The January 2017 To-Do List »
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.
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.
Great practice, run independently by a great psychiatrist: Dr. David W. Tascarella, M.D.My personal experience with Dr. T came about when my mother's boyfriend suggested that I get tested for ADHD--at 25! We came to the Institute for Higher Living and I had a three-hour diagnostic session with Dr. T.I was greeted by a nice woman with whom I had spoken by phone already, and she told me Dr. T would be just a few minutes. I have found many psychiatrists will double or triple book in case of no-shows: Not Dr. T!The diagnostic was amazingly thorough! He listened to every word I had to say, and offered some amazing insights into how our minds work and why I was feeling the way I was. We spoke more about a variety of topics, until we both felt we had said our piece.Dr. T got me taken care of. Since my diagnosis for ADHD I have started my treatment, and I feel like a fog has lifted from my brain. It's like I just accessed a level of functionality I never knew I had. I scheduled my follow-up appointment with the same wonderful lady, and went on my way!
I found out on 6/28/17 that I had stage 1 breast cancer - shock of my life. You meet with doctors and surgeons but none were as kind as Dr. Ghazi, his PA Emily & nurse Robin especially. I was so scared and Dr. Ghazi could tell - he looked at me at one point and said "Tara, we are going to take good care of you, it's going to be okay I promise". I needed to hear that as I was having a hard time emotionally processing what was about to happen to my body. I hate metal expanders they suck but I understand their importance for what is best for your skin, the time needed before implants, etc. So I hope he never loses that upbeat, kind & supportive bedside manner that so many doctors don't have. We as patients need to feel like you as our doctor, care about us.
I absolutely love the staff at Woolfson. Everyone is absolutely incredible. Dr. Lackey has a special place in my heart because we bonded right from the start. When she asked why I wanted to get LASIK I shared the story and started crying. I hardly ever cry and it was such a special moment. Susan was wonderful about answering any questions I had before and after surgery, being able to text or call her anytime was extremely helpful. I also loved Amanda, she was so sweet and supportive the entire time. Dr. Woolfson and his crew were also incredible. I felt extremely comfortable and welcomed. After surgery I felt a bit light headed and the team made sure they found me a snack. They went above and beyond the call of duty. I can now see 20/15!!!
Everyone has been fabulous! Dr. Woolfson was wonderful and every single doctor that I have met here has been kind and helpful and professional. I have and will continue to recommend this practice to many friends in the future. I have seen 'deals' online for LASIK, but seriously--who would want to purchase a cheap deal when it comes to their eyesight and their future vision. This was actually extremely affordable for the top notch quality that I received. I have been extremely impressed all around. I came here when my eye doctor told me that I could no longer wear contacts (almost 20 yrs. of wear was damaging my eyes) and I feel like Dr. Woolfson saved my vision and changed my life for the better!
Great Doctor and honest, pleasant man. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Awad. He is very experienced and professional, more importantly a physician with integrity. There are many factors that a great physician has to weigh, in order to offer quality patient care and more importantly, to assist patients with quality treatment. There may not be a solution to correct every patients medical condition. Dr. Awad's character and commitment are the trusted qualities every patient wants as they seek answers to neurological conditions that cause stress and discomfort in their lives.This is the physician you want to start with should you encounter a traumatic or non-traumatic neurological condition.
Dr. Woolfson was absolutely amazing. In a practice this large, I would not have expected to work with the doctor directly and have that personal touch. This made a difference and is one of the main reasons I went with this office. They actually cared about me at every level and seemed genuine in their interactions. The surgery process was smooth and the team was amazing. Dr. Woolfson went through my chart along with the others prior to surgery and was able to pick up on small details normally just brushed over by other doctors. Dr. Woolfson is a leader in his craft due to his knowledge, experience, and attention to detail. If I had to do it over again, I would choose this office every time.
This was one of the best decisions I ever made. I am so happy with the way things turned out. From the day of my first consultation to 6 weeks post procedure, the staff has been more than helpful and accommodating. Every step of the way was explained in detail which made me more relax and comfortable with decision and the procedure itself. I must admit that the day of the procedure I was apprehensive, but the staff quickly put me at ease. I had very little down town (procedure on Thurs....back to work on Monday), and little pain and discomfort. I just don't know what took me so long to do this, but I'm SO GLAD I FINALLY DID. Thank you Sono Bello.
This was my very first experience with Sono Bello! Not only was I knew to the area but a friend referred me here. I was doing a tun of research online that was best for my needs, and they had it all. The staff are very friendly, professional, and they keep a standard to look Good while doing it. There office isn't hard to find and they keep the area neat and clean, which I am big on! I got my free consolation on a Tuesday, I was back two weeks later ready to go. They answered all of my questions and made me feel comfortable. Professionally trained staff that knows how to get the job done! I highly recommend Sono Bello for all your SKIN CARE needs.
Dr. Ghazi did a breast implant removal and lift on me earlier this year. The results are amazing and I'm very happy. He and staff are easy to work with and the facility is easy to get to. He is board-certified in plastic surgery and performed an en bloc implant removal which is a very specialized technique. I traveled from more than two hours away, and spent the night before the surgery in a Hyatt just three blocks away. His practice has their own surgical facility, with admission rights to Emory in the unlikely even that hospitalization is needed. Dr. Ghazi has a very nice bedside manner and is one of the nicest surgeons I've ever met.
Dr. John Dalton, Orthopedic Doctor at Georgia Hand, Elbow and Shoulder very thorough and listens carefully. I was shocked when he explained how healthcare industry billing works...probably the first time I've heard a doctor commiserate and understanding billing! They have in-house therapists so after the diagnosis, I had my first physical therapy session. My therapist gave me a handout accompanied by photos so I could easy remember the excercises I was assigned. It was a great experience, state-of-the-art equipment, and even filling out forms with an i-Pad. I highly recommend!
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.