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My experience is a little old--it occurred July 4, 2001. Turth in advertising requires me to say I was born in St. Joseph's over 70 years ago, but have not lived in Atlanta since 1970. I was visiting to attend a wedding and staying with friends. I was supposed to go to the Rehearsal Dinner, but was feeling ill, so I declined hoping to attend the wedding on Saturday. The friends with whom I was staying had dinner plans. BTW, I should be considered a knowledgeable layman, having worked in healthcare administration for decades. Four years prior to this, I had had an angioplasty so I was conscious of potential heart problems. When my friends arrived I told my host that it would probably be wise to go to an Emergency Room for a blood test to see if I was having heart problems. I was vaguely surprised when he suggested St. Josephs. Predictably, the ER was a zoo on a holiday weekend. Eventually blood was drawn and my host proved to be the really good friend and stayed with me. The staff put me into one of the ER cubicles while we waited. Eventually the ER physician came in about 3 a.m. and told me that the blood tests had proven negative for the enzymes indicative of a heart attack. However, he encouraged me to stay in the hospital for an angiogram the next morning. I decided that I must be having some type of flu, and declined. But my friend supported the idea--I must have looked really bad. Reluctantly, I agreed. Angiogram results: The good news: No heart attack. The bad news: Blood vessels in the heart, 85% occluded. Consulting with the cardiologist who recommended a CAB (a bypass). Having observed a number of those operations, I was less than enthused at the prospect plus I did not have medical insurance. I asked about another angioplasty. They advised against it saying in a relatively short period of time, the problem would recur. When I mentioned the lack of insurance, they said something "Let St. Josephs take care of you. Also, they said the CAB would be performed first thing Monday, which meant I would miss the wedding. I was also bummed because I had been exercising in an effort to not have heart problems. I decended into a combination "blue funk" and pity party--still resisting the idea of a CAB. As a result, things were kind of up in the air. One of the nurses, who deserves my everlasting thanks, came in and counselled me. By the time she left, I was more amenable. They sent in the heavy gun--the anesthesiologist. By the time he arrived, I had come to grips with it. Before he could open his mouth I said "Let's do this." I've gone into this detail so that readers will know that St. Josephs really does care and, take this from someone in a position to know, does a great job. I was pretty much of a deadbeat, and I received care worthy of a Chief of State. I would like to think that I was a knowledgeable patient--let the wounds drain and exercise as much as you can. In fact, I made them sit me up in the chair rather than the bed when they brought me to my room from Intensive Care. I felt compelled to write this when I read a couple of the reviews. There are two low ratings. One is the result of the doctor's orders, not the hospital. In fairness, staph can be very very difficult. The other low rating was because of a mixup about telephone numbers. I can see why that might be inconvenient for the person, but it hardly deserves a low rating. As far myself, I am seen by a Harvard-educated cardiologist at a tertiary medical center. However, he wants to see me only annually, and this is 11 years after my surgery, which also prevented a heart attack. The sites where the veins were removed from my legs were more problematic that the operation. Thank you, St. Joesphs. Thank you, ER. Thank you, cardiologist. Thank you, wonderful Nursing Staff. Thank you, Dr. Snyder and the surgical staff. I think Someon was really looking out for me when they caused be to be where I began life.
My family and I were traveling home to from south Georgia with our 3 K-9 children when the youngest, our little Pippa, seemed to start choking. This continued off and on for a few miles at which time we decided we could not wait until we got back home (40 miles north of Atlanta) to have her evaluated. So...I googled on my phone for a nearby Animal Hospital. While several hospitals resulted in the search, I chose Red Oak Animal Hospital. We arrived there about 10 minutes after my google search. As I walked through the front door I was greeted by a kind gentleman who turned out to be Dr. Ronald Tolbert. I explained our situation at which time he took little Pippa and quickly began evaluating her. He was so kind, gentle and loving to her - I knew she was in good hands. I was very relieved! He thoroughly examined and treated her and found nothing to be concerned about - only mucas in her throat. He even suggested we hang around for a few minutes to see if she had any more problems. She didn't have any more choking episodes, only coughing so he decided to give her an injection to help her with the coughing. She hasn't had any more problems since - thank God! I would highly recommend Dr. Tolbert and Red Oak Animal Hospital to anyone living ,or traveling in and around the College Park area. One more thing.... I know that what I'm about to tell you won't happen everyday because he couldn't stay in business if it did, but I was absolutely and completely caught off-guard by this man's kindness. I had asked for him to please write down what he had given my little girl and he told me would print it out for me so that I could give it to her doctor. As I pulled out my wallet to pay him he handed me an invoice that had the meds he had given her on it ,but to my surprise it had a zero balance. I tried to pay him but he said something about "a coke and a smile" and just told us to do something nice for someone else. Folks, this is unheard of in the greedy world that we live in today, but this actually happened! And then, about a month later I just had to send him a thank you note. To my surprise again, a week or so later I received a full, one page "hand written" letter from Dr. Tolbert just telling me how my kind words reminded him of why he became a veterinarian. Thank you again Dr. Tolbert....you are one of a kind!
