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Dr Montoya and her staff especially her ARNP LYNN and her support staff are the very best and most caring and professional people I have known in the neurology field .... she (Dr LYNN) took care of me when a doctor ignored me and she gave me the right meds that would not affect my memory! As the last One did. Most in the past looked at my tardiness and treated me differently but the migraines do not let you keep your face nice and shaven .... or some look at the med list and say see me when your off them .... yeah right! Every doc you visit adds their own med! Or they refer you to someone else. She fought with the insurance company for my meds and my MRIs and continues to believe in me. My migraines are reduced, my meds are reduced, I look better and feel better... They are out of network as far as insurance, yet I go to visit both of them... both Dr LYNN and Dr MONTOYA both know it costs and say leave a message and I’ll get back .... they both are very considerate! They provided samples initially to see if the meds would help... and then a card to get credit from the company. Also their support staff is the best ... they help arrange all MRI and other special lab appointments! I HIGHLY recommend them for your neurological needs!
Seems to have zero interest in patients well being. Says, "I only do medications, not evaluations:Very dry, non-personable and comes across as very non-caring for someone who is seeking help.
Dr. Gruneiro operated on me Jan. 2017 for a hiatal hernia. I healed a lot faster then I thought I would and I now have no problems eating what I want or sleeping flat as I used to prop my head up to sleep. He is wonderful. The people in the office are outstanding also so what more could you ask for. I am one happy patient.
I would expect this level of care in a big city like Miami, not Port Charlotte. I am very lucky to be under the care of this physician.
My goodness, this doctor knows how to treat patients right and was extremely accommodating to my strange situation. I will definitely be back.
To Dr Jody Abrams from your once parents in law.If we can EVER help you in ANY way we are right down the road from you now in Fl and tell people you are an awesome doctor they should use for eye surgery often. We owe you an apology. We were very angry when you divorced our daughter. A mistake.Now we understand why you did. We did too. Hope you've healed from her abuse, insanity and nonstop ranting all those years--and that we will too one day. Hope you and your new wife have an awesome life with your family. Sorry we produced the human who made your life awful. We apologize and wish you only the best. Just wanted to clear the air--and tell you how sorry we are for the trouble we brought into your life by bringing this monster into the world.Sincerely,Waylon and Sandy
I had no idea if I was hospitalized that PCP would not be the one that would see, call me old fashion, I think when you going this should be explained. I had hospital admissions with 5days of eachother and saw 4 complete strangers. I had used the patient portal to voice my unhappiness with this policy to my PCP after the 1st admission, I obviously offended her, while I was laying a hospital bed with chest pains. She texting me about her failed practice, and she and her husband ended up in the red, and on and on. Really? how unprofessional! Then come to find out the Hospialist (its not even a real word) was her husband he got offended when was telling he was going to change this med and that, and I asked him to consult with my heart guy, his response was that of a ten year old," I'm the attending" " you realize your consult Dr. doesn't come in every day" from that point he wouldn't listen to anything I said talk over me, interrupted me. Not to mention their office is miserable.
Best Doctor I have ever been to or met & Highly Recommended to everyone! I have been seeing him for about 10 years and can say with no uncertainty that he is genuinely the nicest Doctor that I have ever seen, He always greets you with a smile and asks how you are and have been. He is kind, gentle, truly cares about his patients.
Very unprofessional Doctor. Forgetful (and by "forgetful" I mean she forgets as soon as she says things), unknowledgeable (each of my visits she needed to use Google?), and does not listen to her patients.
The people in this office are "nice", until you complain about something they are doing wrong at which point the start rolling their eyes and speaking with an attitude. They are very disorganized as far as sending out referrals, prescription etc. The manager seem to "care" however tells the staff that she doesn't time with deal with issues, and questions you about the issue but "politely" still let you know its your fault. The office hours so patients can see the doctor is solely at the doctor's convenience, only seeing patients in the mornings and early afternoon, so if you work you either miss work or deal with seeing only the Nurse Practitioner and never the doctor. The doctor refuses to see patients if you make to the office 16 minutes late, and after 3 late appointments they kick you out of the practice (or so I have been told by the receptionist) I have never been to an appointment where my daughters are seen less than 20 minutes past the appointment time, however I made it 16 minutes late (1 minute past their window to be see patients) and the doctor refused to see the girls, I had to see the Nurse Practitioner and it was my youngest daughter 18 month appointment which should have been done by the doctor. (lets keep in mind that I called and I was told it was ok to bring them in only to be received by a frustrated receptionist who apparently had no help from Office Manager) and by the way during a previous appointment the doctor found a murmur on my younger daughter took us 3 appointments rescheduling to be able to do the ultrasound because the office kept failing to send the imaging center the referral, authorization etc. Even the day of the appointment we had to wait more than an hour and it took me 3 phone calls to get the documents, then at the follow up appointment I asked the doctor for the results she forgot to give them to me and then after a second follow up I had to keep asking for it, she said she had seen it and there was nothing wrong only to come out and let me know she had to referred to a cardiologist becAuse she did have abnormal results, again when I took her to the cardiologist we had to wait for the office to forward the records to it because again they failed to do it. Apparently the doctor is making more than enough money with the patients she already have, because they could care less about patients feelings, schedule and as the receptionist showed, losing patients since she happily told me it was ok for me to go to another doctor I just had to tell her to cancel my 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.