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Benzo Wise Doctors


A list of doctors whose patients found to be open minded and sometimes helpful to people who are trying to stop taking Benzos. Nothing more is to be implied concerning any doctor's abilities or expertise.  

Although we dont recommend a rapid Detox, we do understand that under certain circumstances someone may have no alternative but to attempt to get off benzos in this manner. 

Be sure that you question the doctor about his willingness to do a Valium taper according to the protocols of the Ashton Manual.  Many doctors, even those who may agree to the Valium taper, will recommend other psychiatric drugs to assist during tapering.  Dr. Ashton does not recommend other drugs except in rare situations, as many of these drugs have withdrawal syndromes of their own. 

If you find a Benzowise doctor not on this list, please email the group owner at benzo-owner@yahoogroups.com



Dr. Andrew Byrne 75 Redfern st., REDFERN 2016. NSW. Australia Ph: 02 93195524 Email: ajbyrne@ozemail.com.au

Dr Hester Wilson 6 Alice Street Newtown NSW 2042 Tel: (02) 9550 6201


 TRANX Australia. May have list of benzo friendly Doctors in Victoria. 222 Burke Rd., GLEN IRIS 3146 Victoria. Australia. Ph: 0398897355 Email: tranx@alphalink.com.au  

South Australia  

Dr Hans Van den Bos Park Tce Gilberton 8269 8146


Dr Jim Wright, Vancouver Hospital, University of British Columbia

"I just wanted to say that Dr. Jim Wright is an excellent benzo wise doctor. He listens very well and is flexible if you have things you have learned other places, he will help you with them. He has helped a lot of people come off benzos. Very smart man."




Teresa Buot-Smith, M.D.  (psychiatrist) 4545 E. Shea Blvd.  #112 Phoenix, AZ 85028  602-494-7110

She suggested other meds to help, but when I refused, she was respectful and helped me through a 22-month Valium taper.  Very supportive and respectful.  Expressed surprise at the intensity of the symptoms, saying that she had never seen a patient go through this. 


Dr. Kenneth Lehrman Daly City, California, gp

Dr. Stephen McKenzie Hemet California, gp, 909 658 3227

Dr. Howard Kornfeld Mill Valley, CA (Bay Area),  415 383 2949

Dr. Elizabeth John Santa Ana, California

Dr. Cyril Blaine 909 672-1931

Dr. Robert Carvahlo Vista del Mar Hospital Ventura, Ca

Dr Darryl J. Ballin M.D.5353 Balboa Boulevard Suite 210 Encino, California 91316 Phone number is 818-461-1310 (recommended to Michael by the Betty Ford Clinic.  Michael said He is a very caring individual)

Timothy Fong, MD  Dept of Psychiatry  UCLA 760 Westwood Plaza C9-440 Los Angeles, CA 90024-1759 (310) 825-1479 email: tfong@mednet.ucla.edu

 Dr. Peter Madill Sebastopol California. Office Phone 707 823-3312 email is pmadill@cds1.net Sebastopol is driving distance from anywhere around San Francisco.

Krista Roybal, M.D.
True Life Center for Wellbeing
4520 Executive Drive, Suite 225
San Diego, California, 92121

Please note that the True Life Centre for Wellbeing is a Private Pay Outpatient Facility, out of the insurance network.

"Dr. Roybal is a renowned Addiction Psychiatrist who counts benzodiazepine tapers among her specialities. Her tapering process honors the Ashton Method, but has evolved to a more integrative system that focuses on slow, steady progress; quieting the nervous system; and emphasizing the importance of the mind-body connection. Over the course of her career, she has helped more than 3,000 patients successfully withdraw from benzos."

Dr. Syam Kunam
Palm Desert office: only there on Wednesdays
Inland Psychiatric Med Group
73700 Dinah Shore Drive
Suite 106
Palm Desert, CA. 92211

Psychiatry Walk-In Clinic
Inland Psychiatric Med Group
(For urgent medication refills)
Sunday 8am - 11am
8710 Monroe Ct., Suite 150
Rancho Cucamonga, CA. 91730

Redlands office:
Inland Psychiatric Med Group
1809 W Redlands Blvd
Redlands, CA. 92373