My daughter got braces when we were living in California, then we moved to Atlanta six months later. We went to see 3 orthodontists, before someone recommended Silver Smiles to us. I'm so thankful that they did. I'm not going to name names, but I didn't even realize that the orthodontists we saw for consultations were so unethical until I met Dr. Silver. They all told me that they would need to remove my daughter's current braces, and and put on "their brackets" that they work with. So, not only would I have to to walk away from all of the money I had already paid for her braces being put on, and the six months of treatment ($2500), and pay another $5000 to them, to basically start over, but my daughter would have had to go through having her newly cemented brackets removed, and new ones put on, which would have been horrible to do to her teeth. Who does that to a child to make a little more money? Enter Dr. Silver. He said that he could absolutely work with her existing brackets, her treatment time wouldn't be any longer, and might even end up being less time that her original orthodontist quoted us, and it was! She got her braces off a month before she reached her two year mark of having them on. And, they charged us less than we would have paid if we had stayed in California with her old ortho. I don't understand the science, but somehow, they were able to do her treatment in less visits, and her teeth didn't hurt for days, like they did with her first orthodontist. I used to only be able to give her soft foods for three days after she'd get her wires adjusted, and that didn't happen to her at Silver Smiles. Dr. Silver and Dr. Megan are so great at what they do, and they are so friendly, and will thoroughly explain your child's treatment plan and progress. It's so incredible to find orthodontists who are both extremely skilled and knowledgeable, as well as ethical. You will be so happy if you choose them to take care of your orthodontic needs.
Unfortunately, I was injured in an auto accident. I found myself in constant pain and confused as to what I should do. I finally decided to seek legal representation. I knew I didnt want to work with a huge firm that treats clients like a number. I was referred by friends to a wonderful attorney. He worked on my case but was unable to complete it due to severe health complications of his own. He spoke with Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Sammons on my behalf and they inherited a complicated mess of a case. I could tell right away that they were DIFFERENT! They treated me like a human being and were sympathetic to my specific issues. They will treat you the same way. Turns out the defendant's insurance were accommadating and amiable while MY OWN insurance company were the exact opposite. After an annoying battle, my case is finally over! I dont know what I wouldve done without S&C on my side! I highly recommend Sammons and Carpenter. They will work diligently to get your case settled...And If they cant reach a generous agreement with the defendant(or your own insurance company) They are fully prepared to represent you in front of a jury! A lot of attorneys dont concern themselves with actually going to court with you if it becomes necessary. The bottom line is this: If you want to be treated with respect and compassion by attorneys that actually care, Sammons and Carpenter areq perfect for you. On top of all that, they are also very reasonably priced-Most cases are on contigency basis, meaning you dont have to pay unless there is a favorable resolution to your case. Sadly, accidents happen everyday so if you are injured and you are not sure what to do, please give them a call right away.They have free consultations so they can help you decide whats right for your individual case:)
It's been almost a year since we have worked with Mrs. Jean for my wife's green card. It was a great experience and it was worth it. Even everything was well and we had all the proofs in the world that we are really together and everybody was saying that we don't need a lawyer, we decided to take one, just because it's more secure with filing the papers and they KNOW what they are doing. Mrs Jean was extremely nice and answered to all our questions. The process itself started in April, and by mid of April the files were already send and on July the interview was scheduled. By August 3rd my wife got her green card in the mail and unfortunately her name was misspelled, there was an extra "C" on her green card. We talked immediately with Mrs. Jean, who was very responsive and even though she assured us that it wouldn't be a problem when we would get back in the country, we decided to immediately apply for another green card, to make sure everything is well, and there's no extra C on the document. Mrs. Jean has been with us through all the process, she handled the situation very well and went with my with to the immigration to get her stamp on the passport because we have already bought our plane tickets to Romania. Mrs Jean answered to our emails in weekend as well and all our phone calls. All I can say that I totally recommend her and all her staff from Pag Associates because all of them are extremely nice. The fact that I am writing this review after so much time means that we were really happy with her services and her amiability. Again, thank you Mrs Jean for all your help!! Kind Regards, Cristina&Andrei B
As a real estate agent as well as a partner in a real estate investment firm, I've certainly worked with my fair share of closing attorneys. After experiencing far too many unnecessary delays, title search issues, and let's say, ahem, "less-than-stellar" customer service, I was absolutely thrilled the day we completed our first closing at Harris Wagner Law Group. Since then, I've insisted that each and every closing in which I am involved happens at Harris Wagner. Without fail, the pre-closing process is smooth sailing every single step of the way, thanks to Harris Wagner's amazingly proactive and detail-oriented pre-closing team. When buyers, sellers, mortgage brokers, or other parties have changes or need assistance, Harris Wagner is as flexible, kind, and helpful as can be. Upon arrival in the lovely, calm and peaceful HW waiting area, the Office Manager is a pro at making sure everyone is comfortable and happy. And of course, the closing attorneys themselves are, hands-down, simply incredible. They have a knack for balancing professionalism with fun, taking the time to explain documentation, answer questions, and make the potentially-dreadful process of signing stacks and stacks of paperwork a true pleasure. Additionally, although you might expect high fees for such outstanding service, Harris Wagner's fees are extremely reasonable and competitive. I highly recommend Harris Wagner to anyone... the team here will do absolutely everything they can to ensure your real estate transaction is a successful, stress-free one.
