Dr. Herb Wettreich, MD

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Dr. Herb Wettreich, MD
I started this practice in 1990, and it has grown to 3 physicians, a nurse practitioner, and two audiologists. I have firm roots in the community, with both my children attending the public schools. I am blessed, thoroughly enjoy, and am passionate about my occupation. One of the most gratifying aspects of being a physician is being able to help people. Patients' perspectives of how we do our job can now be shared via social media. For the most part, this is a very good thing. Medical care, like anything else you pay for, is a service. However, providing this service properly sometimes violates the dictum that "the customer is always right". The following example (in Ears, Nose & Throat) will highlight this challenge: Not prescribing antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections: A patient came to see me in mid winter, with symptoms of nasal congestion, postnasal drainage and cough. Several weeks prior to our visit, she had been seen at urgent care with similar symptoms that had been occurring for about a week. She was prescribed and antibiotic and a steroid and got significantly better. However shortly after completing her treatment, the symptoms returned. She contacted the urgent care, asking for more antibiotics. She was told that her symptoms were viral and therefore no further antibiotic treatment was necessary. Her present symptoms had been going on about a week and she therefore wanted more antibiotics. Pertinent findings of her physical exam revealed some inflammatory changes in her nose with normal sounding lungs. My impression was that she contracted a viral upper respiratory infection (URI) and that antibiotics were not warranted. I explained to her the differences between a viral versus a bacterial infection* (see below) and that treating a viral infection with antibiotics is not only ineffective but will select out resistant bacteria. We discussed the fact that many viral URIs may last up to three weeks and are best treated with over the counter medications. She made me aware that she did not agree with my diagnosis so I repeated my medical reasoning. This was to no avail and I could tell by her facial expression that she was dissatisfied. After she left, I thought to myself how much easier it would have been not spending 30 minutes with her and simply writing her an antibiotic prescription. But this on so many levels was the wrong thing to do. The next thing I thought about was getting "skewered" by her on social media (HealthGrades etc.). Physicians have little defense in removing inappropriate reviews unless you can prove libel. What did follow was a call to our customer satisfaction representative stating that she was treated inappropriately and should not pay for her office visit. She noted that 3 days after her visit she developed severe wheezing, saw another doctor and was prescribed inhalers and an antibiotic. *There are several excellent articles chronicling to misuse of antibiotics during viral URIs. Search the following titles: "Antibiotics for URI/Sinusitis-A simple decision gone bad", "Antibiotic Use in Acute Upper Respiratory Infections", or "Diagnostic Criteria for Rhinosinusitis". They summarize recommendations from the CDC, American Academy of Otolaryngology and American Academy of Family Physicians. They can be paraphrased as follows: Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, they are self-limiting and should start getting better within 7-10 days. Antibiotic treatment should not be considered before this time and only if there is cheek / facial pain and discolored nasal discharge. The presence of wheezing and bronchitis during an upper respiratory infection is also likely viral and once again antibiotic treatment is not suggested. I have gone into great detail about a topic that is near and dear. Please remember, your health is my priority.

Lake Norman Ears Nose and Throat

140 Gateway Blvd

Mooresville, NC 28117

Contact Information

(704) 664-9638

Dr. Herb Wettreich, MD

Dr. Herb Wettreich, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • CareSource
  • CHAMPVA
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • 24 More

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Care Philosophy

Our office strives to provide state of the art medicine within a caring environment. Listening to, and addressing  patients' a family concerns is a priority. Previous internet research is welcome!
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Dr. Wettreich's Experience

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Dr. Wettreich's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Board certified in Otolaryngology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
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Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*
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Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Nose
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Cough
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • ENT Cancer
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Facial Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Sinusitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertigo
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp

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Procedures

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Wound Repair

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for North Carolina.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Rutgers University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • Umdnj--New Jersey Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • University Of Medicine and Dentistry Of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1984
  • University Of Medicine and Dentistry Of New Jersey
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1990

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Wettreich has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Wettreich's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Wettreich to family and friends
4.6
based on 10 total reviews
Dr. Wettreich's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
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Dr. Wettreich accepts 38 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
    Medicaid
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • CareSource
    Medicaid
  • CHAMPVA
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
    Medicaid
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
    GEHA
  • Health Net
    Medicaid
    Tricare
  • HealthPlus
    Medicaid
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
    Medicaid
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
    Medicaid
  • Humana
    Tricare
  • Husky Health
    Medicaid
  • inHealth
    Medicaid
  • INTotal Health
    Medicaid
  • MedCost
    MedCost PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Medico
  • Midwest Health Plan
    Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare
    Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Peach State Health Plan
    Medicaid
  • POMCO Group
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
    Medicaid
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
    Medicaid
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Medicaid
    United Healthcare
  • Universal American
  • Wellcare of Georgia
    Medicaid
  • Wells Fargo Insurance

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Hospitals where Dr. Wettreich has admitting privileges

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
171 Fairview Rd
Mooresville, NC 28117
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