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J. Stephen Appleton, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Hip Surgery, Knee Surgery

Accepts New Patients
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About J. Stephen Appleton, MD

Dr. Stephen Appleton specializes in the treatment of injuries and disorders of the hip and knee. He performs primary and revision hip and knee joint replacement surgery, as well as partial joint replacement and, is actively involved in research in the field. Dr. Appleton received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Appleton completed his Orthopaedic Residency at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. He received further training at Duke University where he completed a Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery of the Hip and Knee and was inducted into the Piedmont Orthopaedic Society. In addition to his association with the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Piedmont Orthopaedic Society, Dr. Appleton is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Appleton moved to Dallas at an early age and is a graduate of St. Mark's School of Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA while instructing and competing in skydiving. 



LanguagesEnglish
Ages SeenAdolescents (ages 12-18), Adults, Geriatrics
Hospital Affiliations
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - McKinney
  • Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Dallas
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Uptown
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Centennial
  • Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Frisco
Insurance Accepted
*Accepted plans and benefits may vary by location.
INSURANCE PLAN
ACCEPTS NEW PATIENTS
Aetna - Aetna Signature Administrators
Aetna - Choice POS II
Aetna - Elect Choice
Aetna - Health Network Only
Aetna - HMO
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Aetna - Managed Choice
Aetna - Open Access Elect Choice
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Aetna - Open Access HMO
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Aetna - Open Access Managed Choice
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Aetna - Open Access Select
Aetna - Open Choice PPO
Aetna - QPOS
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Aetna - Select SM
Aetna - US Access
Accepts New Patients
Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Access PPO
Accepts New Patients
Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Extended PPO
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Plus HMO
Accepts New Patients
Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Plus PPO
Accepts New Patients
Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred EPO Network
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred HMO - Individual Marketplace
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred HMO Network - Group
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred PPO Network
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW SeniorCare Advantage HMO
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW SeniorCare Advantage PPO
Accepts New Patients
Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSWH Employee Network - PPO & HSA
Accepts New Patients
Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSWH Employee Network - SEQA & EQA
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - Covenant Preferred HMO
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - EPO Network-Group
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - EPO Network-Individual/Family
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - ERS BSW Preferred HMO Network
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - Hendrick Health Employee Plan
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - HMO Network-Group
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - HMO Network-Individual/Family
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - McLane Group Network
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - PPO Choice Network
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - PPO Network-Group
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Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance - DFW ConnectedCare
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Bell County Public Health District - Bell County Public Health District
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Bronze
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Gold
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Silver
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Choice Plus
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Choice PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Essentials
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Essentials Access HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Premier Open Access HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Federal Select PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage - EFH Retirees
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage - Oncor
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - ParPlan
Blue Cross Blue Shield - STAR Kids
Brookshire Brothers - Brookshire Brothers Employee Plan (Nexcaliber)
Cigna - CAC Plan
Cigna - Cigna Choice Fund
Cigna - EPO
Cigna - Great West Open Access PPO-Open Access
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Cigna - Great West POS
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Cigna - Great West PPO
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Cigna - HMO
Cigna - HMO Open Access
Cigna - HMO/POS
Cigna - LocalPlus
Cigna - Network
Cigna - Network POS
Cigna - Open Access Plus
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Cigna - PPO
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Consolidated Association of Railroad Employees - Self-Insured Employee Plan
Coventry - Coventry/First Health
Envolve Vision - Envolve Vision
EyeMed Vision - EyeMed Vision
First Health - First Health PPO
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FirstCare Health Plans - BSW Plus HMO
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FirstCare Health Plans - BSW Plus PPO
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FirstCare Health Plans - BSW Preferred HMO Network - Group
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FirstCare Health Plans - FirstCare Advantage Dual SNP (HMO SNP)
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FirstCare Health Plans - Hendrick Health Employee Plan
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Galaxy Health Network - Galaxy Health Network
Healthscope - DART ACO
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Healthscope - DART ACO Flex
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HealthSmart - ACCEL Network
HealthSmart - HealthSmart PPO
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HealthSmart - HealthSmart Preferred Care EPO
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HealthSmart - HealthSmart Preferred Care GEPO
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HealthSmart - Preferred Network
Humana Behavioral - Tricare Members Only
Humana - ChoiceCare
Humana - ChoiceCare Preferred Network
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Humana - Commercial HMO Plans
Humana - Commercial PPO Plans
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Humana - Medicare Advantage Plans
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Humana - National POS
Imagine Health - EPN
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Magellan - CHIP
Magellan - STAR
Magellan - STAR Kids
Magellan - Summit Networks
Medicaid - AmeriGroup
Medicaid - Parkland HealthFirst
Medicaid - Superior HealthPlan
Medicaid - Traditional Medicaid
Accepts New Patients
Medical Development International - MDI
Medicare Railroad - Medicare Railroad
Medicare - Traditional Medicare
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Midland Memorial Hospital - Employee Benefit Plan
Mother Frances Hospital Regional - Self-Insured Employee Plan
OccuNet - Occupational Networks of Texas, Inc.
Optum - United Behavioral Healthcare/Optum
PHCS Network - Beech Street of Texas PPO
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PHCS Network - Private Health Care SYstem PPO
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Rockport - Workers Comp
Sedgwick Preferred Network f/k/a Southwest Medical - Workers Comp
Superior - Ambetter Balance Care - Silver
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Superior - Ambetter Essential Care - Bronze
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Superior - Ambetter Secure Care - Gold
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Superior - CHIP
Superior - CHIP Perinate
Superior - Foster Care
Superior - STAR
Tricare - Tricare Extra
Tricare - Tricare Select
TriWest - VA-PCCC
United Behavioral Healthcare/Optum - United Behavioral Healthcare/Optum
UnitedHealth - AARP Medicare Complete
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UnitedHealth - Charter EPO
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UnitedHealth - Charter HMO
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UnitedHealth - Charter POS
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UnitedHealth - CHIP
UnitedHealth - Choice +HMO
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UnitedHealth - Choice EPO
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UnitedHealth - Choice HMO
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UnitedHealth - Choice Plus POS
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UnitedHealth - Core Choice Plus POS
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UnitedHealth - Core EPO
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UnitedHealth - Core HMO
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UnitedHealth - Dual Complete Medicare Advantage
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UnitedHealth - Group Medicare Advantage
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UnitedHealth - Medicare Complete
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UnitedHealth - Medicare Gold
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UnitedHealth - Medicare Silver
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UnitedHealth - Navigate EPO
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UnitedHealth - Navigate HMO
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UnitedHealth - Navigate POS
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UnitedHealth - Nexus ACO OA
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UnitedHealth - NexusACO R
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UnitedHealth - PPO
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UnitedHealth - Secure Horizons
UnitedHealth - Select EPO
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UnitedHealth - Select HMO
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UnitedHealth - Select Plus POS
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UnitedHealth - STAR
UnitedHealth - STAR Kids
UnitedHealth - STAR+PLUS
University Mary Hardin - Baylor-Employee Benefit Plan
Your rights and protections against surprise medical bills

