Where do you live, and do you like your doctors?

By imsuzie2 Latest Reply 2015-10-09 15:08:08 -0500
Started 2010-01-13 03:49:44 -0600

Lots of talk with some of us liking or not liking our doctors. Why not share that info and work with each other to help those of us looking for new docs?

112 replies

Kalisiin 2015-10-09 15:05:22 -0500 Report

I live in Eastern Wake County (near Raleigh) North Carolina.
I love everyone on my healthcare team. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a new doctor in my area.

Hops 2011-02-14 07:18:40 -0600 Report

I listened to my endo much better at my diabetes onset when I was 14. By the time I was 24 in 1978 I was doing everything to manage my type 1. My doctor exclusively focused on when my sugars were bad. I realized he had no empathy for everything I was doing because he had not lived with diabetes. The past 15 years my hypoglycemia unawareness is treated as if it is my fault. I won't apologize for trying to keep my blood sugar as close to normal non diabetic levels as possible.

JAX_SMAX 2011-02-08 18:17:20 -0600 Report

Hi there! I recently moved to Southern California and I am looking for a great Endo…can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks!

imsuzie2 2011-02-08 20:44:14 -0600 Report

I have been out of the LA area for so long, but I used to see Dr Alexander Lee who was with Kaiser in Woodland Hills, CA. Don't know if he is still with Kaiser or not…but, I would go back to him if I moved back to the LA/San Fernando area. Good luck. S2

JAX_SMAX 2011-02-09 13:59:59 -0600 Report

Thank you for your help, S2…looks like he's a Gastroenterologist, and has a new practice. I'll keep looking. :D

Pauline B
Pauline B 2010-02-04 11:05:16 -0600 Report

I was lucky when I relocated to Seattle to find the Minor & James Clinic that is across the street from Swedish Hospital. Every doctor I have seen there (6 or 7) has been personable, intelligent, and accepted me as an equal partner when dealing with my assorted medical issues. Upon occassion they will do an impromptu consulation with their peers to decide a course of action. They accept most medical plans, too. My treatment at Swedish Hospital ahs also been excellent.

imsuzie2 2010-02-27 18:25:27 -0600 Report

Didn't I hear of Swedish hospital before? Maybe on an episode of Grey's Anatomy? Or an episode of dLife? Good reputation…

Pauline B
Pauline B 2010-03-03 09:25:18 -0600 Report

I don't watch Grey's Anatomy but I think the setting is Seattle. Seattle is blessed to have several fine hospitals and a very good cancer care consortium. Perhaps the great opportunity for outdoor sports motivates medical staff to do their best while at work so they can have good fun when they're not.

officervanessa 2010-02-01 15:47:41 -0600 Report

i currently live in pennsylvania going to school- but for the past 4 years i have been living in long island, new york. i have a doctor there, in syosset- he is amazing. i would recommend him to anyone. he is one of those docs that really cares and wants to help you… he even calls me and e-mails me from time to time to see how my sugars are. If you live in long island, ny… - check out Reza Sabet. he is fantastic ;)

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-01 23:10:57 -0600 Report

Sure wish I could!! PR from Kansas!!

ptsparkle 2010-02-04 12:24:14 -0600 Report

I was born and raised in Port Jefferson. Back in the day our family Doctors were Dr. Mills, and Dr. Feinberg. They had their office in Dr. Mills big old three story house just off main street. I still remember him coming to our house with his black medical bag to make home visits when sick. Gee, come to think of it, the milkman used to deliver our milk two times a week in glass bottles with the cream on top. Guess both of those are things of the past.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-04 12:52:10 -0600 Report

Oh, memories, Jim,!!! At least we have made it thru some different times, haven't we??!! Our milk came from cows' udders, so don't ask,"Udder what???" hah—PR

thinker51 2010-01-31 02:22:16 -0600 Report

I live in Nebraska the Dr. I go to makes me feel nervious but I keep going to him it's been 18yrs. now ,I have blue cross blue sheild insurance, he always seems in a hurry when I have my appointments but always curtious. I have told him how I feel about taking Metformin and he just keeps telling me I should try taking it but I am afraid due to problems I had in past with other diabetic meds. my bs varies alot of the time it is around the 120-140 range,sometimes under 100 I am in my late 50's.

