I used to live in Sterling (over near the ADAMS Center). One thing I have noticed about the area is the lack of good endos. I think my endo hates me. When I've asked around, she seems to hate most people and when I've asked about her with other docs, they change the subject.
I have a great Endo, but she's all the way in Arlington. I also know of a good one I think in Reston, but I'll have to check if anyone is interested. I'm happy to refer any of you to mine, if you like. :)
My wife has a great endo in Fairfax and there's Dr. Zangeneh in Sterling who is supposed to be good. My wife is working on getting me to switch... obviously, I'm lazy. Sadly, I have to go to my endo this week and see what new suggestions she's changed her mind over (example: you should be on a pump to no you shouldn't be on a pump). Who's your endo?
My Endo in Arlington is Dr. Caroline Huang. She's phenomenal. I've been going to her since she did her residency at Georgetown, and she just opened her practice about a year ago with her partner. Her number is 703-717-4170.
Based on online (yours) and local recommendations, I decided to go to Dr. Zangeneh. All I can say is, "wow." It's like my old doc, "Doctor Evil" was treating a different disease. He's on top of things, parses through numbers like a ginsu and had some really practical information that has already helped get my numbers in line. While I was pretty content with mid to low 6s for my A1Cs, I actually think that I might be able to drop into the 5s later this year. Great news!
Speak of the devil. I am in NoVa myself and see Zangeneh. He was on the task force that established the AACE diabetes guidelines in 2007 and seems pretty knowledgable. Visits can be a little curt, but I certainly prefer curt to incompetent.
I am also a regular at the diabetes support group that meets monthly out of Fair Oaks Inova Diabetes Center (http://www.inova.org/healthcare-services/diabetes/support-groups/in...). The next meeting is actually this Thursday at 7:30pm, we are going to get a tour of the Fair Lakes Whole Foods led by their corporate nutritionist. Msg me if you are interested.
I like Dr. Z, much more pleasant than my former endo who would disappear randomly and included a weekend message center that would automatically forward my call to the local INOVA. When she did answer, she'd just yell at you. Don't miss her.
I'm pretty anti-support group as my first experiences with Type 1 groups began in a group that had many poorly controlled type 2s who pre-empted any discussions to talk about their issues with their amputation. As a new diabetic, that was enough to make me never want to go back.
Although Dr. Z wants me to do the education classes that I never have the time for. 7:30pm might not be bad. So I might show up.
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