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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.
9600 N Central Expy Ste 100Dallas, TX 75231
From Business: Operational for more than 40 years, Texas Retina Associates offers medical services in the area of ophthalmology. It is one of the largest group practices in Texas. The group specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and surgery of the retina and vitreous. It offers medical services for age-related macular degeneration and r…
1706 Preston Park BlvdPlano, TX 75093
I was seen for emergency care, the staff, techs, and nurses were outstanding. They explained everything, and answered my questions with kindness and patience. I've since been back 3 more times for treatment and couldn't be more pleased with the care I've received. I've never waited longer then 1…
400 W Lyndon B Johnson FwyIrving, TX 75063
Dr. Allen and his staff are very unprofessional. He refused to see me when I developed problems after a surgery he performed. He did not take my current insurance so he said he could not see me even though I offer to pay cash for the visit. His staff was very rude. They documented my file that t…
4708 Alliance Blvd Ste 785Plano, TX 75093
The receptionist was rude and unprofessional. She talked over me many times when I tried to make an appointment. I called on behalf for my grandmother and I had to ask the receptionist to hold on multiple times. She rushed me asking what I needed to schedule for repeatedly. I will be looking for…
3142 Horizon Rd Ste 209Rockwall, TX 75032
From Business: Formed in March of 1996, Digestive Health Associates of Texas, P.A., merged multiple practices of gastroenterologists who associated to improve the management of their practices and the coordination of services to patients in North Texas. Since its inception, Digestive Health Associates of Texas, P.A., (DHAT) has grown to …
1005 W Ralph Hall PkwyRockwall, TX 75032
7700 Lakeview PkwyRowlett, TX 75088
I will admit I do not visit as often as I should, however even with insurance it is a financial issue. And I go without insulin half of the year because if you do not see her every 3 months she will not give you a prescription for insulin. when I do go she just makes me feel bad for not going in…
1626 Forest Ln SGarland, TX 75042
My wife and I had eye appointments for 9:30 and 10am on Monday 1/16/17 with Dr John Haley. We drove over an hour and 15 minutes to the office and arrived 1/2 hour early. An hour after her appt. was scheduled my wife and I were still waiting for her to be called into the office. After talking t…
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.
Dr. Jain is thorough, knowledgeable, considerate, and personable, and extremely well versed in her field/specialty. Her staff is the ultimate in friendliness, promptness, and professionalism. Could not ask for better care.
I really like Dr. Jackson, I have not met Dr. Sparks. I have found Dr. Jackson to be very attentive and very reasonable to deal with. I was having a depressed time in my life and was prescribed Effexor at a higher dose than my body was able to handle but that is not anything that someone would know ahead of time. I handled it by cutting my dose back and gradually increasing it. This worked very well and I am now taking the prescribed dose and am no longer depressed. I now feel like being productive and am once again happy. Overall, I feel that my experience while under the care of Dr. Jackson has been one of great success. I would recommend this doctor to anyone. I have to say that I have not had a particularly bad experience with the front desk help but I have noticed that the girl is not very friendly and I was not made to feel welcome but I'm an adult so I can certainly handle it. My four star rating would have been a five if not for the front desk. I have found the rest of the staff to be very friendly and accommodating.
New to Texas and needed a cardiologist. I just went thru a series of stress tests in Michigan and everything looked fine. Dr. Woodham wanted another run of tests at a facility he preferred. I went and once again everything looked fine. I felt good, blood pressure was good, but he said his gut feeling was for me to have an angio done. 80% blockage and 2-15mm stents were needed. Dr. Woodham is an exceptional cardiologist, very respectful, listens, answers questions, discusses medications, and most importantly follows his gut instinct. My cardiologist for Life.
The front office staff is always helpful and friendly. Dr. Slabas is easy to talk to and makes you feel at ease. Great office.
