Disease prevention and reversal through lifestyle changes are an integral piece of Dr. Carney's practice.
My wife and I came to Dr Carney because of her promotion of the Fuhrman diet. In 40 years of going to doctors, I have never had as detailed and comprehensive a first visit (or any visit) as I did with Dr Carney.
Dr. Carney is an amazing Doctor who took the time to listen to me. She was not quick to prescribe medication that I did not need and offered both nutrition and lifestyle suggestions that fixed the issues that I was facing.
I am thankful to find her.
Buda, TX - 5 Star Review on Yelp
Dr. Carney has definitely changed my opinion of doctors and the health care profession. Until just recently, I have been averse to going to the doctor for anything. However, I just moved to Austin and needed my blood pressure and cholesterol meds refilled and just happened to contact Dr. Carney's office (in my insurance network). I was able to get in fairly quickly and she reviewed my family history and the meds I was on and was reluctant to refill my meds without doing a complete workup on me. I agreed to all that she did because it was so vitally necessary given my family history and the diseases they were afflicted with. She is a doctor that believes in educating and resolving medical issues at the root of the problems instead of just treating symptoms. She has worked with me to change my diet and to live a healthier lifestyle and for that I am truly grateful! I would not hesitate to refer her to anyone interested in finding a doctor who genuinely cares for the patients' health and well-being.
Donna, Austin, TX
I posted a review of Dr. Carney after my second visit on 7/19/2013 and gave her five stars. New insight gained since that time suggests an update is in order. What I have come to realize is that until meeting Dr. Carney, I had never actually witnessed a "real" doctor or even considered the concept. Previously, I would have considered the concept, as I now understand it, something of a fantasy or movie character. Every previous doctor I have known, even ones with excellent "bed-side-manner", is all about profession.
I believe a real doctor is one who passionately devotes their life to the health and well-being of others and is not limited by profession, establishment, standard procedure or thinking "inside the box". A real doctor cares for people with eyes-wide-open instead of blindly writing prescriptions per pharmaceutical marketing. A real doctor seeks out the root cause, instead of masking the condition with treatment and drugs.
I have witnessed Dr. Carney caring for patients (including myself) far beyond the traditional call of duty. Examples include extended office visits, house calls and educating patients about the cause, prevention and cure of chronic diseases. I have witnessed her crash-course educating herself on subjects outside her field of medicine and curing patients (including myself) where numerous specialists have all failed.
It appears that the negative reviews stem from the desire and familiarity of conventional treatment as this requires the least effort on the patient's part. An overwhelmingly high percentage of health issues, however, are due to lifestyle and many people are offended to hear that their lifestyle is degrading their life and making them sick.
With no actual comparison to any character, Dr. Carney's practice reminds me of what I take away from the movies "Doc Hollywood" and "Patch Adams": the vision of a highly attentive doctor with real experience coupled with a love for their patients as if they were their own family.
Buda, TX - 5 Star Review on Yelp.Ken Thomas
Dr. Carney is serious about teaching patients to save their lives! So, if you are finally serious about taking charge of your health, you must enlist her help in your endeavor. Never, in 58 years, have I had such a thorough, informative, satisfying experience in a doctor's office. She has addressed all my issues including cardiac, diet and pain management wholeheartedly and now has me back on the path to lifelong vigor. Enough to keep up with my grand-kids, at least. She has even convinced my "meat and potatoes" husband of the benefits of a vegan lifestyle! Your search for a competent and concerned doctor who administers professional yet personal care should end with Dr. Linda Carney. But, be fully prepared to follow the doctor's orders and she'll bless your heart like she has mine.
If you want a pill to fix what ails you, Dr. Carney probably isn't the doctor for you. If you want someone who will help you truly improve your health, then I highly recommend her. I'll admit to being highly skeptical of all the diet changes that Dr. Carney recommended, but the results speak for themselves. She explained that part of my problem is probably genetics since even my 40-year-old sister has high blood pressure and high cholesterol. But I followed her advice, changed my diet and lowered my blood pressure and cholesterol in just months without medication. Plus, I dropped 20 pounds without even trying! I'm still not 100% where I want to be on my diet (that's code for I still cheat too much), but I continue to get better and better. I can't thank Dr. Carney enough for empowering me to take control of my health.
Yes, she often runs behind schedule. But that's because she takes so much time with each patient. I can't imagine someone who cares more about her patients.
