Created by a patient for Dr. Leonard
PATIENT LETTERS AND TESTIMONIALS
Dr. Philip Leonard, is a deeply trusted, skillful physician who cares for his patients in ways other physicians do not, can not.
These are the testimonials and letters from patients who support, trust, believe in Dr. Leonard as their physician and sometimes as their special friend who has given them hope to continue living.
Each letter has a recurring theme: We love our doctor, we trust our doctor, the charges against him aren’t true, we need our doctor back!
Dr. Leonard has always taken a genuine interest in my husband Lawrence’s case. It is a case Dr. Leonard has been involved with for over 15 years with unwavering professionalism, patience and dedication. At every appointment, Dr. Leonard takes the time to be clear about every medical detail, as well as showing evidence of being a caring, compassionate, and thoughtful man. It has been a tragic loss to us to be without the insight and support we count on for so long from Dr. Leonard.
I am a registered nurse and have been a patient of Dr. Leonard’s for more than 14 years. He has treated me for migraine and cluster headaches that were so severe and so frequent, it was difficult for me to work or care for my family. I remember telling my husband on the way home after my initial visit, “Finally, I have hope that I am going to get better. Finally someone is taking me seriously.”
The medical care I have received from Dr. Leonard has given me my life back. My headaches are under control and no longer interfere with my personal or professional life. I chose to stay under Dr. Leonard’s care over the years even when my insurance plan changed and I paid out of pocket. I have found him to always behave in a professional manner while examining me and have never doubted for a moment his intent during our office visits. As a nurse for more than 20 years, I have seen more than enough dangerous, unethical physicians stay in practice and prosper with no action from the medical board, yet on unproven allegations you have rushed to ruin this fine man’s personal and professional life, and have denied his patients’ effective, compassionate care.
Just who are you trying to protect? As a patient of Dr. Leonard’s, I don’t feel protected. I feel angry and frustrated that I have been denied ongoing medical care by the impulsive actions of a medical board that is more interested in protecting its reputation in the glare of media attention that this case has received. I have not sought care from another neurologist. I am trying to hang on and wait for the board to come to their senses and restore Dr. Leonard to his practice, and give his patient’s back their hope.
Mary Kay Rybiski, RNC
As I said,I am from directly north many MANY miles and this is VERY scary!
I just found out from the local ER that they KNOW that for my chronic pain breakthru moment there is only 1 thing that has helped and it is a very strong dosage of a narcotic,and I have only had to use it 3 times in the past 5 mos (including now where there is NO medication available that works!) and I have NEVER had any type of bad reaction but the ER doesn’t want to take that risk to their licence or insurance, nor will they get me a local doc, so I am just in a “tough spot” but “too bad”.
All I can say is from what I have read at this site I will pray for this doc. I guess that’s ALL we have as US citizens (for the time being I guess) is PRAYER (and let’s hope the DEA doesn’t take THAT from us!) God bless and Peace Gina from MN
Dear Dr. Leonard,
My name is Roberto Solis. I’m the man that takes Alice L to see you. Since you have been gone, Alice is getting worse. She used to do real good when you were her doctor. You always had a way to make her feel better. She’d tell me you were like a big brother to her… not just a doctor. You took time to find all her aches and pains. You always changed her medicine to find her one that made her feel better. You always took time to ask about her life, not just her pain and find the points where the pain was the worst, to give her shots where she needed them, where she would get more relief. She and I and you know her pain and the doctor she has now doesn’t know of her past. She has told him you’ve been her doctor since 1986.
You know Alice has been to a lot of doctors and she says you’re the only one who cares about his patients. She has always been on some kind of assistance or help, so if you were just after the money you weren’t getting it from her because she doesn’t have any! Just think of all the people like Alice who need a good doctor in your field and now have to do without you. It’s not fair! People have to suffer because of someone trying to get a fast dollar! Or whatever, to ruin a good man’s name and job. Alice and I are sure more people need you. I hope this helps you because Alice needs you! It takes years for some people to know a doctor and Alice said you have never disrespected her or her friends or family. Whoever these persons who said what she did made you an injustice not just to you but to your patients who need you. Hurry back please!
Roberto C. Solis 10/8/03
DR. PHILIP LEONARD IS TRULY AN AWESOME DOCTOR- AND PLEASE DON’T TAKE HIM AWAY FROM US -WHO NEED HIM SO MUCH.
