What my personalized care practice provides
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your annual fee covers all office visits during a one-year period. 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.
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.
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.
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.
If a parent opts to join my personalized care practice, I am happy to care for dependents, ages 12 up to 18 years old for an additional nominal fee.
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, on a case by case basis, at my discretion, and will communicate regularly with the hospitalist who is providing services.
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.
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.
A periodic newsletter on medical subjects of interest will be provided to you.