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06/24/2015
By: Renee G.
Laurel Endocrine & Thyroid
I have been a Type I diabetic for 40 years. I had an awesome endocrinologist when I first came to Columbia, SC 25 years ago but when he retired, I struggled to find another who offered the same level of care. I was referred to Dr. Laura LaBoone recently and couldn't be more pleased. She is knowledgeable, compassionate and flexible. They have a dietitian and lots of support for my transition to a CGM (continuous glucose monitor). They even allowed me to use one from their office for a one-week trial. Moving to this technology and feeling confident in this team has already made a great improvement in my diabetes management and well being!
04/03/2017
By: Susie H.
Laurel Endocrine & Thyroid
I have been seeing Dr. Janelle Hinson for a while now. She has done an awesome job. My only problem is with my insurance not with them.I have new insurance and they are fighting Dr. Hinson all the way. They ( Insurance ) would rather I take meds. that cause bad side effects than give me what works.
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