Choo choo choosing a new doctor

You know those people who have one endocrinologist their whole lives – two if they started with a pediatric endo? Yeah, I guess I’m not one of those people.

I stockpiled some diabetes supplies before I moved so that I could make it through the transition, and on March 1st my new insurance will be active. In the meantime, I was able to log on to my insurance website to check out the doctors in my area. I have a few options.

I also checked my prescription coverage, but that is a different and slightly more frustrating story. Unless of course the same brand of insulin and test strip really does work the best for everyone.

i-choo-choo-choose-youI live a few streets away from a local hospital. Members of my family see various doctors there and they have been pleased. There is an endocrinology practice there that is accepting new patients.

On the other hand, I asked a beloved member of the DOC if she had any recommendations for local endocrinologists. There is an endocrinologist on the other side of town (but close-ish to work) who is equally qualified but with one added detail – he has type 1 diabetes.

I obviously can make and appointment to try one, and if I don’t like it, I can try the other. But I’m all for efficiency, I want to get this right the first time. I brought this up in a video chat with some DOC friends earlier in the week and after they got over the shock about how many endocrinology choices I have so close to my home, they all basically voted for the type 1 doctor.


  • Who would you choose?
  • What questions would you ask when interviewing the doctor? What is important for you to know?
  • Does it matter that one doctor would be more likely to have privileges at the local hospital? If I had to go to the ER or be admitted, how important would that be? Should it factor into the decision?
  • Is having type 1 diabetes the ultimate trump card for an endocrinologist?

Speaking of March 1st, it is only a week away. That means there are only a few days left to nominate posts for Best of the ‘Betes Blogs this month. I worked my reader down from over 600 unread posts down to zero earlier this month so I wouldn’t miss anything good. If I can do that, I think you can nominate a post or two!

This month’s list will be posted at Chris’ blog – A Consequence of Hypoglycemia.

Just a reminder, the categories for nominations include:
Best Use of Humor
Best Vlog
Best Recipe
Best Use of Photography
Best Advocacy
Best Reference to a D-Celebrity
Best Story of a D Meet-up
Best non-D Related Post
Best Post by a Type 1
Best Post by a Type 2
Best Post by a Type Awesome
Best Post by a LADA/ Type 1.5/ Not otherwise specified
Best story of a D-mistake
Best Motivational Post
Best Diabetes Art Category

If you think of any posts that you think are a perfect example of one of the categories listed above (please no self-nominations) email or send a DM to the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs twitter account (@bestbetesblogs) with your nominations.

A nomination would look something like this

Sara (include link to blog if you have one) nominates Sprinkles for the Best Story of a D-Mistake (link to the specific post you are nominating on Sprinkles’ blog)

Then on the 1st of March visit Chris’ blog to see the winners.


  • Sara, this sounds unscientific, but I would choose the one that feels best. Do they speak your language? Do they let you ask questions? Are they available if you need prescription in a hurry?

    Having privileges at the local hospital is only good if the other doc doesn’t. Having Type 1 means the doctor would speak your language, but that’s no good if they’re all about judgement and you can’t ever satisfy them. So I would go with an open mind and… maybe you’ll find two good endos. Wouldn’t that be great?

  • So you said earlier that you are in the high desert of NV. If this means you are in the Las Vegas area I STRONGLY recommend Dr. Brian Berelowitz. He is HANDS DOWN the best endo I have EVER had. EVER. ALL CAPS. 🙂 I have had close to 10 endo’s in my life and Dr. B is Just. Awesome.

    And if you’re not in the LV area, then I’m sorry and nevermind. J/K

    • That IS the general location we are talking about. BUT that was not one of the doctors I was considering. Now you’ve made it even harder to decide!!

      • Well if you can’t get in to Dr. B, then I would definitely start with the T1 Dr. I will ask around and see if I can get any info about him for you! 🙂 That’s the least I can do after throwing a monkey wrench in your plan! Hah!

  • Recommendations are worth as much as gold. Being a Type 1, not so much. I’ve had T1Ds before (not as an endo but in the “supporting cast”) and didn’t think this person was all that great when it came to my diabetes care. The ability to care for oneself versus someone else are entirely different, and strong experience-based beliefs can tend to anti-YDMV acceptance.

    You’re really into data collection and analysis, so I suggest (if other recommendations are still inconclusive), you get in touch with the local Animas and Dexcom reps. Find out which docs are really interested in these devices and have a genuine interest in how data is collected, processed, presented, and interpreted. You don’t want someone who doesn’t understand and appreciate the value of these tools, and since the reps interact with everyone, they can help you find out who is more tech-minded and who is not.

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