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Keeping it real when parents-to-be are in a fog. Let's face it, parents-to-be who have trouble becoming parents often need help conceiving or retaining a pregnancy. We get emotional, we are angry, we are sad. Fortunately for the mid-south, Fertility Associates of Memphis provides that service and can help most families with their fertility problems.My experience with Fertility Associates of Memphis was not unlike many other moms' trials. We didn't have trouble getting pregnant, but I'd suffered multiple miscarriages and 2 D&Cs, and my OBGYN was smart enough to refer me to her partner on a research publication she'd done on multiple miscarriages. Conveniently located in the same building at 80 Humphrey's Center near Baptist Women's Hospital, I was walked down to see Dr. Kutteh. After all the emotions I'd experienced in an office full of women, it was a nice change to see some male faces who approached my fertility proactively and in a scientific manner. I had an HSG (a painful x-ray of the uterus with dye), DNA testing, progesterone supplements, and eventually, a very simple surgery to repair a minor problem (major enough, however, to prevent any embryo from attaching). It felt good leaving his office after each visit with a proactive feeling, like I knew what was going to happen next, and I knew what we'd done so far. I was kept in the loop, I never felt like crying in the office, and I knew that he'd get me there. When I had the surgery at Methodist, one nurse did not start my IV antibiotics on time and he really gave it to her! This doctor takes care of his patients and wants things done correctly. That's what I'd want for my own daughter, too.Some serious precautions (folic acid, progesterone supplements, etc) later, we have a son and daughter, just like we always dreamed of. Other friends of mine have taken Clomid for ovulation, and IVF treatments with Dr. Ke and loved his demeanor as well. They have recently taken on a third partner, Dr. Brezina, who became interested in the field after he and his wife experienced their own difficulty conceiving. Isn't it a comfort to know that your fertility specialist might have experienced some of the heartache and wait that you have? In response to the previous reviewers, yes there was an incident with one strange nurse, but never was anyone rude to me there. It is not fuzzy hand-holding land, it is clinical, because they are a clinic. Patients trying to get pregnant are literally pumped full of hormones, and it may "color" their feelings if posting during treatment. Maybe you'd appreciate the new doctor in the group, who is a little younger and has experienced fertility issues firsthand with his own family. Perhaps that would fill the patient care void they were feeling.P.S. When our insurance didn't want to cover treatment, they fought for us and saved us some money, too!
Horrible Management: I've been at the Ellington for 2.5 years and am deciding whether or not to cut ties with the complex although I would love to stay. I was accused by the current property manager Mrs. Pratcher of having a pet when I don't have one. She left notes on my door about the matter and was rude and slightly hood when I tried to talk to her about issue. An extra couple of hundred dollars will be added to my rent for a pet and/or animal I don't have not to mention being slapped with a deposit. The previous manager Ms. Donna was nice courteous, kind, understanding so is the current leasing agent, however the new manager is rude, unprofessional, and tasteless. Mrs. Pratcher is a perfect example of the 21 century "yes negro". A black woman (with white upper management) hired to try and keep the blacks on the property straight. She is a black woman with a title who feels she can treat those beneath her however she likes. Don't trust her she will smile in your face and leave a false note in your door in a minute in a desperate attempt to get more money from you for the owners of the company. She doesn't know how to treat or talk to people and there are at least 5 people who are like myself that are considering leaving the complex because of management. I went to the corporate office to speak with the district manager Pam Anderson with whom I spoke with over the phone prior to arriving to the corporate office. This low budget, classless, weak individual sent a teenage secretary to tell me that she was not going to meet with me and that she told me everything I needed to know over the phone. I was like really....a district manager who has no regard or care for her residents... pathetic. I wrote letters to the owners of the company Mr. Makowsky, Mr. Ringel and Mr. Greenberg and I never received a response from any of them.As for as the complex, maintenance gets an B- , they get items correctly (the quality of maintenance has been falling since I've been here). Parking could be better (you do get 1 covered space which is nice). If you don't get a space close by your apartment before the sun sets, good luck finding a close one. Noise...well let's just say the walls are very thin. The grounds are kept very well, Juan does a great job! Trashcans are quick to overflow though. If you get caught placing trash outside an overflowing trash can or wash your car on the property you will be fined (you can thank the new property management for these petty fines). Safety....there have been a few break ins, just mind your business and keep to yourself. Construction...insulation is very poor, the apartments don't retain heat in the winter so get ready for a high MLGW bill. Staff...speaks for myself read the opening statement Overall.... If management were replaced (with people who actually care) it would be a great place to stay.
