Tammy has been with Dr. Smith for more than four years. Not
only does she own horses, she also expanded her animal family by 28 newly
hatched chickens this week. There are certain topics Tammy addresses on a
regular basis, so she wanted to make sure you have the answers to the following
top 2 frequently asked questions.
Do I need a referral to see Dr. Smith?
No, you don’t need a referral from a primary health physician
or other medial professionals to make an appointment with Dr. Smith. There are
exceptions when it comes to insurance providers, though. Some require referrals
as a condition to cover expenses. Others don’t, though, so please check with
your insurance carrier before making an appointment. Once you have scheduled an
appointment, we will ask you to bring the following documents:
New Patient Form
of Current Medications
Does my insurance covers orthotic treatments?
We accept most insurance. Ask your insurance prior to making an
appointment is crucial to avoid any surprises. This applies especially to
orthotics which are often not covered. We do understand how important orthotics
are to improve the quality of many people’s lives, which is why we offer a
discounted cash price in certain cases. We will also go the extra step of
checking with your insurance beforehand to provide a better estimate on the
cost of orthotics. We will always work with you to come up with the best
Thank you for the insights, Tammy! She is more than happy to answer your questions, so please feel free to give her a call at 309-762-7919.
As many of
you know already, my colleague and good friend Dr. Buckrop will be retiring at
the end of this week after a long and wonderful career in podiatry! I wanted to
take the time to reflect on his 40 years of work and celebrate the terrific
contributions he has made to our field.
or not, Dr. Buckrop is a second-generation podiatrist having been inspired
watching his Dad go to his own practice every day. Both he and his brother
practice in the Quad Cities area, with his brother taking over his father’s
practice and Dr. Buckrop branching out to create his own practice in 1979.
Understanding how things worked and the mechanics or history behind how the
body works truly solidified his passion. A lot has changed since he rented his
first office space after graduation. At that time, Dr. Buckrop pointed out to
me that podiatry wasn’t as well-known of a field as many other medical
practices. Illini Hospital in Silvis was one of the only medical facilities in
the area with a dedicated podiatrist on staff.
However, in the years after his graduation many podiatrists began
establishing themselves in our area, including many of his former classmates!
Now there are several residency programs, research opportunities and we’ve seen
many exciting medical advancements in podiatric care.
establishing his first practice near the Viking club on 41st St in
Moline, Dr. Buckrop was ready to partner with a local architect to design and
build his very own office space where he spent the next 30 years providing top
tier care to his patients. Dr. Buckrop told me, “I really enjoyed partnering in your office, because of
many of the new design features and how you incorporate a personalized feel
like I have always strived for in my previous practices.”
continuing learning that occurs in podiatry has always been an enticing aspect
of his practice as well. Dr. Buckrop and I have spoken many times about the
implications of different advancements and approaches to different ailments
developed over the years. Over the last 15 years, we’ve both been excited to
see podiatry expand to treating a broader set of ailments, as well as providing
more services in the office, so patients can more often be diagnosed and
treated all in one place.
prepares for his retirement, I asked Dr. Buckrop what he was looking forward to
most and he told me, “I’m really looking forward to getting to visit with my
family more. Both of my kids live out of town.
I love to travel, so I’m really excited to be able get out, explore and
share more time with them.” For those who don’t know, Dr. Buckrop is quite the
maritime enthusiast having gone scuba diving, canoeing and kayaking in places
like the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Cancun, Cayman Islands and Barbados. Just yesterday,
he told me, “I’ve had a really blessed life” and I know we’ve all been very
fortunate to have him here in the office. He did offer some advice to future
podiatrists as well, he reminded us all to stay patient focused and always
present the best ideas to get patients to their healthcare goals. Do no harm
should always be on the top of our minds.
wanted to leave a message for everyone: “Thank you to all of my patients, past
and present. Thank you to all of the
medical professionals who have given me the chance to serve you! Thank you for
making this such an amazing career. I’ve
really had a blessed life and I wish you all the best!”
