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I have been a patient here for almost my entire life and have always been treated amazingly well. My last visit I was in the room with miranda and we have talked about my health. When she came back in moments later to tell me that my dream of being a mother again were happening. That I was pregnant, I started to cry and she hugged me repeatedly and made me feel so happy. I would recommend this place to everyone. My family, my husband and myself go here and my child will be going here as well.
DO NOT go to Peak Primary Care. The office staff is very rude. I was told to have blood work done by my doctor. They list the office hours at Mon-Fri business hours and to just come in. I starved myself for the required 12 hours. I signed in and waited 40 min before I asked what was going on. They told me to talk to Cheryl in the back. She started asking lab techs if they could draw my blood and they all said they were too busy. One female seemed to not even know what type of request she needed to draw blood for Cholesterol. I asked if I could just make an appointment to come in and draw blood so they will be prepared and she said no. The Dr's seem ok however the staff, especially the lab staff have no idea what they are doing.
I just moved to this area and needed a Dr. The entire process was very efficient and professional. I scheduled my appt. and received a follow up message with date/time/address. The building isn't much on the outside, but the inside was clean. The staff are very pleasant and efficient. My appointment was for 9:15 and I was seen at about 9:30 by Miranda. This being my first visit, we spent nearly two hours going over my history, discussing concerns, doing a routine physical. I was very impressed with the fact that I didn't feel rushed and the exam was so thorough. I hadn't even left the office when my first referral called to set my next appointment! Really a great experience, as far as establishing a Dr./clientrelatiinship, so my husband will be scheduling his appointment here, also. They do have some evening and weekend appointments available, also.
Horrible experience. If I had time to change to another dr I would. I have a chronic sinus issue that keeps popping up. Surgery is needed but, in the meantime, I have to have an antibitoic prescribed every time the issue presents itself. When Destiny called me back to tell me that the Dr wouldnt write a prescription over the phone, she was very rude telling me, or you could make an appointment. I said "Ok", then she hung up on me. I hand to call back and got her again, I told her the woman I just spoke to was rude so, she starts arguing with me about how she wasnt rude to me and when I asked to be transferred to the manager, she got all snarky, "oh I would LOVE to transfer you to my manager", her tone dripping with disdain. All this whilst being sick and then having to deal with a crappy attitude.
Beware! After my most recent visit I was shocked to receive a bill through the mail for over $150 for a "long office visit". I saw a PA (physician's assistant, her name was Miranda) for 20 minutes. I was unable to walk because of my medical issues and was told by Miranda that "I need to exercise" and that I "was just high-strung". After walking out of the visit I felt bad enough only to find, weeks later, to find out that I was charged for such a horrible experience! I was never provided a disclosure that there was any sort of "time limit" at any time. And why would they disclose that? Why would anyone willingly choose to see a doctor that puts a time constriction on speaking with their patients? Unethical and overall bad practice.
My scheduled appointment started over 30 minutes late. The receptionist was not present and then she walked into the room with coffee and a large bag of donuts, I assume she left the office. Then the medical assistant came up to me when I was closing out my paperwork and asked which room I was in because the physician failed to label my lab work. Horrible experience
I have been a patient for about 6 months and needless to say I'm very disappointed. I have been referred to specialists too prematurely, was prescribed oxygen around 1-2 months ago and still do not have anyone willing to order it, I am never told results or action plans unless I ask, I have been poked with big needless instead of the little ones, can't get the doctors to call.gr back when I have a significant issue that needs addressing, etc. I would think twice about going to this doctor.
I’ve had the best doctor there for a long time, but the business has taken a turn down. The doctors are scheduled for 15 minute appointments and sometimes double booked. They are overworked and harassed. The staff is best at putting you on hold. I had to call four times for one appointment in May. Don’t bother leaving a message; the call won’t be returned. Today, we had to call to check on a medication for my husband (health issues), and were told ‘the list is too long for them to look.’ He’s currently taking seven medications. I dread calling there for any reason, and no longer use my mobile because it used too many minutes! There is one person who works part time there – not even in the front, who is an angel, and will always give me info quickly. However, I feel I shouldn’t always ask her -- not fair to her. I would pay more if it eased some of the stress trying to get an appointment and getting through it, just to see my doctor. My doctor is well aware of the horrid service and is as frustrated with the staff as I am.
I'm writing this review based on my experiences with peak primary and dr. Imhof. Being her patient for nearly ten years we have decided to take our business elsewhere. She seems to have lost her enjoyment and only seeks to have a volume a patients now! Everything I see her it's for less that a couple minutes and she doesn't seem to concerned about what I'm actually saying. Getting her to call you back or respond after tests is very difficult. Her office staff is rude. Her wellness visits are based on other ways of upcharging more money other than your annual physical. My last physical was incomplete because she was in a hurry. I'm done with peak primary. I'm looking for a dr. Who actually cares about his/paitents!
After being under Dr Imhof's care for upwards of ten years, I needed to change my meds. I was informed that I needed to pay a copay for a doctor visit for a med check.Due to the economy, I no longer had insurance. It was going to cost me out-of -pocket for the Rx that I needed written, so the office (out of pocket) visit was going to break me. I spoke in length with the office manager, Bretta and she asked me all the questions the doctor would ask me at the visit. After relaying those answers to Dr. Imhof, I was informed that I still had to come in and they would get me in as fast as possible for the smallest self-pay copay that could do (around 5o instead of 70).When I went to make the apt, I was informed that Dr, Imhof would be on vacation for the next week or so (this was medicine that you are NOT supposed to quit cold-turkey). So, I had to schedule with a new dr.I did that, and he got me in and out VERY Quickly (maybe he knew I was trying to keep the cost down). He did not ask me a single new question that the Office Manager didn't ask me, didn't take my blood pressure, didn't weigh me in. NOTHING.I left, only to get home to a phone call by the FRONT DESK staff that they didn't get my copay. I explained then that the Office Manager had said she would work with me on it (Which she had assured me), only to get an argument from this secretary! She told me that med-checks were policy (yep! Got it!), and that it was "That much money" - I was being charged 78!!!! I told her that the Bretta had said it would be lower amount if it was a quick enough visit, and I was in and out. She continued to argue with me (Don't really know why it was ANY of her business!) and then transferred me to billing where I waited on hold forever and finally had to hang up.The next week, I had a bill for 98! 98 dollars to have a conversation with me that I already had with the Office Manager.When I called the Office Manager, we paid phone tag for awhile (I don't know why she didn't just adjust the cost without having a conversation with me), before she just turned me over to a collection agency. I called her once I realized that we were turned over (We have perfect credit, btw - so this is killing us), and left her a message asking why we couldn't discuss the cost. And how I thought this whole thing was unethical.I never heard back from anyone there, but got a letter in the mail that since they are turning me over to collections, then they no longer will accept me as a patient and will transfer my file once I choose a new doctor.Completely unethical. They lost their humanity in the last ten years, and I'm very sad about it.
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.