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By: cannsmithalex
Washington Center for Pain Management
I'm a patient of Dr. Zhu's who had to go out of state as my dad was having brain surgery. I knew before leaving Washington that I would run out of my pain meds and attempted to get pills for the number of days I would need covered. I was informed by his office that he would be unable to write Ca script in advance as I was not yet due pills. Once was down to two pills and needed my hydrocodone refilled while still out of state I contacted his office again only to be told he couldn't write a script because another state would not accept it. I contacted the pharmacy in the state I was in (Illinois ) who told me they fill out of state scripts all the time. I also called Walgreens in Washington who said yes it could certainly be done and in fact said to just have him fax a script to them for the number of days I would be gone and they could enter it in the computer and then Walgreens in Illinois could fill it. So once again I called Dr. Zhu's office again who repeated that he could not write a script to be filled by another state and when I asked to speak with a nurse was told I would have to wait for a call back!
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By: Alice G.
Washington Center for Pain Management
Thanks to WA center for pain I can finally finish college. They weren't intimidated (or exasperated) by my long list of symptoms, meds or doctors, and when I had a medical emergency in their office they handled it perfectly. Without their help I wouldn't have been able to tolerate the treatments I need to keep my med probs from taking over my life. I see both Dr Hong and Reed, who've always been very nice and patient even if I'm anxious or disorganized and like to complain.The first visit with Pain Docs can be a little weird. There are all these regulations (I blame Michael Jackson) so it can feel strange answering a ton of background-check type questions. And nowadays everyone is going to ask about mental health, its part of the "treat the whole person" trend. And my insurance didn't want to pay but finally did.The goal at WCPM is to find a long-term strategy: they kept working with me until we found a good way to manage my treatment.
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By: Andrea P.
Seattle Medical Associates
My 80 year old prostate cancer surviving Father was jacked around by urologists in Olympia WA for 4 agonizing months while he had to catheterize 4X a day. Twice in 10 years, Dr Gasparich (in Seattle) has corrected the issue w/one office visit. Dr Gasparich is a great communicator, gentle doctor, and one of the most compassionate doctors I have had the honor of meeting. This guy is a straight shooter and wants only the very best for his patients. His staff are efficient, beyond courteous and a pleasure to be around. They put my Father and I at ease after he has experienced unconscionable treatments by urologists in Olympia. My Dad is lucky to be alive. Today has his life back thanks to Dr. Gasparich. Dr. G is a true gem w/an obvious love of people and his work. I cried when we left his office w/joy for my sweet father. Dr. G is a true winner who is worth traveling to from anywhere.
By: rovingron
Smith, Thomas J, MD
This is the Doctor you want to see. I travel a lot in my younger years and had many primary care physicians, Dr. Smith is easily the most knowledgeable and caring I have ever had. I have been seeing him for twenty years and my admiration grows with each visit. I have a busy schedule and have always been worked into his schedule when I really need a short notice visit. Dr Smith has seen me through several minor and major medical conditions and I was glad he was there with me. The best way I can describe Dr Smith may sound a little corny now that I'm Sixty. When I was a child my close uncle was a Doctor. Often when I was sick I'd see him at his or my house. Every visit started and ended with a hug and he took every second he needed to make me feel better.... Tom reminds me a lot of my uncle.
By: Gary K.
DR Kent Ta MD
I connected with Dr Ta for the first time about three weeks ago after he was recommended to me by my cardiologist. After a short visit, his diagnosis was that I had PMR (polymyalgia rheumatic) however, he ordered a blood test to confirm. The blood test showed levels in two areas that indicated RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and he was diligent in explaining how the two readings in the blood test relate to each other. Dr Ta is professional, experienced and knowledgeable. I am thankful my cardiologist referred me to Dr Ta because my severe pain is gone and we have a plan to manage my condition going forward. I highly recommend Dr Ta.
By: Shakila S.
Simon, Ednea A
We are seeing Dr Ednea for the past 1 year and she helped us to understand our son and his problems in a closer and newer approach. She has helped us to find the right diagnosis for his condition and it helped us to find the right therapies for him. She gave us referral to the appropriate places. His life has changed now and he is able to cope up with his life and school now.. She is wonderful Doctor we found she is our gift sent from God.
By: belindar
Ballard Neighborhood Doctors
This doctor's office is amazing. I have chronic illnesses and they approach my health with a holistic approach and continually encourage me to be part of 'the team' in decisions concerning all aspects of my health. This is small and lovely office with a wonderful cohesive staff that truly cares for their patience. You won't be disappointed - lovely experience to be in their care.
By: Pamela B.
Simon, Ednea A
It is easy to trust Dr. Simon's opinion and advice. She speaks from a place of knowledge and authority and answers questions in several ways to make sure we understand. I appreciate her tendency to gather a lot of data so she can be thorough in her diagnosis. She has been my son's neurologist from the beginning and it is reassuring to have someone who knows his history so well.
By: L V.
Ruhlman, Scott D, MD
Dr.Ruhlman and his assistant Leisa are absolutely wonderful! Dr.Ruhlman was recommended to me by a PT, and rightfully so, his expertise (and calm demeanor) is apparent from the first appointment.His assistant Leisa is incredibly kind, patient, and knowledgeable. She is the doctor's right hand (wo)man, and they make an excellent team.
By: S B.
Simon, Ednea A
I cannot say enough about our experience with Dr. Simon. She is very well educated in her field, takes time to explain things and listen to our concerns and always has given the best care to Audrey as possible. She is compassionate, caring and goes above and beyond always. We love Dr. Simon! I highly recommend her!
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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