My husband and I were referred to this clinic after our sixth miscarriage. We had no living children and were at the lowest point, thinking we'd never have a baby of our own. With all of the losses we suffered, we weren't very hopeful that anyone would be able to help us, but we weren't ready to give up, either. This clinic is almost six hours away from us and worth EVERY SINGLE minute of the drive. Every dime of the gas money. Every dollar for the hotel and every penny we paid (which, thanks to Dr. Kutteh, wasn't a whole lot, as he coded our visits so all we had out of pocket was a co pay of 50 dollars for each visit)Our first appointment there, we were treated with so much respect and kindness and not only that, but we could tell, this clinic and the doctors KNEW what they were doing. We had a visit of probably 4 hours the first time, where Dr. Kutteh ran us through the ringer of blood work, swabs for bacterial infections, an HSG ultrasound, everything. Even tests that I had already had performed at other places, he ran those again just to be sure. And he ran tests I had NEVER had any where before. He pinpointed one of our issues that same day (Asherman's syndrome) and set us up for surgery a short time later. Before the surgery, he came to me with all of the results of my swabs. I had two bacterial infections that were directly linked to miscarriages. He prescribed antibiotics to clear those up and retested me later to make sure they were clear. I had weekly visits until 12 weeks to monitor the growth of our baby once I became pregnant (which was the first month we tried) and Dr. Kutteh continued to test me for infections every few weeks, just to make sure nothing returned. Ginny, our sonographer, was extremely compassionate and friendly and understood our situation. Before every ultrasound, she chatted with us, joked with us and the first thing she'd say when the ultrasound screen came on was "There's the heartbeat!", as she knew our situation and wanted us to be reassured immediately. As I write this, I can feel my little girl kicking. I'm almost 24 weeks pregnant, the furthest I've ever carried, and I'm due to deliver our little girl on Mother's Day. I cannot thank this practice and its doctors enough. Without them, my husband and I would be going home tonight instead of going out shopping for baby clothes and painting a nursery. If you feel like you have no hope or other doctors have advised you to give up (personal experience here), please don't until you see the doctors at this clinic.
My husband and I had an exceptional experience at Fertility Associates of Memphis. We found all of the staff to be friendly, knowledgable, & sensitive to the emotional strain we were going through in trying to conceive. Dr. Raymond Ke was our doctor & we found him to be a "straight shooter" in relaying our chances to conceive, as well as, the best approach for us to conceive based upon my condition. I greatly appreciated his candidness. He explained my condition in lay terms that made it easy for us understand. During The IVF process, I did not actually see Dr. Ke due to the rotation of the Dr's schedules but saw him regularly once we conceived. After I was pregnant, I had a scare of potential miscarriage. Dr. Ke's nurse promptly returned my call & they saw me immediately. Dr. Ke was out of town at a conference but phoned the nurses to consult. Once he returned, he called me after working hours to check on me & explained what caused the scare & assured me everything looked great. After years of trying to conceive on our own & repeated disappointment, I am thankful for the staff at Fertility Associates of Memphis. The doctor's were wonderful, personable, exceptionally knowledgable & always made us feel Welcomed. Each doctor has a different personality & you may find that you "click" better with one than another.
