Dr. Cristina Balsera, MD

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Nephrology | Female

Diversified Specialty Institute 510 Vonderburg Dr Ste 208 Brandon, FL 33511 Get Directions
Dr. Cristina Balsera, MD
Dr. Cristina Balsera, MD is a nephrology doctor who practices in Brandon, FL. She is 49 years old and has been practicing for 22 years. Dr. Balsera is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital.

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Dr. Balsera's Care Philosophy

individualized patient care with focus on gaining knowledge, being proactive with preventive measures and a healthy lifestyle commitment. Typically patients with kidney problems benefit from certain medications. However, Dr.Balsera believes in the balance of the least medication that yields the most longterm health benefit.

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4.6
based on 9 total reviews (8 with comments)
Dr. Balsera's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (8)
in Tampa, FL |
Dr. Balsera and her office staff (especially Shirley) are infantile and unprofessional. When I was in the hospital, Dr. Balsera came into my room and YELLED AT ME because my blood pressure numbers were too high. It turned out to be a mistake on the part of the hospital's equipment, but I never got an apology from her. Then I tried to make an appointment in her office and was treated like scum. Shirley lied to me and gave me attitude as if the hospital incident had been MY fault. Stay away!
in Brandon, FL |
Have only had my initial visit with Dr. Balsera, however, I am very, very impressed. She spent about 20-30 minutes with me and did not rush anything. She worked up a plan for me for the next eight weeks until I see her again when we will review results and future action. She made me feel very comfortable and took a lot of my concerns away.....
in Brandon, Fl |
Staff is very friendly
Miami, FL |
Dr. Balsera is a kind, caring and very competent Doctor. She was very supportive when I had to start dialysis. When my insurance would not let me go to her regular dialysis center, she got privileges at the one I had to go to and I was her only patient there.
in Lithia, FL |
She?s in charge and you feel calmer. If you want to understand why Dr. Balsera is different, start there. There?s a commercial for Cancer Treatment Centers of America where all of a patient?s docs are sitting around a conference table discussing their case. If you?re dealing with serious health issues, this would be a dream come true. My husband has 10 docs. For the most part, they don?t talk to each other. Dr. Balsera is a one-woman conference table. She puts it all together for you.
in Dover, FL |
I am a patient of Dr. Balsera with stage 3 polycystic kidney disease and I consider myself extremely lucky to be her patient. When I first met Dr. Balsera I thought that I was going to be on dialysis in the not too distant future. Dr. Balsera assured me that this was not true and proceeded to explain to me that by monitoring my urine and blood she would take the necessary steps to deal with my polycystic kidneys. Thus far she has been true to her word. I highly recommend Dr. Balsera.
in Valrico, FL |
Dr Balsera has a GREAT bed side manner & Super supporting staff; Ms Davis;Ms Gwenero & Ms Caronado who helps her to be as efficient as possible to the patient's needs. GET ON HER CALENDAR AND CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF Dr Balsera and her staff are one of a few offices that you will definitely enjoy...
in Brandon, FL |
Referred due to leg edema which was extremely uncomfortable. As a stage 3 kidney disease, she immediately made me feel my situation was not hopeless. Due to her treatment regimen, I lost 30 pounds of fluid off my legs, lowered my blood pressure and feel like a new person! She is a brilliant Doctor and I would recommend her immediately. She is kind and speaks to you with such an understanding tone. She has turned a scary situation into a blessing for having her in my corner.
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Dr. Balsera's Care Philosophy

individualized patient care with focus on gaining knowledge, being proactive with preventive measures and a healthy lifestyle commitment. Typically patients with kidney problems benefit from certain medications. However, Dr.Balsera believes in the balance of the least medication that yields the most longterm health benefit.

Dr. Balsera's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Nephrology
  •  Board certified in Nephrology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Nephrology

Conditions Treated

  • Acidosis
  • Acute Kidney Failure
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria)
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Chronic Kidney Diseases
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Electrolyte Disorders
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Gout
  • Henoch–Schönlein Purpura (HSP)
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hypercalcemic Nephropathy
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertension, Kidney Disease-Induced
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypotension (Excluding Maternal)
  • Kidney Disease
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Magnesium Metabolism Disorders
  • Mineral Metabolism Disorders
  • Nephritis and Nephropathy
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Phosphorus Metabolism Disorders
  • Proteinuria
  • Renal Hyperparathyroidism
  • Systemic Vasculitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vitamin D Deficiency

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Miami / School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1995

  • Internship Hospital
    Jackson Health System

    Completed in 1996

  • Residency Hospital
    Jackson Mem Hosp/Jackson Health
    Tampa General Hospital

    Completed in 2000

    University Of S Fl College Of Med
  • Fellowship Hospital
    Tampa General Hospital

    Completed in 2000

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of South Florida

    Graduated in 1988

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Nephrology

Procedures Performed

  • Arteriovenostomy for Renal Dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • End-Stage Renal Disease Related Services
  • Hemodialysis
  • Peritoneal Dialysis