THE PAST MONTHS WITHOUT HIM HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFICULT- IT IS NOT A GOOD FEELING WHEN YOU FINALLY FIND A GREAT DOCTOR YOU CAN TRUST AND BELIEVE IN- AND THEN HE IS TAKEN AWAY FOR SUCH UNNECESSARY REASONS- I JUST KNOW I NEED HIM AS MY DOCTOR AGAIN. I HAVE WRITTEN ONE LETTER ALREADY IN HIS BEHALF A FEW MONTHS BACK WHEN ALL THIS NONSENSE STARTED- BUT AS THE MONTHS HAVE PASSED- IT HAS BEEN REALLY A DIFFICULT TIME FOR ME AS A PATIENT WITH M.S.-
I MISS HAVING A DOCTOR TO TRUST AND ONE WHO REALLY CARES AND UNDERSTANDS MY PROBLEMS- I KNOW I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO MISSES HAVING THE CONFIDENCE OF A PROFESSIONAL DOCTOR AS GOOD AS DR. LEONARD.
PLEASE CONSIDER HOW MUCH HE HELPS US IN NEED AND LET HIM GET ON WITH HIS LIFE AND LET HIM DO WHAT HE DOES BEST “HELPING US IN NEED”
BEST OF LUCK DR. LEONARD AND GOD BLESS YOU! AND THANKS FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME!
Dr. Leonard has been my doctor for about 20 years.
I lived in Round Rock Texas and worked in Austin. One day I had a grand mal seizure and was taken to Dr. Leonard’s office via ambulance, this is the first time I had ever met the man and I have been going to him ever since, with great results I might add. There is not enough time to tell you about what he has done for me over the years. I have been elected to a hospital board and served my complete term . The political ramblings of this situation is inconceivable.
Dr. Leonard, if you read this, call me and there is 1000.00 for you. I know this is not much but it is yours. I have always respected your work and your family, do not lay down on this issue. I know you and you will not fight back unless your peers force you to do so.
Please call for what ever you need. This patient and family is ready to help.
Chris Mapp, 20 year patient
To Whom it May Concern:
I have known Dr. Philip Leonard all of his life. When my family moved to Austin, he was our doctor for fifteen years and I have never known him to be anything but professional. He never worked in an examining room that was locked. His employees were always nearby. Considering what I have just said, I have never known him to betray the Hippocratic oath on which he makes the foundation of his life.
I respectfully request that you return his license so he can continue on his career and his obedience to God.
I have known Dr. Philip Leonard since he was five years old. As a young boy he was one of the most loving children you could know, extremely bright, thoughtful, caring, helpful, and he has remained so all of his life.
As the years went on, we moved to Austin. He was my physician for a number of years and when I moved to Houston, I went back to him about a year until I found a neurologist. I recommended him to many friend’s for his knowledge in his field and all the other attributes. It is unbelievable to me that such accusations could be made. I was dumbfounded.
I cannot believe that he has been unable to help his patients. They are the ones being punished. They need him. So please give him his license for the patients and for him.
Dear Members of the Board:
I am a patient of Dr. Philip J. Leonard and believe that you have made a mistake in judgment by suspending his license to practice his medical profession because his patients need him. This was evident on the day of his hearing because more than a hundred of Dr. Leonard’s patients and/or Professional Associates wanted to testify on his behalf but were denied and instead were given an affidavit to fill out and sign.
What kind of justice is this procedure? We were given just enough time to fill out the form and sign it, without any swearing in to affirm to both the contents and signature being true.
The professional people, associates and patients that were at the hearing had to listen to the hearsay evidence from the people speaking for the accusers, who were absent from the hearing even after being sent a subpoena to appear. We were all in shock. Some of us were familiar with the accusers by seeing them in Dr. Leonard’s office, and smelling the odor of alcohol. we know the reputation of many of the accusers, and so did the hearing official, because they are a matter of Public Record and Medical Records available to the Board.
The Board should have made them testify under oath, during the so-called “Hearing”. By now you know what I thought of the manner in which the so-called hearing was conducted.
