Moving is a part of life Ė new job, relocation, transfer. Itís a natural process. Finding a new doctor and establishing a new comfort level isnít as easy.
First and foremost make friends and ask for a good referral. We have found there is nothing that beats the referral of a friend or family member. With that said, there are other things to look for in choosing a chiropractor.
One would be the yellow page ad; you can tell a lot about the way someone practices by looking at their yellow page ad. Now this is not always the case, but in general, the bigger the ad, the more new patients the clinic needs on a monthly basis to replace the ones he/she is losing through attrition. This is not someone who would be good to call.
Secondly, if you find someone to call, assess the level of friendliness and warmth you feel from the conversation. The way a staff acts can sometimes tell you about the demeanor of the doctor in the clinic.
Thirdly, ask to speak with the doctor in a short conversation during a break in the schedule on a particular day. First impressions mean a lot, so use your gut to see if it would be a good fit. We all know doctors are busy, at least we hope they are, but anyone who canít take the time to talk to a potential patient for 5 minutes, in my mind doesnít have the focus on helping people. The phone consult is a good chance to ask the doctor how they practice, what techniques they use, and how long a typical appointment is. Many people have been to a chiropractor before, and want to be certain they receive care that is consistent to a previous experience.
Lastly, on the initial appointment or two, see how the doctor treats his staff. Is there an atmosphere of respect, professionalism and fun, or does it feel like a funeral home?
|Most doctors attend school to help people, and make a difference in the lives of people they care for. The nature of being in the medical field is also filled with stress, long hours, and frustration at times; but most people can sense if their doctor is with them mentally and physically during the appointment. Remember, we are here for you, and it is our job to put you first; if you feel rushed, or like a number, then start looking for a new doctor.|