Website: www.inlandpsych.com

"He does not know how to taper the patients but he validates Benzodiazepines Withdrawal Syndrome suffering. He will not cold turkey a patient as he is well aware of the dangers. He gives you all the time you need to taper your Benzo but the patient needs to know how to safely taper it. "


 Dr. Keesal Health Care Connection "Specializing in the Treatment of Addictions and Related Disorders" 825 Linebaugh Ave. Tampa, FL 33612 813-931-5560


Dr. Andrew B. Pundy, M.D. Adult Psychiatry  Lutheran General Hospital 1875 Dempster Street Suite 490 Park Ridge, IL 60068  Phone: (847-518-8490

Katelyn Daniels, LCPC, CHT Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Certified Hypnotherapist EMDR-Level II certification Schaumburg, IL 847 490-1295


 Dr. James Anderson, psychiatrist Lake Charles, Louisiana


 Doctor Thomas McDermott Waterville, Maine 04901 licensed alcohol, substance abuse I love him he saved my life Bonnie Parsons

Stevan Gressitt MD, Psychiatrist  Medical Director Northeast Occupational Exchange  29 Franklin Street Bangor, Maine 04401 Phone: 207-942-3816 websites: http://www.benzo.org.uk/mainebsg.htm      http://www.noemaine.org/benzo/benzo.htm


 Dr. Joseph McCabe, M.D. Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Cambridge, MA 617-661-5503 617-629-6321

 Dr. Rebecca Lundquist Umass Medical Center, Worcester, MA 361 Plantation Street Worcester, MA 01605 508-334-2537


Dr. Brian McCorroll DO Romeo, Mi 810 752-2861 Medical School Kansas City College of Medicine and Surgery Specialties General Practice Addiction Medicine

 New Hampshire

Dr. Drummond (author of Benzo Blues)

Andrew Brown, M.D. The Counseling Center of Nashua, NH (30 mins from Boston) 1-603-883-0005

 New York

Dr Gary Horzwitz. Westfall Associates. 919 Westfall Road, Building B, Suite 60, Rochester, NY 14618. Phone (585) 473-1500. Email info@westfallcd.com. "Westfall Associates is a private facility that helps people who have addiction or dependency issues.  Dr. Horwitz is the founder and director.  Dr. Horwitz was very kind and compassionate.  I didn't ask Dr. Horwitz if he knew of the Aston Manual but he did say he would never have taken me or anyone off a benzo so quickly.  He was aware that benzo withdrawal can be protracted."

Dr. Gevirtz Thank you for your inquiry. We are a private institute located in NYC and lower Westchester. Dr. Gevirtz does not have a problem with Professor Ashton's method. If you have further questions, please call us at 914-636-6210

Dr. John Shenkle, Plattsburgh Clinton County Mental Health Services Plattsburgh, NY 12901, 518-566-0100 , New York, p,  

Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine in Suffern, NY. Dr. Schachter is a psychiatrist, into holistic medicine 845 368-4700, website www.mbschachter.com e-mail office@mbschachter.com 

 Dr. Ted Becker 157 East 86th Street 212-369-5645

 Dr. Beers 200 W 57th 212-399-7000

 Dr. Weingarten, Comprehensive Pain Management Associates 2001 Marcus Avenue New Hyde Park, N.Y. 11042 Telephone: (516)-358-4673  Second Office: 125 South Service Road Jericho, N.Y. 11753 (516)- 997-7246

Bick Wanck, MD and Associates.  Counseling, Mental Wellness and Personal Growth Services http://bickwanckmdassociates.com/

Saratoga Office

401 Geyser Rd.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
phone 518.583.3035
fax 518.583.4247

Rensselaer Office

516 Washington Ave.
Rensselaer, NY 12144
phone 518.432.0432
fax 518.583.4247

"......kind and understanding about Benzos"


 Leopold, Ken MD - Brockett & Leopold 400 Matthew st #220, Marietta, OH 45750740-374-4273 or 800 Pike St. #2, Marietta, OH 45750 740-373-3960

 James Thomas, M.D.Cincinnati Ohio (513) 231-8000 Ext. 109

 Dr. Damon Whitfield, Liberty Osteopathic Clinic, Columbus, Ohio (614) 792-2199

 Dr. Daniel J. Weber, 820 Delta Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226-1221 (513) 321-9902.

