“First of all... I’m as critical as they come and I have to say Brhee is quite arguably the best doctor in all of Boise, but probably farther. I was very ill for about 9 months, when I went to see her and was tested for pretty much every allergy possible. All of the tests came back negative. I had no allergies of any kind. I’d already been to my regular clinic 3 times, the urgent clinic a few times, to a pulmonologist twice, to an ear/nose/throat doctor 3 times, and then he sent me to the allergist for congestion, a cough, and sore throat. I’d tried Flonase, Albuterol, Antibiotics, Tesla Pearls, Flonase again, other allergy medication and no one could figure out what was wrong. I thought I might have cancer or something worse! The pulmonologist said, “You’re lungs are in perfect condition.” ?? The ENT said directly, “I don’t know what you have.” A primary care doctor said take these antibiotics for an infection and I did....but was still sick. I saw the allergist (as I’ve mentioned,) and I have no allergies. None, Zero, Zip. Then Brhee said the most infuriating thing I’d heard yet... she said, “ I think it’s a sinus infection and you need antibiotics.” I let her know that I’d already tried that. She was clearly wrong. She held strong to her theory, despite my death stare and probably my now readily apparent seething contempt for her stupid and irrational viewpoint. I was so angry. I’d already tried antibiotics! Was she not hearing me? What is wrong with me (expletives deleted.)?!! Naturally I never wanted to see her again. But despite this opinion, I followed all her directions, because I followed every doctors directions (it’s just what I do.). And to my great shock and awe.... she was correct. It was just a really bad sinus infection that needed antibiotics for 30 days. In 9 months and with thousands and thousands of dollars spent no doctor had figured this out, until I went to the allergy group. She was right on. Who’s better than that?”
“I am very glad that I found the Allergy Group! Everyone there is kind, caring and professional. While I was in the office for a procedure, Nurse Cathy and the other staff went over and above what was expected to make sure I was not just cared for and safe, but comfortable, as well. Four different people checked on me at different times. Dr. Talreja is amazing. She really listens, really cares, and patiently answers my many questions. I have had multiple issues with allergies for a long time and do quite a bit of research myself, so I was thrilled to find a doctor that could teach me things I didn’t know and explain things I didn’t understand and suggest medications and interventions I had never heard of (for example, “Aspirin Desensitization Procedure”). “Dr. T” knows the answers, even quotes medical journals, but respects you as the expert on yourself and what you are experiencing. She even gave me a great referral to another doctor for gastrointestinal issues I’ve had for years, and that doctor also was able to help me quite a bit with a medication for no one else had ever mentioned. I’ve consulted many doctors these last few years, and it’s rare to find one as knowledgeable, personable, concerned and conscientious as Dr. Talreja. She’s earned my trust. I could only wish that all doctors and their staff would be as expert and caring as this one is!”
— Kathleen Lucas
“Dear Dr. T, First, thank you for your evaluation and advice at my appointment recently. I appreciated your office staff, the evident philosophy of the group, and you. I tried to offer a positive review in answer to your office's email, but I have a MAC computer, and for some reason (maybe for that reason), it wouldn't allow me to do it. In case you would like to know, I offer 5 stars! It was a good experience, and I had been dreading it, having gone to three different allergists and allergy clinics in Idaho and Washington over my decades of dealing with allergies. Your group definitely stands out. So, thank you. I look forward to continuing our relationship. Thank you sincerely”
“If I could I'd give the allergy clinic a rating of 6 out of 5. They are that good. They have always been accommodating for folks from 100 miles away. Our children went to The Allergy Group almost 30 years ago, and the clinic has maintained high standards until our visits a wee bit over a year ago Dr. Talreja was kind but insistent about drug changes that resulted in me being totally symptom free for about a year, and having only minor symptoms for much longer. Kudos to all the folks at The Allergy Group!”
— Dr. David C. Burns
“I just wanted to send you a quick note telling you how impressed I was with Brianne. My primary care provided diagnosed me with allergies. Brianne said she didn't think I had allergies but a sinus infection. Allergy test confirmed her suspicion. I really felt like she wanted to do everything she could to help me to start feeing better. Thumbs up to Brianne and The Allergy Group. Definitely recommend you guys!”
— Calvin Merida
“Dr. Neetu is a 5 star physician. She is very professional, knowledgeable, compassionate humble and dedicated to her patients and staff.”
