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2210 N Frazier St Ste 120Conroe, TX 77303
From Business: We're proud to offer our patients a variety of services under one roof. It's our job to make sure our patients are well informed before they make decisions regarding their oral health. Our office now offers sedation to help patients relax during dental treatment. Aside from making teeth and smiles beautiful we're also lear…
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.
25 reviews1.0 star rating 1/12/2018I found Dr Fandrich though a google search. My mom was having intense hip pain and I knew about prolotherapy from my PCP in Beverly Hills. On our 1st visit, we paid $329 for him to consult my mother, I told him that my LA prolotherapy dr wouldnt charge me for office visits, and he charges $200.00 per area. Dr Fandrich said in front of me, my mom and his assistant Elizabeth that he would also NOT charge us for the office visits. So the 1st visit my mom paid $329.00 consultation fee, $295.00 for prolotherapy and $45.00 for hip adjustment. After that, I decided to get prolotherapy shots in my back, i have several herniated/slipped disks that make it hard for me to breathe at times. I have been disabled by this and other injuries since 2009, i was in an accident. The 2nd time my mom went in for shots, he charged her $295.00 for the prolotherapy, and $45.00 for the hip adjustment. No office visit charged for her. Now this was my 1st visit, so i had to pay almost $600.00 for the $329.00 consultation fee, and $265.00 for Neuro-prolotherapy, which seems to be not as strong as the regular prolotherapy. I didnt quite understand the difference, and its been over 2 weeks that the doctor nor his assistant Elizabeth called us back with answers to our questions! I thought we had built a good rapport with this office! I guess not! On my 2nd appointment for injections, and my moms 3rd, we both were charged an ADDITIONAL $75.00 for office visit, plus $45.00 for hip adjustment, plus $295/$265 for prolotherapy. On my 2nd visit, the doctor didnt inject me as much as he did on my first visit. I called to ask them about this also. No response from them since December 29th. We had scheduled an appointment for my sister who is in town this week, but we cancelled since they cant call us back with any answers. i think that is sneaky and dishonest! We will also be cancelling our appointments for the end of this month since our continued calls never get a response! We have paid thousands out of pocket and cant get a call back to explain why Dr Fandrich added office visit fee when he said he wouldnt! Also I wanted to know why I was only injected in half of the initial area on my second visit! It seems like they were in a RUSH TO GO TO LUNCH THAT DAY! When my mom and I paid the bill, we saw the office visit fees, but the doctor and Elizabeth had gone out to lunch already! So we were forced to pay the bill for $415.00 for my mother and $385.00 for myself with no answers of yet WHY we were charged the office visit fee when the doctor said he wouldnt! Plus, I wasnt happy with my 2nd visit, I estimate he used only 4 vials, 2 neuro prolo which is not as strong, and regular prolo of 2 vials, which is stronger solution than the neuro prolotherapy. I have done lots of research, and my doctors in Beverly Hills explained to me the process thouroughly. I just know my doctors in LA always call me back, and Ive NEVER had a doctor ignore me or my mother like this! I know they arent that busy! Its very rude and unprofessional! If he didnt mean to say that he wouldnt charge for office visits to compete with my Beverly Hills doctor, then why wont you say that? Why no answer on the rush on my 2nd visit when less solution was used than the 1st visit? If they would COMMUNICATE, I wouldn't be this upset, so BUYER BEWARE! I am disabled on a fixed income and feel like we may have wasted alot of money for care we desperately need! Now what, do I have to fly my elderly mother to LA while shes in PAIN to complete her prolotherapy since Dr Fandrich and his assistant Elizabeth refuse to return our calls? I don't think that is asking for too much, not when my other doctors call me back within a day or two of me calling! I would give him more stars but this has really upset me!! Why aren't you or your assistant or front desk not returning our calls? This is not right! I want my money back! We didn't pay THOUSANDS of dollars to be ignored like this!
When I first went to Dr. Stark, she wanted to "burn off" a mole on my arm that was irregular-shaped, without testing it at all for malignant cells. I knew that was not standard practice from experience with dermatologists. I declined her suggestion. I should never have gone back after that, but this year, I went for my annual exam. She told me to come back free of charge to review with me the bloodwork. When I spoke to her staff, they said I would need to make another appointment and pay a co-pay. Dr. Stark referred me to get a colonoscopy, and then for two weeks her staff kept calling me with the name of a Gastroenterologist that was not in network with my insurance plan. For two weeks now, on at least ten occasions, I informed the staff by phone that the GI doctor they assigned was not in-network with my insurance, and that I needed a doctor in-network. I called the doctor's office asking her to return my phone call regarding these matters and she doesn't even bother to call back at all. I would not recommend Dr. Stark for anything.
