It is an honor and humbling when we receive acknowledgment for the work we do for our patients and their families. We post these comments so you can gain a feel for the type of practice we have and to ever remind ourselves why we do what we do.
Comments come in all the time and we periodically update this area. We work hard to make sure that you may be one of them. No higher compliment can be received than to earn your trust and assist in your care.
Dr. Kendall is unlike any doctor I've ever been to! She changed my perception about doctors and has given me hope again! She comes out to look for you at your appointment time. So many questions I've had my whole life were answered just in the 90 minute session. Found out about other conditions I had absolutely no idea about and she was able to assist me in getting the right help from other doctors that are actually educated in rare conditions. Invisible illnesses ARE a thing and validation is everything from the right doctor! I highly recommend her! The chairs in her office and waiting room are also comfortable. Being comfortable means everything to a chronic pain patient! Thank you Dr. Kendall!
Adult with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Words can not express the gratitude we have for Dr. Kendall. Dr. Kendall's knowledge & expertise is so very helpful in steering us in the right direction to keep our precious jewel as healthy as possible. We affectionately call Dr. Kendall our light house helping light the way through this brutal disease. Dr. Kendall brings fresh insight & intricate detail into what our daughter needs. VMP Genetics is truly a blessing. Thank you again for such wonderful care. We will always be grateful for Dr. Kendall & her compassionate care. Sincerely..
Mother of a daughter with a chromosome duplication
I just want to say that I feel deeply privileged to be able to see Dr Kendall. Like many, I was at the end of my tether, battling to get through each day and getting worse over time. I had resigned myself to a lifetime of struggling an unseen foe. When I did see Dr Kendall, she was understanding, caring and really wanted to help. She is clearly an expert in her field who will not allow a bunch of strange symptoms and test results to confuse her. In the past, like many, I was passed off and sent home with painkillers and antidepressants because doctors don't know how to help me. I want you to know that if you are looking for help and are afraid, don't be, because Dr Kendall will listen to everything. There's is point where you're no longer doing this for yourself alone, but for your children, who need you not to give up. Dr Kendall won't give up on you either.
Adult mitochondrial evaluation
Just a few lines to give you a heart felt THANK YOU! After the testing confirmed your suspicion of autonomic dysfunction and my having the opportunity to talk with Dr. Xxxxxx I felt validated. He got it, really got what I was experiencing on a daily basis. You picked up on this within ten minutes of my initial office visit with you. I am astounded. I have seen so many doctors and none of them picked up on this. Thank you SO much!
Adult with a family history of mitochondrial disease
As with probably all of Dr. Kendall's patients, I have a complex medical history. Local doctors do not have the level of expertise with mitochondrial disorders that I needed. I am so grateful that Dr. Kendall makes herself available for those around the country (and around the world!) by means of remote appointments. I appreciated the time she took to review all of my medical records, and her expert guidance will be invaluable to my local team of doctors. In addition to offering thoughts on issues of diagnosis and testing, Dr. Kendall also provided treatment suggestions for my most bothersome symptoms. She was understanding and patient with my questions and concerns. Her typed summary of our discussion was comprehensive and prompt. Thank you, Dr. Kendall!
Remote adult under evaluation
I just wanted to send a thank you note to Dr. Kendall and the team. I've been through a lot of mito/GI complications recently and I don't think I would have been able to navigate and manage my care without the backup of her records and recommendations. The connection with supportive services has already been invaluable. I have had many great doctors who have benefitted from her recommendations and even reached out to Dr. Kendall. Even with those doctors who refused to believe that mito physiology doesn't follow the normal rules, and tried to do things backwards, having Dr. Kendall's voice in the back of my head helped me advocate for what I needed. Besides her extensive knowledge, Dr. Kendall has also brought a great deal of compassion and common sense to our conversations. I am so grateful to have her in my life.
