I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Wallace Hodges after seeing these great reviews. I wanted a doctor with good bedside manner who would help me figure out why I was not feeling well.
I also needed him to make recommendations and referrals for a variety of different specialists I needed in order to help diagnose what was wrong.
During the initial appointment, I had the same good experience that many reviewers have indicated here. I was initially excited to start being a patient of Dr. Hodges. After our appointment, he was supposed to let me know if I needed additional blood tests, and follow-up with referrals.
I called the office multiple times in an attempt to get in touch with Dr. Hodges. First, the front desk did not add me to the online patient portal until almost a month later and argued with me when I told them I could not access it. I asked multiple times if the Dr. could call me back. It turns out he never ended up reviewing all the medical records I sent in, and did not have any follow-up regarding lab tests.
He was supposed to refer me to a specialist that needed a doctor referral (even though I have a PPO plan) and he also failed to do that. I must have called the office 5 to 7 times in order to try to talk to him. The front desk had a very bad attitude about this and was very short with me on the phone.
Additionally, he missed running basic blood tests that (given my family history) should have been a no-brainer to run in order to eliminate or confirm certain issues. I ended up having to wait almost two months until I had an allergist appointment and finally she ran the necessary tests.
Those test confirmed a serious health issue and required me to have additional specialist evaluations and make a number of life changes. Dr. Hodges’ inability to follow-up promptly negatively affected my health. There is no excuse for that in the medical profession.
I ended up having to find another PCP. I finally found a PCP who has good bedside manner and also has good follow-up. A doctor is of no use if you have a serious issue, and either they (or their staff) is being extremely unresponsive.
To everyone reading – if you need a basic check-up then maybe Dr. Hodges is okay. However, if you are facing a health issue that needs concentration and follow-up from your doctor, do NOT choose Dr. Hodges.