Buda, TX - 5 Star Review on Yelp
Dr. Carney has been the only provider who has ever taken on the responsibility of helping me to manage my care and my health! While I have sometimes had a hard time accepting the hard truth that she has delivered, under her guidance I have strengthened my immune system, ended the chronic annual 4 sinus infections that have plagued me for years, narrowly missed a cardiac event because of her vigilance and adamancy that I not ignore that funny little tingling in my left hand, and lost weight.
Giving up animal products has not been hard, although I still struggle to change my cooking habits and know what to fix for myself and my family. As a life time carnivore I can readily acknowledge that accepting a vegan diet is at the heart of the solution to my improved health. Introduction to appropriate reading materials through Dr. Carney's library has helped me intellectually to understand the negative role of lifelong habits on my health and accept the need to change them. To say that Dr. Carney and her team have saved my life would be an understatement. When I follow her direction I get better and better rather than older and older.
I have to agree with Kate T. who said "If I could give Dr. Carney (and staff) 10 stars I would!"
Since I adopted the plant based diet she recommends to her patients, my weight, cholesterol and blood pressure have dropped and I have more energy and sleep better than ever before!
After becoming frustrated with my current Kyle-based physician and his staff after an incorrect and potentially dangerous misdiagnosis, I decided to seek out a physician who more closely mirrored my own belief that given proper nutrition, moderate exercise, stress management and sleep, the body will heal and maintain maximal health. When I began my Internet search, lo and behold, Dr. Carney!
She is quite thorough with her patients, particularly when they first are establishing with her practice. Some may find it frustrating that she requires you to obtain 5 years of medical records and bring them to her office. But this is so YOU have access to and can review precisely the information she'll be receiving. Believe me, she is worth the extra effort.
And she openly shares and discussed lab results and reports with you. She makes sure you understand. If, because of her wealth of knowledge, she begins to overwhelm you with information, simply ask her to slow down and better explain what she's saying, and she will.
During the visits I've had with her, Dr. Carney has been quite thorough, much more so than any other general practice doctor I've visited. This may mean a wait in her waiting room, but the atmosphere is relaxing and when it's your turn, you'll have her full time and attention.
Because I live close to her office, I have the opportunity to avail myself of the videos and exercise equipment she makes available to her patients. How many other doctor offices do that?
Dr. Carney makes no secret about her religious practice but does not at all shove it down your throat. I practice no religion and I am quite comfortable and at ease with her and her staff. If you are religious, no doubt you'll find her approach doubly comforting.
In short, I would recommend Dr. Carney to anyone who is interested in developing a working relationship with their physician, decreasing or ending their reliance on prescription medications and becoming the vital, vibrant person he/she wants to be!
Buda, TX - 5 Star Review on YelpS S.
If you are looking for a quick fix doctor that will write you up a prescription instead of addressing the root of your problem then you should go elsewhere. I truly appreciate a doctor that not only spends a lot of time with her patients but has the guts to try to change the way we treat our bodies thru the food we put into them.
My husband and I are patients now and are very pleased with Dr. Carney's knowledge and care. I was very skeptical of almost all doctors because of the bad treatment and speed with which former doctors wanted to put me on dangerous drugs instead of listening to ME regarding my body and my family history. Although some of the changes that I have had to make regarding diet are not easy, i appreciate Dr. Carney's goal which is to get her patients well and healthy using the least invasive method possible.
Buda, TX - 5 Star Review on Yelp
I have been a patient of Dr. Carney's since 2010 and have had good experiences.
About her waiting room, there are pre-recorded programs playing. They are religious-ish in that the audio playing on it is reminiscent of church songs, but I can never put my finger on a specific song. The video is just nature and animals- waterfalls, families of ducks, deer drinking from lakes, etc. I think its peaceful and is certainly better than daytime tv.
During her consultations, she does pack a whole lot of information in to 1 visit. Usually when I leave I feel like we had been talking for an hour but it has only been 15 min.
She is vegan, and is a promoter of it, so yes, if your cholesterol, allergies, or whatever can be cured with diet modification, she will absolutely try to get you to go that route. My first visit was for sinus headaches. She said cut out the dairy, but if I chose not to, she prescribed me flonase and singulair. I went ahead and cut out the dairy and ta-daa! No more headaches.