SUNSHINE24 2010-01-31 23:31:00 -0600 Report

I live in Hudson,NH and I love my doctors. The have hypothyroid and I'm taking synthroid for it. I also have a low ability to digest gluten very easily. I have a great Doctor and nurses that support my desire to treat me naturally. So I drive 30 minutes to see them. It's well worth it. My Dr. says I am healthy and just need to drop my cholesterol 8 points.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-31 02:05:42 -0600 Report

I live in southern Kansas, and have NEVER had a GP that I could trust and confide in. They started by thinking that I was neurotic and I have never been able to shake that perception, no matter how much I have suffered in trying to prove that I was TOUGH and not a worry wart!

I finally went to another little town north of us, but am afraid I am running into skepticism again—not sure why but have decided to stay and FIRMLY tell him that when I say I HURT, I HURT!! It is NOT made up or exaggerated! I am tired of running and it has proven nothing! So willl stand and be firm and hope for the best! I no longer think that there will ever be a Dr that will really listen and one that I can trust! So, try to be as independent from them as I can! It may be just this area, I don't know, but most Drs around here think that patients only want attention, I told mine I did, I wanted one to care! PERIOD! Pat R

Kirla 2010-01-31 02:15:59 -0600 Report

After reading this I decided my next doctor would be a DO. http://www.drcares.com/Official_Website_of_Th... I’m hoping that I can finally be treated as a human being when going to see the doctor.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-01-31 06:56:50 -0600 Report

My GP is a DO and I love her. Kind, supportive, and takes all the time I need to get my questions answered. Her office used to be about a mile from my house. Now she's moved to the other side of the city. Much more of a drive but absolutely worth it. (She's with KU Med.)

ferk01 2010-01-25 04:53:11 -0600 Report

I live about thirty minutes outside of Philadelphia Pennsylvania and I see the nurse practitioner more than the doctor. Fortunately, the doctor has only been seen in emergencies and so far for 2010 I have seen my doctor twice. But I like both my doctor and nurse practitioner. They are very patient and helpful.

tholz 2010-01-24 16:10:33 -0600 Report

I live in Grand Rapids area in Mich. I dont see my Dr to much see the nurse more than him. I do like her a lot.

OMG-T2 2010-01-24 16:07:54 -0600 Report

I live in New Mexico, and I think we only have one doctor for the entire state and he's usually busy doing who knows what (just kidding), so I see a PA in his practice; she's awesome.

I went in to see her for something totally unrelated to my ultimate diagnosis, she helped me out with that and then took advantage of my bad habit of not having eaten breakfast, drew some blood and two days later called me in to confirm a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes.

Obviously, I am not thrilled to have this disease, but I am thankful for my PA and her quick attention to assisting me with a course of treatment. She wanted to start me on insulin right then but when I balked and asked if I could try other things first, she was all over it — brought out a ton of literature and gave me her advice gently, yet with a strong component of knowledge. I will continue to see this PA until she gives me a reason not to.

imsuzie2 2010-01-25 03:52:26 -0600 Report

I love my PA's and see the gastro one for everything but my colonoscopy and my PCP's PA at least 3 times out of 4 a year. He is wonderful and has even pulled articles off of a family doctor web site for me. PA's ROCK!

Me2 2010-01-19 20:23:58 -0600 Report

I live in Tampa, FL and love my doctor! AND he just took me off my med for diabetes to see how I would do for the next 3 months. I have lost 80 pounds and he said that has made a world of difference for me. So we'll see what happens in the next 3 months.

greeneyedghost 2010-01-31 01:54:10 -0600 Report

Awesome way to go! Mine took me off the meds too to see how i do over the next 3 months too. I have lost 21 pounds. Good luck .. Nicki

ptsparkle 2010-01-19 17:26:39 -0600 Report

I live outside of Tucson, and my doctor he said.to me .oooo..eeeee..ooo..ooo.aah..ting tang walla walla bing bang..ooo eee..ooo..ooo aah..ting tang wallla walla bing bang! Oh, sorry, that was my Witch Doctor.
Keep on smilin

Janney 2010-02-27 12:26:18 -0600 Report

Oohhhh, that was funny. You've got a sense of humor and that is exactly what we need. Thanks

GiGiB 2010-01-18 11:30:48 -0600 Report

We are stationed in Northern CA. We live in Concord. I HATE my GP doctor and am trying to find a new one. I seriously do not think she has my best interests in mind. I have posted on yelp.com to ask for help in finding a new doc and nothing so far. Any one live in my area with a GP doctor in mind? And…now I just got a call from one of the best kidney doctors ever and she is moving from where she works!! She is not only compassionate but is all not a "pll pusher".


imsuzie2 2010-01-19 04:52:14 -0600 Report

GiGiB, hang in there. If your kidney doc won't be available to treat you any more, she might be the best to recommend a new one, as well as a GP. I have a friend in SAC, want me to ask for a recommendation? About an hr away. S2

GiGiB 2010-01-19 12:59:29 -0600 Report

I would love to hear of a good doctor! I did ask the kidney doc if she could recommend anyone else and she said she couldnt. I am trying to remain positive.

