Dr. Santosh Pillai, DO

PsychiatryMaleAge 44

Psychiatry

Dr. Santosh Pillai, DO is a Psychiatry Specialist in Cullman, AL and has over 14 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from A T Sill U Hlth Sci Kirksville Coll Osteo Med medical school in 2008. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Santosh Pillai, DO

Cullman Primary Care Multi-Specialty Group/Psychiatry

101 2nd Ave Se Cullman, AL 35055 ()
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Dr. Pillai's Top Procedures and Conditions

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ADHD and-or ADD
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Dr. Pillai treats ADHD and-or ADD more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Pillai treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Anxiety
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Dr. Pillai treats Anxiety more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Pillai treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pillai treats Psychosis Due to Mental Illness more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Pillai treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Pillai'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
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Autism
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Conversion Disorder
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Dementia or Depression Screening
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Developmental and Learning Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorder
  • Dissociative, Conversion, and Factitious Disorders
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Nondependent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Marijuana Abuse
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Attack
  • Panic Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychogenic Disorders (incl. Psychogenic Pain)
  • Psychological Evaluations Prior to Bariatric Surgery
  • Psychosis
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Psychotherapy Services
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophreniform and Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Dependence
  • Somatoform Disorders

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Dr. Pillai's Reviews

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4.6

Based on 47 ratings

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I’ve been seeing Dr Pillai for years. He is a true caring doctor!! He spends time with his patients and really gets an understanding of your mental health. He develops a safe and caring doctor/client relationship. He is open and really listens to his patients!! He truly is one of a kind psychiatrist!!
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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Cathy L. – Jan 14, 2021
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Former patient and would love to come back if I can do a virtual appointment. I live a good distance away and used to drive to see Dr P anyway. He’s the best Dr of any field I’ve ever been blessed to be connected with. Dennis Foxx
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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No results
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Dennis Clayton Foxx – Nov 12, 2020
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This is a continuation of my above review. Florida Hospital Deland refered me to Dr. Pilai. With about 30 years of seeing psychiatrists, I have never met one as compassionate as Dr. Pilai. He is not a 10 min doctor that just discusses medications. He gets to know you. He takes time to talk to you. He is so thorough that he takes the place of therapy in many ways. Not only did he help me with basic needs, he told me where to get ECT and went SO above and beyond in calling my insurance company multiple times to advocate for me. I'm epileptic so I can be a higher risk ECT patient so he also consulted with colleagues of his about epilepsy and ECT. He has done so much for me and I can't say enough good things about this man. He is everything a psychiatrist SHOULD be that so many doctors today aren't. If you have the opportunity to get him as a doctor, you will be in for the most amazing experience that simply isn't common with doctors anymore. Dr. Pilai is the gold standard in psychiatry.
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
6 people found this helpful
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Nicole Belmonte – Aug 31, 2019
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I have been to Dr Pallai two times so far with pretty bad general anxiety. first visit was with my wife. Both of us were very impressed with his warm "bedside" manner and his empathy for my problems. He suggested a few changes in my meds and to date two months later I seem to be calmer with less mood swings. He is very intelligent and knows "his stuff". I would highly recommend him.
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May 10, 2019
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It's been years since I've found a doctor that is as thorough and caring as Dr. Pillai. He takes his time with you and is clearly very intelligent and knows what he's talking about. If you feel hopeless trying to find answers to your health, trust me he will help you
What went well
  • 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
5 people found this helpful
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Oviedo, FL – Feb 13, 2019
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The best
What went well
  • 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
4 people found this helpful
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Rosa Gonzalez in Orlando, FL – Jan 17, 2019
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I am a 58 yr old male and have had several psychiatrists since my childhood, and never have encountered any Psychiayrist as competent, human as Dr. Pillai. Only God knows how much I needed this man at this time of my life. My condition will never be cured, and I will have my ups and downs but Dr. Pillai has taken a real interst on me and we are working on finding the right combination of medications. I have been way over medicated under the care of my last psychiatrist...sorry to say.
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
6 people found this helpful
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Tavares, FL – Dec 12, 2018
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Dr. Pillai has been treating me for several years, and when I first started seeing him I was a complete wreck, and my meds were all off. He started treating me, tried several different medication regimes till we found one that worked. He's compassionate, caring and really understanding of his patients. He really listens to what you have to say. I'm very pleased with Dr. Pillai and would not go anywhere else for treatment.
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
3 people found this helpful
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Adys Naranjo in Eustis – Jul 26, 2018
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Dr. Pillai actually took time to listen and understand where the root of my problems descend from. By doing so, he can properly diagnose a patient and give proper treatment. Not many doctors would take the time to listen and come to their own conclusions of what they think is wrong with you. I highly recommend Dr. Pillai ??