I had to move out of state so rented my house with EPM as my property management. The first year of renting: The renters turned out to be MJ growers and destroyed the house, we are talking about holes in walls, walls put up, vent system, hydro equipment, carpets removed etc... If it weren't for a domestic disturbance where the police showed up we would not have known. We were not very pleased that EPM did not check on the property at all during their stay. Year two&three of renting: Tenants caused damages in excess of $xxK. The property manager who should be representing us always seem to side with the tenants, citing normal wear and tear.. EPM ended up quitting on us, probably because we were getting ready to take legal action against the tenants. At the end, we settled with the tenants for 4 times more than what EPM managers were estimating for damages. It would help when the company knows who they are representing.. The Property Managers (PM) would also need to be reminded of the 6 month walk through. Also, forgot to do a final inspection at end of year two on the house. Made unauthorized fix to the house while leaving a hole in the ceiling after one of their "emergency fix". There is also a high turn over rate with the PM. I would never hire Enterprise ever again. If you know better, you would not either.
While the staff is wonderful and I am happy with the work that was done, it has been apparent from day 1, their main concern seems to be money. After the lady scheduled the appointment, we discussed payment arrangements. I had a hefty bill and stated I would make 2 payments withing 1 month. I made the first one the day of the work and while I was heavily medicated before my surgery, was questioned intently on the other half of the payment and that "it wasn't right" and "she didn't have the authority". Every call after that was about money. Not, "how are you"? "Are you ready to schedule your next appointment?" But, have you paid. Even after I paid in full, I was still being questioned about the money as if I had not paid it. Now, my last visit may have to be scheduled "next year" because of insurance???? even though I have "paid in full" for quite some time now. I must reiterate, the doctors and staff are wonderful but I do not feel they are truly concerned with me...just their money.
I have been a patient of Dr. Dove's since he started at the Whitehaven office several years ago. When he opened his own practice I was happy to follow him to his current office. I have received exceptional service and I sent my elderly mom to him and I was impressed with how Dr. Dove took the time to walk my mother through his establishment as they became aquainted. The staff went above and beyond to make my mom's first appointment a nice experience. There is no limit to how many people can choose denistry as an occupation, but there are few who are committed to connecting with the community both internally and publicly. Dr. Joseph Dove has excelled in doing both. Thank you for sharing your gift with the south Dr. Dove. Ro
I live in Georgia and this facility was willing to do a phone consultation and allow me to have tests run where I currently reside. Unlike other physicians, Dr. Kutteh not only heard, but listened to my concerns and thoughts about my difficulties in staying pregnant. After some medication adjustments, I was able to carry a pregnancy past 6-7 weeks and have been given my beautiful twin girls. Also of note, Dr. Kutteh expressed his sympathy to me after a loss, in a hand-written note. I cannot say that for any other physician in my care. I have repeatedly referred friends to this facilities contact information. If I was going to try to be pregnant again, Dr. Kutteh would be involved in my care! I cannot thank them enough!
My husband and I recently went through a round of IVF. Dr. Brezina is amazing. He took time with us to explain our options in the beginning and then explained the pros and cons of each treatment we were facing. He not only provided us with exceptional healthcare, he was able to sympathize when we had a miscarriage following our procedure. I want to point out that this procedure is not "fun". It is a very emotional and draining journey for all involved. Dr. Brezina and staff were definately accomodating. We plan to further our journey with them when my husband and I decide what our next step will be.
Dr. Smith is the best psychiatrist I have ever seen. His website is great and had tons of information on the TMS therapy I was looking for. He was so kind and easy to talk to once I got my appointment, and I never felt uncomfortable. There was a woman at the front desk that was also very nice, and the front desk people are not always that nice when you go to the Dr. for some reason??!! I was completely at ease during my appointment here. Dr. Smith made me completely relaxed and comfortable the entire time. I would definitely recommending him to anyone looking for a psychiatrist.
The human mouth is a complex biological system, and no two individuals have the same oral care needs. Here are some of the more common dentists people seek out to improve their oral health:
These dentists generally serve as the primary provider of dental care. If you need your teeth cleaned, crowns and bridges placed or any number of cosmetic procedures, book an appointment with a general dentist. Though not as common, these dentists will also provide more specialized services, including some forms of oral surgery - chief among them root canals and restorative care - fitting patients with a mouthguard and counseling people on how to stop smoking and what constitutes proper nutrition.
