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11355 Toepperwein RdLive Oak, TX 78233
I have been very pleased with Dr. Taj. He has always taken the time to listen and his treatment has been right on target. I have always had an appointment and have NEVER had to wait to be seen. He was recommended by my daughter who just LOVES him. I have to admit that I was initially put off by …
9135 Schaefer Rd Ste 4Converse, TX 78109
They see both kids and adults, so all the family can be seen at one place. When my son broke his legs they understood that he could not come in to see the doctor for a previous follow up on meds and the docotor even call me to check on him. The only reason why I dont give them five stars is th…
11403 Oconnor Rd Ste 108San Antonio, TX 78233
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12414 Toepperwein RdLive Oak, TX 78233
I have been a patient for several years. Yes, there are times that I have to wait. However, I know that Dr. Taj will spend the time that I need with me. He has helped me gain control over my health conditions with a Team approach. My input is always important to him. He will even recommend a…
5975 Fm 78 Ste 300San Antonio, TX 78244
I cant recomend this place enough.I ve been having alot of back pain,thanks to Dr Hernandez and his therapy i feel great.The only down side i ve to warn its not easy to get an appointment.He is on that location twice a week so you might need to wait a week or so.
12413 Judson Rd Ste 100Live Oak, TX 78233
Have been seeing Dr. Rosales for over a year. He is caring and compasionate. He discusses your medical issues and helps you understand without speaking over your head. He spends time and listens to your concerns. I would strongly recommend him.
11515 Toepperwein Rd Ste 202Live Oak, TX 78233
When my daughter was suffering from allergies & asthma, Dr Arastu & staff were very kind and understanding of her needs. They explained everything I needed to know and how to care for her health issues.Staff answered questions there and returned calls when needed. Thank you, Live Oak …
12602 Toepperwein RdLive Oak, TX 78233
I have 3 young children who all like their Mom suffer from allergies. Well we need search no longer for relief. Since seeing Dr. Arastu we all feel much better. We have only seen her twice in the past month, but we can feel the difference. To my surprise we didn't have long wait even though she …
8341 Agora PkwySelma, TX 78154
i have been going.to this clinic and the NB clinic for several years now. Usually i never had issues besides the long wait times. Well i think that today will be my last visit to this one. I signed in online (excellent idea by the way). I had never had a problem before it was in and out, well…
2318 Pat Booker RdUniversal City, TX 78148
I do not recommend going to this office. When I went to this office. While I like PA Russell and feel he is competent, I don't feel this office is able to handle much more than colds/allergies/flu cases. It took well over 3 weeks, and several calls to get the results of a few xrays. I was also…
11901 Toepperwein RdLive Oak, TX 78233
Beware---I was sent to a sleep study and the patient had a appointment and the women asked the door at 8:00pm and was turned to leave and did not give a reason. The Doctor was Syed office to new comprehensive visit and spent less 20 min said could get more information with study. Didn't go …
11901 Toepperwein Rd Ste 1102Live Oak, TX 78233
I went to see Dr. Miller to have a planters wart removed. When I saw Dr. Miller on Monday he thought for sure that he could get me back in on Friday to have the procedure done as we were just waiting on Tricare approval for the procedure. I called his receptionist on Thursday and she informed …
12602 Toepperwein RdLive Oak, TX 78233
He is arrogant, careless, reckless, and dangerous. If you don't believe me, please at least get a second opinion. Don't trust this man with your life or the life of your loved one.
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Horrible, can't believe it's still open.the staff is horrible. Especially the front desk. They should be fired. The doctor and his assistant are amazing. I am looking for a new doctor because of their staff . I have too many health issues to deal with such a horrible staff. The wait with an appointment is over an hour and they spend 5 mins with you. Still I like the doctors. I complained about the front desk and nothing changed. I have seen them pick up the phone and hang it up and press hold and keep doing nothing. Don't go here. It should be closed
I can never get someone on the phone nor able to make an appointment. I have been able to be seen but it is a miracle someone is able to get me scheduled. I will be looking for another provider.
OH MY GOD WHERE TO BEGIN!!! This has to be the worse practice I have EVER seen in my life. How is this place even still in business!?Forever wait to make an appointment, forever wait at appointment. NO HELP FROM ANYONE once you leave the facility. They took LABS and I never got results and they had to poke me 4 times before they got blood and then TIA the young lady's name yanked the needle out cause she was trying to do 15 things at once and someone was talking to her so she was not paying attention. In the examining room Ms. Mitchell complained about her staff and knows it is killing them and she said they get paid like anyone else but just don't know how to work! I don't know what is going on there but it needs to be investigated. I am actually scared to go back!!
We made 3 appointments just for a follow-up and each appointment we never even got to see the the doctor. Our 1st visit was very pleasant and Dr Mitchell is truly a great provider, however her office staff is HORRIBLE! My niece has Medicaid & has lost both parents so we thought because of the Dr's compassionate attitude this would be a great fit.... I work in the medical field and I truly understand the work overload but I don't get how you have someone sit for over an hour then tell me that you don't have the injection to give.....needless to say we have changed providers as of this morning and I will let the office manager know why....that is if I ever get a return call back. Sad real sad#
I have 2 children that go to this office. We see Dr. Mitchell, and she is wonderful. She's very caring and patient with my kids. With that said, no matter how amazing the doctor is, her office staff are going to make her look bad. The waits are extreme, an hour plus even with an appointment. That alone wouldn't be enough for me to leave. The staff is rude. There is one nurse who has been nice to my kids, the others practically ignore them. "Step on the scale, step off the scale" are pretty much the only words they have said to them. My kids are very well behaved, but they are talkative and inquisitive. I understand you have a job to do, but ignoring a 4 year old is just harsh.I have NO idea what the deal is with calling and making appointments, but they really need to figure something out. IF anyone answers, which is rare, you are on hold forever! I'm literally writing this review as I'm on hold waiting on the name of a doctor my daughter was referred to a few months ago. I was transferred 3 times, asked to hold all three times for about ten minutes, then someone answered and said just one second, I'm looking it up. 49 minutes. That's how long I've been on hold! Most of the time, you don't have to worry about being on hold because THEY NEVER CALL YOU BACK OR ANSWER!! My daughter needed a physical for a surgery and I left 6 messages over the span of 2 weeks. I finally gave up and went into the office, very calmly and politely told the lady at the front that I was there to make an appointment because I had never received a call back after multiple messages. Not even an I'm sorry or anything. She just barked "Name and date of birth" This place is extremely frustrating, which is really sad because the doctors are amazing. I waited a year hoping things would get better. They haven't, so come January we will be switching providers. I would definitely NOT recommended this place.
They see both kids and adults, so all the family can be seen at one place. When my son broke his legs they understood that he could not come in to see the doctor for a previous follow up on meds and the docotor even call me to check on him. The only reason why I dont give them five stars is the wait time can be long. But I think the staff is wonderful and very helpful.
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.