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Dentists have never been my favorite people. They're in your mouth. It's uncomfortable. They're drilling up your teeth, and all the while you've got your mouth wide open and can feel the little drilled bits of your teeth swimming around the rest of your mouth. Oh and then there's that saliva vacuum thing that feels like it is going to suck up your tongue, too. It totally escapes me why anyone would want to do this for a living but I'm glad somebody is doing it. And I'm really really glad that I've found Dr. Moss. Going to Dr. Moss is actually tolerable - and dare I say it, almost pleasant. Aside from being an excellent dentist, Dr. Moss is extremely warm and kind. He seems to sincerely care about the well being of his patients and really takes care in making sure that you're comfortable and not in pain. He's knowledgeable, spends a lot of time with patients, and thoroughly explains what he's going to do or what is going on with your teeth. The office is extremely clean and modern. Appointments are easy to schedule and he even has some evening appointments. I also never have to wait longer than a minute or two. If you have to go to a dentist, go to Dr. Moss.
Dr. Leonetti has been treating me for the past 5 months. As a RN and retired USAF Flight Nurse, I can honestly say that he is in the top 3 doctors that I have ever know over my 20+ years as a trauma/critical care nurse. For example, he did some surgery on a Friday afternoon, and over the weekend, instead of the usual 'Call my answering service if you are having any problems', he took the time on both Saturday and Sunday and called me from his house to make sure that everything was going well, that my pain was under control and no excessive swelling or bleeding. When was the last time ANY provider called you at home to check up on you?!? He listens, he makes time to see you, and when I show up for my appointments, the MOST that I have ever waited is 5 minutes past my scheduled time. In other words he respects your time as being valuable. He is an awesome doctor, and I trust him to not only provide me with care, but also my wife and kids if needed.
I'm sure all you girls out there just love seeing the gyno-right? Ya, I love it too. But I had to write this to let you know not all gynos are scary! I totally put off going because I'm a curvy girl and I really didn't want meet someone new and then get naked! I finally worked up the courage to see Dr. Morton-Pradhan because I've been having crazy-heavy periods since I had my last baby. She made me feel totally at ease and listened to my whole crazy list of medical issues. She was totally professional, but at the same time not up -tight or judgemental. If you have to go get your pap visit and stuff just do it! Go to Dr. MP and she'll make you comfortable. By the way, I ended up doing that uterus ablation that they do in the office and I haven't had a period since! I can't believe how much better it is to not have a period; not to mention saving a milliion dollars a month on pads and stuff! The office people were really nice, too.
Thanks to Dr. Pulsipher and his team I have a whole new smile. When I started to see Dr. Pulsipher over ten years ago alot of work had to be done. He has transformed my teeth to where I am happy to smile and not embarrassed. And I get compliments on my smile from so many people for the first time in my life.. It is always a welcome relief to have the care and support of the staff. They are friendly while being extremely professional. From Sandra, one of the dental hygenists, to his assistants, I have also received sound advice and best service. It's no longer a fear to go to the dentist office as I have experienced with other dentists. I am so pleased with the overall experience with Dr. Pulsipher and his team that I fly back from Santa Fe, NM where I moved last year. I do this to ensure I continue to have the best dental care possible. Shelly Brock
Needing a root canal is not on most people's bucket list, but when it becomes necessary Dr. Tonioli is definetly the doctor to see. This is the fourth root canal I have needed in the past 17 years. This is the first one Dr. Tonioli has done for me, so I can say this without a doubt that I had an excellent experience at his office. The staff was very nice and he was extremely caring. It was difficult to figure out which one of my teeth was the culprit and Dr. Tonioli was thorough & would not schedule the root canal until he was 100% sure he had the right tooth, and thankfully so because it was not one of the two teeth he & I were initially suspecting. He was gentle and continued to check in with me that I was comfortable during the procedure and he also has a pleasant & funny personality. I would 100% recommend Dr. Tonioli if you are in need of an Endodontist.
I think the last reviewer had the wrong doctor or something...I had a great experience with this office. Dr. Morton-Pradhan delivered my baby by emergency c-section and she was great! I was scared but she helped me through it, answered all my questions and I felt really confident it would all be okay-and it was! I have a healthy baby boy! The doctor spent a lot of time with us at every prenatal visit and made sure all my and my husband's questions were answered. Oh, and we got like a million ultrasound pictures. She definitely visited me every day I was in the hospital. Long story short- I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Morton-Pradhan/ chloe obgyn. She is a great doctor and an all around nice person. I hope all the patients that love Dr. Morton-Pradhan log on and share their experiences! I wouldn't trust my pregnancy to anyone else.
After about a year of trying to find a pediatric dentist for my daughter who would allow me in the room during procedures, I finally called the Comprehensive Healthcare Center. I should have done this much sooner. I was pretty much blown away watching him interact with my daughter. He was very patient, knew how to get her comfortable, asked her every step of the way how she was doing, I could really tell he cared about her. The only reason I would have to give this less than 5 stars, which I just can't do, he was so excellent, is that the clinic doesn't seem to have state of the art, top of the line equipment. He even makes up for that with his professionalism, 30 years of experience with the clinic, and that he is also the director of the dental clinic. I will definitely bring my other children here, too!
I went to aspen dental needing quite a bit of work and the dentists have been very very nice and helpful with all my issues. But the front office staff is a joke. The main receptionist is rude and doesn't like to do extra work at all. Also the office manager has been flat out rude too. I have left 3 messages for her to call me back regarding my bill and she has not, in 3 months, found the time to call me. I really love the endodontist they use...he is amazing. But I'm sad to say after the first of the year I will be switching dentists due to the issues with front office staff. My husband had the same issue with the front office and that is why I decided to write a review. Im usually very positive but this just had to be said.
I feel so incredibly fortunate that my PCP recommended Dr. Sand for my Gastroenterology related issues. After having been seen by several other GI doctors, Dr. Sand was the only one who immediately and correctly identified and treated my medical condition. I found Dr. Sand's expertise, professionalism, compassion, and thoroughness to be exceptional and exemplary. I can certainly appreciate why my PCP refers his GI patients to this amazing physician. I also found his wonderful staff to be very kind, caring, and accommodating throughout my relationship with the office. It is without reservation that I recommend Dr. Sand for your Gastroenterology health care and needs!
My 6 year old son was in an accident and shattered his femur 6 months ago. Dr Swanson was at the hospital when they flew my son there. He did the surgery that night and put two rods inside his bone to hold it all together. That was the first route he wanted to go. He also had two back up procedures in case the rods didn't work out. He would come and check on my son each day to see how he was doing. He is very nice and communicates very well what he is going to do. He just took the rods out yesterday and my son is doing great I am so glad Dr Swanson was the one to fix my sons leg. I would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Dr Swanson.
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.