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The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
1030 Cactus DrDuncanville, TX 75137
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4375 Booth Calloway Rd Ste 207North Richland Hills, TX 76180
I've been going to Dr. Evelina Alcalen's practice for just under two years now. Evelina Alcalen is kind, considerate, thoughtful, thorough, and makes sure you know exactly whats going on with your body. She has a staff that is kind and welcoming, making an atmosphere you wouldnt expect from a do…
The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
i checked in online @ 6:30, i received a call saying it would be a couple of hours.. ok.. so i decide to take my daughter in at 8:30 to make sure she get seen before 9:00 closing. Still no call. Then when we get there i see people going in and out and for some reason the school physical customers were not waiting like i was. My daughter has strep throat buy the way.. so we finally get called back at 10:00 pm.. we are then told the dr will be in soon.. 10:45 still have not seen dr or been acknowledged at all.. i ask if there are any cough drops and i was told no, asked were we forgotten and was also told no, there where 5 patients still there.. so i go back in my room. hear 2 people check out, its now 11:00pm.. why am i one of the last 3 customers when i checked in at 6:30? so i walked out, livid at this point and went across the street and paid $250 copay instead of 75.00 and was in and out in 15 minutes.. still livid and was the only place in my life i have walked out of, ever!
I've been going to this practice and both the Grapevine and Alliance locations since July of 2017 and have had nothing but kind and professional experiences every single time. I've been through 2 miscarriages in that time and received the utmost in care, empathy, and professionalism from the receptionist, to the nurses, to Dr. Walters. My phone calls have always been returned within 24 hours and in most cases, the same day, by the wonderful Nurse Wendy. When other complications arose, the way those complications were communicated was calmly and reassuringly. For this being a practice whose OB's not only deal with the every day OBGYN issues, they are also delivering babies, performing surgeries, and dealing with many other "unscheduled" things that can pop up in the day, yet I have been seen within 15 minutes of my appointment time every time. For me personally, I want a specialist who will get to know me and that has been my experience with this practice. They provide excellent care!
I had a motorcycle accident 32 years ago. I had a very bad experience with the dentist and since then I have been terrified to even get my teeth cleaned. Last week I went to see Dr. Luczak and they knew of my phobia. Not only did i have the best experience of my life in any doctors office but I asked if he could correct my smile from the first dentist when I had the wreck. Today was the day he removed the image that has kept me from smiling all my life. In two weeks I get my new set of uppers. I cannot thank him enough not only for being a great dentist but also for fixing something that has bothered me for all this time. I will have him fix my lower teeth soon. Breaking out 4 teeth was bad, but finding a man that could understand my fears and make me feel this comfortable is a true miracle . Thank you Dr. Luczak for giving me a smile again.
I just love this doctor!!! 12 years ago, my fingers started locking in a closed position. I had several surgeries to "unlock" them. In addition, if I sat down for more then a few moments, my joints would stiffen and make it almost unbearable to move. Doctors treated my symptoms, but no one gave me a diagnosis until I saw Dr. Stern. He really listened to me, ran the labs based on my symptoms and diagnosed me with Rheumatoid Arthritis. With a good treatment plan from Dr. Stern, I feel great!
Dr Stern is An amazing ,kind ,Doctor Who goes out of his way to answer questions and listen to me with all my questions and concerns .He has always encouraged me through the pain and has always said you can ! When I leave his office I feel that the next week's going to be OK ...you are truly my Hero. Thank you ...... Pamela henry
Dr. Page has been my doctor since I moved to Texas in 1998. In the past few years, I could not get in to see him when I had some illnesses so had to end up going to Care Now. Last week I had a life threatening infection and his office would not make me an appointment because they said I hadn't had a physical for 2 years. I had to go to the ER and was admitted for a week on IV antibiotics. Will be changing doctors and encouraging everyone to stay clear of this clinic!!!
I was referred by my pediatrician to Dr. Capelo to address my 1 year old son's mild leg asymmetry one year ago. After three appointments I will NEVER go back!! After waiting one month for the appointment I waited three hours in a tiny little room with no toys, no books, nothing to help a one year old try to not lose his mind in there. I tried to brush it off because it was the very first appointment and those usually take longer. The next one was six months later, just for a recheck. Only after I threatened to leave would someone come in. The next appointment, again six months later, I asked for the very first appointment. When they called to confirm we would be there, they didn't even tell me that they were in a totally different office! And again we had to wait for an hour in a tiny room and only when we said we were leaving would anyone help us. When I called to speak with the office manager about all of this I was told that this is normal for a specialist and to get over it! I have worked in the healthcare field for more than a decade and you do not treat people this way, especially young children! Please do not give your time or money to this practice!
My husband and I had the best experience. He hadn't been to the dentist in 15 years because he was terrified. The hygienist made him comfortable from the beginning because of her personality and knowledge. We live in Corinth and made the 40 minute drive because we were so pleased. The staff is very professional and also make it enjoyable. I recently went to Monarch Dental and had a bad experience so I was leery to go back to the dentist. Dr. Luczak listened and took the time to make me trust his expertise. If you're looking for a great dentist, look no further!
Dr. Zadeh is easy to schedule with, but is extremely past his prime and not up to date with current medical practices. I had an 11:00 appointment, turned up early and spent about 10 minutes with Dr. Zadeh before he rushed me out, ignored my inquiry about a particular issue I came to see him for. He said he had to "look into it later" because he had other patients. This was 19 minutes after my scheduled time. Not only did he not call back, but he refused to look into a particular medication I asked about. He simply said he has no experience with it (though it is common and not new). I ended up speaking with a more knowledgeable doctor and found out this was a good medication for me. The fact that Dr. Zadeh is a "cash only" doctor makes it worse. Do not waste your time on this old, rude, impatient and uncourteous "doctor." He may have been great 20+ years ago, but not now. Also be very careful if he prescribes you anything-- he often changes the dosages and amounts of time without telling you. His handwriting is horrendous, so unfortunately the incorrect prescription details are not always easy to notice until you've already submitted it to the pharmacy.
Was referred here by my local pediatrician for my sons limited arm movement. Called to schedule an appointment with Dr Brown or Dr Capelo for a specific day of the week. Waited a month for that appointment, arrived at the afternoon appointment for Dr Capelo, waited almost 45 min to get called back, met with a nurse, then a PA, got an additional X-ray of my sons arm, and then saw Dr Gill. Was never in the entire time of being at the office alerted that Dr Capelo was "out sick" and that we would be seeing Dr Gill today. Have no issues with the Dr we saw, he was nice and informative, just a total lack of respect by the staff for my scheduled appointment and the Dr I thought I was scheduled with. Was also disappointed with the pediatric bedside manner-all the way from the PA to the X-ray technician. My son had one X-ray taken of the arm at the pediatricians office and did GREAT!! At this appointment, my husband and I had to forcibly hold our son down for several X-ray views with NO GUIDANCE from the staff....very discouraged after this appointment!!!
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.