To become an endodontist means undergoing an additional two years of training beyond dental school. As a result, these specialized dentists perform more specific procedures beyond general teeth cleaning and repair work. While a dentist may perform a handful of root canal treatments in a week, an endodontist may end up working on 20 or more in the same timespan. Your average endodontist also repairs teeth damaged by trauma and performs endodontic retreatments, which is repeat root canal procedure. Their added training also means that the endodontist is much more adept at utilizing complex dental equipment - especially ultrasonic instruments or microscopes. Most of that equipment is used to improve the health of teeth that are affected by disease and even congenital deformities.
Proper oral care starts when you're young, and that's why pediatric dentists are so important. These dentists treat people under the age of 13, though there are exceptions based on a child's unique dental background. Pediatric dentists face unique challenges, because they must treat newly teething babies and children losing their primary teeth.
Though cleanings are an integral part of their job, pediatric dentists are mostly concerned with planning ahead. That means working to ensure the child has straight teeth and correcting an improper bite. However, they also help address more child-specific conditions of thumb sucking and an over-reliance on pacifiers. As a result, pediatric dentists usually require an additional two-year residency working with infants and children.
Pathology refers to the study of disease, specifically as it presents in tissue. Oral pathologists, then, are responsible for studying the diseases that affect the tissue of the mouth and other surrounding muscle groups. These experts are considered to be true specialists, having focused their work on very niche areas of both dentistry and pathology. Though oral pathology is rather specialized, it's a vital component of the oral health industry. By analyzing tissue taken from biopsies, oral pathologists can help diagnose and eventually treat a number of oral diseases, including leukoplakia, cementoma and squamous cell carcinoma, among others.
Similar to the endodontist, periodontists receive several additional years of training beyond dental school. However, whereas endodontists study advanced treatments, periodontists generally have a very specific field of interest. Your average periodontist focuses less on cleanings and more on diagnosing and treating gingivitis, periodontitis, which is an untreated form of the aforementioned ailment, and other periodontal diseases. Periodontists treat patients with more complicated oral care backgrounds, those people who require root planing - where dentists clean any infected surfaces - and root debridement, or the removal of dead tissue. Periodontists are especially concerned with proper gum health, including painful recession and teeth alignment.
Most of the aforementioned dentists are concerned with the health and well-being of a patient's teeth. While that is important to cosmetic dentists, they specialize in a number of different treatments meant to enhance the look or aesthetic of your teeth. To begin the average appointment, cosmetic dentists will examine your teeth for any imperfections or irregularities, and then suggest ways to make your teeth more white or properly aligned. The most popular such treatments are bleaching - where special chemicals are used to whiten your teeth - placing veneers or caps to alter the appearance of teeth, and bonding, where dentists fill unappealing gaps with structural replacement material.
Orthodontists are responsible for treating most dental irregularities, which includes everything from misaligned jaws - like an under or overbite - to overcrowding teeth and even certain cosmetic issues. Following dental school, the would-be orthodontist then has another three years of schooling, most of which is clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. To properly diagnose and treat most dentofacial issues, the orthodontist relies on a collection of corrective gear. That includes braces, retainers and various facemask configurations. Though orthodontists work with people of all ages, the bulk of patients are young children and teens.
Similar to the field of orthodontics, the average prosthodontist receives an additional three years of training following dental school. And though prosthodontics is something of a cosmetic field like orthodontics, it's primarily concerned with replacing missing teeth. Prosthodontists have a number of teeth-replacing procedures to implement, including filling veneers, onlays and inlays, bridges, crowns and complete or partial dentures. Beyond their work in implant dentistry, these experts treat a number of other mouth-related ailments, namely snoring, post-cancer jaw reconstruction, traumatic injuries and pain related to lock jaw and other temporomandibular joint disorders.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist
Similar to endodontists, these specialists - one of nine such unique fields recognized by the American Dental Association - utilize machinery to treat and diagnose patients. Specifically, these dentists make use of radiographic imaging to treat those diseases and ailments that impact the teeth, mouth and the maxillofacial region, which consists of the face and jaw. While X-rays are a popular option, OMRs also rely on plain and computed tomography, MRIs, ultrasounds and other forms of digital imaging. OMRs are among the first adaptors of new technology, using innovations in the field of imaging to find increasingly effective ways at understanding the impact of oral disease and what that means to patients.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Your primary dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if you experience facial pain, or if he or she suspects you have some variety of oral cancer. OMSs are also your primary source when planning most oral surgeries, like tooth extractions, cyst repairs and removals, and dental implants. However, an OMS can also treat a number of other ailments and diseases related to the maxillofacial region. For instance, malformations in your facial bones can cause sleep apnea, and an OMS can perform corrective surgery that removes or shapes bone. Many of these experts are also involved with more cosmetic procedures, performing or assisting with facial implants and rhinoplasty, in which the nose bone is modified.
