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Dr. Nelson Handal, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry •  Male • Age 66

  
Dr. Handal

Dothan Behavioral Medicine -Therapy

101 Medical Dr Dothan, AL 36303
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Dr. Nelson Handal, MD is a child & adolescent psychiatry specialist in Dothan, AL and has been practicing for 24 years. He graduated from Universidad Mayor De San Andres, Facultad De Medicina in 1981 and specializes in child & adolescent psychiatry.


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Dr. Handal accepts the following insurance:

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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
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Dr. Handal's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Phobia
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Dr. Handal treats Phobia more than 89% of his peers

Dr. Handal treats this condition more than 89% of his peers

ADHD and-or ADD
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Handal treats ADHD and-or ADD more than 78% of his peers

Dr. Handal treats this condition more than 78% of his peers

Anxiety
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Handal treats Anxiety more than 38% of his peers

Dr. Handal treats this condition more than 38% of his peers

Dr. Handal's conditions and procedures:

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • ADHD Testing
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Developmental and Learning Disorders
  • Drug-Induced Mental Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbances of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Lab Service
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Marijuana Addiction
  • Mood Disorders
  • Nondependent Opioid Abuse
  • Nondependent Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Abuse
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Psychological Testing
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • QEEG (Quantitative Encephalogram)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Speech, Language and Learning Disorders
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Dr. Handal's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Handal

4.7

Based on 27 reviews

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1 Star
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The last thing I wanted to do was have to medicate my child for behavior, but when she came home with an F in conduct I was left with no other option . Dr. Handel is one of the most patient doctors I have ever met. My child was literally upside down in the chair and he managed to sit with her and talk for over 30 min about school and life and I couldn’t be more happy with the outcome. Hands down the best parenting decision I have ever made.
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Great experience and excellent staff
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Dr. Handal is truly a treasure to the area. His CliniCom assesment is an industry leader for both Dr and patient alike, and I am so thankful I am a patient under his care. His staff went above and beyond for me as a new patient, even helping me gain a sooner appointment when one became available two months before I was originally scheduled. The facilities at Dothan Behavioral are also top-notch and very impressive.
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I have always had a fear of Doctors. Especially when it comes to my children. One thing I feared more than Doctors is putting my child on medication. But it came to a point my son wasn't succeeding in school. So, I was referred to Dr. Handal. Best decision I could have made was taking Dr. Handal's advice. Never once did he tell me what I have to do. He explains different options to me and goes into complete detail about each option including pros and cons. He has been a blessing in our life's!
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My 8 year old went from making F's, D's and maybe C's. On his test. He is in a IEP program so he is aloud to retake test with a one on one teacher reading him the questions and answers. 1st week he seen Dr Handal. His grades went straight to A's with an occasional B and 1 C. With no help from teacher. No retaking test. All on his own. It's amazing. A dream come true.
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He is a great doctor and really helps and listens to his patients I would recommend him to anyone
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I m the minister of a young man who has been seeing Dr. Handal over the past year for problems related to depression and other psychological disorder. Dr. Handal demonstrated great care and concern for the patient and his mother despite a language barrier (Korean). His professionalism and knowledge in diagnosing and treating Hyosang has been quite encouraging to the parents and of great benefit to Hyosang. I would feel very comfortable in recommending the services of Dr. Handal to others.
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Dr. Handal really listens and does a great job. He has worked with me for 2+ years and has improved my symptoms and genuinely seems to care about me and my mental health.
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Dr Handal has worked with my son for almost 3+ years and under his care, I have watched my son transform to a brilliant and more sensitive young man. For everyone that knows him when we first arrived in AL, none of them can believe that this young man is the one they encounted over 3 years. Dr. Handal was very careful in placing my son on medications that allowed him to focus/grow and with every feedback he adjusted to fit his needs. If you are in this area check him out. We will miss him/staff
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About Me

Care Philosophy

I believe in providing the patients with easy access, listening to them, gathering as much information as possible, being empathic, explaining my understanding of the problem from several angles (i.e. biological, family, work, relationships, etc) and formulating a plan that includes testing, therapy and medical care.

Specialties

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Board Certifications

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

Education

1996
University Of Miami / School Of Medicine
Fellowship Hospital
1994
SUNY At Syracuse College Of Medicine
Residency Hospital
1990
Syracuse Univ Hosp
Internship Hospital
1981
Universidad Mayor De San Andres, Facultad De Medicina
Medical School
1977
University Of Heidelberg
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • German
  • Spanish
  • English

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75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average