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Sound Family Medicine is accepting new family medicine, OB, maternity, gynecology, vasectomy and physiatry patients. For non-life threatening illness or injuries, our walk in clinics are open to all individuals with accepted insurance or cash pay services. Announces 2015 Patient’s Choice Award Winners

Patients Choice Awards

Last week announced the winners of their 2015 Patient’s Choice Award. What makes this award so special is that it’s a recognition of top rated doctors based on millions of reviews and ratings collected by patients – only 5% of providers are named winners each year. states that the average top rated doctor has an average of 28 reviews compared to the 8 that the national average has. This is pretty remarkable since the website has over 6 million doctor ratings and reviews in their database. They also found that Patient’s Choice doctors typically see their patients sooner. “Nationally, the average wait time is 19 minutes, 16 seconds. Vitals Patients’ Choice doctors see their patients almost 4 minutes sooner, with average wait times of 15 minutes, 29 seconds, on average (roughly 20% sooner).” Read more here.

Sound Family Medicine is proud to share that 3 of our providers received this recognition:

Susan McDonald

Dr. Susan McDonald (Bonney Lake)

Dr. McDonald also received the Patient’s Choice Award in 2011 and 2014. She’s also been recognized by with the Compassionate Doctor Recognition in 2011 and 2014 which is measured by responses to the provider’s bedside manner and overall ratings.

Dr. Julie Komarow (Bonney Lake)

This is Dr. Komarow‘s 4th year being recognized by patients for the Patient’s Choice Award (2010, 2011, 2014, 2015). In 2010-2011 and 2014, she also received the Compassionate doctor recognition.

Stacy Merrifield

Dr. Stacy Merrifield (Bonney Lake and Sunrise)

This is Dr. Merrifield‘s first year being recognized by for the Patient’s Choice Award.

Dr. Kevin Taggart was also recognized by patients on He received the Compassionate Doctor Recognition in 2011-2013. In 2014, he was named one of the top 10 doctors in Puyallup for family practice.

For more information on and the Patient’s Choice Awards, please visit their website.

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3 Responses

  1. I have been a patient of Dr McDonald and Dr Merrifield. I feel that both of these doctors take time to listen to you, which is so important. Congratulations to all of them.

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Sheri! We’ll be sure to pass along your congratulations to them both. 🙂

  2. Dr. McDonald is one of the BEST doctors anyone could ever ask for! She is so friendly, thorough, compassionate and truly interested in your health and what goes on in your life, (not nosey just caring) she doesn’t pry but overall takes in as much info as she can about you and goes from there! I always just know I’m gonna be ok and feel calmer as soon as I see her smiley face! It’s no surprise to me that she’s won these awards! I just wish she could be available to see more. She’s what a doctor should be all wrapped up into one terrific lady! Congrats to you!

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