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I went to Progressive medical center after suffering from exhaustion and a poor memory and a lack of energy. I felt like it was 4pm at 11am. To cut a long story short, the diet that they put me on, my weekly routine along with the supplements that they prescribed have drastically helped my health. It was a combination of leaky gut, gluten reaction and an exhausted thyroid that were the cause. Overall, the staff was very kind and receptive and the doctors answered my questions very professionally and knowledgeably. Its a well rounded approach, you also see a dietitian as part of the process. In my case i had a LOT of blood work, stool tests and a saliva tests that revealed a great deal of information to help me with my condition.I would give this place 5 stars, if it wasn't for the cost. You wont spend about 3K+ out of pocket like some of the other places that are as reputable or similar (my opinion after reading other peoples reviews on the facilities i researched), but you might have to pay about half that much(in my case)...this might be more or less depending on what they are treating. This is the amount out of pocket (After insurance had kicked in). Did they warn me about the cost on the first visit....YES....do i regret the amount that i have to pay(i have a 12 month payment plan).... NO. When your health starts affecting your job, relationships, and confidence(memory loss), it put a different perspective on how much i was willing to pay. Most importantly, i can remember stuff far better than i have in years and i cant put a price on that!If you have a short term disease, injury (flu, sprained acl) then this might not be the best place for you. But if you have a chronic disease, then I would highly recommend these guys! They really know what they are talking about.
Thank God for Progessive Medical. I had been to over 30 different doctors over the course of 2 years and was told by each that I either had nothing wrong with me, my ailments were all in my head or that they couldn't do anything for me and I would live out the rest of my life in pain and confusion. My wife had heard about Progressive and decided to do the new patient tour without me (as I was bed ridden by this time) and returned home excited. I could tell from the first appointment with the doctor that this place was different from any other I had been to. They listened to what I had to say, looked me in the eye as I was talking, and didn't rush me out so they could get to their next appointment. I was immediately given a treatment plan that was adjusted as my condition required. After 2 years of searching for an answer, I was given one by Progressive Medical! In 3 short months I was driving again! I continued to improve under their care and haven't looked back since. This place is super comprehensive, so at first it does seem confusing because all that is going on inside one building. (Which is another great attribute. You don't have to drive all over town to see different doctors and get different treatments.) I hate to think what my life would be like today if my wife hadn't taken that patient tour and insisted I go. They gave my wife her husband back, my kids their father, and me my life!
DO NOT go if you have Cancer!!! Great place to go to help Restore your Immune System but Do Not Go if you have Cancer!!!Was excited and had such high hopes after meeting with Dr Bouquette and Dr Agolli. Extensive testing was done to identify immune system deficiencies. Began Jan 2, 2013 on a 30 day detox, with lots of supplements purchased (additional costs above treatment amount) and given diet restrictions for that time frame.But at the end on the 30 days there was NO Strategy going forward to address fighting the cancer. I had to call several times to ask ..What now?? Never met with Oncologist on staff or any other staff relating to or regarding my cancer!!! Got scheduled to see a doctor 3 weeks later to go over test results and then after another month and a half was told to go have surgery. By then the tumor and cancer around it had grown. The Oncologist that was on staff has retired and there appears to be no true staff to provide services or strategies to help you if you have cancer. DO NOT go if you have Cancer! If you are looking for an integrated effort of building your immune system with a definitive fighting of cancer strategy ... I would not suggest Progressive.
Great practice, run independently by a great psychiatrist: Dr. David W. Tascarella, M.D.My personal experience with Dr. T came about when my mother's boyfriend suggested that I get tested for ADHD--at 25! We came to the Institute for Higher Living and I had a three-hour diagnostic session with Dr. T.I was greeted by a nice woman with whom I had spoken by phone already, and she told me Dr. T would be just a few minutes. I have found many psychiatrists will double or triple book in case of no-shows: Not Dr. T!The diagnostic was amazingly thorough! He listened to every word I had to say, and offered some amazing insights into how our minds work and why I was feeling the way I was. We spoke more about a variety of topics, until we both felt we had said our piece.Dr. T got me taken care of. Since my diagnosis for ADHD I have started my treatment, and I feel like a fog has lifted from my brain. It's like I just accessed a level of functionality I never knew I had. I scheduled my follow-up appointment with the same wonderful lady, and went on my way!
