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The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine & Medical Associates

Phone: (949) 653-2020 View Additional Phone Numbers 4330 Barranca Pkwy #130, Irvine, CA 92604

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This company offers behavioral medicine.

BBB Accreditation

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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised the rating for The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine & Medical Associates include:

  • Length of time business has been operating
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size
  • Response to 1 complaint(s) filed against business
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business

Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 1
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 0
Total Closed Complaints 1

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

1 Customer Review on The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine & Medical Associates
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 1
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 1

Additional Information

BBB file opened: Business started: 10/03/1984 in CA Business incorporated 03/12/2007 in CA
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

This business is in an industry that may require professional licensing, bonding or registration. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

These agencies may include:

Medical Board of California
1434 Howe Avenue #92, Sacramento CA 95825-3236
Phone Number: (800) 633-2322
Fax Number: (916) 263-2387
The number is 34929.

Type of Entity


Business Management
Dr. David Velkoff MD, Owner
Contact Information
Principal: Dr. David Velkoff MD, Owner
Number of Employees


Business Category

Clinics Behavioral Education Services

Alternate Business Names
Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine Picard Medical Inc

Additional Locations


    4330 Barranca Pkwy #130

    Irvine, CA 92604 (800) 700-4233 (818) 709-2009 (949) 653-2020


BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Overview

BBB Customer Reviews Rating represents the customers opinions of the business. The Customer Review Rating is based on the number of positive, neutral and negative customer reviews posted that are calculated to produce a score.

Customer Review Experience Value
Positive Review 5 points per review
Neutral Review 3 points per review
Negative Review 1 point per review

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BBB Letter Grade Scale

BBB Rating Value
A+ 5
A 4.66
A- 4.33
B+ 4
B 3.66
B- 3.33
C+ 3
C 2.66
C- 2.33
D+ 2
D 1.66
D- 1.33
F 1
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Star Rating scale

  Average Score
5 stars 5.00
4.5 stars 4.50-4.99
4 stars 4.00-4.49
3.5 stars 3.50-3.99
3 stars 3.00-3.49
2.5 stars 2.50-2.99
2 stars 2.00-2.49
1.5 stars 1.50-1.99
1 star 0-1.49

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Complaint Detail(s)

6/15/2016 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: I naiad cash upfront before my son could be seen. After several sessions my son was not getting any better and I asked for a refund for the unused portions. They have not contacted me back

Desired Settlement: I would like a refund on my unused portion of the treatment

Business Response: Dear *********,

I received an email notice from the BBB of a complaint against the Drake Institute on Friday evening, May 27, at 10:29pm on a disputed amount from a patient. The patient was ******* *** and the Complaint # was ********, for a refund for $3000.

The only request we had received from her for a refund was on May 25, 2016, requesting a refund for unused treatment sessions.
My secretary had left her a voicemail during the day on May 27, so we could obtain her credit card number in order to credit her the refund. There never was a dispute from our end on crediting her the refund. 

Later that night, May 27, I received the BBB notification that a complaint was filed against the Drake Institute by her. She did not call my office back from the voicemail left for her on May 27, so my secretary called her again on May 28 and she answered the phone and gave my secretary her credit card number. A refund of $4950.00 was processed that day and the funds were debited from our account on June 1, 2016.

This complaint was unfortunate because we were trying to credit her a refund before we even knew that she had filed an unnecessary complaint with the BBB. We never disputed providing her with the refund.


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Customer Review(s)

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Customer Reviews Summary

1 Customer Review on The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine & Medical Associates
Neutral Experience (0 reviews)
Negative Experience (0 reviews)
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