I have been going to Dr. Asaf for years and love him dearly. He is so easy to talk to. He has kept my medications at a level where I able to deal with life on Life's terms without freaking out. I am moving to Baton Rogue, LA this weekend and I will truly miss him. I have recently encountered my first problem with his office. My insurance now requires that all medications are RX Home Delivery. This program send you a three months supply for the cost of two months. If the prescriptions are not written just right, they will ship you a 30 supply for the same cost of a 90 day supply. I am relocating to another city due to unemployment and my disability due to a recent surgery. So needless to say I am watching my pennies very closely. His assistant that handles prescription refills, Christy, has corrected this problems for all my prescriptions but two. I have left Christy so many messages relating to this problem with two of my medications I have loss count. Christy has not corrected the problem with these medication nor taken the time to call me and explain why. I was also advise my AETNA RX Delivery that she has not responded to their calls either. I am now leaving town with a lot of anxiety, which is what Dr Asaf is treating me for, about my prescriptions. This shouldn't be happening but she has not returned my call or taken the time to correct this. She did tell one the receptionists that she called and left me message....WRONG!! I have checked my phone records with T-Mobile and she has never called my phone number.
I am actually very surprised there are not many more reviews for Dr. Aleem. All of his patients rave about him! He has been my psychiatrist for over 10 years now. I have seen many, many psychiatrists in my life-time but Dr. Aleem is THE BEST ONE. I cannot "rave" over him enough. Dr. Aleem's patients are his number one priority in his life. He is truly one-of-a-kind. He is caring, gentle, yet firm when it is necessary. He is so easy to talk to. And he is not the kind of doctor who has such a huge ego that he will not listen to anything of concern to his patients. I am the kind of patient who does my own research. I come to our appointments (every time) with a list of things I want to discuss. Often, it is about something I have researched and Dr. Aleem always has an open mind, will listen to what I have to say. He always answers my questions and concerns. With Dr. Aleem, I feel as if he and I are a team, working on my "mental health diagnoses and how they impact my life". A team with common goals. I always feel that it is very important for a patient to feel a part of their "treatment plan". Dr. Aleem never "talks down" to me, ever. He has quite an established patient practice. I would recommend him over all other psychiatrists I have seen! If you are thinking about going to see him, be sure you let him know exactly what you are looking for in a psychiatrist and that you want to be a part of your own "treatment team".
best doctor with the best staff. I learned in the ER on a Saturday afternoon I had a mass on my lung. I was beyond scared. I was referred to Dr. Moore's office from a friend. He said "he is the trusted him with his life." I called first thing Monday morning. Denette set me up an appointment with Dr. Moore that day! Denette was the first angel I met that day. She was very compassionate and knew how scared I was. During my appointment, Dr. Moore set me up with many test that week. I definitely felt like a top priority. He was the first doctor that was not just treating symptoms, but going to help me or as he said "fix me." The test showed I had a carcinoid tumor on my left lung and my left lower lung was damaged beyond repair from the infection. Next step was surgery. Dr. Moore removed the cancer, 19 lymph nodes, and my lower left lung. Within one month of my first appointment with Dr. Moore, he ran many test, performed surgery, I was in the hospital for 5 days, and home for one week with all of my test results. Dr. Moore allowed me to celebrate my daughter's first birthday without a heavy heart. I cannot say enough about Dr. Moore and his team. Denette and Crystal were so kind and helpful. I called them a lot: and they were always welcome to talk to me. The entire staff was compassionate and professional. I truly felt like they cared and they did! I cannot say enough. They are the best.
I was scared to death when I got to this Imaging Center. I was trying to find out if I had a bone infection which everyone seemed to think that I did. I hope that I am in the right place to write this review.The man and woman that was in Imaging set my self easy and helped me in so many ways.Their names, I know only by first names, Were Rodney and Katie. I have, a son and daughter named Rodney & Katie. I thought in my mind that this IS the right place, their names are like my children's and what a coincidence They took the best care of me, My waiting time was legitimate, right on the button.I have trouble with my back..Rodney helped fix my back so that it would not hurt me. The table was just like all tables, it was bad. All tables are bad all over the place but Rodney help me overcome the pain by helping me lie there with assistance of pillows and etc. He was the right man for the job. I enjoyed these two people very much.If you have to have something like this done, Don't hesitate. They are good people and will not just put you on the table and tell you to 'wait' until it's over. I am so glad that I had the pleasure of knowing these two kind souls. I will never be afraid of having this testing done again. I am so happy that I got to meet them.They are very good at what they do.. St. Joseph's be happy that they enjoy their work. Nancy Still, penned 03/18/2013 @ 4:15 p.m.
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.