The August To-Do List »
There's still one month of summer left. Before those lazy, hazy days come to an end, use our get-things-done list to make the most of this fleeting season in the sun.
We needed an ear, nose and throat specialist, but the wait at our HMO was two weeks. What now? An emergency room seemed like overk…
Get ready for back to school while you have the time to do it. From shopping and haircuts to dentists and auto repairs.
I moved to Asheville from another state two years ago. I tried a couple other pediatric offices before coming to Blue Sky Pediatrics. They are heads and shoulders above all other offices I have been to. They have two doctors, Harald Kowa & Andrea Preston. Both of these doctors are very knowledgeable and have excellent bedside manner. My two kids love seeing them and don't even mind getting shots when they are there. I like that there are only two doctors there, a male and a female, so I always know that my kids will see one of them and not some doctor that I don't know that happens to be on-call that day or whose schedule might not be full. I also like that my daughter can see a female and my son can see a male. I have never had any problems with wait time, but even if I did, I think they would be worth waiting a few extra minutes to see them. They are also available if my kids get sick and I want to take them in before work, you don't even need an appointment. They see my kids in the evenings and on saturdays when they are sick. The staff are all friendly and helpful and I can't say enough about them. The office is also decorated really cute with a blue sky on the ceiling. They even have a separate waiting room for teenagers so they don't feel like babies coming to their office. This will be really nice as my kids get older. I really like this office and think you should try it.
After years of excruciating pain and doctors who wouldn't listen or treat the pain I finally found this practice. Dr. Mironer and the PAs took a proactive approach to finding the root of my pain. Dr. Mironer gave me injections relatively painless both during the procedure and afterward. He has a very dry sense of humor which I thoroughly enjoyed and the PAs listen, are sympathetic and again, proactive in treating the pain. The tests they ordered led to finding the root cause of my pain and have been managing the pain ever since with great success. I would recommend this practice to anyone who is truly interested in finding out why they have pain and are appreciative of procedures to to manage it. They are at first reluctant to prescribe pain medicine with good reason given the number of drug seekers today. Once they assess the needs of the patients however they medicate well to manage the pain. I would recommend this practice to anyone.
Staff is generally nice. My biggest issue is actually getting fast call backs for results. For example, I had an ultrasound done on my abdomen at the beginning of the month, and here it is over 3 weeks later and still have not had any contact about my results. When I call, my doctor is out and I was told "I'll leave a message but I have no idea when she will get back with you". I know doctors need their vacations too, but this is the third time I have tried to either get results back or make an appointment and received this response. I even had to reschedule an appointment the day before I was to be seen because the doctor was not going to be in. It is very frustrating rearranging my schedule with such late notice from their office. Once you are able to make it to the office, the office staff is really nice.