Direct communication with me or my assistant during business hours.
When you call my office during office hours there will be no recording to navigate … only real people to take your call, with a real concern for your health and well-being. All phone calls will be returned promptly, but if you deem your problem urgent we will make every effort to speak to you at the time of your call.
Personal cell phone number will be provided to you.
This allows easy and direct communications for urgent medical problems that occur outside of my regular office hours. I will use my reasonable best efforts to be available to hear from you when you are ill or injured to coordinate your care. However, for emergencies, always call 911 first.
Convenient email and text communication for non-urgent health issues or questions.
You will receive a prompt response from me personally (usually within 24 hours). You may send a text message if a brief communication is appropriate. Because email and text communications are not always 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.
Little or no office waiting room time, and longer appointments.
Office visits will start promptly. Appointments will generally be scheduled for approximately 20 – 30 minutes, but some appointments (for example, a Comprehensive Annual Health Assessment) will be scheduled for approximately 50 – 60 minutes. Our aim is to afford you the time to thoroughly address all of your questions and concerns, regardless of the reason for your visit.
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 the importance of fitness, weight management and healthy living. In addition to the clinical services I already offer through my practice, I will assist you in identifying and evaluating wellness providers and offerings. This will support your effort to take an active role in managing and maintaining your good health.
Personalized hospital care.
Should you need to be hospitalized, I will function as the admitting physician at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City and will have primary medical responsibility for your hospital care. If you are hospitalized at another facility, at your request, I will communicate regularly with those involved in your care and continue to advocate on your behalf.
Whether you are on a brief vacation or living part of the year in a second residence, I am available for consultation. However, if in my judgment you need to be seen by a local physician, I will encourage you to seek medical attention. I will communicate with you directly, as well as with your treating physician as needed, to support the coordination of your care on health issues that may arise.
Adult dependent children of members are welcome.
If a parent opts to join my personalized care practice, I will be happy to care for his or her adult dependent children, ages 18 up to 26, without an additional membership fee.
As part of my commitment to preventive care, I will provide you with an annual hearing screening exam, (excluding diagnostic hearing and balance exams), regardless of any reported symptoms. I believe that regular hearing screenings are an important tool for early detection of hearing loss.
Travel medicine consultation.
I will offer guidance on CDC-recommended inoculations and/or precautions to be taken while traveling.
Periodic newsletter on topics relevant to your health and well-being.
I will provide seasonal newsletters on medical subjects of interest.