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5508 W Highway 290 Ste 207Austin, TX 78735
I am one of those ridiculous adult women who still has a semi-panic attack whenever I have to go for my annual exam. Dr. Jukes has been a great gynecologist--she is sensitive to my anxiety about it, gentle and quick and such a non-alarmist which is extremely comforting to people like me. When I …
6001 W William Cannon Dr Ste 201Austin, TX 78749
I am extremely happy with the results from my first round of HCG. I lost 20 pounds (over the Christmas holidays) and have been able to maintain my weight loss. I am starting a second round so I can lose the last 20 pounds. I really enjoy this staff at the Westlake location and wouldn't do this w…
6000 S Mo Pac ExpyAustin, TX 78749
I love this place. I've been going to this Dr. And facility for over 8 yrs. They are fast friendly, and clean. I've always had great experiences with this company, and have recommended several people to this office.
5424 W Highway 290Austin, TX 78735
Young Doctor but crappy tiny,crowded little office. It is all about the money folks. Asks VERY personal questions and then makes you feel bad if the answer is not what he wants to hear. Competent Doctor BUT there are better...
5625 Eiger RdAustin, TX 78735
From Business: Health maintenance or well child visits, Immunizations, Acute care/sick visits, Asthma, ADD and/or ADHD, Courtesy pre-natal & physician introduction consults, Same Day Urgent Care appts, 24 HR physician available for urgent care, Newborn hospital visits
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Dr. Wier is a great psychiatrist, but I will be leaving his care due to his receptionist. She has been not just short but flat out rude and insensitive, called me names, and has gone so far as to hang up on me without ever asking why I was calling. I have never met someone that treated people with such disregard in my entire life. She has no business being in the health care industry, especially one that deals with people that are already unstable. It seems as if her sole goal is make people cry or snap. She will not connect you to the doctor, and belittles you when you show up for an appointment. I know I am not the only one that has had to deal with this. I urge all of you to voice your concerns to Dr. Wier. His other receptionist is great, I have no idea why he hired this additional woman, but she needs to go before all his patients do. It is a shame to have to lose a doctor you really admire and trust because dealing with this woman is unbearable. As for Dr. Wier, he is a great psychiatrist. He really works with you to find a treatment that works for you. If you have already found medication that works for you and are just switching doctors, he listens, reads your files, and doesn't make you restart the whole process (which in changing health insurance companies I ran into that problem a lot with doctors wanting to start the diagnose process all over rather than listening to what has and has not helped you in the past). His appointments are a little shorter than some as he seems to deal more with people that have seen a psychiatrist for years and are already set with a treatment plan or are also in other forms of therapy, BUT if you do need additional time just to talk you can schedule it and he will gladly listen to you and help. He is very caring, compassionate, and understanding. I know some people at times need to just be able to talk for a hour or more, and if you need that additional therapy he will give good recommendations for doctors and centers that specialize in your condition. As for someone who knows medication, listens to you, and works with you, Dr. Wier can't be beat.
I have to say that im sorry for the experiences that the women below have shared. I suppose its easier to write a complaint than a compliment. I personally have been seeing Dr. Sweeney for a little over 2 years. She delivered my first baby, and is about to deliver the second next month. I have seen several doctors throughout the years, and none have been as caring and concerned as Dr. Sweeney. She shows actual interest in her patients, and really has whats best for you at heart. In the case that you may not agree with her diagnosis, you have the right to a second opinion. She delivers babies at the hospital next door, so there will be times that she steps out to do this during your appointment. This never happened with my first baby, but has happened twice with this second pregnancy. I am always however given the choice to wait for her to return. Unfortunately with some other physicians, I experienced a bit of racism, or what felt like it at least. Im not the type to victimize myself, but I suppose it happens. Never once have I ever felt that Dr. Sweeney has treated me different because i am a minority. Overall she is an amazing physician that has been recognized numerous amount of times for her great achievements and ability for being a wonderful doctor. Know that you will be in good hands when seeing her and her staff. CouldntBeHappier
Dr. Cardwell is virtually a one of a kind. He has degrees in BOTH neurology and psychiatry. As far as I know, this is not matched by anyone else in Austin and very, very few in the country as a whole. Dr. Cardwell is extremely well read in the physical causes (neurology) of so called "psychiatric" illnesses. I'm a big believer that everything has a physical cause and thus psychiatry really needs a physical disease approach for best success. Dr. Cardwell can and does talk in great detail about the neurological basis of a patients problems and discusses, where appropriate, pharmacological approaches that may help and why they may help. He also offers an astute degree of counseling based on a very extensive database of psychiatric knowledge. He is very intelligent and shows clear caring for his patients. He's also very professional and at the same time can provide a degree of humor (which I find very helpful). There is no one I would trust more that Dr. Cardwell. I would not be exaggerating to say he literally saved my life (I came to him at a deep trough in my life caused by extreme anxiety disorder). I can not recommend Dr. Cardwell nearly enough.