Thank you for your kindness!

Donna777 2010-01-19 20:19:30 -0600 Report

I'm in SAC. There is an Endocrinologist Dr. McGonagle in Roseville and Dr. Cushard in Sacramento. They are both pretty good.. I've used both.. Hope this helps! =-)

Donna777 2010-01-19 20:21:52 -0600 Report

Ooops .. sorry I see you need a nephrologist.. I will check it out for you.. I'm a RN Case Mgr. and run across docs a lot.. can you email me please and remind me so I won't forget, lol?! I'll be happy to research a little for you.

imsuzie2 2010-01-30 02:08:11 -0600 Report

That was easy, thanks Donna. I always say the support personal are essential to getting a good doc. If I can't get a recommendation I ask who they made an appointment for a family member (mom, dad, sis, bro)…and that usually gets them off the hook of not being able to recommend someone.

jayabee52 2010-01-24 18:59:14 -0600 Report

Howdy GiGi !
I live in Hayward. Unless you can use docs for Kaiser Permanente with your military plan, I can't recommend someone for you even though we have great Docs.

Jem & I have a friend who lives in Concord and works as a Pharm Tech in a hospital near there. I will ask her. Did you need a GP, a Nephro or both? (didn't know we lived so close, -thought you were in San Diego area- our friend "C" visits us a lot from Concord)

christynina 2010-01-18 10:12:22 -0600 Report

We live in Utah. My daughter's Doc is great! The diabetes education nurse however, was way out of line. My 16 year old daughter has hypoglycemia. Her bs rarely breaks 100 and she bottoms out at the high 70's. When she went to the nurse to learn how to handle her disease, she tried to make her feel like she was crazy. Obviously she has never had low bs. Anyone who has can tell you how it affects every aspect of your life and for a 16 year old girl that is major! The one good thing she did was send us to a dietician that really has a way of making my daughter follow her diet. So now when we are having issues…we have another person to help and the fact that she doesn't always have to go to the Doc, makes her feel more normal.

Deb-G 2010-01-18 11:19:50 -0600 Report

Its difficult..they consider 70+ perfectly normal…Infact now they are trying to say that for some people 50's are perfectly normal…As someone that also suffers from hypoglycemia…50's are never NORMAL…and its totally not right that they make you feel crazy about your own symptoms…very wrong…

Elrond 2010-01-19 13:40:08 -0600 Report

I have a friend who is a recently diagnosed type 2 and any time she gets below 100, she becomes very ill with weakness, shakes, and sweats.

greeneyedghost 2010-01-31 01:46:57 -0600 Report

Awww.. that's so mean that she made her feel bad.. that is such a tender age.. I have a 16 yr old and I know for her Ive worked hard to teach her what a doc shud be like and what other medical ppls shud be like so she will not get done dirty or made to feel crazy, bad, or otherwise. Im glad she has got someone to rely on with the diet thing now and sounds like a wonderful mom. Take care. Nicki

Elrond 2010-01-31 01:56:45 -0600 Report

It seems that everyone has their own set of sugar tolerances; what their body considers 'normal'. My friend, Plntyluv, feels ill whenever she drops below a BS reading of 100 while my low sugar tolerance seems to be around 70. But she was only diagnosed as a type 2 a few months ago while I've been living with wildly fluctuating sugar for more than 30 years. As a wise man once said: "You can get accustomed to hanging if you hang long enough."

