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After hearing how great the food and atmosphere was at 510 Johnny's, my boyfriend and I went in on the evening of Sat, 3/3. What a huge disappointment! After checking in and being told that there was a 5 min wait, I watched the male hostess seat guest of the same party size ahead of us but came in well after us. I never said a word, but I made a mental note in my head. Another 510 Johnny's employee also noticed that the hostess was seating people ahead of us and right in front of us said to the hostess, no, this couple is ahead of that party. The hostess completely disregarded his co-worker and continued to seat others ahead of us. When we finally got seated by the employee who noticed that we were being ignored, we took a few moments to review the menu. A few min later, that same employee returned and asked if our waiter/waitress had come to greet us. I told him, no, nobody had come over to our table. The employee assured us that he would get someone to help us promptly which he did. Seconds later, a waitress arrived at our table, introduced herself but made it a point to tell us that she was not going to be our waitress but that she was just there to get us "started". My boyfriend ordered a glass of water and I ordered a club soda. It was at this point that I expressed to my boyfriend that I felt very uncomfortable and not welcomed at this establishment. We decided to cut our loses at this point. I could not sit and dine in a place where my boyfriend would have been spending a decent amount of money and we weren't even welcomed there. I placed a $5 bill under the club soda and we quietly departed. The good news is, we ended up at another nearby eatery which was much more diverse and inclusive. We had a wonderful meal and good conversation reflecting on our experience at 510 Johnny's.
I Love Dr. Bala & Staff!! Everyone is always so courteous that you enjoy going to the Dr’s! Dr. Bala always goes above & beyond for his Patients. I called into the office after hours & he texted me back right away during a holiday on what to do for my hubby & kept him out of the hospital. Not many Dr’s would have done that & he offered us to come to the office but we waited after the holiday! He is the best Dr around!!! If you’re looking for a New Doctor you have to give them a call, you won’t regret it!!! Way to go Dr. Bala & Staff ❤️
Awful experience. Waited for an hour after making a reservation 2 hours before our arrival. Line was long but I called to let them know we had a large party coming in, 2 hours before hand. After waiting for 45 minutes we watched them sit many people, we approached host again he was RUDE and clearly not going to make tables available for us. We left after another 15 minutes and went to a much better place ....Bushmill Tavern and had a much better dining atmosphere. What a waste of time, NEVER GOING BACK THERE!!!!!!!
11/18/2016 @2:15pm Ordered a chicken salad, chicken was still raw. Returned the salad and the manager never apologize for any inconvenience, he gave me the money and walked away. Never eating here again.Horrible service from the kitchen and manager.
Service was horrible! Environment wasn't friendly, especially the waitress! I'm like can you at least put a fake smile on your face!!! The endless app suppose to keep coming. The appetizers was eaten within 5 mins and instead the waitress asking oh you want me to put in another refill, she will wait to come around 10 mins after we finish and have to wait another 10 mins for the refill to come out. Only had 2 refills because it was so extremely slow and was there for almost 2 hours. She didn't even refill my drinks without asking. I normally leave $15 and $20 tips but I wish I could have subtract $5, I never been treated so horrible at a Friday's. So absolutely no top left! Rule of thumb... stay away from this one! Even the manager could have cared less about what happened. I can continue with what else went wrong but naw, I'll keep it short.
HORRIBLE PLACE! I was hired as a server there in April 2014. I hadn't even been there a complete month & they fired me. Yes, I made a mistake. I ordered a "Tuna Melt Sandwich" for a customer, who had actually wanted a "Tuna Melt Panini". I quickly ordered the correct food, put a rush on it, and DISPOSED of the food that had sat in front of my customer for a good 30 seconds while I passed out the remaining food to others at the table. In my opinion, once food has been placed in front of a customer, it is contaminated. You DON'T return it to the kitchen! It seems the owner is way more concerned about money than he is the health and safety of his customers. I can also say that after being an employee there, I will never be able to eat there just knowing how they handle their food. Your broccoli has been grabbed BARE HANDED and shoved into a bowl. Servers dip French fries into the different dressings and "snack" while waiting for your food. The kitchen staff has NO MANNERS. I have witnessed at least one guy back there smoking a cigarette while cooking and I've seen multiple staff trying to secretly pass beer around (Rolling Rock to be exact). So, they're back there drinking. Be concerned! If I can get fired for not returning food to the kitchen, that probably is a good sign that they would NOT hesitate to "RECYCLE" certain things...
THE WORST RESTAURANT IN BEL AIR! They don't even deserve one star. How can you ruin a simple pancake breakfast? This diner managed to do just that over the weekend. As if the food was not bad enough, the place was filthy, and the wait staff was rude. My husband caught our waitress drinking out of my glass before delivering it to our table, and she looked like she had the flu bug. Good luck telling Nick (the owner) because he will do nothing about it. AVOID THIS PLACE!!!!!
DIDN'T RATE THIS DUMP ZERO STARS because the website would not let me. After being seated, we felt bad for the employees when they told us that this diner had to cut back on its business hours. After this evening's experience, we know exactly why their sales are down. The food was mediocre, and the service was terrible. I tried to leave zero stars, but one star is as low as Yelp will allow us to go. A decade ago this diner was packed, and understandably so. Once upon a time, the food and service were excellent. This evening, we (a party of three) were served stale bread, dry meatloaf, a dry Panini sandwich, and a soggy gyro. The French fries were overcooked and salty. Stuffing most of our meals in carry out bags, my wife offered this diner a chance at redemption by selecting one of their desserts. The waitress was extremely good at enticing my wife to buy a dessert (for a larger tip?). The dessert was actually pretty good (they must have an outside party prepare their desserts). Before she could eat half of her dessert, the shift manager shut off the lights to our section of the diner. Assuming that this was an honest oversight, we called him over to our table. To our dismay, we learned that his actions were deliberate, and he refused to turn on the lights. He insisted that we had to hurry along because the diner closed at 10:00pm - it was only 10:05pm when he shut off the lights! By the way, their website was misleading because their official closing time is actually 11:00pm, not 10:00pm!! To add insult to injury, the manager rudely turned off the lights to their parking lot before we could get to our cars. Walking with the assistance of a cane, I could have had a bad fall. So if you are disabled, eating at this diner is a risky proposition. With a clown like this manager running the show, the owner better have a great insurance policy and/ or lawyer. Had we been notified of their rude lights-out policy, we would not have only passed on dessert, but we would have passed on this dump altogether. Going forward, we are going to pass on this poor excuse for a restaurant, and we suggest that others do the same. My wife has since followed-up with "Nick", the owner. Nick informed us that he was actually on premises yesterday evening, but he apparently avoided us. Two minutes into her conversation with Nick, the problem with this diner became obvious to my wife - THE OWNER. The buck didn't stop with the owner, as Nick is just as bad as his incompetent and rude staff. There are too many good restaurants in Bel Air, MD to settle for the Double-T Diner!
This is, without a doubt, the most unprofessional medical organization that I have ever dealt with. I cancelled a scheduled appointment one day prior (exactly 22 hours and 56 minutes before), and I was charged a no show fee of $40. To add insult to injury, they are now charging me a $20 late payment fee while I am in the middle of protesting the other undeserved fee.
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.