the story that I heard is that Dr. Ellison's mother knew that he wanted to be a healer when as a young boy he took in an injured bird, nursed it back to health and released it. Dr. Ellison went to Harvard undergrad and Georgetown for Medicine.
He's a conservative doctor, following the proper procedures and careful protocol. Sometimes, that can seem a bit stifling (like when I wanted an Ambien prescription, and he felt I didn't need one... guess who won?) but other times, it can be a god send, like when I went to him about problems with acid reflux causing serious issues sometimes when I went to sleep after having a few drinks, and Dr. Ellison referred me for a sleep study. "Sleep study!! ??," I thought... but I scheduled one and went, and guess what? I have sleep apnea... and I probably had it for a few decades... Dr. Ellison was the first (and thus only) doctor to diagnose it... even though I have had multiple primary care doctors over the years, complained of extreme fatigue in the mornings and an inability to wake up, and I had been to other specialists over the years including gastroenterologists.
It's because of Dr. Ellison's thorough and methodical approach that my sleep apnea was diagnosed, and can thus be managed and treated -- and that has tremendously improved my quality of life because untreated sleep apnea can cause many other health issues including heart disease... plus knowing that I have sleep apnea explains why I was often so tired in the mornings and hated to wake up early... Knowing the cause makes it easier to work on a treatment and maybe one day pursue a cure (I still don't like the surgical options available... but the field continues to progress).
Another example would be some blood test results that were showing a few tests that -- while still in range -- we're becoming borderline, and were trending in the wrong direction. Dr. Ellison suggested medication before it became a problem. I protested and said I would like to try changes in diet, exercising, or other approaches. Dr. Ellison gave me recommendations on how to change my eating habits -- what is good for me, and what to avoid, and also had me take some over-the counter vitamins and minerals. It was a lifestyle change, and it wasn't easy, but the result is that my blood test numbers returned to about the middle of the normal range, and as a side effect, I lost about 35 lbs (and kept it off) and feel more energetic (I didn't know how lethargic I felt, until I made the changes, and realized how much better I felt). I still need to get better at the exercise part... but I thank Dr. Ellison for his wise counsel and compassionate care.
Dr. Ellison is one of the old-school Doctors, and I mean that in a good way. He works very hard, taking his practice quite seriously. He's up early at the hospital, and late in the evenings making rounds, or checking in on patients or dealing with emergencies. He's one the doctors that views healing as his calling and his profession... and it's not just a job... caring for people is a major commitment in Dr. Ellison's life.
Whether you like or hate the affordable care act, one impact it had in this area is that it had many new patients looking for primary care physicians, even though the number of physicians didn't necessarily increase. Dr. Ellison took the humanitarian approach. He hired more nurses and a Physician's assistant, and expanded his practice to accommodate more patients. This means more work and longer hours for Dr. Ellison, but, as he described it to me, there were many people who had not had routine medical care for many years due to cost and lack of insurance, and these people really needed basic (or advanced) care to deal with their health, and to help them with health issues that are preventable, treatable or easily curable.
So as for the person who gave a review of only 1 star, I don't doubt their experience, and I am sorry that they had a bad experience, but I can tell you from my first hand experience, that of my wife, and even my mother-in-law, that Dr. Ellison and his practice is absolutely 100% top shelf. They are one of the best. Period.