Regularly I stalk the ratings and review sites to locate other patients Dr. Gonzalez and his crew have mis-treated and the news sites to see the latest scandal that Orthopedic Medical Group of Riverside (and its various doctors) may be involved in.

On this last scour for news about OMGNET (Orthopedic Medical Group of Riverside), it appears that OMGNET has started to employ fake reviews (wow.. now they are almost up to 2 stars; LMAO)  I am truly surprised it has taken this long for them to do that.

I could also be mistaken.  Maybe it was the daughter of a good friend so she received preferential treatment, and then couldn’t believe all the true things people said about this orthopedic practice because her experience wasn’t the same as genpop (general population).

But I lean toward the reviews being completely fake based on a couple of things.

Look at the reivews of  Delaynee W. (https://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=vjiK6EZ8Da7c6mjBik1HhQ) one of the people to leave an outstanding review of these doctors.

She claims that she was a patient of Dr. Gonzalez’s at Orthopedic Medical Group of Riverside and left a 5 Star Review for him.

Here it is:

She states that Dr. Gonzalez did surgery on her feet (plural) not foot. Three months later, she leaves another review for a spray tan business. This is her before and after photo (from yelp.com).

Do you see any signs of surgery on those “feet”?

There is some discoloration on the left foot, but if you zoom in on the photo it looks more like a blister healing not scarring, especially if Gonzo the Clown, I mean Dr. Gonzalez does the surgery (Dr. Gonzalez left what I believe is an unnecessarily huge scar on my hand at least 6 times bigger than the doctor that performed the same surgery on my other hand. For this and other reasons I do not believe he is a skilled surgeon).

Delanynee then goes on to leave the identical review for the other doctors at the practice

The Review for Gurvinder (Sunny) Uppal M.D.
(Please note Dr. Sunny Uppal (who I believe now wants to be known by Gurvinder Uppal, because Sunny Uppal was the name he went by and was in the news story when he was charged for accused of using NON-FDA approved devices in his surgeries).

Review of Dr. Gurvinder (Sunny) Uppal

And then she left the exact same review for the practice itself.

When you see tons of 1 star reviews and a single (but maybe more on the way) 5 star review, and you see an entire website dedicated to exposing the horrible experiences of those who were patients here, believe the pattern not the anomaly.

Based on my first hand experience with Dr. John Gonzelez and Orthopedic Medical Group of Riverside, I would absolutely avoid all doctors that are associated with the practice including Neil J. Halbridge, M.D., Stephen P. Suzuki, M.D., Donald D. Kim, M.D., Gurvinder Uppal, M.D., Richard Biama, M.D., Abraham Argun, Psyd, and Bryant Leung, M.D.

 

Below is the review of Orthopedic Medical Group that was left on Google Maps by Gloria Gullien.

Sloppy clerical work has long plagued these orthopedic doctors, and my opinion is that it puts patients at risk.  Dr. Gonzalez of Riverside failed to inform the surgery center that I had sleep apnea.

With so many great orthopedic surgeons in the Riverside and the Inland Empire area, why settle for this?


Gloria Gullien Review of Dr. John Gonzalez Orthopedic Doctor

 

They [Orthopedic Medical Group of Riverside] have you on hold for 15 minutes then come on phone to tell you hold again.

Oh no this place supposed to be doing my surgery?

Got a authorization for wrong body part as well….

Oh Gee What kind place is this !!!!!!

See original review for Orthopedic Medical Group Riverside

 


 

Have you had an experience with OMGNET that you would like to share with others?  If so please comment here or reach out to me and I will give you all of the room you need to share your story.

 

David Alter had an 8 am appointment to see John Gonzalez MD at Orthopedic Medical Group (their website is OMGNET.COM).

David Shows up at 8 am to find the doctor not even there and 5 patients ahead of him.

At 8:40, Dr. Gonzalez rushed in, told me to find a second opinion, and left! I waited 45 minutes for that?

His arrogance was overwhelming. I will certainly find another doctor who cares whether Ii heal or not!

The above review is a synopsis of a review left by David Alter.  You can find the original text at David Alter’s Review.

Author’s Commentary:

John Gonzalez MD came in and saw the patient. So Orthopedic Medical Group of Riverside will get to bill the insurance company for an office visit. Because Dr. John Gonzalez is considered an “orthopedic specialist” he receives more than a regular doctor for an office visit, probably around $140 a visit (my estimation).

So, let’s say the whole visit (and after dictation) took a whole 5 minutes… this puts Dr. Gonzalez’s hourly billable rate at $1960 per hour.

Nearly $2,000 bucks an hour to just be a prick.

Now you understand why Dr. Gonzalez requires frivolous appointments and runs his business like a cattle call, forcing patients to wait hours to be seen for just a few minutes.

Is this the kind of individual you want to support?  Do you want to support an organization (OMGNET) that knowingly allows the to continue?

Vote with your pocketbooks and find another orthopedic surgeon!