Wonderful experience ! ������������ very professional and knowledgeable Dr. A very soft approach to his clients. Great results and I recommend this Dr. for whatever your desired procedure may be. Summer
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Dr. Fulton is one amazing OBGYN. My wife went into the hospital because of complications. needless to say, Dr. Fulton took the time to call my wife at 8pm at night to tell her about an infection she has that is causing her to have pelvic pain, nausea and vomiting. She put in a prescription. CVS informed me that my insurance company needed to approve the medication. Here it is 835 at night, sick wife at home and CVS is about to close. I immediately contacted Dr. Fulton and she changed the medicine to something they would approve. She went above and beyond... I appreciate how she cares for her patients especially my wife. I got the medicine went home and am taking care of her now. Thanks Dr. Fulton for helping a husband with a sick pregnant wife. I was so scared for my wife and new born baby. It's because of her dedication and compassion that truly makes her the best OBGYN in Spring, Texas.
I am in the process of finding a new Dr. who is more concerned about what tests and treatments are needed that are in the best interests of her patients, instead of unwarranted screening tests that are an easy way to increase her bottom line. My concerns:Dr. Hart did not respond, despite 4 attempts, to explain why she charged me for an unwarranted screening test that I assumed (big mistake) that was covered under my well woman exam. Apparently, she gives this test to anyone over the age of 12. Since she didn't explain there would be an additional charge for this, and didn't ask if I wanted to take the test, I want ahead and did it. $100 goes into the pocket of Dr. Hart and $58 comes out of my pocket. The screening was for depression/anxiety, and I passed it with flying colors. I didn't need a test to tell me that I had no indications of depression/anxiety.She misdiagnosed me with an enlarged thyroid After paying for an ultrasound, the result came that my thyroid was within normal limits. Blood tests also came back as normal.She sent the wrong prescription to my online mail order pharmacy. The result: I was charged $100 for a medicine that causes my blood pressure to rise to dangerously high reasons. It was her mistake, not mine. I'm still waiting for her to respond to my request to reimburse me since the pharmacy will not accept returns once they've shipped the order. The medicine she was supposed to send to the pharmacy was a $20 copayment.I wouldn't be writing this review if Dr. Hart had responded to my requests. In this case, it's 4 strikes, you're out.
He is the best Neurosurgeon
Don't waste your time and effort on this Doctor unless you have alot of time to waste. It took me a month to gather information on my sons condition just so he could get an appointment to see Dr. Chapman. This includes bothering other doctors to send information. After all this I was told he didn't want to consult with him. He's not even courteous enough to give you an explanation why. Your time and effort play no part in his mind. My son suffers from Concussion Syndrome and his nerve endings in his brain are all damaged. This causes severe headaches 24 hours a day with no reprieve. He's only 25 and his life is over and thanks to good doctors like Dr. Chapman I wasted a month of my time looking for a specialist in pain. When I asked to have the information send back to give to another physician, I was told they would have to look for an envelope. How professional.
Awesome!We have dealt with Dr. Hart, Amy Hamilton, PA, the nurses, the staff and always been treated with the utmost respect and compassion. I find they are very interested in and care about the person! This is not a chop shop - moving people in and out life cattle. They slow down and take the time to listen and follow up on all recommendations. We have introduced over five new patients to these ladies and everyone has been extremely satisfied. Quick to see you, even make phone calls in the evening to check up on you! I would recommend these ladies to any and everyone I know. Best health care I have seen in almost fifty years!
Dr. Irvine is nice and may be a good doctor, but his office policies are not in the best interest of patient health. Their policy on prescription pre-authorization for insurance companies is that they will not complete a pre-auth under any circumstance. As if that wasn't bad enough, the office does not call to let you know they received a pre-auth request and will not be completing it. You have to find out from your pharmacy when you try to pick up the medication. Then the nurse chose not to call me back once the doctor had decided what to do. I was completely out of medication and having discontinuation side effects by the time I was finally able to get the nurse on the phone. Then she was rude with me because the side effects were making me extremely dizzy and I wasn't able provide the phone number for her immediately.
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.