I was suffering from bronchitis, and it got to the point where I needed to see a doctor. As a recent grad, I didn't have a doctor in Athens. I called Dr. Cook's office and they scheduled my appointment for the same day! A few minutes later, someone else moved their appointment. The office called me to see if I wanted their appointment time, and I said yes. So, 30 minutes after my first call to Dr. Cook's office, I was signing in to be seen. Once I was in the exam room, I waited for Dr. Cook to come in. I only had to wait about 3 minutes. Dr. Cook's manner and attitude are outstanding, and he evaluated my condition and my whole health carefully. He explained everything, listened to me, and did some tests and a nebulizer treatment right there. While all these took place, Dr. Cook stayed right in the exam room, and he did my paperwork and visit notes on the computer there. I'm used to doctors making me wait for 15 minutes, seeing me for 3 minutes, then leaving. Dr. Cook is different; he deals with each patient until all the tests are done and all the questions are answered. Even with the tests and nebulizer, my bill was very reasonable. I won't post the dollar-amount since every patient's visit is different, but Dr. Cook definitely understands the patient's perspective and desire for access to quality health care. Dr. Cook is not an MD, he is a DO (doctor of osteopathy). I have heard that this approach is typical of DOs, so if you haven't been to one before I highly recommend it. You can rest assured that a DO, particularly Dr. Cook, is well-trained and eminently qualified. In summary, Dr. Cook is intelligent, thorough, and compassionate. Every part of a visit to his office reflects this, and I will continue to recommend Dr. Cook and be a patient for as long as I live in the area. I have had some very good physicians, but Dr. Cook is the best. He'll take good care of you and your family.
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Dr. Payton is amazing! He became our doctor after an insurance change when our daughter was only 8 months old. We brought her to his office for a sick visit after she had a seizure. Before he entered the exam room, she had had another seizure. He sent us to the hospital. While this is not the ideal way to meet someone, we soon learned how very much he loved our child and our family. He was at the hospital with us for many hours over the next few days. We have two children now and he shows the same care for the second. Both have had to be hospitalized and have had several emergency visits to the hospital. Dr. P is always there, we don't even go to the ER, we just meet him there. He calls to check in on the kids when we haven't seen him for a while. He even came to both of their first birthday parties. He is a wonderful doctor and exceptional person. My daughter wants to be a doctor just like Dr. Payton when she grows up. April S.
I am 38 years old, and Dr. Cook is among the top two doctors I have ever seen as a patient. When I first met him, I was a bit scared because, well, I'm ALWAYS scared when seeing a doctor for the first time! Dr. Cook is excellent though, and he and his staff took down a thorough medical history, seemed to care about my problems, and most of all, were quite capable of giving me the medical attention I needed to get better. Dr. Cook seems interested in helping people to be healthy, whatever it takes... I like that about him. He will shoot straight with you. At one point, I kept forgetting my medicines, and he had a serious talk with me about the consequences. It was the wakeup call I needed. He even helped me by giving me an extra pillbox and making suggestions for how not to forget my medicines. I have been seeing him for around 5 years now. Excellent medical care.