Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do you take my health insurance?
A. I do not take health insurance because I am committed to taking the time that is needed to help my patients achieve their health goals. When you pay me directly it allows me me to spend more time with you, give you more personalized care and provide you prompt and accessible service.
Q. Should I still have insurance if I join your practice?
A. I recommend that you carry health insurance, but do not require it. I cannot provide emergency services or surgeries from my office. Catastrophic health insurance can protect you if you are in a car accident, need surgery or in the case you need a high cost medical treatment.
Q. Can I cancel my contract at any time?
A. Yes. Healing occurs when there is a healthy relationship between the doctor and the patient. If either you or I feel that our relationship is not leading towards your benefit, then either party may cancel the contract in writing with 30 days notice.
Some patients are able to resolve their health problem within several months of working with me, while my sickest patients . Others choose to keep me "on retainer" as their personal primary care physician so that I am available to help them when they need me.
Q. What can I expect when I come to your office?
A. The first visit will involve an intensive health history and physical exam in which we get to know each other and determine how to best improve your health. Subsequent appointments are shorter.
Q. How is your practice different from other doctors?
A. You will find my practice to be personal and accessible. Because I do not get paid each time that you enter my office I have no incentive to bring you in for unnecessary office visits. Many of the routine issues of healthcare can be dealt with quickly and easily with a simple message or phone call.
I believe that our modern lifestyle drives much of the chronic diseases that we face. As a result, it is impossible to improve our health without improving how we interact with our environment. I will likely ask you to make dietary and lifestyle changes. If you are not ready to make make healthy changes to your life in order to improve your health and feel better, then my style of medicine may not be a good fit for you.
Q. How will I know if you are the right doctor for me?
A. I am happy to schedule a fifteen minute "get acquainted" phone call at your convenience prior to your first consultation.
Q. How do I get in contact with you?
A. If you are interested in signing up or have a question for me then please click here to send me a message.
For current patients, email is the best way have me handle a routine clinical matter (schedule appointments, ask a question, have a medication filled). I ask my patients to give me two business days to respond to questions, but I am often able to respond sooner than that.
Q. How do I enroll?
A. To enroll in my practice, click here or on the "NEW PATIENT SIGN UP" from the top navigation bar from any page. Completing this form will add you to my medical record system so that I can prescribe you medicines and keep your medical record current.
Once this is done I ask that you complete my my intake form. This form is focused on your lifestyles and will help guide our work together.
Q. Do you do telemedicine consults?
A. Yes! I’m happy to arrange for video conferencing if you live out of state.
This service is also available to local patients who have already established with me.