The January 2017 To-Do List »
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.
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.
Staff excellent go above and beyond for you, they actually care about you and your health and always get back to you!!! Dr. Haggerty is excellent takes time with you, very calming doesn’t scare you answers all questions. He looks into your family history and takes your health care to the next level he also looks at what you have had and follows through with testing above what other doctors never did called me at home himself to explain a procedure he wanted to do was precautionary and didn’t want me to worry or get the information wrong by being told by anyone else He is excellent thank you Dr. Haggerty for making my health care number one and my mind at ease
Overall, superior! Minimal waiting room time. You can get X-rays there if needed. Nicest gentleman of a dr ever! Great staff, always smiling and comforting.
Second pregnancy and went in for first appointment with midwife Rachel Seimen. She walked in with a student that "lead the appointment". She asked if we had any questions and that was it. She never touched me. She then had me go get blood work, urine sample, and wait for an ultrasound. After waiting for an hour for the ultrasound we asked how much longer and they said they technically "squeezed you in" for the ultrasound so we were getting bumped anytime someone came in. We left and went to get the prescription Rachel was calling in. She never called it in. Had to call the office twice and go in once to get her to call the prescription in. Two weeks after having my blood work drawn I had a message that some of my levels were off and they were calling in another prescription. The prescription was never called in, After coming back for the ultrasound, waiting for a very long time, and not being able to see the screen during the ultrasound we decided to go back to our doctor from first birth who was amazing (only switched to experience birthing center). Called to have blood work faxed to our new doctor and they said they would not without me coming in and signing a release. I went in and signed the release and they said it would take 30 days to send it. I asked if I could get a copy and they said that would also take 30 days. One week later I had a message from them saying there would be a fee of $27.40 to send my records to my new doctor (I am fine with paying a fee but wondered how they came up with this odd number). I called in to pay the fee, was on hold for 26 minutes, and the girl said I had to come in and sign the waiver. I told her I had already signed the waiver and I was told I had to pay a fee and she said I will check with them and call you back and hung up without giving me time to respond. They never called back. Tried to get on my online chart and they locked me out of it. I am to the point where I am willing to pay the new doctor out of pocket to redo blood work just so I know I am done with this practice.
I suffered from sinus infections every two weeks for 2 years. I went to doctors who would only give me a quick fix of antibiotics and then it would come back. I did not have the regular sinus infection symptoms, only headache nausea (vomiting in the morning because of all the music draining). I finally decided to go to an ENT and went to Dr. Pearlstein. He found that th sinus located in the middle of my head (sphenoid sinus) was clogged. He suggested surgery. I had he surgery he went in there (through my nose) and fixed it. The recovery was absolutely painless (felt like I had a stuffy nose for a few days). I have not had a sinus infection or headache since and the surgery was 2 years ago. If it weren't for him I would be miserable and I couldn't thank him enough. He is personable and a great Doctor that I highly recommend.
I cannot say anything bad about Dr. Kohli, but the staff at this clinic is awful! It took five MONTHS to get an mri scheduled AFTER my insurance approved it. Not to mention they lied to me and my physical therapist about getting the approval in the first place. I informed them I had moved and had a phobia of closed mris. I was told they would schedule me in an open one closer to my home. Never happened. They scheduled me for a closed mri at the hospital closest to them, I agreed to it and told them I would just take a medicine to calm me down and have someone drive me home. They cancelled. An hour before I needed to be there. After I had taken medicine and the person driving me had taken off work. It has been nothing but a headache ever since I started with Dr. Kohli. I truly want to go to another surgeon just because of how ridiculous his staff is but I don't want to start over.
I have only seen her once so far but she sat down and took her time getting to know me a little. She did not seem hurried as some doctors do. I really appreciated her care and concern. I will after seeing her have her attend to my older two children as well. It was very nice to have someone actually treat you as a person and not a number!
Terrible, did nothing for my son.
5 stars The Dr was very good and nice. And I will continue to come back.
Today 7/15/2013 I went to see Doctor Pearlstein because of reoccurring asthma attacks and a sinus infection that I've had for several months that was unresponsive to antibiotics.. I also told him I had a fever and swollen lymph nodes in my neck, throat and behind my ears.. I told him at night I would cough and cough bringing up a lot of mucus.. I said I didn't know what would kill me first the asthma attacks or is this the onset of possibly meningitis as it was getting much worse.. I told him I was new to this area and had to get all new doctors.. So I brought him my records also showing I had a spinal Laminectomy consisting of spinal fusion with a bone graft and that my lower back was held together with titanium steel rods, nuts, bolts and screws just in case I ended up in the hospital from my asthma or the infection and I felt he should be aware that all this was in me. So I showed him my X-ray pictures showing all this in my lower spine. Dr. Pearlstein put a scope through my nose and down my throat and said it was full of mucus.. Then he left the room for a few minutes as he left he was complaining about his own back pain.. Five minutes later he returned and I said well what do you think is now causing this neck pain and swollen lymph nodes in my neck and behind my ears? He said "oh that's because of your cervical surgery you had".. I said what cervical surgery?? I never had any neck surgery, I gave you the pictures of my back surgery and a copy of the surgeons notes... So I asked again what do you think is wrong? He said "I think its all in you head", I said what the sinus infection? He said "No, your mind"... I said excuse me...You just said I had a throat full of mucus and you ordered a CT scan of my sinus and throat and you say this to me!!.. I took the papers for the CT scan but I never told this Doctor I am a nurse from Pennsylvania who worked for over 25 years so I could evaluate him on my own terms, and as I stated he is the worst doctor I ever went to.. I will get the test done and then go to another ENT for treatment.. PS: I would not give him any stars but you have to inorder to submit this rating..
Dr. Stanich & Staff, In my opinion, are very polite & helpful. Dr. listen's to you and doesn't make you feel "rushed" or a bother. I had carpel tunnel surgery abt. 10 years ago, can hardly see the scar & it hasn't bothered me since!Dr. has also done, orthroscopic surgery on my knee twice. First time, the procedure worked for many year's, with no more more pain! Second time, relieved much pain but, hasn't lasted as long because, my joint is so damaged. I would recommend Dr. Stanich to anyone. THANKS
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.