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
5 people found this helpful
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Longwood , FL – Jul 20, 2018
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I have seen Dr. Pillai For 2 to 3 years and he has completely changed my life and made my illness not such a burden. He actually listens to your input on treatment instead of just sedating you, I love that he always finds more natural options before bumping up your meds to true zombie mode. Thank you Dr. Pillai to giving me my life back. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to have more hope and color in there life and are ready for change.
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
3 people found this helpful
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Julia C in Winter Springs, FL – Jun 08, 2018
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Website says he is accepting new patients, but according to the receptionist, he is not.
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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Apr 30, 2018
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Dr. Pillai listens and takes the time to advice you (sometimes more than the normal visit time), he really cares about his patients. He does not prescribes mores medication than what you need like other psychiatrists. He is very personable and kind. I drive 45 minutes to see him. I highly recommend him!
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
8 people found this helpful
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Mary in Orlando, FL – Dec 05, 2017
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I have been a patient of Dr. Pillai for several years now, he is the most wonderful doctor I've ever had the privilege to know. His knowledge of Psychiatry is outstanding and he has changed my life. He is soft spoken, caring, and seems to remember every detail about me! I encourage anyone who is dealing with mental health issues to give him call. I have spoken to many different psychiatrists about my issues, and he was the only doctor in Florida willing to help me. Highly recommend him to all!
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
11 people found this helpful
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Bernadette McG in The Villages, FL – May 18, 2017
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He is the best Psychiatrist I have ever been to, and I've been to a few. My initial appointment was a full hour. He took a complete history. He has an amazing personality and bedside manner and was very empathetic. Thank you Dr. Pillai!
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
7 people found this helpful
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Lisa in Winter Park, FL – Apr 13, 2017
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Dr. Pillai is truly passionate about his job s a heath care provider. He would always remember things I had told him in previous appointments, was very knowledgeable about meds and their interactions. I've been to several doctors since he moved too far for me. Allthe others ask the same questions each visit and just write an RX. They act like they've never seen me before at each visit. I wish Dr. Pillai hadn't moved....I miss him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
5 people found this helpful
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Mar 09, 2017
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Dr Pillai is very compassionate and cares for is patients. I feel very comfortable with him and can easily talk to him. He is helping me slowly taper off benzos that a different irresponsible doctor got me on. If you need help with getting off benzos I would highly recommend. I always enjoy our conversations and as if I'm talking to a friend.
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
5 people found this helpful
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Winter garden, fl – Feb 22, 2017
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He's very much concerned with your problems and doesn't over medicate you. He even calls you after work to talk to you about your concerns. He is Dead Honest with you and gives you a lot more choices for dealing with your specific needs, rather than writing scripts.
What went well
  • 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
4 people found this helpful
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Julie Howell in Casselberry Florida – Feb 01, 2017
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He is understanding and very friendly. He does not pill push you. He is helpful and resourceful.
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
6 people found this helpful
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YC in Oviedo Fl – Aug 24, 2016
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Dr. Pillai is the only doctor I found who takes time to really understand his patients problems and works with them for the best treatment. He is caring and understanding. My husband is a much better person now, and getting the best of care, we wont go anywhere else. Even though Dr. Pillai has moved to Oviedo he is still worth the drive.
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
10 people found this helpful
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Tavares, Fl – Jul 28, 2016
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I think that Dr Pillai is a wonderful thoughtful doctor. I was in shambles when I went to visit him and now I am back on my feet doing better then I have in many years!
5 people found this helpful
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Orlando, FL – Jul 27, 2016
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Care Philosophy

As a psychiatrist, I believe that listening to my patients is essential and offering them the best possible treatment options will help them succeed. I...Read more

Biography

Dr. Pillai is a board certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and holds current licenses to practice medicine in...Read more

Specialties

  • Psychiatry

Education

2013
Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
Residency Hospital
2012
Michigan Psychoanalytical Institute, Farmington Hills, Mi
Fellowship Hospital
2009
Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, Wyandotte, Mi
Internship Hospital
2008
A T Sill U Hlth Sci Kirksville Coll Osteo Med
Medical School
2002
Master's Degree In Basic Medical Science From Wayne State University, Detroit, Mi
2000
University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • Malayalam

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What are Dr. Santosh Pillai, DO's top areas of care?

Dr. Pillai frequently treats ADHD and-or ADD, Anxiety, and Psychosis Due to Mental Illness. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Pillai treats.

Where is Dr. Santosh Pillai, DO's office located?

Dr. Pillai's office is located at 101 2nd Ave Se, Cullman, AL 35055. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Pillai speaks Malayalam and English. View profile to see all.

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Cullman Primary Care Multi-Specialty Group/Psychiatry101 2nd Ave Se Cullman, AL 35055
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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