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1301 20th St #230, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA


Tue, May 26

Dr. Philip Bretsky

Internist

Santa Monica, CA


In-network insurances:

AARP, Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Cigna, GEHA, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, HealthNet, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Highmark Blue Shield, Medicare

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Voro score

95% recommended

111 out of 117 patients recommend this doctor after their visit.

Other reviews

Zocdoc

4.9(117)

Approach

Philip Bretsky is an experienced, Board-certified internist and primary care doctor located in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Bretsky is from East Setauket, NY, and received his medical training from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Bretsky also holds a Ph.D. in epidemiology and an MPH in public health and infectious diseases. Dr. Bretsky is passionate about providing the best, comprehensive care to his patients. His approach to consultations has been described by some of his patients as very attentive and caring. Included in Dr. Bretsky’s expansive scope of medical services are preventive and diagnostic skin care procedures. Outside of medicine, Dr. Bretsky enjoys snowboarding, running, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Biography

Educations

University of Southern California, MD

Certifications

Internal Medicine

Wait time

Patients typically are seen right away.

Bedside manner

Patients say this doctor has excellent bedside manner.

Reviews (117)
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Alison H.Sep 26
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Such an incredibly nice doctor and staff! I highly recommend and look forward to seeing Dr. Bretsky as my primary doctor for as long as I live in the area.
AnonymousApr 17
 Isn't sure about this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Doctor is great and knowledgeable. However, the "nickel and dime"-ing for administrative services is a drag. (admin fee for lab services, fee for pharmacy verification... etc.)
Cyrus P.Jan 27
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Great doctor experience highly recommend Dr. Bretsky and team!
Steve G.Jan 26
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Bretksy and his entire office is one of the best doctors I've ever seen. I started going to them with a more serious problem but they handle small things just as well as they do bigger problems.
Riley H.Nov 17
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?I really enjoyed Dr. Bretsky, but unfortunately moved to San Francisco. He was really easy to talk to, and took extra time to make sure that all my questions were answered. Very personable and friendly.
Sandra R.Nov 13
 Isn't sure about this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Good

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Bretsey is very nice but, there are several items that bother me about this practice. First, before seeing the doctor, they make all their patients put a credit card on file and charge for any billing charges under $100 - without any notice. Second, if they call your insurance company they charge you $15 per call. This really irks me because I've never experienced this kind of charge. The front office staff at all other doctor's offices that I've been to deal with insurance and billing as a part of their job. Why are we expected to pay extra money at this practice for a service that has always been included at other practices? Third, they quote 7-10 business days to get lab results back. I've always received a call from my previous doctors about test results in 3-4 days so this seemed a bit ridiculous to me. Lastly, they don't validate parking so you end up paying $10+ for a quick doctor's visit. I wouldn't mind paying for parking as much if the above mentioned problems didn't exist, but they do. My take from my visit was that the doctor is very nice but the service is sub par compared to other practices.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Bretsky was great. Friendly, clean office. Overall, a great experience.
AnonymousApr 27
 Isn't sure about this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Satisfactory

How was your experience with the doctor?The follow-up with paperwork was pretty difficult, just to get a simple receipt emailed to me took months. During this time period, my insurance benefits card was put on hold because it took so long.
AnonymousDec 23
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?He is amazing. Best doctor I have ever seen, by far.
Adrian K.Oct 24
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?I generally choose physicians based on referrals and word of mouth from friends and/or colleagues. I couldn't find any primary care docs close to my home/work, so I decided to visit Dr. Bretsky. I'm very happy that I did. Dr. Bretsky and his staff were great - they were knowledgeable, efficient, personable and professional. Dr. Bretsky was very informative throughout the whole exam and explained exactly what he procedures he was performing. I highly recommend using his services.
AnonymousApr 30
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Bretsky was great! Very professional and took the time to explain in detail all of my potential risks. Cannot recommend him more!
Lila L.Feb 6
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?One of the best experiences I've had going to the doctor. Dr. Bretsky really makes you feel comfortable and can explain things in an easily comprehensible manner. Highly recommended!
Ali M.Jan 13
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Very friendly staff and great meeting Dr. Bretsky first hand.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?He's really nice, didn't feel rushed. The office is very clean
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Bretsky saw me for managing a medication withdrawl and was very knowledgeable and reassuring! Great doctor, and very gorgeous new office too!
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Bretsky was great. I just moved here from another state and have chronic medical conditions. He quickly calmed my worries about receiving care that was equal to the care I had with my previous doctor. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a down to earth, caring physician.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Very attentive. Would definitely recommend!
 Isn't sure about this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Satisfactory

How was your experience with the doctor?Doctor Bretsky seems to be a good doctor but the big problem is that he rushes the visit a lot and you end up always wondering whether you were assisted in the best way possible. Also, the office billing is somehow unclear and burdensome. They charge you for small things, such as calling the insurance to get authorization for a new medication and I had a couple of episodes where I did a small procedure, the doctor did not inform me of costs, and I ended up paying few hundred dollars out of pockets.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?I had my first visit today and I can say that it was one of the better experiences I've had. Dr. Bretsky was very friendly and explained everything to me so I could understand what was going on with my body. It only took me 10 minutes to fill out the paperwork and waited 5 minutes after that. Very good first visit and I would recommend to anyone who asks.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?The staff and Dr. Bretsky were kind and welcoming. The office was really nice. Everyone was VERY helpful! Great Primary Care Doc!!!
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?friendly doctor and office is very efficient
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?He is very precise, he asks you tons of questions and he then gives you a clear analysis of your problem and the suggested solution.
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Very knowledgeable and super nice doctor
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Wonderful experience. Dr. Bretsky is fantastic. Highly recommended.
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Bretsky is always friendly, knowledgable and thorough. I never feel rushed or like I'm not heard.
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Bretsky was extremely nice and his staff very efficient. I will definitely go back.
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Very much enjoyed the visit. Dr. Bretsky has a very positive attutide and is very talkative!
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?great bedside manner. easy to talk to. the woman who took my blood did a great job.
 Recommends this doctor
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How was your experience with the doctor?Consummate professional and great conversationalist to boot. Quick prognosis coupled with 5m wait time = repeat visit.
 Recommends this doctor
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How was your experience with the doctor?Great! Best doctor I've had. Very attentive and answered all my questions.
 Recommends this doctor
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How was your experience with the doctor?Friendly, personable, professional, knowledgeable, and caring.
 Recommends this doctor
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How was your experience with the doctor?Great service. Very prompt and friendly. Also very knowledgable.
 Recommends this doctor
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How was your experience with the doctor?Excellent, quick & efficient. Blood test was painless!
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: 15-30 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Doesn't actually take all Anthem Blue Cross insurance.
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?very personable and made me feel like an old friend.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Bretsky and his team are great! Kind and helpful. The only thing is that they don't validate parking - but other than that, everything was great!
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?This office is great! The front desk staff was able to quickly get me an appointment, and Jillian was really helpful and took time to listen.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent
Adrian K.Oct 13
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent
AnonymousSep 25
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Bedside manner: Excellent
AnonymousAug 30
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent
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Bedside manner: Excellent
Louis S.Jan 11
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent
Sean B.Jul 28
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent
Dave S.Jul 25
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: 15-30 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent
Cody K.Apr 13
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent
AnonymousJan 27
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent
Ben W.Dec 11
 Recommends this doctor
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Bedside manner: Excellent