Frequently Asked Questions
- Will you take my health insurance?
- Should I still carry have insurance if I join your practice?
- What happens if I have to be hospitalized?
- How many patients will you accept?
- Can I cancel my contract at any time?
- What can I expect when I come to your office?
- How is your practice different from other doctors?
- How will I know if you are the right doctor for me?
- Will you be available to me 24/7?
- How do I get in contact with you?
- What are your office hours?
- How do I enroll?
Q. Will you take my health insurance?
A. No. I do not take health insurance because I want to work for you and not for your health insurance company. 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 do not require that you have health insurance, but strongly recommend 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. What happens if I have to be hospitalized?
A. I can recommend doctors in the event you have to be hospitalized. I will be available to talk personally with your discharging physician to coordinate your medical care once you are released.
Q. How many patients will you accept?
A. I will stop accepting new patients when I feel I am not able to give the highest quality care to my enrolled patients.
Q. Can I cancel my contract at any time?
A. Yes. The best health care occurs under 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. 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. Will you be available to me 24/7?
A. Medicine is my calling, and it is why I am practicing this way. I will be available to you but cannot guarantee 24/7 coverage. Please see below on how to contact me. I will take an occasional vacation or attend medical conferences to bring the latest innovations and treatments to you. I will do my best to arrange for a doctor to cover for me when I am away.
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, I am available through email and text. For urgent matters, please call me directly so I can care for you. If you need to go to the ER or hospital then please call me so that I can arrange the best possible care for you.
Q. What are your office hours?
A. My hours are flexible to match the needs of my patients.
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.