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I went in for a consultation (which was free) on December 31st and made appointments to have the service done on one knee. They charge a non-refundable $200.00 fee to hold your appointment slot with the doctor. After I arrived home I got a voice mail from the representative who had sat down to go over the payments with me, stating that she made an error in her calculation that was stated to me for the second and third payments. I cancelled the appointments and asked for the $200.00 back even though they specified it was non-refundable. I did not make the error, and they made no attempt to change the payments from 3 to 4 in order to spread out the increase of $1,000.00, and since I would not be seeing the doctor after cancelling, why do they need to keep the $200.00 in order to hold my appointment slot??? Do not give any money up front unless you are ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that you will be coming for the service. A few days later the doctor called to apologize for the mix-up and offered a discount for the procedure. I'm happy with that and plan on having the procedure done next week. (Update 01/19/2016) I had the procedure done on both knees on 01/14/16 and I am at work today after the MLK holiday. The only pain during the procedure process was the anesthetic had a burning sensation to it that was uncomfortable. The procedure itself went amazingly well and Dr. Michael Cantor is a pro! I had one day of pain, one day of discomfort, and then I was fine. No knee braces, taking off 4 to 6 weeks of work or using crutches like the other clinics I checked into required. I am changing my rating to a 5 star! God bless you Dr. Cantor!!!
I have been a long time resident of Denver and unfortunately my stylist moved away. So, a friend recommended Vida salon to me, but warned me of the pretentious nature of its stylists. She advised not to go to Bradley, Vinny or Emily because they always seemed to have personal issues interfering. So, I went to Emma being she was available and I figure was safe. Wrong. Lets start with the cut. I realize the younger kids want funky but I asked for a modest normal cut, and got something opposite. I'm not sure if it was an attempt at style or just a lack of talent, but it wasn't what I wanted. Then, the color. Again, I'm not sure if it was an attempt at style being she is pushing the frumpy cute level herself, but I did not get a color that was right. Blond is blond, not goldish...the whole thing was a disaster. Maybe she is new and learning but I think the prices didn't reflect that and someone should have told me I was a guinea pig. The funny thing is, I also overheard Emily discussing her hangover from the night before, with one of the other stylists, which I find extremely tacky and unprofessional. Anyhow, I will not be retuning to Vida.
Jackie is the best hairstylist I've ever had! I've tried so many places here in the Denver area - and never go back to any of them more than once. I'm not picky, I just know when it looks right and feels right. Her personality - awesome! She makes you feel really comfortable and welcome. Jackie is extremely knowledgeable, always keeping up with the latest trends, products, and techniques. Hair color - awesome! Color is always exactly the way I want it! I'm a very dark chocolate brunette and the color and highlights always turns our gorgeous! And the best thing - my hair continues to look healthy and shiny. Haircut - awesome! The most important thing for me is how you hair looks after I wash and style it myself for the first time. After my hair cut/hair color I just simply blow dry it - no styling needed - and it does look really good! I'm not a type of person who likes to spend more than 15 min styling hair at home. The easier the better! And now Jackie opened her own place - Salon 17. Congrats!! "
While there's always room for improvement in any facility, I have to say that The Spearly Center makes up for it by the caliber of their staff. It takes special personalities to work with the difficult residents we have and many could not flourish in this type of environment. As most days are tiring, long and difficult, I never go home thinking, "Wow, I had a bad day today." I may have had a hard day, a challenging day, what have you, but at every facility prior to this one I have worked in? Constant "bad days". Days I felt unappreciated by my residents, the staff, the leadership team. I don't feel that here. My residents value me, the staff thanks me for what I do and I never feel like my efforts aren't being recognized in some way. I truly enjoy coming to work. Now we'll see how I feel when the snow starts falling and that commute gets even longer, but I know I'll be coming to a warm environment where I'm actually making a difference for those who live in Spearly.