Dental Public Health Clinics
These clinics are available in most cities across the U.S., and they're meant to offer affordable health care to many low-income families and individuals. Though it differs depending on the specific clinic, the average clinic offers only the most essential oral care services, including X-rays, teeth cleaning, basic root canals and repairs, and tooth extractions. The fees an individual pays depend on a number of different factors, and most clinics have a sliding-fee that is determined equally by income and family size.
There are several different kinds of dentists, each one with his or her own specialty. However, there are a core group of ailments all dentists treat. Conditions include:
Tooth Decay: When your teeth fall out or begin to disintegrate in your mouth, improper brushing is often to blame. Certain infections also cause tooth loss or decay. One of the most affective ways to prevent tooth decay is with regular brushing and flossing right at home.
Bad Breath: As your teeth fall out or you don't brush properly, your gums and teeth begin to break down and cause foul odors. Other causes of bad breath include gum disease and oral infections. As with tooth decay, brushing and flossing are vital, as is regular tongue scraping and the use of mouthwash.
Teeth Sensitivity: Some people are born with teeth that are naturally sensitive to cold. A lack of brushing can also comprise your teeth's natural protection. The best method to help protect otherwise sensitive teeth is to use specialized toothpaste geared toward people with worn or damaged teeth.
Dry Mouth: Certain medications will cause your salivary glands to stop producing spit. This in turn can harm the structure of your teeth and gums. There are several at-home measures you can take to combat dry mouth. These include regular hydration, chewing sugar-free gum, which also hydrates your mouth, and avoiding mouthwash with alcohol in it, which dries out your entire mouth.
Teeth Grinding: For many people, grinding their teeth - also known as bruxism - is a subconscious behavior, usually the result of stress. It can eventually damage your teeth. The only way to treat your grinding habit is to meet with an endodontist, who will fit you with with a bite plate to mitigate the damage to your teeth.
Mouth Sores: Also called canker sores, these painful bumps are the result of irritation to the soft tissue of your mouth. These sores can make brushing almost impossible. There are a number of different causes for sores, including anemia or a vitamin B-12 deficiency. As a result, your primary physician will have to examine the bump, find its root cause and then help develop a specific treatment plan, including the use of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation or antimicrobial mouthwash.
Discoloration: Yellow teeth are the result of a number of bad habits, mainly smoking, drinking too much coffee and improper nutrition. Proper brushing can usually prevent discolored teeth before they happen. However, if your teeth become worse, many dentists will treat with a whitening procedure.
Proper oral care begins at home. The following are a few preventative measures you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy. They just may reduce your time spent in your dentist's chair.
Remember Your Angles
When brushing your teeth, always place the brush at a 45-degree angle. That way, you're able to hit every surface of each tooth.
Don't Forget the Tongue
Within your mouth, your tongue is the largest source of bacteria. Be sure to brush it front to back and don't forget the sides.
Brushing alone isn't enough to keep your mouth healthy, and that's why flossing is so important. Each time you floss, be sure to have at least 18 inches of floss available, which is what you should go through if you use proper technique. For optimal control, hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers.
Watch What You Eat
Sugar, alcohol and coffee all contain phosphorus. While some can prove beneficial, too much of this chemical can eat away at your teeth and gums.
