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Dr. Josephine McAllister, MD

Dermatology ·  Female · Age 41

Dr. McAllister

Dr. Josephine McAllister, MD is a dermatologist in Ithaca, NY and has been practicing for 10 years. She graduated from Stanford Univ Sch Of Med in 2005 and specializes in dermatology.


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(607) 257-1107

Dr. McAllister accepts the following insurance:

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Dr. McAllister's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Ringworm
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Dr. McAllister treats Ringworm more than 100% of her peers

Dr. McAllister treats this condition more than 100% of her peers

Skin Infections
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Dr. McAllister treats Skin Infections more than 100% of her peers

Dr. McAllister treats this condition more than 100% of her peers

Impetigo
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Dr. McAllister treats Impetigo more than 99% of her peers

Dr. McAllister treats this condition more than 99% of her peers

Dr. McAllister's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acne
  • Acne Surgery
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Benign Tumor
  • Biopsy
  • Biopsy of Affected Tissue
  • Birthmark
  • Boil
  • Botox® Injection
  • Cancer
  • Candidiasis of Skin and Nails
  • Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
  • Cellulitis
  • Cold Sore
  • Dermatitis
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Penile Lesion
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Excision
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Cyst
  • Excision of Lipoma
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • Facial Skin Cancer
  • Folliculitis
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fungal Infections
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Genital Herpes
  • Genital Warts
  • Hair Loss
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Hidradenitis
  • Hives
  • Impetigo
  • Intertrigo
  • Itchy Skin
  • Jock Itch
  • Keloid Scar
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lipomas
  • Lyme Disease
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Mole Removal
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Pemphigoid
  • Pigmented Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Plantar Wart
  • Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac Poisoning
  • Psoriasis
  • Rash
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Scabies
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Shaving of Skin Lesion
  • Shingles
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Cancer Removal
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Skin Infections
  • Skin Surgery
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Varicose Veins
  • Wart Removal
  • Warts

About Me

At Dermatology Associates of Ithaca, we use a team-based approach to detect and treat problematic skin conditions.  As we often say, four eyes are better than two!  Utilizing the talents of multiple people who are specialized in different a...

Specialties

  • Dermatology

Board Certifications

Education

2009
Harvard Medical School
Residency Hospital
2006
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Internship Hospital
2005
Stanford Univ Sch Of Med
Medical School
2000
Harvard
Undergraduate School
2009
2006
2005
2000

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Dr. McAllister's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. McAllister

3.0

Based on 57 reviews

5 Stars
42.10526315789474%
(24)
4 Stars
5.2631578947368425%
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
8.771929824561404%
(5)
1 Star
40.35087719298246%
(23)

