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12201 renfert wayAustin, TX 78758
I've been to quite a few dermatologists over the years for an annoying skin condition I've had on my face around my eyes and on my cheeks since I was a kid and none have been able to produce the results that Dr Coverman has been able to do. My skin condition has all but disappeared! I want to re…
1347 Thorpe LnSan Marcos, TX 78666
this group of people are truely professionals an very nice caring people. They are concerned with a patients well being an everything is discussed up front,there is no hidden charges. Dr. Schlotter strives for prefection in his work,an teaching,his staff goes way beyond to make their patients co…
3901 Medical Pkwy Ste 200Austin, TX 78756
From Business: Brant E. Victor, M.D., one of eight children, grew up predominantly in South Carolina and California. He graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Biology and as a scholar athlete. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, graduating in 1984 with awards including Outstanding Student in…
7900 Fm 1826 Ste 206Austin, TX 78737
From Business: At our plastic surgery practice in Austin, TX, we feel that the best way to learn about the types of services we offer is to break these services down into the following categories: breast surgery, body contouring, facial surgery, and skin care. Our approach is largely focused on education, and we want to give each patient…
3705 Medical Pkwy Ste 510Austin, TX 78705
Great experience!! If I ever need anything else done I will be returning. The staff is great!! Dr. Davis does great work and is a nice man. The product looks natural and that's exactly what I wanted! Thank you!!
3901 Medical Pkwy Ste 200Austin, TX 78756
From Business: Dr. Abikhaled was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and has made his home in Austin since 1981. After graduating from Rice University in 1988, he completed medical school and residency in General Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He has practiced in Austin since 1997.
3705 Medical Pkwy Ste 310Austin, TX 78705
As a new patient I was expecting to be treated in a rushed, pro forma manner, not the relaxed, sincere care Dr. Bordelon provided. He is candid, good-natured, and thorough; he takes the time to both listen and explain. A rare experience as far as all but lifelong family doctors go.
1015 E 32nd St Ste 308Austin, TX 78705
From Business: Alex Esquivel, M.D. received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in 1990. He graduated in 1994 from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. Dr. Esquivel completed his resid ... (See complete bio at Seton Healthcare Family)
3410 Far West Blvd Ste 110Austin, TX 78731
I have had nothing but a great experience at Austin Plastic Surgery Center. As a mother of 3 and the tole it took on my body, I was in desperate need and want for my body back. From the moment I met Dr. Maggi I felt comfortable. Him and his staff are so sweet and took the time to really explain …
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.
I have had a wonderful experience with SonoBello. My lifestyle had changed and I wasn't ready for it. I went from living in the city to living in the suburbs and working from home. I didn't realize the impact that it would have on my physique. Before you know it I was carrying weight in all the undesirable areas. And although I worked out 6 times a week, had a personal trainer and tracked my food those excess stubborn areas just stayed put. And then I got pregnant, and even though I only gained 25 pounds during my pregnancy, the pregnancy did a number on my abdominal area (for obvious reasons). I was starting to get sad about my appearance and how I looked in the mirror and I finally decided that I didn't deserve it and neither did my husband!I had my initial consult with Bethany and she was (and continued to be) amazing. Warm, Welcoming, Accomodating are just a few words I could use to describe her. She understood my issues and I didn't feel ashamed or judged which is a big factor. She seemed very excited to have my business and made me feel like a person not just a customer.I decided to have all of my problem areas taken care of - legs, arms and stomach, hips, waist.. It was scheduled in two procedures....The first procedure was like a whirlwind because I didn't know what to expect. I was really nervous! But the staff made me feel very comfortable and at ease. With that being said the procedure itself and the recovery was not easy for me, but I knew it would not be going in because I have a low pain tolerance. The second procedure was easier because I knew what to expect but the procedure itself on my stomach was quite difficult. However, my nurse Tamara was the sweetest and she held my hand and tried to keep my mind off of it. Dr Sobrino was also so gentle and kind walking me through the process trying to make me feel comfortable. I felt so bad for it hurting so much because he was so nice and I know he felt bad also. Coreen and Jackie were other nurses I had while at at the clinic and they were both so amazing as well. It has been 1 month post op on my outer thighs, waist, hips and arms....and wow! What a difference and I am still considered to be a little swollen. I can finally see those triceps and biceps I have worked so hard to build, and my legs look great as well. I am only about a week post op with my inner thighs and stomach - I am still swollen and bruised ... but I do see the improvement and shape so I can't wait to see how its going to look when that subsides. Its a beautiful shape, Dr Sobrino is also an artist - He sees beyond the fat removal and looks at your body in its entirety to give you a great shape. I also loved the personal touch that the doctor gave by following up on his cell phone with me that night. It was really nice and thoughtful. Also the nurse follow up a day or two later was great also. Althought my physical experience was quite painful, I would do it all over again. On mothers day, it was the first time in a long time I was able to walk out of my house feeling confident and not so ashamed....also not dressing to cover all those problem areas but I wore what I wanted and felt great. That makes such a difference in my life! I can't wait for the final results it can't come soon enough!!!