Insurance listings are subject to change without prior notice. Please call your physician's office or your health or insurance plan to verify coverage information prior to scheduling your visit or procedure. Not all members participating in contracted networks have "in network" access. In network participation may change from time to time without prior notice. Independent providers (which could include, for example only, anesthesiologists, radiologists, pathologists, emergency medicine physicians, advance practice professionals, and other independent providers of health care services) may deliver part of your care, and such providers may be considered out-of-network on your health and insurance plans even if the Facility may be considered in network. If you desire additional information as to the providers who may be involved in providing your care, you can either ask your treating provider (who may know some of the specialists or groups who could be involved) or you can request a list of Facility-based physician groups by calling the following toll free number: (877) 810-0372. This list is updated annually and is subject to change without prior notice.

Background

Education
  • Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (2006)
  • Internship: Orthopedic Surgery, University of Vermont (2007)
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, University of Vermont (2011)
  • Fellowship: Adult Reconstruction, Duke University Medical Center (2012)
Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Industry Relationships

Physicians who are not employed, contracted with administrative duties or performing research with Baylor Scott & White Health are not required to report relationships and activities with industry partners such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies (collectively referred to as Industry). Information regarding these relationships is therefore not available on this page. However, patients may visit CMS’ Open Payments Database for more information, and should feel free to speak with their physician about relationships with Industry.

