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J. Stephen Appleton, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Hip Surgery, Knee Surgery
Accepts New Patients
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About

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 Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas
  • Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Dallas
  • Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - McKinney
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Plano
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Uptown
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Frisco
Insurance Accepted
*Accepted plans and benefits may vary by location.
INSURANCE PLAN
ACCEPTS NEW PATIENTS
Aetna - HMO
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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 - QPOS
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Aetna - US Access
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Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance - DFW ConnectedCare
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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 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 - Federal Select PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage - EFH Retirees
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage - Oncor
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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 - Open Access Plus
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Cigna - PPO
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First Health - First Health PPO
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Healthscope - DART ACO
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Healthscope - DART ACO Flex
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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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Humana - ChoiceCare Preferred Network
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Humana - Commercial PPO Plans
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Humana - Medicare Advantage Plans
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Imagine Health - EPN
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Medicaid - Traditional Medicaid
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Medicare - Traditional Medicare
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PHCS Network - Beech Street of Texas PPO
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PHCS Network - Private Health Care System PPO
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred EPO Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred HMO - Large Group
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred HMO Network - Group
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred PPO Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSWH Employee Network - PPO & HSA
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSWH Employee Network - SEQA & EQA
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Scott & White Health Plan - EPO Network-Group
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Scott & White Health Plan - EPO Network-Individual/Family
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Scott & White Health Plan - ERS BSW Preferred HMO Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - HMO Network - Large Group
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Scott & White Health Plan - HMO Network-Group
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Scott & White Health Plan - HMO Network-Individual/Family
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Scott & White Health Plan - McLane Group Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - PPO Network-Group
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Scott & White Health Plan - SeniorCare Advantage HMO
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Scott & White Health Plan - SeniorCare Advantage PPO
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Scott & White Health Plan - TRS - Active Care Participants Network
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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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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 - 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 - Select EPO
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UnitedHealth - Select HMO
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UnitedHealth - Select Plus POS
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Insurance listings are subject to change without prior notice. Please call the physician's office or health plan to verify coverage information prior to scheduling your visit or procedure. PPO Network Agreements include participating Employers and/or Administrator only. Not all members participating in contracted networks have in network access. Networks include Beech Street, HealthSmart, PHCS and Texas True Choice. In network participation is updated on a monthly basis by the network.
Background
Education
  • Medical School: Ut Health Science Center At San Antonio (2006)
  • Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center (2012)
  • Education: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (2006)
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, University of Vermont (2011)
  • Internship: Orthopedic Surgery, University of Vermont (2007)
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(210)
Overall: 4.6*
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May 7, 2020
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May 6, 2020
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Apr 29, 2020
I love my visits with Dr. Appleton since he never rushes the appointment and has time to answer all my questions. He has great care & compassion for patients!
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Apr 29, 2020
always a pleasant and friendly visit.
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Apr 29, 2020
I have total confidence in Dr Appleton. I have a follow visit after I get the results back from an MRI
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Apr 27, 2020
the staff treated me like family
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Apr 19, 2020
Dr Appleton is very knowledgeable and able to discuss all treatment options. very thorough
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Apr 19, 2020
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Apr 15, 2020
very good bedside' manner
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Apr 9, 2020
Dr. Appleton and his staff are awesome!! Beginning with the receptionist, these ladies are the friendliest, courteous, and most helpful people I have ever received in a doctors office. They go beyond helpful. Dr. Appleton's assistants are very kind and efficient. Dr. Appleton is the best doctor I have EVER been blessed with!! He has helped me with his knowledge and expertise thru a very difficult time. He is kind, respectful, considerate, to the point, and takes the time I need to talk to him. God bless them all!!
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Apr 8, 2020
He is very efficient, friendly and knowledgeable.
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Apr 8, 2020
Not only an excellent Physician but compassionate human being.
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Apr 2, 2020
carring, and very professional
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Mar 26, 2020
friendly, answered all questions, very interested in me as his patient. very knowledgeable about my problem.
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Mar 25, 2020
Dr Appletons energetic, and positive demeanor made me feel assured. I appreciate how he took his time and explain to me what was going on with my knee and my possible options. I'm so pleased to have been referred to him. I have recommended him to a family member already.
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Mar 22, 2020
Dry knowlegable, caring and gentle. His treatments are very effective
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Mar 19, 2020
every member of the staff from the time I got there to leaving was extremely helpful and kind...each time I have seen Dr. Appleton has been great...he is friendly, attentive, polite, caring and very informative. He has never rushed the visit and always asked is there anything else we need...has made me very relaxed around him and I am pleased he is my doctor.
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Mar 15, 2020
Explains everything well so you understand!
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Mar 13, 2020
knowledgeable, specific, courteous, thorough.
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Mar 11, 2020
Dr Appleton is an excellent doctor. He is very knowledgeable, professional, caring, interested in my concerns, patient and possesses superb patient communication.
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Mar 10, 2020
dont dont know him. very short visit.
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Mar 10, 2020
ivory pleasant experience and answered my concerns.
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Mar 5, 2020
friendly and professional. Appleton is the best!
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Mar 5, 2020
very pleased with all care professionals.
