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About Dr. Dewey McWhirter III
Dr. Dewey McWhirter III, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Sevierville, TN, with another office in Knoxville, TN. He has 11 years of experience. His specialties include Sleep Medicine and Neurology. Dr. McWhirter is affiliated with Mercy Medical Center St. Mary's, University Of Tennessee Memorial Hospital and Mercy Medical Center North. Dr. McWhirter has received 3 awards. He speaks English.
Dr. Dewey McWhirter III has the following 2 specialties
- Sleep Medicine
A sleep medicine specialist is specially trained in diagnosing and treating disorders involving sleep.
Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and insomnia are very common and can often cause other serious health issues, such as depression, asthma, and migraines. Sleep medicine specialists often work in sleep centers where they observe a patient while sleeping and monitor brain waves, behavior, and vital signs in order to identify the causes of sleep disturbance, or an inability to sleep (insomnia).
Sleep medicine specialists treat patients through advising on sleep hygiene, providing cognitive behavioral therapy, using light therapy, or medical sleep aides.
A neurologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system which is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. These doctors do not perform surgery, but refer patients to neurological surgeons when they determine that surgical intervention is necessary.
Some of the conditions that neurologists diagnose and treat are epilepsy, aneurysms, hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal disc herniation, and spinal disease.
In addition to using diagnostic tests like MRI, CT scans, EEG and EMG, neurologists also employ neurological testing to gauge muscle strength and movement, balance, reflexes, sensation, memory, speech, and other cognitive abilities.
Dr. Dewey McWhirter III has the following 9 expertise
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Migraine Disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Night Terrors
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- Sleep Apnea (Sleep Apnea Syndromes)
Dr. Dewey McWhirter III is Board Certified in 2 specialties
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I saw a different sleep doctor before and he was not able to help me with the issues I had using CPAP. Dr. McWhirter figured out I had something called complex sleep apnea and that was why the CPAP did not work. I got a special machine that did work and I had a lot more energy. He and his nurser practitioner, Melissa, got me to work on weight loss and eventually I lost 50 pounds. We did another sleep study and my sleep apnea was gone. I am really greatful for their help. I actually saw him in Knoxville. I had some confusion with a bill once, but it turned out that it was a bill from the hospital and not the doctor. His office got someone from the hospital to contact me and help me. Overall, it has been a great experience. I would recommend him to anybody.
I never actually saw McWhirter. Instead I saw Ashley Estes. From what I've been told she's a nurse practitioner working under the doctor. However, McWhirter's name is what comes up on my insurance. I arrived at the office in the Tennova South Bldg. and was greeted by a woman with the most cartoon-like southern accent you've ever heard. Not all of us around here want to sound like hicks. Each word was drawn out multiple syllables and the pitch would make a dog howl. (The man working at the desk, however, was more than tolerable. He was downright helpful. Too bad the woman wouldn't let him get a word in edgewise!) Anyway, that's not my chief complaint. When I actually saw Ashley, she didn't do anything but speak to me. There were no tests run, no machines used, etc. In fact, a blood pressure check and neck measurement from that aforementioned male tech was the only time I was even touched by anyone at the office. Ashley talked to me long enough (10 min. or less) to suggest I do a take home sleep study. However, she said, it might not be accurate and if I get a "negative" then I'll have to come in and do an overnight in-office test. Great... So I went to the from desk and asked if my insurance would cover this. Suffice it to say the lady had no idea. She said she'd check into it and I'd hear from them soon. So I left. The next week I got a call from the same woman (which was painful, I assure you) telling me my insurance would only kick in once my deductible was met. I decided to check with my ins. company to see if this was true. (Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN) It was. So I told the lady I was not interested at this time. I figured I'd get a copay bill soon for the office visit and that would be the end of it. No such luck... I was charged $356.92 for the use of the Medical Center but it was covered. Then, as I looked at my EOB, I was floored to see that I was charged a whopping $323 for "Dewey Y. McWhirter III". My part was going to be $182.41...for 10 minutes with a nurse practitioner who didn't do anything but ask me a couple questions! I naturally assumed this was a mistake as I'd never even heard that name before. Unfortunately, after making numerous calls it became clear that my visit had been coded as an Outpatient Procedure. I thought this was wrong but after speaking extensively with Amy Harris Smith I was assured it was not. She did inform me, though, that I could file a Financial Hardship claim. I did so right away and received a message from Ms. Smith saying it had been reviewed and I'd be receiving a newly discounted bill from the vendor. Then I waited...and waited... Finally, I got a bill for the EXACT SAME AMOUNT of $182.41. Of course I emailed Ms. Smith asking what the problem was. She responded by merely saying I should call the number on the statement. Then I got yet another email from a different lady saying there would be a 40% discount. Great... So finally I received a bill for $109.44. Let me remind you that this was for nothing more than my blood pressure and neck measurement. I never set up a sleep study. I was not informed I would be charged more than the regular cost of a copay visit. I feel this is a very shameful way to run a business and I will not ever recommend anyone use Tranquility Sleep Specialists PLC. (Just save yourself the time, money, and hassle and go to a reputable doctor's office instead.)
He does a big evaluation with lots of questions about your sleep. I was a little upset at first that he did not give me a sleeping pill but I looked it up and he was right about how I should really treat my trouble falling asleep with therapy instead. I did the therapy and I am sleeping great now.
Patients' Choice Award (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
On-Time Doctor Award (2014, 2015)
Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
Dr. McWhirter is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
Mercy Medical Center St. Mary's
University Of Tennessee Memorial Hospital
Mercy Medical Center North
St Mary's Jefferson Memorial Hospital
Mercy Medical Center West
North Knoxville Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center North
Turkey Creek Medical Center
LeConte Medical Center
Physicians Regional Medical Center
11 Years Experience
Medical University Of South Carolina College Of Medicine
Graduated in 2002
Dr. Dewey McWhirter III accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS TN Blue Network E
- BCBS TN Blue Network S
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA LocalPlus
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- Humana Knoxville PPOx
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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