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.
Dr. Chronister was on top of some potential problems that no other physician had picked up on. Her attention to detail may very well have saved me from another heart attack. She was very knowledgeable, very pleasant, and, no doubt, very thorough. I highly recommend her!!
wonderful ,warm, and compassionate doctor who actually takes time to talk to you and explain things on your level !!!
My husband and I had a horrible experience with Dr. Only. She's incredibly insensitive and I understand she's a new Dr. and really wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt. It was incredibly disturbing and frustrating to have to pay a Dr. that did absolutely nothing but cause an incredible amount of stress, called in a prescription that she knew I was allergic to which put me in the ER, and didn't listen at all to anything I had to say about my health and was very unprofessional. What a complete nightmare!!! Never again but felt I need to warn the public.
Absolutely horrible service. First off, it takes over a month to get an appointment in their office if you need a wellness exam or blood testing done. I work in the veterinary field and if I told a client they had to wait a month before being able to see a doctor I am sure we would never see them again. Once I finally had my appointment, they lost my health certificate for school (traveling outside the country). Absolutely horrified that our healthcare professionals are so negligent
I had hernia surgery July 1st in Va. I over reached recently ( 4 months later ) & pulled it. They would not give me a nerve block shot or any pain meds. Big waste of my time & money.
~ I used this vet and Melanie Moore charges extra for services that wasn't needed! She is clearly all about making money!
Attention to anyone choosing this office! When deciding on a doctor DO NOT choose Lori Seymore. She's very messy. Never available,her attitude is disgusting, she does not wash her hands,she dresses and smells like she just finished working on her family's farm. she's just a spiteful dirty washed up hateful old goat! she will have your meds and Lab work screwed up big time, even if she is not your pcp! So if your regular doctor is not able to see you and they ask you to see someone else. Save yourself from unnecessary turmoil! When she walks in the room, you automatically feel uncomfortable. I've seen a few other doctors there as well as other places. And she is by far the worst I've met.
I would leave zero stars if I could. First appt in May was a 45 minute wait for Dr. Hsu. No apology for the wait. She doesn't have a personality. It'd dry as a desert. Her method to treat my daughter for acne seems to be working, though. That's the only positive I can give. Upon checking out, Dr. Hsu was talking on the phone to someone in the check-out area. I think management, maybe. She was complaining about an assistant who didn't know how to do anything and how she was having to do it all. She was pretty upset. In my opinion, that was not the time or place. It came across very immature and unprofessional. My daughter had a follow-up appt. today at 8 a.m. We were called back to a room at 8:10 and the assistant said Dr. Hsu would be in, in a little while. I told the assistant my daughter has school at 9 and would like to get her there on time, and she said, "Ok." Up to this point, no one has clued us in that Dr. Hsu wasn't even at work! At 8:35, I told my daughter we need to leave, so I went to the receptionist to see if I could be refunded my co-pay, because we couldn't wait any longer. She said, "Absolutely." She voided out my co-pay and never said anything about Dr. Hsu not being there.As we were walking to the parking garage, we passed Dr. Hsu casually walking down the sidewalk! That's when we finally realized why we had been waiting. I was so shocked and mad. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I wish I would have confronted her right there. Between the shock and wanting to get my daughter to school on time I didn't think to say anything. I will be contacting her superiors.I think this doctor is very young and immature. I have no idea if she is unhappy with her job, but it comes across that way. The staff should have been courteous enough to let us know that Dr. Hsu hadn't shown up to work yet. That's unacceptable!After telling a friend about the situation today, she said she had an appointment with Dr. Hsu and left after waiting an hour on her. No one explained why it was taking so long. I'm sensing a pattern with this office and doctor. I don't recommend this office at all!
The following review talks about other staff, however, keep in mind Dr. Chepke never got involved or cared enough to call me back. Dr, Chepke est. Excel Psychiatric Associates, PA in 2013. The office is shared by Tiffany Buie (Social Worker)) and Dr. Chepke (Psychiatrist). Charity is their at-home Assistant/on-call person. On 12/18/2013 I left a message on the voicemail of Charity, Assistant, that indicated that I would like to reschedule the 12/20/13 appointment with Tiffany. On 12/26/13 I received a bill in the amount of $75.00 for a “missed” 12/20/13 appointment. I immediately called the office on 12/26/13 and spoke with Charity. Charity immediately insisted that I pay the $75.00 fee or she would not even be able to confirm my appointment with Dr. Chepke on Jan 2 at 1:30pm. I asked to speak with Dr. Chepke, due to the fact that I already met with him on 12/16/2013. I never received a call back from Dr. Chepke. My husband then called and spoke to Charity. Charity was evasive, would not tell him when someone would call back or even something as simple as office hours and then she abruptly ended the call. Due to the fact Tiffany and Dr. Chepke were not responsive, we were still in the holiday season, and my appointment was Jan 2, we had to go to ridiculous lengths to get such a tiny issue resolved. On 12/27/13 I called the main # again, which was forwarded to Dr. Chepke's "confidential" voicemail. Tiffany retrieved that voicemail and called me back. Confidentiality broken. She said I had to make an appointment with her before I could see Dr. Chepke. Tiffany refused to assure me of my appointment with Dr. Chepke. I made an appointment with her for 12/30/13. In order for Tiffany to do her job and waive the $75 charge, it took, on my part: 9 phone calls between 12/18 and 12/26; 1 hand-delivered letter on 12/27; 5 emails sent to the office on the 12/27, a detailed call log from Sprint showing I called the office; and, 1 breach of confidentiality. On the morning of 12/30/13 I still received a bill via email for the 12/20/13 appointment. My husband was so shocked at the chaos and the fact that Dr. Chepke never called me back, he attended the appointment with me that afternoon. Our intention was to clear the issue up, have the bill corrected for insurance purposes, and have an intake done. This issues were never cleared up, Tiffany did not acknowledge the bill or the fact that confidentiality was broken. She said if I did not like the way the office ran, I should look elsewhere. I had no choice but to leave. Clients should know that this office does not have a landline, only cell phones, which are not a reliable source of communication for a business. It is inconsistent as to which cell phone your call will be forwarded to, as in my case. You may get different voicemail each time you call. There is no front-desk person. They only accept cash or check with no receipt upon payment. Dr. Chepke’s confidential voicemail is not confidential. You never know who is writing you back via email. Their business practices are extremely disorganized and unprofessional and dubious. Dr. Chepke insists you meet with Tiffany for a second intake. This not only takes more money out of the client’s pocket, but In the insurance world, this could be considered double-billing. There is a complete absence of communication, not only between the staff itself, but with me as a client. Charity is very rude. Tiffany, ironically, did not strive to empathize with me, was quick to argue, lacks problem-solving skills, and business skills, Dr. Chepke, well, he just never called back. This also shows a lack of caring, is extremely irresponsible on his part with regards to medications and the welfare of his clients in general.
Top Doctors and staff. I have been seeing Dr Carla Jones since 2001 and have been pleased with how she is patient and through. Sometimes I have to wait but the quality of care I get is worth it. Top notch Doctor. I would like to also praise Dr Kara Gallagher I had to go to the ER last month 4/2013 and she was the Dr on call for cabarrus family medicine at northeast cmc. She was very informative and really listened to my concerns. She checked up on me the next day in the hospital and took the time to explain everything to me and did it in a way that I understood it and put me at ease. I highly recommend either one of these Doctors if you are looking for quality medical care from someone who shows they have a passion for what they do.
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.