You have heard the expression “Bring the guilty person in and let’s hang him, or her.” Well, that is the way this “Judge Roy Bean” hearing appeared to be conducted. I have listened to many hearings and recognize/know when one has not been conducted in accordance with the generally accepted Rules of Order. The Hearing appeared to be political to satisfy the current trend in the local media.
I was referred to Dr. Leonard after the physician I was seeing was not too effective in treating my disease. He recognized that I needed an EEG accomplished, but did not refer me to any medical facility to have one done. On my second visit Dr. Leonard immediately referred me for an EEG and started treating me for complex partial seizures. I have had only one episode of seizures after taking the medication he prescribed and that occurred because I had to take a trip to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and did not take the medicine he prescribed for a couple of days. I investigated Dr. Leonard very thoroughly by talking to his associates that are in the same field of practice, and many of his patients. They all spoke very highly of his excellent professional knowledge of Neurology and I agree with all of their conclusions. I have been in his office and seen patients come and go, of all colors, nationality, and social/political standing. He treats everyone with dignity and respect.
I need Dr. Leonard for treatment and have not gone to any other Neurologist and neither have any of his other patients that I have talked with. They believe he is innocent of all charges by those women. Please give him back his license to practice medicine and help me and his many other patients that need him. I’ll be glad to come to your office and talk about the good that you would be doing for many people if you will reinstate his license and give him back to his patients. They don’t lie, nor would I, even if there is a possibility of getting money by lying.
Lawrence C. Cummings, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret)
I HAVE KNOWN DR.LEONARD NOW FOR APPROX. 20 YEARS, HE HAS BEEN TREATING MY DAUGHTER SINCE SHE WAS 18 MONTHS OLD. IN ALL THIS TIME I HAVE NEVER FOUND HIM TO BE ANYTHING BUT A PROFESSIONAL.
I WONDER DID YOU THINK WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO ALL OF US THAT NEED DR. LEONARD, DO YOU CARE? HOW HARD ITS BEEN TO GET OUR MEDS REFILLED WITHOUT A DOCTOR! WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO TELL MY DAUGHTER WHEN SHE HAS A SEIZURE, SORRY BABY, BUT NO ONE TAKES MEDICAID AND THE ONLY ONE WHO DID WAS FOUND TO BE UNFIT TO PRACTICE.
HOW COULD YOU SUSPEND HIM WHEN HE HAS NEVER BEEN FOUND INNOCENT OR GUILTY OF THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM! I ASK YOU TO PLEASE RETURN DR. LEONARD TO HIS PRACTICE. I STILL TRUST HIM TO CARE FOR MY DISABLED DAUGHTER.
SANDRA STRUBE (nurse and mother)
I have been a patient of Dr Leonard for the last few years and during that time he has always been thoughtful and considerate. There are particular instances that I saw or heard about which showed his interest in the welfare of less fortunate patients. Other Doctors, patients and staff have been universally positive about his interest in patients and diligence in general.
The accusations made to the medical board were not credible (I sat through most of the testimony.) and I hope that he returns to practice promptly. He has performed thousands of physical exams which require him to be in close proximity to patients. A very few patients made complaints for a variety of reasons and the vast majority were subsequently denied the care they needed by the Medical Board suspending his license. That’s in addition to the impact on his staff and himself.
I’M SO SURE THAT THE CHARGES AGAINST YOU ARE FALSE THAT IT IS A DAILY PRAYER OF MINE THAT GOD ABOVE WILL HOLD YOUR HAND AND SOOTHE YOUR SOUL AT THIS VERY TRYING TIME. YOU DESERVE HIS BLESSINGS AS YOU HAVE BEEN SUCH A BLESSING TO MY SISTER AND HELPED HER WHEN NO OTHER DR. COULD.
WHEN I BROUGHT MY SISTER TO YOU IT WAS WITH COMPLETE CONFIDENCE AS I HAD CHECKED AROUND TOWN AND ASKED SEVERAL DOCTORS WHO THEY WOULD TAKE THEIR SISTER TO AND YOUR NAME WAS MENTIONED MORE THAN ONCE AND EACH TIME I COULD SEE THE TOTAL RESPECT THESE PEOPLE HAD IN YOU.
