You may need them someday!

Nobody ever plans to become ill -- it just happens, and it happens to everyone (albeit in varying degrees). Only then do we reach out to our doctors and medical professionals to help regain some level of normalcy in our lives. More often than not, your doctor will recommend treatment via a referral, and at that point, it may seem like it's your only option. But the truth is, it pays to shop around to find the best clinics -- even if you have excellent insurance. Why? Because medical practices are businesses, and some go above and beyond to make sure you have the best experience. So with that said, we wanted to shed light on a few locally owned and operated practices that we found actually take extra care to earn your business.

Parker Kidney Center, Parker

[gallery type="rectangular" ids="31777,31778"] The Parker Kidney Center may not have a fancy corporate headquarters in downtown Denver, but it's just as capable as the big guys. And they can do something that the big guys can't -- get to know you. Not to mention, the practice has made big investments in the dialysis experience by offering heated massage dialysis chairs in a homey and comfortable setting with stunning mountain views. If you or someone you know needs dialysis, tell them to call Parker Kidney at (303) 835-9299, and they'll be happy to show you around.

OnPoint Urgent Care, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Aurora

[gallery type="rectangular" ids="31779,31780"] Lead by Dr. Jeffrey Bushnell, the former Director of Emergency Services and Urgent Care at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Dr. Paul Morton, who was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for combat heroism and deployment with U.S. Special Forces, OnPoint is the best acute care out there. It's much less expensive than the ER, with high-quality service. They also care about your experience which is why they'll have you in and out in an hour. For more info, visit their contact us page!

The American Vein & Vascular Institute, Littleton, Colorado Springs, Parker, Pueblo

[gallery type="rectangular" ids="31784,31785"] One in three Americans are affected by painful veins, and the American Vein & Vascular Institute is at the ready. Not only is the American Vein & Vascular Institute rated among the best vein clinics in the state, but they are constantly giving back to the community. It's all part of their community first approach. Did we mention that it also ranks as one of the top 100 woman-owned businesses in Colorado? For more info, visit their contact us page. That's just to name a few. What are your thoughts, people? Would you like to give any other clinics a shout-out? If so, let us know in the comments below!

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