My most recent visit was for heart palpitations. I used to have this issue as a teenager and it had returned. Rather than just punting me to Cardiology like my doctor 10 years ago had, she got a 12 lead EKG, blood work, and asked me to walk on her treadmill. After the diagnostics were finished she found the cause was from a B12 deficiency. Once again, I'm fixed without invasive procedures or medications. She still gave me a referral to a cardiologist just in case I wanted to pursue it.
I love that she gives me options, and is always looking to cure an illness the natural way first. I think that too many practitioners are soft on their patients, and our culture has created an environment where people don't want to change a single habit, just give them another pill! Lots of things need medications and medical intervention, but lots don't. That is all.
Buda, TX - Posted 5 Star Review on Yelp
I was recommended to Dr. Carney via my chiropractor. Dr. Carney pulled no punches when going over my blood work, which she spent far more time doing than any other physician I had ever been to in my 50-something years; she told me to change my diet, and to get more exercise. Since taking her advise, and going "plant strong", I have easily and healthily eliminated almost 50 pounds, and my blood work improved dramatically; my numbers have stayed in the healthy range. I feel great! The only "downside" is that I've had to get a new wardrobe, but it's been well worth it. Thanks, Dr. Carney!
These other reviews are appalling! I have recently started seeing Dr. Carney, and really like a Dr. that can give you the time of day. She has tons of resources for her patients to learn from, which means you can go ahead and do your own research and make the decisions.
Buda, TX - Posted 5 Star Review on Yelp.
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I have had the good fortune to have Dr Carney as my doctor for the last few years. Having spent thirty seven years flying airplanes, with the requisite flight physicals every six months along with the normal physical procedures along the way, I have had the opportunity to experience the approaches and expertise of many doctors, both military and civilian. Dr Carney, put simply, is the best of the lot. She truly cares, has the curious,agile mind which causes her to stay abreast of the latest info and technologies and is a tremendous motivator to all of us to live the healthy lifestyle. You truly come to think of Dr Carney as a teammate, an MVP in our attempts to live the life we all desire. Her practice was selected as THE example of efficiency in the recent presentations by the Federal agency encouraging digitized medical records.
Thanks, Dr Carney, for attempting to convince us all to be as good a patient as you are a doctor.
Linda Carney, MD is by far the best physician to be on my team. Her care is thorough, her visits are not rushed, and she is very easy to talk to. She is detailed in explanations of lab reports, medical history, or suggested treatments. She listens to my concerns and patiently offers suggestions to improve my lifestyle. She is comfortable in researching and suggesting many different modes of treatment that are best suited for me and she does it gently; with great deal of respect for my feelings. She is very futuristic in her holistic approach to medical care making her the doctor everyone would want to have.
I was looking for this type of physician for the last 7 years and I am extremely glad that she accepted me as her patient.
However, no matter how good is the physician the medical and clerical support staff will either make it a pleasant visit or not. Her staff is knowledgeable, never making a billing error, and very pleasant to deal with either in person or by phone.
On a final note: I highly recommend Linda Carney, MD as a Physician.
Eliza Walls, PHR
My husband and I travel full time around the country. In doing so we have seen doctors all over the country, and we routinely seek out the best doctors we can. While in Austin, I had to see a doctor about a health issue. Doctor Carney stayed open later in order to be able to see me and she took her time with me when I went to the office. I have never experienced doctor care like what Dr. Carney provides. She takes her time, she explains every thing in a way that is respectful and gives reasons for the various recommendations she makes. She is beyond kind and compassionate. And she approaches every thing from helping make better decisions about lifestyle first rather than just prescribing something for no reason. I've been to many doctors and doctors who are rated some of the best in the country, and I can say in all honesty that Dr. Carney is the best that I've seen.
I started seeing Dr. carney a couple of months ago. I am a good Texas girl that ate tons of meat, lots of dairy and thought that my life would come to an end if I had to give up either. After searching my soul and listening to my body, on top of opening my heart to the ethical reasons to give up meat and animal products I decided to give the vegetarian life a try. Now, I am what I would call vegan-ish. Im trying, and having a cheerleader like Dr. Carney has made a big difference.
I find her bedside manner to be extraordinary. She takes her time, listens to you and gives you tons of free advice and information. She is one of a kind! I never feel rushed, always feel cared for, and in a world of hypermedia and insincere people, I think that she is one spectacular Doctor. I don't have a ton of things wrong with me, but I am in early-forced menopause at 39, and after listening to her and heeding her advice, the hot flashes, bloating and irritability have left me.
