Dr. Richard Torban, MD

Addiction PsychiatryMaleAge 63

Addiction Psychiatry

Dr. Richard Torban, MD is a Addiction Psychiatry Specialist in Palm Desert, CA and has over 38 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE medical school in 1984. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Richard Torban, MD

Desert Psychiatric Associates

44530 San Pablo Ave Ste 201 Palm Desert, CA 92260 ()
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(760) 341-8878

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Dr. Torban's conditions and procedures:

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alcohol Misuse Screening and Counseling
  • Alcohol or Substance Misuse Screening and Counseling
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Cyclothymia (Chronic Mood Disorder)
  • Dementia or Depression Screening
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Dysthymia (Chronic Depression)
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Emotional Disturbances of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Nondependent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Marijuana Abuse
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Psychological Evaluations Prior to Bariatric Surgery
  • Psychosis
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

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Dr. Torban's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Torban

4.2

Based on 41 ratings

5 Stars
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1 Star
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Excellent! Very perceptive, good listener, superb diagnostician.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Mar 19, 2022
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I've been seeing Richard Torban since 2003. During our last telephonic appointment I told him that a change he had made in my Klonopin dosage had left me with withdrawal distress, and that I had tried increasing it to obtain relief. He started yelling at me, something he had done at least four times before. I managed to interject, "You need to work on your anger management... It's never appropriate that you yell at a patient" into the conversation, before I had no option but to hang up on him. A few days later I received a letter informing me that he would no longer be able treat me due to my abuse of controlled medications. I had no intention of ever dealing with him again so his letter came as a relief. If you are looking for a psychiatrist in the area I recommended strongly that you look elsewhere.
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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John Boenzi – Dec 07, 2021
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I've been seeing this doctor for over ten years. During our last telephonic appointment (due to the pandemic) he yelled at me for almost five minutes when I asked a question that annoyed him. Completely unprofessional. I have started the search for a new psychiatrist.
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
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Mar 13, 2021
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I finally got the right medicine after 20 years with Dr.Torban hes amazing I've been looking for help and he knew exactly what my disorders were from the day he met me gave me the perfect medicines and my life got back to being more normal hes so kind and professional I really recomend seeing him it's worth every cent hes amazing the best in the valley .
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Bree – Feb 18, 2020
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Dr. Torban is fantastic. He listens, is kind and willing to discuss all options. His medical knowledge and experience is vast, which makes him a special and excellent practitioner. I wouldn't hesitate to treat with Dr. Torban.
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Jan 23, 2020
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Dr. Torban is absolutely the best Physiatrist my wife an I have ever been seen by. Dr. Torban listened to our issues, concerns and fears of medications. He also referred my wife to a therapist in our town. To say that we are truly fortunate to have found Dr. Torban would be an understatement.
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
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Dec 20, 2019
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I have been a patient for multiple years and he is an excellent Doctor!
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Mar 28, 2019
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Excellent "bedside" manner. Very attentive, professional and easy to talk to. You'll be in great hands with Dr. Torban!
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
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Palm Desert, CA – Feb 08, 2019
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Richard Torban is great psychiatrist. Always have a good experience every time I go into a appointment. Listens to what you have to say and stays in great contact to see how much you are progressing. Works with you to find the medication plan you need. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for some help.
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
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Indio, CA – Jan 21, 2019
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He may be a good doctor but you better not miss an appointment. He will charge you $125 for a missed appointment and there is absolutely no forgiveness. He doesn't care what your excuse is.
What went well
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
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Suddenly Poor in Palm Desert – Jan 21, 2019
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Dr. Torban is a very compassionate man. He can remember from one appointment to the next what we discussed the previous session, which in some cases three months apart. He is patient and kind. His office staff is very organized and friendly. Always on time, no waiting, and Dr. Torban greets me in the waiting area and takes me back himself. I would recommend anyone seeking the help of a Psychiatrist to anyone whom asks
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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molliebiggers@gmail.com in La Quinta, CA – Jan 19, 2019
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Dr. Torban and staff are very professional. I feel at ease with them.
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
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Patricia in Rancho Mirage, CA – Jan 11, 2019
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I have been working with Dr. Richard Torban for years now. I’d sought help from a range of people over the years to deal with intermittent crippling anxiety and depression. Often these interactions just served to increase my anxiety or left me without the tools I needed to get my life under control. Through a combination of empathy, intelligent insights and useful practical training I was able to COMPLETELY solve my issues. Dr. Torban is Intelligent, insightful, flexible and accommodating. No
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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Teresa B. in Indio , CA – Jan 08, 2019
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I have been a patient of Dr. Torban for a few years now and I strongly recommend anyone looking for a doctor who is professional, attentive, dedicated, and flexible to choose him to be your doctor. Dr. Torban is extremely knowledgeable and accommodating when it comes to finding you the correct treatment/therapy or medication for your medical condition(s). His expertise combined with his courteousness is what makes him one of the best medical doctors I have ever seen.
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
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Paul – Dec 30, 2018
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he is an excellent physician who knows how to treat his patients and accurately prescribe medication and the right dosages
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
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palm springs, CA – Dec 28, 2018
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Dr. Richard Torban is AMAZING. I’ve been going to him for several years and I would NOT go to anyone other than him. Dr. Torban cares and is active in helping you get better.   He truly does possess EXCELLENT knowledge, listening, compassion, trust and loyalty which is HUGE for me. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Torban! Please read my YELP review.
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
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Ginger – Dec 17, 2018
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Dr. Torban is an excellent psychiatrist. Not only does he nurture you, he is a staunch advocate. His empathetic demeanor is comforting when you find yourself in a psychological crisis. Go. Visit him and find out for yourself.
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
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La Quinta, CA – Dec 14, 2018
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After seeing Dr. Torban for many years now, I credit him with keeping me out of the deep depression that was pulling me down, and to get to the point where I wake up grateful every morning, and looking forward to the future. It is not just those with addictions that require help - those who live with, and care for those with addiction disorders need support too!
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
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ST in RM, CA – Dec 12, 2018
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Dr. Torban is the best medical professional that I have ever had contact with. It takes some time to schedule your first appointment due to his schedule, but he is worth the wait. I was in a pretty dark place at the time of my first appointment. Doctor Torban took complete control of all of my medications, made some changes and the results have been incredible. He also has a tremendous staff. I would highly recommend Dr. Torban to anyone needing his type of expertise.
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
No results
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Dave W. – Dec 09, 2018
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I have been a patient for approximately 5 years. I have been pretty up and down for the first few years. Dr. T has been consistently patient and kind with me. Gladly, I am pretty stable for the last 2 years. I feel validated and cared for here. The staff is very kind and supportive, I appreciate the reminder calls the day before my appointment.
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
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Cathedral City – Dec 08, 2018
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Biography

Dr. Richard Torban, MD is a Addiction Psychiatry Specialist in Palm Desert, CA and has over 38 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from...Read more

Specialties

  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

Board Certifications

Education

W Psyc Inst-Clin
Fellowship Hospital
1988
W Psyc Inst-Clin
Residency Hospital
1985
University Of Pittsburgh
Internship Hospital
1984
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Medical School
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Dr. Torban frequently treats Dementia or Depression Screening, Psychological Evaluation, and Psychiatric Evaluation. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Torban treats.

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Dr. Torban's office is located at 44530 San Pablo Ave Ste 201, Palm Desert, CA 92260. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Desert Psychiatric Associates

Desert Psychiatric Associates44530 San Pablo Ave Ste 201 Palm Desert, CA 92260
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