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Finding the right doctor does not have to be a confusing, overwhelming, or nerve-wracking experience. Before you blindly book a doctor’s appointment or give up in frustration, consider these expert guidelines from family physician Dr. Jennifer Caudle, psychiatrist Dr. Ranna Parekh, dentist Dr. Ruchi Sahota, and ophthalmologist Dr. Jonathan L. Prenner.
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Check Board Certifications
In addition to an active license, you may want to confirm whether the doctor you choose is board-certified in a particular field or specialization. Psychiatrist Dr. Ranna Parekh of the American Psychiatric Association explains that board certifications are the next step after licensing and they indicate that a physician has additional credentials. For example, if you are searching for a mental health doctor or psychiatrist, you make want to look for a physician who is board-certified in a subspecialty, such as adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, or child and adolescent psychiatry. There are many different board certifications and specializations and different certifications may require recertification after a certain period of time. To check if your doctor is board-certified, you can visit CertificationMatters.org or Osteopathic.org to look up your doctor’s credentials.