I would not recommend DR. Robert Sparks under any circumstances. He prescribed me an antidepressant after telling him I had bad experiences with prior. I'm spending 20 hours a day in bed trying to recover and wing myself off after their botched attempt to serve me up Effexor. This is pure posion and I had over 20 adverse reactions.. When calling his office got a snooty response.. Lab reports from his back office look like the work of 7th graders. Totally worthless. Buyer beware unless you need a rabies shot. You can look up this med on the internet and see for youself the adverse reactions. Tried it twice in a 15 year span and people have committed suicide while on this medication.This is an A typical Doctor who orders un-needed test to pad the bill. I provided him in hand a recent lab report on myself, then he draws blood and does another report. Why ? Just to pad the bill. I see this as nothing but money grabbing and unethical.Un-needed follow ups another slight of hand.
I recently had a total LAV H. Dr. Gilean is the best! She takes the extra time to make sure you're properly taken care of and fully understand all options. Her nurse Kim is awesome too. I've always received call backs in a timely manner. The office staff is friendly and efficient. So happy to have found such a great group in the Rockwall area. ❤️
They delivered my third child and everything was fine until I was in labor and Dr.potter got angry with me navies she came in to deliver and said I wasn't ready. Takes her gloves off and throws them down saying "she's not ready." Then after my 6 week check up I can't even get an appointment anytime within reasonable time frame. It takes a month. I had a serious issue and called to get in and they couldn't see me for two weeks. Never going back again. I shouldn't have to beg for service.
I went to this care center on the Sunday before Christmas at 9:00 pm. Every staff member from the receptionist's desk to the nurse to the doctor was kind, attentive and they took great care of me. I hope I do not need urgent care again but if I do, I will go here,
I decided to ignore previous reviews for this urgent care center and give them a try. There were quite a few people there when I signed in but it only took about 15 minutes for me to actually be put in an examining room and talk to a nurse. Then another 5 minutes to see a doctor. Everyone was pleasant and efficient. Someone even called to see how I was a couple of days later. It can't get any better than that. It just proves once again you can't believe everything you read on the internet.
An absolute mess!!! I am so frustrated with these people. Before I ever went there I called their office and asked if they accepted medicaid. They told me yes but only as a secondary. I said "GREAT" mine will be secondary, that's perfect. I went in for an sono because I had cramping. They ran the sono and the gentlemen said everything looked fine. I went back to work. Later that day my husband calls me from home and said the office called and said I needed to call them back. My husband being concerned by the message proceeded to call them numerous times and they said someone would call him back as soon as possible. Over an hour later still no call so he called back again. They still wouldn't tell him anything, so he then called me at work. By this time he's been trying to get answers for hours now, so I call because now I'm concerned (I've had miscarriages before). They get on the phone and tell me that something is wrong on the sono and they aren't seeing the yolk sac. This, of course, devestates me! I cry the rest of the day at work.They tell me to come in for blood work that friday to see if my HcG levels are rising and if so that would be a good sign. I go Friday and get blood. I ask when we will know something because at this point I've been crying over 24 hours worried about our baby. and they said not until the next Tuesday. I'm crying my eyes out and I get to the front and the lady up front sees that I'm upset and asks what's wrong...I told her I was devastated to have to wait 4 days to see if the baby was okay. She goes to talk to someone in the back (a lady who had been in the room when the sono was done) and she comes out and is looking at me like I'm crazy for being so upset. She says to me "honey, I don't know why your upset, your sono looked fine. It's just too early to see the yolk sac, we are ganna do another sono next week and you'll see everything is going to be just fine." I was so confused at that point...why did they call me and say something was wrong then? I started to do research on when you should see the yolk sac and found that she was right, I was only 5 weeks pregnant and it sometimes won't show until 6 weeks or so. I went back the next week and the yolk sac was showing. Still they charged me ANOTHER co-pay of $50 even though it was a recheck.Then last week I got my medicaid papers all filled out and the medicaid lady had to call Metroplex women's care and make sure they accepted it and they told her no. So I called them and said "what do you mean you don't accept medicaid. I was told you accepted it as a secondary, otherwise I would have never come here in the first place". Their response "oh I'm sorry, someone was mistaken. We don't accept medicaid as a secondary. I'm sorry.At this point I wouldn't go back there if my life depended on it. No one has any idea what anyone else is doing.What a mess! Pregnant women aren't supposed to get stressed out especially by their OBGYN.Get it together people!
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.