Finding a doctor is serious business—whether you’re looking for a primary care physician, a specialized doctor, or even a dentist—picking the one who’s right for you is critical. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy just checking into Yelp and finding out who has five stars. Web sites like Health Grades, Doctor Finder, and RateMDs do exist, but most physicians suggest these ratings aren’t a good representation of a doctor’s skill. Instead, to find a good doctor, you’ll have to do some legwork.

Decide What Kind of Doctor You Need

We all need a different kind of doctor at different times of our lives. If you have special medical needs, you might even need a specialist, or at the very least, a primary care physician who has experience with your needs. Even still, speaking with Dr...