I have fallen love with Ergo salon, Aveda, the girls at the front desk (they're all beautiful inside & out), and my newest love is the awesome adorable Kylie who styled my hair today! I've been needing this for a while, but just didn't know who to trust. I've had some bad experiences and I've done worse myself. I was sure when I told Kylie to remove the dead & damaged hair, that she was going to have to shave my head bald! But it wasn't as bad as I thought since I've been using Aveda. And Kylie fixed me! And my hair too of course! She gave me a style that I love, and that was just for starters! She used products that made my hair look and feel so healthy-even after all the damage I've done! She's also convinced me to come back so she can do a color- the real way, not out of a box, which is all I've ever used. She taught me things about my own hair that I didn't even know and she even showed me how to blow dry my hair so I can get the same look at home myself!
Diego Huizar at Salon Vo is phenomenal!!! My last good stylist moved back to Russia and I floated around for a year or two with bad hair. I saw Salon Vo while leaving my appointment at Dr. Reval's office, and met Diego after reading other positive reviews of his online. He is SO very talented. He looks the part, acts the part, is a true artist, approachable and friendly. He trained under the very best in Cherry Creek, and it's very obvious when you visit him. He is no amateur.Diego quickly turned my cruddy hair into beautiful, shiny, gorgeous hair with a great shape. The color he does is the best I've ever had, and the best I've ever seen. His smoothing treatments are life changing, and my new cut allows me to wake up, do my hair fast and efficiently, and I have never received so many compliments in my life! Don't waste your time going elsewhere. Diego has the magic touch, and his talents and service are unmatchable. And, he's SUPER nice!!
I am ever so happy that I found Dr. Rock Navarkal. Being in pain and being hesitant about meeting a new doctor was a waste of energy, because when I met the staff at Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine I quickly realized that I had nothing to worry about. They were prompt and very courteous to me. The experience I had with Dr. Rock Navarkal at Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine was the way all my doctors appointments should be but rarely are. Dr. Rock answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns, and even went above and beyond by offering treatments that he could do in the same office. In my previous experience I would have to had seen at least 1 more doctors if not 2 or 3 different doctors and have to go to that many different places to them all. To all others a bit of advice, if your time is valuable to you then go to Rocky Mountain Spine and Sports Medicine, but if your time means nothing, then go to any other doctor.
Moving 600 miles means finding lots of new personal service providers. It often takes a while to find someone you really like to do your hair. I randomly selected Ergo Aveda based on its Stapleton location. My initial consultation was with Eddie Romero. What a lucky break for me! Eddies impressed me with his analysis skills - my hair, my face type, my skin, my lifestyle. What he thought would work for me and why. I've had two appointments with him now, and a third coming up. My color match is excellent. The new cut Eddie suggested gets me lots of compliments. He is young, smart, creative, and fun - an up and comer! You'd be very smart to check him out! Also, the salon is excellent in communicating with you regarding appointments and such. Parking is easy and the salon atmosphere is friendly and inviting.
While in town for a wedding they were able to fit me and my friend in for color and cuts. The hostesses were great at pointing out bars that I could kill time at when I misjudged the time and showed up way too early. My stylist Arica was kind and very very competent. It went quickly and was affordable for the quality of work done. My color came out a little darker than I'd wanted but I think it is because stylists don't often believe that I want the color I'm saying. I think that if I were to return again it would come out perfect. I am extremely happy with this place and feel like my gamble paid off. I would HIGHLY recommend Arica in particular. She was kind, not an annoying chatty person, interesting, and she never made me feel stupid or ugly like some high end stylists tend to do. Ask for her!
Mikael Padilla salon is a great experience. Everything from the design of the salon to all the stylists reassures you that you are going to walk out feeling fabulous. Everyone is well put together but in a fun and funky way. I have been seeing my stylist, Alex Mackison for over 10 years and can't imagine seeing anyone else. I love to change up my hair and Alex always knows exactly what to do. I don't have to give him ideas or show him pictures. He just knows what to do and does it. I have never left feeling unhappy with my hair and am constantly complimented. I have friends who come to town just to see Alex. If you love a great experience when you get your hair done visit Alex at Mikael Padilla. I promise you will leave wishing your appointment wasn't over.
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.