Refuse The Substandard Care At Orthopedic Medical Group of Riverside by Dr. John Gonzalez

Many patients are directed to Orthopedic Medical Group and John Gonzalez MD through insurances (both workers compensation and medical). Because they were directed to a specific provider, patients feel they have no choice and wind up enduring a substandard level of care out of fear of being denied benefits or ignorance to their ability to choose a different doctor.

I fell into this trap as well. It wasn’t until after my huge blow up that I learned I could refuse to be seen by a specific doctor, request a second opinion (again which will put you with a different doctor), or that a doctor could refuse to see me (then the insurance must find another).

Contact your insurance company and ask what other orthopedic surgeons are available.

Below are excerpts of the conversation between S.A.M. and me. My impression is that he too felt trapped into seeing Dr. John Gonzalez. (For ease of reading, I have altered some of the original text but not to the point it changes what was intended by S.A.M)

I am so very disappointed with the treatment I am getting at Dr. Gonzalez’s clinic.

The staff is very rude and obnoxious, especially Angie and they make you wait at least 1.5 hrs. to 2 hrs. before you get to see Dr. Gonzales. It seems he is always running late which is why sometimes patients get up and leave.

I personally brought this matter to Dr. John Gonzalez’s attention and his attitude is “they always come back.” Just like me because I am stuck with him until I get carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand. After that I do not plan on ever returning.

The whole experience makes one feel unwelcome and sad I even have to be there for treatment.

I am still awaiting confirmation on my pre-op/surgery dates. It has been 3 weeks and I have received nothing but the run around and bad attitudes from Dr. John Gonzalez and his staff.

When I reached out to S.A.M, I requested that he allow me to post his concerns, and below is part of his response.

Hello Paul,

Thanks for the reply, and yes you can post my concerns on your website but only after my surgery for the simple reason Dr. John Gonzalez is operating on me and I am not too sure about him, so I don’t want any complications.

Sharon M had posted the following on an earlier version of this website. (italics added for clarification)

I am scheduled for my first visit with Dr. John Gonzalez. I work for Target and have been diagnosed with carpel tunnel in my right hand. Glad I found your website while searching for information about the doctor. My injury is work related, but I think I still have the right to choose a doctor, I hope. Did you find a good ortho doctor? Thanks for your time and information.

Sharon M.

I responded to Sharon about the great experience I had with Dr. Hiromu Shoji, and suggest she reach out to him (as I would suggest to anyone if he is still in practice). Sharon M. responded with the following:

I had to keep my appointment with Dr. John Gonzalez because I was running out of my pain medication and needed to get it refilled.

Luckily, I told my adjuster about your website prior to going to the appointment. He read the whole thing and decided to suggest their company stop referring people to Dr. Gonzalez and told me he would set up an appointment with another doctor. I called him from the doctor’s office after I had been waiting 2 hours (just to prove your point) then called him after to explain how rude and arrogant Dr. John Gonzalez [orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedic Medical Group of Riverside] was, as he would not answer any of my questions about post-surgery, my thumb that I have to crack every 10 minutes etc… He gave me a dumb pamphlet that looks like a cheap comic book. Hope Sedgewick does stop referring people to him. I’ll warn anyone I come in contact with (about 500 people a day) to steer clear of him and OMG [Orthopedic Medical Group of Riverside]. Thanks again for the heads up.

I was just curious if John Gonzalez MD ever covered his name badge and asked you to tell him his name? I wasn’t sure if he does this to everyone or if it was just me. I guess he figured I was asking too many questions about surgery. He seemed rather irritated when I told him his name. Thanks again for making such a big difference in my life.

Sharon M.

 

At first, I thought my experience with John Gonzalez M.D. Orthopedic Medical Group of Riverside may have been an anomaly. But after reading reviews I found comfort in knowing that I was not alone.

Dr. John Gonzalez, if you can even call him doctor, has less people skills than a chimpanzee. Not only is he rude but he ignores the patients input entirely.

He clearly suffers from a superiority complex and feels that anyone that doesn’t possess a post graduate degree is beneath him.

I was giving him insight on how labor intensive my job was and that I wanted to be as close to 100% as possible before returning to work.

He got up and proceeded to walk out of the room, stops in the doorway and with his back turned to me says; “Did you ever stop to think that the reason you have this job is because you are uneducated?”

I was floored and felt humiliated.  Yet, I was at his mercy since he writes the work off orders.

I’m still in extreme pain. My injury is load bearing and he released me back to work against my wishes. I have since exercised my right to a second opinion, especially since his is worthless.

His assistant will never return your calls so don’t even bother as they are just as rude as him.

Dr. John Gonzalez is extremely arrogant and rude. I’m so glad that I can share this experience with another former patient that understands that Gonzalez is a nightmare and shouldn’t be practicing medicine.

Apparently the saying “treat people the way you would like to be treated” was lost on him. If he has a wife and kids, I can only imagine the torment and misery he has more than likely inflicted upon them.

He is a miserable excuse for a human being, never have I ran into a nastier person and that says a lot. Something is wrong with him.

 

Michael F
Former Patient