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Dr. Stacey Martin is an excellent podiatrist who genuinely cares about her patients. The office is very professional. I have referred all of my fami…
The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
Wonderful caring great surgeon. Had him do my surgery and referred family to Him as well. Very satisfied with His office and all the staff. They all met and exceeded my expectations. Will be going back.
They have saved my life a few times. Everyone that I've come into contact with were really great except for two nurses. I've been treated at this hospital since 1999. Every treatment or surgery I've had has been at this hospital. I was on life support n Oct.-Nov., 2009 from double pneumonia. They've removed cancer twice from different parts of my body. I'm alive today because of the care I received from this Hospital. I wouldn't recommend any other.
THE worst experience I have ever had with a doctor. From my experience, a completely apathetic, arrogant, disgracefully rude, lying, thoroughly incompetent group of folks. I will be pursuing an investigation with the proper authorities regarding conduct there and I encourage everyone who has had the misfortune of visiting this person to do likewise (look to small claims, posting, filing grievances with the board, etc). It's time these people learn they are going to be held responsible for their actions.
Dr. Nemer cared for my father for many years until my Dad's recent death at age 89. My Dad loved and appreciated Dr. Nemer, and trusted him completely. My Dad experienced some difficult periods, but until his final days, Dr. Nemer always nurtured him back to a high quality of life. At times, family or friends suggested to my Dad that he see some of the renowned doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. My Dad would hear nothing of it. For him, no one could compare to Dr. Nemer. Thank you, Dr. Nemer! --Diane Evans, daughter of Joseph Paparone
Is obviously not an endocrinoligist that cares about patient feeling good. Because TSH is fine does not want to treat for hashimotos although I have all of the symptoms and my TPo antibodies were 37.3. Since the appt I have developed a goiter and have scheduled with two other endocrinologists. Hopefully I will find one that will help me. I deserve a decent quality of life as a human being. A simple does of armour thyroid would improve my quality of life. Doctor Zmelli did not care said he heres and sees this all the time. He wants to treat me for obesity instead of thyroid disease when I am obviously suffering. Luckily my primary care doctor recognizes this but just does not know how to treat it and is sending me to a specialist, and now second and third opinions. This endocrinologist did not tell me anything I do not already know and sounded like an infomercial on tv and told me I needed exercise. I feel bad for any other patients who are referred to him for thyroid disease because unless it is already debilitating they probably are not being treated. I would not recommend this endocrinologist to anyone. Perhaps he specializes in Diabetes. I started sobbing in the room with him and waited months for the appointment and left feeling alone, exhausted, helpless, and ready to give up. I left there with nothing. He did not want to recognize that I have thyroid disease because my TSH is "within normal range". The fact that my thinning hair, intolerance to cold, unexplained weight gain, dry skin, fatigue, adhd, I can go on and on, did not matter because my TSH was within normal range. My TPO antibodies were confirmed to be extremely high through blood work and because my TSH "was within normal range" I do not have hashimotos yet......what? what do you mean yet? You have it or you dont, my primary care doctor diagnosed me at the next visit. Maybe I caught him on a LAZY day? Well now I have to wait months to see another endocrinologist, I scheduled appointments with two different ones just in case if this happens again. I have since developed a goiter and my immune system is raging an attack on my thyroid but I am just obese and need exercise? I have been a waitress for 17 years and also run two businesses. Thank you for nothing Dr. Omar Zmeili. The appointment at your office was nothing but a waste of the little energy I have and money.
Dr. Moyen Is A JOKE! Did she get her degree from a cracker jack box??? Very rude and almost didn't do an exam for my husband....her only concern(which is none of her business) was his percentages for his service connected disability, mind you, he went in to see her for chronic back pain....without doing an exam she told him there was nothing she could do for him! I am going above a patient care advocate...I'm going to the CEO......veterans deserve all the respect in the world....especially the ones disabled....not to be treated like 3rd class citizens! Dr. Moyen is no good...BEWARE!
