Dr. Nelson Handal, MD

Child & Adolescent PsychiatryMaleAge 67

Dr. Handal
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic

495 Grand Blvd # 206 Miramar Beach, FL 32550

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(850) 269-8646

Dr. Nelson Handal, MD is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Specialist in Miramar Beach, FL and has over 40 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Universidad Mayor De San Andres, Facultad De Medicina medical school in 1981. He is affiliated with Flowers Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Handal to book an appointment.

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  • Explains Conditions Well
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  • Offers Telehealth
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No malpractice claims found for Florida
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. Handal's Top Procedures and Conditions

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ADHD and-or ADD
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Dr. Handal treats ADHD and-or ADD more than 84% of his peers

Dr. Handal treats this condition more than 84% of his peers

Phobia
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Dr. Handal treats Phobia more than 81% of his peers

Dr. Handal treats this condition more than 81% of his peers

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Handal performs Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) more than 77% of his peers

Dr. Handal performs this procedure more than 77% of his peers

Dr. Handal's conditions and procedures:

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

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Dr. Handal accepts the following insurance:

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Dr. Handal's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Handal

4.7

Based on 27 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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1 Star
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What went well
  • Office environment (26)
  • Staff friendliness (26)
  • Explained conditions well (25)
What could be improved
  • Long wait times (4)
  • Appointment was rushed (2)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (2)
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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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Dothan , AL – Jan 03, 2019
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Great experience and excellent staff
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Jun 09, 2018
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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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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May 11, 2018
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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!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
3 people found this helpful
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Amy DeFazio in Dothan, Al. – Apr 28, 2018
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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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Michele McDuffie in Geneva, AL – Feb 27, 2018
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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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Jessica McAdams in Opp, AL – Sep 20, 2017
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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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Jerry L. Ogles (for Hyosang An) in Enterprise, AL – Apr 25, 2017
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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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Enterprise, AL – Dec 10, 2016
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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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Doris I. Anakwe in Enterprise, AL – Apr 08, 2016
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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...Read more

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
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Languages

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. Nelson Handal, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Handal has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Nelson Handal, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Nelson Handal, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Handal frequently treats ADHD and-or ADD, Phobia, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Handal treats.

Where is Dr. Nelson Handal, MD's office located?

Dr. Handal's office is located at 495 Grand Blvd # 206, Miramar Beach, FL 32550. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Nelson Handal, MD speak?

Dr. Handal speaks Spanish, German, and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic

Dothan Behavioral Medicine -Florida495 Grand Blvd # 206 Miramar Beach, FL 32550
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Handal is affiliated with the following hospital. Select the hospital below to learn more.

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Flowers Hospital

Dothan, AL

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received