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.
Learn about wisdom teeth removal costs, as well as wisdom teeth in general, to help you make the best decisions for your finances and oral health.
How much veneers cost depends on multiple factors. Learn what your options are in terms of cost, evaluation, procedure type, recovery and maintenance.
Definitely would not recommend Dr. Bruce Barnes to anyone unless you want to have unnecessary work done for insurance scam. He's not up to date on latest and newest procedures. I asked him about a particular procedure that has been around for a while now and he didn't have a clue about it which let me know that he is not staying up to date. He's not updating his dental skills which means he's in it for the money and not the care of the patient. I had work done and had to go somewhere else to discover the work done was not done correctly. He kept finding work to do which meant coming back and charging the insurance company more money for unnecessary work which had to be done again. I left with pain that lasted for days. Couldn't believe that his assistant call me up one day out of the blue about an appointment I didn't have and to ask about additional insurance. I found this very suspicious. This is the type of call you would get when someone is looking for money and to scam your insurance company. I 'm sure that I am not the ONLY person who has been to Bruce Barnes and has had this experience. Use your own judgment and BEWARE of this dentist or it could cost you more MONEY and PAIN!!! :-( :-(
BEST. DENTAL. EXPERIENCE. EVER. I have been trying to find a good dentist for a while and I am so thankful I went to Victory Dental. Everyone was SO nice, my dental hygienist, Sam, was awesome! She took time and explained things to me that any other hygienist I have ever had has NEVER taken the time to do. I definitely recommend Victory to anyone looking for a new dentist!
Awesome dentist, I enjoy the calm atmosphere and quality of work that is performed. He takes the time needed to explain what he is doing beforehand, and answer any questions I have. My children also come here, and they aren't afraid of coming to the dentist which is a huge relief!!
I didn't think trips to the dentist or having a horse tranquilizer shot numb half my face would ever be considered fun, but the staff at Victory Dental Group definitely make even the seemingly worst experiences actually enjoyable :-) I will continue to going to them and refer anyone I know looking for a new dentistry to Victory Dental Group! I can't wait for my next cavity filling!!!
I agree 100% with the post below mine that rated Beverly, the "owner" of the company, a 1 out of 5 stars. I came to work for her after my respite care family retired from the military and had to find another company to provide funding for the family to continue to receive services. We had nothing but problems with Beverly since day one. We planned to meet at a coffee shop to set up initial paperwork. I showed up there with 4 other interested employees, and Beverly never showed up, nor did she respond to any of our messages that we were there and waiting for her. When my respite care family contacted her to ask what happened, she said it was the first time she had ever had to cancel and that there was "a sudden death." When I finally rescheduled to meet with her, she complained and said it was ridiculous that my respite family had contacted Beverly's boss to complain that we couldn't get started because of her failure to attend our first meeting or to even inform us that she couldn't attend anymore. She continued to talk terribly about the family I work for. She was incredibly unprofessional and rude. Over a year later, she continues to cause nothing but problems. She doesn't even have the curtesy to mail out checks, so she makes all of the employees pick up checks from a box in front of her house. It is left open without a lock, so anybody could get into it and take all of the checks. On three different occasions, she has shorted my pay check or "accidentally missed a paystub" and left out the check entirely. When I first met her, she warned me that my old company was known for shorting people on their checks. I told her that in 6 years, I had never had an issue with them. Now I see why she said this. She is the one who shorts checks, hopes her underpaid employees won't notice, and then she profits the difference. With the most recent occurrence, I had to go to her house three times to pick up one check that she "forgot about." Every time I went, it still wasn't there. When I texted her for the third time to ask why my check still wasn't there, she asked me to turn back around, and she would put it in the box. When I arrived, she saw me, opened her front door, and tried to tell me that I could have avoided it all by just texting her to let her know I was on my way, even though she had told me three times in that one week that it would be there. She said it would be there on Monday. When I arrived on Friday, it still wasn't there. She then proceeded to harass me on her front porch before shutting the door in my face, so I couldn't say anything to her. It shouldn't be the employee's job to remind the employer to put out the check when the check was supposed to be there 12 days prior. Also, her idea of "staff development" is handing out "informative sheets" with questions and answers, but half the questions can't be answered from the "informative sheet." She also won't answer phone calls. She only communicates through text messages. She is rude, disrespectful, and unprofessional. I am shocked that her "business" is still running.
Academy kids, especially this location, is by far the best dental practice I have ever been to. I’ve been to dental offices that you have to pay thousands of dollars to be sedated and other high end dentists. Those practices do not even come close to this Academy kids dental office. They have the absolute best customer service and management (Ms. Mary) that I have ever experienced in any business. I had four hygienists today, one for each of my children. Each one of those gals were exceptional and so sweet!!! Shout outs to Lisa, Ingred, Graciella and Angelina. Y’all rock. Thank you ladies so much for your kindness and patience!!! I have never had such good experiences at a dentist. Thank you all!! Ps. The ladies at the front are super sweet also!!! The woman with long black hair served me and she was awesome!!!
Can't say enough good things about this place. Carissa, Heather and all staff members representing the weight loss business are as professional and superior in customer service as they come. Especially loved the positive attitude there.
Dr. Roxy Georgescu is an exceptional family dentist that has consistently displayed the outmost professionalism and genuine compassion for her patients. She has been our family's dentist (5 members) for almost 6 years and I would recommend her services to anyone. Dr. Roxy is extremely detailed and thoroughly explains the dental procedures/care required and options available while taking in consideration cost and necessity. Dr. Roxy and her highly competent and caring office manager, dental hygienists and dental assistants are highly accommodating and go above and beyond to minimize pain and discomfort. Outstanding service each and every time for our family!
Dr. Farag refused to take my mother's call when she was suffering from a migraine. All she needed was a generic called in as her insurance wouldn't pay for the brand-name. He said she needed to go to the ER, as it is not his protocol to call in prescriptions off-hours. This was him, her doctor for years, not an on-call substitute. Be cautious if you choose this doctor, as he will not be bothered with your emergency, even for a simple call into a pharmacy and will instead direct you to call back during office hours or go to an urgent care needlessly.
Beyond awful! Stay as far away as possible. Google name and read out of state results. Extremely negative experience.
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.