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I too have done numerous business with this company. My first encounter was when my husband bought me a ring from here. Then he turned around and bought earrings and a pendant to match. The reason why we went back is that my set is so unique. I love the reaction I get from friends and even other jewelers are astonished at the beauty of my new set. What's more amazing is that they don't realize how little we paid for these. I'll keep that a secret and continue to get complements. What's more amazing is my original wedding ring consisted of 1.60 carat diamond invisible setting. If you are familiar with invisible settings you'll agree that once one of them loosens then all the little stones holding each other will come out. I originally had one of the stones put back in with another dealer. To my disappointment, I was charged a great deal and all they used were jewelry glue and I was also charged to have it rhodium plated. So two months later the diamond fell out and then another and then another. The original jeweler said they couldn't reset so I took it to Fine's Jeweler. They not only rechanneled the setting of the invisible setting but re-rhodiumed for free and even did the engraving of our anniversary inside our rings. Talk about a steal. Here it is now 7 months later and my husband decided to remove the top section of my ring that holds .50 carat of the 1.60 invisible setting to have them put a solid 1.30 carat, emerald cut, &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;I&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; color, bezel setting with four prongs to make it look like the original but now with a solid top and the invisible settings on each side. When I asked about having this done at the first jeweler they named a price that was worth just buying a new ring, but Fine's Jeweler got the job done. Need I remind you that this is my wedding ring so I was very, very, very, very particular about how it was to look and my expectations of what should be done. I am so happy that I can't stop staring at my newly upgraded ring. Their labor here is so inexpensive that I save a ton of money. If you don't believe me, Google how much this type of work is, then compare with your local jewelers, then compare with Fine's. As for the original top of my ring with the invisible setting, they turned it into a pendant. And since he had already reset/rechanneled the diamonds, my invisible setting is intact even when I jog. Very affordable. They re-rhodiumed everything without extra charge. This is an awesome ma and pa shop. Proud to have them in Jacksonville.
My wife and I had heard all of the hype of Global Diamonds on the radio. After almost 6 years of putting up with Kay's (and being thoroughly disappointed time and time again), we decided to give Global Diamonds a shot. From the second that we set foot inside of their "showroom", we knew that we were in for a completely different experience. We were promptly greeted by Nathan Burgess. Nathan showed incredible knowledge and patience, not only with my wife and I, but our 3 year old Daughter. Nathan took the time to explain the certification and classes of Diamonds and how it works to create the perfect ring for my perfect Wife. We ended up not only buying a new engagement ring, but a new wedding band for my Wife AND me. Nathan is the definition of "Customer Service", in fact, he made it much more personal. Global Diamonds struck gold when hiring him. Because of the Professionalism and Expertise that Nathan demonstrated, not to mention how he represented Global Diamonds, we will now be life long clients. This was such an enjoyable experience and we look forward to our next visit. Thank you Nathan and Global Diamonds. It's worth every penny and more to see the radiant joy and smiles from my Wife every single time she looks at her rings. Thank you again for such an enjoyable visit!!
I have done numerous business with this company and have had all my jewelry custom designed. I must say they are the most affordable with great quality. They carry such vast unique designs unlike what you would fine in a mall jewelry dealers who are named and priced by such variety but the jewelry you'd find at the mall all resemble one another. I have purchased several of their quality jewelry and have not had any problems. Very, very affordable at high quality rate. I have shopped all over Jacksonville, Daytona and Orlando just to find high quality work on my jewelry that was passed down to me and many of them quoted me outrages prices but Fine's Jeweler got all the sizing, repairs and re-rhodiumed over my yellow golds. Outstanding work! And did I mention a fraction of the cost. It is worth the drive to find a jeweler that I can trust with my priceless inheritance. BTW I also had my same jewelry taken to the Jewelers in the Bank of America Bldg in Regency and they couldn't even touch the prices Fine's Jewelry gave to me. Let's face it, the labor is so much cheaper and the people here are trust worthy and is a perfectionist at their work. Why wouldn't you trust someone like that to handle your priceless stones?
I came from Alabama & I am diabetic so I have to have a doctor where ever I live. Dr Jeff Jacqmein was highly recommended by a nurse at the Trial Study place on University. I had been in several study programs in Alabama & thought I would try a few in Florida while I was living there. I can't remember the nurse's name, but I am so glad she referred me to Dr Jacqmein. He is the nicest doctor. He spends time with you & listens to what you have to say about your problems. He discusses your problems with you to find a solution to the problem. He makes sure you get your lab work done and then discusses your results to your satisfaction. He will give you more than 1 solution to your problem if you insist on another way of treatment. In my case, he wanted to give me a script for cholestrol, but I wanted to do it naturally on vitamins & herbs & he referred me to some I didn't know about that lowered my cholestrol as well. I think very highly of Dr Jacqmein & also of his very qualified staff. Everyone is friendly everytime I go in for whatever. They also give flu & pneumonia shots, which some doctors do not give. I highly recommend Dr Jacqmein's office & it is very convenient to the South side of Jacksonville.
