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I've never written a review before, but here I am on the web to say "thank you" to Dr. Orenstein. Thank you for saving my life. I first met Dr. O 2 years ago. At that time, I was a basket case. I'd been in and out of hospitals, diagnosed as Bipolar, Suicidally Depressed, Anxiety Disorder, Manic. You name it, I had the label to prove it. Meanwhile, my life went south. I got fired from my job. I spent all my savings. My friends melted away. I had to go back to living with my folks. I was miserable. All the different doctors ever did was suggest the same drugs over and over again. Depakoe - I gained 40 pounds. Zoloft - made me a nervous wreck. Lamictal - gave me a rash. Trileptal - I slept all day. Zyprexa - part of the 40 pound weight gain, etc, etc. With every medicine I was sick as a dog. But all the other doctors would say about it was "stick with it, you'll get used to it". My initial meeting with Dr. O was an eye-opener. First off, he told me it wasn't necessary to suffer with a lot of side effects to get better. That was hard to believe - but it sounded good! Whatever amount I could tolerate - it was good enough. I was on Lithium at the time. It was making me feel awful - shaky, weak and sick to my stomach. Right off the bat, Dr. O told me to lower the dose from one pill three times a day to one at night (the doctor said I should take all my meds once a day at bedtime so, if I'm sleepy, it doesn't get in the way the next day). What a relief. After a week, no more shaking. Then he threw me a curve ball. He wanted me to work with Trileptal again. That drug was nasty. But this time around, instead of 600 mg twice a day that I'd been given in the past, I started with only 1/4 of a 150 mg pill and gradually increased over the next couple of weeks up to 1 1/2 pills a day. When I started feeling dopey in the morning, the doctor told me to lower the dose to 1 1/4 pills. And no more side effects. Here I was taking medicines that had bothered me so much in the past, and I didn't feel sick. Most importantly, I started getting better. It was gradual - it took about three months - but I started sleeping at night and functioning better during the day. What I realized is that my previous doctors had given me the right meds at the wrong doses. Now, I'm working again and living independently. I take my meds faithfully. It's easy because I have almost no side effects. And I even have hope for my future. Quite a change from the wreck who first walked into his office. I've gone to the trouble of writing all this because Dr. Orenstein has been there for me. He's available by phone all the time. Even on vacation, he answers his cell. He really cares about his patients. He's a true professional. Dr. Orenstein turned my life around. Trust Dr. Orenstein. He's the best. JackB
If you think you have any tick borne illnesses; OR have an illness that has had you to every specialist with either no diagnosis or multiple diagnosis but no idea of the cause - hands down I would recommend that my best friend, or any family member see this doctor. It really comes down to potentially saving your life with this set of illnesses and after going the rounds with a number of other supposedly 'lyme literate physicians', that really did nothing for me, Dr. Ross is who got me well and functioning again. When it comes to your life - it IS urgent and important that you get to a doc who knows what they are doing. Good luck! By the way, the below message is so negative, does NOT reflect my experience or what I was hearing in talking with other patients in the waiting room at all. MY DEEP CONCERN WITH THAT NEGATIVE REVIEW IS THAT IT COULD LITERALLY KEEP SOMEONE FROM GETTING TO THE ONE DOCTOR WHO COULD SAVE THEIR LIFE, and the person who wrote it has put people's lives in jeopardy if they read it and decide not to go to Dr. Ross because of that review. I would recommend that it may have been one person's experience in that not everyone works for 'everyone', however read it with a grain of salt. I have spent time talking with others in the waiting room and while getting IV's. My words here I do believe accurately reflect my own and others experience of Dr. Ross, the clinic and the healing process in working with him which is very positive. Hopefully more people will get on to comment.
I'm on the fence about this place. I've had mixed success - one pregnancy that resulted in a healthy baby, followed by three failures. If you choose to be a patient at PNWF expect to do a lot of running around yourself. You need to be completely on top of your own cycle. As prior reviewers have said, there are some very lax and unresponsive support staff - particularly some of the nurses. Unfortunately I've had some nurses make mistakes with the instructions for my cycle, medications, and doses, just as other reviewers have. If I hadn't had as much experience in going through all of this I too would have followed their bad instructions and made mistakes in my cycle, or paid too much money for unnecessary drugs. It's surprising that some of the support staff continue to have jobs there. The reason I stay rather than move somewhere else is we have embryos there and I'm running out of money to go elsewhere and start all over again. Also living on the hope that I will have success again, as I did on the first cycle.