Elrond 2010-01-15 20:15:46 -0600 Report

I'm in Phoenix and while I like the endo I got switched to about a year ago, I don't get to choose. I'm a VA patient and the nearest other VA is 135 miles away. I also have a diabetic specialist nurse practitioner who is very easy to deal with. I'd recommend both of them to anyone but unless you're a vet living near Phoenix, you're out of luck.

imsuzie2 2010-01-25 03:49:46 -0600 Report

Elrond, my husband was able to ask for a specific doctore when his PCP told us she was going to inpatient. She recommend the doctor and we requested the change at the end of the visit at the check-out desk. I happened to mention it to the clerk and he gave me the form and said don't wait for your PCP to leave at the end of the month…and he took the form and approved the change on the spot! Give that a try…might also be able to recommend a doc for you…who would you make an appointment for if you were to do so for your brother or father" is how I would word it. Good luck

imsuzie2 2010-02-27 18:22:36 -0600 Report

Elrond, we did not like the doctor the old PCP recommended, so on the way out, I asked one of the receptionists for a recommendation. We will put in the change a few months before he is due back because of tests ordered. (I also asked the receptionist if she was a regular or a volunteer…lots do for the VA I have found…so made sure she knew doctors). Try again if you haven't already! Hugs

NewTerry19 2010-01-15 16:41:52 -0600 Report

I live in Leander, TX and HATE my current endo, want the previous one, but lookin for another one closer to me, but I'm startin to think that Leander being a small town has all the stupid and mean docs!!! Will go back into Austin for the next one! hehe

thiruvelan 2010-01-14 19:49:15 -0600 Report

I am in India, most of the time I have negative experience with doctors. And so I don't like doctors and try my best to avoid meeting them.

Donna777 2010-01-19 20:24:01 -0600 Report

I am so sorry to hear that.. I hope you can find a truly caring and compassionate physician for your health care as it's so important for yourself.. good luck~

imsuzie2 2010-01-20 04:36:17 -0600 Report

Maybe you can get a referral from a friend or family member who likes their doctor. If you are a diabetic, you need health care. Good luck. S2

bobbibrat 2010-01-13 22:20:48 -0600 Report

i live in ohio my drs are with Kaiser, they are ok . i hate all the running around crap i have to do to get any results. was diabetic 2 years before anyone told me. was always told tests were normal. i just wish they would of told me at first. but doing good now (knock on wood) but my foot surgeon is the best, wish he was my pcp. he really cares about his patients and listens to everything. he even yelled at my diabetic dr lol that was the best. :)

imsuzie2 2010-01-14 03:36:46 -0600 Report

Kaiser has some great docs. Ask your foot surgeon to recommend a new primary for you. He knows who is good and who is not! Ask him who he uses!!!

Good luck.

Amy Togtman
Amy Togtman 2010-01-24 02:52:53 -0600 Report

My foot surgeon is the best dr ever! I wish he was my regular dr, not saying that my regular dr isnt a good dr its just that my foot surgeon is sooo very nice and treats me with respect.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-31 02:40:24 -0600 Report

That is how I FEEL about my cancer surgeon, he LOOKS directly at ME or at my husband, when he is LISTENING and talking, makes us BOTH feel natural and welcome! PAT R

London 2010-01-13 22:11:21 -0600 Report

I live in southern Michigan and my doctor is known to be a little odd. Very nice endocrinologist but he takes things to the extreme. Sometimes I actually wonder if I should keep on going to him. He's been my doctor for 11 yrs but I'm really not that comfortable with him. I get 5minutes to talk to him in a visit any other I have to make another appt.

keek 2010-01-13 19:10:48 -0600 Report

I live in Boston and really love my endo and my pcp!
I just switched to a new pcp, and I really like her. She was the first doc to look at all of my seemingly unrelated issues and find a potential cause. She wasn't right, but it was nice to have her take me seriously and try to find a solution. We are still working on it and doing more tests. I hope to have some answers soon.

William1942 2010-01-13 19:31:27 -0600 Report

Once lived in Revere Beach for about a year long ago. My dad was Navy… Loved Boston. Go Red Sox

Deb-G 2010-01-13 21:45:19 -0600 Report

Waaaaa I miss Joslin and all my Boston area Doc's…Sure there's good and bad everywhere…but…well…I'm just bit*hin cause I can and its been so fustrating! :( I do miss this about the NorthEast…I had really "on the ball" care there…I miss that aggressive approach…Out here they wait for the seizures to start and then say oh my bad…LOL…

I wont go so far as to name names…might affect a future law suit ;)

William1942 2010-01-13 18:01:05 -0600 Report

I live in Edenton, NC a small town. I like my doctor a lot and so far he has not led me wrong. He listens and responds to my concerns. Small town doc with small practice.

dietcherry 2010-01-13 19:03:08 -0600 Report

Hey Bill! I'm in Winston-Salem and have been to every Endo in town! My latest one is brand new and I'm hoping I don't wear him out anytime soon or else I'll have to go to Greensboro or High Point! LOL Renee :)

JulieC 2010-01-13 19:09:22 -0600 Report

LOL What ever you do…Dont come to Statesville!!

