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One out of every seven Americans will face a substance addiction. Here are some resources to help you help a loved one, and notice…
One out of every seven Americans will face a substance addiction. Here are some resources to help you help a loved one, and notice…
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We needed an ear, nose and throat specialist, but the wait at our HMO was two weeks. What now? An emergency room seemed like overk…
Fortunately for me, I had the privledge of briefly working with "Dr. J" (Sonya Johnson, MD), when she was still an intern, and I was the 'DFC' (disgruntled filing clerk- that's a joke, ha ha). She's been my primary care physician for approximately 10 +/- years and what I've ALWAYS appreciated about her, is that she truly cares and listens (a lost art, these days). She doesn't just write you an Rx in hopes that you and your symptoms will go away. She makes an assessment based on YOUR TOTAL BEING. In other words, when she devises a treatment plan for you, she takes into consideration, your work schedule, your family responsibilities (whether you have small children or an elderly parent, for instance), and even your financial means, etc. Because she's a 'family practice' doc, she has training in many aspects of medicine, but she's never too proud to send you to a specialist, if necessary. That lets me know two things: 1) she's not trying to make all the money herself vs. compromising your best healthcare 2) she's not trying to waste your time and/or money (I do plenty of that, all by my self -- thank you). As odd as it may sound, it's very important to me, that she's still young. Old people scare me, especially those who have medical equipment that date back to Noah and his ark and their offices smell like the animals that were on it!!! Something that would be a plus to know, is that she, along with her partner, Dr. Ingram, and thier staff, run a very organized and efficient office. Although Drs. Ingram & J are the docs, it's never beneath them, to answer a phone or do a "finger stick", should their staff be too busy (and no, that doesn't mean they're understaffed --it means they multi-task, well). The entire staff is truly kind (because Drs, Ingram & J don't tolerate rudeness, regardless of the situation). And they keep noone, I mean absolutely NOONE waiting, longer than they have to... for any reason. I've literally, never had a visit that lasted over an hour, from sign-in, to check-out. (Well, there was that one time I was there a whole hour and 3.283596 minutes -- I'm going to write the "BONBTDTC Board" [Board Of Nothing Better To Do Than Complain], about that!) One last thing though, don't be overly concerned with Dr. J's blank, unconcerned stares -- she's just concentrating. At least... that's what I told my husband... whose legally blind... and couldn't see her, anyway... even if he had a life-sized magnifying glass. P.S. Please forgive me for making this review a little long -- I have a bad case of the "runs" ...run-on sentences, that is!
My PCP had told me I had several moles on my back that needed to be examined/removed. I remembered Dr Labrador from many years ago and wondered if he was still in practice. I located his office and called to make an appointment. He saw me the day after I was told by my PCP to have the suspicious moles checked. Dr Labrador examined me and agreed that the moles should be removed and biopsied. He asked me when I wanted to have the procedure done. I told him, "As soon as possible". He instructed his nurse to bring his instruments to the room. Within 15min he was finished. He sent the tissue off for biopsy and followed up with me regularly. Later I showed him an area on my ear where I had a cancer removed by another Dr. The cancer had reoccurred. Dr Labrador asked me when I wanted to take care of it. Again, I told him ASAP. He acted immediately that morning and removed the cancer for biopsy, then repaired my ear to a much better appearance than the other Dr. When I asked him how he made it look so much better, he explained that he is a plastic surgeon and the other Dr is a dermatologist. I was so glad that Dr Labrador took immediate action each time and did not have me wait days, weeks, or a month like some other physicians do.I give him my highest recommendation!
