How to Find the Right Doctor for You

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How to Find the Right Doctor for You

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 Obsess Over Acronyms

Whether they are a doctor of medicine (M.D.) or a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.), family physician Dr. Jennifer Caudle explains that both medical doctors and osteopathic physicians are fully qualified to help you and both share similar skill sets. Their only differences are in their philosophies and training styles. In dentistry, Dr. Ruchi Sahota notes that there is “no difference between a doctor of medicine in dentistry (D.M.D.) and a doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.). Both types of doctors have the same amount of education and experience."

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5 Things to Say (& Not to Say) If You See Signs of Dementia in a Loved One

Talking to them about it may be uncomfortable, but it's important not to put it off.

Tackling the issue of dementia when it affects someone near and dear is very difficult, and it is hard to know how to discuss the subject with your affected loved one. However, it is important not to put it off. Just try to make sure it is a gentle encounter — for both of you.

Here are the experts' recommendations on having the first talk.

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