Dr. Wier is a great psychiatrist, but I will be leaving his care due to his receptionist. She has been not just short but flat out rude and insensitive, called me names, and has gone so far as to hang up on me without ever asking why I was calling. I have never met someone that treated people with such disregard in my entire life. She has no business being in the health care industry, especially one that deals with people that are already unstable. It seems as if her sole goal is make people cry or snap. She will not connect you to the doctor, and belittles you when you show up for an appointment. I know I am not the only one that has had to deal with this. I urge all of you to voice your concerns to Dr. Wier. His other receptionist is great, I have no idea why he hired this additional woman, but she needs to go before all his patients do. It is a shame to have to lose a doctor you really admire and trust because dealing with this woman is unbearable.As for Dr. Wier, he is a great psychiatrist. He really works with you to find a treatment that works for you. If you have already found medication that works for you and are just switching doctors, he listens, reads your files, and doesn't make you restart the whole process (which in changing health insurance companies I ran into that problem a lot with doctors wanting to start the diagnose process all over rather than listening to what has and has not helped you in the past). His appointments are a little shorter than some as he seems to deal more with people that have seen a psychiatrist for years and are already set with a treatment plan or are also in other forms of therapy, BUT if you do need additional time just to talk you can schedule it and he will gladly listen to you and help. He is very caring, compassionate, and understanding. I know some people at times need to just be able to talk for a hour or more, and if you need that additional therapy he will give good recommendations for doctors and centers that specialize in your condition. As for someone who knows medication, listens to you, and works with you, Dr. Wier can't be beat.
I can’t say enough wonderful things about Sono Bello. Having had traditional lipo over 25 years ago I new pretty much what to expect. I also worked with an Austin plastic surgeon in the early “90’s and had assisted in more liposuctions than I can count. My first lipo was on my legs; they were very disproportionate from the rest of my body. I am relatively small and just couldn’t get rid of them no matter how hard I tried. When I was young I use to dream that I could just cut off half my leg and the problem would be solved. Even better, they invented lipo. I had a great result back then; legs stayed in shape and I even received compliments years later about how great my legs were. Who would have thought? I only tell you this part because I want you to know it truly lasts. I chose Sono Bello to have my tummy and lower back done in March of this year. I was so curious after reading all the reviews; could Sono Bello Austin be that amazing. I am here to tell you it is. From the moment Rachael greets you at the desk, to your consultation with Bailey and then of course Nurse Lindsey who you will meet the day of surgery; you feel so special and cared for. The reason I chose Sono Bello Austin over a Private Practice Plastic surgeon was bottom line price. I know several area Cosmetic surgeons and would have been okay with most of them. However, having two children in college Sono Bello made it affordable without selling my first born. Why would I pay more if I can get the same (or even better) care as well as the same or better outcome? For me it was a no brainer. I can’t be happier with my results and the post op care I have received. Dr. Bekanich was who I chose for my procedure, she has a private practice in Round Rock and her partner had done surgery on my son. It was fate that she happened to be a physician practicing at Sono Bello.So, don’t put it off any longer, go in. See for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. Liposuction truly can change your life. It did mine and I am so looking forward to the new me this summer.
I have been super happy with Sono Bello - on all levels. It has only been a few weeks since my surgery so I can't really comment on the final results yet. I'll be sure to update my review at 3 months when I feel like things have settled and I'm fully healed. But, so far - I couldn't be happier. The staff is fabulous. They are ALL friendly, helpful, compassionate, encouraging and very professional. It's an awkward situation - getting liposuction! But, they make it as painless as possible and you actually begin to enjoy the process and look forward to your office visits! Kattie has been my nurse and I LOVE her. She is great! She goes over every detail and makes sure you know exactly what is going on and what to expect. LOVE her!Dr. Erello was my doctor and I could not be more impressed! I was very anxious about having a male doctor for this procedure but he is amazing. His manner is so comforting and reassuring. He made me feel completely at ease and he showed such respect and compassion. I am super impressed with him.Like I said, it's only been a few weeks since my surgery. I am very happy with the results so far - but I understand that it is a work in progress and that more changes are going to happen. I had a bulging belly and always looked about 6 months pregnant! No more! My tummy is nice and flat and my clothes fit so much better. I had other areas treated but the belly was my biggest problem. I am very encouraged with the immediate results and look forward to further healing.I would recommend Sono Bello in Austin,Texas to anyone that wants to reshape their body.