Keep in Mind the Mouthwash
Though not a requirement, mouthwash can be helpful if used to supplement proper brushing and flossing. Most mouthwash brands contain chlorine dioxide, a chemical that targets the majority of oral bacterial strains. However, don't overuse mouthwash, as it can cause a number of ailments.
Proper oral care is an integral component of your greater well-being, which highlights why having the right dentist is of the utmost importance. Consider the following as you make an effort to find a dentist who will fit your unique medical history:
Find a Recommendation
It's important to use a dentist whom you feel comfortable with. Because that's difficult to achieve by simply choosing names out of a phone book, you should always seek out a recommendation. Whether it's a friend, family member or co-worker, this individual can offer intimate details about a dentist's demeanor, operating style and approach to patient care. Be sure to always ask plenty of questions.
Vet Your Dentist
Once you get a recommendation from a friend, don't simply book your first cleaning right away. Instead, meet with any prospective dentists to conduct a series of pretreatment interview. During this session, you can ask them about what treatments they perform most often, procedures they're not as familiar with, what accreditation they have or any organizations they belong to and how their offices handles insurance and payments. Just be aware that booking this time can be difficult based on a dentist's schedule.
Consider Accessibility and Other Factors
Perhaps you've met a dentist with whom you feel comfortable. Not only that, but this dentist's payment options are suitable for your finances. However, don't be so quick to make a final decision, as other factors may influence your choice. Is the dentist's office nearby, or do you have to drive out of your way? Is the office open at a time that will fit the rest of your schedule? How much flexibility will the dentist's staff offer in booking appointments? Though seemingly trivial, these factors are nonetheless important.
Check With Your State Board
One of the last things you should do before coming to a decision is to check with your state's dental board. Dentists must abide by different rules and regulations depending on where they practice, and the state board can outline what requirements your candidate must meet. These organizations can also offer information about any discrepancies in the dentist's background and if he or she has faced any disciplinary actions.
As with other forms of health care, insurance is a great way to both reduce associated costs and ensure you and your dependents receive the best care possible. However, you don't want to simply buy the first such plan you see. Here are some factors to consider when shopping for dental insurance:
Pick Your Plan
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all dental insurance plan. Instead, most people purchase three main varieties, usually through their employers. An indemnity or fee-for-service plan is just as it sounds and means you'll have to pay for annual deductibles and co-insurance payments out of pocket. A preferred provider organization is less costly, and you choose from a network of dentists. However, PPOs have some limitations and accompanying deductibles. Similarly, a dental health maintenance organization plan limits you to just a few choices of dentists, and one doctor handles all of your oral care needs. However, these HMO are usually much less costly.
Examine the Networks
As noted, PPO plans and dental HMOs work with only a select number of doctors. While that usually means fewer costs compared to other insurance plans or payment options, it also means you don't have quite as much say in the dentist who can treat you. That doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, especially if you know who is in the network. Before purchasing the plan, you'll receive a list of dentists in each network. Do research on each doctor - just as you would when picking a dentist otherwise. From there, you can then pick a plan with doctors who meet your standards and requirements.
Consider Your Coverage
Sometimes, it's not just the doctor that you want to consider. For many people, even the plans with the best doctors are deemed a bad choice. The reason? The coverage is less-than-stellar. When picking a plan, you need to look at just how much you'll pay for each and every service. For instance, some plans won't cover your fillings or X-rays, while others may charge more or less for a crown or tooth extraction. Knowing just what you'll be responsible for is important, as you don't want to be caught off-guard by unforeseen charges. Depending on your employer, a human resources specialist can walk you through specific coverage options.
Make Your Plan Work for You
It's a sad fact that the dentist you want most might not be covered by the plan you've purchased. However, that doesn't mean that you have to look for dental services elsewhere. If you're truly comfortable with a dentist and you feel he or she can be an ally in your ongoing oral care regimen, then consider signing a plan to just keep that dentist available. That means potentially deal with costs and other insurance-related factors that you might have wanted to. If need be, you might be able to work with the dentist's office to address some of the plan-specific concerns.