Choosing a reliable primary care physician is one of the most important health decisions you will ever make in your life. This is because you will visit your doctor for most of your medical needs such as when you are sick or need to go for an annual health check-up. And, if your health plan calls for referrals, it is your primary care physician who will refer you to specialists; Dr. Guy leverages his relationships with the specialists to make sure you get into the best doctors in a timely manner. So, how do you choose the best from a number of primary care doctors in Sonoma? Here are five tips that will help you choose an experienced, trustworthy and reliable primary care doctor.
Word of Mouth – Colleagues at work, friends, and family can be a great resource who can help you search for a good primary care physician. A recommendation from someone you know can help you find a trustworthy doctor.
Recommendations from Other Health Care Professionals – If you are already receiving care from an Ob/Gyn, dentist, or cardiologist, then you can get a good recommendation from them. Feel free to ask him or her for personal recommendation or reference to a reliable and experienced primary care physician. By the way, Dr. Guy was voted a top doctor in his specialty by his peers two years in a row.
Sift Through Reviews – You should also go through the reviews of doctors on the internet. This is a good way to find a doctor who you think will be a good fit for you and your family. Reviews on the internet posted by other patients will give you insights into the doctor’s professionalism, bedside manners, and overall experience in handling the health concerns.
Think About Convenience – It is also important to find a doctor who has a clinic close to your residence or workplace. This information can be easily found on the website of the medical practitioner. Always consider how helpful the staff is; if you call and they are kind and helpful, consider it a good sign.
Meet the Provider – Though the last on the list, this is an important step to take while choosing a medical practitioner for you and your family. Scheduling an office visit for a face-to-face meeting (what we call a “Meet and Greet”) will help to determine whether you will be comfortable with your final choice. Do you like the office, the doctor, and the staff? Meeting the provider will also give you a chance to tour the clinic and check out the facilities.
Sincerely, Dr. Guy — “A Care Beyond”