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Dr. Bicak and his staff are great! Took the time to listen and then make recommendations. His staff is always friendly, with one young lady remembering us from when she was the nurse for our son at his pediatrician.
I have been a patient of Dr. Bicak for several years and have been very happy with the care I have received. Almost all of my office comes to this clinic. The care that my friends, family, and coworkers get at this office is very good. The front office has always been exceptional and do all they can do to get me in when I am sick and I appreciate it. I simply do not believe the 1 star rating that the other reviewer gave and believe it is likely to be "fake".
Valerie goes ABOVE AND BEYOND! She is awesome! She always has drinks and snacks for when her patients arrive. I am diabetic and she has asked a lot of questions and has made sure there is drinks and snacks that I can have and for that I am grateful and feel special and cared about. My husband see's John and I have seen some great changes in my husband and so I have to say John is excellent as well. They really accommodate with late hours for those that work. We do individual and marriage counseling here and are 150% satisfied! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!!
I had a scheduled appointment, which I got to on time. They made me wait and fill out paperwork bc they got a new system, then after 30 min said I would have to reschedule me because I didn't come in early enough to fill out paper work even though I should have been in the system. My birth control is now expired. Never going back.
The nurse practitioner the clinic assigned me to was awful. She basically had me diagnose myself and charged me $170 to do so, I will not be back.
Horrible staff and quick to make assumptions about their patients. I've not only experienced this first hand, but I've also heard multiple stories that were similar. The staff made an error in judgement, and I wish I would've sued them for it. They were completely wrong, did no investigating, just sent a letter without any evidence all because I had no insurance at the time and could not keep coming back for every refill or to change a med that wasn't working for me. (They weren't even controlled meds.) The lady behind the desk got upset with me over the phone and the next thing I know, I get a rude letter in the mail. Very unprofessional and had it happened at the age I am now, I would've stuck up for myself and went back in there with a lawsuit for them. After telling my story, I've learned that many other patients have had the same situation happen to them. The staff is making a bad name for this clinic. To be honest, the doctor didn't really take his time with me from the beginning and was rude to my face the very first time I met him. Maybe that is just his personality, but he should be more mindful of his patient's feelings, especially when they're coming there for emotional reasons. Would not recommend this doctor or clinic.
extremly professionsl tskes his time and listens.
Yes very kind but did not listen to my reason for being there and sent me home with the same medicine i told them i had already been taking before coming in. Next day when i called to ask them if there was something else i could get because i have been in pain for 2 weeks and didnt sleep last night from the pain and all you gave me was naproxen (which is aleve) and its not helping at all. Then she proceeded to tell me that theywere not going to give me a narcotic..ummm excuse me i never asked you for one!! I asked for you to get your patient out of pain cause you gave me the same thing i had been taking at home for the last 2 weeks all on my own without wasting my money on your service! Thanks for the great assistance by the way i have a torn tendon in my elbow so it was extremly painful you did a great job listening to your patient.
I also agree...this place is HORRIBLE to deal with when paying your bill. Both of my daughters had medical bills they were paying on. One daughter called and asked what the payoff was as she wanted to pay it all off and be done. She was told the amount for full payoff and paid it. Almost twelve months later she was sent another $1400.00 bill out of the clear blue that she had never seen before, demanding payment for it, too. My other daughter made all her payments in full within the year and on time. A year later she was sent a notice from an attorney for another bill (almost $1400.00) demanding payment for the bill and all lawyer fees and interest, and that it had been turned over....for a bill she had never even seen before either. Seriously consider going elsewhere unless you want to deal with billing nightmares forever. They will not work with you for anything past a year no matter how large the total. You also might find yourself with more bills from them a year down the road as well. There is no reason for treating people this way or refusing to work with people who are willing to responsibly try and pay their debt. We will never go here again, EVER and tell everyone we know as well.
This clinic is WONDERFUL!!!!! The absolute best staff and doctors anywhere in NWA. They are considerate, kind, and really cared about me as a patient. Dr Fry's nurse is my favorite. I found her to be timely and professional in dealing with my MANY needs (I was a panicked new mother, what do you expect?? :) I would recommend this clinic to every single person I encounter. All negative reviews aside, you couldn't ask for a better staff or physicians to place your trust in for all your healthcare needs. THANKS LIFESPRING!!!!
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.