— Linda L.
“Dr. Talreja is one of the best physicians I have worked with in my 30 years of allergy nursing. We miss you in Tampa!”
— Kat B.
“Great Doctors & staff!!!! Except Barb… She’s the mean shot lady… LOL. She takes GREAT care of you. Love you Barb!!”
— Kim B.
“Dr. Talreja is so very caring, compassionate, and truly dedicated to her job as a physician!”
— Kim R.
Oral Immunotherapy Testimonials
“Hailey lived in fear for 10 years after being diagnosed with a peanut allergy and experienced several visits to the emergency room for contamination or peanut ingestion. No matter how careful we were, it seemed to be near impossible to protect her from contamination. As she grew older, we had to put her in counseling for her to be able to deal with the fear of eating a peanut. It became a big deal for her. As she grew older, we went into a deep dive to find a physician that would take her into their OIT program even if it meant going to another state. Lucky us – we discovered The Allergy Group. It has been an amazing journey for us. Starting with just a small amount of peanut powder to being able to ingest peanut powder or peanuts months later, feels like a miracle for our entire family. Hailey had setbacks often, but Lori made her feel secure and confident that we had to always move forward. At this time, Hailey has graduated in the program. We still are dealing with the emotional aspect of this program. In her mind, for over 10 years she was told she could die if she ate peanuts. Even after all the work and patience of the staff, she still struggles with the emotional aspect of eating peanuts. My recommendation to any parent that has a child who has a peanut allergy, would be to start at an early age. The earlier the better – before these fears develop. What it meant to the family is hard to describe because it changed our lives. It gave us such freedom of worry and anxiety. We don’t have to worry about her spending the night with friends, eating with friends at restaurants, and just to watch her be so happy was like watching a miracle happen. Hailey will be an OIT graduate and deal with the regiment for the rest of her life because she wants to be a normal teen, go on trips with her class, and more importantly head off to college knowing that she can control the allergy and be safe. Our many thanks to every single person at The Allergy Group. We have felt special, the staff has been experienced and great to work with, and we will be glad to send you a copy of the documentary that Hailey is doing for a personal project at her school that explains her journey to success. We will be forever grateful to every one of you!”
— Karen Range Starling
“My two sons, ages 13 & 6, both have severe food allergies since they were 6-months old. They are allergic to almost everything including the topmost allergenic foods. Life is difficult ever since because it is not easy to find alternative foods that will supplement the nutrients and minerals that they are missing. We cannot eat in restaurants. Travel means bringing a luggage of foods that they can eat and making sure hotels we stay in have kitchens. Sending them to school requires a lot of preparation, not to mention the anxiety it brings every time they are away from home. We missed attending a lot of birthday parties and even their birthday celebration means no cake and only specialty foods. Fortunately, The Allergy Group introduced us to OIT. It has been a year since they have started doing it, and they have already added eggs, dairy, and peanuts in their diet. Dr. T, Dr. Lori, and the nurses are very caring and you can really see their passion and determination to help kids with food allergies. It is definitely a life-changing event for my family. It made life easier for my kids and the fear of exposure to these foods is gone. We still have a few more foods to go and I cannot wait for them to go through therapy so they can add more foods to their diet. We are so grateful to The Allergy Group!”
— Sheryll De Guzman
“Khaela was diagnosed with severe food allergies to eggs, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts at 10 months old. At age 5 we did a blood test and she would not grow out of her PN/TN allergy so we decided to do immunotherapy. It was a 22 weeks for peanuts and an additional 6 weeks for treenuts. Khaela passed her peanut and tree nut challenges and is now bite proof. As she starts kindergarten this year, this gives me peace of mind that she won’t go into anaphylaxis if accidentally exposed to PN/TN. We will be doing another oral challenge for eggs to determine if we will do immunotherapy for eggs. The nurses and doctors at the allergy group were amazing and with you every step of the way, during the good days and bad days. They always have the best interest for you and your child and come up with a plan that works best for everyone. I would highly recommend that anyone with a food allergy do OIT. It has made my life less stressful and has reduced my anxiety levels.”