I was referred to Dr. Jacqmein by a co-worker who said "He's a real good doctor that actually listens to you." Well, that certainly got my attention. A recent trip to my urologist had determined that I was diabetic, so I began researching the condition and discovered that you don't have to be diabetic if you don't want to be, and also that most Dr.'s would rather just put you on pills or shots while you slowly spiral downhill. When Dr. Jacqmein met me and discovered that I had absolutely no intention of going that route, He helped me lose weight, and understand what was going on in my body at a cellular and molecular level and what was causing me to become diabetic. He advised me on specific vitamin and mineral supplements and excersize requirements, but most of all WHY certain things did what they did in and to your body. I have lost 45lbs., my blood sugar is back where it's supposed to be, and my chloresteral is lower than it's been in 25 years. I am physically stronger and have more energy than I have had in 15 years. I'm a 52 year old man, and I feel like I got my life back- Thank you Dr. Jeff
Without question the best waxing service I've ever received. The facility is like a Swiss clinic in both its style and cleanliness. The owner is on-site and obviously oversees every detail and trains her staff to be just as attentive. My reception and appointment booking was handled in a hospitality-level manner by a very professional young woman neatly dressed in surgical scrubs. A nice touch. The service itself was performed with great professionalism and unusual attention to detail by the owner herself. She clearly has perfected her technique - though I opted out of the free numbing cream which was offered, the hair removal session was the least painful in my experience. I really cannot say enough how impressed I was by the efforts of this new studio, and hope others discover WaxLab as well. While selfishly I'd like to keep them a secret so that I'll always be able to get in any time, I understand they need new clients to grow and prosper. Anyone in need of their services should not hesitate to make an appointment. You will not be disappointed!
My family has been seen by several physicians for over 3+ years at both the Beach and Dunn Ave Doctors Center locations, and we have always had a good experience. The friendly staff makes you feel comfortable, and the wait is less than at other doctors' offices I've been to. The doctor's thoroughly explain procedures so you feel at ease, and they take the time to explain the cause and solutions available. I read the review about the scheduling error. It is unfortunate to be on the end of an error, but they happen in every profession. I personally have never had a problem with scheduling an appt there. As a matter of fact, they have worked us in on numerous occasions - in a more than timely manner. There have been times that my diabetic refills have run out, and they approve refills by phone, but ask that I make a followup appt. as soon as possible to make sure the meds are continuing to do what they are supposed to. As a patient, I would definitely recommend the Doctors Center to my family and friends.
I was looking for a special necklace for my 25th wedding anniversary. After looking extensively online, I went to several jewelers at Town Center. Beard's was hands down the best one. They took a lot of time to find out what I was looking for and then showed me a variety of lovely options. I had trouble deciding and went back several times. They were always very courteous and never pressured me at all. It was important for me to get just the right pendant and while they had some that were almost what I was looking for, as we discussed options they told me that they could custom make one. This was the perfect solution for me. Again, they never rushed me and instead provided precise renderings that I tweaked several times. In the end I got a really beautiful necklace that was exactly what I had hoped for. I highly recommend Beard's to anyone looking for high quality jewelry at a fair price, especially those interested in custom pieces.
I have never had my hair done in a salon before I always did it myself. I wanted to get sister locks but that style is very costly, I found Natural Strands through a Google search and I am so glad I did!!! First off setting the appointment was easy and the young lady I spoke with was very kind and professional. When I arrived for my appointment I was greeted right away and in about five minutes I was in a chair receiving my services. The owner did my hair and was so kind, honest and professional, I told her of my concerns about my dry scalp and the advice she gave me works great, I am starting to love my hair all over again. That day I received a permanent hair color which I love and I got small locks started. I love this place and I will continue to go here to get my locks tightened and watch my hair grow. I don't trust many people to do my hair, but I love this place and I recommend my whole family and all my friends to come here.
Ok so I was told by a friend about how this jeweler engraved her jewelry. Well, I decided to ask Fine's Jewelers if they would do work that is not related to jewelry. I called places like &amp;amp;amp;quot;Things Remembered,&amp;amp;amp;quot; engraving companies, and binderies. Many were out of Jacksonville and those who were here locally charged so much. I called Fine's if they can somehow have my son's name and baptism date put on a Bible that I got for him. Granted this is a leather book and they don't stamp leathers so they gave the idea to put on a bronze name plate and they engraved the info on it and attach to the Bible. Do you know that it was done at only 20% of what I would have paid anywhere else? The work was beautiful and I must say, we are one of the firsts ones to have our Bible engraved this way. Unique, creative, beautiful and while it was cheap the work and the gift is priceless.
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.