English Speaking Physicians, Jeju, South Korea
Doctors can be a scary thing to deal with when living in a foreign country. How do you know who to see for what and if they’re any good? Word of mouth has always been a safe method when seeking these individuals, so here are my recommendations of reliable English speaking physicians for you.
1. Dr. Wha Young Chung (정화영)—General Practitioner, Dr. Chung’s Pediatric Clinic
Dr. Chung is actually a pediatrician, but I have been seeing him for over three years as a general practitioner. His bedside manner and warming smile have always made me feel at home whenever an ailment has arisen in the past. Dr. Chung is especially useful to see when you have sinus trouble or an ear, nose and throat problem. He is conveniently located in Shin Jeju above a pharmacy next to a Nonghyeop Bank a block south of Lotte Mart. He is closed for holidays and on Sundays, but hours are fairly flexible as most nights he is open till 9. In the same respect that colds aren’t always welcomed or expected, appointments aren’t necessary either. One can feel free to drop in any time with any question about his or her general health.
Address: 2F 740-1 Nohyeong Dong (제주시 노형동 740-1 영화빌딩 2층)
2. Dr. Ken Lee (이공근)—Dentist, Pyeonhan Dental Clinic (편한 치과의원)
While I’ve only been seeing Dr. Lee for my dental health care since February, I have been extremely satisfied with the results of his work. Dr. Lee has studied dentistry in Seoul, as well as Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and UCLA. In addition to being highly educated, I have found him to be a great conversationalist and his staff to be considerably happy and helpful. While going to the dentist can seem to be excruciating, Dr. Lee can make the drilling a little less torturous. He is located in Gu Jeju, and appointments are accepted through email or phone.
Address: 5F 1059-18 Il-Do 2 Dong (제주시 이도2동 1059-18번지)
3. Dr. Young Mi Lee (이영미)—Gynecologist, Hanna Women’s Clinic (한나 사부인과)
When it comes to female heath, most women want a doctor that they know they can trust. Being so far from home and familiar surroundings, it can often be difficult to find a health care physician to entrust the wellbeing of your body to. As far as gynecology is concerned, I highly recommend Dr. Lee at the Hanna Women’s Clinic located at the Nohyeong Rotary in Shin Jeju. She provides patients with a wide spectrum of services, including pap smears, STD tests, and colposcopies. Men are more than welcome to accompany their pregnant counterparts in the exam room, and Dr. Lee is always available to answer questions by email. Her office is located on the northeast side of the rotary on the second floor. Appointments can be made via phone or email.
Address: 2F 1296-12 Nohyeong Dong (제주시 노형동 1296-12 2층)
4. Dr. Ji-ook Park (박지욱)—Neurologist, Dr. Park’s Neuro Clinic (박지욱 신경과의원)
For back and neck pain, Dr. Park is the man to see. He continuously updates himself on information by attending seminars and workshops to stay current on the latest techniques and practices used in neurology. While most folks tend to relate neurology with brain damage, it actually entails a great deal more than that. Nerves have a lot to do with neck and back pain, more so than the average bear would be led to believe. Dr. Park uses various methods, like cortisone injections, therapeutic massage, electroshock therapy, and acupuncture, to rid his patients of their vexations. Visits are usually 3600 won, though prices may vary depending upon treatment. Walk-ins are welcome as well.
Address: 5F 1288-1 Nohyeong Dong (제주시 노형동 1288-1 온누리클리닉 5층)
**Be sure to do your own research before entrusting your health to a stranger in a strange land. Cheers and happy doctoring!