— The Hunt Family
“A life-threatening food allergy is no joke. Our now 7-year-old daughter lived the first six years of her life in fear. Fear of not being able to breathe if she accidentally consumed peanut. Fear of having to be stabbed with an Epi pen. Fear of seeming different from her friends. And we, her parents, have only amplified her fear, which was driven by our own worry, and our child’s safety. She never ate out at restaurants. She never ate cake at birthday parties. She never attended play dates at friends’ houses. OIT changed all that. Our daughter’s life is completely different now, changed for the better. We cannot say enough wonderful things about the OIT program or The Allergy Group! Going into the program, we had a lot of apprehension. But we immediately felt cared for and listened to. OIT was the best decision we have ever made for our daughter. We will be forever grateful to everyone at The Allergy Group!! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!”
— Tim & Meagan McGree
“We discovered that our son had a peanut allergy when he was one. While we were devastated by the news, the Allergy Group was very reassuring and informed us of a new protocol they were developing for Oral Immunotherapy (OIT). As soon as our son had developed adequate communication skills to tell us if he experienced allergy symptoms, we enrolled him in the OIT program. We are so glad we did! He is very excited that he gets to eat peanuts every morning and he never once had an adverse reaction to the treatment. Since we started the treatment so early we even have hopes that he will outgrow his allergy as he gets older. I highly recommend OIT treatment to anyone wanting peace of mind that incidental exposure to an allergen won’t result in a severe reaction as they navigate various food environments like restaurants, schools, and parties.”
“We took our son to Texas Roadhouse tonight with all the peanuts around him and he was fine!!! Although he graduated in April it's taken us a while to be really confident going out to eat with him and get out of the habit of avoiding public peanut places...in July we went to Five Guys and that was surreal too. He starts kindergarten next week and I was, I'm sure, a much calmer parent talking to the school nurse yesterday than I would have been last year!”
“As this patient's mom, I just can't thank you enough for bringing OIT to Boise. Having your team by our sides during this process was a blessing. You calmed our nerves and talked us through anxious moments. The freedom from fear of food that you have given my daughter is immeasurable. Just today her friend ate a peanut butter granola bar in front of her and she didn't have to ask her not to. I can't begin to thank you enough.”
“We just wanted to say thank you for everything. No words can describe how incredibly grateful we are of the Allergy Group and oralimmunotherapy. Because of you Ella can live in a stress free and safe environment. This has been momentous and life changing for all of us in so many ways. Thank you for your constant kindness and car you have Ella! Thank you for saving her life, we truly believe that.”
— The Anderton Family
“We are almost year out from her last oral immunotherapy treatment and final peanut challenge. I never thought that I would take a picture of peanuts in Karlie's room. The past year has been free of fear and stress for us both. I cannot thank you enough for providing Karlie with the opportunity to go through oral immunotherapy.”
Where do I begin?! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! Just when I felt like I was going to lose my mind trying to figure out what I was going to do for Griffey and his troubles, I received your offer to help! I seriously don’t know where we’d be without you. You gave me hope, help and reassurance as a mother and most importantly you gave me wisdom that has resulted in Griffey being a much happier, HEALTHIER baby! <3
Words are not enough to express my gratitude for your generous gift of time, advice and help! We will forever be grateful for the sweet gift of health and your kindness towards us! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! <3 <3
I wanted to thank you for finding the right medication to successfully rid off of my hives. I went to several doctors and the emergency room with no diagnosis or results. If it wasn’t for you, I would still be in a lot of pain. With your help we have determined that once a month injection is all I needed to keep the hives at bay. Dr. T, you are the best!
I cannot say enough about how much my family appreciates the Allergy Group. My daughter, Ruby, suffers from childhood asthma. It began when she was just turning 4 years old and progressively worsened. She even had to be rushed to the emergency room a couple times, and we delayed trips, as flying would have been dangerous with her oxygen levels being what they were at the time. I had so many inhalers tucked all over, in purses, cars, school, etc. ready to react immediately to a coughing fit that would escalate quickly.
Ruby reached a point where even a slight cough would transform her little face into fear as she ran to me holding her hands around her neck, with all of us instantly worried whether it would a quick recovery or a fit that would lead her to gasping and crying. Our entire family stayed on alert, and her asthma was always considered first before we engaged in physical activities or spent extended time outside. She would frequently get sick and take a long time to recover.
