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Finding the right doctor does not have to be a confusing, overwhelming, or nerve-wracking experience. Before you blindly book a doctor’s appointment or give up in frustration, consider these expert guidelines from family physician Dr. Jennifer Caudle, psychiatrist Dr. Ranna Parekh, dentist Dr. Ruchi Sahota, and ophthalmologist Dr. Jonathan L. Prenner.
Look for the Right License
The first step in your search for the best doctor that can work with you and address your concerns is to check that your doctor is licensed. This may seem obvious but it is an important step that should not be overlooked. Physicians are required to obtain a state medical license in order to diagnose conditions, prescribe treatments, and operate on patients. A medical license indicates that a physician has completed requisite education and training and passed a licensing examination. Physicians may hold multiple licenses; for example, if a doctor practices medicine in more than one state, he or she needs to hold an active license in each state.