If anyone is thinking about Sonobello, my question to you is this: Why wait any longer?Each individual at Sonobello is very dedicated and professional. It’s all about the patient, from the time you walk into Sonobello, you do your initial consultation, to the prep, to the Surgery and including the follow up visits, your dignity is protected through each and every step. You as the individual states the end results that you are interested in, and the desired end results that you are desiring to achieve. As the patient, you are allowed to pick the Doctor, the procedure that you want. There is no high pressure sales. In the initial consultation, you are provided the ability to select the Doctor that you desire, a bio sheet on the Doctor is provide to better assist you in your selection. This is indeed a minimal evasive procedure. I personally cannot Thanks the professionals at Sonobello enough for the change in my life. I hold them in the highest of esteem. The Venus Treatments are absolutely FABULSTIC as well. You can search to the sky’s limit and you will never find a more dedicated, professional, staff that takes so much PRIDE and HONOR in their career field. When you get up each morning following the procedure and you see the SMILE that has been missing for so long, you too will be wondering, why did I wait? I highly recommend Sonobello hands down and above all others.
The Ladies that work in your Austin Texas office are very very professional and truly caring about their patients. From the first day I visited Sonobello, I was instantly at ease. The ladies explained the procedures thoroughly to my satisfaction. It has only been one week since my procedures, but I already feel like a million bucks!!!! Dr. Amy Bekanich was so through when she was explaining how and what she would be doing during surgery. She was so gentle and compassionate during this whole experience. I have wanted to do this for myself for years, and I am so happy I finally got it done!!! Each day just gets better!!!The Ladies that work in your Austin Texas office are very very professional and truly caring about their patients. From the first day I visited Sonobello, I was instantly at ease. The ladies explained the procedures thoroughly to my satisfaction. It has only been one week since my procedures, but I already feel like a million bucks!!!! Dr. Amy Bekanich was so through when she was explaining how and what she would be doing during surgery. She was so gentle and compassionate during this whole experience. I have wanted to do this for myself for years, and I am so happy I finally got it done!!! Each day just gets better!!!
I had been considering the lipo surgery on my upper and lower abs for over 2 years! I am 52 and have 4 children. I keep in good shape and exercise but I had this "Front area I could literally grab with both hands" YIKES! I was feeling so tired every morning when I got up it was like the "belly" was dragging me down. I also had a lot of upper back pain and my belly was not helping :( .... I decided to get the surgery and I am so glad that I did! I was treated so kind and with professionalism by every one who assisted. The lady that first scheduled my appointment then I met with Baily who is amazing! She answered all my questions and gave me honest suggestions! She made me feel like we were good friends from the get go!All the staff, nurses and front desk girls were all so nice! The doctor made me feel safe and I trusted him completely! The downtime was only a few days! I am now a little over 60 days and the results are beyond what I expected. The main thing is I feel so wonderful and this has inspired me to work out even more. Oh yes and my cute little summer dresses actually fit without that annoying "belly bulged"!!! YAY!
I really cant say enough about this whole process. Starting with the consultation I felt very relaxed with the environment and zero judgement from the staff. During my consult I was given realistic expectations of what i would look like and how I would feel after my procedure. I was very apprehensive going in, but all my questions were answered in detail and it really set my mind at ease. I was given clear, easy to follow instructions for pre and post op care and received a follow up from my physician to check on me the night after I had my procedure done. It totally went a long way to making me feel great all around. Since the staff made sure I set up my transportation and after care ahead of time, there was nothing for me to do but focus on my healing. My follow ups were scheduled promptly and I never felt rushed in or out of my appointments. All around it has been an awesome experience. This process has really given me the confidence and motivation to make healthier choices and look and feel better. I cant say thank you enough to the awesome staff at Sono Bello Austin.
So my experience at Sonobello was extremely pleasant. The front office ladies were a delight and extremely courteous to me. The next stop was the consultant, and she was infectious. She was sincere, motivated, and made the entire process a breeze. Step three was the clinical side of the process which put my mind at ease. The clinical staff to include the nurses and Doctor are top notch. Dr. Okpaku was my surgeon and I really can't thank him enough. My procedure was the Trisculpt laser lipo on three areas (lower abdomen and love handles). After leaving the military and gaining 60 pounds I had enough of being big. It took a year but I lost all the weight. However, I did seem to have more permanent damage than I had realized. My love handles were impossibly stubborn, riddled with stretch marks, no amount of working out would change that now. Cosmetic surgery became the only option to regain the body I had lost. I am extremely excited for the future, because I know that with patience, I'll see my old self again.
I am a pretty active woman but have always had my inner and outer thighs as a trouble area. No matter how much I worked out or how strict a diet I maintained, I could never achieve the results I was looking for in these areas. I decided to check out Sono Bello in Austin, TX. Bailey and the entire team here have been so wonderful and helpful! Dr Crawford took her time to go through all of my questions and made me feel very comfortable. The TriSculpt procedure had a few moments that were a little uncomfortable, but was much easier than I had anticipated it would be. Dr Crawford called me that evening to check on me and see if I had any questions since I had come home. Their team continued to check on me a few days later and have been extremely responsive to any little question I have had. I am only 3 weeks post procedure, but can already tell a difference in the shape and size of my thighs. I wold recommend this group to anyone interested in body contouring!
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.