I'm writing this review from the perspective of both my mother - a patient of Dr. Mididoddi - and myself - as a family member of one of Dr. Mididoddi's patients. My mum is a kidney transplant patient who experienced some difficulties, including hospitalization, in the first few years after her transplant. During one of these hospitalizations, my mum had the good luck of being seen by Dr. Mididoddi. He took the time to familiarize himself with her history and the facts and circumstances that caused her hospitalization. Upon meeting with her at the hospital he was compassionate, competent, and knowledgeable. Dr. Mididoddi continues to be my mum's favorite doctor. He is concerned about my mother's overall well-being and not just the health of her kidney. Dr. Mididoddi has done a wonderful job of referring my mum to additional doctors, when necessary, and strives for a cohesive and balanced approach to her healthcare.
I was recommended to her by a friend. I feel confident I'm getting the care I need with her. She is focused when she meets with you and intelligent and thorough. Lynn (her nurse practitioner, whom I also like and trust), can see you for checkups/issues as well. That helps mitigate scheduling concerns that can arise from having a doctor who also delivers babies (unpredictable timing sometimes, as we all know!). The office phone system is the only reason I'm giving Dr. Grogona a four, not a five. As she's part of a medical practice that she probably joined after its creation, I doubt she has much to do with it, but at times it takes serious patience to navigate. That aside, I have sent anyone who asks for a recommendation to Dr. Grogono. As far as I've been told, everyone has been happy and stuck with her! Laura
I was shocked to see all the negative reviews for TDE...so many in fact that I had to write my own. I have experieced NONE of the problems I have seen written before in the preivous reviews. Actually quite the opposite. I have been seeing Dr.Peter Emmerson now for about 2 years for a thyroid problem and have been treated GREAT. Dr. Emmerson does a great job of explaining things and doesnt talk down to you, he makes you feel very comfortable.Their nurses are kind and prompt and I have NEVER waited too long for my appt. Now I can't and won't speak for all the other dr's at this office, but just based off of my personal experiences, the receptionists, nurses and my Doc have been very delightful, helpful, informative and encouraging throughout this tough time in my life. I recommend Dr. Peter Emmerson and his staff to all
Dr.Alamia has been my primary care physician for the past 21 years. I am very selective in choosing doctors so the fact Dr Alamia has been my doctor of choice for this long speaks volumes of his abilities, demeanor, and choice of staff. Before he prescribes medications, he conducts extensive work to correctly determine what is actually. Abusing the problem PRIOR to prescribing medication. His staff has always had a smile on their face when my family come in. Thanks to this wonderful doctor, our daughter was able to FINALLY get pregnant and carry to full term twice giving us two of the most precious grandchildren! Through the Yeats I have referred several friends and family to Sweet Vidal and they have Ll been extremely satisfied with Dr. Alamia and his awesome staff!
I have always experienced Dr. Braunstein to be totally down to earth, loving, caring and very knowledgable. She is very gentle and very friendly. She took time with me while I was upset about something that is totally unrelated to OB/GYN and she made sure I was OK before I left. She answered all my questions regarding my exam and is very caring about my general health. She delivered my second baby and the delivery was fantastic! I've only known her to be really late one time when she had an emergency c-section and that is not bad for the amount of times that I had to go whilst I was pregnant! When she moved from North Travis OB/GYN I followed her downtown to The OB/Gyn Group of Austin. I hope I will always see her for my annual exam because I totally trust her. Maria
I would wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Prisacaru at Seven Hills Women's Health. She is intelligent and so well read and the best communicators of medical information that I have ever seen, with a natural talent for breaking down any difficult topics. Each interaction with her during my pregnancy was an opportunity to learn and take away a treasure chest of unique insights. Behind her brilliant mind is a very caring individual. Many people are intimidated by her because she is so incredibly smart. I am grateful and fortunate to have been her patient. Let aside, she saved my life twice. Once in ICU, when I was admitted with severe pelvic sepsis, and second time when she operated on me for my fourth cesarian section. I am one of her living legacies.
I went to Dr. Kravitz many years ago because he was one of the few doctors that knew about Marfan Syndrom. He was warm and extremely understanding. Unfortunately, after loosing insurance, I had not been back to him in a while. I started going back to him again and he's even more wonderful. He has a great sence of humor and always makes me feel very comfortable. He NEVER makes me feel like I am being rushed and listens to everything I have to say. His staff is also great and it's obvious they all enjoy who they work for and what they do for a living. If I could clone all doctors, they would be like Dr. Kravitz.
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.