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Mar 4, 2020
Dr Appleton presented information to me and my daughters with a sense of humor and professionalism. Humor is very important to me in understanding the procedure and after care. I would recommend him to others. His PA and other team members were equally professional and able to provide the personal touch that was so important to me and my family.
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Mar 3, 2020
Dr Appleton is brilliant and yet humble. He gave me my life back when I was led to believe there was no hope by a previous physician. I feel blessed that I was sent to him and his wonderful staff.
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Mar 3, 2020
Dr. Appleton came highly recommended and he is great. laid out his recommendations and we discussed. I have recommended him to a friend yesterday.
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Mar 2, 2020
dr Appleton is an excellent surgeon and has excellent bedside manner.
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Mar 2, 2020
Love him and trust him! Dr. Appleton is the BEST!
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Mar 2, 2020
very good.
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Mar 2, 2020
very informative and careful with accuracyof shot placement and explanation of alternating cortisone
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Mar 1, 2020
Very easy to communicate with
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Feb 27, 2020
Super visit all around.
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Feb 26, 2020
Easy personality with proPleasant personality.
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Feb 26, 2020
fantastic!
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Feb 21, 2020
great provider
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Feb 20, 2020
Great
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Feb 14, 2020
A little short in time. Perhaps e got all the information that we needed but it was very rapid.
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Feb 13, 2020
Very prompt
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Feb 13, 2020
Great visit!
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Feb 12, 2020
I always receive excellent and personal care by Dr. Stephen Appleton and his staff.
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Feb 6, 2020
I felt That the Doctor and his staff were well qualified
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Feb 3, 2020
I have always been satisfied with my experience here
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Jan 31, 2020
Very nice. friendly yet professional. Sense of humor from everyone - very much appreciated. Explanations were good and with sufficient information that I didn't need to ask many questions.
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Jan 30, 2020
easy to talk tohonest opinion on my case took time to answer questions
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Jan 29, 2020
brushed me and my pain off. didn't offer me to ask questions or show any interest at all
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Jan 29, 2020
Great bedside manner. My only concern was that he really didn't examine my knees well enough to give what I thought was a fair assessment of my problems.
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Jan 29, 2020
fantastic!
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Jan 29, 2020
the entire team works together - they are knowledgeable and caring - good experience.
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Jan 28, 2020
still questions about what is causing the discomfort. several causes suggested so waiting for reports and possible solutions before I can conclude my evaluation.
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Jan 28, 2020
I had the utmost confidence in Dr AppletonI feel fortunate do be under his care
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Jan 27, 2020
extremely personable, caring, professional, makes patient feel important and is concerned about patient's concerns
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Jan 26, 2020
I found Dr. Appleton to be thorough and he explained things easily. i had certain reservations and he put my mind at ease
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Jan 24, 2020
He's very good helpful explain everything so you can understand.
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Jan 23, 2020
Dr. Appleton is excellent.
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Jan 22, 2020
I think Dr Appleton is a fine physician, but I've had a less than great outcome from surgery so far, so I can't rate him higher.
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Jan 21, 2020
Excellent doctor and staff.
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Jan 17, 2020
Very professional, but quite personable. Made me feel comfortable with asking any and all questions as often as I needed to for clarity. All answers honest, relevant and understandable. Good printed information, too.
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Jan 15, 2020
Very Very good. Friendly and answered all my questions and concerns.
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Jan 14, 2020
Dr Appleton is extremely concerned with my problem I like his staff tooso helpful and easy to work with
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Jan 13, 2020
dr Appleton and his team are the most efficient - knowledgeable & friendly specialist I have ever encountered
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Jan 13, 2020
Dr. Appleton was pleasant, to the point, and ask what care for my issue I wanted, therapy or other? I chose therapy as that is what I wanted.
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Jan 11, 2020
very good bed side' manner. keeps patient in the loop'. excellent results.
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Jan 11, 2020
Dr. Appleton is awesome. My knee surgery was scary & his knowledge & caring personality put me at ease. I will certainly use him again if any other issues arise.
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Jan 11, 2020
exceptional doctor and person
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Jan 10, 2020
Love him!!
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Jan 9, 2020
good
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Jan 9, 2020
My experience was very nice.
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Jan 8, 2020
Never had any problems ,and the entire team is always very responsive. The best provider with best doctors, very happy to have chosen them.
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Jan 8, 2020
still waiting for callback (I have left 2 messages and had another dept person send an intra-office request to get a callback, dr. never actually physically examined me
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Jan 8, 2020
very friendly and pleasent
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Jan 6, 2020
great manner, made me feel totally at ease and answered all my questions in detail.
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Jan 6, 2020
excellent dr & staff
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Dec 10, 2019
wonderful doctor who cares about my health.
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Dec 9, 2019
love my provider experience has been great!
Dec 8, 2019
Very satisfied!
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Dec 5, 2019
Dr. Appleton always informs me of everything going on with my care and treatment, he is great.
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Dec 4, 2019
Awesome!!!!!
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Dec 3, 2019
My experience with Dr. Appleton was very pleasant. I am pleased to have him for my Dr.
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Nov 28, 2019
Dr made his diagnosis, explained the issue and gave me a treatment plan. Was very pleased with the process
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