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5710 Whitmore Lake RdBrighton, MI 48116
Dr. Wilson is who I typically see when visiting this dental practice and she always does a phenomenal job.
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Bad Communication and Billing PracticesShort version: I came in for a cleaning, ended up being billed for another service and was told something different sitting in the chair. My dental insurance changed at my employer, so I was looking for a new dentist local to me. I scheduled an appointment for a routine cleaning as a new patient. When I came in they wanted to do the cleaning part first, then have me back in a few weeks later for gum measurements since they said they wouldn't be accurate. While I was in the chair I specifically asked several times if this was a regular cleaning and would be billed as such, even though we're doing things out of order. I was assured several times this would be the case (I've had issues with other dentists doing similar in the past). A few weeks later a bill shows up for the cleaning that my insurance won't cover, and upon contacting the office I received no help or explanation whatsoever besides "this is what we did". I'm extremely disappointed and won't be going back to this office, which is a shame because the staff and Dr. were very friendly. I never had any problems like this in the 3 previous years I was going to Charlick, Springstead & Wilson Dental Associates - I can wholeheartedly recommend them if your insurance will cover it.
Dr. Attarian is GREAT! She went out of her way to come in after hours for me and called later to inquire on how I was doing.
Dr. Godell was fine but his office manager is beyond rude. It took two phone calls to get my husband, 3 children and myself scheduled for an appointments. Initially, the children were scheduled for two separate days but then the scheduler said; although it is uncommon, she could get them all in the same day but we would have to wait over a month and I thought fine. I got a phone call one morning from the office asking if I was going to be there any time soon as my child was scheduled that morning. I called back and explained that I have a different date written down for the appointment. I was told that the date I had written was impossible and that I got confirmation cards in the mail. If they were sent, I never received them. Then ten minutes later I received a call from Samantha, the office manager. She told me that she confirmed the appointments with me the prior week when we spoke about information they needed from my families prior dentists. However,there was no confirmation. At the end of the previous conversation samantha said if they don't receive the X-rays in time they will have to cancel next weeks appointments. I brushed off what she said as it was the end of the conversation and I assumed she mis spoke Bc I knew I didn't have any appointments for two more weeks. Anyway, Samantha called me back after I explained to the receptionist that I had a different date written down for the appointment and thats why we missed our appointments. Samantha said it wasn't going to work for me and my family to Be patients there and that she is cancelling all remaining appointments! I am dumb founded. I have never been treated so disrespectful. Why would I lie? If I messed up the dates then I would admit that I messed up the dates. Not only did their office make a mistake in scheduling but they accused me of lying and denied me and my 3 small children of service!
After only speaking to my son for, at most, 10 minutes, Dr. Vorias diagnosed him with a virus that needed to run its course for the length of "7 to 10 days". Then, when we asked for a letter to excuse him from school for the previous week, she took a very cold and uppity tone, saying he should have gone to work and school. He had already told her that the worst part had been exhaustion, which I could verify he had been sleeping around the clock for the week, only getting up to go to the bathroom and eat a little bit. She then said we should have come in sooner. WHY? She wasn't able to do anything for him!! We know there isn't anything that treats viruses, and we only made the appointment after it wasn't looking like he was getting over it!! I can't believe this medical professional would 1. Tell people they should go to work and school with a virus, spreading it to others and 2. act like it's appallingly to ask for a doctors note, when most jobs and schools require it with absences!! I was shocked and angry to see my son treated so poorly when he's already been down with illness. My son is an amazingly kind and gentle person who goes out of his way to help others and it was awful to see him treated this way. I would never want this doctor to treat any of my friends, family, or even aquaintences!
I've been going to Dr. Goodell for at least 25 years. Before him, I've had at least 5 other dentists. Trust me when I say, you will not find a better dentist.
Excellent doctor and excellent staff. My 5 year old daughter suffered a serious injury which included knocking one of her lower teeth out. My daughter's primary dentist was unable to fit her into their schedule. Dr Bonine made a special trip into his office so that he could take care of her. His professionalism and skills are top notch. He was kind and patient and was extra diligent to address all of her fears. He carefully explained the treatment plan and not only talked to us (the parents), but also took EXTRA time to explain the treatment plan to my daughter in a way she could understand. As a result, a lot of her fears were set aside, and she felt as comfortable as possible with what needed to be done. I feel we were extremely fortunate to find Dr Bonine AND his staff. Michelle, Linda, Beth, Christina, Jennifer... not meaning to leave anyone out... all of you who were involved in our care, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
This place does not deserve a single star. I went to them several years ago and left because of their attitude but since I changed insurances I had to go back. When I called yesterday, the receptionist was not the friendliest, she took all of my information down and said that she would call back if there was an issue with my insurance. I never received such a call, so I assumed my appointment was still on. I got there 20 minutes early, and the receptionist, Deb, gave me an attitude right away. She had the audacity to lie and said she called and left a message and I explained I never received a call, which only made her attitude worse. She also looked down at me for having Medicaid. How dare you treat someone different just because they cannot afford normal healthcare. Not only was going there a waste of time, but you have no business being in customer service. I cannot believe how upset I am right now. I was treated horribly. They do not deserve to have a business with their attitudes.
Avoid!! Extremely rushed service, do not take the time to listen to their patients. I had a filling replaced (pretty simple). When I told her (Dr. Jeong) it was too high and needed to be filed down. Her response was that I would get use to it. She had me bit down on a piece of paper and said my bit was fine. I was so numb that I couldn't tell that I was cranking my jaw sideways in order to bit down. She should have seen this. Also used way too much Novocaine. My ear was numb, the back of my head was numb and even down my neck was numb. I was having problems swallowing because my throat was partially numb. I was like that for six hours. Upon inspecting the tooth that was filled, I have visible decay spots on the side of the tooth she filled. She did not fix this. She only replace the top of the filling and it was a shoddy job. I can still see black decay on the top of my tooth were she missed filling it in. I'm shocked.
Fraudulent, they suck u into signing what you think is a future dental plan...but soon find out its a contract and will bill you regardless if the services were rendered..according to the contact..and the office Mgr knows exactly what she doing abd will try and manipulate you into paying. Know it's not the money..its the point..u cannot go around committing fraud..
I came back here after a year (had a different dentist) and when they did my check up, the lady picked at a filling and it broke off. I explained to her I'd rather get it removed since it was so far back, that it wasn't needed. They REALLY wanted to fix it. So I got it extracted along with one that has been stuck in my upper gum (there was a deal). I set up an appointment for my 6 month check up and called to cancel due to an icky wye infection. They didn't charge me the $50 fee, but the receptionist was extremely rude. So I rescheduled for the next Tuesday. They've been calling my mother to confirm, so after she got off the phone with her, I called them from mine and they didn't answer. And i mean RIGHT AWAY. I left a message, not stating my time (they know I work I til 2). I didn't get an email this time, either. Don't say it's my fault I missed it, she should have heard in the VM that I was unsure of the time.End of story, I missed my appointment by 20 minutes because it was scheduled at 10:20. I just don't want to go there anymore, rude peoppe.
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.