NOW I KNOW WHY! YOU ARE SUCH A CARING AND GIVING DR. THE CHANGE YOU MADE IN MY SISTERS LIFE HAS BEEN DRAMATIC. WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR ALL THE KIND, COURTEOUS, INSIGHTFUL, PROFESSIONAL AND YES EVEN BRILLIANT HELP. YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL YET SO KIND AND CARING. SUCH A NICE MAN!
I AM HORRIFIED THAT WITH NO PROOF AT ALL THAT OUR “JUSTICE” SYSTEM CAN WALK IN AND SO COMPLETELY TAKE AWAY ALL THAT YOU HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO ACHIEVE FOR SO MANY SICK PEOPLE.
YOU HAVE SHOWN SO MUCH COMPASSION TO OTHERS THAT I CAN’T HELP BUT BELIEVE THAT IT WILL COME BACK TO YOU MANY FOLD. GOD BLESS YOU. YOU WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. THANK YOU FROM OUR HEARTS VERY BOTTOM FOR ALL THE HELP YOU HAVE BEEN.
Dr. Phil treated me for approx 3 years and at no time did I ever get anything but professional attention and care. I was totally shocked at what I saw in the news and didn’t believe any of it for one second. It’s too bad when the lust for monetary gain can ruin a decent man of his life’s ambition, to practice his trade and help others. No wonder so many physicians are getting out of business on their own, to prevent the threat of someone else driving them out.
Col. H. Dean Messer
Dr. Philip Leonard,
I just want to let you know how much I appreciate your professionalism and personal interest my well being. Without your assistance and personal attention to my individual medical and mental needs from the injuries I sustained, I would not have be able to live the quality of life for the past TEN years that I have enjoyed. I look forward to expertise and guidance in my future care and well being.
William D. Hardenburg
To Whom It May Concern:
Dr. Phillip Leonard has been my doctor for the past 10 years. I have seen him regularly during that time and on each occasion found his manner and treatment courteous, professional and appropriate. Dr. Leonard cares deeply about the medical problems of his patients and the consequent personal problems that can arise because of pain and disability. I have never observed any action on his part that would lead me to conclude otherwise.
So, I am deeply troubled by these allegations of misconduct and cannot believe they are true.
I know that being a good doctor is the most important thing in Dr. Leonard’s life. I hope that his license will soon be restored so that he can resume treating his patients. We need him.
Yours truly, Jo Clifton
Jo Clifton, Editor
In Fact Daily
We first met Dr. Philip Leonard in 1983 when my son, Michael, returned from the Houston Neurosensory Hospital. He had suffered a horrendous grand mal seizure while in that hospital and was having many different kinds of seizures as a result.
Returning to Austin we made an appointment with Dr. Leonard and we found a person who was not only a fantastic doctor, but also a fine human being. Dr. Leonard treated Michael until he died in 1987. During those years Dr. Leonard never gave up trying to help control Michael’s many seizures. Aside from being just Michael’s neurologist he was Michael’s friend. He encouraged our son to try to attend ACC, to become more independent. We will always be indebted to Dr. Leonard for his unwavering care and concern to Michael.
During the time Michael was ill I developed some neurological problems and began as Dr. Leonard’s patient. Twenty years later he is still my doctor and my friend. (In fact, he has treated several of our sons and my husband.) I would trust him with my life.
His conduct has always been above reproach. I absolutely do not believe these allegations which have been filed against him. We need him back as our doctor! ! ! Too many people are without his kindness and his expertise in neurology.
8805 Dorella Ln
Austin, TX 78736
I have always believed that we lived in a country where you were innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case. Dr. Leonard began to be punished as soon as the media feeding frenzy started about the accusations being made against him.
The continuing suspension of his license means that he is serving the most punitive sentence that the Board of Medical Examiners can hand down, despite the fact that he has not been found guilty of any crime, or even a lapse of professional judgment. The panel at the “temporary” suspension hearing that was so clearly biased against him admitted that there was no question about the quality of care that his patients receive.
As one of his grateful patients, I am being punished as well by being deprived of the compassionate and superb specialist who has helped me manage a painful neurological condition that rapidly spread throughout my body in 2001. If it were not for Dr. Leonard, I doubt I would be able to walk and work today. At no time during my frequent visits to him did I consider his actions to be any way offensive. On the contrary, I found him to be extraordinarily kind when I was at the lowest point of life. He always made my comfort level his priority. Even when the pain was somewhat being held at bay and I thought that I could be stoic and live with it, he told me that that wasn’t good enough for him. He gave me strength, not only from the excellent medical care he provided, but also from the genuine interest in took in my case and how to best ameliorate my symptoms.
