What services are provided as part of my Membership Fee?

Please see Personalized Services for a complete list of non-covered benefits and amenities.

What is the mission of your practice?

My goal is to provide the highest quality of medical care and service, emphasizing a proactive, comprehensive approach to both disease prevention and wellness.  I will aggressively attempt to prevent medical illnesses before they occur.  These services will be provided in a relaxed, and yet professional setting.  From the moment you enter my office, I want you to be completely satisfied with every aspect of your care.

How will the practice be different?

It will be better!  I will be limiting the size of my practice so I can devote more time to each patient’s care and individual needs. This practice change allows me to schedule longer appointments. Appointments will start promptly, and I will be able to spend more time with you. If a problem requires extra time for evaluation, I will reasonably accommodate you to the best of my ability.  Also, our communication will be through patient-dedicated cell phone and portal messages.

Who will cover for you when you are not available?

My goal is to be available to my patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There will be occasions when I am out of town or otherwise unavailable. In these situations, I will have a cooperating physician cover for me and I will make the information known to all my patients.

Do I still need health insurance if I enroll with you?

Yes.  My medical practice will not take the place of general health insurance coverage.  My practice is a primary care medical practice, not a health insurance program. You are advised to continue current commercial or Medicare insurance program, as well as participation in your FSA or HSA plan.

What if I have an emergency?

Please know that you can contact me at any time you feel the need to consult with me; however, if you have a life threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. You can then call me or have the hospital personnel contact me so that I can assist in your care. If you have a non-urgent problem, I suggest you contact me first.

What do I do if I become ill while traveling or away on an extended vacation?

If the problem is minor, call me first.  However, call 911 if you have a life threatening emergency.  Then call me.  With the exception of a few controlled substances, most prescriptions can be ordered anywhere in the country.  If you seek care at any emergency room or urgent care center out of our area, I request that you have the doctor seeing you call me for coordination.  I will be readily available for phone consultation with you and/or other healthcare personnel.  If you should require hospitalization while away, at your request I will attempt to establish regular phone communication with you and your attending physician(s) to ensure continuity of care.

What if I need to see a specialist or surgeon?

Should you desire, I am available to help you decide which specialist to see and to coordinate such consultations.  In this way, the most appropriate resource is used, the earliest arrangements are made, and your applicable medical information is sent in advance of your specialist visit.

Will I be required to pay my Membership Fee even if I do not use your services?

Yes.  Paying your Membership Fee allows you to be a member of my practice whether you are sick or well.  I strongly encourage you to utilize the benefits offered, regardless of your state of health, to proactively safeguard your health.

Can I enroll in your personalized medical practice at a later date?

By design, my practice is a membership practice with a limited enrollment.  Once that enrollment limit is reached, a waiting list will be established.  Every effort will be made to accommodate interested patients now and in the future, but the enrollment limit must be honored in order to continue to provide the highest standard of personalized care and service to all patients.