I was a client at Laurel Heights for 9 months back in 1999-2000 and today I have two graduate degrees and work in the healthcare field myself. The trick to Laurel Heights though is that they can only help children/teens who want to change their own behavior, their parents desire for their behavior to change is not enough. I attended high school an extra year when I got out to be able to go to college because of accreditation issues however I had no issues with that because I resolved my other issues first. Parents who would not send their kids to Laurel Heights over that issue need to ask themselves what the odds are their kids will graduate high school anyway without getting help. The staff here are great with their clients. They do not have "attitude" issues but it's also not their job to give parents daily updates they have weekly visitation hours during which parents can come visit their children and see progress for themselves. With only 3-4 staff on duty in a unit on a daily basis they may be busy controlling clients throwing furniture, cutting their wrists etc. they really aren't lazy they just don't have time to sit on the phone and gab. In terms of what I gained from my experience beyond what I came for I learned a great deal about people of other races and religious backgrounds and that really helped to prepare me for the real world. I also found the brothers and sisters I always wanted and never had growing up and true to my promise to them I never forgot any of them although we might have lost touch as I was going through other placements. In fact in grad school many times when I wanted to give up it was my promise to them that was able to keep me going as we all made a pact that if we were successful we'd use that influence to bring attention to issues we faced. Just felt the need to defend a great institution in the community.
I’ve been under the wonderful care of Dr. Kristy Francavilla and Dr. Shoshana Kreinces for more than 10 years. I originally sought their care for severe migraines and scoliosis. Due to regular adjustments, the migraines disappeared in a matter of weeks and did not return. I’ve also seen a decrease in the severity of my scoliosis and most of the pain from my scoliosis is gone. Dr. Kristy and Dr. Shoshana are committed to their patients’ health. They often take extra time with me to discuss my health questions and concerns. They are caring and supportive. I’ve recommended them to many friends and colleagues struggling with a variety of health issues because it is clear that if someone is experiencing pain, it is most likely originating with a problem in the spine. Dr. Kristy and Dr. Shoshana have also taken extra time to teach me exercises I can do outside of my visits to continuously work on improving my physical health. I look forward to many more years of being under their care. I feel that my health is much better than many of my peers because I have taken a more natural approach to resolving the problem that is causing the pain instead of just covering it up with pain medication. As an added bonus, they have a beautiful, modern office in midtown Atlanta. This was absolutely the best investment I’ve made in my health.
Mr. Tim is amazing. My daughter, who is 4.5 years old, started stuttering when she was 3 years old. She was a very early talker. At 3.5 years old we started speech therapy with another speech pathologist. At first, it was fine. We saw some improvement, nothing radical. We went weekly for 4 months. In the 4th month, everything spiraled downward and took a turn for the worse. We could tell that she was frustrated and had lost interest in the program we were doing. I called Mr. Tim and spoke with him at length about the issues we were having. Within a week or less, we had our first appointment. That was in January. We saw him weekly and by May, her stuttering was gone. In late July, she had a small hump with her speech which lasted about 2 weeks. Because of Mr. Tim and the tools that he gives you as a parent and as a child, we had the tools to overcome it. Also, she maintained her confidence through it and didn't see it as a big deal whereas before she used to cover her mouth because she said "it was difficult to talk." My daughter loves going to her appointments because he makes everything fun. I would recommend him to anyone!