Dr. Michael Lai, MD

Dr. Michael Lai, MD

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Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism  ·  
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66 y/o
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Dr. Michael Lai, MD is an endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism specialist in Pismo Beach, CA and has been practicing for 37 years. He specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism.

Central Coast Endocrinology

911 Oak Park Blvd Ste 105

Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Lai's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Hyperparathyroidism
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lai treats Hyperparathyroidism more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Lai treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Familial Primary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperparathyroidism, Neonatal, Severe Primary
  • Primary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
Testicular Dysfunction
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lai treats Testicular Dysfunction more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Lai treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Osteoporosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lai treats Osteoporosis more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Lai treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Deficiency-Induced Osteoporosis
  • Disuse Osteoporosis
  • Drug-Induced Osteoporosis
  • Hyperthyroid Osteoporosis
  • Idiopathic Osteoporosis
  • Juvenile Osteoporosis
  • Osteoporosis Related to Cancer
  • Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy-Associated Osteoporosis
  • Primary Osteoporosis
  • Secondary Osteoporosis
  • Senile Osteoporosis
  • Transient Osteoporosis of Hip

Dr. Lai's conditions and procedures:

  • Abnormal Thyroid
  • Acromegaly and Gigantism
  • Adrenal Gland Diseases
  • Adrenal Incidentaloma
  • Adrenal Insufficiency
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bone Disorders
  • Breast Diseases
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes Counseling
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Secondary
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Female Infertility
  • Goiter
  • Graves' Disease
  • Growth Hormone Deficiency
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hashimoto's Disease
  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Hyposmolality and Hyponatremia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Kidney Disease
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
  • Obesity
  • Obesity Counseling
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overweight
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Phosphorus Metabolism Disorders
  • Physical Examination
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Pregnancy-Related Disorders
  • Proteinuria
  • Retina Diseases
  • Rickets
  • Symptomatic Menopause
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Thyroid Biopsy
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Cyst
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
  • Thyroiditis
  • Ultrasound, Thyroid
  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
  • Vitamin D Deficiency

About Me

Care Philosophy

I strive to provide my patients with the best medical care possible.

Specialties

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Board Certifications

  • Diabetes, Metabolism & Endocrinology
  • Internal Medicine

Education

1982
Long Beach Va Med Center
Fellowship Hospital
1980
St Marys Med Center
Residency Hospital
1978
St Marys Med Center
Internship Hospital
1977
David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles
Medical School
1982
1980
1978
1977

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Dr. Lai's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Lai

2.7

Based on 48 reviews

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
4.166666666666667%
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1 Star
52.083333333333336%
(25)

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I've been trying to contact Dr. Lai office to schedule my follow up appointment. I have left them several messages and no response. But it does not surprise me because his staff is horrible and has poor etiquette on patient care.
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Dr Lai has the worst office staff I’ve Ever dealt with. Their cancellation fee is exorbitant ($100) and despite calling 24 hours Ahead with illness cancellation notice, they refuse to waive fees. They are rude, inefficient and arrogant. Dr Lai is a good doctor but not worth the deplorable office staff.
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Dr. Lai has been my endocrinologist for over ten years. He is always friendly, helpful, and extremely knowledgeable, not only in his particular field but as a general physician. He was able to solve a health problem that had plagued me for many years. I highly recommend him.
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I can’t get the new PT coordinator to return my calls going on three weeks now. I’ve left her no less than 6 messages. I even spoke to the front desk if they had received my referral info. She couldn’t find me in the system and said she’d call my Dr and have her resend it, and have the New patient coordinator call me back. I never heard from her. So I called my doctor to confirm it was sent, which it was, and they agreed to send it again. Still can’t get them to return my calls.
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Snotty staff, doc knows what he is doing but is a little frosty and condescending.
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CANNOT charge no show fee but does anyway. against Medicaid and Medicare Policy. It will cost him more to refund everyone than it actually cost. His billing people are costing him patients and money. This has been reported to his insurance providers and yet they still charge and they will drop you if you refuse to pay it. ITS AGAINST POLICY HELLO.
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I've been seen by this office for a year and I've not been happy with the quality of care I've received or the office staff. They have NO hours posted in the SLO office, Dr. Lai doesn't listen to your concerns very well, and Lacey, the manager is unhelpful and extremely rude! The $40 no show fee originally stated in their paper work magically became $100. It's just not ok! They have low ratings everywhere! So it's not just me!
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My daughter had an appointment with Dr Lai and the Dr had her take some labs. It has been over two months and I have left several messages for the Dr to return my call to give me the results of the tests and I still have not received a call. Also, the office staff is very rude and very unorganized. I am in the process of switching to anther doctor in Santa Barbara...
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Excellent endocrinologist. He asked questions that no other doctor has ever asked me. Very good bedside manner and genuinely interested in your health. I would highly recommend him to anyone!
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We haven't met Dr. Lai, yet, but Molly our Diabetes Educator was excellent! She was very clear and concise and made everything simple. Cindy, the Nurse Practitioner, was excellent also. She's compassionate, professional, and very knowledgeable. She readily returns calls. You must wait awhile in the lobby, but as we learned, it's because the practitioners spend as much time as you need for your visit.
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He does not take the time to answer your questions and he tends to talk over you. I have been going with this Dr. For more than a year and it's always the same thing. I don't think he is very helpful. Also, the staff is not very friendly
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Dr Lai took time to listen and diagnose my complicated problems. He has always been kind and attentive to my needs. I have seen him for 17 years and he has saved my life.
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Accepted insurance can change. Please double-check when making an appointment.

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Local Access Plus HMO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
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