- Report: #1011951
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Complaint Review: The Drake Institute
The Drake Institute4330 Barranca Pkwy #130 Irvine, California United States of America
The Drake Institute David Velkoff, MD My experience? They are SCOUNDRELS! Irvine, California
*Author of original report: Drake Institute Update - disregard my previous rant
*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Response to John
*Author of original report: Buyer beware
*Consumer Comment: Drake Institute Changed our Lives
*Author of original report: Here's what I forgot to say
Why am I writing this now, in 2013? Because I just got a 1099-C from Chase Health Advance claiming the portion of the line of credit that I did NOT use to be cancellation of debt. I didn't want to pay in advance for something I knew nothing about. Pay-as-you-go was not an option offered by Drake. The way it must have been set up by Drake Institute was you pay IN ADVANCE or set up financing through Chase Health Advance. What must happen after that is Chase Health Advance pays the Drake Institute in advance (the "Advance" in Chase Health Advance). Then the Drake Institute is out of the picture and the patient is on the hook regardless of whether they continue with the treatment or not.
Anyway - I went to for an initial assessment. They wired my head up did some testing. I even had the foolishness to bring my preteen daughter with Down syndrome in later for the same process. Worse, I signed up for "treatment" that amounted to nothing more than playing a fancy video game that was able to "learn" from my choices. Somehow I was then supposed to learn from playing it.
The price for this "treatment" was estimated by Dr. Velkoff - as far as I could tell - by looking at the clothes I was wearing. I kick myself for not walking out the door when he said something like "the cost of the treatment program will be $3,000" and then, after looking over the business clothes I had on - "no, $8,000." None of which was covered by insurance.
Worse than that, I brought my daughter in for an initial assessment. Why? Because I got a multi-patient discount! I will explain momentarily why I was such a fool.
My daughter may or may not have ADD, I don't know. But I do know that she has Down syndrome. Whatever testing protocol the Drake Institute can point to for justifying the efficacy of its fancy video game, I am confident that protocol did not address individuals with Down syndrome. I would be surprised if it addresses adults with ADD.
After one, maybe two sessions in 2009 I wised up and wrote a letter stating I was discontinuing my treatment. I didn't see how paying thousands of dollars to play video games would be effective at anything except enriching Dr. Velkoff and the Drake Institute.
After that my problems with attention, memory, personal and work relationships, energy, and sleep continued to worsen. I saw a psychologist and then a psychiatrist. In late 2010 my psychiatrist recommended I get an MRI. I did, and it showed I was on the way to an early stroke due to "acquired hydrocephalus", commonly known as water on the brain. I had brain surgery in the spring of 2011 to have a shunt (a drain) installed to reduce the pressure and avoid an early stroke. Dr. Velkoff claims expertise in looking at these neurofeedback evaluations and I have no reason to doubt that. It may even be effective treatment. I don't know yet how the IRS looks at these 1099-Cs for cancellation of debt if it's a line of credit that was never used, but I don't see how that's income to me.
Bottom line? If you have wads of excess cash to spend on your child with ADD go ahead and spend it at the Drake Institute. Just be aware once you're in, you're in. Otherwise try hard to get your child to adopt regular aerobic exercise. That's the reason I didn't know about ADD until my late 40s.
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