Adult under evaluation for a mitochondrial disease
Dr Kendall has given my son hope but at the same time is honest and up front about his condition. My son and I have seen so many different doctors, sometimes being shrugged off. For a teenager to be dismissed by a doctor is devastating. My son became depressed and stopped telling me when he was hurting or having new symptoms. The day we walked into Dr Kendall's clinic we were welcomed, she was well informed with all of his medical history, talked to my son and me directly, and really changed my son's life. He was talking to her and telling her of all of his symptoms and she was giving him explanations of why his body was reacting this way. We still do not have an exact diagnosis but are working on that. In the meantime she has given us resources and a plan. Before seeing Dr Kendall he was so sick but no one was listening and I felt like a bad mother for not being able to help. After seeing Dr Kendall (twice now) and it is a six hour drive, we have hope- he is going to college and now has dreams and goals. He is learning to deal with "crashes" and reserve his energy for the things he wants to do unlike before it was a downward spiral because he did not know what was happening to his body. As well, my son has a wonderful pediatrician and is accepting of the advice of Dr Kendall. That is crucial in the management of his health. To parents who are thinking of taking their sick child to her, please do. Just give her a chance as she is amazing! I realize some children may not have an outcome like my son as some may receive devastating news but if anyone can help your child to the best of their ability and as their health allows, it is her. One thought is having a funds set up for parents that are unable to pay to see her (uninsured or underinsured) I wish every child could have the opportunity to meet her if they needed her. Thanks again for caring and giving my son life again.
Young adult under evaluation for a connective tissue disease
I was very pleased with the way Dr. Kendall treated me. She was more than I expected. Dr. Kendall listened intently to what I had to say. She let me tell my story and made me feel like it was very important to her. She made sure to ask me about any questions I had and to answer them. I think this is the start of a very good relationship.
I just wanted to send a note of thanks to Dr. Kendall. I just had my follow-up with her and as always am just immensely grateful for her knowledge, her advice, her care. She has been one of my very best assets as a chronically ill or medically interesting patient. She just amazes me as a physician and I really appreciate all she does for me and her other patients. With much respect - and best regards
Adult with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
I would like to thank Dr. Kendall for her professionalism, knowledge, and compassion regarding my mitochondrial illness. She is honest and patient in answering my questions. I appreciate this very much and look forward to having her be a part of new breakthroughs for myself and the mitochondrial community.
The remote appointment was very helpful because Dr Kendall was well prepared, having reviewed my notes before the consultation, and she had constructive ideas about other possible treatments that could help. I found that she had a wide knowledge of the various conditions that I have. With many thanks.
Dr Kendall is often incorrectly slotted into Medical Genetics by insurance companies as they do not have a classification in their computer systems for her area of board certification - Biochemical Genetics. Dr Kendall trained through Medical Genetics and then advanced into the more complex and demanding areas of biochemical genetics. For decades Dr Kendall has focused on mitochondrial disorders, inborn errors of metabolism and the most complex of inherited disorders. A medical geneticist that hospitals must have on staff is like a family practitioner compared to a cardiologist when medical genetics is compared to Dr Kendall's specialization.
Medical genetics is the specialty of medicine that involves the diagnosis and management of hereditary disorders. Medical genetics differs from Human genetics in that human genetics is a field of scientific research that may or may not apply to medicine, but medical genetics refers to the application of genetics to medical care. For example, research on the causes and inheritance of genetic disorders would be considered within both human genetics and medical genetics, while the diagnosis, management, and counseling of individuals with genetic disorders would be considered part of medical genetics. In contrast, the study of typically non-medical phenotypes such as the genetics of eye color would be considered part of human genetics, but not necessarily relevant to medical genetics (except in situations such as albinism). Medical genetics encompasses many different areas and subspecialties.
Clinical Genetics is the practice of clinical medicine with particular attention to hereditary disorders.
Metabolic (or biochemical) genetics involves the diagnosis and management of inborn errors of metabolism in which patients have enzymatic deficiencies that perturb biochemical pathways involved in metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids, and lipids. Examples of metabolic disorders include galactosemia, glycogen storage disease, lysosomal storage disorders, metabolic acidosis, peroxisomal disorders, phenylketonuria, and urea cycle disorders.
Mitochondrial genetics concerns the diagnosis and management of mitochondrial disorders, which have a molecular basis but often result in biochemical abnormalities due to deficient energy production.
Molecular genetics involves the discovery of and laboratory testing for DNA mutations that underlie many single gene disorders.