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By: rdbates
Cook Jonathan Mitchell DO
I was suffering from bronchitis, and it got to the point where I needed to see a doctor. As a recent grad, I didn't have a doctor in Athens. I called Dr. Cook's office and they scheduled my appointment for the same day! A few minutes later, someone else moved their appointment. The office called me to see if I wanted their appointment time, and I said yes. So, 30 minutes after my first call to Dr. Cook's office, I was signing in to be seen.Once I was in the exam room, I waited for Dr. Cook to come in. I only had to wait about 3 minutes. Dr. Cook's manner and attitude are outstanding, and he evaluated my condition and my whole health carefully. He explained everything, listened to me, and did some tests and a nebulizer treatment right there. While all these took place, Dr. Cook stayed right in the exam room, and he did my paperwork and visit notes on the computer there. I'm used to doctors making me wait for 15 minutes, seeing me for 3 minutes, then leaving. Dr. Cook is different; he deals with each patient until all the tests are done and all the questions are answered. Even with the tests and nebulizer, my bill was very reasonable. I won't post the dollar-amount since every patient's visit is different, but Dr. Cook definitely understands the patient's perspective and desire for access to quality health care.Dr. Cook is not an MD, he is a DO (doctor of osteopathy). I have heard that this approach is typical of DOs, so if you haven't been to one before I highly recommend it. You can rest assured that a DO, particularly Dr. Cook, is well-trained and eminently qualified.In summary, Dr. Cook is intelligent, thorough, and compassionate. Every part of a visit to his office reflects this, and I will continue to recommend Dr. Cook and be a patient for as long as I live in the area. I have had some very good physicians, but Dr. Cook is the best. He'll take good care of you and your family.
By: Robbie B.
Dr. Robert Patrick Lucas, MD
Dr. Lucas has been our primary care physician for just over a year. We’ve had several other doctors for primary care around Athens and never really felt as though we connected with them. The focus during our visits with prior doctors was more on our medical history, symptoms, and treatment plan and less about who we are as people. Appointments always seemed rushed, as if there was a race against the clock. The visits were impersonal and made us feel like we were “just another case.” This always caused an uneasy feeling with us. This is not the case with Dr. Lucas. He took the time to talk with us and learn about who we were. It wasn’t a long time, but enough time to generally get to know us. These few minutes meant a lot to us. Dr. Lucas always listens to our concerns and takes the necessary time to answer all our questions. He is always friendly and genuinely seems to care about us as patients. We never have a problem getting an appointment with him within a couple of days of our call. His staff is simply wonderful. They are very friendly and have a great sense of humor. We are grateful to have found and to have Dr. Lucas as our primary care physician.
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By: Carrie B.
Cook Jonathan Mitchell DO
I have been Dr. Cook's patient for almost ten years, and he is a wonderful doctor. I never have to wait more than 5-10 minutes to be called back for my appointments, and I feel that he always performs a thorough evaluation of my health and history. The entire office staff is kind and compassionate. Last fall I happened to develop pneumonia. Dr. Cook prescribed medications that had me feeling better in a few days, and he even offered to let me borrow a nebulizer to take home for the weekend in case the inhaler he prescribed did not relieve my symptoms. If you are looking for a thorough, knowledgeable physician give his office a call.
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By: Duranne B.
Dr. Robert Patrick Lucas, MD
Awesome & caring doctor!! Dr. Lucas has been my doctor since he came to Athens to practice and I am so thankful to have him as my physician. He is so caring and compassionate and takes up time with me during my appointments and always goes above and beyond to help me when I am sick. He is very considerate and understands when insurance doesn't cover everything and finds alternative treatment options that are within my budget. He is very flexible with me and my schedule and always works me in when I need to be seen.
By: Paul K.
Dr. Robert Patrick Lucas, MD
Dr. Lucas has been my physician for many years. When you see Dr. Lucas, it quickly becomes clear that he truly cares about his patients. He takes all the time necessary, he listens and then he addresses the issue. On several occasions he has gone above and beyond any expectations in addressing my situation. It is refreshing to deal with a physician that exemplifies dedication to his patients and goes the extra mile on their behalf.
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This depends on the facility. Patients should call to find out if they'll need a referral from their physician prior to making an appointment.
Aside from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, most wound care centers offer:
  • Debridement: The removal of dead skin and tissue surrounding the wound. This can be done surgically, using a whirlpool bath, syringes, enzymes that dissolve the tissue, or wet dressings that dry on the wound and absorb the dead tissue.
  • Dressing: Wrapping the wound in a protective film, gauze, gel, or foam.
  • Compression stockings: Tight-fitted fabric sheaths that encourage blood flow.
  • Artificial skin: A covering that is applied to the wound for several days as it heals.
  • Ultrasound: The use of sound waves to promote healing.
  • Growth factor therapy: The use of materials naturally produced by the body to encourage quick cell growth.
  • Negative pressure therapy: Creating a vacuum around a wound to encourage faster blood flow to the area.
Depending on where the treatment is administered, hyperbaric oxygen treatment  can cost $100- $1,000. After insurance is applied, patients may have a copay of $10 -$50 or a coinsurance fee of 10 percent to 50 percent.
Most wounds should heal within two to six weeks. An individual should seek chronic wound treatment if a wound has not begun to heal after two weeks or is not completely healed after six.
Most health insurance plans cover wound care. Patients should check with the clinic and their health insurance provider before seeking treatment to be sure.

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