William1942 2010-01-13 19:29:37 -0600 Report

ok. Sorry your having so many problems. I record all my testing reults and give them to him at each meeting which is now every three months, He reads them and comments why this one or that one is so high. I was having problems controlling the fasting readings and he suggested I eat a small snack about two hrs before bedtime and then take my last metformin just as I go to bed, It is working my morning counts have stared to drop and stabalize.

jayabee52 2010-02-27 13:46:45 -0600 Report

suzie2, how are the cinnamon caps working out for you? Has it lowered your BG in AM or have any side effects?

imsuzie2 2010-02-27 18:17:32 -0600 Report

I like the cinnamon. I believe it helped lower my BS. I tend to be in the low 100's most morning tests (which would be afternoon for you. I work nites and sleep late). Today I was 93 at 3:08p…yesterday 87 at 4:49p. Earlier in the week I was 122 about 1:15p, but I had some (lots) of Goldfish crackers before going to bed, and that raises my BS I have learned.

JulieC 2010-01-13 19:07:25 -0600 Report

I live in NC about 50 miles north of Charlotte…I have not found a good doctor yet. Im going to the 4th next week. Been here 8 yrs and have not seen alot of good when it comes to Docs because of my job. Seems the more the people go.. the sicker they get and the more pills they are on. I dont trust a single one and I think they are drug pushers with a licence. The last diabeties specilist I went to…after seeing me for less than 5 min…I was tring to explain to him how I was feeling…he kept looking at his watch…well that shut me up and pissed me off…and he got about 500.00 from my insurance and me with out a doctor agiain. My last Doctor told me I was eating too much when I gained almost 20lbs in 3 weeks on a new med and didnt believe me that it was the med…and then 3 months later ended up in emergancy whith horrable side affects from it and a now 35 lb weight gain. Sorry..I could go on and on. How I wish there was a good Doctor somewhere around here…there probubly is…but you cant get in..hes too busy.

Kalisiin 2015-10-09 15:08:08 -0500 Report

I know this is six years ago so I hope you found someone better by now!!

I wish you lived closer to Raleigh…I could get you in to the doctors I see and love.

dietcherry 2010-01-13 19:41:01 -0600 Report

I feel your pain, JulieC! The Endos around here are good Dr.s in the sense that they are dedicated; However, I have been diabetic longer than any of them have been practicing medicine and so we butt heads at times! My current Dr. is just out of school but this makes him a better listener, I think. Don't mean to talk smack about the other Docs in town; we just didn't see things the same! Good luck to you in your ongoing search! Renee :)

imsuzie2 2010-01-14 03:33:59 -0600 Report

Julie, you are in the perfect position to talk to the patients about what they like and don't like about their doctors…and are able to speak to the receptionists or nurses to see if any of them would use their doctors. Use all those resources…!!!

greeneyedghost 2010-01-31 01:28:42 -0600 Report

Hey cool.. wow I really don't know nothing.. that is a neat idea imsuzie.. I never thought to ask if the ppls that work for the docs would see them or not. Thank you.. I got some askin to do. Nicki

jayabee52 2010-01-24 19:24:18 -0600 Report

when you noticed Dr looking at his watch you should have called him on it and tell him how it made you feel. Often when something like that is pointed out that you notice it and you feel unimportant to him because of it, if he has any compassion at all he will respect you because of it. If he gives you an attitude, then you know that he's not someone for you. IMHO

Janney 2010-02-27 12:18:34 -0600 Report

Doctors are on a time limit per patient like-10-15 minutes. My Endo was very good at the beginning but he was told by the clinic he could not take to long with his patients. He saw
an average of 75 patients per day. He would apologize profusely but he was on a timer. When his contract was up he quit and went to work at another clinic where he specified in his new contract he would give "quality" time to his patients and not be measured by how many patients he saw.

greeneyedghost 2010-01-31 01:27:19 -0600 Report

Wow, sounds like me Julie.. and I am about the same place as u. Im about 50 miles north of Charlotte too.. I am near Hickory. andddddd I agree.. there aren't any docs here that seem to know diddly squat and wanna look at u 2 mins and say ok and give u like tons of pillls and then complain if ur back cuz something went wrong.. I now tell it like it is when i go in and if they don't like it, then im gone. Im not like a *itch, I just in a nice tone make it known why im there and what i expect and my history and that Im not a weirdo who wants a lot of pills… good luck to u.. if n u find any good ones let me know. Take care.. Nicki