I am not too fond of the receptionist at the front desk. I was a patient at this doctors office and my medicaid was cut off. I was unable to continue my care with them until it was reinstated. 2 months after being without insurance I finally received my medicaid and I called to finish my prenatal care with prestige health care. The receptionist told me she would talk to my doctor to see if it was ok that I come back. 2 weeks have gone by and she had yet to talk to my doctor. I ended up having to go to Emory hospital for complications and they were nice enough to call the doctor themselves to get me back in. The doctor said that it was fine for me to come back and to call the next day to set up an appointment with him. I called the next day and The receptionist pretty much called me a liar and denied my request to set an appointment. she refused to talk to the doctor and Jung up on me. I don't think she should be working there At all. Her attitude towards patients is beyond disrespectful.
I called to schedule a 2-day appt for my newborn. The office staff was very nice and professional. I was told that the earliest appointment opening was the following week. However, since the hospital told me to follow-up with the doctor in 2 days, I was advised to leave a message for the nurse. I left a message and the nurse called me back within a couple of hours and my appointment was scheduled for the next day. During my visit, the staff was very nice, attentive and professional and Dr. Darden was outstanding! She was warm, concerned and thorough in her examinations. She took time to ask and answer questions and her bedside manner was impeccable. She saw my 10-year old daughter a week later and never wavered in the care she provided. I am well pleased with this office and the care they provide.
Things have really changed over at Grady in the past few years. They are in the process of building a brand new Emergency Department Tower that will relieve the insane congestion of the current tiny ER that so many have experienced. The doctors at Grady are from Emory and Morehouse so you are getting the best of the best. Some of the floors have been completely renovated but I can assure you that the equipment and the staff are of the highest quality. Yes, Grady treats a lot of gun shot victims, but you wanna know what? Those people walk out of Grady as well. Grady has 2 helicopter pads on the roof that all day receive patients that are too critical to be assigned to just any hospital in Atlanta. If I had to trust my life to ANY hospital in the greater Atlanta area, I would choose Grady!
I absolutely love the staff at Woolfson. Everyone is absolutely incredible. Dr. Lackey has a special place in my heart because we bonded right from the start. When she asked why I wanted to get LASIK I shared the story and started crying. I hardly ever cry and it was such a special moment. Susan was wonderful about answering any questions I had before and after surgery, being able to text or call her anytime was extremely helpful. I also loved Amanda, she was so sweet and supportive the entire time. Dr. Woolfson and his crew were also incredible. I felt extremely comfortable and welcomed. After surgery I felt a bit light headed and the team made sure they found me a snack. They went above and beyond the call of duty. I can now see 20/15!!!
If you are looking for an alternative to standard medical treatment this is the place. Each staff person was very attentive during their visit with me. Exceptional service, a quality facility and a wonderful atmosphere to be restored back to health. I came into the facility "dragging my leg" and unable to put weight on my foot due to a tear in my tendon and two sprains in my right knee. After only one "pain management treatment", I was able to walk out of the facility walking on my foot. Dr. Mike Gramazio is wonderful in administering pain management - he definitely has the "magic touch" (blessed hands). My visit and satisfaction with Progressive Medical is certainly deserving of not only five stars but ten!!!
Everyone has been fabulous! Dr. Woolfson was wonderful and every single doctor that I have met here has been kind and helpful and professional. I have and will continue to recommend this practice to many friends in the future. I have seen 'deals' online for LASIK, but seriously--who would want to purchase a cheap deal when it comes to their eyesight and their future vision. This was actually extremely affordable for the top notch quality that I received. I have been extremely impressed all around. I came here when my eye doctor told me that I could no longer wear contacts (almost 20 yrs. of wear was damaging my eyes) and I feel like Dr. Woolfson saved my vision and changed my life for the better!
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.