Nancy P. had this to say about Dr. Weber: "He seems to know a lot about all different benzos, how they react, etc. I don't believe he is an addiction specialist, and as many other psychiatrists, doesn't always agree with everything I tell him we talk about on this site. I can say my doctor listens well, he is gentle, kind, has never gotten angry with me all the years I refused to change drugs, he tells me what he thinks, but the decision is always mine. Now that I am withdrawing, although he suggested Klonopin a few years back, because it has a longer half-life than Xanax, and that is what is used in the US more than Valium, he was very interested in Prof. Ashton's Manual, and keeps a copy on his desk, and was extremely happy when I told him I wanted to switch to Valium. When I began the switchover, I was really afraid, especially when Prof. Ashton's manual didn't work out exactly like it was supposed to for me. He told me everyone was different. I drop 1 mg. Valium about every 2 weeks. He said that was a little slow, but he wanted me to be comfortable with the withdrawal.

During the switchover, and even now, he always reminds me that I can call him anytime if I am running into difficulty and I have talked to him several times during and after the immediate switchover. He always reminds me he is there for me. He doesn't charge me extra when I have to make a frightening call to him, (but I don't take advantage either). I am not the least bit afraid of him, because he lets me say what I want, tells me what he thinks, but lets me be in control of my withdrawal. I could not handle a doctor like a few I went to years ago, who would prescribe a lot of medicines and get "angry" with you when they made you sick or you chose not to take them. He let's me know his feelings when we talk, but always lets me make my own decisions."


 Dr. Gregory Richards 462 Chestnut St. Meadville, PA 16335 ph (814)336-6308 I gave him a copy of the Ashton Manual, seemed really interested and he's also very laid-back (cool).

South Dakota

Dr C.G. Bronson M.D. 534 Oregon Avenue SE, Huron, SD 57350, 605-291-5001, South Dekota. This is an internist who does addiction treatment. He does very long benzo tapers using the Ashton protocol.


 Margaret Kaufmann, MD 214 696-1909.
Someone on the Yahoo benzo group said, "She has been very supportive of the tapering thing and I sent her a copy of the Ashton book just last week so she is hip to all that.

 Dr. Rahn Bailey, 2116 Bissonnet, Houston TX, 713-942-7227,

 Dr.Thomas Matthews Center For Health Services (Main Office) 3031 IH 10 West. San Antonio ,Texas 78201 Or 130 Story Lane.  


Layne Kamalu, MD 934 S. MAin Layton, Utah 84041 801-544-4227 He's compassionate and willing to work with Dr. Aston's Valium taper schedule.

Thaddeus Jacobs
(435) 215-7222 - Park City
(801) 748-3888 SLC/Draper

 "A wonderful, extremely knowledgeable benzo wise doc. He does take a few months to get into for an appointment but it's well worth the wait. I wish I had found him years ago."



 Dr. Jefferson Sommers M. D. Psychopharmacology Richmond Medical Park 2006 Bremo Road Suite 101 Lower Level Richmond, Virginia 23226  (804) 288-1881 (804) 282-0655  I described the Ashton Manual and crossover tapering process to him and he was very open minded. Said "he loved learning things from his patients". I was stunned. Great doctor!

 Dr. Mario H. Gomez, Richmond Virginia    

Very knowledgeable in addiction medicine, supportive and willing to work with you in any way he can. He not only offers his expertise but (amazingly) will devote extra time in unscheduled appointments and phone calls at any time. He is willing to discuss and prescribe additional medications to help with the withdrawal and will not rush you into anything or prescribe anything you do not want. At the same time, he will not just prescribe anything you ask for unless he feels it has some merit in your particular situation. He is a rare find indeed.

Washington D.C.

Dr Carole Stovall (psychologist)

Dr. Carole Stovall & Associates, 4501 Connecticut Ave., N. W., Ste. 215, Washington DC 20008; (202) 362-7594

Dr Richard Repass, Revolutionary Psychiatry and Addiction Treatment. 2737 Mercer Island WA 98040 Washington.

"This doctor listens. He does not believe in the disease model. He lets you set your own taper rate. He told me all the things that Dr Peter Breggin has been telling us so I knew I was in the right place"

Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with medical training. The advice contained herein should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed in the subject matter discussed. Before making any decisions about your health or treatment you should always confer with your physician and it is always assumed that you will do so.

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Last updated 21 July 2020