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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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Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up
Dr. Parekh recommends that you “talk to your primary care doctor who knows you and is familiar with your medical history. They can rule out any medical conditions and may also know [if] you may do well with a male or female doctor.” If your initial experience is not comfortable, you can look for another doctor. If you are already seeing a doctor, you can “ask [him or her], ‘Could I work with someone else?’ Doctors are trained to work with you until handoff. They are responsible for your health until you find another doctor to work with and can help you in your search.” Dr. Prenner also points out that “as with any medical professional, you want to ask about their level of training and their level of comfort treating your condition. Match the level of training with the type of problem you have. If you have advanced cataracts, you don’t want to see a retinal specialist, who doesn’t work with cataracts as much.”