Her waiting room is peaceful and tidy. Actually, I find myself not wanting to turn my phone on and text! I just want to take in the surroundings. Honestly, I think that it is part of what makes her office so special.
There are some great resources that are available to you for fee as well, but how many self help books have I bought in the past. The books and info that she has are first rate and very good. She has never made me feel guilty for saying no to any of them. She does not push, she only informs. My goal is to be healthier, to feel better and to get off the pills. With Dr. Carneys help, that is happening.
Buda, TX - 5 Star Review on YelpMisty C.
I spent nearly two years battling an incredibly frustrating and disruptive skin issue. Whenever I'd 'break out', my face and body would be covered in burning, swollen hives, weeping natural moisture, leaving me dry and brittle once the hives subsided. My first doctor saw me multiple times over an 18 month period, and gave me new steroids and antihistamines each time, the combination which forced me to then take additional time off of work because I was so lethargic. She insisted I was allergic to sunlight, a pretty hefty diagnosis. I requested several times to get a dermatologist referral but she refused. Then I went to see Dr. Carney.
Though my first visit was very short, she got to the point. When I told her I was tired of taking meds that only knocked me out, didn't even relieve the symptoms tormenting me, she recommended a change in diet, one that would remove nearly all potential allergens. After less than 3 months on this restricted diet, I was able to determine the cause of my breakouts- my makeup. I now know what kinds of things to avoid, and am able to go out into the sun and enjoy summer activities without feeling like the unibomber, wrapped up in hoodies, dark glasses and hats.
The only reason I give only 4 stars is because they had excessive issues accepting my insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield isn't uncommon, yet their system couldn't make it work, so I had to pay cash up front until the problem was straightened out.
Buda, TX - 5 Star Review on Yelp
Dr. Carney is truly in medicine as an act of love. She listens and gently gives caring advice that helps her patients live a healthier lifestyle. She does not just treat the symptoms of whatever is currently a health problem, but shares her vast knowledge in language the patient can understand, to promote healthy living.
I came away from visits with lifestyle information that I am convinced will help me be stronger, live longer, and enjoy the outdoor activity that is now a part of my life in California (on the beach and with my new grand daughter). I feel like I have been given the gift of time and energy for so much that I would have missed out on with a less healthy approach to my own care. I will be able to enjoy so much now that I have her words of wisdom on health care.
I envy her patients in Texas that get to keep her as their physician in the future! :o)3
Dr. Linda Carney has been a great influence in my current lifestyle. I originally began my journey to veganism with the Engine 2 Diet and was stunned to find out the medical director (yes, Dr. Linda Carney!) was so close to my home. I immediately booked an appointment to see her and she visited with me in depth for nearly 45 minutes.
During that initial appointment, she answered any questions I had, asked if I had any concerns about my current diet and spent the time to show me a few great resources that she has available to her patients. This includes a treadmill on-site, a large DVD collection of information nutritional information and several different copies of great books on plant-based research.
Once I had my bloodwork results back, she sat with me again for another 30 or so minutes to discuss all of my numbers, how we can improve them and asked if I was struggling with anything (as far as cravings go!). After addressing a few of my questions, I was happy to hear her enthusiasm and excitement over my progress I had made under her care.
Dr. Linda Carney is a true dedicated doctor that only wants you to be the healthiest you can possibly be. She is a great supporter in reaching whatever goals you may have and can truly inspire and encourage you to reach those goals the right way. I've recommended her to several close friends and even family.
Buda, TX - 5 Star Review on Yelp
I am 56 years old and four months ago was diagnosed with "chronic microvascular ischemic changes" and atherosclerosis. As my internist recommended 81 mg aspirin she told me that she usually had our kind of conversation with patients 20 years older than me! I was quite chagrined because I have been a vegan vegetarian more than 25 years, am slightly below normal weight, have normal cholesterol, no diabetes and exercise an hour a day. Why me? What more could I do?
Recently Dr. Carney visited our community and did a four-lecture series on health. She addressed my condition in her first night's talk and I discovered there IS more I can do! She cited research that reveals at least two things I can do to stop and even reverse my current condition! I am thrilled that there are further lifestyle changes I can make to have a positive impact on this dire diagnosis. I made these changes and within a week began noticing a difference! By God's grace I will continue on a path to even better health. Thank you Dr. Carney for revealing to me the missing links in my lifestyle program.