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After treatment by both Dr. Sydney Chau and Dr. Stephen Morris - who's practice she assumed - I can vouch for Dr. Chau's high level of expertise and professionalism - as well as those of her office staff. In support of my review, I offer these credentials:I've lived in Fort Worth for over 60 years and received dental work from well over a dozen orthordontists, dental surgeons or dentists - so I have considerable experience as a patient.I have had fillings, caps, braces and a dental implant since I was 17 due to a sports injury. My brother-in-law of over 30 years is a well respected dentist (but out of state), and over the years we've had in-depth discussions about the medical industry in general and dentistry in particular. We've had these discussions because, in addition, I have just under ten years work experience within the medical healthcare industry as a Medical Television producer for UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. There, I developed scripts and video productions to help doctors be better doctors and show patients how to better work with - and understand - the medical-industrial complex.My point? These experiences say I know a good doctor when I see one.Recently I needed extensive dental surgery to rebuild the implant of my incisor. I was apprehensive, since this implant has had 3 previous rebuilds and my circumstances could make it problematic. It is the most visible in your smile - and it had to be perfect - Dr. Chau made it so.The color and position of an implant as visible as the incisor is very difficult to match due to the translucent nature of natural teeth. Previous treatments were close - but Dr. Chau's finished work was as perfect as it gets.In addition, after a financial and insurance issue arose around the implant procedure, her staff "bent over backwards" as they say to "go above and beyond" to stick up for me and make it right. As for regular cleanings and visits - and in response to an earlier review - I'd say that "personal information" revelations are a two-way street. If one does not feel comfortable hearing or discussing those things, one needs to simply say so. My experience says this staff does NOT take liberties in that area - but they ARE friendly. I feel very much at home, comfortable and in the best of care because of their attitude and behaviors.To close, I can honestly say Dr. Chau is the best dentist I have been to in the last 60 years....and now, after recently moving back into the state after a near 10-year absence, my daughter and future son-in-law are her patients as well. I don't think you can make a better recommendation than that.
I had been seeing Dr. Moore for chronic pain mgmt, & he did a fair job providing it, then about 4 month ago, on a busy day, I waited over an hour just for my Rx's, my nightmare began.They took the directions for one of my meds & put it only one of my other meds. Because I was tired & in pain, I didn't notice until they repeated the error a second time. When I called the office, the medical assistant refused to consider it was an error & told me it was ordered that way, I would have to make another appt, & pay another $30 copy, if I wanted to talk to the doctor or PA. I thought the error was fixed, they told me they didn't give physical Rxs anymore, they would send it electronically. My family member brought my medication home, & I found they had made another error. I reported it & had wait 9 days without my main pain med, only to get there & find the doctor had just left. I asked the staff to catch him, which they wouldn't, so I had to come back the next day, in pain, frustrated & tired. When I got there,a doctor I had never met before told me that, yes, they had made an error, which they wouldn't admit the first two times. He fixed the error & handed me a physical Rx for it. Then the office manager came in & told me they wouldn't see me any longer because I had gotten angry with them & yelled at the medical assistant and hung up on them out of frustration. After taking my break through pain med every 2 hours for 9 days to partially control my pain, I was in pain & over tired, but they had no empathy. If you Use this practice, do so with caution. If they make medication errors 3 times over a few months, you have to wonder what other errors they are making.
Dr. Sydney Chau's practice is outstanding because of the following points:1. Information. As a patient, you always understand what is happening during a procedure because Dr. Chau is a great communicator. She tells you with details what she is about to do. She is also very knowledgeable.2. Confidence. Dr. Chau is very experienced and knows dentistry better than most other dentists. I felt I could trust her judgement 100% which has not always been my experience with other dentists in the past.3. Quality. I had to get a new crown (previous one from my previous dentist broke after a few years) and after getting this new crown, I have no pain and a better bite than with my previous crown from a few years ago. So her work has turned out to be better than that of my previous dentist. In addition, she went above and beyond by plugging in a few tiny holes I had in other teeth.4. Organization. The office is well organized and runs like a well oiled machine. The personnel is very qualify and courteous. So she also seems to manage her business very well...The whole experience was very positive for me and I recommend Dr. Chau to anyone looking for a great dentist!