I have had surgeries with this group and have been under their care since 2009.In 2010 a hysterectomy was followed by an abscess that had me in the hospital for a week immediately following. I was seen one time by the GYN that performed the surgery, zero explanation was given. Flash forward to 2013, when an ovary removal ended up with me in the hospital for 5 days 6 months later because of abdominal pain. Each day I spent there, I had a separate doctor from this practice, none of which agreed with each other on the diagnosis: The first one said there was no way I had an ovary, as he surgically removed it. The second one said that I may have one, and that he would like to do a hormone check and wait for the ultra sound results. Both the blood test and the ultra sound showed that I had an ovary, even though they had been removed.The last doctor to visit completely disregarded the blood work and the ultra sound confirming ORS, regardless that these tests were ordered by her colleague from Western Reserve. She then insisted I needed yet another CAT scan, this time with contrast.Needless to say, my decision to find another OB/GYN was completely solidified after this conversation. I told her that I refused to do another CAT scan because it was unnecessary and would rather not take yet another dose of radiation without cause.On top of all that at no time did any of the doctors tell me to stop taking HRT. I ended up making a command decision and removed myself from it.Today, I went to Akron General to get my records and it took all of 5 mins. When I went to get my records from Western Reserve? It was just as much of a headache as the surgeries and hospital stays. The “person that handles the records” is on vacation and they will attempt to get them faxed to my new GYN by my appointment next week.And to add insult to injury? I will be charged for each page they copy; even if it doesn’t get there in time.So, if what you want is what you read above, by all means, go to the practice. My suggestion? Do yourself and your body a favor: steer clear of them altogether
To all, I have visited several VA clinics in different states and did not have a pleasurable experience. Currently I am a contractor without medical benefits. I reluctantly decided to visit the Akron Va clinic for medical treatment. My visits to the VA clinic in Akron have been great. In comparison to private medical facilities I feel the service is just as good if not better. The staff is very proffessional, they care about their patients, I don't have a difficult time scheduling an appointment and the wait time on visits has been minimal. I would recommend to all veterans living in the Akron area who need medical treatment to visit the the Akron clinic.Paul Stow OhioI
Well the story I would tell is about my father. After moving from Michigan my father decided to continue his health care at the Akron VA clinic. His initial appointment with a Dr. At the Akron VA was less than acceptable and much less thorough than he had hoped.When my father explained to his new primary physician that he had a new feeling of fatigue and just a overall feeling of blah,the doctor asked my father a series of questions and then the doctor told my father that a follow up would be set up to see him again in six months.Has anyone who is feeling quite bad gone to a Doctor, then not be examined,no temperature taken, no blood pressure, the doctor never even touched him, no tests nothing! When ever I have been sick these things seem to have been standard protocol. NOT WITH THIS DOCTOR! Just an alright see you in six months.My father was quite disappointed and contacted the Akron VA patient advocate, he left a message and was contacted(not right back like her voice mail deceiving lay had said),but 4 weeks later.(what poor advocate service)Well right after his disappointing experience with the Akron VA , he decided to go (38miles away) to the Cleveland VA . Here he was diagnosed with small cell cancer in his lung and brain.Here the Doctor thoroughly checked him out with a whole battery of tests. The professionalism and compassion to do things the right way are like night to day compared to Akron VA. Here the doctors,nurses,staff,(patient advocate) have been completely compassionate, thorough, and always present to serve our needs.I ONLY GAVE THE AKRON VA A ONE STAR RATING BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONLY WAY I WAS ABLE TO ENTER MY FATHERS STORY,BECAUSE REALLY IT SHOULD BE A ZERO STAR RATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you are looking for a wonderful OBGYN, that actually takes time to explain what is going on with your body, go to Dr. Cousineau. I was having a baby and my original Dr. told me that there was a problem, and I may have complications but was too busy to calm my fears. I talked to a friend that goes to Dr. Cousineau and I made the switch. Dr. Cousineau walked me throught the options of natural child birth and a C-scetion. We made the decision to go ahead with natural labor, and now I have a nine and a half baby boy. Thank you Dr. Cousineau.
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.