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Had three appts at Cortland never saw Dr. PA does all work. You go to specialist to see specialist! Did shave biopsy on spot size of pencil erasure. Precancerous- freeze area- swells up size of pea. Return want to do another shave biopsy. Should have done excision at this point to remove. Should have walked then. Gouged out area size of dime full skin deep. Margins still not clear. Wanted to do 4 mm punch biopsy. this would not have covered original area. Went to CMA dermatology for real Dr.
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Josephine went above and beyond in taking care of my son Alex. He was hospitalized and she was very thorough and attentive in her treatment. She was extremely caring. Mark from her practice was also extremely diligent in his initial diagnosis of the issue. We had an excellent experience with this practice group.
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My teenage daughter & I have been patients of Dr. McAllister's for several years now. As a registered nurse, I value Dr. McAllister's expertise & the thoroughness of her exam. Dr. McAllister & her team believe in empowering their patients by helping them understand how they can best care for their skin while explaining any necessary procedures and abnormal findings. Her office & staff are very professional, efficient & kind. Dr. McAllister has gained my trust & respect!
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Reception very helpful and responsive to difficult scheduling. Careful assessmentbiopsy/pathology appropriate to concerns. Never feel practice dismisses potential concerns. Highly recommend this practice.
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Drove from Bing to see Dr. McAllister & staff. Everyone's super friendly, confident & competent. Not sure why folks are complaining about Dr. A--when you see a specialist, PAs are the main point of care & contact w/the doctor overseeing every patient's care. She spent more than 10 minutes w/ me speaking about my concerns & explained everything thoroughly & respectfully. I see dozens of specialists a year for an unrelated health issue & Dr. A & her staff are by far the best; quick scheduling too
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While at Dr McAllisters office I was pleasantly surprised with the staff, they are both friendly and helpful. The appointment times are on time and very thorough. My 3 page hand out was full of information about my visit: things to watch and further skin care recommendations. While I was in my appointment Dr McAllister stepped into the room and asked about my children and reminded me the importance of not only protecting myself from the sun but my children also. I'm very happy with my experience
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When scheduling an appointment be sure to ask if you will actually see the doctor. I naively assumed, as a returning patient with a history of pre-cancerous moles, that when I made an appointment at my family doctor's urging that I would be examined by Dr. McAllister herself. Instead, physician's assistant removed 2 moles for biopsy (total charge $1,100 including lab fees), and I never saw the doctor. In and out in 20 minutes , but I don't have a lot of confidence in the thoroughness of my exam.
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Cannot stress enough how hard you should strive to avoid this practice and this doctor. One of the worst I've ever been to. She spends about 35 seconds with her patients and has her assistants do most of her work. She treated me very rudely and its clear she's just in it for the money. Stay away!
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Dr. McAllister runs her office like a factory. You see her for two minutes and/or only see the PA. Every time I have an appointment she ends up doing a biopsy--even on a pre-existing skin condition that I pointed out to her and that clearly didn't need a biopsy. She took the practice over from an excellent dermatologist. What a the standards in this office have fallen so much. I won't be back.
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Outstanding doctor! When one has been diagnosed with melanoma, one needs the very best dermatologist. Joshephine McAllister is that doctor. Since her arrival in Ithaca, I have been Dr. McAllister’s patient. Her office is not only run very efficiently, but also the personnel are warm and generous with their time. Dr. McAllister’s educational background and training are excellent. She brings her depth of knowledge and her surgical expertise to her patients in a very calm, caring manner.
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Dr McAllister is a thorough and very professional dermatologist. She has a personal warmth that eases my "white coat" fears and I feel very secure in her care and her diagnostic ability. I have been to many dermatologists in many places I've lived and have yet to see one who does not employ PAs for the preliminary assessment. (The PAs in her office are also very thorough and professional.) I am so surprised to see anything unfavorable written regarding Dr McAllister, her care or her staff.
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Dr. McAllister was very friendly and super efficient. She examined me for skin problems While her assistant was entering what the doctor found in the computer. They told me what was wrong and what was OK and took biopsies and was out of there with confidence that I'd been well taken care of. I would recommend Dr. McAllister to anyone in the area with skin concerns. Excellent care.
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Dr. McAllister is one of the worst doctor's I have ever been to. She was very impersonal and most of the work done in her office is done by her assistants. She was not helpful, and in fact I felt disrespected by the way she treated me. Would not recommend. Avoid this practice.
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Dr. McAllister was very unpleasant. She did not listen to my needs and she appeared bothered by my questions. The staff at the office is very nice -- but I would not return.
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I went into the office for the first time today. The office was running on-schedule. Dr. McAllister spoke with me about my concerns and did a quick body scan for any abnormal-seeming moles (this was not the purpose of my visit), in addition to checking out my skin condition. We then spoke about possible methods of treatment for the skin condition I've been suffering from for years. After that, she let me know that her PA would be coming in to speak with me. Overall, a very pleasant experience.
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She is a horrible physician. She charges patient or insurance co and has her PA see the patients! He has no experience at all! She also sent a bill for sending my medical records to another doctor! I have wasted my time getting incorrect medication for six months!! She knows its not legal to charge money for medical records when sending them to another physician! Nothing but a scam!! I guess she is banking up the money to pay for her medical school bills!
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I went for an annual skin check for the first time with Dr. McAllister and it turned into a nightmare. My appt was with her and she had her male PA come in to do my initial mole check without my knowledge or approval (I am a female). B/t the two of them they marked 7 spots with an 8 to be surgically removed. This was overkill for my first appt and I am wondering if they were trying to drive up my bill to insurance. Now I have seven scars and after four weeks of waiting the results were benign
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Dermatology Associates of Ithaca

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    • Mon: 7:30am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 7:30am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 7:30am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 7:30am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 7:30am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
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