When it comes to our health, we all hope that we are receiving the best care possible. Typically, we end up seeing a doctor based on research, word of mouth, or simply because their office takes our insurance. Although there are numerous factors to consider when choosing a dermatologist, here are what we consider to be the five most important deciding factors:
To ensure that you are receiving care from an expert, the provider must be board-certified. Among dermatologists, this means that they should hold a certification with the American Board of Dermatology. Typically, credentials can be found on the website of the practice and will be displayed as the title FAAD after the doctor’s name. FAAD stands for Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Having received this title means that the individual has completed the necessary training, passed the required board exams, and demonstrated the proper knowledge and skills needed to practice dermatology.
Having a doctor who is available in every sense of the word is essential to patient care. As a patient, the whole encounter revolves around you. You should never feel rushed or treated as if you are taking too much of the doctor’s time. An excellent dermatologist should not be focused on the clock and should provide 100% of his or her attention to the patient. Their role should first be a focused listener who takes your concerns seriously, followed by taking the time to explain and address your issues. The doctor should then proceed with a discussion regarding treatment options that are best suited to your comfort and lifestyle. Not only is it important to have a dermatologist who is totally present during the encounter, but also available within a reasonable amount of time for any future concerns that may arise. No one should have to wait several months to see their dermatologist.
Like everything else, hearing positive experiences from others is a great way to find an excellent dermatologist and it does not have to be limited to the people you know. With resources like Google, it is easier to find out what people think! Google reviews are a great resource that provides insight into people’s experiences and highlights both positive and negative aspects of the practice. By using the experiences of others, you can make an informed decision on where you would like to receive care.
As soon as you step foot into an office, you should feel welcome and relaxed. Doctor’s offices can be very frightening and intimidating. Service is a huge part of the experience and you should be greeted by the staff with a warm welcome and a smile at all times. All concerns should be addressed by the end of the visit and patients should leave the office feeling reassured that they are receiving the best care.
Let’s face it, life can be busy and issues can arise out of the blue. Any great dermatologist and their staff should be more than willing to work to accommodate your schedule. Flexibility is also important when it comes to collecting payments for visits. A patient should not be deterred from seeing their dermatologist due to financial limitations. A great dermatologist and their staff should provide flexible payment options as well as accept a wide range of insurances.
We meet ALL of the criteria! Dr. Kirsch is not only a board-certified dermatologist, but he is also the current Chief of Dermatology at NCH. He previously served as Vice President of Clinical Development at both Arena Pharmaceuticals and Brickell Biotech. Dr. Kirsch stays up to date with the latest in dermatology research and has published numerous studies in various prestigious medical journals.
At Kirsch dermatology, we strive to achieve a 5-star experience and promise to address all of your concerns with punctual and courteous service. Just ask our patients! Many have left reviews through Google. We also have providers available who are fluent in Spanish for our Spanish-speaking patients. To come see the best dermatology practice in Naples, give us a call and schedule your appointment today! We have same-day and next-day appointments available.