Dr. Stephen Dechter, DO

Pain MedicineMaleAge 41

Dr. Dechter
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Benton Franklin Orthopedic Associates

711 S Auburn St Kennewick, WA 99336

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(509) 586-2828

Dr. Stephen Dechter, DO is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Kennewick, WA and has over 13 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Western University of Health Sciences medical school in 2008. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as CHI St. Anthony Hospital and Good Shepherd Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Dechter to book an appointment.

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At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
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  • Offers Telehealth
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Dr. Dechter's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Chronic Pain
very high
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Dechter treats Chronic Pain more than 100% of his peers

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

Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Dechter treats Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome more than 100% of his peers

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

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Dechter treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 100% of his peers

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

Dr. Dechter's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Dechter accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross of Idaho
Blue Cross of Idaho PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Group Health Cooperative (GHC)
Coop Core
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

Dr. Dechter's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Dechter

3.9

Based on 19 ratings

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1 Star
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What went well
  • Office environment (16)
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (14)
  • Explained conditions well (14)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (5)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (5)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (4)
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Absolute hero. This Dr. went above and beyond what we all have to come to expect from the medical system these days. He's easy to talk too, smart, detail orientated, warm and funny. Some of us with complex and longstanding conditions have a hard time getting out all the details in a visit and feel like the doctor is just going through the motions or stops listing at some point. Not the case with Dechter, he listens and adsorbs the details. If your looking for quality there's no need to look any further this is your guy. Clean office and a friendly staff with short appointment waits.
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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Weaver – Mar 13, 2021
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Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection procedure My first time having an ESI. I had really high anxiety before my procedure from listening to others in person and online that had this type of procedure. Of course, they all had different doctors. My doctor and staff understood my anxiety concerns and talked me through procedure and suggested oral sedation to calm my nerves, which helped me tremendously! Also, during procedure I used a deep breathing technique. The doctor warned me before hand every time before a pinch or pressure was coming, so I could breathe out. He finished fast, with short pressure after injection as medication dispersed, which went away in a just a few minutes. Plus, I appreciate that the surgery centers doctor and staff took all precautions to ensure my safety during COVID-19. Lastly, I highly recommend consulting with Dr. Stephen Dechter for Orthopedic care.
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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Happy ESI Patient – Jul 08, 2020
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I was seeking help for post herpetic (post shingles) pain. He explained two non narcotic options, which I appreciated because I would like to avoid narcotics. He explained the treatments clearly. His office staff was helpful and the office was efficient and clean.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
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Jill. – Jul 01, 2020
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Dr. Dechter is a perfectionist... He has helped me every time I have been in there and everyone else I have recommended that they go see him. If anybody has anything negative to say about him, it is likely due to them not adhering to his recommendations and office practices or thinking he needs to get to know them personally to help them (IMO). In any select group of people you'll always find that one person who can't get along with anybody.
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
1 person found this helpful
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Steve W. – Apr 16, 2020
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I've been seeing Dr Dechter for about a year. He listens and works on resolving pain issues. I was scared going to a pain clinic because of the stories I'd heard but was immediately put at ease with Dr Dechter. He's now left the Lynx office and would like to know where he is practicing to continue my care. 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
2 people found this helpful
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Irene G – Dec 23, 2019
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I have been seeing Dr Stephen Dechter over the last few months at the Pain Center in Kennewick, WA and after living in chronic pain for seven and a half years I was delighted to meet a doctor that really, finally helped me. I believe that he was truly on top of his 'game' so to speak and that he will be a great asset wherever he goes. I truly would recommend him to anyone and I would continue seeing him, if I was able. Thank you, Dr Dechter for all you did. Your efforts were greatly appreciated.
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
2 people found this helpful
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Melodie O'Reilly – Dec 03, 2019
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Dr Dechter always explains what he's doing and why. He asks me questions and listens, and he recommends treatment options, explaining his recommendations. He instills trust and confidence. I feel like I am in good hands. He treatments are always very effective, and I get the medication I need. He is direct, and is not the one to see, if you just want to feed a drug addiction. But I appreciate a straight shooter.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Nov 25, 2019
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This Dr weeds out the drug seeking idiots and takes good care of those who are truly in pain great docter highly recomend him and 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
3 people found this helpful
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Ken – Jun 06, 2018
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Dr Dechter is the most uncaring doctor I have ever been too. I went into each appointment being honest, always trying to take the best care of myself. Being a small business owner means everything too me. He could careless, never even too the time to get to know me or my situation. Now am facing loosing my business and everything I built and he told me to my face he didn't care. What happen to doctors caring about their patient and helping them get better to be able to have a quility of life.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
11 people found this helpful
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Jennifer in richland Wa – Feb 26, 2018
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My husband has suffered from shoulder pain for over 25 yrs. Finally he has relief! A simple injection, no anesthesia needed and he is a happy man!
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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Joan S. in Kennewick, WA – Dec 29, 2016
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What a great doctor! He was very considerate,thorough and answered all our questions. I was impressed!
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
3 people found this helpful
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Michael Souther in Pasco, WA – May 30, 2016
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I've been a patient of Dr. Dechter's for four months, and I can't speak highly enough of the care I have received from him and his staff. He is extremely knowledgeable, is willing to answer all my questions, and has bent over backwards to make sure I had all my procedures completed ahead of my surgery date. He and his staff have come in early and stayed late on my behalf, and they have gone above and beyond a level of care that is missing in many medical clinics. I would gladly 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
5 people found this helpful
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Melanie SJ in Richland, WA – Apr 22, 2016
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Dr Dechter was patient, kind and very knowledgeable. He listened to my concerns and helped me to come up with a treatment plan that worked well for myself, my family and my employer. Dr Dechter's staff is always prompt and courteous anytime that I have needed to call in with questions or concerns. I have undergone a few procedures that were completed by Dr Dechter and every one of them has given me the ability to live my life with less pain. I highly recommend Dr Dechter to any and 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
5 people found this helpful
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A.S.patient in Pasco, WA – Apr 17, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Stephen Dechter, DO is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Kennewick, WA and has over 13 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Western...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

2008
Western University of Health Sciences
Medical School

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. Stephen Dechter, DO offer telehealth services?

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

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What are Dr. Stephen Dechter, DO's top areas of care?

Dr. Dechter frequently treats Chronic Pain, Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome, and Osteoarthritis of Spine. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Dechter treats.

Where is Dr. Stephen Dechter, DO's office located?

Dr. Dechter's office is located at 711 S Auburn St, Kennewick, WA 99336. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Benton Franklin Orthopedic Associates

Benton Franklin Orthopedic Associates Pllc711 S Auburn St Kennewick, WA 99336
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Dechter is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

CHI St. Anthony Hospital

Pendleton, OR

64% Patient Experience Rating, 5% lower than the national average

Good Shepherd Medical Center

Hermiston, OR

60% Patient Experience Rating, 9% lower than the national average

Kadlec Regional Medical Center

Richland, WA

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

4 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Trios Women's and Children's Hospital

Kennewick, WA

65% Patient Experience Rating, 4% lower than the national average

2 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019)