Reviews (213) for J. Stephen Appleton, MD

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Jul 6, 2022
Dr. Appleton is very thorough and always the friendliest doc. He makes my procedure so easy to not even think about it. Awesome!
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Jun 30, 2022
Dr. Appleton is outgoing, friendly, informative and a good listener.
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Jun 30, 2022
Very nice and clean
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Jun 28, 2022
Dr. Appleton and his Staff and assistants has always been there for my questions and problems and returns my calls on different situations I have. He has been the best Dr. In the World he has turned my FROWN into a SMILE! And has given me More confidence on my Experience of this Knee Replacement. The team has given me so much more to look forward to on my Recovery. Thank you you All. He will be the Dr. I would recommend to my family friends even strangers.
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Jun 26, 2022
Very helpful in providing care for my leg.
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Jun 25, 2022
My family is all in heaven, but I have recommended him to friends.
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Jun 25, 2022
Dr. Appleton is a fantastic surgeon, I have a knee to prove it.
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Jun 25, 2022
The provider Dr. Appleton is AMAZING. He explained everything and make everyone in the room feel welcome and understood.
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Jun 24, 2022
I was very impressed with my care. I told the girl when I left, that I've never seen an office work so well together. It was just like clockwork, from check in to check out. Like I said very impressive.
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Jun 24, 2022
Dr. Appleton listened to my problem and gave me advice on how to proceed satisfactorily.
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Jun 23, 2022
Very good.good bedside manners.i have nothing bad to say about my doctors .they treat me very nice.and they are respectable.
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Jun 21, 2022
He was excellent! Highly professional, friendly n very competent!!
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Jun 21, 2022
Dr Appleton is the best Dr his bed side manner is very caring I would recommend his to any one needing his services.
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Jun 21, 2022
Very good
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Jun 20, 2022
Always good care by Dr.Appleton
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Jun 16, 2022
New doctor / patient relatioship
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Jun 15, 2022
Dr Appleton is one of the best doctors I have, He always listens to my complaints and issues I have with my body. I am able to walk around without difficulty now. Having both of my hips replaced by him I would have no reservations about recommending him to family, friends, or anyone else looking for the best orthopedic doctor. I am so happy he Is my doctor.
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Jun 15, 2022
Cheerful, Clear, and precise.
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Jun 15, 2022
You are losing a gem of a doctor and a patient
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Jun 15, 2022
Great
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Jun 14, 2022
We love Dr. Appleton. I have already referred him to several family members.
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Jun 14, 2022
I wish Dr. Appleton the best at his new office.
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Jun 13, 2022
Good
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Jun 12, 2022
Fast, friendly, and professional.
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Jun 12, 2022
Very professional & friendly
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Jun 11, 2022
Timely Friendly
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Jun 11, 2022
Dr. Appleton has been taking care of me for many years. He knows how to be the best Dr. And I am so very proud of him no longer being a Employee of Baylor starting in July. My wife and will join him in his new practice as being a Real doctor not a employee of Baylor. He is the best I have ever found being in insurance for 48 years. He knows his job better than the big wigs on the Administration side.Thank God he will be able to give the best care to so many patients.
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Jun 11, 2022
He is the best
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Jun 9, 2022
Dr Appleton, is very patient and understanding about asking and knowing my needs and concerns of my knee pain. He offers suggestions and ideas to assist, me with my knee problems. Very kind and understand doctor.
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Jun 3, 2022
Happy to be under his care
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May 31, 2022
Jovial and professional
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May 29, 2022
Dr. Appleton is an excellent physician. Too bad you're losing him to another practice.
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May 27, 2022
Seems very confident about what he does
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May 25, 2022
Excellent care and service.
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May 24, 2022
Dr. Appleton is one of the kindest most caring doctors. Sincere and incredibly helpful. His treatment has been an absolute blessing for me and relief from pain.
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May 21, 2022
Great sense of humor.
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May 21, 2022
Awesome
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May 20, 2022
Doctor was very thorough.
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May 17, 2022
Dr. Appleton takes time to talk to me. Explains everything and asks if I have questions. He is easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. I'm happy with him.
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May 17, 2022
Dr. Appleton is awesome!
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May 17, 2022
I trust Dr. Appleton completely with my care.
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May 17, 2022
Great
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May 14, 2022
Could not have asked for more competent and pleasant- thrilled with him
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May 13, 2022