I had suffered the pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia for a few years before consulting Dr. Ellis. My pain could be relieved by medication, but progressively stronger meds were needed. The last caused my sodium level to drop to a dangerous level. All of these meds reduced the quality of my life. In my first appointment, Dr Ellis explained a proven procedure that he had used successfully many times before. The clincher was a video on his iPhone of one such procedure. In it, I saw him separate the irritated nerve from an adjacent blood vessel near the brain. He then inserted a teflon wool pad to keep them apart. I was convinced that this was the solution for me. Later I was admitted by Dr Ellis to Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth where he had a proven team to help him complete the procedure. I was assured that Dr. Ellis would be the only surgeon to work on me. Following the procedure and recovery, my pain has been eliminated. I can't recommend Dr. Ellis highly enough.
I was looking for a doctor for my 69 yr old mother who's field of expertise included geriatrics. It was time for the transition as mom was/is dealing with "brain fog" some days as well as a generalized memory deficit, had experienced 2 minor strokes, minor heart attack, and a stent in one of her cardiac arteries. So, there was no "pressing" issue, with a move placing 70 miles between her and a team of doctors who cared for her well for 20 years, a change was necessary.My research of the area brought us to Dr Collins as one of Dr Carters associates. Dr Carter was my first choice with an extensive CV including a BA in Social Work. I found that Dr Carter only sees employees of JPS as patients.After the initial visit, I found Dr Collins to be a caring, brilliant, confident, capable doctor. Both mom and I are excited to have found this woman and this system (JPS/Life Span) within 20 minutes of moms new home.
About a year ago I had to change my dentist because I got new dental insurance. Fortunately two of my friends recommended me Dr. Sydney Chau at Summit Cosmetic Dentistry. I made an appointment and was very happy I did so. Dr. Chau and her staff are very experienced and skilled professionals and I always feel welcomed there. My teeth are in bad shape, prone to cavities and need a lot of attention. Dr. Chau and her dental hygienists managed to keep everything under control (especially my receding gums) and I haven’t had any new cavity since. All procedures were done with great care and PAINLESS and I never have had any problems or needed any additional repairs afterwards. I also appreciate follow up calls after treatment and appointments reminders. I will continue to see Dr. Chau and I am planning to have my 3 crowns work with her shortly. Because she's one of the best dentist for crowns in DFW.
Where do I start, I like several of the previous customers was very negligent, and needle phobic about my own dental health. Sure I brushed and sometimes :) ran that tiny white thread thru my teeth. But when it came to urgent care and results I came to the only place I was familiar with because of the wonderful treatment my father receives. Through every bit of my appointments I received professional and thoughtful care. I was called by the Dr. and her staff on many occasions to ensure my care and well being was being carefully monitored. I could not have endured all that was in store for me, all the much needed work if it wasn't for the well rounded staff and personable Dr. Chau. Everyone from the from desk (Shelby, Kiki), inner offices staff Nikki and Amy, to the lovely man who made my crowns ;). Dr Chau you are the BEST IN TOWN!!!! Thank you my Summit dental family!!! DJB
Outstanding professional work!My highest compliments to Dr Chau and her entire staff. I have been a patient of Dr Chau's for a couple years now for routine cleanings and checkups and always very pleased with the results I'd received. However, I recently consulted with her on some cosmetic dentistry since I knew she was specially trained in this field. She showed me several options and we agreed on the best plan. I could not be more pleased with the results! I have a beautiful new smile and lots of compliments. She is VERY competent in her work and gave special detail to every aspect. I highly recommend her and her staff for all work but especially any cosmetic dentistry. She is caring, experienced and skillful in all that she does.Thank you Dr Chau! I am recommending to anyone I know.
Dr. Steven Pedro is a cocky, know it all, brilliant man!!! He worried me at first how for sure he was on things, but hands down knows his you know what! I was diagnosed with chronic hives and had them for over a year and a half. I went to my family doctor, immunologist, and allergist. They all did not know what to do and told me to wait it out. Some gave my steroids which made me gain a lot of weight and weaked my Immune system more. I was covered head to toe and itchy. Dr. Pedro looked at me for 10mins. BAM! Came up with a crazy concoction of medicine and I was cured. My skin is beautiful and clear! I only had to take the medicine for a few months to make sure it was gone. Better yet no weight gain or side effects! Dr. Pedro knows his stuff!!!! Highly HIGHLY recommend him!
Dr. Chau is awesome, and so is her office staff. The entire office is so welcoming and friendly, whenever visiting her office, I always feel like a VIP.Dr. Chau definitely is excellent at what she does, especially surgical procedures and cosmetic works. I had several dental work done (including a root canal) in her office, while everyone is so afraid having this done in other dentists' offices, mine with Dr. Chau was just very pleasant experience.Her exceptional technics in cosmetic procedures are speechless, I still could not believe that, within an hour, my teeth just look amazing!!I've referred several friends to her office, now with my brand new look, I am sure more of my friends will ask me which dentist I go.
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.