Dr. Bruce is one of the most caring doctors I have met in a while. I came with my son from Canada looking for answers to a leg discrepancy and deformation problem. I went to shriners and even though they were caring we were getting no where. Then CCS sent me to one of Dr. Bruce's clinics. I explained to him the problem and roadblocks we were getting and that I have gone to about 6 hospitals looking for an answer. Well not only did he take our case he went out of his way to put a team of doctors in different fields together to start testing. When he got back a report of the possibility of a rare genetic disorder he sent us to one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the country who practiced at the Children's Hospital in Cincinatti Ohio. From there we seen the orthopedic dr. as well as a dermatologist who right away diagnosed my son. My son was aroun 2yrs old and thanks to dr bruce who didn't have to go to all that trouble we got a diagnosis and I am happy to say even though it is a rare condition it is not fatal. Dr. Bruce was sent to us to be that guardian angel for my son and I will always be greatful and we still see him every year. Stephanie B.
I can not start to tell you how great this Dr. has been for me. I am 40 years old. I had been constipated for approximately 3 years. I mean....sometimes, I didn't go to the bathroom for 7 to 11 days. I gained about 30 lbs. and felt awful. I have seen at least 4 Gastroenterologist. All said, "You have IBS". I did not believe that there was nothing that could be done. Finally, a family friend reccomended that I go see Dr. Charapata. I did and it was the best decision I made about my problem. I knew the very first time that I went to see him, that he was not going to give up and say that I had IBS. He told me that he did not beleive in covering up the problem. He said that I was to young to be suffering like this and if I was this bad now, think about how bad I was going to be when I get older. He ran several test over 2 - 3 months. Then, finally, he called me with the most wonderful news...I needed something called a rectocyle surgery. I immediately had the surgery and I feel great. I have lost 10 -15 lbs. I go to the bathroom 2 - 7 times a day, every day. This is why "I THINK HE IS THE BEST DOCTOR EVER".
it's great! the staff here are nice,the doctors are there to listen and pay attention to our concerns and they offer many types of thearpy including a massage room,yoga class etc.the only fault i have here is the drive and the wait.but it is worth the drive just to be treated like a human and not a junkie as most places of this nature do treat you as if you are a druggie and although a lot that go are,i am not as a lot of other patients aren't either.so it is nice to be treated with respect and if we can weed out the bad eggs?that totally destroy the name of the good clinics"like WELLNESS FIRST" maybe we have a shot at keeping this place here.they are straight up and you better be able to pass your drug screening,or your out! they are here to help and hopefully to stay!i am a new patient and so far i love it here! lets just shorten the wait.
Very courteous staff who worked to get us in earlier than our scheduled appointment since we arrived early. We actually drove 3 hours from Georgia for this appointment. Dr. Sentef spent over an hour with my husband asking and answering questions about his medical history. If you have a connective tissues disease, such as Rheumatoid arthritis, this is your Dr. He is a brilliant man with a vested interest in curing disease, not just treating symptoms. He is dedicated to restoring health verses helping one to be functionally ill. Very impressed with our first visit.
Dr. Charapada is a great doctor but a little short with bedside manner. He will ask a question but before you complete the question he cuts you off. He has changed since I first show him 4 or 5 yrs ago. My daughter went to him and was so mad she said that was her first and last appt. with him. She got mad again today as he acted very short and cold. We both realize doctors have bad days but they do not need to realize that patient is sick needing a little kindness. I would refer him to others but tell them how his attitude can be at times.
Wonderful treatment of pneumonia in the last 10 days. Appreciate everyone at Memorial .. from the ER to the hospital in the area of room 7101. Thanks so much to Dr. Hoves who took care of me while in the hospital. Seems I cannot call him now that I am discharged. My PC is Patrick Rhyne who is also great. Thanks again Memorial for helping me get better and go home. Shirley Baugh, email@example.com
Dr. Burton and Dr. Slack are excellent pediatricians. My children feel very comfortable with them and I have observed them with children of all ages. I always recommend them to anyone who asks. The nurses and office staff are also fine people. If you want a kind, caring group of doctors who will get to know your child as an individual, then this is the place to go.
Dr. Nash is very Professional! Knows what he is talking about! Is not the 1st Dr. I have seen for this Issue by far! And he cared about me getting the best care available. He wanted me to try alternaative methods and do surgery as a last Resort! That tells me that he is not in it for the $! Wonderful Bedside Manner! I will Def see him in the Future!
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.