One of the coolest parts about working as a podiatrist is that no two days are exactly alike. There’s just enough similarity to keep things manageable but the variety in patients, diagnoses, and treatments means every day has a new challenge that I can’t wait to tackle. Typically, I tend to see a lot of diabetic foot care, heel pain and fungal nails. However, most days I get a little bit of everything from trimming nails and callouses to treating bone spurs. Most often I see people for fungal nails which is a very common condition in general. Heel pain is common too because it can be a condition on its own or an indicator of something else that needs to be addressed.
Every once in a while, I get a case that really sticks out above the rest. Like I mentioned before I do a lot of diabetic foot care and with that comes treating the neuropathy and numbness some people get in their feet. There was a patient I was treating for neuropathy who came in complaining about a strange pressure sensation in his foot. During the examination, I noticed a strange kind of figure-eight shape pressed into the bottom of his foot. Obviously, this is very unusual, so I took a look inside his shoe and you wouldn’t believe what I found… a pair of folded up sunglasses! When I pulled them out and showed him, he went, “There they are!” Apparently, he had dropped them at some point and had been walking around on them without realizing it. There’s never a dull moment around our office!
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As the year starts to wind down a lot of us take some time to look at all we’ve accomplished and set goals for the year ahead. I’ve been thinking about this myself and started a little walk down memory lane, looking at the events that have led to my practice here in Moline and I thought I’d share that with you in my blog for this month.
I’m often asked why I chose to practice podiatry over other areas of medicine or even over a different job. A lot of folks assume I must really like feet to be in this profession, but I like to think more about the people I’m treating and the service I’m providing. There are a lot of benefits to podiatry that other medical fields don’t have. I really enjoy the opportunity for immediate relief for my patients which is something you might not find when treating other body parts or ailments. If a patient comes in with an ingrown nail or heel pain, they can walk out with pain relief in the same visit. My practice is about the people I treat and considering those small details that can make a huge difference in my patients’ lives. It’s really a joy to be able to diagnose and treat the cause of pain a patient might have and see them walk out of the office notably better than when they walked in.
After deciding what I wanted to practice, it came down to choosing where to practice. As a Quad Cities native, it was a no brainer for me to stay in my home community. I’ve been at my current location in Moline for 3 years now. Prior to that I spent 15 years working the practice I inherited from another doctor and before that I was a resident and medical student in Chicago. I was born and raised in Davenport and all of my family lives here, so it made a lot of sense to establish my practice here. Over time, I’ve found that my patients appreciate the local touch and knowing that I live in the same community they do. There’s a level of familiarity and understanding that comes with being from the area and I’ve always enjoyed being able to share in that with my patients.
There have been some slight changes when it comes to the use of insurance cards, so we want to update you right away! Acting as our guide is Sarah Mueller. Sarah is a Quad City native who has been a terrific part of our office for three years now. She loves what she does, so she has been kind enough to explain these recent developments.
Medicare and many other providers have updated their insurance cards to make them more secure for patients. Because of this change, we are asking all of our patients to bring in their updated insurance card, as well as their most recent list of medications with dosages to their appointments. This allows us to bring you the best care possible, seamlessly and easily. We are not alone in this update, many medical offices across the country are participating in this new practice.
Sarah reassures us that if you don’t have your new card or an updated list on hand, they are easy to organize! For a new card, simply contact your insurance provider or employer if your insurance is through them, and ask them. Some patients will have received them already and some might still be waiting for them to arrive, so your provider will be able to tell you where you are in this process. For a recent list of medications with dosages, you can contact your primary care physician, or in some cases your pharmacy, and they can provide you with that information. Do not worry if you forget your medication list at your next appointment, in most cases we are able to call your physician and acquire it that way, but this takes more time.
Don’t worry about billing! All of the same documentation will be used as before, and by providing your new card, we can ensure you will see no lapses in coverage, billing or care. Our goal in this update is to continue to provide you with top-tier foot care and pain treatment in the most secure way possible. By bringing your new insurance card and up-to-date medication list, you are helping us ensure we are giving you the most effective course of treatment and putting the spring back in your step as quickly as possible! Of course, if you ever have any questions, feel free to drop by the office or give us a call at (309) 762-7919.