When Ruby was just barely six years old, we brought her to see Dr. Neetu Talreja. We had been working with Ruby's pediatrician until that point, yet her symptoms were escalating. The treatment we were using was a steroid inhaler but this only masked the symptoms. The more she coughed and the more she needed the inhaler, the more damage her body incurred. From the first appointment forward, Ruby fell in love with Dr. Talreja. Her warm, caring nature put her at ease immediately. Every time we meet, she spends the time to really listen, is so knowledgeable as she discusses all the options and recommendations for Ruby, then respectfully allows us to make our own decision.
After learning about allergy shots from Dr. Talreja, we decided to try it. They conducted an assessment of her specific allergies and created a formula treating just those allergies. Within months, the results were amazing. Ruby's reaction when she would start coughing, evolved from panic to surprise as it would stop quickly and easily. And it was happening with less and less frequency.
The team at The Allergy Group have always been considerate and very responsive. The appointments are on time and the crew is efficient in all they do. The patience they exhibit when a 6 year old comes in up to 3 times a week, sometimes taking her shot with a smile, and other times fighting tooth and nail, is commendable. They remain calm and supportive, reminding her of the benefits to come. Ruby, after a year of taking shots, was rewarded with a kitten. She loves animals but due to her allergy, she had never been able to be around them without compromising her immune system.
Without exaggeration, our family's lifestyle has been transformed. Ruby runs and plays outside to her heart's content, without the fear she once carried of running out of breath. When she catches a cold, it will simply work its course, instead of invariably turning into a doctor's visit for stronger medication to recover. And psychologically, she is no longer traumatized when she coughs. Ruby has become a more confident, healthy person, and doesn't have to limit her participation in activities. We used the inhaler only twice in 2016, and each time the cough quickly dissipated. Our biggest concern now is that we forget to bring her to the monthly appointments because she simply doesn't have any symptoms to remind us.
The treatment given to Ruby by The Allergy Group, between allergy shots and the prevention plan, has proven to be nothing shy of a miracle. She is no longer needing the preventative medication and is only on a monthly booster shot program at age 7. We are grateful beyond words and could not recommend Dr. Talreja and the team at The Allergy Group enough.
I started seeing Dr. Talreja one year ago due to severe asthma, allergy and sinus infections. She was recommended to me due to the place that I was going to felt that they could no longer give me allergy shots as after 4 ½ years as I still wasn’t able to meet “maintenance” levels with the shots and the PA that I was seeing thought that Dr. Talreja would be able to treat my symptoms better than he could.
Dr. Talreja had me go through allergy testing again to see what direction she needed to take along with doing a compressive testing of the asthma problems and we agreed to start with a totally different regimen of asthma inhalers and tapering off the use of prednisone which long term use of this steroid is not good for the human body as a whole. I also started taking Xolair shots which specifically focuses on blocking the over stimulation of the allergens that cause asthma issues and where taking inhaled corticosteroids is no longer effective in controlling asthma symptoms. Also, being someone who has been plagued in the past with chronic unexplained hives; I thought that this would be a very good option for me.
So far my experience with Xolair has been a very positive one and this is coming from someone who seemed to have reactions every time I had allergy shots! I have not once had any reactions to the Xolair shots and feel that they are effective in helping me in my circumstances of severe uncontrolled asthma. My lung capacity has showed marked improvement on spirometer machine and I feel that my overall health is improving. Yes, it can take time to notice any difference in your health once you start the Xoliar shots but I did notice a difference after taking the shots in the first couple of months! First off I stopped wanting to fall asleep at my desk at work first thing in the morning and I have also noticed better concentration in doing daily activities since my lungs aren’t fighting so much just to breath. Yes I still have my rescue inhaler but I am finding less of a need for it than before.
If you have talked to your health care professional about Xolair and they recommend these shots for you, take the time to do your own research and find out what you need to know to see if it’s something you would like to peruse to help control your uncontrolled asthma symptoms or unexplained hives. Just a word to the wise…if you are looking to Xolair to help with your allergy problems you might get a nice surprise when you discover that you are taking less allergy medicine and/or your body is reacting less to your own unique set of symptoms. (This isn’t what Xolair was meant to do though and I wouldn’t recommend it for treating allergy symptoms that aren’t related to your asthma)
Yes I still have nasal allergies and sinus infections but I feel that slowly these are getting better as well and I look forward to the day in the near future when my regular asthma inhalers start going away; one by one.
Thanks Dr. Talreja!