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About Dr. Gary A Smith
Dr. Gary A Smith, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Mesa, AZ, with another office in Gilbert, AZ. He has 22 years of experience. His specialties include Family Medicine. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Banner Baywood Medical Center. Dr. Smith has received 3 awards. He speaks English.
Dr. Gary A Smith has the following 1 specialty
- Family Medicine
A family practitioner is a doctor who specializes in caring for people of all ages, at all stages of life. Rather than focusing on the treatment of one disease or patient population, family practitioners are often the doctors that people see for their everyday ailments, like cold and flu or respiratory infections, and health screenings. When necessary, family practitioners will provide referrals for conditions that require the expertise of another specialist.
The doctors may also provide physicals, inoculations, prenatal care, treat chronic diseases, like diabetes and asthma, and provide advice on disease prevention.
- Family Planning
- Weight Loss
- Weight Loss (non-surgical)
See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience.
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This practice schedules their appointments 15 minutes apart and that is the MAXIMUM time you will spend with any physician. Although Dr Smith is our "doctor" no one in our family has ever seen him, only PA's and other physicians. I do not feel they are through so if you need to see a physician for anything other than a prescription, go somewhere else.
In response to the senior citizen and also to speak my own comment: Dr. Smith is now in the office only on Friday bcz he is working, M-Th, at the hospital. (I've seen a lot of such chngs since the Affordable Care Act came into rule. -Sad! e.g., I lost MY former Dr. of 30 years bcz he refused to participate.) Dr. Smith is patient, listens well, has a very positive attitude, and went out of his way to help me. I'll use him again. Remember, schedule way ahead!
Dr. Smith's practice has declined to become just an insurance card practice, i.e., they take your insurance and assign you to an Isolation room. When an appointment is made with Dr. Smith it is not likely you will ever seem him. Unless you ask, some strange person will enter your room. One time I had to wait an hour-and-10-minutes. Twice I was going to leave but I need a scribbled signature because I was out of insulin for my diabetes. When the PA-C entered the room I told him I was out of insulin because of scheduling problem. I asked for one of those samples doctors get from the drug companies. He told me two wait and he'd bring me a sample. He never came back. After 45 minutes I left the office. I just walked out. No one at the reception desk said anything. The next time I made an appointment through the on-line scheduling process when I arrived the receptionist had to appointment for me. Because they were "full" she said she could make an appointment for me. This was a Friday, the next appointment available was the following Tuesday. When I returned I had suddenly come down with what I thought my have been the Flu. My appointment was for 1:45. After the "nurse" took my pulse, weight me and took my temperature, she said everything look fine. She didn't notice I had lost almost 10 pounds over my last visit. When the PA-C entered the room she did another perfunctory examination and again never asked about my weight loss. She noticed I was using Lantus. She suggested I try a new drug that required less medication. However, some insurance is not allowing that drug. If I would like, she would check to see if my company would pay for use. I assumed she would return. I wanted to ask her about my terrible caught that had begun hearting my rib cage, my weight loss because I just couldn't eat and sometimes three sneezes in a row that really hurt my head. She never returned. After about 20 minutes a "nurse" entered the room and handed me two small prescription forms and let me know the appointment was over.
Very disappointed in this office. I went in with a list of symptoms I'd been having to help determine what exactly was wrong and the PA didn't even give me the time of day! She literally spent less than two minutes with me. One of the symptoms was that all of a sudden I'd been having trouble swallowing my birth control pill in the mornings and she didn't even have me open my mouth to check. She felt my throat and that was it. She didn't even listen to my heart or lungs either. I wanted to discuss some things and she couldn't get out of the room quick enough. Terrible experience. Will not return.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012, 2011, 2013)
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.
Patients' Choice Award (2010, 2009)
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)
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.
Dr. Smith is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
22 Years Experience
Ross University School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1996
University Of Nebraska Medical Center
Dr. Gary A Smith accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- First Health PPO
- Health Net AZ HMO ExcelCare Network
- Health Net AZ PPO HSA
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana National POS
- Humana Phoenix HMOx
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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