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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 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."