My wife and I came to their clinic in Januaray 2010 with great hopes of getting help. Dr. Hickok was very nice but his support staff is terrible. The front desk is rude, seems too busy to help you and the staffing/nurses do not keep in contact with you during your procedures and timelines. Very unorganized, chaotic and caused my wife lots of stress. For example, for a prescription, we called 3 times, emailed 3 times, no response. We were just about to do the IVF, bought the medications but no one would get back to us regarding scheduling and what the next step is. Each meeting we paid our balance and next thing we know, we get sent to collections. We weren't contacted at all, not even called. Anyone thinking about coming here should be aware of the unorganized system there. We hope that someone at PNW will read this review and change their practices. We are going to continue our goal of getting pregnant but at a different location.
My 80 year old prostate cancer surviving Father was jacked around by urologists in Olympia WA for 4 agonizing months while he had to catheterize 4X a day. Twice in 10 years, Dr Gasparich (in Seattle) has corrected the issue w/one office visit. Dr Gasparich is a great communicator, gentle doctor, and one of the most compassionate doctors I have had the honor of meeting. This guy is a straight shooter and wants only the very best for his patients. His staff are efficient, beyond courteous and a pleasure to be around. They put my Father and I at ease after he has experienced unconscionable treatments by urologists in Olympia. My Dad is lucky to be alive. Today has his life back thanks to Dr. Gasparich. Dr. G is a true gem w/an obvious love of people and his work. I cried when we left his office w/joy for my sweet father. Dr. G is a true winner who is worth traveling to from anywhere.
WONDERFUL!! The atmosphere is relaxing and intimate where every staff member will call you by name. The staff is precise, informative, knowledgeable, encouraging, and patient. After my 1st appointment with Dr Lamb and nurse Catherine, I knew I would become pregnant! I was so very confident in their knowledge and treatment plan. Another plus, their IVF refund plan costs half the price of SRM. My nurse Catherine finds the best prices for medication and we went with Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy. SRM only goes with Apothecary Speciality Pharmacy, the most expensive. BTW, we tried getting pregnant with SRM for 2 years. Horrible experience and not just bc I didn't get pregnant. Look up my review on them for details. "Its not the destination, so much as the Journey." My husband and I cannot say enough good things about PNW. Please check them out!
This is the Doctor you want to see. I travel a lot in my younger years and had many primary care physicians, Dr. Smith is easily the most knowledgeable and caring I have ever had. I have been seeing him for twenty years and my admiration grows with each visit. I have a busy schedule and have always been worked into his schedule when I really need a short notice visit. Dr Smith has seen me through several minor and major medical conditions and I was glad he was there with me. The best way I can describe Dr Smith may sound a little corny now that I'm Sixty. When I was a child my close uncle was a Doctor. Often when I was sick I'd see him at his or my house. Every visit started and ended with a hug and he took every second he needed to make me feel better.... Tom reminds me a lot of my uncle.
I have nothing but praise to say about PNWF and the knowledgeable and helpful staff there who have assisted us in our pregnancy. Most noteworthy is Stephanie Frickleton who we felt really cared and supported us. She responded to all our questions and concerns with expertise, exceptional professionalism and who we feel, went above and beyond to assist us in every way possible. Jennifer Lynn was also wonderful nurse who exemplified warmth and care. We also appreciated the expertise and compassion of Dr. Julie Lamb. In sum, we appreciated the level of care and customized support we received at PNWF from all the staff we encountered. They were truly amazing!
Dr. Gee is very professional and personable. I see her every appointment instead of having an assistant or nurse treat me. This is a small clinic and the opposite of some of the large, impersonal medicine factories downtown. The office is very convenient also, just off the West Seattle Bridge if you come from another part of the city. Dr. Gee really knows her stuff -- I see her for both general and cosmetic dermatology. She is great! And you can tell she really likes what she is doing. Her office staff is great, too -- they fit me in right away for an appointment and try to accommodate my schedule. As the title says, I highly recommend Dr. Gee!
I connected with Dr Ta for the first time about three weeks ago after he was recommended to me by my cardiologist. After a short visit, his diagnosis was that I had PMR (polymyalgia rheumatic) however, he ordered a blood test to confirm. The blood test showed levels in two areas that indicated RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and he was diligent in explaining how the two readings in the blood test relate to each other. Dr Ta is professional, experienced and knowledgeable. I am thankful my cardiologist referred me to Dr Ta because my severe pain is gone and we have a plan to manage my condition going forward. I highly recommend Dr Ta.
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.