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Hello,My name is Louis J Moses. I was sent to Dr. Vincente Bernabe by Employment Development Department on 3/20/15 for an Independent Medical Exam. Dr. Vicente R. Bernabe, D.O. 28991 Old Town Front Street Suite 202 Temecula, CA 92590 951-695-5459An assistant at the office weighed, took blood pressure, and performed a grip strength test. I then spent about (90) seconds with Dr. Bernabe. He asked me (3) questions: 1) what kind of work I did, 2) What other conditions I had, and 3) he asked me to kneel/squat down. My answers to his questions were as follow: 1) I am an auto-mechanic, 2) I have cervical spondylosis, neuropathy, numbness in my hands and toes on both feet, and can’t left my arms above my shoulders, and weakness in both hands and both arms, 3) I was only able to kneel/squat moderately due to great pain. That was the extent of the exam.Dr. Bernabe claims to have examined my hands, elbows, knees, neck, fingers, wrists, hips, ankles, feet, and range of motion of my lower extremities. Additionally, he claims that my station and gait were, neck range of motion were all normal. He further claimed I was able to sit, rise, and stand from both a chair and exam table without difficulty.I refute Dr. Bernabe’s claims for the following reasons:He never examined:•Elbows: I have osteoarthritis in my left elbow and experience pain when trying to fully extend it.•Knees: I wore long pants and he did not ask me to remove nor roll them up.•Neck: he never touched my neck nor asked me to perform any exercise. •Fingers: he never examined my fingers. Opening and closing my fingers is very painful.•Hips: he did not ask me to walk or anything that involved hip movement other than to kneel/squat.•Ankles: he did not ask me to do no exercise to evaluate my ankles. •Feet: he did not examine my feet. •Walking: due to osteoarthritis in both knees and diabetic neuropathy I walk with a very noticeable limp.•Sitting: when sitting I must constantly shift positions due to the discomfort in my knees and reduce the numbness that occur in toes on both feet.•Standing: due to osteoarthritis in both knees standing is painful. However, by shifting positions I can manage for short periods of time.•Rising from sitting position: I must brace myself as my knees pain and toes generally become numb.•Getting on and off the exam table: he did not ask me to get on an exam table.•Wrists: he did not exam my wrist.I have been and /or am currently under the care of the following professionals for the past (2) plus years: Medical Doctor, Neuro-Surgeon, Neurologist, Physical Medicine, Orthopedic, Acupuncture, Rheumatologist, Psychotherapist, and Physical Therapist. I also attended a pain management program. Dr. Bernabe’s report is full of inaccuracies and untruths. My noticeable limp was disregarded. My inability to kneel/squat down was disregarded. My hand weakness was disregarded. My inability to turn/rotate my neck was disregarded. My inability to move my right wrist due to fusion was disregarded. Needless to say EDD stopped my disability payments and I tried to return to work but was terminated due my inability to perform at a satisfactory level. Dr. Bernabe’s false report has caused my family and I great harm, stress, and depression.I assert that Dr. Bernabe’s report on me is at the least unprofessional, unethical, and potentially criminal. Hence, I am filing this complaint against him for the reasons expressed in this document.I await your response,Sincerely, Louis J Moses
I have gone to a few chiropractors in the past but this location beats them all. I had an accident at work and been experiencing back pains for a while. They really care about your well being and are very professional at providing you with the right treatment. I've been coming here for about 3 months now and my pains have reduced significantly thanks to Dr. Mayra. She has made a huge impact on my lower back pains giving full messages, adjustments, heat patch and many other treatments. Very satisfied and is worth it for anyone who is looking for a Good chiropractor.
I saw this doctor for a physical and provided great service. I was real happy with the office over all.
I have been a patient of these Drs and PAs, who founded Citrus Valley Med., for 25 years. They have always given me the best treatment and the type of consideration we seek from a "small town family practice". For me, their expertise and humanitarian spirit has been a genuine support system; and now, for my children too.
she killed my son. giving him wrong medication. she dozen"t consider what patient complain. She seems mental illness person isn"t humen.
Definitivamente no lo recomiendo, lo único que hacen es cobrar cantidades exageradas. A mi esposo le hicieron unos exámenes de sangre cobrando $260.00 él trabaja como truck Driver por esa razón no pudo ir a traerlos pronto. Llego ahora a traerlos y me dicen que hay un cobro de $25.00 dólares por no haber llegado en los 7 días que ellos han impuesto en sus pólizas internas. Es un robo!!! Pagar por los exámenes y tener que pagar todavía más para que los entréguen. No hay personal con ética profesional en ese lugar no me permitieron hablar con nadie más u la recepcionista simplemente no puede hacer nada más que cobrar.
The receptions here are completely incompetent, disdainful, arrogant and patronizing. Although the doctor and other practitioners are great, the girls up front NEED TO BE REMOVED. They are lazy, rude, incompetent and condescending. I had to reschedule an appointment and when I got to the office they actually had the audacity to accuse me of lying. Why would someone show up to an appointment and lie about something clerical? Do you think maybe it has something to do with one of the members of the snotty clique that works as a RECEPTIONIST? Don't be fooled by the nice building and the people in back like I was - it's not worth dealing with the horrific girls up front
This place is great! The staff is nice and friendly and really try to help you out. I went in for the weight loss program which I found really helpful actually. I had a visit with a weight loss coordinator which I thought was very helpful we talked about food choices and do's and don'ts eating habits. I've been to other weight loss clinics and they didn't go into dept. on nutrition which is really nice to have that at this place.the doctor was extremely nice and funny! And helpful as well. I recommend this place to anyone with low income being that they're prices are affordable and they also see people for other things being that they are a family practice urgent care.
I was very pleased with both the Doctor and his staff. They were helpful and knowledgeable.
Dr. Billy Early has been my doctor for several years now at First Choice. The ladies are always professional, friendly, and helpful. This is a low budget firm so expect an eclectic crowd when it's busy. Billy is a funny and very knowledgeable doctor. I refer people who need to be seen for as little as $25 to him. Marc.
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.