It is important to select a doctor who is board certified in the specialty they practice. Board certification does not assure you the doctor is excellent, but it does assure you he/she has had appropriate training by having completed at an approved residency of at least three years and passed an exam.
Lori Masteller, DO
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location and Office HoursSusquehanna Valley Medical Specialties
6850 Lows Rd
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Capital Health Plan
- Coventry HealthAmerica
- First Health
- Geisinger Health Plan
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
- United Healthcare
- Community General Osteopathic Hospital
- Fulton County Medical Center
- Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital
- HealthSouth Altoona Rehabilitation Hospital
- Holy Spirit Hospital
- Is a doctor board certified in a specific field of medicine?
Should I make an appointment to meet a new doctor?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredYou should certainly make an appointment to meet any new physician. Bring a friend or spouse with you on the consultation. Also, bring a list of questions and check list with you and seek 2 if not 3 consultations until you feel at ease with your final decision. In my book "The Beverly Hills Shape" I recommend that the patient seek at least 3 consultations before making final decision on a Plastic Suurgeon.
What kind of training do primary care providers have?
Primary care physicians are trained to diagnose and treat the initial stages of disease for adult patients. They also should be trained in prevention and wellness. Pediatricians provide primary care for children. In addition, many women use Obstetrician-Gynecologists for primary care and many Ob-Gyns have given up practicing obstetrics and only practice gynecology and serve as Primary Care physicians for women. Despite this, the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology states the training programs for that specialty are not designed to train Primary Care physicians.
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