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By: Keara N.
Azia Medical Spa
I recently had my first (but definitely not last visit) to Azia Medical Spa. I had a GroupOn voucher & was a little concerned that I may be shortchanged because I was there on a “coupon”. All my fears were immediately put to rest from the initial phone call to make my appointment. I had let time get away from me and had less than a week to use my GroupOn voucher or lose the promotional value. The lady on the phone, Katrina I think, was understanding & made me an appointment for the next day. Bonus point because I was able to get my appointment on a Saturday.When I arrived, I was greeted by name & offered a drink. After paperwork, I was introduced to Jennifer Pyles who explained that she is double licensed and would do both my massage & facial. I was extremely pleased with this because it allowed me to stay relaxed throughout the treatments and not have to move into a new area. Jennifer was professional, attentive & through. Her pressure level was perfect & she checked in occasionally to make sure it stayed that way. She even surprised me by telling me she could tell I was right handed & spent a lot of time at a computer due to the tension level in certain areas. That really showed me how skilled she is. After the massage, Jennifer moved directly into my express facial. She walked me through the process & gave me a brief skin analysis. She suggested products & services I could benefit from. She was also kind enough to suggest some over the counter products when I asked about them. After the appointment, she left a list of the items & services we discussed at the front desk for me. After my time with Jennifer, I was allowed to wait in the sauna while the nail technician finished with another client. The temperature was just right for relaxation and I had to avoid nodding off.Next, Badri Roshan, the nail technician came to get me for my manicure. She was a very nice lady with whom I enjoyed talking. I loved her accent & chatting with her about her background and what drew her to Birmingham. As a testament to her work. I have received several compliments on my nails. As I checked out, I neglected to get the name of the lady at the front desk but she was very friendly and helped me run my card to leave a tip for Jennifer & Badri. I loved that while I was invited back, no services or products were pushed on me. I am looking forward to all my future visits and spreading the news that Azia Medical Spa is money and time well spent!!!
By: mrssammann26
Azia Medical Spa
I have been a client a Azia since they opened. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable. The services are outstanding and reasonably priced. I very rarely have to wait as they keep appointments on schedule and timely. Krista has worked with me for both medical weight loss and skin treatments. She is always readily available for questions, extremely concerned with getting the desired result and client satisfaction. I have also been a patient for Dr. Cox for both botox and dermal fillers. Krista assists him during my treatments. Dr. Cox is always most concerned with giving me the proper treatment for the results that I want. He is very honest and caring and always desires to keep results natural rather than over doing it. Both Krista and Dr. Cox are caring and professional and I am always pleased with my results. They are both more than willing to make adjustments if a client is not satisfied, although I have never had to go back for that. They also call after a procedure to make sure you are satisfied with your results, which is rare for most spas. I could not recommend Azia more highly due to the staff, the relaxing facility and the wonderful staff and service they provide. They truly care about the clientele.
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By: Sam G.
Sparks and Favor PC
So my wife has been going here for a while and really liked her gyno Dr. Brown. They usually do a great job. However, my wife got pregnant recently and we wanted to get her in for an appointment ASAP because we thought she could be 8-10 weeks along. We played phone tag with the billing dept. and nurses for two weeks just to talk to the right person to make the appointment, with them KNOWING she was pregnant for the first time and really wanted to see a doctor to know what was going on. Then today when we finally got her insurance info squared away and were ready to make an appointment, they told us that we have to pay for the entire delivery in advance (before we even had our FIRST appointment) or we could break it into three payments of about $400. They didn't mention anything about a pre-payment during the two weeks when we were trying to make an appointment. I really feel like the nurses and billing staff didn't care about my wife or our pregnancy and we'll be going elsewhere. Dr. Brown is great but the other staff really dropped the ball with us.
By: Robert N.
MedCenter Hoover
My daughter fell and cut her knee at Oak Mountain Park the day before Thanksgiving. I took her to MedHelp on 280 only to find it closed. It was 3PM and the hours on their website were listed as 8A-8P. Another urgent care on 280 was also closed so I called MedCenter. I was relieved to find them open and took my daughter right over to them. Every staff member, from the front desk to the support personnel in the back, was very pleasant and exceptionally caring. So too was Dr. Crawford. As an MD myself, I have regrettably found the medical care here in Birmingham to be less than optimal on a number of occasions. Not so at MedCenter. This was not brain surgery, just a few stitches, but very professionally and competently done from start to finish. Thanks and a tip of the hat. I would not hesitate to return.
By: oldmanray
Carr, Dennis D DMD MD
Dr Carr Is a good Dentist. I do not trust his office staff. Their business practices are not very ethical. They overcharged me for an extraction and when I caught them and requested a refund they stalled for 7 weeks. They did a panorama xray unnecessarily on me when I had arranged for my primary dentist to send a current xray and I verified that they had it. Their Panorama equipment is somehat poor and they should not have done this xray. They checked my insurance coverage and saw that it had been long enough since the last one for it to be covered but they should have let my primary dentist do it with their better equipment. Dr Carr needs to monitor his staff more closely.
By: aaaaaabby
Narrows Health & Wellness Clinic
I love the Narrows! I have been a patient there for 7 years. The office staff is VERY helpful. You don't have to have an appointment and they have always gotten me back very fast! The nurses and doctors have always listened to my symptoms and sat and discussed my treatment options. They feel more like a teammate in my health than the normal patient/doctor relationship. I have also had several referrals done from this office and they were all done by the next day. The billing department goes above and beyond in helping with my insurance. I tell all my friends and family to go to the Narrows. You won't get better treatment anywhere!
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By: Angela J.
Dr. James M Abroms, MD
I appreciate Dr. Brandner for not only allowing me, but inviting me to be a willing participant in my own health care. With a family history of devastating heart disease and diabetes, Dr. Brander has taken my health care concerns very seriously and has taken an aggressive approach to getting my numbers where they need to be. He does not settle for that being almost good enough. His bedside manners are a tremendous asset as well. He injects humor into your visit and makes no difference between his patients; Mountain Brook or Bessemer, all are given the same heart-pleasing care. I highly recommend him.AJ
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By: Tracy S.
Bouchard Alain Dr
I went in to the hospital in 2014 with what I thought was a heartattck. Dr Bouchard came in daily and checked on me not convinced it was a heart attack. He set me up for an angiogram and while waiting I went into a what I call a bad spell I couldn't breathe and didnt know what was happening and Dr Bouchard and his team went to work turned out I was in congestive heart failure. He took great care of me and has been working with me ever since. He also recommended and got me in with an awesome rheumatologist who works directly with him. Together I am better than ever! His staff and team are awesome
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By: Patsy R.
UAB Rheumatology
A wonderful clinic with a considerated, knowledgeable, doctor named David Spalding. He is the best. His nurse and the other staff are polite as well as caring to the needs of their patients. I have never had to wait and have always felt Dr Spalding was attempting to help me get well. If you desire excellent medical care, he Is an outstanding and a fantastic Rheumatologist. He even tried to find a pretty shoe store for me on his iPhone.
By: Claire D.
Sparks and Favor PC
The best ob/gyn practice in Birmingham. From the receptionists to the physicians, nurses, technicians, and the exit clerks as you leave the office, everyone is helpful, professional, and seems genuinely wanting to help you. I was very anxious about needing surgery, but throughout the process my questions were answered and I was reassured. My actual surgery went so well that it was barely a pause in my normal life! Thanks to all of you!!!
Tips & Advices
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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