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First and foremost, I never write many reviews but this trainwreck/disaster/excuse of a doctors’ office deserves it and I want to warn other parents about the dangers of taking your child to this clinic. I unfortunately jumped on the bandwagon because I saw such wonderful reviews for the clinic and had friends that take their children to this office. Fully regret my choice. Between rude staff, uninformative doctors, and tremendously long wait periods, I would advise staying clear. I have gotten no concrete answers to my questions but they sure will ask you to come back for check ups so they keep the cash rolling in. I am astonished that they have such a great reputation. They have put my newborn on so many different medications (some that cost hundreds of dollars) and then when I go back, they claim he doesn’t need them and they have caused my son harm. Dr. Emily Ross is the worst of the Group. She had horrible advice and misdiagnosed my child. There is zero patient care when it comes to this clinic and I would suggest not hopping on the band wagon and finding a pediatrician’s office that truly loves kids.
We've been using this Pediatrician since 2013 and I can't imagine going anywhere else. Knowledgeable and professional doctors and staff. My girls are at home when we visit and are not terrified of the doctors. I appreciate the attentiveness of the separate waiting rooms so my well children don't have to wait with sick children and vice versa. This was huge when they were newborns, we had an entirely separate waiting room. If you're a new family looking for a new pediatric home, they hold information sessions after hours to inform you of what they offer and ease your concerns of how your child will be cared for once they enter the world. The only day of the year they're closed is Christmas and they take walk-ins for first 30 minutes of the day four days a week. Hands down THE BEST in town. We go to the Duraleigh location. There's a Briar Creek location as well.
I am a little late in writing a review, but I wanted to make sure I gave a gleaming recommendation to CPD. I brought my son, who had issues with feeding/gaining weight, and we had a very positive experience! Joan and Caitlin were the therapists we worked with, and I found them to be lovely! Both were knowledgeable and helpful in dealing with the issues we had. My son gained weight in the time we were there and learned chewing skills that were necessary for his continued growth. I also had a wonderful experience with Shirley, the receptionist! She was always kind and very accommodating to our busy schedule! Thank you to CPD for your care and concern and exceptional effort!
I want to start with that I absolutely love Dr. Patel. She is a wonderful person and an amazing doctor. She is great with my baby (whom is 4 months old) and very patient with my questions. She takes the time to answer anything I ask so that I can fully understand everything. I chose North Wake Pediatrics primarily out of convenience but found afterwards it was an amazingly lucky choice. We have had 6 visits with Dr. Patel thus far and I've been extremely pleased. She leaves you feeling confident in your parenting skills never putting you down. Again I say I absolutely love Dr. Patel. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
My children have been followed at White Oak Peds since their birth (the oldest is 7.) I love the doctors. However, the front desk staff and billing departments are difficult to work with and it is incredibly cumbersome to schedule an appointment. The only reason that I have continued to be seen there is that my children are rarely sick and are typically only there 1-2 times per year. If you are in need of more frequent foliow-up, I would recommend you seek out another practice.
The doctors are sub par. All of them went to mediocre med schools. We were misdiagnosed several times. The bedside manner leaves much to be desired and the front desk staff is rude and disrespectful. We were there for 3 years bc it was so convenient to where we live but after hearing several similar stories we moved to another practice. Don't expose your children to doctors like this.
We have been seeing Randi at CPD for several months now for ST and feeding therapy. My son sees lots of therapists, but has connected with Randi in a way that he hasn't with anyone else. She is so patient with him and has taught him so many things. We have had one meeting with Joan, and she listened to all of our concerns and offered some thoughts and ideas and is helping us to see a new doctor for another opinion. We could not be more please with the care and support we have gotten from CPD.
My child had been patient for at least a year...had 2 situations where she said child immunizations weren't up upto when they were and i dropped off paper work to her telling child she needs to see another doctor and telling me I was an unorganized parent....bad experience and example for kid to experience.
I cannot say enough about Dr. Patel. I have a 4 month old and nearly became anti-doctor after 3 visits to my last pediatrician. The front staff is great, the waiting room is spacious and you don't feel like you're sitting in an small, infested room with the sick patients. Dr. Patel spent 70 minutes with me on my first visit discussing everything I wanted to know. She is a traditional doctor but is also well-traveled (having lived in Asia, Africa, and the Americas) and her outlook on wellness is more worldly. After being told that my pediatrician would no longer see my son due to my putting off his vaccinations, I went here seeking a pediatrician who would be more open and understanding to my wants as a parent. She is just that and more. She believes in traditional medicine but is more than willing to accommodate parents with different beliefs. Not to mention my son adored her. She is very in tune with the babies and says that she will always listen to what they tell her first before listening to what the parents have decided is wrong. She had great energy and a great outlook. She talked a lot so make sure you want that and have the time for it but I loved that about her. This explains the longer wait times but to me, it is worth it for more quality time spent. She also explains what she is doing as she's doing it so you aren't left out in he dark. I could go on and on about her. But for mommies who may be leery of the strict CDC schedule or who want a more personal, customized experience, she is the woman for you. Let me end by saying just because she's more open, please don't think that she's some weird granola-crunching, patchouli smelling witch doctor either. She's just fabulous!!!! 10 stars
CPDC has helped my family tremendously with our son. Our son has battled acid reflux since he was 2 months old and I had gone round and round with his pediatrcian on what to do. Finally, after being referred to a different therapist (whom I wasn't too impressed with), we were refered to Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia Clinic. Though I was aprehensive at first, afterall, no one knows my son better than me; we gave them a shot. I am so glad we did. Joan and her team have been so helpful with our Liam's progress. We had no idea why Liam wouldn't eat certain foods and why he screamed and cried during meals, but Joan saw within 5 min at his evaluation that he wasn't chewing properly. It has been 3.5 months now with Joan and her team and Liam has come so far. Though he's not eating proper foods for a 2 year old yet, he's made many strides and I feel as though he'll be where he needs to be soon. We also are doing speech therapy as Liam has had delays in both this and feeding. He's only been in speech for a few weeks and already he's signing and understanding more and more each day.As a parent, going into therapy services, you need to have an open mind. You need to understand these therapists are professionals and yes, only you know what's best for your child, but these therapists can at least guide you in the right direction. I have seen a few posts with negative experiences and all I can say to those who have had them..... communication is the key. You are the parent so you can always openly talk with your child's therapist and let them know your fears. But, understand they know what the final result should be for your child and they are here to help. Joan and Liam's other therapist, Morgan, have done just that for us. I take their advice to heart and tweek it or add to it to help Liam at home, but I always get the same result they are looking for. I will continue to thank them every session as I know we could not have gotten Liam this far without their help and support!
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.