I have been flabbergasted by the accusations that have been made. Dr Leonard was never so much as rude to me, let alone sexually abusive. Having served in the victim assistance field, I know that a sexual predator preys upon the vulnerable and the weak. I doubt that I could have been more vulnerable and weak than during some of my early office visits when this alien burning pain was taking control of my life. As the symptoms moved up my torso, he would have had the perfect excuse to take advantage of the situation and touch me inappropriately. It strains my credibility to even consider that he is a “Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde”-type character.
One cannot be an angel of mercy to a patient in one consulting room, and then turn around and behave like the devil himself with a patient in the next room. Surely the problem is one of the patient’s perceptions, not of actual sexually motivated actions by Dr. Leonard. I have a further reason for believing that Dr. Leonard is the victim of some perverted misunderstanding. My mother had suffered from chronic pain for decades, pain that deprived her of restful sleep. I referred her to him, and Dr. Leonard was able to correctly diagnose and treat her condition after a number of other doctors had failed. He never touched her inappropriately either.
I was appalled by the lack of decorum exhibited during the trial before Board of Medical Examiners. Even other doctors who came forward to testify on Dr. Leonard’s behalf were treated with contempt by the panel. I see no good reason that Dr. Leonard’s license could not be restored with cautionary restrictions, such as he should have an assistant in the consulting room with him during examinations (something I am sure he would insist on now anyway so he would have a witness available!).
Joni Sager, 44 Technical Writer/Editor
August 22, 2003
I wish to thank DR. LEONARD for helping my son when we first came to Austin about 22 years ago. He treated my son for seizures when he was about 5 years old and later outgrew them. DR. LEONARD monitored his brain activity with the EEG’s and later tapered him off the medication when he quit having them. He was a kind and caring doctor during the time he treated him.
And it don’t stop there, I later had problems with severe headaches and neck pain and I chose DR. LEONARD since he was so good with my son, to treat me. He gave me injections in my neck area and while he was very close to me, I never thought anything about it, since he has always been PROFESSIONAL. It wasn’t like I was a dartboard and he was tossing darts across the room, he needed to be close to put the needle in the right location.
MY BEST TO YOU DR. LEONARD AND YOUR FAMILY, I NOT ONLY CONSIDERED YOU OUR DOCTOR BUT A FRIEND AS WELL.
Diana Bode & son, David Olsen
My name is David Ward, and I have been a patient of Dr. Leonard’s for over 10 years. He has treated me for cluster headaches, a rare and debilitating form of headaches. The pain they cause is so severe and the onset so sudden that I was forced to sharply curtail all activities other than work, and was often unable even to work a full schedule. Given that medical science is still not certain of the cause of cluster headaches, Dr. Leonard’s ability and willingness to think outside the box of “normal” headache treatment is impressive.
One of the problems with these headaches is that a treatment that has been successful at one point will sometimes cease to be effective. Dr. Leonard has been able to see around the problem and find different ways to approach the problem. Not only that, Dr. Leonard continually showed concern and compassion for the problems I was having as a result of these headaches. I felt as if it was as important to him as it was to me to get relief from the pain.
This man is a compassionate, caring doctor who places the welfare of his patients above all other considerations. His patients, and the Austin medical community need and deserve his rapid return to his practice. To do otherwise would be a complete miscarriage of justice and due process.
I am a single female, I have an 18 yr. old son with Fragile X (Genetic learning disability) he is borderline mentally impaired he has ADHD and autism.
Dr. Leonard has seen my son for over 12 years. My son receives Medicaid which most doctors won’t except. My son’s prescription will soon expire, finding a doctor who will take Medicaid is a real hassle. My son has outbursts, and is easily agitated. Without his medication he can not leave home without anxiety attacks. I always go in the examining room with my son for his appointments.
I have always been treated with respect and talked to in a friendly professional manner. I don’t believe any of the allegations I have heard. I hope this is all settled soon. I feel for Dr. Leonard and his family. Having the same Doctor for so many years, is like he is an extended church family. I am sure other patients can relate to what I am saying.
Summer D., Levi’s Mom.