I have recommended Dr Appleton to others. Dr Appleton is AWESOME!!!
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May 12, 2022
Dr. Appleton was friendly, caring and was thorough in assessing my situation and making recommendations! He was authoritative and funny! I am so pleased that I made the appointment with him! I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends!
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May 12, 2022
Very nice and professional the best orthopedic Doctor.
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May 11, 2022
Dr. Appleton made me feel at ease and listened to my concerns and answered all my questions, sometimes even before I asked them. Hes by far, the best doctor Ive ever had.
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May 10, 2022
The doctor was efficient, seemed knowledgeable, and caring. However, he seemed a little rushed for time.
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May 6, 2022
No waiting time & Great Doctor
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May 3, 2022
I felt really important my provider listened to and didn't make me feel rushed
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May 3, 2022
Very professional and personable individual.
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May 3, 2022
Very good
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May 3, 2022
He listened carefully, explained options, and considered my opinion.
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May 1, 2022
He was friendly but seemed to be in a rush as did the other staff members
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Apr 30, 2022
Consistently excellent care.
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Apr 29, 2022
Dr. Appleton is one of the most caring and attentive doctor I have ever had the pleasure of being a patient.
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Apr 28, 2022
Dr. Appleton is a terrific doctor.
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Apr 26, 2022
Dr. Appleton delivers quality healthcare and his staff is very responsive to additional questions.
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Apr 26, 2022
First time visit to Dr. Appleton, everything was a very good welcome. My office was professional in every way. No problem getting an appointment and quick.
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Apr 25, 2022
I've already recommended to others. Thanks Dr.
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Apr 22, 2022
I am very pleased with the experience.
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Apr 22, 2022
Dr Appleton is friendly, respectful, and remembered everything about me.
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Apr 22, 2022
Caring and explains things that you can understand
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Apr 22, 2022
He included me in making the decision in the type of treatment needed.
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Apr 21, 2022
Excellent
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Apr 19, 2022
I was impressed with his comments that I would let him know when it was time for my knee surgery. Local providers told me it needed to be done now in 2019 and I wasn't ready. I felt pressure with no concern for my thought process and concerns. Dr Appleton educated me. Past experiences with this provider and my friends as well as his skill set is why I came back to him for my surgery.
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Apr 19, 2022
Dr Appleton saved my leg! After 3 other surgeries I couldn't walk or stand. Dr Appleton is the only Dr. Who could offer me hope! Love this Dr.!
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Apr 16, 2022
Sad to find out Dr. Appleton will no longer be with Baylor Scott White.
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Apr 15, 2022
Total confidence in Dr Appleton
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Apr 15, 2022
I will greatly miss Dr. Appleton when he leaves. I appreciated his willingness to answer any questions we asked.
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Apr 15, 2022
First time meeting Dr Appleton and I was very pleased with his concern and recommendations to solve my problem.
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Apr 15, 2022
Dr.Appleton was quite congenial and his staff members were all quite professional and friendly.
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Apr 15, 2022
Excellent!!!
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Apr 13, 2022
Professional, passionate and funny.
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Apr 12, 2022
Great
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Apr 12, 2022
Professional, experienced to my health concerns, friendly
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Apr 11, 2022
He has taken very good care of me. I'm following him to his practice
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Apr 11, 2022
Dr. Appleton was thorough, informative and our visit concluded with a clear cut plan going forward.
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Apr 11, 2022
Very concerned about my condition and a very good sense of my feelings.
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Apr 10, 2022
Dr Appleton very caring . Explaining very throughly staff friendly and courtesy .
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Apr 10, 2022
The Dr. Provided me with all the information I needed to make the best possible treatment relative to my concerns. Very friendly and knowledgeable. I trust him implicitely.
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Apr 7, 2022
Dr Appleton took the time to listen to and address my issues and experiences post surgery. He also offered preventative treatment in case I had issues on my upcoming trip and offered additional PT if I had further needs.
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Apr 6, 2022
Very good
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Apr 5, 2022
Got your letter before I came in will be transferring my information to him at his new office.
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Apr 5, 2022
From beginning to end my experience with the doctor, nurses and technicians was excellent! I am experiencing greater strength and mobility as a result of the treatment and care they provided.
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Apr 5, 2022
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Apr 5, 2022
Excellent
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