The January 2017 To-Do List »
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.
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.
After reading the incredibly negative and outright mean comments about Scott, I just had to say something.I went to Scott in 2010 and have to say, he treated me with respect,and was very professional. He and I became friends and when time permited we would sit in his office laughing and talking about traveling around the world,fishing and life in general If I had an issue that required a specialist, he would refer me. I was shocked to find out he passed away and I will miss him and his great sense of humor. RIP .....
I agree with all 3 of the reviews..The front office staff were rude!! The doctors were very nice. My one exception to the one review is that Adela was very nice to me too. I might have stayed with her if the front office wasn't so rude.
I was referred to Dr. Conti by my derm who didn’t feel comfortable treating some of my spider veins. I was so pleasantly surprised by how painless the treatment was and how enjoyable meeting Dr. Conti was! His demeanor is very comforting and his overall bedside manner is one of the best I have experienced. He takes great pride in his work and it shows! During the treatment, Dr. Conti shared with me some of his hobbies and passions in life besides being a vascular surgeon. It was so refreshing to have such a wonderful conversation with a doctor and it made the treatment time fly by! I just had my first round of sclerotherapy done by him and vein wave treatment on my nose capillaries. I’m so excited for my 1 month follow up to see the final outcome! I only wish I had known about Dr. Conti sooner and will recommend my friends and family to him for vein issues. Thanks so much Dr. Conti!
I rate AIMS clinic minus 10. This office is very unprofessional from the staff to the Nurse Practitioner, Adela. I found the front desk to be rude. the doctor though, is very nice. The front office would make appointments for me to see the doctor and when I would show up for the appointment, they could not find me on the schedule. This happened with my husband also or did not give him enough time for the physical that they scheduled for him. My husband walked out after this happened 4 times. I was scheduled to see the nurse practitioner and when I talked to her about a nail problem, she made a very nasty comment to me that was very unprofessional. I had to see her again because the doctor was busy and could not go over my labs with me. I did not want to see her again and I told the assistant that. Adela found out what I said to the assistant and came aggressively in the room and kept on me and arguing with me. I got up and said I don't have to take this crap from anyone. She is like Nurse Ratched from the Movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". My husband and I recently found a new doctor; their staff is professional and the practice has an excellent reputation.
Scott was a great guy. He tried to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders - it cost him. Dearly. Now, as a friend and patient - it will cost all of us. I agree with the poster who said that the others "should have done their homework" - the entire office sought to care for everyone, as best as possible. Result: Everyone was eventually seen by a caring professional and staff, but ultimately - it destroyed a good man. I for one will miss my friend beyond measure.
I completely agree with review by Lynne B. I give zero stars for everything. Drs Coburn and Olsen would be mortified. This practice is a joke. The word in the medical community is that patients are leaving in droves. I'm next.
I met Dr. Conti over 20 years ago. Over that time he has performed sclerotherapy to improve my spider veins. I have been very happy with the appearance of my legs over the years and this has added to my confidence and well-being. Dr. Conti is gentle and meticulous, as well as extremely knowledgeable in his field. I have great confidence in his judgment and would recommend him not only for sclerotherapy, but also for any vascular concerns.
I wish I could leave zero stars. STAY AWAY FROM THIS CLINIC! They only have patients because they purchased Dr Olson and Dr Colburn’s practice. Sadly, this clinic from the front office staff to the physicians, is completely opposite from the expert, compassionate patient-oriented clinic it used to be.
They do not answer their phones. Most, (but not all) are rude. One receptionist made a little 90 year old lady in a walker cry, on my first visit. There is not enough staff to handle the load of patients. The office lobby is dirty, the floors are dirty, the chairs are dirty, The Dr's chair he sat in was all torn up. They put me on hold one day, when they finally answered and then I stayed on hold for over an hour until they closed their office. The phone just clicked off at 5p. I got my labs done and no one told me what they said. I just got a call from one of the people there, that I needed stronger meds and they were calling it in. To test again in another month. ???? What??? How do you go to a lab to get tested with those slips they give you, when they don't see you or make you appointments when you need them? Plus they don't answer their phones? I had to keep an very old appt. with a NP, just to ask her what the test results were. What they meant. I was a new patient. When I finally saw the Dr. for the second time in 7 months, I had had a lung infection twice, a chest cough and virus for another 2 weeks, a childhood lung disease returned and I just came out of the hospital with something wrong with my heart. I asked for a referral to a cardiologist, as that is what the hospital cardiologists and discharge doctors told me I needed right away. New meds, new to this heart trouble. The Dr. in this office, after weeks of waiting to see him, told me to convince him that I needed to see a cardiologist! Wasting the 10 minutes he might be with me, I did not get to talk about anything else that was wrong with me. He also told me my questions were too much for him and if I was not happy to get another doctor. That's how we spent the 15 minutes on a second visit after not seeing him when sick, for 7 months, except one time? That first visit I had told him I had been very sick.He is horrible, rude, disrespectful and discourteous, just like most of his office staff! You don't take care of patients like that. There is no Dr. Greenberg there. Just the one Dr., like the other reviews state. Do not go there. Go somewhere else to be treated better!
This is the doctor Medi-cal assigned me too. I went for my first initial appointment. My appointment was at 2pm. I was the only Caucasian person there. The rest were Russian. This is a Russian doctors office.Now I have no issues with Russian. My best friend for 13 years is Russian.What I do have a problem with is the fact that he took all these walk in Russian patients, none of which were seriously or even mildly ill or hurt, before he took me. I had an appointment and was even there early. He didn't see me until the office emptied of all other Russian patients at 4pm. I got ti the exam room. I just moved t o Sacramento and had not been to a doctor in over a year. I have asthma. I asked for a refill on my current prescription which was Xopenex. He refused to refill that. It has lower amounts of steroids in it. He instead would only refill with albuterol inhaler. I also tried to explain that my feet are in a lot of pain. I am 200lbs and am 5 foot 3 inches. I know I,m over weight but i have never had an issue with my feet. They feel numb but it is the pins and needles numb even when I'm off of my feet and they are elevated. If I'm on my feet too long there is a painful stabbing and burning sensation in my left foot on the arch. Now i ware jell inserts in my shoes and am on my feet for 15-19 hours a day fir the last year. Reason being my husband was in a car accident. He is now at home but he us a C1 complete quadriplegic and on a ventilator 24/7 to keep him breathing. So I'm on my feet all day either caring for him or our autistic son. So no the pain is not because of my weight. But thus doctor would not listen to me. He refused to do any thing or even look at my feet. Another patient walked in and all hes said to me was "loose weight" and "your inhaler has been faxed to the pharmacy." Then he left to go see the other patient and I was sent home.
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.