What my personalized care practice provides
- Strong focus on preventive medicine and long-term health and wellness
As part of my commitment to your long-term health and wellness, my philosophy is to educate you about your medical needs and risks. I will work with you to assess your level of fitness, provide weight management guidance, and offer advice on leading a healthy lifestyle. In addition, I will work with you to support your emotional well-being, and recommend an appropriate personal wellness plan. This will allow you to take an active role in managing and maintaining your best health.
- Direct communication with me or my assistants during business hours
When you call my office there will be no complicated “phone tree” to navigate… just real people with a real concern for your health and well-being. All phone calls will be returned promptly, but if you deem your problem “urgent” I will make every effort to speak with you at the time of your call.
- My personal cell phone number will be provided to you
This will allow easy and direct communication for urgent medical problems that occur outside of our regular office hours. Ideally, I want to hear from you when you are ill or injured to coordinate your care. However, for true emergencies always call 911 first.
- Convenient email or text communication for non-urgent health issues or questions
You will receive a prompt response from me personally (usually within 24 hours). Patients may send me a text message, if a brief communication is appropriate. Because email and text communication is not secure, please use discretion when choosing topics to discuss with me via these platforms. Your patient portal is the best way to communicate securely and confidentially.
- Office Visits
Your annual fee covers up to 10 office visits during a one-year period. Same-day or next business day appointments. Due to my smaller patient panel, with the exception of your Comprehensive Annual Health Assessment, most office visits will be available on short notice, at your request, even for minor or non-urgent medical problems, regardless of medical necessity.
- Little or no office waiting room time and longer appointments
Office visits will start promptly, allowing more time to thoroughly address all of your questions and concerns at each visit. Comprehensive Annual Health Assessment appointments will be scheduled for more than 60 minutes, and all other appointments will be scheduled for approximately 30 minutes.
- Extended office hours
Office visits are best scheduled during normal office hours when the full complement of staff is available. However, should you require an occasional visit outside of my usual office hours, I will certainly do my best to reasonably accommodate you.
- House calls
If you are ill or otherwise unable to come to the office, a house call may be offered. However, the need for each out-of-office visit will be determined on a case-by-case basis, at my discretion.
- Children of members are welcome
If a parent opts to join my new personalized care practice, I will be happy to care for his/her children, ages 12 through 25, without an additional membership fee.
- Personalized hospital care
Should you need to be hospitalized, I will remain involved in your care and continue to advocate on your behalf. I may make courtesy visits while you are hospitalized at Danbury Hospital or Stamford Hospital and will communicate regularly with the hospitalist who is providing services.
- Remote Care
When you are in an independent or skilled nursing facility, on a temporary or permanent basis, I will be involved with your care through periodic site visits and communication with those involved with your care, on a case-by-case basis. I will be available to your family to address any concerns and offer counsel.
- “Virtual” consultations and long distance care
Whether you are on a brief vacation, living some of the year in a second residence or otherwise unable to come to the office, I will offer a “virtual” consultation (via FaceTime or Skype) as determined on a case-by-case basis, at my discretion and subject to the state law requirements. However, if in my judgment, you need to be seen by a local physician, you will be encouraged by me to seek medical attention. I will communicate with you directly, as well as with your treating physician, to support the coordination of your care on health issues that may arise.
- Quarterly newsletters focused on topics relevant to your health and well-being
A seasonal newsletter on medical subjects of interest will be provided to you.
- Travel medicine consultation
I will offer guidance on CDC-recommended inoculations and/or precautions to be taken while traveling.
Comprehensive Annual Health Assessment
In our ongoing efforts to assist you in adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and optimizing your quality of life, you will be encouraged and reminded by my staff to schedule a Comprehensive Annual Health Assessment, regardless of condition or necessity, each year. This is a comprehensive annual visit, unrelated to any illness or injury, and will be included in the membership fee. It will include a thorough examination and an appropriate array of screening tests based on age, health status and risk factors. I will devote needed time to assess your total health. We have the ability to use our Bioimpedance Scanner in the office to assess body composition. Together, we will develop a plan for improving your health and fitness over the coming year.
Every patient is advised to have an annual evaluation. Depending on your particular health situation, additional tests (such as blood tests, a colonoscopy, mammogram, CIMT, etc.) may be recommended. These will be billed by the performing entity, and you or your insurer will be responsible for payment of these tests. I will use the results of our exam to help address any new or existing health goals.
My staff is an important part of your experience with my office. They not only have the expertise to advocate on your behalf, but they also will assist you in navigating through other aspects of the medical community when necessary.