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i am very pleased with the services at Dr. Wright's office. The staff at the front desk are always very courteous snd helpful. The Nursing staff are also very kind and helpful. The other staff that I have had to see such as the Ultrasound Tech, Lab Tech, and the lady that did my EEG, all have been very pleasant and made sure I was ok and comfortable, they have went above and beyond. I have seen many doctor's trying to find something or anything that might be causing my issues and none of those Drs. could find anything and gave up on me. Thank God that I was referred to Dr. Wright, he has went above and beyond and did test after test even if I had already had it and he has found things that no one else has and he continues to keep a close eye on the things that they have found and he is still trying to find more things so that I can hopefully have a better life. He has went above and beyond and he has truly been a blessing to me, I cannot thank him and his staff for all they have done and their kindness and help. I would most definitely recommend Gray Station Neurology to any one needing their services. There is nothing I can see bad about any one or any thing..
i am extremly satisfied with the care i have recieved at dr douglas wrights office.i have been to many doctors in the past twenty years with fibromyalgia,he is the first dr that even seemed to be truly interested in my health problems,and believe me there are many.i am so thankful that i chose to this office.today i had a nerve test performed and i had swore to myself i would never have another one done because it was so painful so many years ago.i am very pleased to have had it done today,it was not painful at all and the dr was very easy with me . i would recommend this office to anyone and everyone that need neurological care. i could not be more pleased with my treatment.as far as i am concerned i will be a patient here for life. the doctor here and his staff are exceptional. have never felt more secure in the care of any physician in the past ,he has found out more about my health problems than any one else in the past and in such a short time. if you have problems that no one else has helped with do yourself a favor and visit this office.you will be glad you did ,they are the best. kathy whitson .
Recently switched from a Knoxville based clinic....they took my insurance which is almost impossible to find these days dealing w/pain issues.....(saving me around 320.00 per month plus travel fees). They are a legit pain clinic that cares. They will not load you down with medications but are more than fair dealing with legit pain needs. They are super nice...nurses.....staff....and Dr. Desiree!! They have rules but are not overly strict to those that have legit "needs" & "pain issues". If you take your meds and follow with therapy and the suggestions and tests they ask of you....you will be blessed with positive experiences and find your pain a bit more manageable !! And as long as you meet your appt. time you will find your wait and stay short compared to other places. In closing....I Ronald, feel blessed to have found them. But keep in mind THIS IS NOT A PILL MILL!
My experience with Dr. Wright and staff today was a pleasant and professional one. I had a situation which required me to visit Dr. Wright before my regularly scheduled appointment. The staff put me on a wait list and in fact accommodated my needs in a timely manner. Dr. Wright differentiates himself from other physicians by taking his time with me, I never feel rushed. He thoroughly reviews past visit notes, listens to me, and talks with me - not to me! I am most impressed that Dr. Wright has a PLAN! I also feel comfortable that Dr. Wright is up to speed on neurological innovations as he often relays information that he has gleaned from recent articles he has read. Overall, I am exceedingly pleased with Dr. Wright and his staff. Note: I also appreciate that he has a lab on premises. Jeff C.
Excellent service thoughout my encounters. Initially had to reschedule appointment and phone staff was courteous and willing to help me find a time that worked with my schedule. Greeted with a smile at my arrival even though the office was busy with other check-ins. Staff is very professional, and explained the procedure in terms I could understand. Dr. Wright is very professional and personable, and often asked about my comfort level during the test. He explained the results of my test immediately. Staff seems to work well with each other and with Dr. Wright. I felt that I received optimal care in a comfortable setting, and that the staff and Dr. Wright genuinely cared about my health concerns.
Because this is the second neurologist office I have been to for the same issue, I can honestly say this appointment was very refreshing. All the staff was friendly, made me feel like my time was important, clearly communicated what was going on, etc. Dr Wright actually treated me like a person, did not discount anything I said, and communicated clearly with me, making eye contact. All this may seem minimal, but the experience at the previous office, was awful! It is nice to come to the office, see the doctor and leave feeling as good as I came. My last experience brought on a full migraine plus other symptoms for 2 or 3 days. Thanks, and well done!
Dr. Wright and the clinical staff were professional, compassionate, and attentive to my needs. My concerns and questions were heard and addressed during every visit. Dr. Wright has empathy and compassion for his patients, and willing took the time during each visit ensuring I understood my plan, treatment, and concerns. He followed evidence based medicine practices and recommended treatment plans. Dr. Wright developed a plan for my individual needs and lifestyle. I have been seeing Dr. Wright for 13 years. I have recommended him to may patients, fellow physicians and pharmacists, family, and friends.
This is one of the few Dr.'s , & Clinic where I was treated with respect, compassion and they made me feel so comfortable an welcome. Also they're so professional , an highly qualified ! I'm looking forward to building my relationship with all there! May God Bless all the Dr's & employees, because this is a choice for them , they could've chosen to work in many other environments of their fields, but instead they're goal is to help us! The broken , unwanted , and addicted! I thank them tremendously!
Dr. Wright and his staff are in a class above any physician office I have ever been to. From reception to clinical staff, phlebotomist to testing...I have always been treated with courtesy and professionalism. I leave knowing what my medical goals are, and most importantly, I leave knowing my dr. and his staff honestly care about my health, and about me. I drive almost an hour to get here, and it's worth it! Thanks, Dr. Wright, Bridgette, Kim, Sharon, and Jessica!
Everyone from the doctor to the staff are all friendly, knowledgeable and caring. They have early morning appointments so you do not have to take off from work. The testing that was done, was all done in-office and it was amazing to know the results and be able to discuss them with the doctor the same visit. I am very happy to get the type of care I received here. I would recommend them to everyone. The doctor is amazing, very knowledgeable and personable.
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.